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40 endangered sea turtles rescued to Florida after “cold stunning”

Even the hardest-shelled among us could use a sunny vacation about now: 40 endangered sea turtles have been relocated from Massachusetts to Florida after suffering a hypothermic reaction called “cold stunning.”

The imperiled turtles had to be transported to warmer waters due to prolonged exposure to temperatures reaching no more than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, causing decreased heart rate and circulation, and thus impairing their ability to eat and swim. “Cold stunning” can lead to pneumonia, frostbite, other illnesses and death.

The bale of young Kemp’s ridley turtles were found stranded off the New England coast, and later flown from Cape Code to Marathon, Florida, in the Florida Keys, on Saturday for treatment.

A group of private pilots donated a plane, fuel and their time to help see the scarce species to safety — dubbing their effort “Turtles Fly Too,” CBS Miami reported.

“Hundreds of turtles are washing up on the beach,” said the manager of Turtle Hospital, Bette Zirkelbach, in a statement. “More than the capacity that the aquariums up there can take care of, so they are being flown to the Turtle Hospital to warm up and have care for these critical animals.”

Kemp’s ridley turtles can grow to around 2 feet in length and weigh about 100 pounds, making them the smallest species of sea turtle, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Zirkelbach estimates the turtles may require habilitation for 30 days or more, and hope they can eventually be returned to the ocean in Florida waters.

“We’re hoping, flippers crossed,” Zirkelbach said, “that they all go back to sea.”

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‘Gold star’ is cold comfort in hotel quarantine outbreak

A ”back of house” worker at the Peppers hotel inadvertently has been at the epicentre of the latest outbreak. Professor Spurrier said on Monday the oversight at the ”medi-hotels” in Adelaide was by both SA Health and the SA Police with police and nurses on site. But there were private security guards involved along with staff employed directly by the hotels.

The “Parafield” cluster in Adelaide’s outer northern suburbs first emerged publicly on Sunday afternoon, with the focus on an 80-year-old woman who had fallen ill and went to the emergency department of the Lyell McEwin Hospital at Elizabeth after 5.30pm on Friday. Her positive COVID-19 test was one of three local transmission cases first revealed by Professor Spurrier.

Growing list of venues

The two others were from the same family. The 80-year-old, who is now in hospital in a stable condition, is the mother of a hotel worker from the Peppers hotel. The hotel worker’s partner, who has also tested positive, worked at the Yatala Labour Prison in the northern suburb of Northfield. The duo are described as a man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s.

But by Monday morning the COVID cluster had expanded to 17, with 15 of them from the same family. By mid-afternoon, thankfully, the cluster remained at 17 in an update by Professor Spurrier.

Two are from outside the family. SA Health by late Monday morning put out an extensive list of shopping centres, bus routes, two schools, a swimming centre and a Hungry Jack’s fast food restaurant at Port Adelaide as among the places where those who had now tested positive had been since November 7. It was added to in increments on Monday afternoon, with petrol stations and supermarkets joining an ever-growing list.

The eerie similarities between the Melbourne COVID-19 outbreak, which began in a quarantine hotel although through different circumstances, left many people simply shaking their heads that the virus had escaped into the wider community, given all the pain and angst the Victorian capital had endured.

When the Melbourne lockdowns began in the second wave of COVID-19, other airports, including Adelaide’s, all stepped up the number of repatriation flights landing in their jurisdictions because Melbourne Airport was off limits as part of the battle to bring COVID-19 numbers down.

The number of COVID-19 cases in returned overseas travellers in Adelaide quarantine hotels had been on the rise in the past few weeks. Those repatriation flights to the city have been barred for at least a week. Victoria, however, is now down to just three active cases overall.

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Snow, cold weather to blanket Upper Midwest, creating dangerous travel conditions

The first big shot of winter weather is moving across the Northern Plains on Monday, bringing the chance of several inches of snow. 

The slow-moving storm system is bringing harsh conditions to the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest before heading into the Great Lakes by the middle of the week. 

Snow, freezing rain, and rain combined with windy conditions and frigid air will make for dangerous travel conditions across the region. 


Winter weather advisories are in effect through Montana on Monday, with conditions expected to deteriorate for points east. 

A storm system moving east will bring rain and snow to the northern tier of the Lower 48.

A storm system moving east will bring rain and snow to the northern tier of the Lower 48.
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As the system moves into the Upper Midwest, snow and rain will be the major hazards as snow accumulates between 2 and 6 inches. 

Forecast precipitation across the West.

Forecast precipitation across the West.
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Hazardous driving conditions can be expected, with slippery roads. 

Snow is forecast to spread across the Upper Midwest into the Great Lakes.

Snow is forecast to spread across the Upper Midwest into the Great Lakes.
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In addition to the precipitation, temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees below average through the region. 

Several inches of snow are forecast across parts of the Upper Midwest this week.

Several inches of snow are forecast across parts of the Upper Midwest this week.
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As the middle of the country sees hints of winter, the heat continues out West.

Above-average temperatures and wildfire danger remain a threat over California, the Southwest and Great Basin.  

