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Gov. Little establishes timeline for Idaho National Guard COVID-19 Task Force draw down

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Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today that the Idaho National Guard’s COVID-19 Task Force will begin completing operations this month as the impact of the pandemic continues to improve in the state.

The Guard’s task force has completed more than 70 unique mission roles ranging from administrative and logistical support, COVID-19 testing and screenings, vaccine delivery, decontamination of long-term care facilities, and other support to Idaho’s health district offices, hospitals, and other health facilities as well as partnerships with Indian tribes.

In addition, the Guard’s efforts have enabled nearly 350,000 vaccines to be given to the citizens of Idaho.

“The Idaho National Guard has played a critical role in saving lives and reducing the impact of COVID-19 on the citizens of Idaho. The support of the Guard was really a turning point in the darkest months of our pandemic war, ”said Governor Little. “As a result of the efforts of the Guard and the efforts of all of our frontline and healthcare workers, Idaho has remained one of the most open states throughout the global pandemic.”

“This has been a great opportunity for the Idaho National Guard to give back to the communities across the state that support us so tremendously,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Garshak, Idaho adjutant general. “I am very proud of the incredible efforts our soldiers and Airmen have made to ensure the health and safety of Idaho’s citizens.”

In March 2020, Governor Little authorized an initial activation of 50 security guards to respond immediately to calls for help from food banks across the state and to provide storage and distribution of critical PPE across Idaho in the early days of the fight against COVID-19.

Since then, the governor has increased that number to more than 300 people serving on the task force.

Health districts, health facilities, and other facilities currently supported by the Idaho National Guard’s COVID-19 Task Force can expect security guards to move out in the next two weeks, with support ending July 9.

Idaho is open longer than almost any other state and was one of the few states with the fewest COVID-19 restrictions. The COVID-19 Emergency Statement remains in place to provide continued support to the healthcare sector and local jurisdictions affected by COVID-19. The declaration of emergency does not address any restrictions on businesses and activities, and Idaho remains fully open today. Keeping the emergency statement allows the state to continue coordinating with stakeholders on the emergency response plan, using the disaster emergency account to pay for the costs of responding to the virus, and contracting with the federal government to provide critical funding for local ones Ensure jurisdictions.

The Idaho National Guard’s motto is “Always Ready, Always There”. It is an integral part of the community and always a consideration as the governor measures his or her response to emergencies and disasters.

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COVID-19 strategies resulted in ‘almost zero’ infections at summer camps, CDC says

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CDC updates COVID-19 guide for summer campers

Children in summer camps can skip wearing masks outdoors with a few exceptions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the guidelines on May 28th.

According to a study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overnight camps that followed strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 were quite successful this summer.

The CDC analyzed 7,173 campers and employees in nine overnight camps from June to August. Only nine laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have occurred. And none of these cases resulted in reinfections.

“The results of this study confirm that layered prevention strategies (e.g., frequent screening tests, masking, physical distancing, and activity modification) help reduce the risk of introducing and spreading COVID-19 in youth summer camps,” it said in the report The lead scientist Dr. Sarah Lee told FOX News. “In addition, these camps with high vaccination rates for eligible staff and campers were well prepared to prevent COVID-19.”

The camps worked with the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Camp Association, and state and local departments to develop protocols specific to their location.

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All camps required attendees to wear masks and practice social distancing two weeks prior to their arrival. Upon arrival, they were required to present a negative result from a COVID-19 test that was performed no more than three days earlier.

The camps encouraged all eligible participants to be vaccinated, but did not require them to be vaccinated. Thirty percent of the campers were under the age of 12, which means they did not qualify for the vaccine.

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They were given COVID-19 tests daily for 12 days along with all of the other unvaccinated participants. The CDC said the camps ran more than 38,000 tests. Only 21 were positive and 15 were later classified as false positive.

Three more symptomatic cases were later identified, for a total of nine out of more than 7,100 participants.

