CaliNews

Simpson University nursing students help during coronavirus crisis

When Shasta County’s Public Health Department reached out to Simpson University’s School of Nursing for aid in responding to local coronavirus concerns, nursing students stepped up to help field calls and provide the public with information as needed. About 10 to 12 students from the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing are working in small groups at the center, training and assisting as needed, said Rebecca Swartzman, assistant professor of nursing. The students have been trained to answer calls from medical providers in addition to answering health-related questions from community members. “There is no better way for future healthcare professionals to increase their knowledge than by working in real time with a public health department that is actively handling a developing situation,” said Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency spokesperson Tim Mapes. “The agency is grateful to be working with the university’s nursing students and appreciates their eagerness to learn while assisting the county.” School of Nursing Dean Misty Smith also acknowledged the “unique opportunity” being afforded nursing students by the partnership with Public Health. “The nursing students at the Betty M. Dean School…

Flournoy students win writing contests

In the Red Ribbon Week Essay Contest for all Tehama County students in grades 6-8, Flourney School had three winners. Dottie Davis was second in sixth grade, Sophie Chamberlin was third in sixth grade and Alexis Cisneros was honorable mention in sixth grade. On a bigger scale, there was a writing competition called “Imagine This,” sponsored by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.  This year Flournoy had two regional winners. They divide the state into four regions. Region 1 includes 18 counties of Northern California. Regional winners this year were Cristin Murphy, 4th grade, “Logging” and Dottie Davis, 6th grade, “Beef here, Beef There, Beef Everywhere.”

Carters celebrate 60th anniversary

Montie and Patsy Carter, of Willows and formerly of Red Bluff, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Dec. 7, 2019 with a champagne luncheon on their backyard patio. Fifty-five guests dined on tri-­tip, assorted salads and cake. The Carters were married on Dec. 4, 1959 in Woodlake at the Presbyterian church with immediate family in attendance. They have three children, four grandchildren and two great-­grandchildren. A special reading of “The Man in the Arena” was read by their nephew Blaine Simpkins honoring Montie for his unselfish devotion of caring and providing for his family. The afternoon concluded with many guests sharing humorous stories about life in the fast lane Carter style. The theme for the occasion was “Friends are chosen family.”

Tiger King and the coronavirus

At the moment it may seem like there’s life before the Tiger King and coronavirus and life after. Both have made a lasting impact that may have changed us forever. I have never done drugs but I think I’ll be spending the rest of quarantine on Netflix chasing the high I got from the Tiger King. What a weird show. All kidding aside, how you guys doing? It’s been rough, hasn’t it? There’s mixed buzz out there about our community as it relates to social distancing. I hear we have an F when it comes to following the best practices but I also see a lot of mixed messages out there. I see encouragement to support small businesses, buy locally, get curb-side takeout or use a drive through or help out others who are too vulnerable to leave their homes. So, stay home or not? Since we have no confirmed cases in the area there’s likely a false sense of security, which I understand. Unless you grew up being grounded on the regular it’s hard to come under authority that tries to control your movements.…

A third coronavirus testing drive-up site to open in Riverside County

A third Riverside County community testing site has been established at Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside for residents who want to be tested for COVID-19. The Arlington Avenue site will open Wednesday, April 1, but those who want to be tested can call 800-945-6171 for an appointment. Those who want to get tested must have symptoms and have an appointment before showing up at the church parking lot. Drive-ups without appointments cannot be accommodated. Some of the symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose or congestion. Those who have risk of exposure may also be tested, which means exposure to a confirmed case. The Riverside site is the third location for community testing in Riverside County. Testing begins tomorrow Tuesday at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio and a site at The Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore has been operating for several weeks. “Riverside County continues to offer more options for residents to get tested,” said Vice Chair Karen Spiegel, Second District Supervisor. “This third drive-up location will help ensure that those who have symptoms, have options to get tested.” Those who want…

Palm Springs Fire Dept. Makes Changes After Firefighters Exposed to COVID-19

Two weeks ago members of the Palm Springs Fire Department were exposed to COVID-19 during a medical aid call. “That call came down as general weakness to help somebody out of the vehicle and it changed into that,” says Capt. Nathan Gunkel, the public information officer with PSFD. He says the firefighters quickly put on their personal protective equipment but it was too late, the exposure had already happened. They got tested and had to stay home. He says for those exposed, waiting for the results was agonizing, “It’s very emotional they were home quarantined with their families with new babies in the homes, wives, their kids so waiting for the results is very stressful.” Fortunately their results came back negative but this forever changed the way they do business. Gone are the days when firefighters walk in for a shift and have a cup of coffee first, now, Now the first thing they do is stop at this table set up outside each firehouse answer a few questions. “If you have a cough, if you have a fever, any shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms…

