Business Insider: A Missouri hospital is giving employees panic buttons to address rising attacks on healthcare workers during the pandemic

Business Insider: A Missouri hospital is giving employees panic buttons to address rising attacks on healthcare workers during the pandemic. “By the end of this year, staff who work in the emergency room and inpatient hospital rooms at Cox Medical Center Branson will be able to use a panic button that alerts security who can then track the employee’s location, the facility said in a Facebook announcement. In their post, the facility said that assaults on staff by patients have tripled in the past year. Total assaults rose from 40 in 2019 to 123 in 2020. Total injuries rose from 17 in 2019 to 78 in 2020, the facility said.”

NBC News: Man charged with assaulting rail conductor who asked him to ‘put a mask on’

NBC News; Man charged with assaulting rail conductor who asked him to ‘put a mask on’. “A man who allegedly attacked a train conductor after he was asked to ‘put a mask on’ was arrested and taken into custody, police in Massachusetts said Friday. Daniel Libby, 40, was charged with assault and battery on a public official, the Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority (MBTA) Transit Police said in a news release.”

Kent Co. health director tells commissioners after almost being run off the road: ‘I need help’ (Michigan Advance)

Michigan Advance: Kent Co. health director tells commissioners after almost being run off the road: ‘I need help’. “After a woman attempted to run Kent County Health Department director Adam London off the road just hours after he issued a mask mandate for some schools last month, the health officer issued a plea to the Kent County Board of Commissioners.”

The Tribune: Grover Beach bank manager beaten, called racist slur after asking man to wear a mask

The Tribune: Grover Beach bank manager beaten, called racist slur after asking man to wear a mask. “A Grover Beach bank manager and Army veteran says he was called a racist slur and then attacked and beaten in the parking lot — all because he asked a customer to wear a mask. Police have confirmed they are investigating a report of a hate crime and battery that occurred in the city last week, but they declined to disclose further details.”

Texas Tribune: Verbal and physical attacks on health workers surge as emotions boil during latest COVID-19 wave

Texas Tribune: Verbal and physical attacks on health workers surge as emotions boil during latest COVID-19 wave. “The pandemic-related rise in tensions across the U.S. is not unique to the hospital industry. Airlines are reporting an increase in aggressive passengers as flight attendants take self-defense classes. Police are reporting an increase in violent crime and road rage incidents…. But unlike airlines, which can permanently ban passengers, hospitals are more limited in how they can respond or prevent those instances.”

‘Open season on media’: journalists increasingly targeted at Los Angeles protests (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘Open season on media’: journalists increasingly targeted at Los Angeles protests. “Attacks on the press are just one part of escalating rightwing street violence in the city, which has included multiple stabbings, people being sprayed in the face with bear Mace, an assault on a breast cancer patient outside a clinic, and repeated physical brawls with leftwing protesters in the streets. In another sign of growing tensions, protesters rallying against vaccine mandates showed up at the homes of two Los Angeles city council members on Sunday.”

Miami Herald: Anti-mask parent arrested on a child abuse charge at a Fort Lauderdale high school

Miami Herald: Anti-mask parent arrested on a child abuse charge at a Fort Lauderdale high school. “As the Broward County school district kept its mask mandate, a father trying to bring his maskless daughter to Fort Lauderdale High School Wednesday morning wound up in Broward County Jail. Police say Dan Bauman, 50, grabbed and twisted the arm of a girl trying to stop him from using his cellphone to video-record students walking into the school.”

WTSP: Woman who said she had COVID and coughed, spit on food at grocery store sent to jail

WTSP: Woman who said she had COVID and coughed, spit on food at grocery store sent to jail. “The woman accused of purposely coughing on fresh food inside a grocery store was sentenced on Tuesday in Luzerne County. We still didn’t know much about COVID-19 at the time when Margaret Cirko purposely coughed and spit all over the food displays inside a Gerrity’s supermarket in Hanover Township while saying, ‘I have the virus, now you’re all going to get sick.’”

NBC News: Parent attacks teacher after mask dispute on first day of school in California district, official says

NBC News: Parent attacks teacher after mask dispute on first day of school in California district, official says. “A parent attacked a teacher following a mask dispute on the first day of school, a California superintendent said. The incident occurred about an hour after the first day ended at Sutter Creek Elementary School in Amador County, NBC affiliate KCRA of Sacramento reported.”

The Grio: Maskless woman who attacked Uber driver arrested, 2nd woman to turn herself in

The Grio: Maskless woman who attacked Uber driver arrested, 2nd woman to turn herself in. “Malaysia King, one of the women caught on camera during an attack on a San Francisco Uber driver has been arrested while her friend, Arna Kimiai, plans to surrender to police for her role in the disturbing assault. In the days since their March 7 encounter with Uber driver Subkahar Khadka, King and Kimiai had been wanted by San Francisco police for assault and robbery. In video of the incident, Kimiai is seen hitting the driver and is also believed to have sprayed him with pepper spray after he ended the trip when she refused to wear a mask.”

CBS News: 700 volunteers in California are escorting Asian American seniors to protect them against assaults

CBS News: 700 volunteers in California are escorting Asian American seniors to protect them against assaults. “The troubling wave of violence against Asian Americans across the country has prompted hundreds of volunteers to protect the elderly by escorting them through neighborhoods in Northern California. More than 3,000 hate incidents directed at Asian Americans nationwide have been recorded since the pandemic began, with many aimed at the elderly. In New York City, police data reportedly showed these violent attacks have increased by 1,900% over the course of the pandemic.”