As with every holiday the last 18 months, there is a concern among everyone in the healthcare and public health industries about the spread of COVID-19 during gatherings. Many Americans plan to get together this weekend for Labor Day, as it signifies the end of summer. Donna Skoda is the commissioner of the Summit County Health Department, and she urged caution about those Labor Day gatherings on the Ray Horner Morning Show. If those plan on having a Labor Day outing, she recommends having it outdoors with everyone wearing masks. The topic of booster shots is on the minds of many, and Skoda also touched on what she knows about that third jab. From what she and other health officials know at this time, the booster should be available eight months after one received their shots, and those wanting the booster should wait for that full eight month threshold to approach.
U.S. Marshals are asking the public's help finding three missing Akron-area teens.
The search for the three girls started as a part of Operation Safe Space earlier in August.
First, 15-year-old Zamaria Hill has been missing out of Barberton sicne January 14th.
Fourteen-year-old Cyncere Franklin was last seen more recently, August 3rd, near Copley Road in Akron.
The third case, 15-year-old Sarah Jo Clark, also hasn't been seen since August 3rd in Brunswick. While none of the teens are connected, Marshals believe that all three are likely in or around the Akron area.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police or the U.S. Marshals Service.
This past Thursday, the South Summit Water Rescue Team took to the Portage Lakes for a live-action, mass casualty training event.
Roughly 100 members of the New Franklin Fire Department, Green Fire, Coventry Fire, Akron Fire, Twinsburg Fire, and other agencies were on hand for the "all hands on deck" rescue training. Eight civilian volunteers were there as well, playing "victims" of a two-vehicle crash on the lake.
As a member of the media, I was able to witness the training firsthand, as first responders were deployed to a real-time call of an capsized water vechile with multiple casualties in the water. It was impressive to see the coordinated and highly organized response right from the beach, as teams were deployed on their department's vessels to the middle of the lake where the staged crash had occurred.
New Franklin Fire Lieutenant Don Burroughs told me this is the first training event like this for the full team.
This year there have been two drownings at the State Park, including most recently an 11-year-old boy from Tallmadge who was pulled from the water earlier this month.
Thursday's event, while primarily for training purposes, also serves as a teachable moment for the community. Local officials are stressing the importance of boat, kayak, and other water safety for everyone who takes to the water.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has an updated list of boating and water safety here.
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