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  • #91
    Originally posted by sharon sanders View Post
    Washington state, King county, Seattle live stream about to begin:

    https://livestream.com/accounts/2830...fg8nvRgF0IFLic
    Notes:


    Very stressful situation at nursing home for families. Condolences.

    CDC team is on site providing guidance.

    COVID-19 can cause serious disease. Also can be mild.

    More condolences.

    "Shifting landscape" Shifting by the hour"

    Determined to slow spread. Protect economy.

    Recommending for older people over 60 with underlying conditions + pregnant women - stay home as much as possible.

    Encouraging teleworking.

    No large gatherings (over large gatherings)

    King county cancelling large meetings for 3 weeks.

    King county workers to telework if possible for 3 weeks.

    Placed module units for public health use on county land. Seeking additional locations. Have 2 more locations for modular units. Finalized purchase of motel in Kent.

    These are stressful times.

    Your cooperation (the citizens) is needed.

    Slow spread and reduce number of people infected. Concerned about stress to the healthcare system. First responders.

    Distancing measures are essential to maintain health care system.

    20% can get severe illness, no treatment, no vaccine.

    Vulnerable people should try and stay home as much as possible. Avoid crowds.

    More talk about telecommuting, teleworking.

    STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK.

    Asking employers to stagger start and leave times.

    Postpone large group meetings.

    In conversations with schools. Not recommending closures at this time unless there is a confirmed case. Children have not been shown to be a high risk group. Assessing benefits and negatives of closures. Children go elsewhere if school closed.

    Call your health care provider before you show up.

    Amazon and Microsoft are doing on online meetings.

    Do elbow bumps, for instance, instead of hand shakes.

    Important for all us to do our part.

    39 diagnosed including 10 deaths

    Can test 200 specimens a day (100 tests).

    Trying to bring additional testing capacity to Washington state.

    Apparently did not evacuate nursing home. Keeping healthy people there. Working on infection control at nursing home.

    As per CDC anyone with any symptoms can be tested for Covid-19.


    questions period continues.........







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    • Emily
      Emily commented
      Editing a comment
      Thank you, Sharon!

  • #92
    The source of infection for most of the cases from King county is associated with an outbreak in healthcare facilities. Among the case listing are four cases where the origin of the infection is not clear including two males in their 20s, another male in his 30s, and a female in her teens. We should be watching these cases for more evidence of community spread.
    http://novel-infectious-diseases.blogspot.com/

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    • #93
      I watched the the question/answer session in the livestream Sharon posted above. From what I understood, King County was sending in a couple of infectious disease specialists into Life Care in Kirkland that day, Wednesday. Thursday a federal DMAT team should be there that the county requested because the staff at Life Care has had a number of COVID-19 cases needing quarantine. I'd never heard of DMAT so this is what they do:

      https://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/res...ages/dmat.aspx
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      • #94
        North Shore School District closing March 5 for two weeks

        https://www.nsd.org/blog/~board/supe...closed-march-5

        Northshore School District is a public school district covering portions of both King County and Snohomish County, Washington. The district's service area covers the cities of Bothell, Woodinville, and Kenmore as well as portions of unincorporated King and Snohomish Counties.

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        • #95
          Source: https://www.kxly.com/one-patient-tes...-grant-county/

          One patient tests positive, one negative for COVID-19 in Grant County
          Posted: March 5, 2020 11:08 AM
          by Connor Sarles
          Suspected Coronavirus case discovered in Grant County, Washington.

          MOSES LAKE, Wash. — One patient in Grant County has tested positive and a second has tested negative for COVID-19.

          The patient who tested positive was initially listed as “presumptive positive,” but the Washington State Department of Health confirmed the case at a press conference on Thursday morning...

          ...As of Thursday, 70 people in Washington state have confirmed cases of coronavirus. Of those, 51 are in King County, 18 are in Snohomish County and one is in Grant County. The death toll sits at 10 and has not increased since Wednesday.

