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Attorney general: Michigan pizzeria owner continuously violated Covid-19 measures
Marlena Pavlos-Hackney, 55, the owner of Marlena's Bistro and Pizzeria in Holland, was arrested without incident following a traffic stop in Ottawa County on Friday, according to a release from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

MLive/The Grand Rapids Press reports that Pavlos-Hackney had defied a ban on indoor dining first imposed by Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services last November.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development suspended her food establishment license on January 20, 2021 but the restaurant continued too operate, according to the release.


An administrative law judge upheld the suspension in February, saying Pavlos-Hackney "knowingly has not complied with both local and state health department requirements that were established to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to employees, customers, and the community."

The Allegan County Health Department issued a notice to the public on Friday, informing them about their potential exposure to Covid-19 at the restaurant, Attorney General Nessel said.

"This owner has continued to willfully violate the state's food laws, public health orders and the order of the court -- a dangerous act that may have exposed dozens of diners and employees to the virus following the discovery that one of Marlena's customers tested positive for the virus within two days of eating there," Nessel said.
Read the full article: https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/20/us/michigan-pizzeria-owner-arrest-covid-19-violations/index.html

A Virginia restaurant is giving away free meals, no questions asked
Last year, they carried the restaurant through the darkest days of the pandemic with donations. Now, they're carrying each other -- with donated meals.

The restaurant, a nearly 16-year staple in Norfolk, Virginia, has begun a free meal initiative to feed the community with meal donations from customers.

Anyone who needs a meal can go to the restaurant, pull a ticket off the "Franks for Friends" bulletin board and exchange it for a menu item.

... "Coming off of Covid and all the hardships -- we didn't know if we were even going to make it," she said. "We went from ground zero to as high as you can go. It's been very uplifting, very humbling. We know we're going to be OK."

Morris said Perfectly Frank has given away over 100 meals so far. She doesn't think they'll run out anytime soon.
Read the full article: https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/20/us/virginia-restaurant-free-meals-covid-trnd/index.html

Fauci Addresses the Safety of the AstraZeneca Vaccine

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci on Monday discussed the U.S. clinical trial that ruled the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca effective against Covid-19.

The vaccine hesitancy surrounding AZ related to reports from the European group that there was a greater incidence of thromboembolic events associated with the vaccine — during this trial here, there was no indication at all. When you look at the occurrence of what could appear to be an adverse event, that you essentially compare that and to what the background of that type of event would be anyway in society, and the European Medicines Agency, the E.M.A., indicated in their examination that they did not see an increased risk of these types of events. The F.D.A. is going to very, very carefully go over all of these data. There will be an application for an EUA. And I can tell you, you can rest assured, that the F.D.A. will put a great deal of scrutiny in every aspect of these data.
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000007667924/astrazeneca-vaccine-united-states-trial-effective.html

Harris Tours Vaccination Site in Florida

Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Jacksonville on Monday to visit a coronavirus vaccination center amid Florida’s fears of another virus surge.

“Good, good. You are doing what we need to get done to strengthen our country, right? And giving everyone the confidence to know that they can trust it. That there are people who care about them, who will treat them with dignity. Thank you all. Thank you on behalf of the president and myself. Thank you.” “What are you getting? Do you know?” “I’m getting my second dose of Pfizer.” “How about you? Are you ready?” “Oh, yes.” “Now in Florida, the age is brought down to 50. So everybody that you know, all the aunties and uncles and the grandparents and cousins, and play cousins and everybody.” “And my sorority sisters?” “And all of them.” “And all the educators at my school got vaccinated.” “Yeah, that’s right.” “There you go.”
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000007668598/kamala-harris-coronavirus-vaccine-florida.html

Trump said he 'listened' to Dr. Anthony Fauci on how to handle the coronavirus pandemic but 'didn't do what he said'
  • Trump said he ignored advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci on how to handle the pandemic.
  • "I listened to him but I didn't do what he said," Trump said in a podcast interview Monday.
  • Trump and Fauci often disputed over the administration's response to the outbreak.
Donald Trump on Monday spoke candidly about his time working with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious diseases expert and a member of the former president's White House coronavirus task force.

"I thought rather than firing him, you know, I listened to him but I didn't do what he said because frankly his record is not a good record," Trump said on "The Truth with Lisa Boothe" podcast.

"I didn't really elevate him," Trump added. "He's been there for 40 years, he's been there for forever."

Trump and Fauci often disagreed over the administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the early days of the outbreak when knowledge about the coronavirus was limited. During the podcast, Trump slammed Fauci for criticizing travel restrictions and for inconsistent messaging about mask-wearing.

... Fauci was initially hesitant about restricting travel from China last January, but later supported Trump's attempt to control travel from the coronavirus hot spot. Fauci had also cautioned against wearing masks in February and March, given their limited availability for doctors, nurses and other frontline health workers who needed the face coverings more urgently. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended mask-wearing to Americans on April 3.

As the pandemic progressed, Trump preferred to leave most of the decision-making up to states, while Fauci pushed for a more hands-on approach from the federal government. Their awkward relationship would often seep into White House coronavirus briefings, as Fauci on one occasion notably covered his face with his palm while Trump went on a tangent about the "Deep State Department."
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-listened-anthony-fauci-but-didnt-do-what-he-said-2021-3

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a contagious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first case was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It has since spread worldwide, leading to an ongoing pandemic.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are variable, but often include fever, cough, fatigue, breathing difficulties, and loss of smell and taste. Symptoms begin one to fourteen days after exposure to the virus. Most people (81%) develop mild to moderate symptoms (up to mild pneumonia), while 14% develop severe symptoms (dyspnea, hypoxia, or more than 50% lung involvement on imaging) and 5% of patients suffer critical symptoms (respiratory failure, shock, or multiorgan dysfunction). At least a third of the people who are infected with the virus remain asymptomatic and do not develop noticeable symptoms at any point in time, but can spread the disease. Some patients continue to experience a range of effects—known as long COVID—for months after recovery and damage to organs has been observed. Multi-year studies are underway to further investigate the long term effects of the disease.

Source: Coronavirus disease 2019 - Wikipedia