More than 300 donate blood during the Fort Worth weekend event – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Over the weekend, Fort Worth and
residents of the surrounding area extended a Texas-sized hand by donating blood
in this moment of great need.

Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest tonk, hosted a 3-day blood drive. The activity is temporarily closed in the interest of public health as city leaders fight the spread of coronavirus.

According to Carter BloodCare, theirs
the team collected 316 blood units over the weekend.

“Thank you to the community for giving the gift of life at such an important time,” said Carter BloodCare spokeswoman Linda Goelzer.

Mayor Betsy Price allowed to open the doors for the special 3-day blood tour that used a room that allowed the recommended social spacing between donor beds and waiting areas.

“Concerns about COVID-19 and the
the closure of schools, universities and companies led to the cancellation of 4,000
blood drives across the country and a dramatic drop in blood donations, ”
Billy Bob said in a press release.

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Illinois casinos will remain closed until April 8 – NBC Chicago

All Illinois casinos will remain closed until April 8 amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release issued Friday by the Illinois Gaming Board.

The state’s 10 casinos, which closed on Monday, were expected to remain closed for 14 days. However, the IGB extended the closing on Friday, shortly after the J.B. Pritzker had announced a home stay order for all of Illinois.

“The health and safety of customers, gaming industry employees, Gaming Board staff and everyone else in Illinois is the Gaming Board’s top priority,” IGB officials said in a press release.

The IGB is monitoring developments related to the outbreak and will provide the necessary updates, the press release said.

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Massachusetts has planned a pandemic for years. Here is what is expected. – NBC Boston

Flatten the curve.

You have probably heard public health officials repeat this phrase as they announce major cancellations and closures related to the new coronavirus pandemic.

So what exactly does that mean? And what can you do to help?

The “curve” refers to exponential growth in new cases that could occur if the virus can spread uncontrollably in the community.

A sharp spike in COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, could bring a stream of new patients, many of whom would need intensive care. Experts say the scenario would have overwhelmed the health system, making it more difficult to make life-saving treatments for all sick people.

The director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, dr. Anthony Fauci explains social distancing and how it can help slow the spread of coronavirus in elderly and immunocompromised patients.

That’s why it’s imperative to stop the transmission of the virus and slow it down in the coming weeks, said Dr. Davidson Hamer, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Boston School of Public Health.

Even if the same number of people contract the virus, doctors and nurses will have a greater chance of saving lives if the cases spread over a longer period of time.

“If there is a big wave all at once, then hospitals could run out of beds, run out of negative pressure rooms,” he said. “You know, if there are many patients on fans, potentially even running out of fans.”

State leaders have yet to indicate what could be a spike in COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts. In a press conference last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said the state is now busy planning scenarios for “what could happen in Massachusetts.”

Governor Charlie Baker has announced that Massachusetts has established a command center for coronavirus response. Recognizing the empty shelves seen around Commonwealth food stores, he told people that there is no need to accumulate food.

The Massachusetts Hospital Association has forwarded NBC10 Boston’s questions to the Department of Public Health, which has not yet responded to requests for information on the state’s hospital capacity.

But previous state projections shed light on how serious a public health emergency in the Bay State can be.

In a 2006 flu pandemic preparedness plan, Massachusetts public health officials predicted that as many as 2 million people would fall ill following the emergence of a new respiratory disease.

Using the modeling developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state predicted that over 1 million people would have to be treated on an outpatient basis, based on the most likely scenario of how the pandemic would spread across the globe. state. The model predicted that over 80,000 people would have to be treated in a hospital and up to 20,000 could die, in part because the hospital system would be overwhelmed by a flood of cases.

As part of the preparation planning, public health officials in Massachusetts asked hospitals across the state to negotiate agreements to use other large facilities in their region, such as high schools and arsenals, such as so-called “alternative care sites”. The state plans to touch those facilities to treat patients with less severe cases of theoretical disease, allowing hospitals to focus only on the sickest patients.

