Broome County’s 30th Riverbank Cleanup

first_imgAt Otsiningo Park, many residents of all ages came together to clean up the park for the annual Riverbank Cleanup. They added people spread out throughout the park to help pick up waste in different areas. Organizers say that cleanup usually lasts around two hours each year. Members of the community were also thrilled to see so many people showed up to help. Organizers say they were happy to have such a high turnout.center_img (WBNG) — Members of the community came together today to clean up the environment. They say they want to keep the community clean and beautiful, adding they were lucky to be able to help out with such nice weather conditions for the day.last_img

CDC advises against closing schools during H1N1 outbreaks

first_img May 5 CIDRAP News story Regularly cleaning surfaces in schools with regular cleansers (bleach is not advised) Aug 7, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials recommended today that schools should not close down during novel H1N1 influenza outbreaks, though they emphasized that the advice is a guideline and that decisions should be made based on local conditions. However, the officials said, some schools will be justified in closing if they have a high rate of infection or large numbers of students with the underlying conditions that make the virus more dangerous. “We hope no schools will have to close, but realistically, some schools will close this fall,” Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. See also: The advice affects the approximately 55 million students and 7 million staff who work in the more than 130,000 public and private K-12 schools in the United States. Separate advisories for colleges and universities, and for pre-kindergarten and early-childhood programs, are expected to be issued in the next few weeks. Conducting active screening for fever and other symptoms as students and staff enter school each morning More than 700 schools closed when H1N1 flu first struck in April and May. About 50 were in New York City, where the local outbreak was at least 800,000 cases. As New York City health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Frieden oversaw those closings. But today, speaking as new director of the CDC, he said that additional information about the behavior of the novel virus has made school closings a choice rather than a necessity. Along with the advice on closings, which were published today on the CDC’s H1N1 flu Web page, the guidelines include new advice on when to allow ill students and staff to return to school: when 24 hours have passed with no fever, whether or not the person is taking antiviral drugs. Previously, federal guidance required flu patients to stay home for 7 days. The guidelines, composed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and released at a press briefing by the Department of Health and Human Services, build on revised guidance that the CDC issued in May. Early in the pandemic’s spring wave, schools were told to close for up to 2 weeks, but the CDC changed its advice shortly afterward to say that schools should focus on keeping sick students and staff out of school. CDC Guidance for State and local Public Health Officials and School Administrators for School (K-12) Responses to Influenza during the 2009-2010 School Year Asking students and staff with underlying conditions to stay home when flu is circulating locally Emphasizing hand-washing and covering coughs with tissues or shirt-sleeves Because closings may yet happen, school should prepare by getting temporary home-schooling plans ready, Duncan warned. Making sure that students and staff with high-risk conditions see healthcare professionals as soon as possible after they show symptoms The guidelines also advise: Technical Report for State and Local Public Health Officials and School Administrators on CDC Guidance for School (K-12) Responses to Influenza during the 2009-2010 School Year Asking students and staff with ill family members to stay home for 5 days after the first household member falls ill “We know from the spring that where there was H1N1 there were very large explosive outbreaks in schools,” Frieden said in the briefing. “[But] we know more now about how it behaves; we know more about how to control it. It is now clear that closure of schools is rarely if ever indicated.” The new advice is being issued because “once you close a school, as we saw last spring, that creates a very significant ripple effect” on parents and businesses, Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said during the briefing. Sending ill students and staff home, and holding them in rooms separate from the main student body until they can leave Schools can reasonably consider closing if they have large numbers of students who are medically frail or pregnant, or are in an area where the local outbreak is especially intense, or if the virus begins to cause more severe illness, he said. Otherwise, schools will need to rely on parents to keep children at home if they are feverish. But he cautioned that some of the spring closings in New York City were driven by children showing up to school with fever because their parents did not or could not keep them at home. If the fall flu wave involves more severe disease than what was seen in the spring, the guidelines also call for (among other steps):last_img read more

Public warned vs extortionists claiming to be DILG execs

first_imgMadayag said she received reports ofan unidentified person posing as DILG personnel. The unidentified person has noidentification card that identified his personality, she claimed. She explained that this concern islodged to the City Engineer’s Office. She added that the unidentified personalso demanded P200 from the residents. Pallen said that this person allegedlyquestioned the measurement imposed by village officials to those affected bythe demolition. According to Lady Gles Pallen,Taculing village head and president of the Liga ng mga Barangay in this city,that there was an unidentified person roaming in several barangays here,introducing himself as a DILG representative. For his part, Madayag clarified thatshe has not authorized any individual or group of persons to check or correctmeasurements of road easements and road right of way. Madayag disclosed that she issued thenotice to clear confusions created by some individuals using the name of theiroffice to pursue their interests in one way, or the other./PN BACOLOD City – City director of the Departmentof Interior and Local Government (DILG) Ma. Joy Maredith Madayag cautioned thepublic against scammers who extort money from residents affected by the roadclearing operations. last_img read more