News in Brief — Need for Second Stimulus, Emergency Alerts, Improved Testing Turnaround and Letter to the Editor

News in Brief — Need for Second Stimulus, Emergency Alerts, Improved Testing Turnaround and Letter to the Editor

When the CARES Act Expired

New analysis by the financial and business news website Business Insider released Friday, Nov. 13  reported when the expanded unemployment benefits, provided through the CARES Act expired in July, the number of coronavirus cases in the nation began to surge and the economy slowed. Although the CARES Act gave the American economy a desperately needed boost when it slumped earlier this year in response to shutdowns to control the virus. However, as soon as the virus slowed, the nation reopened and, not surprisingly, the virus spiked and accelerated. Today, as the nation is once again being overwhelmed by COVID-19, and states across the country contemplate a way forward, people continue to fall ill and die, businesses continue to feel the economic pinch, and Congress remains split on the need for a second stimulus.

Chart U.S. COVID-19 cases and unemployment (Source: businessinsider.com)

 

Sign up for Emergency Alerts via Text Message and VoIP

The Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) uses listed and unlisted numbers in the region’s 911 database to alert residents of life-threatening emergencies, and San Bernardino County updates this database every six months. TENS is a proven success and has placed hundreds of thousands of calls during wildfire and flood events since its creation in 2004. However, the 9-1-1 database only includes landline telephones, so other numbers must be registered. If a resident wishes to receive an emergency alert text message on their cell phone or an emergency call on their Voiceover Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone they must register the number in the system. TENS is only used in potentially life-threatening incidents such as an evacuation during a wildfire or earthquake. To sign up, click on  https://www.sbcfire.org/. Scroll down to “Prepare for emergencies,” then click on “register now.”  Visit https://ucs.tfcci.com/cgi-bin/public/generic/riverside_county_ca_signup.cgi to register for emergency alerts in Riverside County.

(Source: Google Tool Kit)

 

Letter to the Editor

I would like to thank you and the IE Voice, Hardy Brown’s Election Endorsement Committee, for your support, and the families of Rialto for helping me achieve a goal that was near and dear to my heart. Our grassroots campaign could not have been the success it was without your time, effort, and dedication in making the community aware of my campaign.

Thank you again for your support. Together we will bring Rialto schools to heights we could have never imagined!

Sincerely,

Stephanie Lewis

Rialto School Board Member, ELECT

Stephanie Lewis (Source: facebook.com)

 

COVID-19 Testing Turnaround Times Have Improved

The testing turnaround dashboard reports how long California patients are waiting for COVID-19 test results. California has worked to reduce testing turnaround times in recent weeks to help curb the spread of the virus. During the week of Oct. 25 to Oct. 31, the average time patients waited for test results was 1.3 days. During this same period, 63% of patients received test results in 1 day, and 88% received them within 2 days. The testing turnaround time dashboard is updated weekly. At this time, all four tiers in the Testing Prioritization Guidance, originally issued July 14, 2020, have equal priority for testing.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 15: Dr. Glenn Lopez administers a COVID-19 test to Daniel Contreras at a St. John’s Well Child & Family Center mobile clinic set up outside Walker Temple AME Church in South Los Angeles amid the coronavirus pandemic on July 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. A clinic official said most of the residents they are currently testing in their South L.A. clinics are Latinos. According to the California Department of Health, Latinos are currently 2.9 times more likely than white people to test positive for the coronavirus. California reported over 11,000 new coronavirus infections today, the most in the state in a single day since the pandemic began. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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