Monday, June 1, 2020
Sip and Shop, Recovery Series, Bike to Anywhere
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Luis Alberto Lecanda is conducting bilingual online interviews on behalf of the new Blaine County Recovery group.
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
 

STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

J. McLaughlin is inviting those whose passion for shopping has gone unquenched during the pandemic to a virtual Sip & Shop Wednesday and Thursday.

Grab your favorite beverage, check out the Carmel pants, Durham Ruffle tops and other items in the new collection at www.jmclaughlin.com and give Sarah Howe and her crew a call at 208-471-5387  to say “Hi” and place your order. Or, email showe@jmclaughlin.com between noon at 5 p.m. those days.

Orders will be shipped to your home or will be available for curbside pickup.

 
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Paul Ries' curve shows a little spike in Blaine County on Tuesday with four new cases.
 

Best of all, says Howe, the dress shop is partnering with Camp Rainbow Gold, which provides a summer experience for children with cancer and their families. J. McLaughlin will donate 15 percent of sales to that charity, which had to cancel its big gala fundraiser—Share your Heart Ball—just days before it was supposed to happen as the coronavirus raised its head.

“We’re just trying to help out a bit in their fundraising efforts,” Howe said.

ST. LUKE’S STARTS PLASMA TRIAL

St. Luke’s is taking part in a trial study to see whether critically ill patients can benefit from plasma containing antibodies of those who have recovered from COVID-19.

West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell is also taking part in the study, which is part of a national effort based on research protocol from the Mayo Clinic to identify proven therapies in the fight against COVID-19 disease.

The convalescent plasma therapy appears to have had good results elsewhere. But more trials are needed to establish its effectiveness.

It's one of many therapeutic options the hospital is looking at; ultimately the decision who and when to treat will come from frontline providers.

St. Luke's Health System hopes to begin providing the treatment on Thursday in Boise, which is currently the only site for the donation of plasma to the American Red Cross, says Joy Prudek, public relations manager for St. Luke's Wood River.

"I know we have lobbied for additional locations,"she added.

IDAHO TALLIES TWO MORE DEATHS

There are now 1,952 cases of coronavirus in the Gem State--35 more than Tuesday. Two more Idahoans have died from COVID-19--one in Nez Perce County; the other, in Ada County.

Blaine County has tallied 497 confirmed and probable cases since the first was confirmed on March 14. That's four more than on Monday.

Labs have tested more than 28,000 Idahoans.

LEARN HOW TO OPTIMIZE ONLINE LEARNING AND MORE

Hear live bilingual interviews with community leaders via the Blaine Recovery Series.

Interviews will cover education, health, transportation, community resources and long-term recovery.

The interviews will be conducted in Spanish and English by Luis Alberto Lecanda. Conversations will be streamed live on Sun Valley Institute’s Facebook page with a question and answer session following the interview.

The first interview on Monday featured Stephanie Wallace, vice principal of Ernest Hemingway STEAM School and Hailey Elementary School. She talked about how to optimize online learning. The recording can be viewed on the Sun Valley Institute Facebook page.

The next episode, livestreamed at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 30, will feature Carlos Tellez, maintenance manager for Mountain Rides. He will describe the changes the bus service has made in response to the epidemic.

“We look forward to binding our content with a common thread of hope, optimism and inspiration for the future we all want,” said Lecanda.

The Blaine Recovery Committee was set up recently to identify and prioritize challenges facing the community’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and advancing solutions to address those needs.

BIKE TO ANYWHERE

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual Bike to Work and School Day is being replaced with Bike to Anywhere Day on May 6.

There will be no gathering places, no vendor tents. Instead, youth and adults are encouraged to go for a bike ride and post a photo with #bikeanywhereday5B or #bikingformentalwellness. Tag Safe Routes Wood River Valley. Then tune into social media to see how others are celebrating the day.

NEED PPE FOR YOUR WORK FORCE?

Makers from across the state are ready to print, sew and deliver fabric masks, face shields, ear savers and other personal protective equipment to facilities of all kinds as more businesses reopen in the coming weeks.

It’s free, provided for bus drivers, grocery store workers, food service workers, retirement or nursing home employees, hospice staff and others. It’s coordinated by the Idaho STEM Action Center in Boise.

Go to https://stem.idaho.gov/idahomakersunite/ to fill out a “Request PPE for your Facility” form.

NEED ANOTHER REASON NOT TO DRIVE TO CUSTER COUNTY?

The Idaho Transportation Department will reduce Highway 75 to one lane between Prairie Creek Road and King Creek Road 17 miles north of the Ketchum as it begins bridge construction. Speed restrictions will be in place and the roadway will be reduced to one lane.

Work on underground cables is in progress through June 30 at Frenchman Creek Road near the bottom of Galena Summit.

THEY’RE LOOSENING UP DOWN UNDER

 New Zealand and Australia are allowing Kiwis and Aussies back in the surf after seeing encouraging signs that they’ve broken the chain of transmission. New Zealand reported just three new infections on Tuesday, and Australia has lost only 83 people to COVID-19—fewer than the number of deaths reported by more than half of the states in this country.

New Zealand has had five weeks of strict lockdown measures. Under new levels, New Zealanders can buy takeaways. Kiwis believe their success lay in moving swiftly, testing widely and relying on good science, says CNN. It also banned foreigners from entering the country.

APP-ING UP

As the Southern Hemisphere enters its seasonal flu season, more than two million of the 25 million Aussies have downloaded a smartphone app called COVIDSafe. The app will assist authorities with contact tracing.

The technology, which just became available Sunday night, alerts people when they spend significant time near someone who tests positive for the coronavirus. It’s hoped the app will help authorities limit the transmission of the virus as the country begins reopening.

A coronavirus-tracing app in India has 50 million users, according to Bloomberg News.

 

 

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