2 Shootings in Philadelphia, 2 in Critic Philadelphia
2 Shootings in Philadelphia, 2 in Critical condition
Two shootings occurred in Philadelphia on Saturday. Both the shooting took place less than a week after the Mayor's call in residents and prosecutors to crack down any gun violence. This was to protect the first responders amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Two men were injured in these shootings and currently in critical condition, fighting for life. The incident took place at 9:52 AM in the 1600th block of Wakeling Street. The injured man was a 21-year old. He was seen walking in that area before open firing using his gun by an unidentified guy. The man was shot once on his neck and twice on his shoulder. Then, he was taken to Temple University Hospital. His condition is currently critical said, doctors. Again, at 4:58 PM, two men were found arguing regarding a car parking issue. Soon, one of the men took out his gun and shot the other of age 25 years. He has fired three shots on his back. The victim was also taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was declared a critical but stable condition. As of now, the police did not release any identification description of the shooters. Later, Saturday noon, the third incident took place where a Philadelphia shop owner shot and killed a man. The man was trying to rob his business.
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Penn to Test Coronavirus Treatment Drug Hydroxychloroquine, is Much-Discussed
The University of Pennsylvania's medical school is planned to perform trials to check the used to treat COVID-19. The drug is primarily used to treat arthritis and malaria. The school of medicine is opting patients for study hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and test with already infected people. The investigation is done of not so severe patients, which can indicate HCQ is safe for the treatment. The drug us an oral tablet, and the procedure is "limited and inconclusive" because this is a new virus. The trial will start next week, testing to be conducted on 400 people, in three experiments. The trial will focus on the patients and doctors and will be controlled for faster results. After publishing the final results, the FDA will decide whether to approve the drug or now as the treatment for COVID-19. With the spreading of virus day-by-day, the hydroxychloroquine (HCQ)shall be the most effective and preventive strategy to be used. The first and the third experiment will be blind-folded where neither the patients, not the doctors, know which drug is being served. If the patient's condition worsens, then the preventive medication will be given to the patient.
Flags Are Lowered After 100+ more People Die of Coronavirus in NJ
On the second consecutive day, New Jersey recorded 100 more deaths of COVID-19. To pay homage, the Governor ordered the flags. With 113 deaths in one day, the total death count reaches 646. There are 4300 new cases after testing 29,895 people in the city. The Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said that seven deaths were from Ocean County and one death each from Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer and Salem counties. The flags were lowered to half-staff, till an undecided end date. It has been recorded that New Jersey has been hit the worst, has counted most cases and most deaths till now. The stay-home order is to be continued to maintain social-distancing and stop the spreading of this virus. It is urged to people not to gather during the forthcoming Christian Holy Week and Easter and the Jewish holiday of Passover. These need to be held virtually. The health officials informed the religious leaders to conduct the holy activities and celebrations being live-streamed. The public is requested to wear masks and maintain at least 6-feet distance from each other for social-distancing.
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Businesses to shut down amid COVID-19
The spread of the virus has affected Pennsylvania businesses as the Wolf administration asks all those businesses that do not provide life-sustaining services to shut down. However, those who wish to be exempted from it will see a waiver process for it. The deadline for this process was 5 pm Friday, which the small business advocates say, is premature and only adds hardships on the end of the business owners.
It is essential that necessary businesses that play a role in the emergency, still work. However, there has been a huge waiting line for the waiver applications according to Gordon Denlinger, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business. He also said that he would ask the Government to extend the process.
More than 34,000 waiver requests were received through Wednesday, and about 5,600 claims were accepted and 8,600 denied by the Department of Community and Economic Development.
Grocery stores, pharmacies, hotels and motels, beer distributors, laundromats, and gas stations are stores that will remain open while restaurants will open only for take-out orders. Farms, mines, food production and some manufacturing, will also be open at this time. Car dealers, clothing stores and other retailers, salons, and entertainment venues will have to shut down.
Students from New Jersey learn from lessons on public television
The COVID19 situation has kept many school students out of their classes and away from learning. To tackle these issues, they have come with the idea of telecasting lessons for students to learn from home. NJTV, New Jerseys public television network along with the New Jersey Education Association and the New Jersey Department of Education have taken the initiative to begin a series called "NJTV Learning Live."
The series will pilot April 6 and have teachers from public schools give lessons. They will cover the curriculum from grades 3 to 6 from 9 am to 1 pm.
It will cover subjects like English Language, math, science, social studies and will also include art, music and physical education, according to Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday. He also mentioned the time slots for each grade would be different. That is, third grade classes will start at 9 am, fourth grade at 10 am, fifth grade at 11 am, and sixth grade instruction at noon.
They aim to encourage the remote learning that is already being done with New Jersey schools. The series will be hosted by Kimberly Dickstein Hughes who was the 2019-2020 State Teacher of the Year Award.
Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet said that this initiative showed the commitment and idealism that existed among the New Jersey's school community.
The series will be live-streamed and archived on the website of the network. Teachers from New Jersey, described by Murphy as the best in the nation, are working on this project. NJTV is already geared up with up to 10 weeks of remote learning lessons, and allow the students to finish their school year in this way.
The lessons will provide the students with the enrichment they need from their teachers. It also shows the determination that they have to do their work even during a pandemic.
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For theft of personal protective equipment, hospital employee arrested
It was reported that personal protective equipment and other items worth more than $1500 were stolen. A Yavapai Regional Medical Center employee is facing the charges for this theft. The Prescott police officers were called after receiving the report of the stealing PPE and other supplies by a housekeeping employee. The equipment was getting stolen from over the last several weeks. The suspect is Keith Brown of 49 years who was working as a housekeeping employee in YRMC West. She admitted to stealing gloves, hand sanitizers, paper towels, washcloths, bleach cleaner, toilet paper, and an automative hand sanitizer over the last three weeks. All the items found in his car and home are worth approximately $1700. In addition to the arrest, he is also fired from his job in the hospital. The hospital authorities and police are working to get the items back to the hospital for use and check whether they are safe to use or not, as soon as possible.
Major Disaster Declaration for Arizona, approved by President Trump
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with President Trump, declared a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration in Arizona's request. This announcement makes additional assets and resources available to aid the COVID-19 crisis response in Arizona. Governor Ducey had written a letter to the President for requesting for declaration of a disaster. The government is doing its best for the citizens of the country and providing most of the available facilities. The Saturday's disaster has shown Arizona to access inflated mental health care, grants to reduce the loss of life and property, supplementary efforts by workers of tribal health care. And also initiate extensive food assistance, and other necessary services for the low-income households who are affected by the COVID-19 crisis.