A new wide-spread virus called the 2019 novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, is making waves across the news in recent days. This virus is plaguing China and other international locations, with more than 100 confirmed deaths, and has made its way to the United States. As of January 28th, there were 5 confirmed cases in Arizona, California, Illinois and Washington. All of these confirmed cases are people who had recently traveled from China, and most specifically Wuhan, China, with a population that exceeds New York City by 2.6 million.
The Minnesota Department of Health also recently reported two patients being investigated in Minnesota for the 2019 novel coronavirus who had recently traveled from China with symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath. Their test results came back negative.
Influenza is still the greater threat to the United States compared to the coronavirus, with at least 15 million flu illnesses reported so far this season, 140,000 hospitalizations and 8,200 deaths. So, if you haven’t received your flu shot there’s still time for added protection.
Murray County Medical Center is following the proper guidelines for infection control and patient safety and will work with the state’s public health department and the CDC protocol for patient testing. If you or a loved one have recently been to China and have a fever, cough or are having difficulties with breathing please seek medical care immediately.
There will most likely be more confirmed cases in the United States in the days and weeks ahead. We live in a very connected and mobile world, so an outbreak like this can make its way everywhere. The best prevention for this virus and any virus is practicing good hand hygiene by washing your hands often and using hand sanitizer as necessary.
Q: What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus?
A: 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
Q: What is the source of the coronavirus?
A: Public health officials and partners are working hard to identify the source of 2019-nCoV. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market.
Q: How is this virus transmitted?
A: This virus probably originally emerged from an animal source but now seems to be spreading from person-to-person.
Q: What if I recently traveled to Wuhan, China and got sick?
A: If you were in Wuhan and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you left Wuhan, you should:
•Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
•Avoid contact with others.
•Not travel while sick.
•Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
•Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Q: Is there a vaccine?
A: Currently, there is no vaccine available to protect against 2019-nCoV.
Q: What are the treatments?
A: There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.
Q: Should I be tested for 2019-nCoV?
A: If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from Wuhan, China, you should call ahead to a healthcare provider and mention your recent travel or close contact. If you have had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from this area, you should call ahead to a healthcare provider and mention your recent travel or close contact. Your healthcare provider will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for 2019-nCoV.
Please visit the CDC website, which is updated daily, for the latest information.
Source: CDC website
Prohibition and the WCTU featured at the next Lunchbox Lecture
The next Murray County Historical Society Dinehart Lunchbox Lecture will center around the roll of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and their fight for Prohibition. The presenter, Janet Timmerman, will speak on Thursday February 13th at noon in the 4-H Building on the Murray County Fairgrounds. Cost is $3.00 and MC Historical Society members are free. Bring a lunch. Coffee, tea or cocoa is available.
President Herbert Hoover once called the idea of alcohol prohibition “…the great social and economic experiment.” Behind the battle for America’s temperance was a force of women who saw alcohol as the reason for high levels of crime, domestic violence, child abuse, and deep poverty. Throughout the United States and the world, the Women’s Christian Temperance Unions(WCTU)worked to limit alcohol use at local, state, and national levels. Together these women set about to change American policy in a great grassroots movement. Even more challenging was the fact that they were un-enfranchised citizens banned from the polls. There were over 40 chapters in the four-county region of Southwest Minnesota. Murray County had five WCTU organizations starting as early as 1887 in Slayton and 1888 in Currie.They were responsible for fostering many of the local prohibition policies years before the national ban on alcohol. Their work has lasting effects into current policy debates.
Timmerman has served as the coordinator for Murray County’s Museums since 2013. She holds a BA from Southwest Minnesota State University and MA in history from Kansas State University. Her publications include “Draining the Great Oasis,” and “Red Earth, White Road.”
For more information on this and other upcoming programs contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507-836-6533
Free In-Person Tax Preparation Service
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation help to anyone who needs it – with special attention to those who are 50 or older or have low to moderate income.AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained to assist you in filing many income tax forms and schedules.However, the Volunteer Protection Act requires that our volunteers stay within the scope of tax law set by the IRS for the program.In certain situations, our volunteers may be unable to provide assistance.
Please bring your previous year’s tax return(s), SS card, any income forms – W-2, SSA, 1099, 1099R, 1099G, or other 1099 forms and self-employment income, records of any income tax paid, deductions if itemizing, health insurance forms 1095-A, 1095-B, 1095-C or any exemption correspondence, Brokerage statements, and any credits for dependent care provider information.
They will be doing Tax Preparation on Wednesdays:February 12th & 26th, March 4th & 18th, April 1st, 8th and 15th at the Slayton Public Library.
Please call A.C.E. of Southwest MN – Murray County at 507-836-8705 to set up an appointment.
Help for Older Minnesotans Is Available in Marshall
Marshall, MN, January 28, 2020 – Once each month, older Minnesotans can get in-person help from the Senior LinkAge Line® on a variety of topics by visiting a community site. Senior LinkAge Line staff and volunteers can help with understanding Medicare, comparing insurance options, finding ways to save money, filling out applications and much more. They can also help reporting fraud and abuse.
WHAT: Senior LinkAge Line In-Person Assistance in Marshall
WHEN: 4th Monday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE: Marshall Adult Community Center, 107 S. 4th St., Marshall, MN 56258
The Senior LinkAge Line is a service of the Minnesota Board on Aging in partnership with Minnesota’s local area agencies on aging. It is the state’s federally designated State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). Call the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm or visit www.MinnesotaHelp.info® to chat with a specialist during business hours.
By Jacob Scandrett- HS Principal
t’s hard to believe that spring is right around the corner given the weather over the past couple of weeks, but the rhythm of our district now places us in full preparation for spring and beyond.In schools all around Minnesota, districts are preparing students for course registration with class meetings, a review of course requirements and discussions about credits for graduation.Students at MCC will start the registration process for next year’s classes during the week of January 27th.
