Rotch avoids tax hike by swift BP House deal

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New York to test for antibodies, governor mandates face covering

first_imgIt isn’t yet clear whether people who were previously infected will be immune and if so for how long, experts say.Cuomo announced that another 752 New Yorkers had died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. He failed to give un updated toll but that number would take statewide deaths past 11,000.The illness has claimed more than 27,000 lives across the United States, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University.Cuomo said he would sign a decree that would come into effect in three days requiring that everyone in the state cover their mouth and nose when unable to maintain social distancing outside.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been recommending that US citizens wear masks since April 3. Topics : New York has developed its own antibody test that could help detect those immune to coronavirus as the state looks to gradually end its shutdown, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.He made the announcement as he ordered all residents of the state — the epicenter of America’s coronavirus outbreak — to cover their faces when in stores or using public transit.Cuomo said 2,000 people would be tested a day, as he works on a plan for a phased reopening of New York, without speeding up the spread of COVID-19 again, following its weeks-long shutdown.center_img “We’re going to prioritize the antibody testing for first responders and essential workers,” Cuomo told reporters. “It’s a finger prick test so it’s not terribly invasive.”Officials are battling with how to get crippled economies up and running again without increasing the rate of infections as the world awaits a vaccine for the deadly virus.Cuomo said he had a “blueprint” centered on testing residents for the virus, and then tracing and isolating those who have it to control the spread.Health officials believe antibody tests that have just entered the market and look for whether a person has been previously infected are crucial in answering questions about immunity.last_img read more

Le’Veon Bell appears to hint at upcoming free-agency decision, says he’s ‘torn’

first_imgBell missed all of last season after holding out over a contract dispute. He rushed for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns in 15 games with Pittsburgh in 2017.The three-time Pro Bowl player has tallied 42 total touchdowns in 62 career games. I’m sooooo torn right now 😩😩😩😩…decisions— Le’Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) March 11, 2019The Raiders and Jets are both reportedly interested in Bell. He has also been linked to the Redskins, Dolphins and 49ers. Le’Veon Bell could be close to signing with a new team.The 27-year-old free agent running back sent out a cryptic message Monday on Twitter, which said he was so “torn right now … decisions.”last_img

Mason City woman pleads guilty to federal charges of stealing drugs from patients

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City woman accused of federal charges of stealing drugs and illegally accessing patient information has pleaded guilty.32-year-old Samantha Rogers pleaded guilty on Monday in US District Court in Cedar Rapids to the charges of acquiring a controlled substance by fraud, wrongfully obtaining health information for personal gain, and making false statements related to health care manners. Federal authorities say the charges stemmed from activity between October of 2017 and May of last year.According to the criminal complaint, Rogers was fired in January 2017 from the IOOF home after allegedly being caught on video taking prescription pills from the purse of another employee. She continued to be employed at Mercy-North Iowa when a nursing aide reported pain pills missing from her purse in May 2017.Rogers then was accused of accessing patient records after being hired to work at Northern Iowa Therapy in Waverly in September 2017 in attempts to obtain or steal prescription medication. She’s suspected of taking a patient’s unused Percocet and of breaking into another patient’s home in Forest City in a search for drugs.No sentencing date has been scheduled.last_img read more