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          • #96
            These numbers will be updated daily at 11 a.m.
            70
            10
            231
            Last updated: March 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.


            https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

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            • #97
              Source: https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/cor...EQ5YCL75367PU/


              Coronavirus: Washington cases increase to 70; death toll increases to 11
              By: KIRO 7 News Staff
              Updated: March 5, 2020 - 12:54 PM

              SEATTLE — The number of statewide coronavirus cases rose to 70 Thursday, up from 39 on Wednesday, with a another fatal case in King County bringing to death toll in Washington to 11.

              Of the 70 cases, 51 are in King County, 18 in Snohomish County and one in Grant County.

              And because of the rise in potential exposures, more schools and businesses announced campus closures...

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              • #98
                https://komonews.com/news/coronaviru...ath-toll-rises
                Feds to investigate Kirkland's Life Care Center as death toll rises
                by GENE JOHNSON, RACHEL LA CORTE and MARTHA BELLISLE Associated Press


                Wednesday, March 4th 2020
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                Ask Congress to Investigate COVID Origins and Government Response to Pandemic H.R. 834

                i love myself. the quietest. simplest. most powerful. revolution ever. ---- nayyirah waheed

                (My posts are not intended as advice or professional assessments of any kind.)
                Never forget Excalibur.

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                • #99
                  Thought you'd find this informative...as of yesterday, the King Co. Washington recommendations:

                  Public Health news and blog




                  Local health officials announce new recommendations to reduce risk of spread of COVID-19

                  March 4, 2020
                  Summary

                  Local health officials announced new guidance to King County residents aimed at reducing their risk of exposure to COVID-19. While all residents can take steps now, people with underlying health conditions are urged to follow recommendations to avoid large gatherings of people.

                  Story

                  State and local officials announced today new recommendations to King County residents aimed at reducing their risk of exposure to COVID-19. We understand these actions will have a tremendous impact on the lives of people in our community. We are making these recommendations in consultation with CDC based on the best information we have currently to protect the public's health.
                  This is a critical moment in the growing outbreak of COVID-19 in King County and these measures can potentially impact the spread of the disease.
                  Public Health is recommending, but not requiring, the following steps:

                  • People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. People at higher risk include:
                    • People 60 and older
                    • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
                    • People who have weakened immune systems
                    • People who are pregnant
                  • Workplaces should enact measures that allow people who can work from home to do so. Taking these measures can help reduce the number of workers who come into contact with COVID-19 and help minimize absenteeism due to illness
                  • If you can feasibly avoid bringing large groups of people together, consider postponing events and gatherings.
                  • Public Health is not recommending closing schools at this time. If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, Public Health will work with the school and the district to determine the best measures including potential closure of the school.
                  • All people should not go out when they are sick.
                  • Avoid visiting hospitals, long term care facilities, or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you need to go, limit your time there and keep six feet away from patients.
                  More detail on these measures will be available at www.kingcounty.gov/covid
                  Case update:

                  COVID-19 test results have come back from the Washington State Public Health Laboratory confirming ten additional cases of COVID-19 in King County residents including one death. With these ten new results, the total number of cases in King County is 31. The total number of deaths is nine.
                  The ten new cases are in:

                  • A female in her 60s, Life Care resident, hospitalized at EvergreenHealth
                  • A male in his 50s, associated with Life Care, not hospitalized
                  • A male in his 60s, Life Care resident, hospitalized at EvergreenHealth
                  • A female in her 70s, Life Care resident, hospitalized at EvergreenHealth
                  • A male in his 60s, Life Care resident, hospitalized at Evergreen
                  • A female in her 90s, Life Care resident, was hospitalized at Evergreen and died on 3/3/20
                  • A female in her 70s, Life Care resident, hospitalized at EvergreenHealth
                  • A male in his 30s, no known exposure, not hospitalized
                  • A female in her teens, associated with Life Care, not hospitalized
                  • A male in his 80s, a resident of Life Care, hospitalized at EvergreenHealth
                  No other details about the 10 cases reported today are available currently.

