South Lake Tahoe residents begin cautious return as nearly half-contained Caldor Fire burns nearby
On Sunday, South Lake Tahoe’s evacuation order was downgraded, allowing around 22,000 people who had been forced to evacuate because of the Caldor Fire to return home. Nearby communities had downgraded their warnings a day earlier.washingtonpost.com
Nigerian parents excited by return of 2 abducted schoolgirls
Seven years after Boko Haram extremists abducted more than 270 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria, two of the more than 100 still being held by the rebels returned this month, renewing the hope of parents who have all but given up on the long wait for the return of their childrenwashingtonpost.com
Red Cross warns Indonesia faces coronavirus catastrophe
Indonesia needs to urgently increase medical care, testing and vaccinations as the number of new infections in the country has rapidly increased and left it “on the edge of a COVID-19 catastrophe,” the Red Cross said Tuesday. The group said its coronavirus hospital in Bogor, outside of Jakarta, was “overflowing” and emergency tents had been set up to be able to house more patients. “We are seeing record number of infections, but every statistic is a person who is suffering, grieving or struggling to support the people they love," Sudirman Said, secretary general of Indonesian Red Cross, said in a statement.news.yahoo.com
Here’s how to help tornado victims in Naperville, where victims can get help and how scams can be avoided
Roundup of information on how people can help Naperville and Woodridge tornado victims, services that area available to tornado victims and advice on how tornado victims can avoid being scammed.chicagotribune.com
Red Cross, American Cancer Society urge blood, platelet donations as cancer treatments resume
The American Red Cross and American Cancer Society have partnered to promote blood and platelet donations nationwide in the wake of the resumption of cancer treatments as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes in the United States.chicagotribune.com
Colombian rebel group says it captured 8 Venezuela soldiers
A Colombian rebel group that has been fighting against the Venezuelan army since March, said in a letter addressed to the International Committee of the Red Cross that it has captured eight Venezuelan soldiers, and is trying to find a way to hand them over to human rights groupswashingtonpost.com
Colombian rebel group says it captured 8 Venezuela soldiers
A Colombian rebel group that has been fighting against the Venezuelan army since March, said in a letter addressed to the International Committee of the Red Cross that it has captured eight Venezuelan soldiers and is trying to find a way to hand them over to human rights groups. The Red Cross confirmed on Tuesday that it had received the letter, but said it cannot comment further because that would compromise its humanitarian work. In the letter – which was also published online by Fundaredes, a Venezuelan human rights organization -- the group known as the Martin Villa 10th Front said that it captured the soldiers on April 23 during a battle in Venezuela's Apure state.news.yahoo.com
Myanmar killing continues as U.S. suspends all trade following bloodiest weekend since coup
Thousands of people have reportedly fled across the border from Myanmar into neighboring Thailand after the bloodiest weekend the country has seen since the February 1 military coup. Activists and monitoring groups have said at least 114 civilians were killed on Saturday alone, with thousands more taken into custody. Another witness said security forces were using grenades in one Yangon neighborhood to clear street barricades set up by the demonstrators. We are horrified by the bloodshed perpetrated by Burmese security forces, showing that the junta will sacrifice the lives of the people to serve the few. "The United States strongly condemns the Burmese security forces' brutal violence against civilians.cbsnews.com
Fire displaces residents from Jackson County house
BLACKMAN TWP., MI – A house fire displaced residents Wednesday afternoon in Blackman Township. The cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation, Jester said. The residents were displaced and the Red Cross is helping them. Jackson Fire Department and the Summit Township Fire Department assisted at the scene. Read more from MLive:Crews battle large fire on farm north of JacksonCriminal history can’t disqualify renters from housing in Jackson, new law saysConsumers Energy wants to raise rates; attorney general questions whether it’s ‘exorbitant’mlive.com
COVID-19 plasma shortage: Donors could win trip to Super Bowl next year
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An inside look at the process of donating convalescent plasma with the Michigan Red Cross
Kim DeGiulio recently recovered from coronavirus and just like Evrod Cassimy, she decided to donate her convalescent plasma. Dec. 9, 2020: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 415,200; Death toll now at 10,213DeGiulio recovered from coronavirus in October. Now that she’s symptom-free and has the antibodies, she signed up to donate her plasma with the American Red Cross. All it took was filling out a form to declare you’ve recovered from COVID, then the American Red Cross reaches out to schedule a time to donate. If you’ve recovered and want to know if you qualify to donate, just visit this website.
