Public Safety Tips for a Safe Family Gathering this Fourth of July STAFF REPORT Published on Thursday, July 2, 2020 | 1:43 pm HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Female Celebs Women Love But Men Find UnattractiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKate Beckinsale Was Shamed For Being “Too Old” To Wear A BikiniHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeauty 26 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Make a comment Community News If you’re planning to host a Fourth of July family gathering, it’s important to continue taking precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones against the coronavirus.As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the Southland, families may be tempted to let their guard down as they gather to enjoy a barbeque and social interaction. However, that would be a mistake, because the coronavirus still poses a significant threat to our health and we need to protect ourselves, according to health officials.“There are some simple, but important steps we can take to help protect our health while still enjoying ourselves as we celebrate the Fourth-of-July with our families,” said Dr. Daisy Dodd, an infectious disease physician with Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “However, going about it as if there’s no need for concern is not a wise decision, and it could create a health risk to yourself and others!”If you plan to host a get-together, Dr. Dodd recommends limiting the number of guests. In general, keep the gathering to no more than 10 people, she said. Also, if you invite family members who are above the age of 60, she stressed the importance of taking extra precautions, including wearing masks and observing physical distancing of at least six feet.It’s also important to require all guests, including children over 2 years-old, to wear a face covering when not eating or drinking.Remind guests that if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have been recently exposed, they should not attend, Dr. Dodd stressed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.“If a family member is sick, even if they have very mild symptoms or just feeling ‘under the weather,’ they should stay home since they may have COVID-19 or other germs that pose a threat to your health,” said Dr. Dodd, who practices at Kaiser Permanente Orange County. “Additionally, it’s important to vet your guests. If you do invite guests, make sure they intend to follow safety precautions.”Dr. Dodd discouraged holding in-home gatherings, and instead recommended spending time outside where there’s more open space. Establish separate dining spaces for your household and for your guest family, and use single-use (disposable) utensils, plates and cups. Also, keep hand sanitizer and paper towels around to frequently clean your hands and disinfect surfaces.“We all want to enjoy our families during this holiday, and we can do so in a way that is both fun and safe by taking precautions that better protect our health – and the health of others – during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Dodd said.At a Glance:If you are planning to host a Fourth of July gathering:• Avoid inside home gatherings. Host it outside and keep it small.• Share your list of safety precautions with your guests and ensure they intend to follow them.• Maintain a 6-foot distance from those outside of your household.• Require all guests, including children over 2 years old, to wear a face covering when not eating or drinking.• Make sure soap, water and hand sanitizer are readily available for handwashing• With the exception of grilled items, bring your own food and drinks to gatherings.• Use single-use (disposable) utensils, plates, cups, etc., and throw away your own garbage.• Establish separate dining spaces for your household and for your guest family.• Avoid contact sports, but swimming is OK as long as distance is maintained.• Remind guests that if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or been recently exposed, they should not attend.• Be sure to follow the guidance set by your county Public Health Department.Source: Kaiser Permanente More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. 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One hundred years ago, philanthropist Barbour Lathrop bought a bamboo grove and 46-acre farm and leased the property to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for $1. For the next 60 years, the property became an agricultural research station where, in the 1940s, industrialists Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone cooperated on research on goldenrod as a potential source for latex. Today, the land is the site of the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (CGBG) at the Historic Bamboo Farm.The garden’s focus has shifted from research on plants for manufacturing and commercial agriculture to ornamental plants for use in home gardening and landscaping.“A large portion of the plant collection added in that time period is still growing at the garden,” said Tim Davis, Chatham County Cooperative Extension coordinator and director of the gardens. “We grow and maintain more than 100 species here; a tremendous amount of those plants came from Asia because we have similar (climate) zones.”In April, CGBG commemorated its centennial with a public celebration that remembered the past and anticipated the garden’s future.Over the past five years, the gardens have been improved and expanded with the addition of the Andrews Visitors Center, which was funded by a generous donation from Jim Andrews and Barbara Andrews. More recently, the Alan and Sandi Beals Bamboo Maze was added to the gardens.“The property is shifting from a research farm to a botanical garden. We are also home to one of the largest collections of camellias in the Western Hemisphere — more than 800 varieties,” Davis said. The camellia collection was made possible by Chatham County Commissioner and Judge Arthur Solomon, an enthusiast and garden patron who traveled to France and brought camellias back to Savannah, some of which he donated to CGBG.Davis’ vision is to return to the garden’s research-based roots, in keeping with UGA’s land-grant mission, while the facility remains open to the public. A host of new gardens have been added, including a pollinator garden and a home fruit demonstration area. With the help of the gardens’ strong volunteer organization, a Roots and Shoots gardening program for school-aged children will be introduced this fall.“UGA Extension’s goal is to deliver research-based information to the public and we are working to use these gardens as a tool to do that,” Davis said. “This is what we ought to be doing. We study and understand a plant, then we work with the industry to make it economically beneficial and easy for consumers to grow at home.”To learn more about the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, go to coastalbg.uga.edu.
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