Williams And Company Audits Plymouth County Landfill
(Le Mars) — Williams and Company of Le Mars has released an audit report on the Plymouth County Area Solid Waste Agency for the year that ended June 30, 2021. Williams and Company reported that the Plymouth County Area Solid Waste Agency revenues totaled $1,464,121 for the year that ended June 30, 2021, that was an increase of 37.04 percent from 2020. Expenditures for the year totaled $1,193,066 an increase of 10.48 percent from the prior year.
Creighton University Medical Official Recommends Double Masking
OMAHA, Neb. (Jan. 12, 2022) – Due to the spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant and the increase in COVID-19 cases, medical experts urge the public to take additional precautions. In addition to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots and getting tested, Maureen Tierney, MD, chair of the Department of Clinical Research and Public Health in the Creighton School of Medicine, recommends individuals consider double-masking.
Tierney says double-masking by layering a well-fitted cloth mask over a surgical medical-grade mask provides increased protection and is a prevention measure being practiced by many health care providers to keep staff and patients healthy.
The contagiousness of the omicron variant and how quickly it is growing in communities across the United States highlights the importance for source control because individuals can infect others before showing any symptoms. New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that approximately 40% of those who tested positive for COVID-19 in a recent study had no symptoms. The study sheds light on the potential transmission risk of asymptomatic infections in communities.
“Wearing a tight-fitting cloth mask and medical procedure (surgical) mask together can help limit spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 by helping with source control or substantially reducing exhaled respiratory particles from infected wearers and reducing exposure of uninfected wearers,” Tierney said.
Surgical masks have a good level of filtration, but they tend to fit more loosely than KN95 or N95 masks. Adding a well-fitted cloth mask can prevent air leakage and gaps from the edges of the masks, which helps protect the wearer from breathing in particles containing the virus. According to lab tests conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure to potentially infectious aerosols decreased by about 95% when a tight-fitting cloth mask was used over a medical procedure mask by both people in a room together.
When selecting a mask, quality matters. Tierney recommends a surgical mask with a nose bridge for the best protection, in addition to a multi-layer cloth mask made of a cotton poly blend. Ideally, both would be changed daily – the surgical face mask disposed of and the cloth mask laundered.
In regard to N95 and KN95 masks, Tierney says they are highly effective options due to their rigid filter. KN95s have higher filtration than surgical face masks. When worn properly, the CDC says N95 and KN95 masks can filter out at least 95% of airborne particles. N95s usually require fit testing to ensure they fit well and are generally reserved for clinical care settings. They also are difficult to wear for extended periods of time.
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