Category Archives: healthcare

Months Into Virus Crisis, U.S. Cities Still Lack Testing Capacity – The New York Times

At a testing site in New Orleans, a line formed at dawn. But city officials ran out of tests five minutes after the doors opened at 8 a.m., and many people had to be turned away.

In Phoenix, where temperatures have topped 100 degrees, residents have waited in sweltering cars for as long as eight hours to get tested.

And in San Antonio and other large cities with mounting caseloads of the virus, officials have reluctantly announced new limits to testing: The demand has grown too great, they say, so only people showing symptoms may now be tested — a return to restrictions that were in place in many parts of the country during earlier days of the virus.

As Coronavirus Slams Houston Hospitals, It’s Like New York ‘All Over Again’ – The New York Times

Methodist, a top-ranked system of eight hospitals, had nearly 400 coronavirus inpatients last Sunday. Nearly a week later — even as physicians tried to be conservative in admitting patients and discharged others as soon as they safely could — the figure was 569. The flagship hospital added 130 inpatient beds in recent days and rapidly filled them. Now, administrators estimate that the number of Covid-19 patients across the system could reach 800 or 900 in coming weeks, and are planning to accommodate up to 1,000.

US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivir | US news | The Guardian – (3-month supply from sole source Gilead – who recently bought a lot of Gilead stock?)

The Trump administration has now bought more than 500,000 doses, which is all of Gilead’s production for July and 90% of August and September. (Sets stage for only rich getting the medicine and Gilead getting $3,000 per patient)

Source: US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivir | US news | The Guardian

Gov. Mike DeWine is extending public health orders that were due to expire. Here is a list. – cleveland.com

1. Reopening bars and restaurants to dine-in service, with exceptions.
2. Also on May 14 was an order that reopens hair and nail salons, day spas, barber shops, tattoo parlors, body piercing businesses and tanning facilities.
3. Camp Safe Ohio.
4. Baseball, softball, batting cages, golf courses, miniature golf, local and public pools and aquatic centers, tennis facilities, skills training for all sports, general noncontact sports — such as bowling alleys.
5. Limited reopening of gyms, dance students and other personal fitness venues.
6. Closure of all K-12 schools in Ohio.
7. Social distancing guidance for businesses.
8. Limited reopening of child care centers.
9. Limited reopening of youth day and residential camps.

Source: Gov. Mike DeWine is extending public health orders that were due to expire. Here is a list. – cleveland.com

Hospitals Experiment with COVID-19 Treatments, Balancing Hope and Evidence – Scientific American

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The scans revealed clots that Griffin describes as “dramatic” in seven of the eight patients. Those people were promptly treated with blood thinners, and their symptoms improved. Now all of Griffin’s patients who test positive for COVID-19 and are at risk for clotting are given preventive anticoagulants such as heparin. He has seen fewer embolisms since.

 

Source: Hospitals Experiment with COVID-19 Treatments, Balancing Hope and Evidence – Scientific American

Health workers filed more than 4,000 complaints about protective gear. Some still died | US news | The Guardian CoVid-19

A KHN investigation found that at least 35 healthcare workers died after Osha received safety complaints about their workplaces. Yet by 21 June, the agency had quietly closed almost all of those complaints, and none of them led to a citation or a fine. About 1,300 of the healthcare-related Covid-19 complaints remain open and about 275 fatality investigations are continuing, according to public records.

The complaint logs, which have been made public, show thousands of desperate pleas from workers seeking better protective gear for their hospitals, medical offices and nursing homes.

The quick closure of complaints underscores the Trump administration’s hands-off approach to oversight, said the former Osha official Deborah Berkowitz. Instead of cracking down, the agency simply sent letters reminding employers to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, said Berkowitz, now a director at the National Employment Law Project.

Source: Health workers filed more than 4,000 complaints about protective gear. Some still died | US news | The Guardian

Australia’s second largest city orders 36 suburbs locked down to stop virus spike – Reuters

Authorities on Tuesday ordered the lockdown of 36 suburbs in Australia’s second biggest city Melbourne in an attempt to stop a spike in coronavius cases, a dramatic departure from the relaxation of restrictions elsewhere in the country.
— Read on www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-australia/australias-second-largest-city-orders-36-suburbs-locked-down-to-stop-virus-spike-idUSKBN241059

Coronavirus shuts down L.A. County beaches July 4th weekend – Los Angeles Times

“Due to rising #COVID19 cases all @CountyofLA beaches will be closing again temporarily this weekend, July 3rd through 6th. We had almost 3,000 reported cases just today,” Supervisor Janice Hahn said in a tweet. “We cannot risk having crowds at the beach this holiday weekend.”

Source: Coronavirus shuts down L.A. County beaches July 4th weekend – Los Angeles Times