Monday, August 31, 2020

ECCC Offering Short-Term Training Through ReSkillMS Program

The Workforce Development Center at East Central Community College in Decatur is offering several short-term training courses through the new ReSkillMS program.

The training being offered through December is intended to put Mississippians who lost their jobs or were displaced due to COVID-19 back to work. Financial aid is available to qualified applicants.

Through ReSkillMS, ECCC is offering short-term training on the main campus in Decatur and at the Louisville Career Advancement Center and Louisville Career and Technology Center in Louisville, at the Integrated Technologies Center in Choctaw, and at the Philadelphia/Neshoba Career-Technical Center and Old U.S. Motors Building in Philadelphia.

Training includes Certified Nursing Assistant, Basic Welding, Advanced Welding, Industrial Maintenance, Manufacturing Skills-Basic, Forklift Operation, Machine Shop, and Construction Trades.

For more information, contact the ECCC Workforce Development Center at 601-635-6429 complete and submit the form located at www.eccc.edu/reskillms.

ReSkillMS was recently announced by Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves to help individuals who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to find jobs and to support employers who want to hire and train new employees on the job. Funds to support the program come from the federal CARES Act.





LMSD Update August 2020

 






Friday, August 28, 2020

MACCC announces ‘MACCC Sports’ SmartPhone App

As the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference (MACCC) continues its brand enhancement and development, it today announced the ‘MACCC Sports’ SmartPhone App. The smartphone app is available for both Android and iOs.

The MACCC Sports App, developed in conjunction with FanX, is a mobile fan experience platform that provides in-app live stats, team schedules and rosters, fan guides and venue maps, as well as access to news, social media streams and more.

“We are so excited for the launch of the MACCC Sports App,” said MACCC Commissioner Steve Martin. “As we continue to make the MACCC a global brand, we want to create the best experience for our fans that we possibly can, whether in-person or virtually. The MACCC Sports App is another step in the direction of bringing the MACCC before the nation”

MACCC football fans who download the app will be the first to receive the 2020 MACCC football schedule for all 14 teams. The schedule will be revealed in the app on Tuesday, September 1 at 3:00 p.m. CST.

MACCC football teams will play a 6-game regular season schedule beginning October 1. The MACCC reduced its regular season schedule and eliminated out-of-conference games in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. East Mississippi Community College opted out of the fall season.

The 2020 MACCC football schedule will be announced exclusively via the app.




Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Beautification Continues in Dean Park Donations Requested

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Elmetra Patterson with Willie Shields

Dean Park is closed as the Covid-19 continues to spread in Winston County; however, workers and volunteers continue to keep the park beautiful and seasonal. The fall garden is being planted with Georgia collards, mustards and turnips greens, purple hulled peas, kale, rutabagas and radishes. A variety of peppers, watermelon and okra continue to produce. Since the park is closed, vegetables are harvested and given to members who live close to the park. 

There are two people who work in the park, Jerome Moncrief who is a county employee and Willie Shields who is a landscape and garden trainee. Jerome is a graduate of Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Willie is placed in the park by the SCSEP, which is a federal government program that has a contract with the Friends of Dean Park, Inc. The trainees are hired for a 4 year period which afterwards they should be placed in gainful employment. The trainees must be 55 years old or older and meet the financial guidelines. This is Willie’s 2nd year in the program. Elmetra Patterson, a master gardener, is the supervisor and trainer for Willie. He is also supervised by Macileen Jordan. Both are volunteers and members of the Friends of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP).

Submitted by: Elmetra Patter



Monday, August 24, 2020

Library to Introduce New App for eBook/Audiobook Content

Mid-MS Regional Library System (MMRLS) is set to offer a preview of a free new app for digital content called cloudLibrary on September 1st, 2020. MMRLS library guests will be able to download the cloudLibrary app from the Apple/Google/Amazon app store and browse a limited selection of eBooks and audiobooks in a preview mode.

In addition to the free app, the cloudLibrary service will also be available by visiting www.yourcloudlibrary.com.This new service requires only a valid library card. Users will need to follow the prompts and simply login using their library card number and PIN.

On October 1st, 2020, MMRLS customers will have access to the full cloudLibrary digital content collection and features such as providing users with a virtual library card, ability to view digital checkout history, plus receive app notifications for digital item holds and library events. On this day, MMRLS will be transitioning from the Axis 360 app to the cloudLibrary app to better serve our guests and meet the increased demand for digital content.

