NEW YORK (AP) — MORE THAN 520,000 HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN THE NEW YORK TRI-STATE AREA ARE STILL WITHOUT ELECTRICITY AS UTILITIES CONTINUE TRYING TO GET THE LIGHTS ON FOUR DAYS AFTER TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS. AS OF MIDDAY SATURDAY, OVER 269,000 CUSTOMERS WERE IN THE DARK IN CONNECTICUT, MORE THAN 172,000 IN NEW YORK CITY AND ITS SUBURBS, AND MORE THAN 80,000 IN NEW JERSEY. POWER COMPANIES HAVE CALLED ISAIAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST OUTAGE PRODUCERS IN RECENT YEARS. BUT SOME ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE CRITICIZED THE UTILITIES’ PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE.

 

BOSTON (AP) — HEALTH OFFICIALS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ARE INVESTIGATING A POTENTIAL CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK LINKED TO A WINDHAM CHURCH. THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SAID FRIDAY THAT 16 PEOPLE WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 HAVE CONNECTIONS TO THE WINDHAM CROSSING LIFE CHURCH. MEANWHILE, IN MAINE MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE REQUIRED WHEN MAINE HOLDS ITS FIRST MURDER TRIAL SINCE THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC CRIPPLED MUCH OF THE U.S. LEGAL SYSTEM THIS SPRING. AND IN VERMONT, A GRANT PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE $5 MILLION IN CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUNDS TO ELIGIBLE FOREST PRODUCTS BUSINESSES THAT HAVE SUFFERED ECONOMICALLY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.

 

BOSTON (AP) — DOCTORS, HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL STUDENTS ARE RAMPING UP EFFORTS TO REGISTER VOTERS AS PART OF A NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN THIS MONTH. IN BOSTON, AN ER DOCTOR HAS CREATED THOUSANDS OF VOTER REGISTRATION KITS FOR DISTRIBUTION AT HOSPITALS AND DOCTOR’S OFFICES. STUDENTS AT HARVARD AND YALE’S MEDICAL SCHOOLS ARE PLANNING TO GO HEAD-TO-HEAD AS PART OF A NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION COMPETITION AMONG MEDICAL SCHOOLS. AND A RHODE ISLAND DOCTOR HAS LAUNCHED AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE HOSPITAL PATIENTS EMERGENCY BALLOTS. ORGANIZERS SAY THE WIDE-RANGING EFFORTS ARE CRUCIAL BECAUSE VOTER REGISTRATION IS DOWN IN MANY STATES BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.

 

EVERSOURCE ESTIMATES IT WILL MAKE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS BY THE END OF THE WEEKEND AND HAVE ITS RESTORATION SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETE BY TUESDAY AT MIDNIGHT, WITH MANY CUSTOMERS RESTORED BEFORE THAT TIME.  HUNDREDS OF CREWS ARE WORKING TO REPAIR THE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE TO THE ELECTRIC SYSTEM CAUSED BY TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS.  ADDITIONAL OUT-OF-STATE MUTUAL AID CREWS ARRIVED FRIDAY TO RAMP-UP POWER RESTORATION EFFORTS THIS WEEKEND.

 

FOR ANYONE USING A GENERATOR DURING THIS PROLONGED POWER OUTAGE, LITCHFIELD’S FIRE MARSHAL URGES SAFE DISTANCING OF GENERATORS FROM HOMES OR BUSINESSES. MARSHAL SAM KINCAID TELLS WZBG THERE’VE BEEN NUMEROUS CALLS RECEIVED ACROSS LITCHFIELD COUNTY ABOUT CARBON MONOXIDE. HE REMINDS ALL TO KEEP GENERATORS AT LEAST 20 FEET AWAY FROM A BUILDING.  NEVER RUN A GENERATOR INSIDE A GARAGE OR UNDER A DECK, AND POINT THE EXHAUST AWAY FROM WINDOWS.  ALSO, IF YOU DON’T HAVE A TRANSFER SWITCH TO OPERATE YOUR GENERATOR, MAKE SURE YOUR MAIN POWER BREAKER IS SHUT OFF TO PREVENT POWER BACK-FEEDING INTO THE ELECTRICAL GRID.