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Coronavirus: Okanagan drive-in theatre making adjustments to provide ‘outdoor escape’ during pandemic

3M Says No Evidence On Seizure Of N95 Respirators By U.S. Authorities

3M rebuffed media reports over the alleged seizure of a shipment of N95 Respirators by U.S. authorities, saying there were a no evidence to suggest the Respirators were seized and diverted to the U.S.

Earlier, there were reports that U.S. authorities seized and diverted a shipment of 3M personal protective equipment on April 3, while in transit from a 3M China facility to Berlin Police.

“…… 3M has no record of any order of respirators from China for the Berlin police. We cannot speculate where this report originated,” 3M said in a statement on Sunday.

3M has extended an offer to German authorities to try to determine if the false report is the result of fraudulent activity.

Meanwhile, 3M said it will continue to maximize the amount of respirators for healthcare workers in the U.S. and worldwide.

On Friday, 3M said it would comply with President Trump’s order that requested the company to increase production of the much-needed N95 face masks for the United States. The US also requested to cease exporting the respirators to the Canadian and Latin American markets.

But, the company warned that ceasing all export of respirators produced in the United States would likely cause other countries to retaliate and do the same, as some have already done. There are also significant humanitarian implications of ceasing respirator supplies.

3M also warned that the net number of respirators being made available to the United States would actually decrease, if exports were banned.

Anti-parasitic Drug Killed COVID-19 Virus In Cell Culture In 2 Days: Study

With over 1.27 million confirmed coronavirus cases and death toll nearing 70,000, the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the worst global health crises we have confronted.

Currently, there are no approved drugs or vaccines for COVID-19. A number of pharma companies and research organizations are working to find medical solutions to treat, prevent and manage this pandemic.

A study conducted by scientists from Australia’s Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and the Doherty Institute has found that an FDA-approved medicine Ivermectin that is currently used to treat parasite infections such as intestinal worms, lice, and mites, can kill the virus within 48 hours in cell culture.

According to Kylie Wagstaff, when human CD150-expressing Vero cells (Vero/hSLAM) cells) infected with SARS-CoV-2 in a Petri dish were treated with a single dose of Ivermectin, all viral RNA was removed in 48 hours and that even at 24 hours there was a really significant reduction in the viral load.

However, Wagstaff cautioned that the findings are based only on lab studies and that whether or not Ivermectin is effective for treating SARS-COV-2 in humans will be known only if the trials are carried out in people.

The findings of the study were published in the journal, Antiviral Research.

L.A. County to Extend Health, Stay-Home Order to May 15

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Los Angeles County is extending its order to keep people at home for two more weeks to May 15 as the number of cases continues to increase and as the virus spreads in the community.

The county reported 18 new deaths from the pandemic to a total of 241, and the number of new cases rose 475 to 8,430, L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in her daily briefing Friday. The order imposed more than three weeks ago led to the closure of non-essential businesses, cutting access to beaches and parks and other restrictions to keep residents at home.

“Because people are heeding the directives, we have in fact seen what we can confirm is a flattening of the curve in a way that’s actually saving lives and allowing us to have a chance for the health care system remains able to serve all those who need care,” she said. But “this is not the time to lift” the order because of the spread and high number of cases, she said.

Resident at Edmonton’s Kensington Village seniors’ facility dies of COVID-19

A resident at a north Edmonton seniors’ care facility, which has been dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19, has died of the disease.

Coronavirus: Charities warn that dropped-off donations are turning into garbage in Calgary

Calgary charities are asking people to stop bringing items to their donation bins and thrift stores.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused some charities to lay off staff and shut their doors. The result: items piling up outside donation bins will end up at the landfill.

AMC theaters in talks to hire bankruptcy law firm Weil Gotshal amid coronavirus shutdown

The insider cautioned that “it’s early stages” and that it’s not clear whether the theater chain has hired any other advisors for the possible restructuring. Nevertheless, a bankruptcy filing looks increasingly likely as the company has already begun to skip rent across its locations, according to the source.

Reps for AMC and Weil Gotshal didn’t respond to requests for comment on Friday.

“Every third seat is occupied in China and they are taking customers’ temperatures,” the source noted.

Coronavirus: With community garden season cancelled, members worry about food security

Green buds are sprouting through the thawed soil plots at the Pointe Verte Community Garden in Pointe-Saint Charles.

Coronavirus: Okanagan drive-in theatre making adjustments to provide ‘outdoor escape’ during pandemic

It’s a summertime entertainment staple in the Okanagan: taking in a double feature at the Starlight Drive-In.

This spring and summer, it appears automotive movie-goers will still be able to visit the giant silver screen in Enderby despite the novel coronavirus pandemic that’s raging across the world.