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Thank you to Hospital Support Staff During COVID-19 Janitors, technicians and food service staff are just a few examples of the people working behind the scenes of the coronavirus pandemic. Hospitals around the nation are staying functional and open in part because of these frequently overlooked groups of people. CLEANING STAFF Dusting, sweeping, mopping and changing out bed sheets are all normal duties of hospital janitorial personnel. However, with the outbreak of COVID-19 in America, hospital maintenance and cleaning crews have had to step up their game. An important part of their job is sanitizing every surface in every room the staff visits, and these workers are rising to the occasion. Hospital housekeepers risk infection every time they walk into a patient’s room, whether that patient shows symptoms of the virus or not. Keeping a hospital clean and functional is no easy task and these professionals are keeping up with admirable persistence. MAINTENANCE WORKERS The technicians who keep respirators and other essential equipment functional are also indispensable. Machines that pro- vide life-giving air to those suffering are in high demand, so the technicians who maintain them are of utmost importance. The workers who specialize in other systems in hospitals are also doing their part to fight this illness. They keep the lights on, the water running, the heaters and air conditioners function- ing at their optimal levels and the hospital grounds up to a high standard. TECHNICIANS AND THERAPISTS While COVID-19 is showing up everywhere in America, there are patients who are in the hospital for other reasons. Patients still need physical therapy, dialysis treatments, and other life-saving procedures. Technicians and therapists continue to carry out and perform invaluable services for their patients while risking exposure to the disease. While its true elective procedures are on hold at many hospitals, there are many patients who benefit greatly from therapy services. The therapists and technicians who offer those treatments are still showing up every day and helping those who need it. Respiratory therapists are helping COVID-19 patients with breathing problems, but they’re not the only ones. Therapists are also playing a key role in making patients strong and capable enough to safely leave the hospital, making more beds available when they might be needed the most. FOOD SERVICE EMPLOYEES Most hospitals across America have shut down their public cafeterias. Preventing the spread of the coronavirus this way is very important by keeping people from congregating in public eating areas. However, hospital food services continue to feed and nourish patients under their care. Hospital patients need to eat, and someone has to prepare those meals. Food service in hospitals continues without a hitch, delivering meals to patients throughout the day. It’s a mark of kindness and bravery on the part of all those who continue to provide nutritional meals and do so with a smile. Keeping the spirits up of those who fight off COVID-19 is a rare gift.
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Ride-Share Safety Advocates Cautiously Optimistic on Uber’s New 4-Digit PIN System
As Congress considers legislation to address the rising national concern about ride- share safety, Uber’s announcement to use a personal identification system (PIN) is viewed by some as a step forward that also underscores the need for a national Sami’s Law. Title 3 of Sami’s Law (H.R. 4686) mandates new protections through the use of tech- nology, such as a four-digit personal authentication; or a scannable quick response (QR) code on the passenger windows; or other cutting edge successor technologies to verify a car before entering a rideshare vehicle. “We are hopeful that the new verification feature rolled out by Uber this week will prove to be a step in the right direction to protect rideshare customers and drivers,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), author of Sami’s Law, comprehensive legislation that honors University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson who was brutally murdered by a fake Uber driver. “Their process appears similar to that which is mandated in the proposed Sami’s Law. Thus, I am are cautiously optimistic that this new feature meets the standards pro- posed and as such, we urge Uber to enthusiastically support Sami’s Law so that this and other protections are industry-wide."
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“Enacting the simple federal standards in Sami’s Law will protect riders—especially women from sexual assault—and help ensure that all customers are equally protected no matter which vendor they use, regardless in which state they travel,” said Smith, who testified at a bipartisan hearing on ride share safety and Sami’s law held in October to which Uber and Lyft declined invitations. Uber released a report on its rideshare program that revealed nearly 6,000 incidents of sexual assault, 464 reports of rape and 19 deaths due to physical assault in the last two years. “With no rules, no guidelines and an appalling lack of transparency—we simply don’t know whose car we are entering, a predator working for the ride- share company or a predator pretending to be, as was the case with Sami,” said Smith. Sami’s father, Seymour Josephson, commented on Uber’s announcement, and on the continuing need for federal legislation. “I think it is great that Uber has taken the lead in using technology and creating a safer ride experience for the public. While Uber has taken this initiative in using technology it is still important for us to continue the push for legislation. There are many more rideshare companies out there in the United States and North America and we must continue the push in creating a safer ride share environment for every company that participates in the industry. We must continue with additional safety measures like front license plates in order to protect all passengers,” said Mr. Josephson, who has fought to enact rideshare safety legislation at the state and federal levels. “I could only wish that it did not take Samantha's death and our constant push to create these safety measures. We ask, why wasn't this done prior? Why did it take her kidnapping and murder for this to happen!”
