Dane County travelers react as some medical experts suggest air travel vaccine requirement

MADISON (WKOW) — Whenever you fly, you need proof of identification, and some health experts want proof of vaccination to be required, too.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a podcast interview that he would support an air travel vaccine mandate, and he’s not the only one.

“We think it’s a great idea,” Tim and Jane Clift, who were flying from Madison to Colorado, said. “We’re vaccinated, and everyone has their own opinion, but it’s not just yourself who can be considered. You have to think about everyone else’s health.”

Other travelers agreed with the Clifts.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Melissa Gormley said. “I think that there should be other sectors of society that we have vaccine mandates, as well.”

According to a recent Gallup survey, 61% of Americans favor a vaccination requirement for air travel, while 39% oppose it.

The U.S. Travel Association said a mandatory vaccination requirement for domestic travel would negatively impact families with young children who aren’t eligible for the vaccine.

“I think mandating it and leaving those groups, not allowing those groups to travel makes it a little bit more problematic,” Gormley said.

As the airline industry struggles to take flight again, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said he won’t create a vaccine requirement for passengers because of new federal workplace requirements.

“The Biden administration rule on requiring employers over 100 people to get everyone to be vaccinated, I think, is probably the most efficient way as opposed to creating friction in airports,” he said.

Dane County Regional Airport, like many around the nation, is struggling to rebound and airport officials said they hope a mandate, if enacted, would mean business as usual.

“Present day, we’re down about 40% from where we were at this time in 2019,” Michael Riechers, Dane County Regional Airport’s marketing and communications director, said. “At our low point, we were down about 90%. We’re gonna do the best we can to keep the traveler safe once they arrive here at Dane County Regional Airport, and we’re happy to see the folks traveling.”

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UPDATE: Disabled tractor-trailer on I-81 north in Pulaski County shifted to shoulder; all travel lanes reopened

UPDATE 5:25 p.m.: The disabled tractor-trailer that was blocking the northbound left lane of I-81 at mile marker 93.5 in Pulaski County has been moved off to the shoulder.

Traffic is now moving once again in all lanes but it could take a little time for traffic to thin out in this area.

UPDATE 4:55 p.m.: Congestion continues on a stretch of I-81 north in Pulaski County.

An earlier tractor-trailer crash that closed the interstate at mile marker 95 has been cleared; however, a disabled tractor-trailer in that same area is now blocking the north left lane at mile marker 93.4.

This has resulted in three miles worth of backlogs as traffic attempts to get past where the tractor-trailer is stopped.

UPDATE 4:20 p.m.: An earlier tractor-trailer crash on a section of I-81 north in Pulaski County has been cleared.

VDOT says that four miles of backlogs still remain.

Traffic should thin out shortly as the congestion continues to lessen.

UPDATE 3:25 p.m.: VDOT Salem continues to report that I-81 north is shut down due to a tractor-trailer crash in Pulaski County – at mile marker 95.

Backups are reported at approximately four miles.

Drivers should continue to find an alternate route around the crash.

PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – A tractor-trailer crash has closed all northbound lanes of I-81 in Pulaski County.

According to VDOT, the crash is located at mile marker 95.

Traffic is said to be backed up approximately three miles behind the crash.

Drivers should find another route or risk getting stuck in the bumper-to-bumper traffic.

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County Approves Community Corrections Contract, Travel Requests

County Approves Community Corrections Contract, Travel Requests | News Dakota

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The Stutsman County Commission have approved the 2022 contract for Jamestown Community Corrections service.

Sarah Frohlich has been with the program for four years and says they have asked for a small increase from the county.

The motion to accept the 2022 contract was unanimously approved.

Several out of travel requests were brought before the commission including Stutsman County Correctional Center staff, Highway Department staff, and dispatch staff training. All requests were approved.

You can view the full meeting below


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All travel lanes closed due to multi-vehicle crash on US-460 in Roanoke County

The crash happened near the Walmart at Bonsack

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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – If you’re traveling down US-460 in Roanoke County to get home tonight, you may run into some delays.

A multi-vehicle crash along US-460 has shut down all westbound and eastbound travel lanes near Cloverdale Road and VA-220 ALT, according to VDOT.

