4 passengers dead, 138 sick on Holland America’s MS Zaandam

4 passengers dead, 138 sick on Holland America's MS Zaandam as the cruise remains in limbo due to coronavirus

The ship did not have coronavirus tests available on board until Thursday evening when it rendezvoused with Holland America's MS Rotterdam off the coast of Panama for additional supplies and medical personnel.

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/03/27/coronavirus-4-dead-138-sick-holland-america-cruise-limbo/2927031001/

Florida attorney general issues consumer alert about coronavirus-related scams

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has issued a consumer alert about new scams that have been popping up that are related to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a news release issued Friday by State Attorney Dennis W. Ward, of Monroe County, the scams range from text messages and phone calls to imposters posing as health workers offering free COVID-19 tests.

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https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/03/27/florida-attorney-general-issues-consumer-alert-about-coronavirus-related-scams/

A Letter from Whole Foods Market – Response to COVID-19

Dear Whole Foods Market Community,

First and foremost, I hope you are staying well. As a company, Whole Foods Market is adjusting to the current circumstances that all of us are facing during this unprecedented time. We believe that the service we provide as a grocer is an essential one, and we are committed to continuing to serve our customers in a safe and responsible manner, both in our stores and through delivery.

With information moving quickly, we think it’s important to keep you informed of the measures we’re taking to ensure the health of both our customers and our 95,000+ team members. As you’d expect, all decisions we’re making are being guided by the counsel of outside health and food safety experts, including the CDC and local health authorities.

Along with enhanced sanitation measures and social distancing practices in stores, here are the most recent operational changes we want you to be aware of:

  • We have adjusted hours, with stores closing up to two hours early to give our team members more time to restock shelves, sanitize our stores and rest in preparation for the next day.
  • We are inviting customers 60 and older into the store to shop one hour before it opens to the general public.
  • We have temporarily closed self-serve areas of the store, including our hot bars, salad bars and antipasti bars. Other seated venues in our stores will offer takeout only, and any indoor or outdoor café seating is closed.

If you’ve shopped our stores in recent weeks, you’ve experienced our team members’ dedication and diligence to serving your community during a time of uncertainty. None of this is lost on us, which is why in addition to the changes you’re seeing in our stores, we’re taking extra precautions to ensure our team member’s safety and well-being. That includes measures to compensate and further support them during this unprecedented time, including: •All part- and full-time hourly team members at Whole Foods Market stores and facilities will receive an additional $2 per hour as part of the announcement Amazon made this week.

  • Additionally, all part- and full-time hourly team members at Whole Foods Market stores and facilities will receive double their regular hourly base rate of pay for every overtime hour worked in a workweek from March 16 through May 3, 2020.
  • All Whole Foods Market team members who are placed in quarantine or have a confirmed case of COVID-19 have access to the two weeks’ paid time off related to coronavirus that was announced last week.

For more on how we’re taking care of our team members, customers and stores, follow the link below.
https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info/covid-19-response?ref_=pe_32710620_487862460

 

Thank you for your kindness and patience as our team continues to work hard to serve our customers and communities. Please take care.

Sincerely,
John Mackey

Watch for CoronaVirus symptoms

Covronavirus disease from the CDC

Call your doctor:  If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Watch for symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Visit the CDC:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale closing beaches, limiting hours at restaurants due to COVID-19 outbreak

A joint press conference was held with two South Florida cities that see massive spring break crowds every year.

The Cities of Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale addressed the public regarding new measures taken due large spring break crowds and ongoing concerns over COVID-19 outbreak.

There was a lot of information disseminated at the press conference.

These measures will last until April 12.

Read more:
https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/03/15/watch-live-miami-beach-fort-lauderdale-officials-discuss-spring-break-crowds-and-covid-19-outbreak/

Coronavirus and older adults: What to know and how to prepare

People ages 60 and up are at higher risk of novel coronavirus infection. Symptoms include fever, dry cough and difficulty breathing, and it’s primarily spread between people. Here’s how older adults can prepare and protect themselves from the novel coronavirus. This guidance comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Drs. Carla Perissinotto and Samir Sinha, both geriatricians.

Note: Recommendations for Covid-19 may change as officials learn more, so monitor your local health department and the CDC for updates.

Take precautions

  • Cancel non-essential doctor’s appointments
  • Schedule telehealth sessions for appointments you can’t miss
  • Designate an emergency contact
  • Wash your hands frequently (scrub for 20 seconds with soap and water)
  • Use hand sanitizer when soap isn’t available

Read More:
https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/03/health/coronavirus-tipsheets/older-adults/

Protect yourself and your community from COVID-19

Protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick.

