New York Gov. Cuomo details hospital-focused COVID-19 strategy as cases rise, warns of potential 'pause'
NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a revamped strategy to deal with New York’s surging coronavirus cases on Monday with a focus on avoiding an overwhelmed health care system.More than 3,500 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state, a growing number that the governor warned could lead to renewed shutdowns on a scale not seen since the spring.“We are now worried about overwhelming the hospital system … you will see serious stress on the hospital system,” Cuomo said during a press briefing in Manhattan.Likening the state’s efforts to war, the governor said part of the new s...
New York Daily News
Ken Griffey Jr., Jewell Loyd and Macklemore among stars who join patients in 'Seattle Children's Heroes' card set
SEATTLE — When Jake Gustafson, the senior director of operations and development at Seattle Children’s Hospital, approached a cross-section of local celebrities about participating in a Topps trading-card project he had brainstormed, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive.“I don’t know about you, but if someone asked me if I wanted my own baseball card, I would say yes,” Gustafson said with a laugh.And when that card is part of a one-of-a-kind charitable rollout that will net Seattle Children’s upward of $200,000 in proceeds, it was even more of a no-brainer. Which is how Sir Mix-a-Lot, Mack...
The Seattle Times
Texas reports 2,473 new coronavirus cases Friday
AUSTIN, Texas — State health officials on Friday reported 2,473 new coronavirus cases and 51 new deaths in Texas.The number of infections and hospitalizations in the state continues to climb, placing a growing strain on hospital capacity and staffing, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.Friday’s numbers depart from a sharp upward trend in newly reported infections. The state reported record-breaking infection numbers on two days within the last weekThe record for new daily cases — 14,648 — was set on Wednesday. Before that, the record, 13,998 cases, was set on Tuesday.On...
Dallas woman was reinfected with COVID-19 after 4 months. 'You're absolutely not immune'
FORT WORTH, Texas — Meredith McKee rushed to the hospital in June after taking her blood pressure at a CVS pharmacy and seeing it was dangerously high. The emergency room staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital admitted her but insisted on testing for COVID-19.“I laughed at the team and said I had already had it,” said McKee, a 45-year-old Dallas resident. “There’s no way I could have COVID again.”But the test proved her wrong.“I didn’t have any symptoms other than high blood pressure,” she said. “If it wasn’t for the second test, I would have never known.”McKee was first diagnosed with CO...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
To detect pneumonia in COVID-19 patients, these doctors use ultrasound
PHILADELPHIA — Like any physician, Ryan Gibbons learned in medical school how to listen to a patient’s lungs with a stethoscope.But in the emergency department at Temple University Hospital, he never carries one — despite having evaluated the lungs of hundreds of COVID-19 patients since April.Instead, he opts for ultrasound: the same technology used to look inside the womb of a pregnant woman.In a new study, he and colleagues at Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine found that a portable ultrasound device was highly effective in identifying which patients suffered from pneumonia, a common com...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Study confirms COVID-19 is rare in kids, but more severe among children of color
A huge study of pediatric patients across the country found only 4% were infected with the new coronavirus, and the vast majority of those cases were mild or asymptomatic.The study, led by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, quantifies and confirms — but doesn’t attempt to explain — one of the biggest mysteries of the pandemic: Why an infection that has so far killed more than 1.3 million people worldwide is uncommon and mostly harmless in children.For the analysis, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers at CHOP and six other U.S. children’s hospitals reviewed electronic health ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pennsylvania nursing homes in line to be shielded from COVID-19 lawsuits
Pennsylvania lawmakers on Friday passed a coronavirus liability shield for nursing homes, hospitals, and a collection of other businesses, providing protection from lawsuits long sought by the chronically underfunded long-term care industry as it struggles to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.The legislation, decried by advocates for the elderly, would eliminate liability for damages or personal injury related to COVID-19 unless gross negligence, recklessness, willful misconduct, or intentional harm can be shown “by clear and convincing evidence.”Rep. John Hershey, a Republican from central...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
As the coronavirus spreads in nursing homes, West Seattle facility reports a deadly outbreak
SEATTLE — As the novel coronavirus strikes a record number of nursing homes and assisted living centers in Washington, a large facility in Seattle is experiencing a growing outbreak.As of Friday, 13 residents and 11 staff members at [Providence Mount St\. Vincent](The outbreak began Nov. 8, when a single resident was confirmed to be infected, public relations manager Colleen Farrell said Saturday in an email.Across the state, 339 long-term care facilities have at least one active case of the virus — a [record number](“I’m very worried about our long-term care facilities,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin,...
The Seattle Times
'No beds anywhere': Hospitals strained to limit by COVID-19
MINNEAPOLIS — One walk through Regions Hospital’s COVID-19 intensive care unit reveals the scope of the medical crisis emerging from a fast-spreading pandemic.Sixteen sliding glass doors are all closed, and behind each lies a patient struggling to breathe. Almost all are on ventilators because their lungs are too weak to work on their own. Clear tubes carry oxygen into their throats and chests, which mechanically rise and fall as their bodies lie still.On this Thursday morning, 28 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care, with 12 spilling beyond the designated unit to areas designed for heart p...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Gov. Parson considering deploying National Guard to help Missouri's hospitals
ST. LOUIS — State and local officials, scrambling to prepare for an overwhelming surge of COVID-19 patients, are in talks to stem the tide, including options such as building a field hospital, canceling all but the most urgent medical procedures and deploying the Missouri National Guard to relieve health care staffing shortages.Hospital leaders are even discussing how to choose which patients to serve first when resources are limited.They hope it never reaches that point, the chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, Dr. Alex Garza, said on Friday. But task force projections sho...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch