I wonder if wearing a mask will be a social requirement soon...
Three homeless shelters operated by Union Gospel Mission closed Saturday because of COVID-19.
Two hundred seventy people are now in quarantine inside the shelters that are closed.
It is not clear whether those quarantined inside the shelter also be quarantined from each other.They’ll be there for the next 14 days.
Today, Gov. Jay Inslee highlighted the closing of homeless shelters as a necessary safeguard to stop COVID-19.
they are ASKING to let there sick go to the hospital? thats a damn AIRCRAFT CARRIER, probably a whole battle group with it. they have more firepower than almost every country on earth, hell with asking, tell them your bringing in your people or else,“We are not at war,” the captain of the carrier Theodore Roosevelt wrote. “Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our sailors.”www.nytimes.com
Captain of Aircraft Carrier Pleads for Help as Virus Cases Increase Onboard
“We are not at war,” the captain of the carrier Theodore Roosevelt wrote. “Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our sailors.”
The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt arriving in Vietnam this month.Credit...EPA, via Shutterstock
By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Helene Cooper
WASHINGTON — The captain of an American aircraft carrier deployed to the Pacific Ocean has pleaded with the Pentagon for more help as a coronavirus outbreak aboard his ship continues to spread, officials said Tuesday. Military officials say dozens of sailors have been infected.
- March 31, 2020Updated 7:13 p.m. ET
In a four-page letter dated Monday, first reported by The San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday, Capt. Brett E. Crozier laid out the dire situation unfolding aboard the warship, the Theodore Roosevelt, which has more than 4,000 crew members. He described what he said were the Navy’s failures to provide him with the proper resources to combat the virus by moving sailors off the vessel.
“We are not at war,” Captain Crozier wrote. “Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our sailors.”
The carrier is currently docked in Guam.
Thomas B. Modly, the acting Navy secretary, told CNN in an interview that the Navy was working to move sailors off the ship — but that there were not enough beds in Guam to accommodate the entire crew.
“We’re having to talk to the government there to see if we can get some hotel space, create some tent-type facilities there,” Mr. Modly said. “We’re doing it in a very methodical way because it’s not the same as a cruise ship.”
Speaking to reporters Tuesday night, the commander of the Pacific Fleet, Adm. John C. Aquilino, said that “we’re welcoming feedback” regarding the requests outlined by Captain Crozier.
Admiral Aquilino said that crew members would be rotated off the carrier for testing and quarantine before returning aboard. The intent, he said, was to keep the ship ready to carry out its missions. He said that no crew members had been hospitalized thus far, but he declined to specify the number of infections.
On Monday, Trump told reporters at the White House press briefing that “Russia sent us a very, very large planeload of things, medical equipment, which was very nice.”There is no alternative to acting together in the spirit of partnership and mutual assistance.
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President Trump reiterated in his daily press conference at the White House that while the federal government was eager to help, states had been responsible for lacking necessary supplies.Now, many California hospitals are being forced to ration their inadequate supply of N95 masks, and hospitals are rushing to rent ventilators in anticipation of a severe shortage as COVID-19 caseloads grow.
At its height, the state’s stockpile held more than 50 million N95 respirators, but without continued funding, that supply dwindled. Some were used during California’s wildfires and not replaced, and others went past their expiration date. As the coronavirus arrived in California, that supply was down to 21 million.
What exactly happened to the 2,400 ventilators isn’t clear. Several dealers who buy and sell used medical equipment said they recall many of California’s ventilators ended up being resold by hospitals and nursing homes to other dealers, who then likely shipped them out of the United States.
Stopped reading after that ridiculous statement.
We are seeing it here on the North Slope. Between low oil prices and the Covid19, CCI sent home 73 non essential workers. Ice Services closed its Kitchen at point Thompson and sent about 30 home. Oil Search, is curtailing activity. Two drilling rigs from Conoco are being cold stacked, I think, 4 more rigs up here are going into warm shut down for a undetermined amount of time. That’s just what I have heard the last few days. Plus we have a case of corona virus up here confirmed positive that has one of the bigger players, I won’t say who at this point, their entire camp is on lock down.
I second this. I used to buy my seeds from this company when we lived in Alaska. They do very well in cool climates
The Spanish government last week withdrew 8,000 orders of rapid testing kits from China because of inaccurate results, according to media reports. Some other countries, including the Philippines and the Czech Republic, have also reportedly claimed that some Chinese-made testing kits are inaccurate.