#2020-51 Executive Order Establishes Coronavirus Response Protocol and Directs Public Health Emergency
Released:3/1/2020

The CDC clinical criteria for COVID-19 Persons Under Investigation (PUI) have been developed based on available information about this novel virus, as well as what is known about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). These criteria are subject to change as additional information becomes available.

Follow online with the updates:
http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/

 

For information from the CDC and the World Health Organization on COVID-19, please visit:

Hurricane Dorian Relief for the Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian Relief for the Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian has delivered a devastating blow to two of our major islands – Grand Bahama and Abaco. We are extremely saddened by the loss of life, homes destroyed and landscape damaged. The spirit and resolve of our people remains strong, and we will continue to help everyone impacted.

The Government and people of the Islands of The Bahamas appreciate the outpouring of concern and offers of generous support in the wake of the hurricane. The best way to support the relief and recovery effort is through a monetary contribution to one of our trusted partners or a donation of specific goods identified at the bottom of this page
https://www.bahamas.com/relief

Accepting donations of needed items or cash visit these links below:

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Provide Supplies and drop off at the following locations:

Tropix Shopping
5610 NW 12th Avenue, Suite 203
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Dania Beach City Hall
100 W. Dania Beach Blvd.
Dania Beach, FL 33004

Christ Episcopal Church
3481 Hibiscus Street
Miami, FL 33133

Sands Harbor Resort & Marina
125 N Riverside Dr.
Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Yellow Cab
Attn: Regina McGee or Mike Livesy
800 NW 7th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
954-565-8900 or 954-881-2331

Synergy Shipping LLC
4765 NW 103rd Ave
Sunrise, FL 33351
United States
Hours: 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday

What Is Needed:

Here is a list of items that are needed by those affected by Hurricane Dorian:

Here is a list of items that are needed by those affected by Hurricane Dorian


Other locations to donate goods:
Bahamian Relief Efforts - City of Miami Beach


Bahamas Relief Donation Centers

 


The City of North Miami Bahamas Relief Efforts


The Village of El Portel and Village Council - Bahamas Relief - accepting donations


BAHAMASTRONG

Miami was spared the worst of Hurricane Dorian, and now we’re stepping up to help our neighbors in the Bahamas who have been devastated by the storm. The City of Miami is collecting newly-purchased emergency supplies – including unused supplies left over from our own recent storm preparation – and coordinating distribution to Bahamians in need.

Needed Items:

  • Water
  • Canned goods
  • Can openers
  • Mosquito spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Diapers
  • Baby formula
  • First aid items
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Small generators

  • Greater St. Paul AME Church: 3680 Thomas Ave
  • Christ Episcopal Church: 3475 William Ave

Fire Station dropoff times are from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM

  • Fire Station 1: 144 N.E. 5 ST
  • Fire Station 2: 1901 N. MIAMI AVE
  • Fire Station 3: 1103 NW 7 ST
  • Fire Station 4: 1105 SW 2 AVE
  • Fire Station 5: 1200 NW 20 ST
  • Fire Station 6: 701 NW 36 ST
  • Fire Station 7: 314 BEACOM BLVD
  • Fire Station 8: 2975 OAK AVE
  • Fire Station 9: 69 NE 62 ST
  • Fire Station 10: 4101 NW 7 ST
  • Fire Station 11: 5920 W. FLAGLER ST
  • Fire Station 12: 1455 NW 46 ST
  • Fire Station 13: 990 NE 79 ST
  • Fire Station 14: 2119 S.W. 19 ST
  • MRC Building: 444 SW 2 AVE

Monetary Donations

The City is not accepting monetary donations, but here are some organizations that are:

Hepatitis A outbreak declared in Broward County

Updated: 12:48 PM, April 11, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Health officials confirmed Thursday that an outbreak of Hepatitis A is spreading across Broward County.

Heptatitis A is a contagious liver infection that causes inflammation and can last a few weeks, but up to several months. The virus is spread through contaminated food or drinks that have been exposed to the fecal matter of someone who has the virus.

The virus can also be picked up by eating raw shellfish from water that has been polluted by sewage.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A include:

  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice

Doctors recommend thoroughly washing hands after using the bathroom or changing diapers.

https://www.local10.com/health/hepatitis-a-outbreak-declared-in-broward-county

12 Reasons Bicycling Will Continue to Soar in Popularity

For too long biking has been viewed skeptically as a white-people thing, a big city thing, an ultra-fit athlete thing, a twenty-something thing, a warm weather thing or an upper-middle-class thing. And above all else, it’s seen as a guy thing.

But guess what? The times, they are a-changin’. More than 100 million Americans rode a bike in 2014, and bicycles have out-sold cars most years in the U.S. since 2003.

Read more… https://www.ecowatch.com/bicycling-soar-popularity-2515406297.html