Importantly, the new coronavirus that now plagues people around the world may not follow the same trajectory as that shown in the state’s projections. These numbers were based on the assumption that 30 percent of the population would contract the virus. This figure may be higher or lower as researchers collect more data on the virus causing COVID-19.

The president and vice president told the public that anyone who wants a test can get one, but dozens of people have contacted NBC10 Boston investigators to say it wasn’t their experience, including a chemotherapy patient.

Massachusetts’ population has also increased since the state made its forecasts, going from about 6.4 million in 2006 to about 6.9 million today.

Emergency measures put in place by Governor Charlie Baker and others could also mitigate the spike in the epidemic, Hamer said, drastically reducing the number of patients who need treatment simultaneously and potentially saving lives.

“If social distancing and personal hygiene and work at home and all these types of strategies don’t work and we have a very large number of cases in a short period of time, I think it could overwhelm the health care system,” he said.

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School closings in Maine due to coronavirus

Many Maine schools have announced that they will close for two weeks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, others have announced shorter closures while monitoring conditions. Here is a list of closures that will be updated with the arrival of new announcements. Closed for 2 weeks (Monday 16 to Friday 27 March) Biddeford schools Brunswick schools Elizabeth Elizabeth schools Consolidated Boston school Portland schools Gorham public schools Portland public schools Saco schools Ebago school South Portland schools South Portland schools West-Ogunquit Westbrook Schools Harmouth Schools MSAD 6 MSAD 51MSAD 60MSD 61 MSAD 72U 14 USU 14 USU – week closed March 16. The situation will be reassessed on March 20. 2 UR – closed for students Monday 16 March Bangor public schools – closed until 27 March 52 March – no student Monday 16 March Sunday 16 March is now a teacher on day-service. It was initially scheduled for Friday March 20, which is now scheduled to be a normal school day. School officials said they needed time to clean the caretakers and teachers to plan remote learning. Auburn School Department – no students Monday 16th March Monday 16th March will be a seminar day for teachers and an opportunity for school staff to clean all surfaces. School officials said they “will continue to take the directives of the Maine CDC and the Maine DOE on whether or not to close our schools.” For this reason, Friday 20 March will be a normal student day. Officials said if a child is absent on Friday March 20, it will be a justified absence. Lessiston public schools: no students Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 Parent-teacher conferences are temporarily suspended. Spring sports activities, including practices and games, have been postponed to April 27. Teachers and staff will prepare for “distance learning” plans. After-school programming will continue to take place. RSU 24 (Sullivan) – closed from Tuesday 17 March to Friday 3 April, including the communities of Eastbrook, Franklin, Gouldsboro, Mariaville, Steuben, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham and Winter Harbor. Includes Sumner Memorial High School, Cave Hill School, Ella Lewis School, Mountain View School and Peninsula School.John Bapst High School, Bangor – closed until April 26, Mel MacKay, the head of the school, said that no lessons will be held and the campus will be closed during this period. MacKay says the school took the first steps last week to prepare teachers for online education. On Tuesday 17 March, the school will keep staff on duty, with the awareness that staff who must be at home with the children may have to attend remotely or take notes later. Approaches to online instruction will begin for school on Wednesday March 18. Cheverus High School – Transition to remote learning from March 17 to March 27. Monday is a professional development day for staff and students don’t have to connect remotely. – closed for students on Monday 16 March for the “foreseeable future” the Faculty will be prepared for distance learning on Monday. Online lessons will begin on Tuesday for the “foreseeable future”. Breakwater school – closed for the next two weeks Levey Day School – Closed until April 17

Many Maine schools have announced that they will close for two weeks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus.

Others have announced shorter closures while monitoring conditions.

Here is a list of closures that will be updated with the arrival of new announcements.

