PHF Magazine July 2020 Issue

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JULY 2020







A look at the current marches and the light within the darkness.





A look at the current marches and the light within the darkness.









COVID-19 Source:Â Jessica Brewer, LMH Health

The Fourth of July is upon us and with that comes fireworks, crowds and injuries, oh my! There is no doubt that this 4th may look a bit different from previous years. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many counties and cities to cancel their fireworks displays to keep large crowds from gathering in one place. Though some shows are still on, it is important to be very careful when it comes to social distancing. Handling Fireworks Safely

Many local shows have been cancelled to

Allison Koonce, LMH Health community outreach

avoid large group gatherings, but search your

and engagement supervisor, said that when it

area to see if there is an alternative. “Some

comes to fireworks, they are dangerous for both

cities are continuing with their fireworks

kids and adults when not handled properly. “In

shows, but are encouraging community

2018, there were 207 reported firework related

members to watch from their homes or online

injuries in Kansas,” Koonce said. “Nearly half

where it’s being streamed,” Koonce said. “Look

involved children under the age of 18. We

to see if there are virtual shows located near

typically see firework related injuries reported

you. You should also look to see what your

mostly to the hands, eyes, face and head.” It is

local and state fireworks laws are. Since shows

very important to not let little hands handle

have been cancelled and at home fireworks

fireworks and yes, even sparklers. For those who

are on the rise, it is important to stay extra

are too young, Koonce recommends that

safe and to know the laws.”

parents and guardians provide their little ones with glow sticks, a much safer yet still very fun

Consider Family and Community Health

alternative. “Did you know that sparklers burn at


a temperature hot enough to melt glass?”

Dr. Jennifer Schrimsher, an infectious

Koonce said. “Even what may seem like the most

diseases physician with LMH Health, shared

harmless of fireworks still burn very hot.”

her own concerns on the potential for mass gatherings around the holiday. As guidelines

Avoid Large Gatherings Due to COVID-19

continue to relax, our efforts to keep

COVID-19 has altered many plans from travel, to

ourselves, our families and the community

family gatherings and of course, firework shows.

safe should not.

“I’m hopeful that people are mindful of where they’re traveling as well as their out of town visitors. If your visitors are from a hot spot, they need to quarantine here and avoid contact with others. If you travel to a hot spot, you should quarantine at home for 14 days when you return.” Dr. Schrimsher said with the stay-at-home orders, she could see how much people care about the well-being of our community. Her hope is that we can carry the same safe practices – like hand hygiene, face covering and social distancing into our day-to-day lives as we return to our “new normal.” “The virus hasn’t left. It’s quite the opposite actually,” Dr. Schrimsher said. “We’re finding most people that are currently testing positive don’t have any symptoms and are going about life normally. If these people are wearing masks, especially in public places or around others, the virus is more likely to get trapped in their mask, preventing spread.“Masks are a critical part of keeping our community healthy, I can’t emphasize this enough! I encourage you to mask up, educate your friends and family and set a positive example “Regardless of where we’re at in our county or

for those around you – Let’s make masks the new

state’s reopening, my recommendations aren’t

norm together.” July 4th will still be an exciting time

going to change much,” Dr. Schrimsher said. “The

in 2020 - it just may look different.

basic tenets are the same: keep your distance, wear a mask, continue frequent hand hygiene and

Dr. Schrimsher empathizes with community

stay home if you’re sick. People should still avoid

members wanting to feel normal again. Many of us

large gatherings and non-essential trips and visits.

have the itch to get back to work, fully enjoy

Everything we do should be viewed through this

summer and times with friends. We can still enjoy

lens. These simple rules will remain important in

these activities, but as Dr. Schrimsher says, we

keeping ourselves, our families and our community

have to do it responsibly. “COVID is still here and it

as safe as possible.” Not only should Douglas

isn’t going away any time soon,” she said. “In fact,

County residents be mindful of traveling, but any

we’re seeing a sharper rise in cases now than we

residents who have family members traveling in

have since the beginning. We need people to

should be aware as well. “In addition to my regular

remain vigilant. We need people to remain diligent.

firework concerns, I am concerned about the great

Mask up. Keep your distance. And as always, wash

potential for large gatherings and travel,” she said.

those hands!”

UNITY UNITY IN IN THE THE STREETS STREETS A look at the current marches and the light within the darkness.

Recently, there has been a surge in protests all over the world in support of the victims in the recent police brutality cases, and deaths under the custody of law enforcement. Despite racial differences, many people of various backgrounds, races, and creeds have joined forces to stand up against this injustice.

In the midst of all of this, people have been gathering for change, and so, far succeeding. Marches haven't stopped, demonstrations and peaceful protests haven't been halted. Change is wanted NOW!

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however. The growing support from the other races have really shown the solidarity of the human race. Countries such as, Sweden, England, Japan, Brazil, Spain, Senegal, Denmark, Scotland, South Korea, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Australia, Poland, Turkey, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Canada, USA, and Germany have all proven that as a unit, there is nothing we can't accomplish.

Author, Speaker, and NAACP Exec. Board - Media Chairperson Juliet Jones, is also known as Gospel recording artist J. Nichole Jones. J. Nichole Jones is the Co-Host of "Echoes of Glory". The longest running gospel program in the state of PA over 60 years initiated by the late Brother George Toby Young, and Olan Harris. Giving you the best in Gospel Music, and bringing you Church and Civic News, as well as including local and celebrity interviews - along with the host/her mentor Brother CT Hailey. Echoes of Glory airs via iheartMedia Radio, on the Fox Sports radio network every Sunday morning from 9AM to 11AM Eastern Standard Time on 1460AM radio dial, 94.9HDFM radio dial, and at J. Nichole Jones has been with the program for over 7 years, and continues to bring you "Food for the Soul" Morning inspirations. Start your Sunday mornings with Echoes of Glory radio, and be blessed.

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