Sword-wielding man killed in Pomona police shooting

A police officer shot and killed a stabbing suspect who advanced on the officer with a sword in Pomona late Monday, authorities said. The shooting unfolded about 7:30 p.m. in a residential neighborhood at Reservoir and Third streets. An officer responded to a report of a stabbing when witnesses directed them toward the suspect, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “The officer located the suspect and attempted to detain him,” Deputy Tracey Koerner of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement. “The suspect produced a sword and advanced on the officer, at which point an officer-involved shooting occurred.” Paramedics pronounced the suspect, described as a man in his 40s, dead at the scene, officials said. “A sword was recovered at the scene,” Koerner said. A male victim who had been stabbed by the suspect prior to officers’ arrival was hospitalized with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, officials said. The victim’s age was not released. The motive and circumstances surrounding the original attack were not available as the investigation continued into the early-morning hours Tuesday. No officers were hurt, officials said.…

Palo Alto: 3 arrested in connection with gas station robbery

PALO ALTO – Authorities on Sunday night arrested two men and a woman on suspicion of robbing a Palo Alto gas station convenience store at gunpoint with a child and a teen in tow. The armed robbery was reported about 8:40 p.m. at the Arco at 699 San Antonio Road, said Palo Alto police spokeswoman Janine De la Vega in a news release Monday. De la Vega said an initial investigation revealed a man entered the store, pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money from the register. The clerk, fearing for his life, complied. The man got into a waiting vehicle and left the area, but not before he was spotted and followed by a witness, De la Vega said. The witness called 911 and provided updates that helped officers find and stop the vehicle on Alma Street near Palo Alto Avenue. De la Vega said officers arrested the gunman – identified as Jose Solis, 19, of Los Banos – and two getaway drivers – identified as Jesus Benitozavala, 28, and Yesenia Flores Lopez, 26, both of Salinas. A search of the vehicle…

Stanford asks all students, staff who left for spring break to ‘self-isolate for 14 days’ when they return

Stanford University is asking all students, faculty and staff who left the state over spring break to ‘self-isolate for 14 days,’ upon returning to campus. The protocols apply to anyone who uses campus buildings or offices for any reason other than health care and anyone living in on-campus student housing. Undergraduates living in on-campus housing were advised not to leave the Bay Area for any reason over spring break. They were also instructed not to leave campus except for essential needs. The school said Friday that it will delay the start of spring quarter by one week, with the new start date set for April 6. Travelers returning to a campus residence must have a studio apartment or an apartment with a private bathroom to self-isolate. In a press release issued Monday, the university did not specify how students who did not have such living accommodations would be expected to self-isolate. The university said the restriction is in place to help continue the efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through the regional shelter-in-place order. In October, 2019, Stanford published enrollment data that showed the…

Coronavirus: San Jose supermarket employee tests positive

An employee of Cardenas Markets in East San Jose has tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesman for the supermarket chain confirmed Monday evening. The store, at 1070 S. White Road, will be closed, deep cleaned overnight and restocked. Other employees who have been in direct contact with the infected employee have been sent home for a 14-day quarantine. “We have immediately mobilized to support the team member who is now in quarantine and will continue to do everything possible to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our team and community,” Adam Salgado, the spokesman, said in a statement. Just several days ago, a worker at one of the company’s Pomona locations tested positive for COVID-19. Since the coronavirus began spreading, the market has taken a number of steps to comply with guidance from state officials and health experts, Salgado said, including “enhanced daily sanitation measures.” Cardenas has closed self-serve areas, including its hot bars, salad bars and salsa bars. The chain has also installed clear plexiglass at its checkout lanes to provide a barrier between shoppers and employees, and placed markers on the floor…

Coronavirus: Confirmed cases in California climb to 7,350

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California soared past the 7,000 mark Monday as Bay Area officials announced plans to extend a shelter-in-place order through the end of April. The number of cases stands at 7,350, up from 6,032 a day earlier. The death toll also rose by 14 to 146. In extending the shelter-in-place order, officials hope to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. “The Public Health Order for people to shelter-in-place safely in their homes will soon be extended until at least May 1,” read a joint statement. “We have said an extension might be expected as we work together to slow the spread of the COVID-19 disease.” Meanwhile, in a move to prepare for a surge in coronavirus patients, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced plans to temporarily bring both recently retired healthcare workers and students who are about to graduate as doctors and nurses into the workforce. Related Articles Coronavirus: Worker at South San Jose Safeway tests positive Coronavirus: Family will wait for proper burial after United supervisor at SFO dies from COVID-19 Stanford asks all students, staff who left California to self-isolate…

Many Turning To Old Hobbies To Stay Busy During Stay-At-Home Order

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) —The coronavirus has changed our lives and our routines. Since we can no longer go to the movies, restaurants, or even take a trip, many of us are getting creative on how to pass the time. Video gameplay has greatly increased during this shelter-in-place order. “I play games, ‘Call of Duty,’” one Sacramento man said on Monday. “That’s my thing, and playing with my son.” Others have decided to test their skills in the kitchen, trying out new recipes during their time at home. “I’ve been trying to more complicated recipes like biscuits, or I made a pork roast that was bone-in yesterday,” a woman told CBS13. “It’s mentally helpful to cook to keep your mind off everything that’s going on. Having something to focus on that will also help you in many ways.” READ: Local Establishments Continue To Get Creative With Business Models During Coronavirus Pandemic She opted to get creative with recipes, baking and cooking to pass the time and keep her sanity. A long list of our hobbies have quickly turned into things that have temporarily taken over our lives. A…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!