Closed for 2 weeks (from Monday 16 March to Friday 27 March)

  • Biddeford schools
  • Brunswick Schools
  • Cape Elizabeth schools
  • Dayton Consolidated School
  • Falmouth schools
  • Gorham public schools
  • Portland public schools
  • Saco schools
  • Sebago elementary school
  • South Portland Schools
  • Wells-Ogunquit schools
  • Westbrook schools
  • Yarmouth schools
  • MSAD 6
  • MSAD 51
  • MSAD 60
  • MSD 61
  • MSAD 72
  • MSAD 75
  • MSW 5
  • MSW 14
  • MSW 15
  • MSW 21
  • MSW 23

Other scheduled closings:

Scarborough Schools – week closed March 16th. The situation will be reassessed on March 20.

MSW 2 – closed for students on Monday 16th March

Bangor Public Schools – closed until March 27th

MSAD 52 – no student on Monday 16th March

Monday March 16th is now a day of teacher service. It was initially scheduled for Friday March 20, which is now scheduled to be a normal school day. School officials said they needed time to clean the caretakers and teachers to plan remote learning.

Auburn School Department – no students on Monday 16th March

Monday March 16th will be a day of seminars for teachers and an opportunity for school staff to clean all surfaces. School officials said they “will continue to take the directives of the Maine CDC and the Maine DOE on whether or not to close our schools.” For this reason, Friday 20 March will be a normal student day. Officials said if a child is absent on Friday March 20, it will be a justified absence.

Lewiston public schools: no students on Thursday 19th March and Friday 20th March

Parent-teacher conferences are temporarily suspended. Spring sports activities, including practices and games, have been postponed to April 27. Teachers and staff will prepare for “distance learning” plans. After-school programming will continue to take place.

RSU 24 (Sullivan) – closed from Tuesday 17 March to Friday 3 April

This includes the communities of Eastbrook, Franklin, Gouldsboro, Mariaville, Steuben, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham and Winter Harbor. It includes Sumner Memorial High School, Cave Hill School, Ella Lewis School, Mountain View School and Peninsula School.

John Bapst High School, Bangor – closed until April 26th

Mel MacKay, the head of the school, said that there will be no lessons and the campus will be closed during this time. MacKay says the school took the first steps last week to prepare teachers for online education. On Tuesday 17 March, the school will keep staff on duty, with the awareness that staff who must be at home with the children may have to attend remotely or take notes later. Approaches to online instructions will begin for school on Wednesday March 18.

Cheverus High School – Transition to remote learning from March 17th to March 27th. Monday is a professional development day for staff and students don’t have to connect remotely.

Wayneflete School – closed for students on Monday 16th March for the “foreseeable future”

The faculty will be prepared for remote learning on Monday. Online lessons will begin on Tuesday for the “foreseeable future”.

Breakwater school – closed for the next two weeks

Levey Day School – Closed until April 17th

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All Illinois casinos will close for 14 days starting Monday – NBC Chicago

The Illinois Gaming Board announced Friday that it has ordered the closure of all 10 casinos in the state starting Monday due to coronavirus concerns.

Rivers Casino in Des Plaines had previously announced that it will suspend operations Sunday, March 15, for 14 days amid the outbreak of the coronavirus, casino officials announced a press release on Friday.

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Collin County reports the fifth presumptive positive coronavirus case – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The Collin County Department of Health reported Friday that a fifth person – a 40-year-old Frisco woman – tested the supposed positive for the new coronavirus.

He has no basic medical conditions and remains in quarantine at his home. The woman, whose name has not been released, has not recently traveled outside the state, so health officials are working to determine if the case has been spread by anyone in the community, a press release said.

Collin County Health says there are 63 people monitored as of Friday afternoon.

Collin County’s most recent allegedly positive case comes after disaster reports from the Dallas and Tarrant counties. Collin County has not declared a health emergency since Friday.

