State lifts curbs on indoor visits to senior homes, but urges caution

Despite an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, Gov. Tim Walz’s administration is rolling back a heart-wrenching policy that prevented families from visiting their loved ones in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities during the pandemic.

The Minnesota Department of Health issued new guidelines Monday that allow indoor visits at most senior homes that have not had new COVID-19 infections in the preceding two weeks and the infection rate in the surrounding county is no more than 10%. But the state recommends that long-term care facilities limit how many visitors a resident can have at one time, as well as the duration of indoor visits.

The guidance was issued in response to a new federal policy and significantly eases restrictions in place since March, when nursing homes and assisted-living complexes across the state shut down and barred family visits in an attempt to protect older residents who are particularly vulnerable to the respiratory infection. As the pandemic wore on, advocates for residents and their families have been clamoring for an end to the lockdown, noting that many elderly residents have suffered anxiety and depression, as well as physical decline since the ban was imposed.

In Minnesota, and across much of the nation, the seven-month lockdown has turned many senior homes into small fortresses, with only staff and essential caregivers allowed inside. For months, many anguished residents have only been able to talk to their relatives via remote video feeds or through cracks in windows. Such limited interactions have failed to ease the anxiety of many who suffered from dementia, or those who simply wanted to hug or kiss their relatives, say eldercare advocates.

“We are really looking to make sure that we do everything that we can to have the residents and families be able to connect with one another,” said Lindsey

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FL Providing Rapid Coronavirus Tests To Senior Homes, Schools

TALLAHASSEE, FL — The State of Florida this week announced it is offering up hundreds of thousands of rapid tests for the coronavirus to senior living facilities, schools and state testing sites. The tests are said to return results in 15 minutes or less.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday said the state will distribute some 400,000 BinaxNOW tests this week alone. The federal government has already provided the tests to about 800 nursing homes in Florida, and the state will provide tests to the remaining 3,200 facilities, he said.

All told, about 100,000 tests will go to long term care facilities, and another 180,000 will go to senior living communities.

Another 60,000 BinaxNOW tests will be provided to schools across the state. DeSantis said schools that utilize rapid testing will be able to avoid making students isolate unnecessarily.

“If a student is either sent to school sick or becomes sick in school, you take the student out and isolate them,” the governor said. “But then, if you can get a 15 minute test and you get the negative, then you don’t have to worry about isolating some of these other students.”

DeSantis said remaining tests will be distributed to coronavirus testing sites across the state so every state-run testing site is able to offer rapid results.

The governor said senior communities that are not already scheduled to receive BinaxNOW tests can apply to receive the tests by emailing [email protected]

The tests, he said, can be used for residents, staff and visitors.

“They’ll have the ability to do [testing] as they see fit,” he said. ‘Using this new technology in a way that is protecting our most vulnerable and saving lives is really the key.”

This article originally appeared on the Across Florida Patch

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$250,000 To Be Used For CI Senior Center Improvements

Press release from the Town of Islip:

Oct. 1, 2020

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and NY State Assemblyman Phil Ramos attended a joint press conference at the Central Islip Senior Center, to announce $250,000 in grant money earmarked for improvements to the senior center.

The center has served the community well in the past, hosting both senior citizen and youth programs. The center’s most recent renovations began in 2019, and further improvements will continue through the grant funding secured by Assemblyman Ramos.

Improvements include a commercial grade stove, grease trap, exhaust hood, fire suppression system, air conditioning, window replacement, ADA compliant bathrooms and cosmetic repairs and paint.

“This center has long been a lifeline for our seniors, offering meals, social interaction and activities that keep residents engaged and connected,” said Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “These improvements are essential in order to offer quality programs and services,” she said.

“Our seniors are the pioneers of this community, and they have made it what it is today. We have an obligation to invest in facilities that help them and that are good for them, and that they can be proud of,” said NYS Assemblyman Phil Ramos.

Also on hand were Tom Owens, Commissioner, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and Deputy Commissioner, Carol Charchalis.

Improvements should be completed within 12 months of the funding being secured.

This press release was produced by the Town of Islip. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

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The Home Depot Names Ted Decker President and Chief Operating Officer; Announces Additional Senior Leadership Promotions

ATLANTA, Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced that Edward “Ted” P. Decker has been named president and chief operating officer, effective October 5, 2020. Decker, a 20-year veteran of the company, has served as executive vice president of merchandising since 2014. As the company’s chief merchant, he has been responsible for all store and online merchandising departments, merchandising strategy, services and vendor management, marketing and in-store environment. In his new role, he will assume additional responsibility for global store operations, global supply chain, and outside sales and service.

“Ted is an incredible leader who has enhanced our competitiveness and interconnected strategy by blending the art and science of retail while also driving outstanding results with both our in-store and online customer experience,” said Craig Menear, chairman and CEO of The Home Depot. “We are extremely fortunate to have what I believe to be one of the finest executive leadership teams in retail. Ted’s promotion and the additional changes we are announcing will further strengthen the team’s strategic leadership and operational efficiency, while I continue to focus over the next few years on the long-term growth and strategic positioning of the company.”

Ann-Marie Campbell has been named executive vice president of U.S. stores and international operations, adding responsibility for all operations, business functions and strategy for the company’s Canada and Mexico businesses to her current responsibilities. The presidents of The Home Depot Canada and The Home Depot Mexico will now report to her. Campbell, a 35-year veteran of The Home Depot, will now lead more than 2,200 stores and 400,000 associates.   

Jeff Kinnaird has been promoted to executive vice president of merchandising, reporting to Decker. Most recently, he was president of The Home Depot Canada. He

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Steelwork contractor appoints senior director

Severfield, Britain’s biggest construction steelwork contractor, has appointed Alun Griffiths as its senior independent director.

Thursday, 1st October 2020, 7:51 am

Updated Thursday, 1st October 2020, 7:58 am
Severfield recently completed its work on the redevelopment of Lords Cricket Ground

Mr Griffiths is currently chair of Severfield’s remuneration committee and joined the board in 2014.

Kevin Whiteman, chairman of Severfield, said: “I am delighted that Alun Griffiths has agreed to become thesenior independent director at Severfield.

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“Our board and other stakeholders will continue to benefit from Alun’s wide-ranging experience and insight.”

Last month Severfield said it was cautiously optimistic about the 2021 financial year despite the current market uncertainty caused by Covid-19.

The Thirsk-based group said its optimism stemmed from the strength of its order book, an encouraging pipeline of opportunities, a strong balance sheet position, its expertise in managing complex projects and its long-standing client relationships.

The firm told shareholders at its AGM: “We continue to be well-placed to win work in the diverse range of market sectors and geographies in which we operate and across a wide client base, providing us with extra resilience and the ability to increase our market share.”

The board recommended a final dividend for the year to March 31 of 1.8p per share, making a total for the year of 2.9p per share, up from 2.8p last year.

Severfield’s chief executive, Alan Dunsmore, said the dividend payment reflected the board’s confidence in the future.

The firm said its UK and European factories are fully operational, all construction sites are open and underlying operations are performing well.

Severfield recently completed its work on the redevelopment of Lords Cricket Ground (the Compton and Edrich stands) and it is now working on

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