As the July Fourth holiday weekend kicks off Friday, Florida health officials are asking people to do three things that aren’t normally associated with Independence Day celebrations: avoid closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact with others.
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.
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.
Britain has imposed a stringent lockdown on the English city of Leicester following a local flare-up of the novel coronavirus just as Prime Minister Boris Johnson attempts to nudge the United Kingdom back to normality.
— Read on www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-britain-leicester-idUSKBN2410Q5
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
“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.”
Jude Derisme, another SEIU vice president, in Palm Beach county, said some hospitals stopped forcing workers to wear N95 masks for days at a time when, “when the Covid numbers went down”. But with cases rising, “The majority of the hospitals I see here in Palm Beach county are reverting back to that practice because of the surge of Covid-19 cases,” either because they lack supplies or worry supply chains will again break down. In Texas, Lubbock Kids Dental CEO Kay Kennel said: “I haven’t been able to buy any [PPE] in nine weeks.” Texas, like most other states, created a supply chain task force to deal with PPE shortages. But Kennel said she watches daily in disbelief as the governor updates the state on new PPE shipments, and yet she cannot obtain the supplies she needs. As of Thursday, she had nine days worth of PPE left for her staff.
Putting all of the data together, he says, supports “basically the reason why we have to all wear masks—because nobody knows who is an asymptomatic carrier. The person doesn’t know it and the person’s contacts don’t know it. That has enormous implications and it’s an area we need to study more, on how to test people without symptoms on a very large scale to understand these people better and follow them to determine precisely their ability to transmit [the virus].”
The oldest African-American owned and operated nursing home in the state has had no infections from coronavirus among its residents and employees, @DanRodricks writes, because its director took immediate action. https://bit.ly/37IHpB5