However, probing into these incidents also revealed that foreign procurement agents and officials failed to follow specific instructions released by Chinese authorities. In the case of the Czech Republic, local health officials did not follow instructions on how to use the testing kits.
The Spanish government purchased the testing kits in question from a company called Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology. But the Chinese Embassy in Spain said that the company was not approved by Chinese authorities and was not included on a list of 12 suppliers the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) provided to Spanish officials.
Bioeasy also said in a statement on Friday that Spanish health workers probably have not followed instructions provided by the company in collecting testing samples.
An insider close to the matter told the Global Times on Monday that the intermediary for the purchase had contacted several manufacturers in China but decided to buy from the Shenzhen-based firm because it was the first to respond.
“Such incidents reflect an eagerness of foreign companies and governments to seek medical supplies in order to meet growing domestic demand, however, some have been so anxious in inking orders that they sometimes ignore strict quality control procedures,” said the insider, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
After muttering about “irregular sales activities” of ventilators, thermometers, and their components that might lead to more complaints about quality, the Global Times complained about an alleged “ideologically driven bias toward everything associated with China” and blamed foreign officials for “politicizing” the coronavirus epidemic.That was also the case with the incident in the Philippines, where officials claimed that some Chinese-made testing kits produced inaccurate results.
As the whole world urgently buys from China, omissions may still occur even under tightened Chinese management. China is making active efforts to supply products to relevant countries out of great goodwill. The importers should also deal with disputes with reciprocal goodwill. If public opinion in relevant countries makes a big deal of the quality disputes, this could easily be seen as deliberate provocation by the Chinese public.
It’s hoped countries import medical products from reputable Chinese companies. As far as the Global Times knows, some foreign governments are reluctant to choose importers from the list of trustworthy companies recommended by Chinese embassies, worrying there may be State-owned enterprises. Instead, they are more willing to directly contact Chinese companies themselves. They shouldn’t make rush decisions in case they purchase inferior products from disqualified companies, triggering a public opinion spat and disrupting epidemic control cooperation.
Writing at the Washington Times on Monday, Spain-based commentator Jorge Gonzalez-Gallarza Hernandez granted that Spain and the European Union might have ordered supplies from China in too much haste, without properly vetting the suppliers, and Spanish officials have not handled the ensuing controversy well, but noted both Chinese corporate and government officials have also been evasive in responding to quality complaints.China has controlled the epidemic situation mainly by relying on its own produced medical materials. The Chinese products are undoubtedly reliable. Otherwise, there wouldn’t have been so many countries placing orders with China. If there is any problem, let’s solve it together.
aww, but the take away is that the virus will take years, instead of just months, to change to a form that is different enough to escape vaccines, or herd immunity, and that is a GOOD thing--- Of course, we have no vaccine yet, but that is just a small detail.... assuming he is correct, and all that jazz.Is it just me, or does the world look infinitely worse with, because of, these charts?
That's a really good point. I drove around town the other day (didn't leave the car) to see how busy different stores were. The Superwalmart was as crowded as Christmastime. I was appalled, but now factoring in that they are open less than half the hours they are usually open, it makes a little more sense (not much sense, people really should not be out shopping, but maybe some of that crowd would've shopped at a different hour if they were open then).if you close walmart and Costco, where do you expect people to get food?
the number of people in those stores increased, because they cut there hours, I would be going at 3 am, to avoid people. but now I cant, same number of people a day are going there, just less hours for them to do that
Subsequent to the publication of the initial results, the IHME model has been updated with the most recent data provided by departments of health in the 50 states and the District of Columbia every 24 hours. “The model was most recently updated at 6 a.m. Pacific, March 31, 2020,” Healthdata.org reported.Compared to licensed capacity and average annual occupancy rates, excess demand from COVID-19 at the peak of the pandemic in the second week of April is predicted to be 64,175 (95% UI 7,977 to 251,059) total beds and 17,309 (95% UI 2,432 to 57,584) ICU beds. At the peak of the pandemic, ventilator use is predicted to be 19,481 (95% UI 9,767 to 39,674). The date of peak excess demand by state varies from the second week of April through May. We estimate that there will be a total of 81,114 deaths (95% UI 38,242 to 162,106) from COVID-19 over the next 4 months in the US. Deaths from COVID-19 are estimated to drop below 10 deaths per day between May 31 and June (emphasis added.)
