Ferry Season Returns To St. Pete With COVID-19 Safety Precautions

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Ferry season opens in St. Petersburg on Sunday as Cross Bay Ferry returns to its fourth season with coronavirus safety precautions aboard the boat.

The ferry, Provincetown III, will operate at full capacity with everyone being required to wear masks while indoors, according to a news release.

A crew will sanitize door handles, rails and other areas of the ferry before every group of passengers gets on and during the 50-minute trip across the bay.

Courted off sections are indoors to maintain social distancing and plastic dividers have been placed in areas to keep sections separated.

“We are confident that we can provide reliable and safe service even at full capacity and still maintain social distancing guidelines, but we are monitoring it and will adjust as needed,” Kevin Fisher, general manager of the Cross Bay Ferry said.

Food and beverage services are offered on the ferry, and bikes are allowed. Wi-Fi is also provided.

The ferry can hold a maximum of 149 passengers.

Ferry trips run from The St. Petersburg Ferry Terminal, 375 Bayshore Drive NE to the Tampa Convention Center.

Services are offered Wednesday through Sunday and can be booked online at Cross Bay Ferry or dockside ticket booths.

Ferry season is from Nov. 1 through Apr. 30.

Provincetown III departs St. Pete on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m, and makes its round trip back from Tampa at 6:15 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. For the full schedule, click here.

A one way ticket for adults is $10 and $20 for a round trip. For the full list of prices and discounts, visit its website.

The Cross Bay Ferry is a collaboration between St. Petersburg, Tampa, Hillsborough County and Pinellas County.

This article originally appeared on the St. Pete Patch

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LeAnn Rimes Proudly Shares Nude Photos as Her Psoriasis Returns for the First Time in 16 Years

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From Prevention

  • LeAnn Rimes, 38, opened up about her journey with psoriasis in a new essay for Glamour.

  • The singer said that her skin condition flared for the first time in 16 years due to the “stress” of the pandemic and uncertainty that came with 2020.

  • Rimes is embracing her skin just the way it is.

LeAnn Rimes is not hiding her psoriasis anymore. In a new essay for Glamour, the singer opened up about her psoriasis diagnosis, and how the uncomfortable skin condition is flaring up for the first time 16 years due to the stress of the pandemic.

After attempting to hide her psoriasis for years, Rimes is embracing her skin the way it is. She shared the photos to Instagram in honor of World Psoriasis Day (October 29), writing in the caption that she’s ready to be honest about her experience with psoriasis. “And I want to give a voice to what so many other people are going through,” she said.

“You know when you say something you’ve been holding in for so long, and it’s such a sigh of relief? That’s what these photos are to me,” she said. “I needed this. My whole body—my mind, my spirit—needed this desperately.”

Fans flooded the post with messages of support. “I suddenly feel less ashamed of my psoriasis,” one fan wrote, while another person said, “You are so beautiful inside and out. I am always so amazed by you.”

In her essay with Glamour, Rimes shared that she was diagnosed with psoriasis when she was age two. “By the time I was six, about 80% of my body was covered in painful red spots—everything but my hands, feet, and face.

According to a recent review published in BMJ, nearly 3.4 million U.S. adults have psoriasis, and although the autoimmune disease can occur in children, it generally affects adults. The condition usually results in rashes, dryness, small bumps, and redness, but it can also cause joint stiffness, inflamed tendons, and mental health issues like depression.

“I tried everything I could to treat it: steroid creams, major medications—I even tried being wrapped in coal tar with Saran Wrap,” Rimes said, adding that she would also do everything in her power to hide it. “Onstage I’d often wear two pairs of pantyhose or jeans—even in 95-degree heat. Underneath my shirt, my whole stomach would be covered in thick scales that would hurt and bleed. For so much of my life, I felt like I had to hide.”

In her 20s, the singer discovered a treatment that kept her flare-ups at bay, and it wasn’t until this year that her bumps returned.

“All hell broke loose in the world—and inside of me, as I’m sure it did for so many other people amid this pandemic,” she said. “Stress is a common trigger for psoriasis, and with so much uncertainty happening, my flare-ups came right back.”

Rimes is not alone—many Americans are stressed in 2020.

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Norwalk Returns To Phase 2 Reopening As Coronavirus Cases Rise

NORWALK, CT — Norwalk is reverting to Phase 2 reopening efforts, as the city grapples with a continued rise in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, Mayor Harry Rilling announced Thursday. The rollback will take effect at noon on Nov. 1 to allow businesses to prepare.

The city was placed on red alert status last week by Gov. Ned Lamont and state health officials, due to Norwalk exceeding 15 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people. The number of red alert communities in Connecticut now stands at 30, up from 19 last week, according to the state.

At that time, the city’s rate of infection was 18.9 new coronavirus cases per 100,000, but that number more than doubled to 40.5 and then to 48.9 per 100,000 between Oct. 18 and Oct. 24. Norwalk also reported its first coronavirus-related deaths this week, after more than three weeks without one.

To date, 151 Norwalk residents have died as a result of the virus.

This week, Rilling has been under quarantine due to exposure to a family member who tested positive for COVID-19. The mayor has tested negative twice since then.

As of Thursday, 54 new coronavirus cases were reported in Norwalk, bringing the city’s total to 2,984 since the pandemic began in March, according to health officials. No new deaths were reported.

The city was at Phase 3 reopening, which meant restaurants, personal services, gatherings and sporting events could operate at 75 percent capacity. On Nov. 1, that number rolls back to 50 percent.

