Risk for beef plant workers rises in th Philadelphia
Risk for beef plant workers rises in this pandemic
Benjamin is one of the workers in the beef plant who died due to coronavirus. He` immigrated to the U.S. from Haiti and worked at JBS plant in Souderton. He used to manage the things in the beef plant and this pandemic of COVID-19 he was still working in it. He died in his home located in Philadelphia on April 3. Already 119 positive cases have been confirmed in JBS plant and the plant employs more than 1400 workers. Many of them are concerned to meet the supply of meat. On Thursday president trump announced that the defense production act, issuing an executive order declaring those businesses to be essential and should be working to meet the needs and no shortage of anything. Many of the plants which were closed has been opened now and following the safety measures. In Delaware, Sussex county hit hard by the virus.
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Two seals rescued by Marine mammal stranding center on Monday
Even in this hard time of Coronavirus pandemic, Marine Mammal Stranding Centers are working to rescue the mammals on all the beaches in Jersey. On Monday, two seals from Brigantine's MMSC were released from Sandy Hook Park in North Jersey's Gateway National Recreation Area. One of the seals was a 300-pound male harp, and the other was a female grey seal pup. MMSC Founding Director Bob Schoelkopf told us that the harp seal was rescued around two months ago. And the female seal was only for 48 hours in the facility and was a "relocation" from neighboring Longport in South Jersey. Usually, seals travel a 1,500 miles distance to reach New Jersey from Artic, and as the journey is dangerous, some of them become stranded. In March and April, MMSC had received over two hundred calls for stranded animals and had encountered at least six adult seals in New Jersey alone. Even though beaches are closed in New Jersey due to epidemic, some ignorant people come to the beaches, which makes the rescue extra tricky. MMSC is a non-profit organization and heavily relies on donations. Due to pandemic, they had also suffered financially. To report a stranding animal, call the MMSC hotline at 609-266-0538. Schoelkopf suggests to please call them instead of rescuing the animals yourself.
Mayor Kenney to announce new budget on May 1 seeing crisis due to Coronavirus
The municipal budget was a much-awaited event this year, and public and even Mayor Jim Kenney was eagerly waiting for it as it was supposed to bring a lot of new services and facilities. Some announcements in the budget were related to new money for schools and the city community college, improving energy efficiency, street sweeping, and adding a HazMat squad to the fire department. But these were all planned last month before Coronavirus had arrived. Now, according to a review from Controller's office on City finances, the city funds had dropped from $650 million to $350 million, which completely changed the plans for the expenditure. The crisis is so massive that Kenney had to propose a new budget on May 1 after his first budget on March 10.
According to the report by Controller Rebecca Rhynhart, the revenue decline is due to loss of wage and sales taxes due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Kenney avoided saying anything about the new budget on Tuesday till he presents it to City Council May 1. Here are some ways he could trim the budget and increase revenue to fill the gape.
- May reduce the current administrative expenditure and trim employee payoffs.
- Reduce services like Garbage Collection, Close Buildings like Libraries, and firehouses.
- Increase taxes to increase revenue input.
- Empty 'Rainy Day' Accounts & Pray for Help
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Nursing facility's residents tested COVID positive
It is already established that Nursing homes and health care facilities are hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, now Delaware county nursing home to joins the list with its cases
being doubled in a span of 2 weeks involving 60% of their residents and thus leading to more then a couple of dozen deaths. In another news, Broomall Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Marple Township has confirmed 105 positive cases out of the 173 residents they have and around 28 people died due to the virus. National Guard Lt. Col. Keith Hickox stated that they arrive and leave upon request and also said that the Broomall Centre no longer needs their services as most of their staff returned from leave. Though there is rising tension about how the facilities will curb this situation when things are going out of hand the spokesperson assured that they are working in close association with the health authorities and will soon overcome the situation.
Gov. Tom Wolf gives relaxation to certain restrictions to let people enjoy outdoor activities
Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf is planning on lifting the stay at shelter orders and to access certain outdoor activities like golf clubs, private campgrounds, Marinas and private fishing grounds but not the campgrounds in state parks, he stated the intention behind doing so in his own words as follows, "Pennsylvanians have remained resilient throughout this COVID-19 crisis, and as we successfully continue to flatten the curve to protect our physical health, it is critical that we also focus on our physical and mental health during these extraordinary times. As the weather warms and daylight lengthens, enjoying time outdoors is an important way to manage stress. As we start to take measured, limited steps to reopen our commonwealth, reopening these industries will help to rebuild our economy and strengthen our mental health.” The orders are likely to be lifted from the start of May 1st and will continue to be open whilst following some strict Wolf administration's guidelines.
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Nurse puts her life on risk to safe others
Nurses are doing great without even bothering about their lives. Marcie Gest is a wife and the mother of three children. She followed her faith and gone to work to help the front lines in New Jersey. She is doing the job in hospital of New jersey a state where more than 60000 COVID-19 related deaths happened. She is going to be there for eight weeks. Gest described the situation in the hospital which was horrible to listen and even to see. Every day, new patients are hospitalized in ICU. The nurse and doctor are working day and night and also celebrating the victory even if it big or small when it comes to fighting against COVID-19.
Many businesses reopen early will be fined
Many businesses reopen early will be fined and will lose the license of their business, governor Doug Ducey said. One of the Facebook group named great 48 is encouraging all business to reopen on Friday although the governor has extended it until 15 May. Many of the business like salons, gyms and in-person dining area to be closed ordered by Ducey.
Violation $2500 is fined and up to six months’ jail. Many of the business owners said they have reopened their business so that they can feed themselves and their employees they will follow the social distancing and sanitation protocol. Great 48 planned to have rallied at the capitol on Sunday. Doctors also say large people gathering is really dangerous as this may lead to the spread of the virus in large number. Phoenix mayor Kate Gallego also said that they should follow the rules as they are meant for their own safety. It is clear that if any business who will not follow the order will be fined or kept behind the bars.