These 22 states will have sufficient regular hospital bed capacity but insufficient ICU hospital bed capacity, according to the model’s most recent projections:Alabama, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Wyoming.
These 15 states and the District of Columbia will not have sufficient regular hospital bed or ICU hospital bed capacity, according to the model’s most recent projections:Arkansas, Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The IHME model appears to have some volatility within state level projections.Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Tennessee.
Yep. The older folks are staying home and sheltering in place. The millenials and younger are flaunting their 'immortality' by ignoring the warnings. Some of that arrogance is the fault of the early on reports that this is an 'old-age' disease; but even so, had that been accurate (which its being proven is not), they should've sheltered in place to protect the older members of their cities. They didn't, they couldn't care less, and now they're getting sick. ETA: I don't wish this horrible disease on anyone, even stupid kids who flaunt the rules. I'm sorry for all those kids for essentially being kids and now paying a horrible price.The uptick in cases in the younger adults is probably due to their propensity in joining crowds at the beach, parties, concerts, etc.
Their inherit belief in their invulnerable is their downfall.
You cannot cure young adult stupidity.
I think it is STEVE SOLOMON'S Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times that talks about what to grow for the biggest caloric buck, how to grow them, extend seasons etc. IIRC the five go to crops for such a scenario are: beans, potatoes, corns, squash and eggs? Or it might be Carol Depps' The Resilient Gardener who discusses it. Either, or both, are good sources if one is just coming to a view that they may need to provide for themselves nutritionally.If you have the room in your garden or on your property, you might want to include several winter staples. Winter Squash, Rutabagas, Parsnips, Carrots, turnips, Winter Storage Onions, potatoes, etc.
Open Pollinated seeds have become much tighter with the online suppliers I use, but by buying what they have you can piece out an entire garden that will give you summer eats fresh and process (can, dehydrate, Freeze) for winter. 50-day Green beans being one of the best because in most areas of the country you can get two pickings off each planting and do two plantings. Many things are sold out for the season at one source, but with searching on the internet can be found from another.
Don't forget the herbs! A good selection of herbs can be easily dried and stored (small Ball jars with lids, plastic tubs, freezer bags, small bottles with tight lids, etc.) and they will make a boring winter meal much tastier.
Canning jars and lids are very short in my AO, but you can still pick them up by checking several sources. Worst case you can buy them on the internet but the shipping cost will be a killer.
Canning equipment (pressure canners, racks, tools) is short in my AO as well, but that usually sells out around here in a good year, no telling what happens this year.
They told the public you shouldn't buy masks because masks don't work. On February 29th, the U.S. surgeon general tweeted this: "Seriously, people stop buying masks. They are not effective in preventing the general public from catching coronavirus. But if healthcare providers can't get them to care for sick patients, he puts them and our communities at risk."Look, we understand there's a shortage of masks. We understand only certain people should get them because it's a triage moment. We get it.
bet his father slapped the crap out of him,
28 Austin spring breakers test positive for COVID-19 after Mexico trip
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 1:36PM
AUSTIN, Texas -- Twenty-eight spring breakers who recently went on a trip to Mexico are self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus, according to the Austin Public Health Department.
Health officials said a group of about 70 students in their 20s took a chartered plane to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico about a week and a half ago.
A total of 28 students have tested positive for the virus and dozens more are under a public health investigation. The county said four of the confirmed cases did not present any symptoms
Austin Public Health and UT Health Austin and University Health Services have made contact with every spring breaker onboard the plane. Some students in the group returned on separate commercial flights.
Mexico, at the time of the group's trip, was not under a federal travel advisory.
"A leisure vacation of any kind is not considered essential," said health officials. "Figures show nearly half of those testing positive for COVID-19 in Austin-Travis County are between the ages of 20 and 40."
Earlier this month, despite warnings to avoid crowds, some people decided to party anyway during spring break in Port Aransas.
The crowds were captured on video.
On South Padre Island, spring breakers also refused to cancel their plans even though the mayor declared a state of emergency.
Spring breaker who partied despite coronavirus warnings apologizesThe high school grad who said last week, "If I get corona, I get corona," is now telling people not to be arrogant like he was.abc13.com
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 6:49AM
MIAMI, Florida (KTRK) -- A spring breaker who received national attention after appearing to shrug off coronavirus warnings about social distancing has apologized.