“Implementing high vaccination coverage coupled with multiple prevention strategies is critical to averting COVID-19 outbreaks in community settings, including overnight camps,” the CDC said. “These results highlight important guiding principles for school and youth-based COVID-19 prevention protocols.”

Employees and campers were organized in pods. Each capsule was the same hut, in which the residents interacted with their other members without masking themselves or physically distancing themselves, but eventually the camps merged into larger huts where a capsule developed into several huts.

Camp leaders also maximized outdoor activities and decreased the chances of the virus spreading. The meals were staggered, as were the indoor and outdoor dining times.

This story was reported from Atlanta.

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Column: Schools are ground zero of resistance to COVID-19 reality and outrageous misinformation

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It’s enough to bang your head against the wall.

A Florida private school ordered that students who receive the vaccine be quarantined at home for 30 days after each dose. School officials made the false claim that vaccinations put these students, rather than the unvaccinated, at risk of spreading the coronavirus.

A relatively small number of San Diego County parents kept their children out of school for a day last week to protest vaccination regulations, although statistics show that the COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at protecting people from COVID-19.

An immunocompromised teenager spoke out in favor of vaccinations and masks during a recent school council meeting in the Central Valley town of Clovis. The student was booed and ridiculed by adults attending the meeting.

All of this happened as more information emerged on the importance of coronavirus vaccines in protecting the public. The risk of dying from COVID-19 was 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults than for fully vaccinated adults in August, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

More than 730,000 people in the US and nearly 5 million worldwide have died from COVID-19.

The former roughly corresponds to the population of Seattle, the latter to all residents of Ireland.

However, there does not seem to be a day that goes by without at least one action, position, or statement that contradicts the facts, logic, or common sense about the coronavirus.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who was fully vaccinated, died last week of complications from COVID-19. His death has been used in some circles to raise doubts about the vaccines. Not mentioned – or downplayed – was the fact that Powell’s cancer and the treatment he received for it left him severely immunocompromised and therefore more susceptible to the effects of the coronavirus.

These groundbreaking cases are rare, but they do happen. People with such conditions are at higher risk of developing COVID-19 and dying, although the vaccines still offer them more protection than they would otherwise have. This is no secret to the Fox News presenters and others who spread misinformation.

The preventive measures to forestall the pandemic – especially vaccinations and masks – are well known. Most people take them, but too many don’t and they slow or delay progress.

This has been the case since the beginning of 2020, so the question is justified: why keep talking about it? Yes, there will likely always be a core that is not moving and, despite their protest, they are becoming increasingly socially isolated for everyone’s protection. The following is important when complaining about being denied certain things: That is your choice.

But it is clear that some less stubborn skeptics can be persuaded to accept the reality, as increased vaccination rates and mandate acceptance suggest. Hitting Home the Truth – by repeating the dire stats and information on how to avoid it – should never grow old.

What never seems to get old are movements that are difficult to see through. The latest flagship for this is Centner Academy in Miami, which displayed dangerous idiocy, meanness, or both.

The school sent parents a letter stating that students receiving COVID-19 vaccinations must be quarantined at home for 30 days after each vaccination. As of now, only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for children 12 years and older. This vaccine requires two doses, which means a fully vaccinated student would miss school for 60 days.

“The letter also urged parents to ‘wait’ until the summer to vaccinate their children until the potential transmission or transmission to others subsides, ‘” a Business Insider report said.

The school said because children were vaccinated they could infect other students – a claim that has been thoroughly refuted. As? None of the approved vaccines contain the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

“What nonsense is that?” Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease expert at Florida International University, told WSVN. “They made that up. This is science fiction – not even science fiction because it’s pure fiction. “

This is some Flat Earth Society stuff.

Though not as strict, there is a questionable verdict in the local area. On October 18, some children in San Diego and across the state were held out of class by their parents to protest school vaccination regulations. There were hundreds in San Diego County, thousands across the state. Looking forward, more than 500,000 children in San Diego County and nearly 7 million across California are enrolled in K-12 schools.