County operations

  • All non-essential court operations in Collin County have been postponed to April 1st. Essential court proceedings will continue as intended and are defined by the respective court orders: district courts, county courts and justice courts.
  • The county offices are open and operational during normal business hours.
  • Under the direction of elected officials and department heads, employees with the ability to work remotely are instructed to do so.
  • Any non-essential travel related to the work of county employees is prohibited. All travel related to county employee work for training and conferences were canceled until April 1.
  • County employees with fever or flu-like symptoms are expected to stay home from work and cannot return to work until they have been free of fever without medication for 24 hours.
  • Collin County employees were asked to cancel all nonessential staff meetings and community meetings.
  • The Collin County Commissioner Court will not cancel meetings at this time. All non-essential employees were asked to monitor the Court’s meeting via the web and not to attend in person.

Closures and cancellations

  • The 2020 Gardener Collin County Garden Show, scheduled for Saturday March 14 and Sunday March 15, has been canceled. At the moment, no decisions have been made on the reprogramming of the event.

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Faced with the risk of contagion, cancellations and closings are increasing

Nearly 450 exhibiting publishers, 3,000 authors from 50 countries, 160,000 visitors … The Paris Book Fair will not take place, its management decided after the government banned gatherings of more than 5,000 people in confined spaces, due to the coronavirus epidemic. “We don’t want to make participants take risks, explains the president of the National Publishing Union Vincent Montagne, president of Livre Paris. I regret it, because the show is a great moment of exchange. I am also thinking of our guest of honor, India, the world’s sixth largest book market. We will rebuild an opportunity to meet India. “

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For independent editor Sabine Wespieser, the impact of the cancellation is mostly moral. But she is counting on a reimbursement of the sums committed, ” sales of books on site usually covering the price of my stand, around 7000 euros. “ The booksellers explain that the books ordered can be returned. But, dread Renny Aupetit, who heads Le Comptoir des mots (Librest group) in Paris, we are faced with an unprecedented situation, in which we can fear that the public will turn to online shopping rather than in bookstores. “

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The Bologna Children’s Book Fair, which was due to start on March 30, has also been canceled. The heart of this professional event is not the sale of books but rights. Selling our books abroad is an important part of our financial equilibrium and that of our authors, recalls Pascal Ruffenach, president of Bayard (editor of The cross). The cancellation of this big meeting obliges us to adapt: ​​our rights department has designed videos to present our books by videoconference … We have to invent a different way of doing business. “

The Louvre closed doors

Emergency closed Sunday 1st March, the Louvre remained closed the next day. Considering themselves in danger, the employees renewed, almost unanimously (300 votes to one), their right of withdrawal exercised the day before. ” We made this decision for the staff but also for the visitors, says Christian Galani, member of the CGT culture national office. Between 20,000 and 40,000 visitors from around the world are welcomed every day. Let’s be serious, we are in stage 2 of the epidemic, surely soon in stage 3. We must be coherent.

The management of the Louvre for its part declared to be ” fully mobilized “While judging this closure” not necessary “Arguing that” the confinement of 5,000 people at the same time in the same closed space did not occuryou don’t In this museum with 9.6 million annual visitors in 2019.

The music world was struck at the start of the major tours. In France, a hundred theaters exceed the tonnage of 5,000 seats. “Thousands of cultural events” are threatened, according to the Prodiss, a union that brings together producers, broadcasters, halls and festivals. Already canceled, or postponed, a dance competition (“Juste Debout” on 1st March in Paris), two concerts by Maître Gims (March 7 in Nantes and March 8 in Orleans), a festival (“Sideration” in Paris on March 20), the Nuit de la Bretagne (March 7 in Paris)…

Tours are waiting to start, spectators ask to be reimbursed, cinemas reduce their sails to stay below the 5,000 mark. Everyone is already wondering about the first festival of the season, the Printemps de Bourges, scheduled for April 23. Especially if the health situation worsens at the level 3 risk, the ban will hit meetings of more than 1,000 people and will further weaken the performing arts.

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