Brady Sluder said in a now-viral video last week, "If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I'm not going to let it stop me from partying. We've been waiting for Miami spring break for a while."
But Sluder has now posted a public apology on Instagram for his comments.
"I would like to sincerely apologize for the insensitive comment I made in regards to COVID-19 while on spring break," he wrote. He also said he "wasn't aware" of the severity of his actions.
"Listen to your communities. Life is precious. Don't be arrogant and think you're invincible like myself," he said, adding he has "elderly people who I adore more than anything in the world and other family members who are at risk, and I understand how concerning this disease is for us all."
The apology comes after spring breakers in Florida and Texas alike received backlash for partying in large crowds on the beaches.
Since then, many cities and states have issued stay-at-home orders.
If you search the thread, I posted a report from a doctor who suggested being in a reclining position when you suck on the zinc lozenge so it coats the back of your throat more. Of course, be careful not to choke on it.CM,
I use Ziacam in my nose and mouth and it will be absorbed. You could also melt zinc tabs under your tongue.
Stock up now with zinc lozenges. These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY “cold-like” symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx. Cold-Eeze lozenges is one brand available, but there are other brands available.
Why go to a park to eat? I love eating in my van. Then i can read the newspaper or book, and then take a nap. Can't do that in a park.Essential businesses like grocery stores and cafes will need to come up with an official social distance plansf.eater.com
As expected, the current shelter-in-place order for the Bay Area has been extended for nearly a month, and with it comes new regulations for the restaurants and grocery stores still in operation during the pandemic.
According to a joint announcement from the six participating counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara, as well as the city of Berkeley (which operates its own Department of Public Health), the new end date for the order is Sunday, May 3 — a change from the Friday, May 1 extension that was previously touted, and a far cry from the initial April 7 end date.
Also new are restrictions on businesses termed essential that are therefore allowed to remain open. Under the new order (here’s Santa Clara’s, the language other than the county name is the same for all), which goes into effect as of 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, restaurants may remain open for takeout and delivery as they have been since the initial order on March 16.
However, now those places — as well as grocery and food stores, which are also allowed to remain open — must prepare and post a “Social Distancing Protocol,” using this document as a template. As part of that plan, businesses must post signs at each public entrance “to inform all employees and customers that they should: avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever; maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another; sneeze and cough into a cloth or tissue or, if not available, into one’s elbow; and not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact.”
Another new development is a per-person limit on “goods that are selling out quickly,” such as grocery store staples like beans. Stores are asked to place “per-person limits” on those items, with the goal of reducing crowds and lines. Stores must also “post an employee at the door to ensure that the maximum number of customers in the facility...is not exceeded.”
Finally, there are formal codifications of procedures most places are (one hopes) already following: For example, restaurants and grocery stores (as well as other businesses that might have lines) must now place “tape or other markings at least six feet apart in customer line areas inside the store and on sidewalks at public entrances with signs directing customers to use the markings to maintain distance.” And now it’s official: The new rules say that stores and restaurants may not allow “customers to bring their own bags, mugs, or other reusable items from home.”
Every restaurant, grocery store, and other Bay Area essential business must fill out and display this document is 11:59 p.m. on April 2, 2020, the order reads, and business owners must be ready and able to show “evidence of its implementation to any authority enforcing this Order upon demand,” which means that restaurants must prove to officials that even in tight quarters like kitchens, the six-foot rule is being officially observed.
Finally, don’t assume that you can grab some takeout and enjoy it during a nice, socially distant meal at a local park. As part of the new order, all “playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas” have been closed to the public.
“What we need now, for the health of all our communities, is for people to stay home,” San Francisco Department of Public Health head Dr. Grant Colfax said via statement. “Even though it has been difficult, the Bay Area has really stepped up to the challenge so far, and we need to reaffirm our commitment. We need more time to flatten the curve, to prepare our hospitals for a surge, and to do everything we can to minimize the harm that the virus causes to our communities.”
I made a bunch of raised gardens years ago. I used thin pvc pipe and hooped it over the garden like 4 of them. I just pushed the ends into the dirt. Stayed good. Then covered with plastic held down by stones or clothes pins. Cut a small window in it for when it got too hot. Got lots of weeds now. Don't garden anymore. Too hard at my age.Could you consider hoop gardening to extend your season? This is a method of covering the garden over hoops when needed. I have seen articles about people using this method in Alaska for a longer season.