ChiccoDodiFC/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(OMAHA, Neb.) — At least 100 coronavirus cases have been linked to a day care center in Omaha, Nebraska, including some from the U.K. variant, health officials said.The Rosewood Academy Childcare and Preschool was shut down last week following confirmation of the first few cases, according to the Douglas County Health Department.As of Sunday, more than 100 COVID-19 cases were linked to the initial outbreak, and testing has shown that some were caused by the U.K. variant, a health department spokesman told ABC News.“This points out the need to be vigilant about non-pharmaceutical interventions and get child care workers vaccinated,” the spokesman said in a statement to ABC News.The spokesman couldn’t give an exact figure on the U.K. variant cases because Nebraska does not do the genomic sequencing on every sample.In a statement to ABC affiliate KETV, a spokesperson for Kelli Hansen, the owner of the day care, said staff and children were among the infected.Mandy Evert, a mom whose 4-year-old daughter attended Rosewood, told KETV that the child tested positive for COVID-19 at the beginning of March.Evert said her daughter showed symptoms similar to a sinus infection and had a mild fever.“We don’t know what the effects are going to be on my child years from now and that’s really where my concern is,” Evert said.The school is cooperating with health officials, the health department spokesman said.The spokesperson for the school told KETV that the school took strict safety measures to prevent coronavirus spread, and is asking all infected staff members and students to quarantine.“Rosewood Academy Childcare and Preschool will continue to work closely and cooperate with the Douglas County Health Department to monitor this situation and encourage families and staff to get the vaccine as quickly as they are able,” the spokesperson said in a statement.Nebraska’s seven-day average of new daily coronavirus cases has plateaued at around 270 in March, according to the state’s Health Department.As of Sunday, roughly 20.8% of the state’s total population of 1.48 million has been fully vaccinated, according to state data.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Comments are closed. Some striking HR lessons can be taken from the early rebuilding efforts inIraq. For anyone involved in cross-border merger and acquisition (M&A)projects, the lessons are similarly relevant and parallels close. Regrettably,they include several ‘should-have-been-dones’, just as in corporate life. The recent hostile acquisition of Iraq might have benefited from a little‘shock and awe HR’ work. In any cross-border M&A there are several key HR areas that must belooked at, planned for and executed. Although a domestic M&A can bechallenging, cross-border work can be even more so. When a company chooses toproject itself into new countries and cultures, it is essential that theplanning teams don’t forget several key post-acquisition HR issues. One is manpower planning: what type and size of workforce will be neededonce the dust has settled? Within days of the fall of Baghdad a well-planneddownsizing was, and still is, clearly under way. In a corporate world, we would witness initial tumult following anacquisition. HR’s role is to be certain that the rush for cost savings (fastlayoffs) doesn’t undermine longer- term goals. It has to consider whether it isfully equipped to manage the newly sized business. Ask yourself: is your HR infrastructure in place and working? Do youunderstand the cultural and legal requirements in the new country, and have youplanned for market practices? Can you deliver payroll in the new country?Again, consider how the coalition forces in Iraq had to figure out early onarrival how to deliver payroll to government staff to get them back to work.You would be in a similar boat. In a corporate M&A, it is important that careful thought is given toexecutive leadership after the acquisition. The corporate goal is most likelyto have someone from the acquiring company run the local show initially. Buthave you made plans for them to move back out as soon as things are stabilised?Do you look at the behaviours likely to lead to success or failure in the newcountry and its culture, and then vet any proposed executives against that? The seemingly rotating door of coalition leadership in Baghdad could besuspected of slowing overall progress in rebuilding Iraq. The very same issuecould be problematic for your acquisition too. Have you thought through your staff communication strategies? Do they takeinto account the culture of the company acquired, and the new country?Effective communication strategies must be fast, constant and consistent andwill go a long way towards getting the acquired employee population settled down,back to work, and back to being productive. By delivering thoughtful and results-focused solutions in a cross-borderacquisition, HR can demonstrate concrete value to its organisation. By Lance Richards, Board Director, SHRM Global Forum Lessons from Iraq that provide HR’s answersOn 3 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. read more
Organised in partnership with Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion, this will see over 400 British veterans and personnel participate, helping those with injury or illness overcome mental and physical hurdles.Participants will be able to take part in sports including athletics, wheelchair basketball, powerlifting, swimming and sitting volleyball.The Prime Minister will make the announcement while attending Armed Forces Day, held in Llandudno this year. At the event, she will meet with men and women from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, both regulars and reserves and cadets and veterans.Prime Minister Theresa May is due to say: Now in its 10th year, this year’s Armed Forces Day will see a record number of flypasts and displays. The crowds will enjoy air shows from the Red Arrows and the Typhoons, while HMS Somerset will be docked in Llandudno Bay and Challenger battle tanks and Warrior armoured vehicles will be displayed in the military village.The event in Llandudno is just one of over 300 events across the country to mark Armed Forces Day. From street parties to military parades, these events will say thank you to our sailors, soldiers and airmen and women.At sea, on land and in the air, at home and around the globe, there are over 5,000 members of the British armed forces deployed currently in over 20 operations in 30 countries. From fighting against terrorism in the Middle East to providing peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance in Africa and the Caribbean while also being ready to defend our homeland in the event of a crisis 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I am proud to be in Llandudno for Armed Forces Day, celebrating our brilliant servicemen and women. Speaking on behalf of the nation, I want to thank them for their dedication, for the many sacrifices they make and for their extraordinary service and courage. As our brave armed forces face dangers on our behalf, it is only right that we do everything we can to help their recovery when they suffer injuries or illness during combat or training. Through these new British athletic games and the rehabilitative power of sport, we can help those who have sacrificed so much for our country to lead full and rewarding lives. read more