EDM Friday Briefing: Seventh Seattle Infant Dies from Mold-Related Disease
Emergency and disaster management briefing for February 14, 2020: A CSX freight train derailment sparks a fire and chemical leak into the Big Sandy River; a seventh infant has died from a mold-related disease at Seattle Children's; new coronavirus testing reveals thousands of new cases in China; protective equipment for China's healthcare workers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak are reportedly in short supply; Storm Dennis, a bomb cyclone, is set to impact the United Kingdom and Northern Europe this weekend with high winds and potential flooding; a roof collapse at a restaurant inside Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport has left one person injured; for the first time this season, Australia reported that all brush and grass fires in New South Wales have been contained; and officials assess widespread damages from flash floods and ongoing flooding in 10 counties and seven cities in Kentucky.
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1) A fiery train crash in Kentucky on Tuesday trapped two crew members in the train's locomotive after it derailed and caught fire along the edge of a river. A CSX freight train with four cars carrying ethanol hit a rockslide covering the tracks, derailed next to the Big Sandy River and burst into flame. The derailment, which occurred in Pike County, caused five of the 96 cars to derail. Four of those five train cars contained ethanol, some of which spilled into the river.
A rockslide caused a fiery train derailment which trapped and injured two workers in eastern Kentucky.
— On Demand News (@ODN) February 14, 2020
2) A mold-related infection at a hospital in Seattle has resulted in the death of a seventh infant. The baby, a five-month-old girl at Seattle Children's Hospital, died Wednesday morning after months of fighting aspergillosis -- a mold infection in her heart -- which she contracted at the hospital. While the aspergillus mold is common, the illness can occur in patients with weakened immune systems after they have inhaled the mold.
— Times of News Europe (@TimesEurope) February 14, 2020
3) China has reported an additional 5,090 cases of the novel coronavirus, and another 121 deaths from the new disease. The news comes just one day after 14,840 cases were diagnosed using a new testing method. The Chinese government has reportedly enforced "wartime" measures in additional cities in the province, which means citizens in some areas are barred from leaving their homes. The WHO (World Health Organization) reports that despite the drastic increase of coronavirus cases in China, the number of cases outside the country are not rising dramatically.
Coronavirus cases exceed 64K globally, death toll nears 1,400 in China https://t.co/Mws7um3rvs
— Fox News Alerts (@AlertsFoxNews) February 14, 2020
4) The death toll from the novel coronavirus has now reached 1,380 people, while the total number of those infected in mainland China has risen to 63,851. The virus has heavily impacted healthcare workers in China who are on the front lines of the disease. A total of 1,716 workers have become infected, and of them, six have died. According to reports, there has been a shortage of supplies that help protect workers, including face masks, which increases the risk of infection for these healthcare workers.
The new coronavirus inflicts a growing toll on China's health workers as authorities report more than 5,000 new cases, including more than 120 deaths https://t.co/B0NvsgsWK5 pic.twitter.com/agTGcV4HtO
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 14, 2020
5) A new storm, designated Thursday as a bomb cyclone, has set its sights on the United Kingdom and Northern Europe. The fourth-named windstorm by the UK Met Office, Dennis is set to bring high winds and flooding across the region. Waves west of the British Isles and south of Ireland may possibly reach heights of 40-50 feet. The storm is expected to begin impacting the region on Friday. Rain and wind warnings have already been issued, as increasing wind gusts are likely to reach 50-60 mph by Saturday.
Forecasters are warning that Saturday is expected to be the most hazardous day, with yellow warnings for wind and rain covering large swathes of the country https://t.co/BkH1mKbBqC
— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 13, 2020
6) Inside Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, authorities are investigating a restaurant ceiling collapse that occurred Thursday morning. The restaurant where the collapse occurred was identified as Cat Cora's Restaurant, located in Concourse A of the airport. At least one customer was transported to the hospital by Atlanta Fire Rescue emergency crews after initial assessment.
[UPDATE] It appears the “floating ceiling” which fell earlier this morning at Cat Cora's Kitchen may have been “mis-attached” to the “rigid roof deck” during construction of the restaurant, according to an airport spokesperson https://t.co/X7iFzYoaNE
— Eater Atlanta (@EaterAtlanta) February 13, 2020
7) For the first time this season, Australia reported that all brush and grass fires in New South Wales have been contained. This season has been especially tragic, with the death of at least 28 people, the destruction of some 3,000 homes and the loss of nearly one billion animals. The containment comes amid a new onslaught of destructive weather, including torrential rainfall and damaging winds that caused major flooding and prompted school closures and widespread evacuations of several towns.
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) February 13, 2020
8) Some of the worst flooding on record has occurred in southeastern Kentucky, with state of emergency declarations being issued in 10 counties and seven cities. The ongoing flooding is due to recent heavy rainfalls that created flash flooding and prompted more than 100 high water rescues, road closures, and home evacuations. Flood damage was assessed by the governor of Kentucky, the state emergency management director, and other officials via helicopter, to help determine what state and local resources might be needed for response and recovery operations.
Gov. Andy Beshear and local leaders provided an update on the emergency management and relief response to flooding events in southeastern Kentucky during a Thursday briefing at the London Joint Readiness Center. https://t.co/yfS5tXt831
— The Times-Tribune (@TimesTribuneKY) February 14, 2020