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
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The case of a man who claimed Long Island Skydive fired him for being gay has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard arguments Tuesday on the accusations. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan had overturned a lower court’s ruling against Donald Zarda, who sued the former owners of the Calverton-based skydiving company arguing that his firing violated discrimination laws. The company’s former owners, who counter that Zarda was fired for making a customer feel uncomfortable, appealed to the highest court in the land, which agreed to hear the case that is expected to result in a landmark ruling. “There’s a lot at stake,” David Kilmnick, president and CEO of the Long Island LGBT Network, told reporters during a news conference Tuesday at his Hauppauge office.The Zarda case is one of three LGBT discrimination cases that the Supreme Court heard Tuesday and its first on the issue since conservative-leaning Justice Brett Kavanaugh replaced retired swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy, bringing the court to the right. The ruling may decide federal anti-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity — protections that some argue should be passed by Congress instead of decided by the courts. New York State has laws barring such discrimination, but more than half the other states in the nation do not.The Supreme Court is also hearing the case of a transgender woman who claims that she was fired from her job at a Michigan funeral home after telling her boss that she was transitioning — a case that she won and a Cincinnati federal appeals court affirmed. The third case involves a Georgia man who argues that he was fired from his Clayton County job for being gay, although in his case, he lost his lawsuit and a federal appeals court in Atlanta also ruled against him. Zarda died in a skydiving accident five years ago, but his sister and former partner are continuing the case on behalf of his estate. Kilmnick was flanked by local lawmakers rallying in support of Zarda’s case. Among them was New York State Sen. Kevin Thomas (D-Levittown).“This is an absolute travesty that such a case has to come before the Supreme Court,” Thomas said. “They’s not looking for any special rights. They’re looking for the same rights that everyone else has in this country.”Em Moratti, a Long Island woman who said she lost her first teaching internship after parents objected to LGBT-related internet posts of hers that they found, said the ruling in the three cases will affect the lives of those in the community.“Regardless of which direction, this will have an incredible impact on LGBT people,” she said.