Raiders get help in secondary, agree with Damarious Randall

The Raiders wasted little time in utlilizing their new-found salary cap space after a previously agreed upon deal with Eli Apple failed to materialize, coming to terms with defensive back Damarious Randall Friday. The deal was reported by both ESPN and NFL Media as worth up to $3.25 million for one year, was confirmed by a team source but is not official. Randall played the last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being a first-round pick from Arizona State by Green Bay in 2015. The Packers traded Randall to the Browns in exchange for quarterback DeShone Kizer and a swap of fourth and fifth-round draft picks before the 2018 season. Kizer is now with the Raiders, signed after the Packers released him last season. In 11 starts for the Browns last season, Randall had his first season where he didn’t record an interception. He has 14 for his career. Randall (5-foot-11, 196 pounds) played safety for Cleveland after being after starting 39 games at both left and right corner for the Packers. He could conceivably help the Raiders in both areas. The Raiders also…

Simple DIY mask-making tips to help fight coronavirus spread

A mask alone won’t protect you from the coronavirus, but they can be made at home and are helpful in some ways to help stop the spread. Continue practicing methods of staying at home, avoiding crowds and remaining six feet away from others. Here’s a few ways to make the masks. DIY in 1-2-3 Do-it-yourself face masks are not as effective as medical grade masks at preventing the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. But if you need a mask to go out or to care for someone who is sick, DIY might be your only option. Masks come in many shapes, and tutorials abound on the Internet, including no-sew versions. Here is a simple mask to sew by machine or by hand with materials you might have at home. 1. Cut out two 10-by-6-inch rectangles of cotton fabric. Use tightly woven cotton, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets. T-shirt fabric will work in a pinch. Stack the two rectangles; you will sew the mask as if it was a single piece of fabric. Fold over the long sides ¼ inch…

US sheds most jobs in a decade, ending record hiring streak

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) — A record-long streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade, as employers slashed hundreds of thousands of jobs because of the viral outbreak that has all but shut down the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate jumped to 4.4% from a 50-year low of 3.5%. The job loss of 701,000 reported Friday by the government — the worst since the depths of the Great Recession in 2009 — is still just a small indication of what’s to come. For the April jobs report that will be released in early May, economists expect as many as a record 20 million losses and an unemployment rate of around 15%, the highest since the 1930s. The enormous magnitude of the job cuts is inflicting far-reaching damage on economies in the United States and abroad, which are widely believed to be sinking into severe recessions. As rising numbers of people lose jobs — or fear they will — consumer spending is shrinking. That pullback in spending, which is the primary driver of the economy, is intensifying pressure on those…

Coronavirus: How many Californians are really infected?

Even as California’s confirmed COVID-19 cases swelled beyond 10,000 on Thursday, nearly six times as many tests still await processing. “Those labs are overwhelmed by the demand,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a Thursday press briefing, where he announced that nearly 60,000 tests have yet to be completed. “The backlogs are not necessarily getting better in real time.” What’s the real number of Californians who are infected? The question comes at a crucial time when families are trying to decide who needs isolation and treatment. It’s hard to manage what you can’t measure. If California’s true infection rate reflects what’s been seen in the NBA – where Kevin Durant, Rudy Gobert, and at least another eight of 75, or 13%, of players tested have tested positive – we’d see 5.2 million California cases. If we’re instead more like Italy, with a 0.12% infection rate, we’d have 48,000 cases. California’s current infection rate – 10,000 for 40 million residents – puts us closer to 0.025%. But all of those are guesses. Because of limited testing, we have no way of knowing the true number of cases.…

New remote teaching is learning experience for California’s teachers, students

With California schools remaining closed longer than initially anticipated in response to the coronavirus pandemic, most districts are planning to start more formal distance learning programs in April, after their spring break. In the meantime, teachers have had to be creative to keep students engaged and learning after campuses shut down in March. Teachers who are tech-savvy and are working at schools that have enough computers or tablets for all students have started teaching online, while others are communicating with students and their families about suggested reading or assignments on education-based web services, such as Google Classroom or Schoology. They have also been emailing or texting students and parents. “There is no one-size-fits-all solution,” said Kim Minugh, an English teacher at Encina Preparatory High School in Sacramento. “That’s true in public education in general. What works at one school won’t work for another and what works for one kid won’t work for another.” When schools closed, Minugh and other teachers in the San Juan Unified School District were instructed to review previous lessons and offer students enrichment resources to enhance their learning, instead of introducing new concepts.…