This next year, students will have some new classes to choose from.A new social studies elective called Topics in Military History will explore the underlying economic, social, and cultural factors that have driven and influenced war over the centuries. A Medical Terminology course will offer students an introduction to commonly used medical terms and vocabulary as used by healthcare professionals.Due to its success last school year, we will again run our Introduction to Engineering course to expose students to concepts of engineering and provide hands on experiences related to the engineering field.
This year we will also have some summer class opportunities for our students to explore.Made possible through our Achievement and Integration collaborative and dollars from Minnesota Department of Education, there are two free summer college classes available to current Sophomores and Juniors of Murray County Central and surrounding schools.A survey to gauge interest was conducted and the courses that will be offered are Astronomy and Introduction to Criminal Justice.Astronomy will feature a general overview of the science of astronomy. Topics include the history of astronomy, the nature of science, celestial motion, phases of the moon, gravity, Kepler’s Laws, light and spectroscopy, the Solar System, stars, galaxies, and cosmology. There will be lab activities to accompany many of the topics including spending time in SMSU’s Planetarium.The Criminal Justice class will help students develop a general understanding of the criminal justice system and its response to crime in society today. Students will consider crime in the U.S, explore the key elements of the criminal justice system (policing, courts, and corrections), and examine a number of special issues relevant to criminal justice today.Both courses will be offered in conjunction with Minnesota West and taught at Marshall High School.
We are excited to offer these new opportunities for our students!Murray County Central remains committed to providing access to challenging course programing that promotes career and college readiness.
I also wanted to take a moment in this Rebel Roundup to let everyone know we are looking for substitute teachers at MCC. While many people may not realize it, it can be quite difficult to find substitute teachers.While we have been able to bring on some new subs this year, we still do not have enough to fill teacher vacancies on some days.When teacher vacancies are not filled our teachers have to sub during their prep period, which leaves them less time to prepare for their regular classes.
To work as a substitute teacher in Minnesota you need to obtain a substitute teaching license from the state. Like other teachers in this state, you also need at least a bachelor’s degree; however, it does not have to be in the teaching field (only long term subs need a teacher license).If you or someone you know meets these guidelines and are interested in subbing a couple days a week, please consider it!The current sub pay at MCC is $120 per day and $60 for 1/2 day.
The following is information to assist in obtaining a short call sub license which is what is needed in order to substitute teach.
To access info on the website:
2. Select under heading “Aspiring Educators” the Apply for a License link: “Online Licensing System” – You will need a google account to apply.
3. Follow the instructions for the new substitute license.
4. Apply to be considered for a sub at MCC at https://www.applitrack.com/murray/onlineapp/default.aspx
The general information phone number to teacher licensing at MDE is: 651-539-4200
“Thank A Coach/Advisor Week” celebrates contributions to students
With the support of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, the Minnesota State High School League, the Minnesota Interscholastic Activities Administrators Association and the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association are launching a campaign of gratitude to thank statewide coaches and advisors for their service in extra-curricular activities.
“Thank A Coach/Advisor Week” will take place from Jan. 27 through Feb. 2. The campaign is designed to promote, recognize and support the thousands of coaches and advisors across Minnesota that are making an integral, positive and lifelong impact on youth in the classroom and athletic settings.
“We are extremely proud of the time, energy and service to others in which our coaches and advisors put forth for the students of Minnesota,” said Rochester Century Activities Director Mark Kuisle. “Our high school offer comprehensive, educationally-based activities programs which highlight their talents on the performance surface. We could not offer the incredible scope of programs without their outstanding service and the support of each local school community.”
Please join us in recognizing these individuals for their hard work with public address announcements, school board recognitions and ceremonies in your schools.
By: John Stenen
No man who truly loves his bride would leave her at the altar after they said, “I do.” Neither would he occasionally visit her over the next many years and give no financial aid to support her and minister to her needs. Yet, when asked if he were married he would answer in the affirmative. This is what many do to Jesus Christ. They say they love Him and serve Him, they rarely, if ever, go to Church, seldom spend time in prayer or read His Word, do not support the gospel financially or volunteer their time when needed. All Christians are called to be His witnesses and to proclaim the gospel to others, yet they never tell another about the most wonderful news this world has ever received. Many remain ‘baby Christians’ and do not mature in the grace and knowledge of our Lord as Jesus intends for us to do. (Eph. 4: 11-16.)
The grace of God is wonderful! Salvation is a gift from God to whosoever will come to Jesus. (John 1:12, John 3:16, Eph. 2:8-10). However, Jesus demands that if we choose Him rather than going the way of the world, then we are to commit our lives to serving Him, following Him and obeying Him. In other words, Jesus is to be the Lord of our lives. We are to crucify the flesh and live our lives in such a way that we bring glory to God. (Mt. 5:16). We are to live righteously and walk in holiness. This affects our thoughts, words and actions. We will never be perfect as humans, but we are to strive to become ‘Christ-like.’ Can we love all people?Can we forgive all who trespass against us?By the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit we can, but we won’t if we remain babies.
Jesus gives us a severe warning in Mt. 7:21-23. He lets us know that not everyone who says they are a Christian is going to make heaven, even though they may have done many good things in their lives. He will tell them, “Not everyone who says to Me: Lord, Lord, shall enter the Kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” He then says to those who have deceived themselves into believing they could live their lives in disobedience to God’s revealed will, and still call themselves Christians: “I never knew you, depart from Me you who practice lawlessness!” Mt. 7:24-27 tells us we are wise if we obey the words of Jesus and we are fools if we don’t obey. God bless.