                  21 other cases, already reported earlier by Public Health, include:
                  • A female in her 40s, worked at LifeCare, never hospitalized and is recovering at home
                  • A female in her 60s, family member of a confirmed case of COVID-19, not hospitalized
                  • A male in his 70s, a frequent visitor of LifeCare, hospitalization status unknown currently
                  • A male in his 20s, unknown exposure, hospitalized at Swedish Issaquah
                  • A male in his 20s, unknown exposure, hospitalized at Swedish Issaquah
                  • A female in her 80s, resident of LifeCare, never hospitalized, died on 2/26/20
                  • A male in his 50s, resident of LifeCare, hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center and died on 2/26/20
                  • A male in his 50s, hospitalized at Highline Hospital. No known exposures. He is in stable but critical condition. He had no underlying health conditions.
                  • A male in his 70s, a resident of LifeCare, hospitalized at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland. The man had underlying health conditions, and died 3/1/20
                  • A female in her 70s, a resident of LifeCare, hospitalized at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland. The woman had underlying health conditions, and died 3/1/20
                  • A female in her 80s, a resident of LifeCare, was hospitalized at EvergreenHealth. She is in critical condition.
                  • A female in her 80s, hospitalized at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland. This person died on 3/1/20.
                  • A female in her 90s, hospitalized at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland.
                  • A male in his 70s, hospitalized at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland. The man has underlying health conditions, and is in critical condition
                  • A male in his 70s was hospitalized at EvergreenHealth. He had underlying health conditions and died on 2/29/20.
                  • A man in his 60s, hospitalized at Valley Medical Center in Renton.
                  • A man in 60s, hospitalized at Virginia Mason Medical Center.
                  • A woman in her 50s, who had traveled to South Korea; recovering at home
                  • A woman in her 70s, who was a resident of LifeCare in Kirkland, hospitalized at EvergreenHealth and died on 3/2/20
                  • A woman in her 40s, employed by LifeCare, who is hospitalized at Overlake Medical Center
                  • A man in his 50s, who was hospitalized and died 2/28/20 at EvergreenHealth
                  What Public Health is doing:

                  This is a massive undertaking and we have a talented, dedicated team digging in to learn everything we can to protect the health of our community. What we have seen with the level of community spread has raised the level of concern about the immediate threat of COVID-19, particularly for vulnerable populations such as people over 60, those with underlying health conditions or who are immune compromised.
                  King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center:

                  • If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you're a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact our novel coronavirus call center: 206-477-3977.
                  • The call center will be open daily from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM PT.
                  • For general concerns and questions about COVID-19, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127.
                  When to seek medical evaluation and advice:

                  • If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your healthcare provider. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
                  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
                  In addition to the recommendations listed above, the public can help:

                  1. Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
                  2. Stay home when sick.
                  3. Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
                  4. Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.
                  5. Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check and subscribe to Public Health's website (www.kingcounty.gov/COVID) or blog (www.publichealthinsider.com).
                  Remember to take every day preventive action such as washing hands, and if you are sick stay home. During an outbreak with a new virus there is a lot of uncertainty. Our guidance and advice is subject to change as we learn more. We will continue to keep you updated.

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                  • Source: http://granthealth.org/updates-for-c...-grant-county/
                    Updates for COVID-19 in Grant County

                    Updates for COVID-19 in Grant County will be posted as information becomes available.
                    March 5, 2020 – 11:30am

                    COVID-19 Test Presumptive Positive in Grant County Resident
                    at Central Washington Hospital; Patient at Samaritan Hospital Negative for the Virus and Quarantines Lifted

                    GRANT COUNTY, WA – GCHD was notified late Wednesday evening that a Grant County Resident being treated for possible COVID-19 at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee is presumptive positive for the virus. Testing was conducted at the University of Washington and is waiting for confirmation at the State Public Health Lab. The patient is isolated in critical condition.

                    If confirmed, this will be the first case of COVID-19 from Grant County, and the first detection of COVID-19 on the east side of our state. The individual, a resident of Quincy in their eighties, did not report any recent travel outside the county, indicating the illness may have been acquired locally. Those who had close contact with the patient have been asked to quarantine. The investigation for the source continues.

                    The patient tested for COVID-19 from Samaritan Hospital was negative and quarantines for those exposed to that patient were lifted. See Samaritan Hospital’s release here: https://bit.ly/32XAAcn

                    These two patients are the ones reported as possible cases earlier in the week. Currently, there are no new patients from Grant County under official investigation of COVID-19, but we expect that to change as this global situation continues to evolve.