Parents who joined the protest said they refuse to be banned from making such an important health decision for their children, who, it has been repeatedly pointed out, already require a handful of vaccinations to attend public school.

But if they say they are denied the right to vote, that is wrong. Some protesting parents said they could homeschool their children instead of letting them get the COVID-19 vaccination. Here, too, the choice is there.

As Kristen Taketa of the San Diego Union-Tribune noted, “The school protests have had a dual impact, some district officials said. Not only have students missed studying when they skip school, but their schools receive less government funding because it is based on student attendance. “

All San Diego Unified School District staff and students and students 16 and older must be vaccinated by December 20th. About 69 percent of San Diego County’s teenagers aged 12 and over have already been vaccinated against COVID, Taketa added.

In a separate story, Taketa reported that data suggests that the county’s schools are better at minimizing COVID cases than the general population.

At the Clovis School Committee meeting, a dozen adults took turns calling the board “ridiculous” and urging the trustees to “take control” and let parents choose whether or not to vaccinate their child, Fresno said Bee.

In between, high school graduate Rami Zwebti stepped onto the podium to argue for the wearing of masks and vaccinations while making some pointed comments about the people in the audience. Noting that protests against masks and vaccination regulations had become violent elsewhere, he added, “I hope the people in this room are mature enough not to act like that.”

Rami received a slap in the face from parents and parishioners and left the room after speaking.

Clovis Unified School District superintendent Eimear O’Brien later told the bee that members of the school administration and police “intervened immediately last night to make sure our student knew our team was there to (Rami) to protect and support). “

Just another day in American education.

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“We are now on the third day of the in-n-out messaging cycle.”

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Families with kids at high risk for COVID-19 patiently awaiting vaccine | Coronavirus in Arizona

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PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – A panel of vaccine experts will meet in early November to consider whether to recommend the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children under the age of 12.

If approved, vaccinations could begin in early November. That means some children could be fully protected by Christmas. This is a major turning point for families with children who are at high risk.

Cherrie Lonkar is the mother of six children, three of whom have developmental disabilities. She is also the managing director of Branching Out Family Services.

“COVID has hit the disabled community really hard,” said Lonkar. “The overarching message we received is that families are really excited to be able to protect their children who are already so vulnerable.”

The company she works for provides coaching and counseling for families in the community with special needs. “We work with over 1,500 children every year,” said Lonkar. “For the families who want to get the vaccine for their children, we really wanted to see this.”

Lonkar said many families with children at high risk for COVID-19 had a difficult time during the pandemic. “You really saw how difficult it was for a family that needed so much outside help to look after these children when one parent got sick,” said Lonkar.



Thorne said if you have a child with a disability and are unsure about the vaccine, the best place to go is your doctor.



Michele Thorne is a member of the Arizona Development Disabilities Planning Council. She said some families should have been extra careful to avoid bringing the virus home. “I don’t think a lot of people realize that families with really medically vulnerable children are still living in isolation and living it all the time,” Thorne said.

In addition, many families have been pushed out of their norm. “Your kids are likely going to telemedicine appointments because they don’t want therapists in their homes,” Thorne said.

While getting the vaccine if approved will be a choice, Lonkar said she was ready for a sense of security. “As we enter the cold and flu season, the risks and need for protection for our children, our medically impaired and non-verbal children, are kind of increasing,” said Lonkar. “I know a lot of people look forward to leaving those fears behind.”

It is now a wait and see if the vaccine will be approved for this age group. Thorne said if you have a child with a disability and are unsure about the vaccine, the best place to go is your doctor.

State health officials tell the Arizona family that more than 900 providers in Arizona are ready to give syringes to children, and that number doesn’t include pharmacies. They estimate Arizona will receive 225,000 doses of the “Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine” in the first week it becomes available. To put that number in perspective, health officials say there are approximately 645,000 children between the ages of five and eleven who are eligible in Arizona.

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