Wealthier hospitals stockpiling N95 masks leave nursing homes scrambling

Nursing homes, small physician offices and rural clinics are being left behind in the rush for N95 masks and other protective gear, exposing some of the country’s most vulnerable populations and their caregivers to COVID-19 while larger, wealthier health care facilities build equipment stockpiles.



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Take Rhonda Bergeron, who owns three health clinics in rural southern Louisiana. She said she’s been desperate for personal protective equipment since her clinics became COVID testing sites. Her plight didn’t impress national suppliers puzzled by her lack of buying history when she asked for 500 gowns. And one supply company allows her only one box of 200 gloves per 30 days for her three clinics. Right now, she doesn’t have any large gloves on-site.

Growing concern over shortage of medical gloves amid pandemic

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Real estate investors leave cities for countryside to start homestays

A new movement has arisen among real estate investors amid the pandemic – leaving large cities for the countryside where they open a homestay or farmstay to meet people’s demand to be close to nature.

Nguyen Thu Hang in Hanoi never thought that she would buy land in the countryside. But she changed her mind after she learned about homestays and realized that she would be able to earn money with the business model.

With VND1.5 billion in hand, Hang initially planned to buy an apartment in Hanoi for lease. However, because of Covid-19, there have been no tenants.

With this amount of money, she can buy a large land plot in the countryside with beautiful landscape to develop tourism services. She intends to provide services under the ‘farmstay’ model, i.e tourists can stay and experience production and daily life activities in rural areas.

Tran Thanh Hai (Lang Ha, Hanoi)

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Comcast outages leave more than 100,000 Calif. customers without Internet

Close to 100,000 homes and 6,000 businesses are without Comcast services due to Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s power shut-offs, the company told The Chronicle Monday.



text: The PG&E fire-prevention blackouts triggered widespread Comcast outages in the Bay Area.


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The PG&E fire-prevention blackouts triggered widespread Comcast outages in the Bay Area.


Comcast didn’t immediately clarify cities and towns in the Bay Area that are impacted but said, “the locations would align with where PG&E power shutoffs are taking place.” Affected services affected include internet, landline and mobile phone services.

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PG&E shut off power to 361,000 customers in 36 counties, including eight of nine Bay Area counties, beginning Sunday morning to brace for the strongest winds of the year. The utility sometimes shuts down power lines as a wildfire-prevention measure during highly dangerous wind conditions.

The shut-offs are expected to continue into Monday evening, PG&E said. Once fast, gusty winds subside, the utility will inspect its power lines

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Two turnkey homes for sale on same street as owners leave Dublin

Covid-19 has forced lots of people living in the capital to re-evaluate their lifestyle priorities. This is especially true for people from the country who acutely felt the distance from family and loved ones during lockdown. Two sets of owners on the same road in north Dublin’s Drumcondra have made the decision to move out of the city as a result of the pandemic.

10 Dargle Road, Drumcondra

The owners of 10 Dargle Road are one such couple. When they bought the property, paying €450,000 for the 90sq m/968sq ft house in October 2018, they threw themselves into its refurbishment as a long-term home, but the recent lockdown has shifted their focus back to the country. “We always knew this was something we wanted to do but are probably just doing it a lot sooner. Covid brought the decision on,” they say.

At the time the villa-style terraced house needed

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Philippines Eases Curfew, Allows More People to Leave Homes

(Bloomberg) — The Philippines shortened curfew hours in Manila and eased the stay-at-home order in a bid to boost its economy. The peso and stocks rose.



a group of people standing outside of a building: A security personnel wearing a face mask and face shield carries a social distancing sing as he walks inside at the SM Mall of Asia complex, operated by SM Prime Holdings Inc., in Pasay City, Metro Manila, the Philippines, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. The Philippines is expanding its search for vaccine supplies as the spread of infections appears to slow in Southeast Asia’s virus epicenter.


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A security personnel wearing a face mask and face shield carries a social distancing sing as he walks inside at the SM Mall of Asia complex, operated by SM Prime Holdings Inc., in Pasay City, Metro Manila, the Philippines, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. The Philippines is expanding its search for vaccine supplies as the spread of infections appears to slow in Southeast Asia’s virus epicenter.

The curfew in most of the capital region will now be from midnight to 4 a.m., having previously been from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said in a televised briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday.

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People aged 15 to 65 will be allowed to go out in areas under

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Lake Charles evacuees determined to have minor damage to homes asked to leave hotels

Many Lake Charles evacuees showed up to the Morial Convention Center on Monday morning in New Orleans after they said they received letters from the Red Cross telling them they had to leave their hotels. Several evacuees say they have nowhere to go because their homes were destroyed by Hurricane Laura. Some of the evacuees said they have to leave as early as Tuesday. For more than a month, many evacuees have been living at hotels in New Orleans paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, managed by the state and run by Red Cross. “I received a text message saying I need to be out of the hotel by the 20th which is tomorrow, I have nowhere to go,” said Morria Boyington from Westlake, Louisiana. “I have the info from my landlord saying the house is completely destroyed. Me and my kids have nowhere to go. Nowhere to … Read More

What You Should Leave Behind For The People Who Buy Your Home

One of the big shifts in behavior throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, among so many others, has been the mad rush of people leaving cities for the suburbs and buying homes at an astonishing rate. There are also families taking advantage of low interest rates to upgrade their current home to something that better suits their situation. It’s not uncommon for a home that would have had a tough time selling this time last year to be purchased the moment the listing goes public for the asking price (often well above what used to be the market rate and possibly with multiple bids).

But this literal land grab has benefited people looking to downsize their homes after decades of ownership and who can now use a portion of that money to buy a smaller place and the rest to either maintain living expenses or invest in the

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Hot Property: ‘Leave It to Beaver’s’ Barbara Billingsley former Malibu home lists for sale

The former Malibu home of actress Barbara Billingsley, known for her role as matriarch June Cleaver on the beloved show “Leave It to Beaver,” is for sale at $8.775 million.

Built in 1948, the cozy beach house is one of just six residences on Surfrider Beach, a half-mile stretch between Malibu Pier and the Malibu Lagoon that has long been revered by surfers.

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Potential PG&E blackouts could leave California homes without power until Friday

A dangerous combination of fast winds and low humidity at the height of fire season is expected to prompt power outages for tens of thousands of Northern California homes and businesses starting Wednesday and lasting potentially into Friday.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has warned that about 54,000 customers in portions of 24 counties, including most Bay Area counties, will likely face preemptive electricity cuts intended to prevent wildfires caused by wind-damaged power lines.

Generators and other measures deployed by PG&E should keep the lights on for about 12,000 customers that would have otherwise lost power, according to Mark Quinlan, the company’s incident commander.

PG&E officials did not expect to make a final call about shutting off power lines until Wednesday morning. But if the forecast materializes as expected, electricity will go out mainly in two waves later that day, with a third possible on Thursday.

The shut-offs were expected

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