“We have seen an increased demand in digital content from our patrons since the covid-19 pandemic started. Our library is adapting to the needs of our communities. We believe offering the cloudLibrary collection, alongside our Hoopla digital content platform, will maximize our user’s experience and make it easier for our guests to locate the material they need instantly. We are excited about this service and the increased convenience it provides for our patrons” said Pam Chadick, MMRLS Acquisitions Coordinator.

For more information, call or visit your local MMRLS branch library or the library’s website midmisslib.com. All library services are made possible thanks to the continued financial support of your local elected officials.







Saturday, August 22, 2020

Presley Warns Consumers of Cell Phone SIM Card Scam, Urges Consumers to Take Action to Protect Accounts

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is warning consumers about a recent rise in cell phone scams involving the swapping of SIM cards and theft of funds through cash apps. Presley is urging the consumer to take action to protect their accounts.

The scam activity begins when a criminal contacts a consumer’s cellular provider posing as the account holder. After doing so, they convince the carrier to deactivate the consumer’s current SIM card and activate a new SIM card. The criminal then activates the new SIM card to block the actual consumer from accessing their own accounts. By doing so, scam artists are then able to access a consumer’s cash apps like Venmo and PayPal to steal money.

Commissioner Presley advises consumers to make sure they have a PIN code or password set for their account with their cell phone carrier. This adds a layer of security to prevent unauthorized account changes.

Commissioner Presley also suggests consumers take a minute to review passwords and consider ways to increase security on accounts, including multifactor authentication. Multifactor authentication allows a phone’s user to set up certain apps to require two positive confirmations of the user. An example is a PIN number and a password, or a password and a text message confirmation.

“This is one of the latest ways criminals are trying to prey on hard working Mississippians,” said Commissioner Presley. “Always be careful with your personal information. Don’t reply to calls, emails, or texts that are asking for your personal details and be careful what you share online.”

If you suspect that you have been the victim of this scam, please contact Commissioner Presley’s office at 1-800-637-7722 to speak with a fraud investigator or contact local law enforcement.







Friday, August 21, 2020

Prima Wawona Recalls Bagged Peaches Due to Possible Salmonella Risk

Prima® Wawona of Fresno, California is voluntarily recalling its Wawona, Wawona Organic brand conventional and organic bagged peaches because the product could possibly be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is a microorganism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Peaches sold as loose fruit or in bulk are not associated with this recall. Only bagged peaches are included in this recall.

The peaches were distributed and sold from June 1st to August 19th in supermarkets with the following product codes:

Wawona Peaches – 033383322001
Wawona Organic Peaches – 849315000400
Prima® Peaches – 766342325903
Organic Marketside Peaches – 849315000400
Kroger Peaches – 011110181749
Wegmans Peaches – 077890490488

The product codes may be found at the bottom of each package.

The bagged peaches were distributed through retailers in the following states: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Anyone who has the recalled product in their possession should dispose of it immediately or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact Prima Wawona’s toll-free number at 1-877-722-7554, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit its website at wawonapacking.com




Bayshore Pharmaceuticals, LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 500 mg and 750 mg Due to the Detection of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) Impurity



Bayshore Pharmaceuticals, LLC, Short Hills, NJ is voluntarily recalling one (1) lot of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 500 mg, 1000 count bottles and one (1) lot of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 750 mg, 100 count bottles within expiry to the consumer level due to the detection of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) levels above the Acceptable Daily Intake Limit. This product was manufactured by Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh in June 2019, for U.S. distribution by Bayshore.

Bayshore was notified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) that one lot (Lot number 18657) of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 750 mg was tested and showed results for N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) levels in excess of the Acceptable Daily Intake Limit (ADI) and recommended recall of the one tested lot.

Bayshore has agreed to recall this lot, and out of an abundance of caution, the company has tested samples from eight (8) lots of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets manufactured using same API lot of the failed lot. Out of eight (8) lots, one lot (Lot number 18657) of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 750 mg and one lot (Lot number 18641) of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 500 mg have showed N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) levels in excess of the Acceptable Daily Intake Limit (ADI). Hence, Bayshore has decided to recall the two lots (Lot number 18641 and 18657). To date, neither Bayshore nor Beximco have received any reports of adverse events related to use of the product.