                    On the west side of the state, cases of COVID-19 continue to rise—39 cases total, 10 deaths—and it is likely that more cases will be confirmed in our communities in the future. GCHD, together with its healthcare, emergency management and law enforcement partners, has been working aggressively to respond to this threat. However, help from everyone is needed at this time to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and reduce the number of people impacted.

                    GCHD is asking that the public do their part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by doing the following:
                    • Call ahead and do not go to the emergency room unless seriously ill. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
                    • Stay home when sick and limit close contact with others in your household who are not sick. • Even if you are not ill, avoid visiting hospitals, long term care facilities or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you do need to visit one of these facilities limit your time there and keep 6 feet away from patients.
                    • Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing with soap and warm water, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
                    • Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.
                    • Limit your interactions and practice social distancing. Work with your family, workplace, school and the rest of the community to limit your activities in the upcoming weeks.
                    • Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Follow GCHD on Facebook and check our website regularly for updates.

                    Who Should Be Tested for COVID-19
                    We know many people are wondering, if they have fever and a cough, do they need to get tested for COVID-19? Right now, our state lab still has limited capacity to run these tests and are prioritizing the tests for people with underlying health conditions or serious illness. The University of Washington has also recently started testing and additional testing options may become available in the future, but, for now, if you have mild symptoms (cough, fever), you need to stay home, stay away from people. A test, whether it’s positive or negative, won’t change that advice or treatment plan...

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                    • Source: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/hea...he-impact.aspx
                      COVID-19 update from Public Health – Seattle & King County

                      March 5, 2020
                      Summary

                      This is a critical moment in the growing outbreak of COVID-19 in King County. All King County residents should follow Public Health recommendations. Together, we may potentially impact the spread of the disease in our community. Public Health – Seattle & King County announces today 20 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County residents. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 51, including 10 deaths.

                      Story

                      Local officials announced this week new recommendations to King County residents aimed at reducing their risk of exposure to COVID-19. We made these recommendations in consultation with CDC based on the best information we have currently to protect the public's health.
                      Public Health urges residents to follow these recommendations:

                      • People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. People at higher risk include:
                        • People 60 and older
                        • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
                        • People who have weakened immune systems
                        • People who are pregnant
                      • Workplaces should enact measures that allow people who can work from home to do so. Taking these measures can help reduce the number of workers who come into contact with people with COVID-19 and help minimize absenteeism due to illness.
                        • Some people need to be at work to provide essential services of great benefit to the community. They can also take steps in their workplaces to minimize risk.
                      • If you can feasibly avoid bringing large groups of people together, consider postponing events and gatherings.
                      • Public Health is not recommending closing schools at this time unless there has been a confirmed case in the school.
                      • All people should not go out when they are sick.
                      • Avoid visiting hospitals, long term care facilities, or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you need to go, limit your time there and keep six feet away from patients.
                      • More detail on these measures will be available at www.kingcounty.gov/covid
                      Additional information about school recommendations:

                      Public Health is not currently recommending that schools proactively close unless they have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff member or student.
                      This guidance may have been confusing for some families and schools because schools bring together large groups of children. School closures have significant negative impacts on our community. We will be providing additional information to schools about how to stay open safely. The considerations we have taken in our decision not to currently recommend routine closure at schools include:
                      • Children are not known to get seriously ill from COVID-19
                      • Closing schools may not be effective because some children may congregate anyway, at other locations
                      • Many parents, such as healthcare workers, need to be at work. If these critical workers stay home with children it causes significant impacts on the healthcare system and other institutions that are essential for our community to function
                      • If schools close, some children might have to stay home with alternative caregivers, such as elders, who are more vulnerable
                      • We don't know how effective children are in spreading this disease
                      Some children and staff may be at higher risk for severe illness because of underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system. Public Health advises that those people consult with their healthcare provider to decide the best course of action.
                      Public Health also respects each individual school's decisions about closures, postponement of activities, or other social distancing measures – as each school knows the needs of their community best.
                      Public Health is continually assessing our decision not to require the widespread closure of schools. We are continually evaluating information as it becomes available to better inform our decisions about proactive schools closure.
                      Case update:

