ST. GERMAIN - The St. Germain town board meeting Monday was packed with people.
"Biggest crowd we've had in a long time," said Town Supervisor Brian Cooper.
Most people were there to debate the town's proposed resolution of becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary. Much of the discussion regarded the merits of the largely ceremonial resolution, but some people also questioned whether it's up to the board to decide in the first place.
Town Supervisor Brian Cooper, who put forth the resolution in a previous meeting, said the resolution would enable him to fulfill his constitutional duty.
"We all took an oath of office," said Cooper. "And that was to protect the constitution of the state and the country when we were sworn in. All five of us sitting here. So it's not above us."
Town Supervisor Ted Ritter said if the Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution came to a vote, he would've voted against it. He told the room this reflects what his constituents told him before Monday night.
"There was one individual that supported this resolution and everyone else was vehemently opposed to it," said Ritter.
After discussion, Cooper made a motion to table the resolution indefinitely and "bring it back when we so choose."
The motion did not get a second and failed. Both Chairman Tom Christensen and Town Supervisor Tom Ritter expressed desire for a decision to be made, and to put a referendum vote on the April ballot regarding the town being Second Amendment Sanctuary.
Town Supervisor Tim Clark then made a motion to allow for the resolution, in principle, to be put on the April 7th ballot, and then bring the topic back up at the town board's regular meeting in May. Tom Ritter seconded the motion. All four supervisors and the Town Chairman voted in favor.
However, Forest Co. residents connected to employees at Nu Roc say the virus was present a few weeks prior to the county's first case.
Resident Jennifer Connor discovered after speaking to community members that two weeks prior to the county announcing their first confirmed case another employee at NuRoc tested positive in April
Witnesses at NuRoc, who wish to remain anonymous, did confirm that the administration brushed off that employee's COVID like symptoms as another illness and allowed her to continue working in the building until April 24.
That following week the employee tested positive for the coronavirus.
CDC guidelines state "if a healthcare worker develops symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing), advise them to stay home from work."
Nurses and other staff stated that the employee's significant other tested posted for the virus prior and after speaking with administration they were asked to not share that information with their colleagues.
One stated "Corporate told us that the employer has the coronavirus, but not to say anything to anyone as we need to keep this real quiet. We were told by corporate not to worry."
Following CDC guidelines includes healthcare workers to report when they come in contact to a high or medium-risk exposure. Additionally they ask to exclude them from working for 14 days after the last exposure.
Knowing that information, Connor began to call multiple state agencies to warn of the potential outbreak at Nu Roc.
All nursing homes are required to report data weekly to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and CDC through NHSN according to the CMS and CDC reporting requirements.
After speaking with almost ten state agencies, Connor added in an email to Newswatch 12 that they had no knowledge of the spread and even admitted they had inaccurate data.
MINNEAPOLIS - The white Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd's neck as he begged for air was arrested Friday and charged with murder, as authorities imposed overnight curfews to try to stem violent protests over police killings of African Americans that have spread from Minneapolis to cities across the country.
Protesters smashed windows at CNN headquarters in Atlanta, torched a police car and struck officers with bottles. Large demonstrations in New York, Houston, Washington, D.C., and other cities ranged from people peacefully blocking roads to clashing with police.
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