Stay with 10 News for updates on this story.

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Madison County issues state of emergency, discourages travel after roads flood

Wampsville, N.Y. — Parts of southern Madison County are in a state of emergency Sunday night and Monday morning after several roads flooded.

Madison County Board Chairman John M. Becker issued the state of emergency Sunday night after roads flooded in the towns of DeRuyter, Georgetown, Lebanon and Eaton.

A “no unnecessary travel advisory” also is in effect for these areas until 7 a.m. Monday.

“Travel is difficult, please limit or do not travel in these areas,” according to a county news release.

“Heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Henri, along with extremely saturated ground have caused flooding and flash flooding,” the county wrote in the release. “Many roads in these areas are unpassable at this time. The flood waters have been rising and receding quickly. More rain is expected, please remain diligent.”

County officials advised residents to “not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Remember, only six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep away a vehicle. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.”

Earlier this weekend, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office called for no unnecessary travel on Oneida Lake because of dangerously high water levels.

The unusually high water levels on the lake caused shoreline flooding, and are hiding hazards in the water, such as shore walls and rocks, that are typically able to be seen, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Casper-Natrona County Health offering symptomatic/exposure and medical/travel COVID tests


CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper-Natrona County Health Department reminded the public on Friday, August 20 that it is offering both symptomatic/exposure and medical/travel COVID-19 tests.

“We’re still battling COVID and getting tested is one of the best ways to slow its spread,” Public Information Officer Hailey Bloom said. “We’re making testing as convenient and accurate as possible for everyone in our community, whether you’re experiencing COVID symptoms, you’ve
been exposed, or you’re required to have a test.”

Testing is available to people who are either having COVID-19-related symptoms or to those who may have been exposed to the virus. Tests are also available for people who require them for travel purposes of elective medical procedures.

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There are some different pricings and processes depending on the reason someone needs tested. CNCHD shows details in the following table:

“Note that rapid antigen tests are only for symptomatic individuals early in their illness,” the CNCHD said. “If a rapid antigen test comes back negative, a free PCR test will be administered.”

“If you need testing outside of regular business hours, Mesa Primary and Immediate Care offers tests seven days per week from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Sage Primary and Walk-In Clinic tests Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.”

CNCHD testing occurs at its 475 South Spruce St. location in Casper’s Old Yellowstone District.

“If you are experiencing COVID symptoms and need a test, please do not enter the clinic,” the release adds. “Learn more at https://caspervcovid.com/.”

The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.

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Jacob Klipple, an employee at Moravia Fabrication, stands in flood water outside the company’s facility on Thursday morning.

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Other locations will experience flooding, including the city of Auburn and several towns and villages in the southern half of the county.

Because of the weather conditions, the sheriff’s office said roadways may be covered over, culverts may be undermined or washed out, and debris may be washing into the roadway.

According to the National Weather Service, the Owasco Inlet in Moravia reached major flooding stage overnight, peaking at 10.57 feet. Major flood stage for the inlet is 9.5 feet. As of 9:17 a.m. Thursday, the inlet level was down to 9.93 feet.

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The Owasco Inlet has reached major flood stage on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Other Cayuga County water bodies tracked by NWS remained below flood stages but were considerably elevated. The Owasco Lake gauge, which is located toward the northern shore, at 8:45 a.m. showed a level of 714.1 feet above sea level (minor flood stage is 715 feet), while the Owasco River in Auburn was at 6.46 feet as of 9 a.m. (minor flood stage is 8 feet).

The city of Auburn posted high river flow notice for the Owasco River, noting that flows will be above 1,000 cubic feet per second into the weekend as the city attempts to keep Owasco Lake at safe levels by adjusting gates at its dams.

“The purpose of this notice is to inform the public to stay away from and use extreme caution near and around the Owasco River,” the notice states. “Several areas along the Owasco River and all other streams in the City have already experienced localized flooding and there will continue to be an increased risk for localized flooding and personal injury can result in areas along these rivers, brooks and streams, as well as, downstream from the City of Auburn. The public should take caution and avoid unnecessary contact with the Owasco River and other water tributaries at all times.”

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Steuben County declares state of emergency; travel prohibited in 8 towns | News

UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Steuben County has declared a state of emergency due to widespread flash flooding.