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened Dec. 7 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Illinois health officials on Monday announced 8,691 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 90 additional fatalities. AdvertisementSimilar testing will occur at other prisons when an outbreak inside the facility is identified, officials said. In requesting a temporary restraining order, the FOP said that by allowing officers to become “superspreaders,” city officials were putting not only officers at risk, but also their families and residents of Chicago. The COVID-19 Resident Cash Assistance Program, announced in November, originally included $2.1 million in federal coronavirus funds to give suburban Cook County residents one-time cash payments of $600. —Karen Ann CullottaBreaking coronavirus news Stay up to date with the latest information on coronavirus with our breaking news alerts.chicagotribune.com
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened Nov. 5 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Though the mural will feature an image of Pedro Duarte and a few other community members who have died, most of the faces will be of people who are alive. At the center will be a phoenix holding in its mouth a serpent that morphs into a border wall and detention cages. At the top left corner, there will be a group of kindergartners playing with Legos in the shape of the city of Chicago. The mural will also include portraits of some essential workers from the neighborhood.chicagotribune.com
Belgium fears ICU beds could reach capacity next month
FILE - In this Thursday, April 23, 2020 file photo, nurses cheer as a patient who had COVID-19 leaves the intensive care ward at the MontLegia CHC hospital in Liege, Belgium. Belgium's intensive care units will hit capacity by mid-November if new coronavirus cases continue to soar at the same pace, according to the country's health authorities. File)BRUSSELS – Belgium’s intensive care units will hit capacity by mid-November if new coronavirus cases continue to soar at the same pace, the country’s health authorities warned Wednesday. The latest COVID-19 figures published Wednesday by the national institute of public health show that Belgium has seen 7,360 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours. Van Laethem said the country is currently the second-worst in Europe in terms of new coronavirus infections, behind the Czech Republic.
Dearborn-based foundation raises $180K in ongoing effort to support Lebanon relief
DEARBORN, Mich. – A national Arab American foundation, based in Dearborn, has raised more than $180,000 to help support the ongoing relief efforts in Lebanon following the deadly explosion in August. Since the explosion, the continued fundraising efforts benefitting the Lebanon Relief Project through CAAP’s Disaster Relief Fund have resulted in over $180,000 raised so far. Funds have been used to help the Lebanon Relief Project airlift over $12.7 million in high value medications and supplies to Beirut on August 24, and most recently, over $6 million on September 29. 100% of all donations raised through CAAP’s continued fundraising efforts will go towards airlifting essential supplies and equipment and supporting relief efforts in Lebanon. The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) is a national community foundation and a national institution of ACCESS -- the largest Arab American community nonprofit in the U.S.
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 1,848 new known COVID-19 cases and 22 additional deaths reported as Pritzker warns northwest Illinois region could be headed for stricter regulations
And its vaccine has potentially consequential advantages over some competitors. It uses a technology that has a long safety record in vaccines for other diseases. Its vaccine could require just one shot instead of two — important considering that the entire population of the world needs vaccination. And it does not have to be kept frozen as it is delivered to hospitals and other places where it will be given to patients, simplifying the logistics of hundreds of millions of doses.chicagotribune.com
Red Cross: COVID-19 antibody testing now done through standard blood donation, recovered patients can donate at any site
For those who may have been asymptomatic or don’t know if they have had COVID-19, the Red Cross now is testing blood donations for antibodies. Results typically are available in one to two weeks. Although the test is not a diagnostic one that would confirm infection or immunity, the presence of antibodies means that a person’s blood donation could be used to help COVID-19 patients.chicagotribune.com
St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor treats COVID-19 patient with recovered individual’s donated plasma
ANN ARBOR – Saint Joseph Mercy Health System has treated its first COVID-19 patient with plasma donated by a recovered individual at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hospital. Eleven patients at St. Joe’s were among the first to be registered nationally for the trial. Along with St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, three other health system member hospitals are participating in the program, including St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, St. Mary Mercy Livonia and Mercy Health Muskegon. In addition to the Mayo Clinic’s convalescent plasma program, St. Joe’s Ann Arbor is also participating in Gilead’s Remdesivir Expanded Access Program. Similar to the plasma program, only patients with life-threatening symptoms who require ventilator support are eligible for the remdesivir program.
