Category Archives: pandemic

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.

State Study Says Covid Spread In Nursing Homes Was Driven By Employees, Not Readmitted Patients – Gothamist

Citing a recent antibody study by Mount Sinai, Zucker said that new evidence now suggests that the virus was present in New York City as early as February 1st. Given that finding, he said the spread of covid within nursing homes was caused by visitors and employees rather than hospitalized residents. “It is likely that thousands of employees who were infected in mid-March transmitted the virus unknowingly—through no fault of their own—while working, which then led to resident infection,” the study states.

Source: State Study Says Covid Spread In Nursing Homes Was Driven By Employees, Not Readmitted Patients – Gothamist

239 Experts With One Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne – The New York Times

“There is no incontrovertible proof that SARS-CoV-2 travels or is transmitted significantly by aerosols, but there is absolutely no evidence that it’s not,” said Dr. Trish Greenhalgh, a primary care doctor at the University of Oxford in Britain. “So at the moment we have to make a decision in the face of uncertainty, and my goodness, it’s going to be a disastrous decision if we get it wrong,” she said. “So why not just mask up for a few weeks, just in case?”

Another 10,000 COVID-19 cases pushes Florida past 200,000 | Miami Herald

As of Sunday’s Miami-Dade County New Normal Dashboard update, the county was in the red flag zone in three categories: trajectory of daily case counts over a 14-day period, two consecutive weeks of a 14-day rolling positive test rate under 10% (22.10%) and 30% of Intensive Care Unit bed capacity available (23.73%). All numbers have gotten worse this week.

While there’s been an increase in testing over the last week, there’s also been a massive leap in the positive test rate. The average daily positive test rate from June 21 through Jun 27 was 9.94%. The average for the next seven days: 14.47%.

 

Source: Another 10,000 COVID-19 cases pushes Florida past 200,000 | Miami Herald

Seven staff test positive to coronavirus at Melbourne’s Northern Hospital in past five days – ABC News

  • All staff in the hospital’s emergency department will be tested as a precaution
  • Sources from the hospital told the ABC only ambulances with code one emergencies were being taken to the hospital’s emergency room

Source: Seven staff test positive to coronavirus at Melbourne’s Northern Hospital in past five days – ABC News

Residents of Mexican town block Americans from entering – POLITICO – Covid-19 in Arizona

Residents of the town of Sonoyta, across from Lukeville, Arizona, briefly blocked the main road leading south from the U.S. border over the weekend over fears of coronavirus outbreaks.

Sonoyta Mayor José Ramos Arzate issued a statement Saturday “inviting U.S. tourists not to visit Mexico.”

Local residents organized to block the road with their cars on the Mexican side Saturday.

Source: Residents of Mexican town block Americans from entering – POLITICO

Coronavirus: Doctors show concern for pregnant Hispanic women – Southwest Ohio

The dozen-plus hospitals and hospital groups in that area served by neonatologists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center had a total of 150 mothers from all races and nationalities test positive for the virus, said Dr. Scott Wexelblatt, the medical director of Regional Newborn Services for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

“But when you look at our number of mothers that were Hispanic, we actually had 67,” Wexelblatt said this week. “So 45 percent of our mothers are of Hispanic origin.”

Source: Coronavirus: Doctors show concern for pregnant Hispanic women

China halts imports from two more Brazil meat plants amid Covid-19 concerns, East Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

China is the largest buyer of Brazilian pork, beef and chicken. It has requested that meat exporters globally certify their products are coronavirus free, which BRF, JBS, and other Brazilian meatpackers have already done.

A total of six Brazil meat plants have now been blocked from exporting to China amid rising concerns over thousands of cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, among slaughterhouse workers in the country.

Source: China halts imports from two more Brazil meat plants amid Covid-19 concerns, East Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times