News Digest 3-23-2020

Quote of the day

“We should be wearing respirators of some kind because we go into family homes where lots of people have been in and out.”

Unidentified Ohio nurse




Ohio nurse, advocacy group raise alarm

A visiting home care nurse and an Ohio home care/hospice advocacy group are expressing a dire need for protective gear to help keep the most vulnerable out of the hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic, and say the need is nearing a breaking point. The nurse says she worries about getting COVID-19 and not having sick or vacation time to self-quarantine. WSYX/WTTE [with video]


Transportation Department sends all HQ employees home

The Transportation Department has sent all federal employees home from its headquarters in Washington, D.C., as its first confirmed employee has tested positive for the coronavirus. These instructions only apply to Transportation’s Navy Yard facility in Washington, according to a department spokesman. Federal News Network


South Dakota Supreme Court rules widow should get workers’ comp

The wife of a man who died in a trench collapse is entitled to death benefits from the city of Miller and the South Dakota Municipal League Workers’ Compensation Fund, the South Dakota Supreme Court has decided, affirming the man did not engage in willful misconduct that would have otherwise voided a workers’ comp claim related to the 2016 incident. KELO


Fellow officers accused fired Buffalo-area police officer of misdeeds

A Lockport, New York police recruit who suffered a permanent disability that he says resulted from training in 2018, also was the target of numerous complaints from fellow officers. The officer underwent spinal fusion surgery last year to repair damage he said was caused by being forced to run on an injured ankle. Buffalo News