Category Archives: SARS-CoV-2

Florida COVID-19 infection rate increases ahead of July Fourth weekend with 9,488 new cases

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.

Source: Florida COVID-19 infection rate increases ahead of July Fourth weekend with 9,488 new cases

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

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

‘The new gold’: demand for PPE soars again amid shortage as US cases rise | World news | The Guardian – Deja vue all over again – US behind 8-ball.

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.

Source: ‘The new gold’: demand for PPE soars again amid shortage as US cases rise | World news | The Guardian

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to invalidate Obamacare – CNNPolitics

“President Trump and the Republicans’ campaign to rip away the protections and benefits of the Affordable Care Act in the middle of the coronavirus crisis is an act of unfathomable cruelty,” she said in a statement Thursday.
Earlier Thursday, Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, lashed out at President Donald Trump for continuing to support upending the law.
“Today, his Administration is filing a brief with the Supreme Court to rip health care coverage away from 23 million Americans — including 224,000 Wisconsinites,” Biden said, remarking on Trump’s visit to the Badger State Thursday. “Every American deserves the peace of mind that comes (with) access to affordable, high-quality health care.”

Source: Trump administration asks Supreme Court to invalidate Obamacare – CNNPolitics

Nearly Half of COVID-19 Cases May Be Spread Asymptomatically | Time

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].”

Source: Nearly Half of COVID-19 Cases May Be Spread Asymptomatically | Time

Open Thread | The Nursing Home That Took Care of Business 👏👏 | 3CHICSPOLITICO

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

Baltimore Sun

Source: Open Thread | The Nursing Home That Took Care of Business 👏👏 | 3CHICSPOLITICO