La Crosse County Health Department director contracts COVID-19 from household member | Local Government

La Crosse County Health Department director Jen Rombalski has tested positive for COVID-19, the department announced Tuesday.

County Health Director Jen Rombalski


Rombalski, who has been spearheading community efforts to curb the spread of the virus, contracted it from a household member, who was exposed to the coronavirus in a classroom setting. Rombalski is experiencing mild to moderate symptoms and recovering at home, the Health Department said in a release.

As Rombalski has been working remotely, no other department staff have been exposed. During Rombalski’s absence, COVID-19 response will be supported by other department leaders and staff.

“This notice is being shared to remind community members that COVID-19 can happen to anyone and that there is no stigma to being tested, diagnosed or in speaking candidly to contact tracers …,” the Health Department stated. “We wish Jen and all who have been affected by COVID-19 a speedy recovery, rest and good health moving forward.”

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Lamont administration awards $4M worth of no-bid contracts to handle unemployment benefits; unions protest

The administration of Gov. Ned Lamont has invoked emergency powers to enter no-bid contracts totaling about $4 million with two private corporations to handle Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) applications and track benefits overpayments for the state Department of Labor — and state employee unions are blasting the move.

Union officials say that the administration is overusing the emergency powers that the legislature has granted the governor during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I fully support … no-bid contracting for PPE and other things that will save lives,” said Sal Luciano, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO. “If it keeps someone from dying, who cares if a face mask costs an extra dime?”

But he said the state shouldn’t be privatizing administrative functions that aren’t life-and-death matters.

“We understand the governor has certain rights to exercise executive authority to protect people during the pandemic,” Luciano said. “But we don’t believe state agencies have the

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Libbey Reaches Agreements with Unions on Modifications to Labor Contracts and Retiree Benefits

TOLEDO, Ohio, Sept. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Libbey Inc. (OTC: LBYYQ) (“Libbey” or the “Company”), one of the world’s largest glass tableware manufacturers, today announced that it has reached consensual, ratified agreements with the United Steelworkers (“USW”) and the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (“IAM”) regarding modifications to their collective bargaining agreements (“CBAs”) and union-related retiree health and welfare benefits.

The agreed-upon modifications would provide cost reductions that are essential to the Company’s successful reorganization and would extend through September 2024, providing significant stability to the Company. The modifications are subject to Bankruptcy Court approval, which is expected either before or concurrent with confirmation of Libbey’s plan of reorganization (the “Plan”) later this year.

Mike Bauer, chief executive officer of Libbey, said, “These agreements are the result of good-faith negotiations in which both the USW and IAM leadership and Libbey management invested significant time and

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Six Genesee County Health Department employees in quarantine after one contracts COVID-19

GENESEE COUNTY, MI — Six employees of the county Health Department are in quarantine at home after one of them contracted COVID-19.

Health Officer John McKellar confirmed the positive coronavirus case in an email to MLive-The Flint Journal and said the staff in his office and the Genesee District Court, which shares the McCree Health and Human Services Building with the department, have been notified.

The building at 630 S. Saginaw St., Flint, remains open to the public, McKellar said. The five employees who had close contact with the employee who contracted COVID-19, he said, have been in quarantine at home, monitoring for symptoms since last week.

There have been 3,583 cases of coronavirus and 281 deaths reported to the Health Department since the pandemic started earlier this year.

The McCree Building was originally a Montgomery Ward department store and it underwent an approximate $4-million renovation in 2018 and 2019.

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Continuing Care Retirement Communities – Advantages and Disadvantages of Life Care Contracts

If you have always dreamed of spending your retirement in a resort community, a Continuing Care Retirement Community(CCRC) may be what you need. Many CCRCs provide amenities for the type of lifestyle retirees want now, and health care protection they may need later. This type of community is growing in popularity among seniors who want to age in place and ensure their care for the future. You should consider if the substantial CCRC fees provide a sound investment of your retirement funds. Also, you might contemplate the amenities and services offered with a realistic assessment of your level of participation. Before signing a contract, you need to consider the advantages and disadvantages of entering into a life care agreement with a CCRC.

First, let’s look at the advantages of living in a high-end CCRC.

  • First-class amenities such as indoor swimming pools, fitness centers, spa facilities, restaurants, movie theaters and health
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