Additionally, Phase 2 also calls for:

  • Private gatherings to drop from 100 people to 25 people indoors, and 150 people to 100 people outdoors

  • Religious gatherings to decrease from up to 200 people to a maximum of 100 people indoors

“This is a difficult decision, as I do not want to see our local businesses impacted, but my priority remains the health and safety of our residents,” Rilling said. “Our cases are rising, and I am deeply concerned. We are now seeing increased cases for those over 70 years of age, and we know this population is at higher risk of serious illness and death from this virus.”

The city will host another free, drive-thru coronavirus testing session on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the parking lot at Norwalk Community College on Richards Avenue.

“We have ramped up testing to try to slow this virus down, but it continues to spread rapidly, as people are not following all public health guidelines,” Rilling said. “Residents must take this seriously. Please, stay home if you can, limit travel and errands whenever possible, and always wear a face covering in public.”

This article originally appeared on the Norwalk Patch

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Paramedic returns to work after being knifed in the chest

A paramedic who was knifed in the chest during a 999 call has returned to work after making an incredible recovery.

Deena Evans, 39, was attacked alongside her colleague while treating a patient in Wolverhampton on July 6.

At the time, shocking pictures showed her being treated by colleagues before she was rushed to hospital for treatment to injuries including a chest wound and nerve damage.

But three months on, the paramedic has returned to work after making an amazing recovery and was pictured at her first shift back on Friday (October 16).

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Deena Evans (left), was brutally knifed in the chest while on a 999 emergency call in Wolverhampton on July 6. (SWNS)

West Midlands Ambulance Service shared a picture of her smiling standing next to an ambulance, writing: “We spy a familiar face. Today was her first day back on the road since the incident, she had crew mate Charlie looking after her.”

Evans, who starred in TV show Inside the Ambulance, said: “My recovery is going well. I’m still receiving physio and counselling but it’s helping. I still have numbness in my arm but it so far hasn’t affected my job.

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“My first day I was really nervous, I felt sick and felt like I couldn’t breathe but all the staff helped me, and my crew mate always makes me laugh so it was a good shift.

“The public support has been phenomenal, it really has been overwhelming. It certainly brings back faith in humanity, and I’m glad to be back doing my job.”

Evans and her colleague Michael Hipgrave, 51, were both attacked after they were called to check on the welfare of a man.

Neighbours described hearing “blood curdling screams” and the ambulance workers shouting “please help, he’s got a knife” during the incident.

Hipgrave was discharged from hospital later the same evening after suffering a back injury, while Evans spent another two days receiving treatment.

She has previously told how she was left haunted by the incident, describing how she relives it every time she closes her eyes.

She said: “You just can’t get it out your head and it’s getting over that stage, being able to put it to bed, and at the minute, I don’t think I’m there.

“We’ve had support from the Trust, we’ve got things in place to deal with what happened.

“There’s not enough thank you’s in the world for everybody for the well wishes.”

Hipgrave also told how the incident had taken its toll on his family and friends.

Martyn Smith,

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Swiss hospital chief warns of rough ride as virus returns

Bertrand Levrat, CEO of Geneva University Hospitals, which counts 12,000 personnel, says Europe overall faces a “turning point” at a time when Switzerland too is fighting a second wave of coronavirus cases that grew in large part out of a summertime lull in which people let down their guard about the highly infectious pandemic.

“The virus doesn’t spread alone — we are the ones who spread it. It’s a line that we don’t repeat enough,” Levrat said from his office overlooking Geneva, a surgical mask tucked into his jacket pocket. “Today, the stakes center on how much people are going to follow health measures that allow most people, and economies, and life in general, to get through this.”

“If we don’t get a handle on this, we run the risk of getting into a situation that’s harder to control,” he said. “We are really at a turning point — things can go both ways. Health services need to look for ways to keep up contact tracing (and) to succeed in getting a grasp on the chains of transmission.”

The Swiss benefit from a relatively rich population in a less densely populated country. Switzerland, at more than 8.6 million people, has a smaller population than the metropolitan areas of Paris and London, for example. The country, along with Germany, has generally been seen as coping better than some of its European neighbors in battling the pandemic.

But that may be changing. The Alpine nation has confirmed more than 71,000 cases and over 1,800 deaths from coronavirus, and new cases are rolling at more than 1,000 per day recently — hitting a record 3,105 on Friday. Its infection rates are now among the highest in Europe. While Switzerland isn’t in the European Union, its fortunes and fate are closely tied to the bloc, and the virus knows no borders.

Population centers in Zurich, Lausanne and its Vaud region, the Italian-speaking Ticino region and Geneva have been hardest hit. Now, the less dense canton Schwyz — at the heart of the birthplace of the Swiss confederation — is reportedly facing the country’s biggest spike in cases.

The Geneva University Hospitals have hired hundreds of new staffers in recent months. On Thursday, they announced stepped-up recruitment, testing and lab services in response to the second wave.

“I think we are quite well prepared, even though it was a huge challenge to every one of us, and a huge stress on

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Energy secretary returns to D.C. after security staffers test positive for coronavirus

Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette will return to Washington, D.C., after two members of his security detail tested positive for the coronavirus.



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Energy secretary returns to D.C. after security staffers test positive for coronavirus

Brouillette tested negative and is not showing symptoms but he and his staff will return to the city by car “out of an abundance of caution,” Energy Department spokesperson Shaylyn Hynes said in a statement late Thursday.

Hynes said that Brouillette will follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The department did not immediately respond to The Hill’s question about specific precautions the secretary would take.

According to the CDC, people who come into close contact with those who test positive should stay home for 14 days and keep a distance of at least six feet from others at all times.

The Energy secretary was slated to be in Ohio on Friday and be part of a roundtable with industry leaders on the future of energy jobs in the region.

He was also expected to meet with stakeholders regarding a proposed petrochemical complex.

Earlier this week, Brouillette attended an event in Tennessee with Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R). A member of Lee’s security detail has also tested positive for the coronavirus.

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