When should coronavirus lockdowns be lifted? WHO offers advice on adapting to a 'new normal'
The World Health Organization has identified six criteria for countries looking to slowly lift coronavirus lockdown measures, warning the way down from the peak of the outbreak is "much slower" than the way up. A global public health crisis has meant countries around the world have effectively had to shut down, with many governments imposing draconian measures on the lives of billions of people. As of Tuesday, nearly 2 million people had contracted Covid-19 worldwide, with 119,818 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Some European countries have laid out plans to emerge from lockdown as soon as this month after enduring several weeks of stringent social and economic restrictions. The U.S., the global epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, has signaled May 1 as a potential date for easing restrictive measures.cnbc.com
Brent crude could plunge to 'single-digit lows' if OPEC+ can't agree on output cuts, says Fitch
A previous deal by the group commonly known as OPEC+ expired in March after Saudi Arabia and Russia failed to reach an agreement. The fallout sent oil prices plummeting to multi-year lows. That would put the oil market under "extreme physical pressure," they wrote in the report published before the OPEC+ meeting was postponed. Brent crude fell by around 1.7% to $33.53 a barrel, while the U.S. West Taxes Intermediate crude dipped by 2% to around $27.72 a barrel. Oil prices to stay lowcnbc.com
FEMA is sending 250 ambulances, hundreds of medical workers and 85 refrigerated trucks to NYC to fight coronavirus outbreak
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending 250 ambulances, about 500 EMTs and paramedics and 85 refrigerated trucks to serve as temporary mortuaries to New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., city officials said Tuesday. The city's Emergency Management System has seen medical calls surge by 50% during the pandemic over normal daily call volume. "Our EMTs and paramedics are facing an unprecedented number of medical calls each day. There has never been a busier time in the history of EMS in New York City," New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement. FDNY is urging New Yorkers to only call 911 if is a true medical emergency.cnbc.com
The coronavirus may be deadlier than the 1918 flu: Here's how it stacks up to other pandemics
So it will be several months before the true mortality rate can be quantified in the U.S. or elsewhere. If the 4.5% mortality rate of COVID-19 drops, it won't be as bad as the 1918 flu. SARS, which infected 8,098 people worldwide by July 2003, is believed to have an R naught of 2 to 5. With an R naught of 0.5, MERS is much less infectious than COVID-19's R naught of 2. Like the current coronavirus, the virus virus has an R naught of 2, according to a report published in 2014.cnbc.com
Red Cross faces severe blood shortages amid coronavirus outbreak, calls on healthy donors to contribute
As of March 23, there have been 7,000 Red Cross blood drive cancellations around the U.S., resulting in more than 200,000 fewer blood donations, officials said. With cancellations on the rise, Red Cross is facing a severe shortage of blood, officials said. The Red Cross will continue to host blood drives to provide much needed blood to those in need, officials said. Blood drives are exempt from bans on social gatherings, as they provide necessary resources that can’t be bought or manufactured. Click here to make an appointment to donate blood to the Red Cross in your area.
Denise Brooks: The worst thing about this crisis are the "what-ifs"
"Being with Red Cross for many years, I have learned how to prepare for a disaster," Denise Brooks says in her latest column. Not just happening in my life but everyones lives in the community, country and world. Being with Red Cross for many years, I have learned how to prepare for a disaster. The only thing I couldnt get was distilled water for my C-PAP but she found some and left it on my porch. The virus then took over the news and schools closed, offices closed, bars and restaurants closed.monroenews.com
Oil now a 'bigger problem for markets than the coronavirus,' analyst says
"Crude has become a bigger problem for markets than the coronavirus," Adam Crisafulli, founder of Vital Knowledge, said Sunday. Oil prices have been suppressed since the coronavirus outbreak stoked fears about a slowdown in demand for crude. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude has dropped 32% this year, while international benchmark Brent crude is down 31%. The 14-member cartel and its allies, known as OPEC+, also failed to reach an agreement on extending the current production cuts. "The country's fiscal breakeven oil prices remain very high, Saudi Aramco is now a public company, and MBS's grip on power isn't yet absolute," he said.cnbc.com
No mailing it in: All-black female battalion to be remembered as heroes for unique World War II task
In 2020, there will be several 75-year anniversaries associated with World War II, including one for a brave, selfless and hardworking group of black women. Back in 1945, Red Cross workers and warehouses in England became overloaded with mail and packages addressed to U.S. military members. The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, often referred to as the “Six-Triple-Eight,” was the only all-black, all-female battalion stationed overseas in World War II, and the women were tasked with sorting the mail. In 2009, the battalion was honored at Arlington National Cemetery at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. Five members were present at the ceremony, which dedicated a monument that features names of those in the battalion and the work the women did.
"It looked like a volcano up there": Maria Fire threatens Southern California
Santa Paula, California Ventura County officials say firefighters contained 30% of the Maria Fire, which has burned nearly 15 square miles and continues to threaten more than 2,500 homes and other buildings. The officials said the humidity is expected to stay low and winds will be more favorable to firefighting in Southern California. "It looked like a volcano up there, everything was all igniting, all the tree lines and brush, it really looked like a volcano. The Maria Fire moves down a hill in Santa Paula, California, U.S. November 1, 2019. "We have world class firefighters doing world class work every single day and I couldn't be more proud of them, but we don't have world class utilities," Newsom said.cbsnews.com
Red Cross ready to help those affected by the earthquake
CNN image(KERO) - Ridgecrest, CA -- The Red Cross has an emergency shelter open at the Kerr McGee that has a capacity of 500. Right now the Red Cross says there are 129 people there with supplies coming from Los Angeles and Kern Counties to help. That shelter plans on staying open as long as it's needed so if you know anyone in the Ridgecrest area that needs a place to go send them to 100 West California Avenue in Ridgecrest. Russ Huge with the Red Cross explains on the Red Cross helps the community and how people can help those affected by the earthquake. The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
Report: Red Cross diverted resources for PR during disaster response
Report: Red Cross diverted resources for PR during disaster response A report by investigative journalism group ProPublica and NPR found that the Red Cross may have misused resources during its responses to Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac. According to the report, the organization used its vehicles for promotional purposes rather than its actual response to the disasters. Vinita Nair reports.cbsnews.com