                      COVID-19 test results have come back from a variety of laboratories confirming 20 new cases of COVID-19 in King County residents including one death in a case previously reported by Public Health. This new death was in a woman in her 90s, hospitalized at EvergreenHealth. She died on 3/3/20. With these 20 new results, the total number of cases in King County is 51. The total number of deaths is ten.
                      As more laboratory capacity for testing comes online, more tests and results will be reported. We will no longer be routinely providing details about each case.
                      King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center:

                      • If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you're a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact our novel coronavirus call center: 206-477-3977.
                      • The call center will be open daily from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM PT.
                      • For general concerns and questions about COVID-19, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127.
                      When to seek medical evaluation and advice:

                      • If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your healthcare provider. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
                      • If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
                      In addition to the recommendations listed above, the public can help:

                      1. Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
                      2. Stay home when sick.
                      3. Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
                      4. Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system, or if you are pregnant.
                      5. Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check and subscribe to Public Health's website (www.kingcounty.gov/COVID) or blog (www.publichealthinsider.com).
                      Remember to take every day preventive action such as washing hands, and if you are sick stay home. During an outbreak with a new virus there is a lot of uncertainty. Our guidance and advice is subject to change as we learn more. We will continue to keep you updated.

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                      • Live coverage of Vice President Mike Pence & Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee press conference on COVID-19 situation and response.
                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtcrJQ7q1H8

                        My notes follow. Listen yourself to verify accuracy and for more depth.

                        The video starts out in a “war room” type location. It is very organized with pods dedicated to various actions against COVID-19 spread. I gathered that the state government will be setting up command centers all over the state and the federal government will be supporting their efforts.

                        VP Pence:
                        Air Force 2 brought in 100,000 N95 masks, 100,000 surgical masks. 2,500 face shields and thousands of disposable gloves and gowns.
                        Cornonvirus.gov is set up and run by the CDC.
                        200 doses of a new therapeutic drug have been made available by a company for trial in WA State.
                        Emphasized that feds are supportive and deeply concerned about the loss of life and well-being.
                        Said that at President Trump’s direction nursing home standards for infection control are being tightened nationwide and that all 8,000 CMS investigators will be dedicated to getting this done.
                        He talked about plans to make test kits much more available and that Medicare/Medicaid would cover testing costs. The federal government will classify testing in such a way as to force insurance companies to cover it, too. They will look at ways to expand to the uninsured.
                        About 3.1 billion is being allocated for medical supplies to help local communities and financial relief for small businesses is being considered.

                        CDC director Robert R. Redfield, MD:
                        Washington State is the “tip of the spear” in the fight against the disease.
                        He twice said that Washington State’s public health community is the best in the nation and he looked forward to working with them.
                        “Early case recognition, isolation and contact tracing” are the key to stopping transmission. He said the public should view the finding of these mild or asymptomatic cases as a positive sign.
                        He said CDC is here in partnership with the local public health community to learn and implement different mitigation strategies
                        He said risk to general public is still considered low.

                        Seema Verma, Head of Medicare and Medicaid Services, (CMS) :
                        She expressed deep concern, (as did VP Pence), about the Kirkland nursing home tragedy. They are going to make sure that home is safe going forward and that all the facilities in the nation are safe going forward.
                        She said that there are and have long been infectious disease control standards for nursing homes in the US. She also said all 8,000 inspectors nationwide will focus on this. She said they will approach them in a helpful, rather than punitive way. The goal is try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

                        Deborah L. Birx, MD, White House Advisor:
                        She addressed the spread of CFR figures -
                        Korea number is .5 – low because of extensive testing of mild and asymptomatic cases.
                        Italy CFR is high but median fatal case age is 82 and those tested were no younger than 60 so they are missing a lot of younger infected people with milder disease.
                        She said she does not like the “tyranny of the averages” and said the higher 3% number is important in focusing resources on those at risk.
                        She said that in the effort of reducing mortality rates that several companies are testing therapeutics in the Seattle area right now and that the use of monoclonal antibodies is being explored.

                        Governor Inslee:
                        Regarding the CFR controversy said we do not have the luxury of debates of that nature now. He was clearly focused on problem solving in cooperation with and with the aid of the federal government. (Everyone emphasized that apolitical attitude.)





