Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Get Tested COVID-19 Offers Help for Those Seeking Tests, Hormel Offers Bacon Smelling Face Masks
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Eighty people showed up masked and nicely physically distanced Wednesday to get a look at the Wood River Land Trust’s proposal for river and pond restoration and various amenities at Hulen Meadows Pond.
   
Saturday, October 24, 2020
 

STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

COVID GRAPHS BY PAUL RIES

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is partnering with Get Tested COVID-19 to maintain an accurate database of designated COVID-19 testing centers in Idaho.

The volunteer, community-led project was founded to help people throughout the United States find COVID-19 testing centers in their communities.

 
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Blaine County added 10 new cases of coronavirus on Friday for a total of 854 since mid-March.
 

Idahoans can visit www.get-tested-covid19.org  and enter their ZIP code. The site shows a list and map of testing centers within 40 miles of that ZIP code.

The website also provides information about testing centers, such as whether they require an order to get a test, if they take walk-ins or require appointments, if drive-through testing is available and other basic information, such as hours of operation and directions to the site.

The website will be updated weekly. Those opening new testing sites may submit information to bceh@dhw.idaho.gov.

ST. LUKE’S IS NOW R-RATED

 
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Idaho's daily count exceeded a thousand on Friday with 1,073 new cases for a total of 57,673. Nine more Idahoans have died--at least 562 so far.
 

St. Luke’s Magic Valley has temporarily stopped admitting children while the hospital remains bulging at the seams due to the increase in COVID patients. Children needing hospitalization will be transferred to St Luke’s Children in Boise.

The Twin Falls hospital, which announced it had a record number 50 COVID patients this week, will continue to admit newborns and infants in need of the NICU.

The move came on the day more than 82,600 Americans reported new infections--the highest daily number since the pandemic started. Hospitals throughout Idaho and surrounding states are at capacity--Utah is even in the midst of opening a field hospital at an exposition center.

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE BACON

Hormel Foods has created a bacon-scented face covering. “Breathable Bacon” is touted as a “bacon-scented irresistibly breathable two-ply multi-fiber smellicious innovation for your face” that presumably makes you jump at the opportunity to mask up with a face masks even Paleo dieters can abide by. Want one? Visit www.BreathableBacon.com.

P.S. The face mask has zero calories, carbs and sodium. It’s fat-free and nutritional free. Hormel’s slogan? “Don’t just eat bacon. Inhale it.”

CHRISTMAS TREE HUNTING GOES VIRTUAL

Boise’s Festival of Trees will go virtual this year for the first time in 37 years. The Festival, which typically attracts 25,000 spectators, raises between $300,000 and $700,000 each year to help Saint Alphonsus get new medical equipment. Even Santa will be virtual for the affair, which will run Nov. 19-30.

A COVID SUCCESS STORY

Vermont has far and away had the most success in dealing with the coronavirus of any state. To wit: It has not recorded a single COVID-19 death in more than two months.

Its success is partly due to the Republican governor not allowing the virus to become a partisan issue. Gov. Phil Scott has consistently told his constituents to take the virus seriously and he started wearing a mask early on, according to Vermont resident Bill McKibben in The New York Times. In addition, two of the state’s strongest media organizations shut down their comments section to prevent misinformation from spreading.

CAN WE INSTALL A GIANT HUMIDIFIER IN THE VALLEY?

Some viruses persist longer in cold, dry conditions, according to an article in the New York Times. Researchers have found that aerosolized viruses can remain more stable in cooler air, and viruses can replicate more swiftly in such conditions, said Dr. Mohammad Sajadi, who studies infectious diseases at the University of Maryland.

TEENAGER TO THE RESCUE

A 14-year-old from Frisco, Texas, has won a $25,000 cash prize in the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her discovery, which she hopes will lead to a treatment against COVID-19. Anita Chebrolu isolated a lead compound from a database of 698 million molecules in an experiment that began two years ago while she was researching the Spanish flu pandemic, according to CBS News.

CUPPAJOE TUTORING

Caffe Capri, a locally owned coffee shop in Southeast Boise has hired a math tutor to give junior high and high school students one-on-one tutoring with remote learning. The shop will offer a free calculated cram session for six students at a time two nights a week, according to KTVB.

SICK-OUT STOPS—TEMPORARILY

A teacher sick-out protesting the return of in-person classes in West Ada School District has ended after two days. The teacher’s union has said they will hold off on more sick-outs until the school board meets again on Tuesday.

MICHIGAN STUDENTS CONFINED TO DORMS

The University of Michigan has ordered students in Ann Arbor to stay in their dorms for two weeks except for essential activities to control an escalating outbreak there. Cases associated with the university have made up 61 percent of confirmed and probable infections in the community—many of them tied to parties and other weekend gatherings, according to the New York Times.

With the Michigan-Michigan State football game this weekend, health officials are considering fining those who defy the stay-at-home order.

SAFE IN THE SKY

A Department of Defense and United Airlines study purports that a masked  person would have to sit next to an infected passenger on a full plane for 54 hours to receive an infectious dose of COVID through the air. Researchers attributed the success to wearing masks and the air circulation and filtering on planes, according to the Washington Post.

Researchers conducted the study using mannequin heads equipped with an aerosol generator that could mimic breathing and coughing.

 

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