By Tommie Lee – April 1, 2020 0 277 Twitter Previous articleHoly Cross graduation postponed to SeptemberNext articleMichigan reports more than 1700 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday; 78 additional deaths Tommie Lee CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Closed medical facilities could reopen to help with anticipated surge of Indiana patients Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Facebook A doctor shows the lungs of Covid-19 patient on a computer screen at the MontLegia CHC hospital in Liege, Belgium, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) Indiana health officials are expecting a spike in coronavirus cases across the state, and are preparing to open vacant hospitals.An increase in cases means more hospital visits, an the surge in patients would be overwhelming to local health departments.WSBT reports the surge, which is expected between mid-April and mid-May, has those departments seeking to make sure beds will be available. That could include the reopening of the old St. Joseph Hospital near downtown Mishawaka, which could help treat less-critical patients during a surge. The St. Joseph Health Department says a lot of work needs to be done before the facility would be ready. Facebook
It all started in 1983 as a celebration of the derailment of a hydroelectric project that would have disrupted the flow on the Gauley. Now, the celebration has become a whitewater staple and American Whitewater’s largest fundraiser of the year. If you are part of the paddling community (particularly in the southeast), chances are you’ve attended Gauley Fest before. In fact, Gauley Fest is billed as the largest gathering of whitewater enthusiasts in the world.It was our first weekend back in the ever-friendly Southeast. We were stoked to see so many old friends from near and far. One of the perks of this job is the community that creates itself around the festivals. Here we are sitting 1,500 miles from home and within minutes of arriving we’re already catching up with friends from back home.It’s no secret that Gauley Fest is just another way of saying “huge rager in the West Virginian mountains with live music, huge giveaways, and some of the best vendors in the business.” Friday was the official kick-off of Vendor Village. We were back under the Blue Ridge Outdoors Tent for the first time since the Spring. Did you come see us? We were directly next to the main stage… Aka party central. Sleeping in the van at festivals can be a futile endeavor. Especially when you decide to park it next to a bunch of kegs and partiers hell-bent on staying awake to send the upper Gauley at sunrise… It was an interesting evening.While most of the crowd was up at dawn ready to shred the gnar, drink already in-hand, we decided to wake up slow. Being a vendor at these awesome events is tricky sometimes. We really have to plan out our day to make sure we can play and open the booth on time. After a large cup of coffee, our friend Lauren from MountainWater Apparel (based out of the lovely Buena Vista, CO) was kind enough to let us hitch a ride to Pillow Rock where we could post up, join the party, and watch the absolute madness that is Pillow Rock during Gauley Fest. It was a sight to behold and something that you have to see to believe. Humans jumping off the rocks into other human’s rafts right in the midst of the raging class V rapid. Incredible.Our fun didn’t stop there. On Sunday, after we closed up shop, we were invited to raft the middle and lower Gauley with some amazing students from the Outdoor Program at Emory & Henry College. If there’s a more rad college program out there, we haven’t found it. This section of the river is beautiful. With the dam releases from the weekend, you really got a sense of what a wild river the Gauley could be if it were never dammed in the first place. Jaw dropping country. Again, a huge thanks to the whole crew for taking us along. We had a blast.We’re moving from whitewater to rock. Up next we’ve got Craggin’ Classic in the New River Gorge September 22-24.If you like the gear we’re reppin’, or what we’re wearing, check out some of the sponsors that make this tour possible: La Sportiva, Crazy Creek, National Geographic, RovR Products, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, LifeStraw, and Lowe Alpine.
In Caribbean News, The St. Lucia government announced it would begin the gradual re-opening of its borders on June 4, after indicating that the island has been able to curb the spread of COVID-19. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said that he believes St. Lucia is in a “fairly good position to reopen” based on the fact that all 18 of its COVID-19 patients have recovered. The reopening of the island’s borders coincides with the reopening of major hotel chain, Sandals Resorts which have also announced that they will reopen their locations across the Caribbean on June 4th. Coming up in the newscast, new data shows over 80% of Florida’s COVID-19 deaths are seniors, St. Lucia prepares to open its borders in June and the Jamaican government apologizes for the condition of its quarantine facilities. Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health; With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, May 18 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90. Now for the news in the detail In the meantime, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has apologised to Jamaicans who have been placed in quarantine and having to undergo “less than favourable conditions”. Over the last week, dozens of videos and images have surfaced on social media from Jamaicans currently in state quarantine, likening the conditions to that of a prison. Many residents have complained about the discrimination from essential workers and the food being served in the facilities. Holness said that the Government has already taken some remedial actions and is looking to rectify the situation. In the meantime, Two weeks before the official start of the hurricane season on June 1, Tropical Storm Arthur has become the first storm of the year. The storm formed off the coast of South Florida over the weekend, ushering in heavy rains and a thunderstorm warning for Miami-Dade and Broward County. According to the U.S National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to strengthen as it moves northeast towards North Carolina on Monday. As Florida begins to prepare for this year’s hurricane season, Governor Ron DeSantis has said that the state will have to rethink how to provide hurricane shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic. New COVID-19 data released from the Florida Medical Examiners Commission revealed that 83% of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have been residents aged 65-years and over. Attributed to this is the increase in deaths in the state’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities, which have doubled since the end of April. Governor DeSantis has ordered the increase in testing of staff at the facilities and the transfer of many residents to hospitals and other facilities. Overall, more than 850 residents living in these facilities have died from COVID-19, representing 44% of the state’s total deaths. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.