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Poll: 1 in 3 Parents Pick Holiday Gathering Over COVID Safety

MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) — As COVID-19 cases surge throughout the United States and the holiday season kicks off with Thanksgiving on Thursday, families are faced with a challenging choice.

Do they skip family gatherings and the usual way they celebrate their traditions? Or do they risk bringing the novel coronavirus to their extended family of loved ones?

In a new nationwide poll of 1,443 parents, about one in three said the benefits of gathering with families for the holidays outweighed the risk of spreading the virus.

The annual C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health revealed that parents with at least one child aged 12 or under were wrestling with competing priorities.

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NSEA Files Petition to Require Schools to Follow Strict Health and Safety Criteria

Our state public education system is facing a crisis of historic proportion due to an unprecedented surge of COVID-19.

Between November 7 and November 13, on average, 124 patients with confirmed COVID-19 and 38 patients with suspected COVID-19 were reported as newly admitted each day to hospitals in Nebraska.  On November 17, the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued a report indicating Nebraska has 101 or more new cases per 100,000 population, which is the sixth highest infection rate in the country.  Nebraska is also in the red zone for test positivity, indicating a rate at or above 10.1 percent, with the fourth highest rate in the country.  Nebraska had 735 new cases per 100,000 population, compared to a national average of 294 per 100,000.

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Getting Together on Thanksgiving? Here Are Some Ways To Play it Safe

Scott Harris’ family has already made a tough decision. They’re not going to have a get-together this Thanksgiving. It’s just too risky.

New COVID-19 cases had fallen after Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide mask mandate in July. For more than a month they stayed flat.

But in recent weeks Harris, the state’s health officer, has watched the numbers rise across Alabama and the nation. Montgomery’s new cases jumped from 832 in September to 1,417 in October, and they’re on pace to rise another 23% in November without factoring in the impact of Thanksgiving. Hospitalizations are up, as well.

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Employers must make sure that their workplace’s health and safety meet the legal requirements.

Workplace safety refers to the working environment of a business and covers all the individual factors that impact employees’ health, wellbeing, and safety.

This may include:

  • Unsafe working processes or conditions
  • Environmental hazards
  • On-site violence
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • The appropriate use of tools
  • Making crisis exits easily accessible
  • The use of mechanical assistance
  • Reducing job-related stress

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Google Travel Shows Covid-Related Health, Safety Precautions

Google today announced it’s adding more COVID-related health and safety information to its Google Travel booking service. On Google Travel, you can see trends for flight and hotel availability over the past six months, as well as links to local resources, like the number of COVID-19 cases in the area.

If you’re planning to visit a new city, you can use the COVID layer in Google Maps to quickly get information about COVID-19 cases in the area, so you can make more informed decisions about where to go and what to do.

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New University Health and Safety Guidance

As you likely know, we are seeing a rise in the spread of COVID-19 in the New Haven community and across the state.  Consistent with local and national trends, we are also experiencing increased levels of infection on our campus among students, faculty and staff.  We have observed, as has the State, that the sources of viral spread in our community are quite frequently associated with social gatherings, often with extended family or friends, where facemasks are removed; with dining indoors at a restaurant; or during travel to campus from out-of-the-area locations.
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Empire State Building to Achieve WELL Health-Safety Rating

The Empire State Building has made the pathway to return to NYC clear. People are eager to explore the city again and the Empire State Building’s safety protocols and WELL certification reinsures guests that they will be safe while having a fun experience.

The Empire State Building’s decade-long commitment to Indoor Environmental Quality led the way with science-based measures to make the Observatory, and the entire building, as safe and healthy as possible for visitors to return. It is due to that commitment, and measurable policies and strategies to verify compliance, that on September 21, the Empire State Building was the first building to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating. The iconic Empire State Building Observatory safely reopened on July 20, with all of the WELL Health-Safety measures in place.

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Target Announces New Health Safety Measures

(CNN) – Target says it is putting in place new safety measures for the holiday season.

The retailer announced some of the new steps Thursday.

They include adding contactless self-checkout to locations; along with technology that allows guests to skip waiting in line and more parking spaces for its contactless drive up service.

Target also plan to enhance its contactless same-day services.

The store says the new measures are on top of the current ones it already has in place to keep guests and team members safe.

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LA County Board of Supervisors To Investigate COVID-19 Safety of Fast-Food Workers

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Responding to allegations by union leaders that workers at a Boyle Heights McDonald’s were fired for raising COVID-19 safety concerns, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to investigate and examine working conditions across the fast-food industry.

Supervisor Hilda Solis authored a motion calling for public health workers to look into complaints by alleged whistleblowers.

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Twenty-One Riviera Nayarit Hotels Awarded Health Safety Badges

The Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) awarded 21 Riviera Nayarit hotels with health safety badges, which “guarantees a healthy return to the workplace in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Riviera Nayarit tourism officials said.

Hotels that received the health safety badges include Mayan Palace, Grand Mayan, Ocean Breeze, The Grand Bliss and Grand Luxxe from the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta development; Riu Jalisco, Riu Vallarta, and Riu Palace; Paradise Village; Occidental Grand; Hard Rock Vallarta; Marival Emotions, Marival Distinct and Marival Armony; Dreams Villamagna; Samba Vallarta; Krystal Reflect Nuevo Vallarta; Las Palomas Nuevo Vallarta; Vallarta Gardens; Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort.