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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Increase in COVID-19 deaths in England ‘baked in’ after infection spike, deputy CMO warns

Deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus
Deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van Tam has warned that COVID-19 deaths will increase in England over the next few weeks. (PA Images via Getty Images)
  • Spike in coronavirus deaths inevitable after recent wave of new cases, Jonathan Van Tam warns

  • He says deaths are ‘baked in’ following increased infections – with more patients in hospital now than when national lockdown was enforced in March

  • It comes as Nightingale hospitals in North of England are asked to mobilise

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The recent spike in coronavirus cases will lead to an increase in deaths in a matter of weeks, England’s deputy chief medical officer has warned.

Jonathan Van Tam said further hospitalisations and deaths are “baked in” after coronavirus cases rose across the country.

He said the number of patients currently in hospital is related to infections from three weeks ago.

“As patients become ill with

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Honorary Jersey City deputy fire chief dies after battle with health issues

A beloved member of the Jersey City Fire Department was laid to rest on Saturday.

The city gave tribute to Gregory Greene, 66, and his service to the community with an honorary salute at his funeral on Saturday. Greene served the city as a volunteer firefighter for 55 years and was a longtime employee at the Jersey City Medical Center.

He died on Monday after a battle with many health issues.

Greene was born on July 30, 1954 in Bayonne Hospital. He attended A Harry Moore School where he received an education that also helped with his challenges of epilepsy, legal blindness and intellectual impairment.

Following graduation, Greene was part of the employment program for those with disabilities at Hudson Community Enterprises. Then, soon enough, he was hired at JCMC, which turned into a career.

But when Greene was 10 years old, he was rescued by JCFD from a fire

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Canada’s deputy prime minister warns of pressure on health regulators

She said that, as a mother, she wants to be assured any medicines or tests used in Canada have been approved by regulators without any “political interference or pressure.” The independence of regulators to make their own careful, medical judgment is more important than ever during the global pandemic, Freeland added.

More on the FDA backstory: Trump also suggested Wednesday that the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to toughen its guidance “was a political move more than anything else.”

Trump has tried to reassure Americans by suggesting a coronavirus vaccine will be available before they vote on Election Day. Top experts, however, have said it’s very unlikely a shot will be ready by then.

Other concerns about political pressure: Two prominent science academies warned Thursday about cases of political interference.

“We find ongoing reports and incidents of the politicization of science, particularly the overriding of evidence and advice from

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Sheriff urges line-of-duty benefits to family of deputy claimed by COVID-19 | Local News

Petitions from lawmakers and police unions from across the state have urged Gov. Greg Abbott to legally enforce line-of-duty death benefits for all Texas first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Basically, there is a whole line of bureaucracy that these files will go through before any benefits will be paid out to the family,” Szimanski said. “What we have been asking for from the governor since the beginning of the pandemic is that it be presumed that any law enforcement or first responder that contracts COVID-19 contracted in the line of duty.”

Szimanski said Abbott has failed to move forward to ensure the payment of proper benefits to law enforcement officers’ families if they are suspected to have died of COVID-19. She said while some cases are up for speculation, particularly if the officer had traveled out-of-state for vacation prior their illness, many families are still waiting a decision from

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