County to Receive Nearly $2 Million in COVID-19 Emergency Containment Funds

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – The Board of Supervisors is slated next week to direct the Emergency Management Department to accept a $1.8 million federal grant to cover a range of costs directly tied to Riverside County’s coronavirus mitigation efforts. The allotment, which will be disbursed by the California Department of Public Health, is among the grant awards made available under the Coronavirus Preparedness & Response Supplemental Appropriations Act signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 6. “This one-time funding is intended to reimburse the county for COVID- 19 crisis response for the period March 5, 2020, through March 15, 2021,” according to an Executive Office statement posted to the Board of Supervisors’ agenda. “The funding is critical support from the federal government to assist in the response to the ongoing pandemic.” Almost 500 county residents have been infected, resulting in 14 deaths as of Thursday, according to the Riverside University Health System. The grant will cover costs stemming from resource obligations, supply acquisitions, including surgical gloves and masks, equipment acquisitions, including ventilators, and the procurement of food and basic office implements, according to the…

NBCares: Keeping Healthy with Clark’s Nutrition

Now, more than ever, we need to pay special attention to the health of our immune system. Clark’s Nutrition & Natural Foods Market has all the answers you need to make sure you are feeding your body what it needs. Calling it the “Clark’s Difference,” they were the first in the valley to offer early access shopping for seniors and disabled customers during the coronavirus pandemic. They now have special shopping hours for first responders and hospital workers as well. Shopping with Clark’s is like having your own nutritionist. In this segment of NBCares Michael Rehm, with Clark’s Nutrition, gives some tips on staying healthy during this time.  

Drive-thru coronavirus testing coming to San Bernardino for IEHP members

SAC Health System is offering drive-thru novel coronavirus testing at its San Bernardino campus for Inland Empire Health Plan patients. Testing is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is by appointment only. To schedule a phone appointment, call 909-771-2911. Clinicians will evaluate members over the phone to determine if they need COVID-19 testing. If they do, members will be directed to the drive-thru clinic at 250 South G. St., San Bernardino. Related links San Bernardino County reports 50 more coronavirus cases, 2 additional deaths Amazon worker in San Bernardino tests positive for coronavirus San Bernardino County recommends covering face in public to avoid spreading coronavirus San Bernardino County drive-thru coronavirus testing event open in Victorville San Bernardino County coronavirus count grows to 111 cases Members do not need to be assigned to a SAC Health System to be evaluated or tested. The health system will share the test results with the member when they’re available, which is typically three to five days.

Chula Vista Councilman Steve Padilla announces recovery from COVID-19

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Chula Vista City Councilman Steve Padilla announced Friday he has recovered from COVID-19 and will return home soon to finish recuperation. On March 14, Padilla, also the California Coastal Commission chairman, became the first local elected official to contract the illness. Five days later, he was admitted to UC San Diego Thornton Hospital’s intensive care unit. He released a statement Friday expressing gratitude. “Friends — I’m off the ventilator, out of the ICU, and will be home soon. After an intense 3-week battle with coronavirus, the relief and gratitude I’m feeling right now are overwhelming,” he said. “I’m so grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff at UCSD Medical Center who saved my life, and who are working tirelessly every day to save more. America’s healthcare professionals are true heroes showing undaunted courage on the frontlines of this fight.” “Take it from me: the threat of coronavirus is as serious as it is real. We all need to stay home, and follow County Public Health guidelines to stop the spread and save lives that are at risk. Thank you all for…

City of Chula Vista addresses Park and trail closures, available services amid COVID-19

CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – The City of Chula Vista held a COVID-19 related news conference in front of the Chula Vista Police Department. The city leadership emphasized additional education and enforcement to slow the spread of COVID-19. City of Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas, Police Chief Roxana Kennedy, Fire Chief Jim Geering and City Attorney Glen Googins addressed measuresthe City is taking to keep the community safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes enhanced education of residents about stay at home directives, actions to educate public about closures, what essential business can remainopen, and potential for enforcement actions. Categories: Coronavirus, Health, Local San Diego News

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