Risk Statement: NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests. NDMA is a known environmental contaminant and found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products, and vegetables.

Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 500 mg and 750 mg are indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Patients who have received impacted lots of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 500 mg and 750 mg are advised to continue taking their medication and contact their pharmacist, physician, or medical provider for advice regarding an alternative treatment. According to the FDA, it could be dangerous for patients with this serious condition to stop taking their Metformin without first talking to their healthcare professionals. Please visit the agency’s website for more information at https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-and-press-announcements-ndma-metformin.

The Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 500 mg and 750 mg lots subject to the recall are identified in the table below.

Product Name

Strength

Pack Size

NDC Number

Lot Number

Expiration

Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 500 mg500 mg1000’s Bottle76385-128-1018641MAY 2021
Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 750 mg750 mg100’s Bottle76385-129-0118657MAY 2021
The affected Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 500 mg 750 mg, lots were distributed nationwide in the USA by Bayshore directly to Wholesalers and Distributors. Bayshore Pharmaceuticals, LLC is in the process of notifying its customers affected by this recall by phone and through recall notification and is arranging for return of the entire recalled product. Anyone with an existing inventory of the product should quarantine the recalled lots immediately.

Customers and patients with medical-related questions, who wish to report an adverse event, or quality issues about the products being recalled should contact Bayshore Pharmaceuticals LLC Information by phone at: 877-372-6093.

Patients wishing to return product may contact Bayshore’s product recall processor Qualanex, LLC to obtain instructions and a return kit for returning their medication:
Contact Qualanex at 888-504-2013
Qualanex will provide the materials needed to return their medication and instructions for reimbursement.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.
Complete and submit the report Online
Regular Mail or Fax: Download form or call 1- 800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178




Thursday, August 20, 2020

ECCC Leads State of Mississippi in Transfer GPA for 4th Straight Year

East Central Community College in Decatur is the best in the state for the fourth straight year in preparing students for success at four-year public universities in Mississippi.

Students who transferred from ECCC to a public four-year institution earned the highest cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of all community college transfers in the state of Mississippi in 2020.

According to data released by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), students who transferred from East Central to one of the state’s eight public, four-year institutions earned a 3.32 GPA at baccalaureate graduation in 2020.

Students from the community college with the second highest GPA in 2020 earned a 3.30, and the average GPA for all 15 community colleges combined was a 3.20.

This marks the fourth year in a row, and the sixth time in the past eight years, that all students who transferred from ECCC to a public, four-year university in Mississippi earned the highest GPA at baccalaureate graduation of all the state’s community colleges.

The report also showed that community college transfer students performed academically as well in university courses as students who began their education at the senior institutions. The overall average GPA at graduation earned by all community college transfers and all IHL students was a 3.20.

“This again is fantastic news for the East Central Community College family,” said ECCC President Dr. Brent Gregory. “The success of our students remains the top priority for our college and this latest report from IHL is a testament to the fact that ECCC is the very best at preparing students for the next level.

“I congratulate our ECCC faculty and staff who work so hard every year to assure our students succeed in whatever they do after they leave East Central Community College, whether it is pursuing a higher degree at a four-year university or entering the workforce. I am also proud of our students for their efforts and congratulate them on their successes.”

East Central Community College offers the two-year pre-baccalaureate Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degrees in 17 major academic concentrations, as well as 24 terminal degree programs in Healthcare and/or Career and Technical Education, and certificates and training in numerous areas through its workforce development program on the Decatur campus, as well as centers in Carthage, Choctaw, Forest, Louisville, and Philadelphia.



Saturday, August 15, 2020

Kroger Recalls Cheese Dips Because of Possible Health Risk

Kroger is recalling cheese dips sold at because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. No customer illnesses have been confirmed to date.

On July 31, the company was notified by supplier Onions 52 that it had received red, yellow, and white onions from Thomson International, Inc., which had been implicated in the salmonella-related outbreak. On August 1, bulk onions sourced from Thomson International, Inc. were removed from sale in stores that had been identified as receiving the affected product. Subsequently, it was determined that several in-store made cheese dips may have used red onions from the produce department as an ingredient.

The dips, which are in plastic containers, were sold between May 15, 2020 and August 6, 2020.
Brand Names in recall Murray's, Jarlsberg, Deli cheese dips.

Out of an abundance of caution, these items have been removed from store shelves and the company has initiated its customer recall notification system that alerts customers who may have purchased recalled products through register receipt tape messages and phone calls.

