He added the patient, who was admittedat the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH), wasdischarged from the hospital on yesterday. He also urged the public to alwaysverify information related to nCoV from the Department of Health website and torefrain from spreading fake news. As of Wednesday, the City HealthOffice reported two more PUIs – a 67-year-old male, a foreign national, who hada layover in Taiwan, and a 30 to 40-year-old Filipino male who traveled to HongKong. The remaining two PUIs were also atthe hospital waiting for the laboratory results from the RITM. BACOLOD City – A43-year-old Canadian national who was under investigation for a possible 2019 novel coronavirus acuterespiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD) infection had tested negative for thevirus. One of the two is a 12-year-old with ahistory of travel to Hong Kong and Macau while the other is a 58-year-oldfemale. They are now confined in atertiary hospital, she added Dr. Julius Drilon, medical centerchief II, said in a statement that this was based on the result of theconfirmatory testing from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). CHO Environment and SanitationDivision head Grace Tan said the swab samples of the latest two patients wouldbe sent to the RITM as soon as possible. “The CLMMRH is assuring the publicthat the hospital is implementing strict infection control measures inproviding treatment to these patients,” Drilon said. The Bacolod City Disaster RiskReduction and Management Council has passed a resolution requesting for aP10-million budget that will be utilized by the inter-agency task force for theprevention and control of Novel Coronavirus (nCoV). (With a report from PNA/PN)
Friedman said the players would have to agree to that proposal.Based on current COVID-19 case numbers, Friedman speculated Edmonton (Pacific Division); St. Paul, Minn. (Central Division); and Raleigh, N.C. (Metropolitan Division), could be host sites. According to the respective provincial and state governments, Alberta had 3,095 confirmed cases, Minnesota had 2,567 confirmed cases and North Carolina had 6,951 confirmed cases as of April 21.Manchester, N.H., and Grand Forks, N.D., were two of the neutral-site locations floated by league sources to host NHL games should the season resume. The NHL has reportedly scrapped the idea of hosting games at neutral sites in the United States and Canada and has shifted its focus to hosting games in one city per division.According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the league would bring in teams from each division to a city to complete the regular season. One idea being floated is to play tripleheaders each day per location. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu confirmed to Boston radio station WEEI on April 17 that he had spoken with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about staging games in the state.”There is truth to that,” Sununu told WEEI. “I have had discussions about that. I don’t know whether that’s going to happen, but we are talking about it.”Bettman suspended play March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
NEW HARTFORD — As so many large pork production plants are closed by the pandemic, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s growing more concerned for the state’s hog farmers who have nowhere to take their animals. Grassley says euthanasia of hogs may be the last resort as 40-percent of our pork production is shut down this week. “Not only are we down because people are actually sick and shouldn’t be at work, but there’s others who are afraid to come to work,” Grassley says. “Hopefully, guidance from CDC and OSHA will build confidence so people will show up for work and we can get the plants up and running.” Grassley, Senator Joni Ernst and Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig have sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence — who’s in charge of the federal government’s coronavirus response — asking for help in four key areas to keep pork production viable in Iowa. Grassley says, “Additional protection for employee safety at plants to keep them open, resources for humane euthanasia of hogs — if that’s necessary, indemnity payments for producers who are forced to depopulate pigs.” The fourth area is mental health assistance for producers who must euthanize animals, as well as for “veterinarians and others involved in the difficult decisions and processes around euthanizing and disposing of animals.” Grassley could not estimate how much of Iowa’s pork may go to waste if producers can’t get their livestock to market, but he says the figures will be extremely high. He’s hoping producers can salvage at least some of their animals. “Save what hogs you can for food banks and for people that can’t get food,” Grassley says. “Governor Reynolds has put out a program with the Pork Producers to move hogs to local locker plants so they can be slaughtered. The pigs will be given away.” Grassley says each of the pork plants that have closed had been slaughtering at least 10-thousand head of hogs — per day — so there are tremendous numbers of pigs that aren’t being moved. He says some grocery stores are already running short of pork products — from lunchmeat to ham to bacon — and shortages loom. Grassley says there’s perhaps a two-week supply of pork in storage. “What I’m concerned about is,” Grassley says, “there’s an old saying, and I don’t think we’ve ever seen it play out in the United States, but we have seen it play out in other places around the world, that you’re only nine meals away from rioting, and we don’t want that to happen in the United States.” Grassley is a Republican from New Hartford.
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