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                        Ask Congress to Investigate COVID Origins and Government Response to Pandemic H.R. 834

                        i love myself. the quietest. simplest. most powerful. revolution ever. ---- nayyirah waheed

                        (My posts are not intended as advice or professional assessments of any kind.)
                        Never forget Excalibur.

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                        • 4:53 AM PST March 6, 2020
                          Two more people have died from coronavirus in Kirkland, according to the CEO of EvergreenHealth Medical Center. CEO Jeff Tomlin said 11 people have died at the Kirkland hospital. Another person died at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, and one person died in Snohomish County. That brings the total death toll in Washington up to 13 people.
                          Coronavirus Found In 2 New States, Washington's Toll Climbs

                          Another 59 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Washington state, according to the Washington State Department of Health.
                          • 13 people who previously tested positive for coronavirus have died. Twelve people died in King County and 1 person died in Snohomish County.
                          • 59 others have tested positive for coronavirus in Washington state. The 72 total cases in Washington are the most in the U.S.
                          • Of the total cases, 53 people tested positive in King County, 18 in Snohomish County, and one in Grant County.https://www.king5.com/article/news/h...e-db938fbc9125
                          CSI:WORLD http://swineflumagazine.blogspot.com/

                          treyfish2004@yahoo.com

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                          • Washington State Department of Health
                            Today we opened a much-expanded call center so we can answer more of your questions, quicker. In the first 2 hrs of operation we answered more calls than we were able to take all day yesterday! We'll take calls 6 am to 10 pm, 7 days a week at the same number: 1-800-525-0127

                            https://twitter.com/WADeptHealth/sta...996480513?s=20
                            Last edited by sharon sanders; March 6, 2020, 08:56 PM. Reason: edited out weird twitter graphic

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                            • Presumptive positive COVID-19 test – staff member in Roosevelt Commons East
                              Sent on behalf of the University’s Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases to all students, faculty and staff at the University of Washington


                              Dear members of the UW community,

                              The UW Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases (ACCD) has learned that a University of Washington staff member who works in Roosevelt Commons East has received a presumptive positive test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The employee is in self-isolation at home, and we wish them the best in their recovery. Out of an abundance of caution, the building, which is located west of the UW’s Seattle campus in the 4300 block of 11th Ave. NE, has been closed for appropriate cleaning until further notice.

                              Because of the circumstances, the risk to the broader Seattle campus community from this case is believed to be low.

                              This individual was last in the building on February 24, 27 and 28, and those in direct contact with the individual are being contacted. Their manager and office colleagues have already been notified. They are believed to have had limited contact with anyone outside of their immediate office floor.

                              All occupants of the building who were in close contact with the ill employee have been notified and are asked to stay home for 14 days since their last contact with them.

                              This presumptive positive test was made using the UW Medicine COVID-19 virus test and confirmation will subsequently be done by Public Health – Seattle & King County.

                              The ACCD is not currently recommending additional measures beyond those that have already been indicated, but will continue to monitor the situation and advise the appropriate individuals or groups accordingly should that change.

                              For more information about COVID-19, see the University’s COVID-19 website. As a reminder, most people with COVID-19 infection develop mild to moderate illness without the need for medical care. Those with underlying health conditions are at higher risk for developing serious illness. The most important thing we can do to limit the spread of illness is to:
                              • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
                              • Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol.
                              • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
                              • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
                              • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Immediately throw the tissue in the garbage.

                              The University’s Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases continues to respond to the outbreak in coordination with state and local health departments and will provide updated information to the University community as the situation warrants.

                              Geoffrey S. Gottlieb, M.D. Ph.D.
                              Interim Chair, UW Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases
                              Medical Director, UW Environmental Health & Safety Department
                              Professor of Medicine – Infectious Diseases
                              Adjunct Professor of Global Health
                              Center for Emerging & Re-emerging Infectious Diseases



                              "Our common humanity calls on us now to offer support, empathy and understanding to those most affected by this virus. All of us, as individuals and as a community, are responsible for treating each other with kindness and empathy. We are best equipped to deal with any threat to health when we work together."

                              President Ana Mari Cauce

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