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University of Nebraska Medical Center: Shield Protects Health Care Workers From Coronavirus for Intubation Procedures
OMAHA, Nebraska, April 6 -- The University of Nebraska Medical Center issued the following news release:

A new protective barrier invented at the University of Nebraska Medical Center shields and protects health care workers from contagions and other contaminants during intubation procedures.

Inventors Thomas Schulte, MD, and Michael Ash, MD, in collaboration with Scott Nepper at Design Plastics, Inc. in Omaha--developed the device in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They were looking for a way to help offset the widespread shortages of personal protective equipment facing healthcare workers, ... Show Full Article

RAND: Forgotten on the Frontlines of the Food Supply Chain
SANTA MONICA, California, April 6 -- RAND issued the following commentary by Susan L. Marquis, dean, Pardee RAND graduate school vice president, innovation distinguished chair in policy analysis:

In the COVID-19 pandemic, we're all coming to recognize a new class of essential first responders: those who keep the supply chains going.

In the food supply, farmworkers are these first responders. The federal government officially declared them to be part of the "critical infrastructure workforce" with a "special responsibility to maintain [a] normal work schedule." Guest workers, who come from other ... Show Full Article

New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Aid Society Sue for Release of People Jailed for Alleged Parole Violations
NEW YORK, April 6 -- New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following news release:

The New York Civil Liberties Union and The Legal Aid Society filed a class-action lawsuit against Governor Cuomo and the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) challenging the unconstitutional automatic jailing of people held in New York City jails while waiting for a hearing for alleged parole violations. The lawsuit demands the opportunity for release of over a thousand people jailed in New York City jails for alleged parole violations in light of the uncontrolled spread of the ... Show Full Article

Human Rights Watch: Cambodia - Prisons Potential COVID-19 Epicenters
BANGKOK, Thailand, April 6 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release:

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- Reduce Overcrowding by Releasing Low-Risk and Vulnerable Prisoners

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The Cambodian government should take urgent measures to reduce the risk that the country's severely overcrowded prisons will suffer COVID-19 outbreaks, Human Rights Watch said.

Reducing overcrowding in prisons is important to prevent outbreaks, which would have serious health consequences for prisoners, prison staff, and the broader public. Cambodian authorities should immediately release people who should not be in custody, including ... Show Full Article

Human Rights Watch: Bahrain - Free Imprisoned Rights Defenders and Opposition Activists
BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 6 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release:

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- Extend Releases to Those at Special Risk of COVID-19

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Amid the global threat posed by COVID-19, Bahraini authorities should release human rights defenders, opposition activists, journalists, and all others imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, assembly, and association, a coalition of 19 rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, said.

On March 17, 2020, Bahrain completed the release of 1,486 prisoners, 901 of whom received royal pardons on "humanitarian ... Show Full Article

Human Rights First Sues for Release for Immigrants in CA, Asks Federal Court to Protect Clients From Coronavirus Outbreak
LOS ANGELES, California, April 6 -- Human Rights First issued the following news release:

As the Department of Homeland Security continues to ignore calls to release immigrants from detention, Human Rights First filed a federal lawsuit aimed at securing the release of migrant detainees vulnerable to COVID-19 infection in Adelanto ICE Processing Center.

"Unable to engage in social distancing and left with inadequate access to sanitation and medical care, the almost 40,000 people held in civil immigration detention are at high risk of contracting this virus," said Hardy Vieux, vice president, legal, ... Show Full Article

Hospital Preparedness for PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
VANCOUVER, Washington, April 6 -- PeaceHealth issued the following news:

The team at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center's collective efforts to prepare for the anticipated influx of COVID-19 patients include:

* Restricted visitors and non-essential individuals who enter the medical center to reduce the risk of transmission.

* Implemented temperature screens for anyone entering our buildings. Those with a temperature or other COVID-19-related symptoms are turned away, including employees.

* Cancelled or postponed all elective procedures to conserve hospital resources for critically ill patients ... Show Full Article