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To Clean Ambulances Amid Coronavirus Fight, First Responders Use Spray Guns
In a brilliant piece of resourcefulness, in these trying times, the Montgomery County First Responders are using spray guns to keep themselves safe and clean ambulances. Justin McNabb, a Narberth Ambulance Infection Control Officer, said, "The idea was suggested by one of their employees to go to Home Depot or Lowes and get paint sprayers."
There are as of Tuesday 159 Covid-19 cases. This method of using spray guns will spare the workers from answering too many medical questions as they have to tend to many patients. “We cannot rush through this. We have to make sure that we’re protected in the right way," said McNabb. McNabb has asked people not to panic and follow recommendations from the CDC, from your primary care physicians. "We’re all in this together," he said. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, then call your doctor and only in emergency cases should you contact 911.
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Tough times always come with a backup
Several people are working two hours to get ends to balance. That is the condition confronting waiters at South Philadelphia's The Victor Café. The Italian restaurant, a cornerstone of the Philly culinary scene, was forced to close March 16, after restaurants were told to terminate the dine-in operation by the council. Dine-in service is at the center of its company, along with the operatic performances this occurs throughout the dinner.
All the restaurant waiters are classically trained opera singers, and they perform live every 15-20 minutes during restaurant hours. "I wake up thinking it will be the same." It's like being stuck in a glass cage, and being unable to do anything about it. "Stewart, 24, has been employed for about three years at the restaurant. Most employees are paycheck residents." I guarantee that they can compensate for their living expenses.
For the centuries-old business, the difficulty isn't new. "The Depression is Wonderful. Customers weren't involved in the red and white-checkered tabletops," says Pamela DiStefano, whose family has operated the restaurant since its conception. There's no job, "Stewart said. Muse is still afraid that the restaurant sector won't come around as long as restaurants are reopening. I believe that no one would feel comfortable enough to venture out to food and pay for a meal." If you've got to pick between paying rent or going to a cafe, you'll prefer rent.
Significant increase in property and violent crime rates in Philadelphia in 2020
Even amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, Philadelphia has recorded a double-digit increase in the illegal activities in the first three months of 2020 compared to the same time period last year. These statistics were shared by the Philadelphia Police Department this Monday.
The statistics suggest that property and violent crime rates had risen by 16% and 11% respectively. Retail theft at 59% recorded the highest increase in crime rate followed by aggravated assault at 20% among the crimes recorded
City Managing Director Brian Abernathy shared the department’s plan on bringing down the crime rates amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Police officers will now be deployed in more areas along the commercial corridors.The entire world is fighting against coronavirus and the police department has promised to provide security to the residents in such a crucial hour at all costs.
There was however some good news as well as the statistics pointed out that there has been a decline in two out of 14 crime types reported in the data collected till March 22, 2020 compared with the last year. Rape and Residential burglary rates were down by 6% and 7% respectively compared to the last year.
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SCHOOL IN PHILADELPHIA ANNOUNCED THAT YEAR MIGHT BE END
The academic year's third marking cycle, which has already begun, maybe the end of the year, Superintendent William Hite of the School District of Philadelphia said Tuesday.
"I'm hoping to end this year with an asterisk. The third grading cycle we have just ended. Two states have also decided that their academic years should conclude depending on the third marking date, for all intents and purposes, "Hite said. "I might see anything like this going on here in Pennsylvania, if it lasts any further."
Hite has revealed a program to have students in the 130,000-student school district Internet access and Chromebook computers to start graded teaching as quickly as possible, setting early April as the date when students would have computers.
The town and the four neighboring counties are under the Governor's stay-at-home policy, so mass meetings of more than 10 are technically not authorized — the Superintendent acknowledged that it will be impossible to hold activities for broad groups.
All of Philadelphia's schools were shut down on March 13 in an effort to curtail coronavirus transmission, and initially expected to reopen on March 27. But as the number of reported cases of coronavirus began to increase, Gov. Tom Wolf declared on Monday that all schools in the state will stay closed at least until April 6. State authorities are already preparing a return to work in April.
District officials are still considering providing wireless hotspots for students who have no connections to internet at home. According to a poll of 83,000 students the district conducted last year, only 41 per cent of students in grades 3 through 8 and only 51 per cent of students in grades 9 through 12 had Internet connectivity. The survey included both district and charter school students.
Coronavirus Pandemic: The Challenges in Testing
The city of Philadelphia is facing major challenges in containing the coronavirus pandemic. Testing for the virus has become a herculean task due to infrastructural inadequacies. The drive-thru testing sites for Covid-19 , set up after a week's worth of planning by hospital systems and country health agencies , are no longer useful in containing the pandemic. This has happened due to the shortage of test kits and delays in receiving lab results. Experts believe that such shortcomings have diminished the role of widespread testing.
Nevertheless, testing is still very valuable in preventing the contagion, the focus being on the already hospitalized, the first responders and the health care workers, as noted by the experts. In lieu of testing, a broader strategy of promotion of self-isolation and sanitary rituals is most likely to be implemented.
Another aspect of reconsideration of testing strategy is that the test results reflect the spread that happened about 12 days ago. This lag in collection of samples and reporting of results is observed owing to the centralized, overloaded infrastructure. Hence, testing has been termed a failure. The experts have, thus, urged the public to practice social distancing and good sanitation practices.
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Hotels converted in quarantine place in Chicago.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has made contact with the struggling hotel and has decided to turn the rooms for the case of patients of COVID-19. Chicago public health officials have warned that the local hospitals will soon go out of beds owing to the spike in numbers of people getting infected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Currently, five hotels have been brought in the service for the treatment of coronavirus. Around 1,000 beds will be set up by Tuesday, March 24 and over 2,000 beds will be there by this week. People in quarantine and isolation will be served in these hotels so that hospitals can give more focus to the critical cases of COVID-19. The healthcare workers will also be provided with accommodation in these rooms so that they can not transmit the disease in their family.
Chicago tests positive 6 CPD officers and 5 CFD members.
Six officers of the Chicago Police Department and five members of the Chicago Fire Department have got diagnosed positive for COVID-19 till now. The officials have urged the families of the first responders to spend time in isolation as it can only the way to limit the spread. Interim Police Supt. Charlie Beck informed about the two cases of CPD and said that two of those officers is admitted in the hospital while others are in quarantine.
Beck appreciated those officers which include two detectives, two patrol officers and a community relations officer on Tuesday at Chicago Public Safety Headquarters. Richard Ford II, the fire commissioner, gave the information about the five CFD members infected by the novel coronavirus. He said all of their situations are in control and they are in self-isolation at home.