- Dr. Jason Mitchell said that doctors are doing everything to prevent rationing care as New Mexico’s governor signed an executive order that moved the state a step closer to rationing care at any place where patients are being treated for coronavirus.
- ICUs in New Mexico hit 103% capacity, the highest in the country, according to HHS.
- Mitchell explained that while medical professionals are already exhausted, the toll that potentially “not having what you need for every patient is just crushing.”
Source: Covid: The potentially crushing toll of rationing health care
Though Central California is the first area in the state to hit 0% ICU capacity, it will not be the last. The latest data show that the entire San Joaquin Valley’s ICU capacity is down to 5.6%, and the Southern California region is hovering around 10.1%. Source: Some ICUs at California hospitals are completely full: ‘It is the worst we have seen’ – Los Angeles Times
According to the county health care agency, new cases of COVID-19 infections declined for the second straight day, with today’s total of 1,671, compared to 1,964 on Monday. Deaths were zero again.
However, hospitalizations showed an increase from 877 to 946 and those in intensive care units from coronavirus rose from 218 on Monday to 235 on Tuesday.
Source: Virus news has ups and downs – ORANGE COUNTY TRIBUNE
effective December 7, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is:
- Accepting first-time requests for consideration of deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) based on the terms of the DACA policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with the Court’s December 4, 2020, order;
- Accepting DACA renewal requests based on the terms of the DACA policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with the Court’s December 4, 2020, order;
- Accepting applications for advance parole documents based on the terms of the DACA policy prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with the Court’s December 4, 2020, order;
- Extending one-year grants of deferred action under DACA to two years; and
- Extending one-year employment authorization documents under DACA to two years.
USCIS will take appropriate steps to provide evidence of the one-year extensions of deferred action and employment authorization documents under DACA to individuals who were issued documentation on or after July 28, 2020, with a one-year validity period under the Wolf Memorandum.
DHS will comply with Judge Garaufis’ order while it remains in effect, but DHS may seek relief from the order.
Source: Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals | USCIS
The devices—used for CT scans, MRIs, X-Rays, mammograms, ultrasounds, and positron emission tomography—use a default password to receive regular maintenance. The passwords are available to anyone who knows where on the Internet to look. A lack of proper access restrictions allows the devices to connect to malicious servers rather than only those designated by GE Healthcare. Attackers can exploit these shortcomings by abusing the maintenance protocols to access the devices. From there, the attackers can execute malicious code or view or modify patient data stored on the device or the hospital or healthcare provider servers.
Aggravating matters, customers can’t fix the vulnerability themselves. Instead, they must request that the GE Healthcare support team change the credentials. Customers who don’t make such a request will continue to rely on the default password. Eventually, the device manufacturer will provide patches and additional information.
Source: GE puts default password in radiology devices, leaving healthcare networks exposed | Ars Technica
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