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Did You Know...? By Pam Teel
Did you knowHamilton Township was once the home of a Grand National Speedway and in 1957 it hosted its first Nascar National event? The speedway, called the Trenton Speedway, was officially opened in the 1900’s as a dirt horse track and was placed next to the old New Jersey fairgrounds. It stayed a dirt track for nearly 60 years. In the 1940’s, they expanded the track to one mile and brought in auto racing. In 1957, the track was paved and in 1969 the track was expanded to 1 ½ miles. From 1968-1980 the speed- way became an International Speedway.
In its final form, Trenton Speedway was one of the most unusual oval circuits in the world. Its unique dogleg-kinked back straight was a necessary by-product due to the fact that they couldn’t expand the backstretch because of a property owner. The oval track looked like it had a kink in it so not to infringe on people’s properties. This created somewhat of a problem for the racers. According to racingcircuits.com info, in the early 1900’s, aside from horse races at the fairgrounds, there was also Automobile racing. The first race was held on September 24, 1900. Motorized vehicles were still a rarity, so the event must have been some sight to see. It took until 1907 for the next race to be held but it wasn't until 1912 that things got into full swing. Over the next few years the circuit developed, with grandstands being erected, as the facility became an established part of the State Fair. Expansion was on the cards in 1946, when the entire course was replaced by a new one-mile dirt oval. In 1957, the decision was taken to pave over the racing surface. The track then began to flourish. Among its biggest races was the annual visit of the USAC Championship cars (who had previously held one event on the old dirt surface in 1949). Drivers such as Rodger Ward, Eddie Sachs and Tony Bet- tenhausen tasted victory here, but it was A.J. Foyt who was the undisputed king of the USAC era, taking 12 wins – including five straight between 1963 and '64. In 1957 Trenton hosted its first NASCAR Grand National event, as the sport sought to expand from its southern routes. The Chevrolet of Fireball Roberts won the race with a good margin over another star of the era, Junior Johnson in a Ford. The following year saw victory go to Tim Pistone, a Chicago native and one of the few northern drivers on the NASCAR circuit at that time. NASCAR's Grand National series didn't return again until 1967, when Richard Petty took his famous sky blue Plymouth to victory circle. When the NASCAR circus returned the following year, the drivers were confronted with a much-modified circuit. The Fair Park wanted to create a 1.5- mile long course, but was presented with a major headache when an elderly woman whose property they needed to buy behind the back straight refused to sell. The solution was to divert the backstretch into the infield to bypass the offending property, creating the rather unique situation of having a right-hand turn on an oval course. This signature quirk was to be the bane of race engineers over the years as they struggled to find setups that would allow tires to last. While it was this configuration, which captured the imagination, it didn't necessarily bring the crowds flocking. NASCAR continued through until 1972, with the final race won by Bobby Allison. Trenton was in fact on the 1973 schedule and the racers duly practiced and qualified, but heavy rain forced the cancellation on race day and the event was never rescheduled. USAC races continued on through the 1970’s, and by the end of the decade Trenton was part of the upstart CART series. Indeed, there were three Indycar events that year, twin races in June won by the Penske of Bobby Unser and a further event in August, won by fellow Penske racer Rick Mears. For 1980, Trenton was dropped from the Indycar schedule and the writing was thus on the wall. The final race run at Trenton was for the asphalt Mod- ified stock cars, in June, 1980. That scheduled 134-lap event, which was called official after 79 circuits due to rain, was won by Geoff Bodine. Many time NASCAR Modified champion Richie Evans finished close behind with NJ's John Blewett Jr. third. Dwindling profits meant that interest by the owner of the property turned from entertainment to development. In 1980, the land was sold and the New Jersey State Fair was held for the last time on this site. Trenton Speedway was no more, with the land auctioned off for development and demolition com- ing a short time later. Today the site houses a UPS shipping facility, a housing development known as 'Hamilton Lakes' and the New Jersey Grounds for Sculpture. The area referred to as the "sculpture pad" was originally the foundation for the grandstand extension, but there is little else to suggest that there was ever one of the world's most unique oval courses there. The lake was once the inside area of the track.
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This healing works on the simple principle that your body is perfectly capable of healing itself. Your blood contains all the essential components that the body produces to repair tissue damage. Each time you have an injury, the platelets in your blood along with growth factors, stem cells, cytokines, and other elements create a scaffolding on the site. The damaged tissues use this framework to regenerate and repair. The entire process takes approximately one hour, and pa- tients are sent home the same day. Patients on average report more than 50% improvement in 6 weeks and up to 100% improvement in 12 weeks. This may eliminate the need for more aggressive and expensive treatment options such as long-term medication or surgery. In a recent study, researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery gave patients with early osteoarthritis an injection of PRP and then monitored them for one year. After one year of the PRP injection, physicians evaluated the knee cartilage with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). While previous studies have shown that patients with osteoarthritis can lose roughly five percent of knee cartilage per year, the Hospital for Special Surgery investigators found that a large majority of patients in their study had no further cartilage loss. At minimum PRP also prevented further knee deterioration.
