Healthcare Workers Report Being Avoided for Fear of COVID
Healthcare workers like New York City ER doctor Monalisa Muchatuta describe feeling ostracized by family and friends because of possible contact with COVID patients. A new study in the Journal of Anxiety Disorders corroborates their observations. The study collected data from a random sampling of adults. Over one third of respondents avoid healthcare workers out of fear of infection. The study authors note that most healthcare workers are not infected with COVID, according to Healthline.
R.I. Officials Worried by Decrease in Child-Abuse Reports
Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green worries about the decline in child abuse and neglect reports made to the state Department of Children, Youth and Families. The decline coincides with the state’s transition to distance learning in the spring. According to WPRI, advocates believe that remote learning decreases time spent with adults outside of a child’s family, who might report suspected abuse. According to a WPRI investigation, these reports fell 50% in April, the first full month of distance learning.
Teachers Unable to Contact 1 in 5 N.M. Students
A report presented Oct. 28 to New Mexico’s Legislative Finance Committee shows teachers are unable to contact 1 in 5 students, with 33% not participating in remote learning. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the state’s education department is working with the Children, Youth and Families Department and the Indian Affairs Department to locate absent students. The report was presented by a program evaluator for the finance committee.
Pa. Liquor Board Waives $28 Million in Licensing Fees
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has voted to waive 2021 licensing fees for businesses, such as those with restaurant and club licenses. Gov. Tom Wolf asked that the fees be waived to help provide relief to businesses struggling from the COVID pandemic. Currently, restaurants and bars must operate at 50% capacity, according to KDKA CBS Pittsburgh.
Mich. Social Worker Suspended for Deceptive Advertising
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) suspended the license of a social worker on Oct. 21 for deceptive advertising. Josephine Audre Benson, also known as Emily Clark, is a limited license social worker, which means she must work under the supervision of a fully licensed social worker. However, reports WNEM, she was advertising her services as a private practice provider without supervision. She even claimed falsely that she had a masters degree in neuroscience from Harvard, according to the board. Benson was required to surrender her certification and withdraw an application for full licensure in Oregon in December 2019 for misrepresenting herself as well, according to Michigan’s attorney general.
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