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Joe Biden at Penn's Landing; Hundreds Rally at School District; CHOP Designated for Ebola Treatment
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 10/16/14 11:20 pm | updated: 10/16/14 11:20 pm
Vice President Joe Biden was in Philadelphia today to check on the ongoing Delaware River dredging project. Biden toured on of the dredge boat and spoke about the importance of the project to the local economy. Deepening the river channel to 45 feet will allow more ships and therefore commerce to come up the river and into the Port of Philadelphia. Speaking at Penn's Landing, he said that 135,000 jobs are directly or indirectly tied to the river channel. the project is over halfway complete and will need $76 million in federal funding over the next two years.

Hundreds of school teachers along with parents and students rallied outside of the School District of Philadelphia headquarters late this afternoon. They gathered ahead of a School Reform Commission meeting scheduled for tonight. The large group of protesters blocked Broad Street with their demonstration. Tonight's meeting is the first since it was announced that the SRC was going to impose new health care terms on the city's teachers' union. Those terms would now require teachers to pay a percentage of their health care costs. Teachers are not only upset with having to pay up to 13% of their health care but also with the SRC for effectively canceling their contract and forcing this change on them. The SRC did have the power by law, something the union is challenging, to impose the terms. It also frees up 50 million much needed dollars to apply elsewhere in the district's budget.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has been designated as one of several possible pediatric hospitals in the United States that may be called if a child becomes infected with the Ebola virus. Dr. Julia Shaklee Sammons says that that the likelihood of Ebola outbreak in the US is extremely low, but if a pediatric patient needs care somewhere in the country, CHOP has agreed to help. The hospital created an “Internal Ebola Task Force” in August. They have set up screening protocols in the Emergency Department and Ambulatory Care phone triage system to identify at-risk patients. They have ensured that proper personal protective equipment (PPE) is available, and that staff is continually trained in using that PPE. There are also isolation rooms for infected or suspected patients. The hospital also wants staff and patients to know that they can safely treat a patient with Ebola without compromising the care of others.

Mostly Clear, temperatures in the mid/low 60's this evening in Center City

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