Spurs Give and Bexar County donate toward mental health

Over 35,000 youth will benefit from the San Antonio Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative. The Spurs put out this press release:



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“As distant learning continues, it’s left students that face abuse and neglect at home without a reprise and without a teacher to pick up on those vital signs,” said Spurs Give Executive Director Jennifer Regnier. “Schools often serve as sanctuaries, an escape from home for many abused and neglected children. It was crucial for us to not only address those issues at hand but also to help combat them. These two incredible organizations do powerful work in the community and drive positive and purposeful change for those young victims and their families. This fight is personal. No child should feel powerless, no child should feel alone. We are proud to be in a county that commits to fighting against the recent rise

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Santa Clara County Moves To Less Restrictive ‘Orange’ Tier

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA — Santa Clara County advanced to a less-restrictive tier of the state’s coronavirus pandemic reopening system Tuesday, enabling both counties to expand the maximum capacity of activities like indoor dining and open bars outside.

Santa Clara was among two Bay Area counties to receive state approval to lift some restrictions Tuesday. Alameda is the other.

The two counties moved from Tier 2, the red tier, to Tier 3, the orange tier, by reducing their rate of new cases per 100,000 residents per day below four.

They join San Francisco as the only Bay Area counties in Tier 3.

Santa Clara and Alameda counties also had to reduce their respective test positivity rates under 5 percent and their health equity score, which the state introduced last week, under 5.2 percent.

Santa Clara County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody encouraged residents to continue the efforts they’ve taken

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Public invited to address disparities among Black community in Washtenaw County

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI — Activists and public officials will gather to discuss disparities among the Black community in Washtenaw County.

Activists will focus on five key areas at the ” Getting Real About Race” event, including housing, employment, education, health care and the criminal justice system in the county. It will run from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Lillie Park, 4365 Platt Road in Ann Arbor. Anyone interested is encouraged to register online.

“It’s one thing to know there’s a problem but there’s a whole other element to put some solutions in place. In Washtenaw County, we’ve been protesting, we have people of all different races coming together. While marching is definitely a part of it, we wanted individuals to know there’s another layer of work that needs to be done,” said Trische Duckworth, founder and executive director of Survivors Speak, a nonprofit leading the event.

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Ramsey County promotes public health director to deputy county manager

The director of St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, Kathy Hedin, has been promoted to the position of deputy county manager of Health and Wellness, Ramsey County officials announced Tuesday.



a group of people looking at a laptop: Dana Janowiak, left, a public health nurse, and Kathy Hedin, an interim public health director, both with St. Paul Ramsey County Public Health Department, set up a computer at Vadnais Sports Center Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Ramsey County and the Minnesota Department of Health are hosting information sessions for Water Gremlin employees and their families, including testing for blood lead levels and employment services. Water Gremlin, a White Bear Township plant that makes lead fishing sinkers and battery terminals, was closed Monday after officials learned that 12 children of employees were exposed to lead, brought into their homes accidentally. (Jean Pieri / Pioneer Press)


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Dana Janowiak, left, a public health nurse, and Kathy Hedin, an interim public health director, both with St. Paul Ramsey County Public Health Department, set up a computer at Vadnais Sports Center Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Ramsey County and the Minnesota Department of Health are hosting information sessions for Water Gremlin employees and their families, including testing for blood lead levels and employment services. Water Gremlin, a White Bear Township plant that makes lead fishing sinkers and battery terminals, was closed Monday after officials learned that 12 children of employees were exposed to lead, brought into their homes accidentally. (Jean Pieri / Pioneer Press)



a person wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Kathy Hedin, deputy county manager of health and wellness


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Tuesday, Oct. 13, coronavirus data by Michigan county: Southwest and south-central Michigan almost solid orange

Coronavirus transmission rates are heading into worrisome territory in large swaths of Michigan, including most of the state’s urban counties outside of metro Detroit/Ann Arbor.

That includes metro Grand Rapids and Lansing, as well as the Flint, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Jackson and Benton Harbor/St. Joseph areas. Twenty-two counties in the Lower Peninsula are now coded orange, based on a metric developed by the Harvard Global Health Initiative to assess coronavirus risk levels. That compares to 10 counties in the Lower Peninsula two weeks ago.