Customers who have purchased the product described above should not consume it and should return it to a store for a full refund or replacement. Additional questions can be directed to Kroger Customer Connect at (800) 576-4377.




Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tax Sale Information - Delinquent Tax List for Winston County

 State of Mississippi, Winston County,

I, Darlene Bane, Tax Collector of Winston County, in said state, will sell on the last Monday of August (Aug. 31st, 2020) at 8:30 A.M. and ending at 4:30 P.M. and continue from day to day until completed on the GovEase website, www.govease.com/auctions, pursuant to Mississippi Cole 27-41-49 to 27-41-89, as amended by the Winston County Tax Collector will conduct an online tax sale.  The GovEase website will allow bidders to submit bids, view, and download auction results. 

The tax sale listing of delinquent properties can be viewed, downloaded or printed by clicking the following link: 2019 delinquent tax list



Former LHS Student Meets with Chancellor Glenn Boyce and Other Black Student Leaders

 

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Asia Eichelberger

 

Asia Eichelberger, graduate of LHS 2017, was one of the nine Black student leaders to meet with Chancellor Glenn Boyce of Ole Miss. These students met with Boyce on July 20, 2020 to discuss the future of minority representation and administrational transparency at the University of Mississippi. Their requests included representation on every university committee and the construction of a multicultural building on campus. They also asked that efforts be made to increase Black student recruitment and retention at the university. These leaders are interested in more than just removing a statute or names from buildings but want to see more Black teachers and staff hired and more scholarships made available for Black students.

Nickolas Crasta, leader of Black Student Union stated that Black students represent 13% of the university which is the same as the population of the United States; however, Mississippi is 37% Black. The original meeting was to be about Boyce glorifying the confederacy cemetery but they broadened the meeting topics after the university confirmed on July 17 that it will not install headstones or other memorials in the cemetery. They were also concerned that Boyce had a history of working at segregated academies and also that he recruited students predominately from white private school on a recruitment trip to Jackson. Chancellor Boyce has agreed to meet with these student leaders monthly to discuss their concerns and to establish a meaningful relationship.

Asia exhibited leadership skills throughout her Louisville High School days serving as president of her class, president of the Wildcat Cheerleaders and starting her own Ambitions Cheerleader business. Presently, Asia is the president of the University of Mississippi Gospel Choir; member of the Youth and College Chapter NAACP, member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Class (CLC), and member of the Educated Successful Talented Evolving Empowered Motivated (ESTEEM). Asia stated that she is delighted to be on the leadership team representing Black students at the university. She is pursuing a BS Degree in Sports and Recreational Administration and will graduate May 2021. Asia is the daughter of Paul and Rita Eichelberger.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson





Holy Ghost Temple Thanks Donors

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The pastor, Rev. Lorene Guyse and members of Holy Ghost Temple would like to thank the family, friends and the community for making a dream come true by donating to help build the ramp to the front of the temple which has long been needed. There are many people that attend events and more who would attend at the temple if there was a ramp. Rev. Lorene Guyse continues to ask for donations to help replace the sign in front of temple which needs to be updated.

Rev. Charles L. Guyse founded the Holy Ghost Temple in 2000, where he remained faithful until his death on November 17, 2012. He preached his last sermon on October 21, 2012. Rev. Guyes was ordained on August 12, 1956 at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago, IL. After his death Rev, Lorene Guyse, his spouse, became the pastor and continues with Early Sunday Morning Worship at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

175 Hill Street
Louisville, MS 39339
Telephone 390.408-9880

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson








Presley Announces $5.9 Million in Second Round of Broadband Grants for 13 North MS Electric Co-ops

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced that thirteen North Mississippi electric cooperatives have received more than $5.9 Million in a second round of funding from the MS Electric Cooperatives Broadband COVID-19 grant program. The program was established by the Mississippi Legislature to increase expansion of high-speed internet service to areas which lack service.

The grant program will enable awardees to begin construction in some of Mississippi’s most isolated and disconnected areas. Areas that received funding are certain census blocks not covered with broadband service as defined by the FCC (25 mbps download, 3 mbps upload). To be awarded the grant, the electric cooperatives must first agree to spend the monies in areas that lack service, match every dollar of grant funds with private funds and provide symmetrical speeds of 100 mbps upload and download to locations in the area. The portion of each project funded by the grant program must be operational by December 30th.

