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Rutland Regional in need of Medical Professionals

Rutland Regional Medical Center needs your expertise and experience! Are you an RN, LPN, LNA or MA who is looking for a way to help during the COVID pandemic? RRMC is looking for medical professionals to assist in staffing the Spartan Alternate Care Site at the Spartan Arena on a temporary basis. This site will…

No Pet Left Behind COVID-19

Millions of Americans continue to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic. But what about our best friends that cuddle up with us at night?  What could happen with them as more Americans find themselves trying to make ends meet as the pandemic continues. Karen Cormie wants to provide a source to help our pets through…

Red Cross in need of blood donors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed now to donate to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

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MVP expands coronavirus coverage

(NEWS10) — Health insurance company MVP is expanding its services in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The provider has announced it will be eliminating all prior authorization requirements for COVID-19 testing and treatment. They will also cover the full cost of testing. Any treatment costs between April 1 and May 31 will be covered.

MVP is also offering no-cost access to virtual emergency room service called My ER Now.

For those who require help with health or behavioral sciences, costs are also covered for access to telemedicine services, including MyVisitNow.

Meal delivery benefits have also been expanded for select Medicare members who meet specific criteria and may not be able to obtain food otherwise.

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Second Glenville service dog found dead in pond

GLENVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The owner of a missing service dog said the dog was found dead in the same pond her other service dog was found.

According to a Facebook post, when scuba divers were first looking for the service dogs, they found Orso but could not find Lucia until Tuesday because she was covered in weeds.

The owner, Mary Ann Powers, thanked everyone for the love and compassion she received during the search and said the two dogs will be buried in about a week.

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UAlbany coach launches initiative for cancer patients affected by COVID-19

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — UAlbany basketball coach Will Brown has launched a national initiative to help cancer patients impacted by COVID-19.

His Coaches Versus Cancer partnership with the American Cancer Society is aiming to raise $100,000 to help those with cancer in need.

“Some of them had lost jobs, lost health insurance, didn’t have money for treatment,” Brown said.

Brown and his wife have already donated $10,000 to the cause and are challenging other coaches to join in and help raise money.

“It’s so amazing what he started and initiated,” said cancer survivor Wendy Barlow.

Barlow finished her last round of chemotherapy treatments in December.

Barlow said Coaches Versus Cancer is helping to not only raise awareness for those who are going through treatment during COVID-19, but it helps to keep resources funded within the community that support people like her.

“I have a lot of questions about what my new normal future looks like with this illness out there because there are no vaccines for it,” Barlow said.

Coronavirus has become an added stress in Barlow’s road to recovery because her immune system is weak.

“You have to hold onto the positives because there has to be something positive at the end of the road to look forward to,” Barlow said.

As of Tuesday, Coaches Versus Cancer has raised more than $16,000.

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Cuomo gives New York’s Congressional delegates coronavirus legislation marching orders

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sent a letter on Tuesday to New York’s political leaders and representatives at the federal level. The missive outlines the state’s needs in upcoming national COVID-19 legislation planning.

According to the governor and his office, the previous COVID-19 stimulus failed to address New York’s revenue losses and included restrictions affecting Medicaid reform in New York.

What Cuomo’s office refers to as “Medicaid reform,” watchdogs and activists on the left consider an unethical $2.5 billion cut to the program in the midst of a global pandemic.

According to the left-leaning publication the Intercept, Cuomo held the legislature “hostage” to push the Medicaid cut through the 2021 budget, “even though doing so would mean forfeiting $6.7 billion in federal aid.” The new budget also rolled back progressive bail reform measures that went into effect in January, as well as cutting education funding across the state.

Although Cuomo’s national star continually rises in response to his popular, calming, and focused daily coronavirus updates, the controversial austerity measures during the crisis has baffled many connected to the capital.

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Songwriting Hero John Prine Dies at 73

John Prine, a 2019 inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a cornerstone of the Nashville independent music community, died Tuesday (April 7) from complications of COVID-19. He was 73. Prine was born Oct. 10, 1946 in Maywood, Illinois, of parents who were natives of Paradise, Kentucky. That coal town would provide Prine the……