Orange signifies heightened concern, according to the Harvard Institute, which looks at the seven-day average of new cases per 100,000 residents. The newest assessment is based on data for Oct. 6-12.

Four counties went from yellow to orange as a result of Monday’s numbers. Those counties: Allegan, Van Buren, Lenawee and Clinton.

Already in the orange zone: Kent, Ottawa, Genesee, Ingham, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Jackson, Eaton, Ionia,

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Alameda County just paved the way for more food pop-ups

Alameda County officials are pushing forward a plan to allow home cooks to turn their kitchens into small restaurants — despite resistance from the health department.

County supervisors Wilma Chan and Keith Carson agreed during a health committee meeting Monday morning that allowing people to sell food from their homes is crucial during the pandemic, a time when many traditional restaurants are struggling and laying off cooks. They expressed concern over a rise in illegal enterprises with no way to regulate them, instructing the health department to come up with a plan next month.

“There’s going to be an increased desperation to figure out a way to survive and that’s where the underground economy is going to continue to explode,” Carson said.

California passed AB 626 in 2018, legalizing so-called “microenterprise home kitchen operations” but requiring counties to opt in. So far, only Riverside County has successfully issued permits. A

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Pinal County health dept. closes high school after finding “cluster” of COVID-19 cases

SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) –The Pinal County Public Health Department has mandated the closure of San Tan Foothills High School after “a cluster” of COVID-19 cases were identified at the school.

Pinal County orders one school to temporarily close after “a cluster” of COVID-19 cases

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According to a statement from the department, the new cases and potential exposures were discovered on Friday, Oct. 9.

“Since then, Public Health Department staff have been working closely with the school and the Florence Unified School District to evaluate the extent of the potential spread,” the statement explains. “After careful consideration, Pinal County Public Health has deemed the school’s onsite closure to begin contact tracing and quarantine as the most critical public health interventions to control an outbreak.”

San Tan Foothills High School shut down due to COVID outbreak

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Erie County Department of Health finds COVID-19 violations at The Great Pumpkin Farm

Erie County DOH says they visited the farm on October 3 and discovered violations for the farm for too many people on the hayrides and no social distancing.

CLARENCE, N.Y. — The Erie County Department of Health says they found two COVID-related violations following an inspection earlier this month at The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence.

The Department of Health says they visited the farm on Saturday, October 3 and discovered the violations for the farm for too many people on the hayrides and no social distancing by people waiting in lines.

Kelly Schultz, owner of The Great Pumpkin Farm told 2 On Your Side “We didn’t know we were written up. When they told us about this we took care of what was supposedly an issue right away.”

The Erie County Department of Health says that under the NY Forward guidelines, fall activities, such as U-Pick farms, must be

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Kent County Health Department urges people to stay alert amid ‘third wave’ of COVID-19

Kent County has reached more than 10,000 diagnosed COVID-19 cases.

KENT COUNTY, Mich — COVID-19 cases are climbing in Michigan, with the state now reporting an average of 1,000 daily cases. Dr. Adam London with the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) said increases statewide mirror local numbers across the county.

“Here in Kent County we’re now over 10,000 diagnosed cases in total of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, and we are seeing an increase,” London said. “About a month ago, we were only seeing about 35 cases per day. Now we’re seeing over 100 new cases per day.”

London said in addition to case numbers, the percent of tests done each day that come back positive are increasing. Around one month ago, an average of 2% of the tests came back positive, but now it’s jumped to 4%.

He also said more people are also being hospitalized due

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York County schools plan to bring back more grades in early November

More grades could return to schools in November under a plan presented Monday evening to the York County School Board.

Last week, preschoolers, kindergartners and first graders returned as part of a two-day-a-week hybrid model. District leaders released a plan in September to bring back students up through third grade by Oct. 19. Some students with disabilities — and English language learners — also returned in September.

Superintendent Victor Shandor told the school board they’re on target to meet that goal and tentatively hope to have all elementary grades back on Nov. 5. Sixth and ninth graders could return Nov. 9, assuming conditions allow.

“This is a draft — it is target dates,” Shandor said. None of this is in stone.”

Administrators described the return of pre-K through first grade on Oct. 5 as a success that will hopefully translate to older grades.

“I would consider it definitely a success

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