Bundled up against the cold, a man navigates the trail around Sloans Lake after a cold front dropped temperatures Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Bundled up against the cold, a man navigates the trail around Sloans Lake after a cold front dropped temperatures Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Record high temperatures are possible in parts of California and into the Southwest, where high temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees above average.

A look at the wildfires currently burning across the West.

A look at the wildfires currently burning across the West.
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Air quality advisories are also up where the fires are burning and the stagnant air could cause breathing issues.


In the East, a cold front moving over the eastern third of the country will bring rain and isolated thunderstorms on Monday. 

The National Forecast for Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.

The National Forecast for Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.
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The rain could make driving conditions especially hazardous due to slippery conditions caused by wet leaves on roads. 


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8 Items To Bring for a Cold Vacation

The days are getting colder and the skies are getting kinder as summer departs and autumn approaches. With autumn comes the influx of cool and chilly days with colorful leaves and pumpkins everywhere. If a vacation is in the books for you this season, you’ll want to know about what to bring with you to keep you cozy, warm, and prepared.


What’s cold weather without blankets, besides torture? Gather a few blankets to bring with you on your vacation to keep warm when the cold winds blow. You’ll want to bring something that insulates you when the temperatures drop, such as a fleece fabric blanket or one made with plush material. Just in case it gets cold enough to require it, bring some extra blankets to use yourself or share with your posse.

Hot Beverages

There is no better time of the year to consume hot chocolate, coffee, and any other steaming hot drink than the season of autumn. If where you’re staying permits it, take your coffee machine or kettle with you to make yourself and your crew all kinds of hot drinks while at your destination. If tea is more of your preference, bring plenty of tea bags with add-ons of your choice.


Moisturizers come in all types of formulas like lotions and oils. The cold weather can be ruthless for anyone who isn’t prepared, and those who have dry or chapped skin will take the brunt of it. It’s essential to keep your skin moisturized throughout the day to prevent it from flaking or itching. Don’t forget to keep your hair moisturized, also, and protect it from the wind, rain, and snow. You might also look into cannabis products that can help with other medical and recreational needs.

Lip Balms

Another layer of skin that needs the most attention in the cold months is located right on your face. The lips are the thinnest layer of skin on the human body, which leaves them susceptible to flaking, chapping, and possibly bleeding. To combat this, carry at least one lip balm to use in a pinch. Lip scrubs exfoliate the top layer of your lips to get rid of dead skin and reveal fresh soft lips. If you’re thinking of wearing makeup at some point on your getaway, these two items will be a necessity.


Long-sleeved shirts are a must for any vacation in the cooler months. Turtlenecks are a versatile option for keeping yourself warm. With the fashionable gathered collars, there won’t be any need to wear a scarf with it. What makes a turtleneck even better is that it can be worn with anything: under a jacket, with jeans, with a skirt, or under your warm blanket.

Neutral Colored Clothing

Fashionistas, take note: autumn is the season where bold and brightly-colored clothing gets shelved until the next year. Of course, if you aren’t particular about certain colors and trends, then anything goes. Black, despite being a very hot color in the summer, is

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How to Take a Vacation as Safely as Possible Once It Gets Cold Outside


How to Stay In is a series about redefining “normal” life in order to take care of ourselves and one another during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 was the year of canceled vacations. As spring welcomed itself into our lives, so did a series of stay-at-home orders that had no conceivable end, leading us to postpone our summer trips and save our PTO in desperate hope that a better time to vacation would eventually present itself. And while some people camped, socially distanced at the beach, or made the most of a staycation, there are still many of us who have been sitting tight since March, with an ever-growing vacation itch waiting scratched.

Maria Sundaram, an infectious disease epidemiologist at health research institute ICES, told VICE that the best way to travel safely right now is to combine meticulous trip planning with in-the-moment flexibility. By this, she means taking extra care when deciding exactly where and how you travel, while preparing yourself for the need to change some plans along the way—whether that means skipping a rest stop that’s unexpectedly filled with people, or canceling at the last minute if case numbers start increasing at your destination. Here’s exactly how to make smart vacation choices before you leave home, and during your trip.

Opt for driving instead of taking public transport or flying.

“Driving your own car is the safest way of getting around. All forms of public transportation including trains, planes, and buses require prolonged exposure to others. If the high-touch surfaces of a rental car are properly sanitized, they can be safe as well,” Manisha Juthani, an infectious disease specialist and an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Yale School of Medicine, told VICE.

If you’ve chosen to drive to your destination, it’s smart to continue using that same car throughout your trip, rather than jumping in an Uber or on the train. “As much as possible, try to limit the spaces that you occupy,” said Sundaram. Since you’ve occupied your car en route to your vacation spot, continuing to use that same car throughout your trip won’t increase your risk, as long as you’re washing or sanitizing your hands regularly when going from a public place to the car and avoiding touching your face.

If you’re considering taking a bus or train, check what company policies are in place before you book. “Sometimes a train company’s website will let you see how many other people have already booked a seat. If the train car’s really full, you might want to avoid being in that car,” said Sundaram. It’s also worth considering if, or how often, you will have the opportunity to switch seats or cars if someone is, say, coughing non-stop or wearing their mask around their chin. “We don’t know exactly how much time you need to spend with someone, or how close you need to be, to become infected yet. But the closer you are and the longer you spend with them in an enclosed

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