Journal Times editorial: Step up, be a hero in COVID fight | Editorial

“We’ve had some real shortages of blood,” Waxman said.

Regular blood donations can also lead to additional COVID convalescent plasma supplies because Versiti tests each blood donation to determine if it has positive coronavirus antibodies and then notifies each donor if they have the antibody present in their system and asks if they will consider donating plasma.

Some people have had COVID-19, but have been asymptomatic and didn’t even know they had it. Health officials have estimated that more than 11 percent of blood donations tested for coronavirus antibodies have shown them to be positive, so one of the side benefits of donating blood could be the “surprise” comfort to donors that they have some level of COVID protection.

One of the great frustrations for most of us over the past year is that we have felt powerless to do something to curb the pandemic. Yes, in most instances we

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Journal Times editorial: County listened to Case Eagle Park neighbors | Editorial

We make critical comments about government, whether local or national, in this space when we think they are warranted. So it’s only fair and appropriate to call attention to good decisions made in government. Another example of the latter took place recently in Racine County.

During a public hearing on the proposed Racine County budget on Oct. 22, County Executive Jonathan Delagrave asked the County Board’s Finance Committee to propose removing the $250,000 for campground planning at Case Eagle Park in Rochester and set it aside for another purpose.

The reason Delagrave provided for that request was that the county received “dozens of letters” from area residents who were concerned about potential “negative impacts” a campground could bring to the park and its surrounding area.

“We take public input seriously and we fully understand and appreciate the concerns from residents in the area. I will be asking the County Board

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Journal Times editorial: Don’t rush COVID-positive kids back to school | Editorial

We recognize that there is disagreement and controversy over managing K-12 education in a pandemic.

But we’ve found something that shouldn’t be in dispute: Kids who’ve tested positive for COVID and been sent home for quarantine should not be sent back to school until their quarantine period is over.

The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department is asking schools in Washington and Ozaukee counties to use attendance software to track students with the coronavirus.

Why, you may ask? Well, some parents knowingly sent their children to school even after they tested positive for COVID-19, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Sept. 22.

In one instance, a student was so ill that the student went to the nurse’s office, said Health Department director Kirsten Johnson. The nurse discovered the student was on the list of those who had tested positive and should not have been in class.

“We’ve been trying hard to work

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