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FAMILY MATTERS Beware of scams related to the coronavirus By Erin Scheithe
Scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to con people into giving up their money. Though the reason behind their fraud is new, their tactics are familiar. It can be even harder to prevent scams right now because people 65 and older aren’t interacting with as many friends, neighbors and senior service providers due to efforts to slow the spread of disease. Those who are ill or don’t feel comfortable potentially exposing themselves may need someone to help with errands. Be cautious when accepting offers of help and use trusted delivery services for supplies and food. During this time of uncertainty, knowing about possible scams is a good first step toward preventing them. The FTC warned about an increasing number of scams related to vaccines, test kits, cures or treatments, and air filter systems designed to remove COVID-19 from the air in your home. There is no vaccine for this virus, and there is no cure. If you receive a phone call, email, text message, or letter with claims to sell you any of these items–it’s a scam.
A charity scam is when a thief poses as a real charity or makes up the name of a charity that sounds real to get money from you. Be careful about any charity calling you asking for donations. If you are able to help financially, visit the website of the organization of your choice to make sure your money is going to the right place. And be wary if you get a call following up on a donation pledge that you don’t remember making–it could be a scam. Scammers could use the circumstances of the coronavirus to pose as a grandchild, relative or friend who claims to be ill, stranded in another state or
foreign country, or otherwise in trouble, and ask you to send money. They may ask you to send cash by mail or buy gift cards. These scammers often beg you keep it a secret and act fast before you ask questions. Don’t panic! Take a deep breath and get the facts. Don’t send money unless you’re sure it’s the real person who contacted you. Hang up and call your grandchild or friend’s phone number to see if the story checks out. You could also call a different friend or relative. While local Social Security Administration (SSA) offices are closed to the public due to COVID-19 concerns, SSA will not suspend or de- crease Social Security benefit payments or Supplemental Security In- come payments due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Scammers may mislead people into believing they need to provide personal infor- mation or pay by gift card, wire transfer, internet currency, or by mail- ing cash to maintain regular benefit payments during this period. Any communication that says SSA will suspend or decrease your benefits due to COVID-19 is a scam, whether you receive it by letter, text, email, or phone call. Report Social Security scams to the SSA Inspector General online at oig.ssa.gov . The best defense is to say NO if anyone contacts you and asks for your Social Security number, bank account number, credit card informa- tion, Medicare ID number, driver’s license number or any other per- sonally identifiable information by phone, in person, by text message, or email. Report scams to ftc.gov/complaint . The Eldercare Locator , a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, can connect older adults and their families to services. You can also call 1-800-677-1116. Source: Erin Scheithe, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
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FAMILY MATTERS A Message From Gunther Publications:
Helping Central New Jersey Stay Safe During COVID The entire team at Gunther Publications cares about our Readers and Advertisers. As communities across the United States take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting close contact, people are facing new challenges and questions about how to meet basic household needs, such as buying groceries and medicine, and completing banking activities. The following information provides advice about how to meet these household needs in a safe and healthy manner and is what the CDC recommends. Shopping for food and other household essentials • Avoid shopping if you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, which include a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. • Order food and other items online for home delivery or curbside pickup (if possible). • Only visit the grocery store, or other stores selling household essentials, in person when you absolutely need to. This will limit your potential exposure to others and the virus that causes COVID-19. • Stay at least 6 feet away from others while shopping and in lines. • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when you have to go out in public. • When you do have to visit in person, go during hours when fewer people will be there (for example, early morning or late night). • If you are at higher risk for severe illness, find out if the store has special hours for people at higher risk. If they do, try to shop during those hours. People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions. • Disinfect the shopping cart, use disinfecting wipes if available. • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. • If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). If you must handle money, a card, or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer right after paying. • After leaving the store, use hand sanitizer. When you get home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. • At home, follow food safety guidelines: clean, separate, cook, chill. There is no evidence that food or food packaging has been linked to getting sick from COVID-19. Accepting Deliveries and Takeout Orders • Pay online or on the phone when you order (if possible). • Accept deliveries without in-person contact whenever possible. Ask for deliveries to be left in a safe spot outside your house (such as your front porch or lobby), with no person-to-person interaction. Otherwise, stay at least 6 feet away from the delivery person. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after accepting deliveries or collecting mail. • After receiving your delivery or bringing home your takeout food, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Mail & Packages • After collecting mail from a post office or home mailbox, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Banking • If you must visit the bank, use the drive-through ATM if one is available. Clean the ATM keyboard with a disinfecting wipe before you use it. • When you are done, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home. Getting Gasoline • Use disinfecting wipes on handles and buttons before you touch them (if available). • After fueling, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when you get home or somewhere with soap and water.
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