“The last round of grants completes the package to accelerate broadband expansion in some of our most disconnected communities,” said Commissioner Presley. “Many of the electric co-ops are already off and running on broadband expansion and these additional funds will help their mission of getting to the last house on the most rural road. Again, I want to thank Lt. Governor Hosemann, Speaker Gunn, Sen. Joel Carter, Rep. Scott Bounds and the members of the Legislature that fought so hard for this funding.”

The amount of each second round award is listed below.

 


Provider Name Award Amount
  • Alcorn County Electric Power Association                    $519,799.59
  • Delta Electric Power Association                                   $468,994.00
  • East Mississippi Electric Power Association                 $574,174.00
  • 4-County Electric Power Association                            $574,174.00
  • Monroe County Electric Power Association                  $402,559.00
  • Natchez Trace Electric Power Association                    $417,209.00
  • North East Mississippi Electric Power Association       $392,217.78
  • Northcentral Electric Power Association                       $263,163.00
  • Prentiss County Electric Power Association                 $478,478.00
  • Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association            $431,851.00
  • Tippah Electric Power Association                               $574,174.00
  • Tishomingo County Electric Power Association          $453,835.00
  • Tombigbee Electric Power Association                        $401,825.00

                                                                                     Total $5,952,453.37






Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Thomson International Inc. Conducts Voluntary Recall of Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions Because of Possible Salmonella Risk

Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California is recalling Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions shipped from May 1, 2020 through the present. The onions are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Onions were distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

The onions were distributed in 5 lbs. carton. 10 lbs. carton. 25 lbs. carton. 40 lbs. carton, 50 lbs. carton. bulk, 2 lb. mesh sacks, and 3 lb. mesh sacks, 5 lb. mesh sacks, 10 lb. mesh sacks 25 lbs. mesh sacks, 50 lbs. mesh sacks under the brand names Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger, Utah Onions and Food Lion.

Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve red, white, yellow, or sweet onions from Thomson International, Inc. or products containing such onions. If you cannot tell if your onion is from Thomson International Inc., or your food product contains such onions, you should not eat, sell, or serve it, and should throw it out.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections that may be linked to these onions, so Thomson International is recalling the onions out of an abundance of caution. As of now no specific source of contamination or contaminated shipment has been identified, and FDA is also investigating other potential sources of contamination and has not yet reached a final conclusion.





State Health Officer Issues Immediate Statewide Order

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs MD, MPH, issued a statewide order for the Isolation of Individuals Diagnosed with COVID-19 effective immediately.

The Order – issued to everyone living in Mississippi – stipulates that anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 must immediately isolate at home.

Dobbs explains, “We have a lot of COVID activity throughout the state right now, so it is absolutely critical that anyone infected with COVID-19, and not hospitalized, must remain in the home or other appropriate residential location for 14 days from onset of illness (or from the date of a positive test for those who are asymptomatic).”

The failure or refusal to obey the lawful order of a health officer is, at a minimum, a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500.00 (41-3-59) or imprisonment for six months or both. If a life-threatening disease is involved, failure or refusal to obey the lawful order of a health officer is a felony, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000.00 or imprisonment for up to five years or both (41-23-2).

Persons infected with COVID-19 should limit exposure to household contacts. No visitors should be allowed in the home. Please stay in a specific room away from others in your home. Use a separate bathroom if available. If you need to be around others in your home, you should wear a facemask. Please see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html for guidance on preventing transmission in the home.

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Monday, August 3, 2020

FDA MedWatch: Hand Sanitizers:

The FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination.

The agency is aware of people ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death.

Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due
to its toxic effects. FDA maintains a list of FDA-tested and recalled hand sanitizers on the agency’s website, which will be continually updated as dangerous products are discovered. FDA’s investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoing.

Do not use any products on this list of hand sanitizers with potential methanol contamination, and continue checking this list often as it is being updated daily. This list outlines the information on hand sanitizer labels for consumers to use to identify a product that has been tested by FDA and found to contain methanol. FDA advises consumers not to use hand sanitizers from these companies, or products with these names or NDC numbers.

The agency will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning.

The FDA reminds consumers to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially:
After going to the bathroom
Before eating
After coughing, sneezing, or blowing one’s nose
If soap and water are not readily available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol.

Health professionals and consumers are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:
Complete and submit the report online.
Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178.