Travel is prohibited in the towns of West Union, Woodhull, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Greenwood, Canisteo, Hornellsville, and Jasper.

Residents must stay off the road until further notice to ensure that emergency vehicles and public works equipment can respond to the emergency, said Timothy D. Marshall, the Steuben County director of public safety.

Highway, police, and fire officials are out and working.

Please do not call 911 unless it is for a true emergency, Marshall said.

The state of emergency will remain in effect until further notice.

A flash flood warning, issued by the National Weather Service, is in effect until midnight for Steuben County.

At 9:33 p.m., Weather Service Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated that heavy rain had fallen across the warned area. Between 1.5 and 2.5 inches of rain have fallen, and flash flooding is already occurring in several parts of Steuben County, according to the Weather Service.

Life threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses is possible.

Some locations that will experience flash flooding include Hornell, Bath, Canisteo, Wayland, Addison, Woodhull, Howard, Jasper, Thurston, Troupsburg, Avoca, Cameron, Arkport, Cohocton, Greenwood, Hartsville, West Cameron, Haskinville, Kanona and South Dansville.

Tuscarora Creek near Addison was rapidly rising and is expected to reach major flood stage, the Weather Service said.

Widespread flood impacts are expected from Addison to the confluence with the Tioga River, the Weather Service said.

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Many county and town roads in Steuben County have been affected by flash flooding from rain during the past 24 hours, reports Timothy D. Marshall, the Steuben County director of public safety.

A flash flood warning is in effect until 11 p.m. for Steuben County, where rain is continuing tonight.

Southern areas of Steuben County have seen more than 3 inches of rain and emergency officials are asking people to avoid that part of the county. Flash flooding has been reported in the towns of West Union, Woodhull, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Greenwood, Canisteo and Hornellsville.

The following roads have been affected: state routes 36, 417, and 248; and county routes 84, 117, 103, and 98.

Drivers should use caution while driving at night. Do not drive your car through water that covers the roadway, Marshall said.

A flash flood watch remains in effect through Thursday morning for Steuben and Livingston counties.

Widespread heavy rain of 1 to 3 inches with localized amounts of 4 inches is expected as the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred impact the Southern Tier to the Finger Lakes and into the North Country from Wednesday through Wednesday night, the National Weather Service said.

An additional inch of rain is possible through Thursday morning in Livingston County, according to the Weather Service forecast.

The Weather Service has issued the watch for Livingston, Ontario, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Wayne counties in Western New York. In central New York, the watch includes northern Cayuga, Oswego and Lewis counties.

A separate flash flood watch was issued for Steuben, Tompkins, Cortland, Madison, northern Oneida, Onondaga, Schuyler, Seneca, southern Cayuga, southern Oneida, and Yates counties through Thursday morning.

Runoff from heavy rain may cause rapid rises on creeks and streams, leading to flash flooding. The heavy rain may also result in flooding of poor drainage areas and low-lying areas.

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Cotton County wreck alters I-44 travel | News

RANDLETT — A vehicle taller than the opening under an Interstate 44 bridge in Cotton County crashed and has closed northbound traffic for around a week.

The unidentified vehicle was traveling northbound on Interstate 44 around 12:41 p.m. Friday when the impact occurred near Randlett, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Troopers and Oklahoma Department of Transportation inspectors remained at the scene for three hours. No injuries were reported.

The bridge suffered a large amount of damage, causing the roadway to be closed until further notice.

Northbound traffic is being detoured onto Oklahoma 36 at Mile Marker 1.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation advised that it will take around a week to complete repairs.

Troopers worked another wreck in the vicinity the day before that sent a woman to the hospital via Survival Flight.

A Jeep driven by Laura E. Asp was traveling northbound on Oklahoma 36 shortly after 1:15 p.m. when she failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with U.S. 70 and was struck by a westbound Ford F-150 pickup driven by Lowell Chapman, Trooper Forrest White reported. Both vehicles came to rest in a ditch, 2 ¾-miles west of Randlett.

Asp, 78, of Wichita Falls, Texas, was flown to United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls where she was admitted in fair condition with head injuries.

According to the report, Chapman, 57, of Hammon, was not injured.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

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