Chaos, inconsistency Marks the launch of the Drive-thru Virus – NBC Los Angeles test

Drive-thru sites have been opened in the United States to make testing the new coronavirus faster and safer. But just like the rest of the United States’ response to the pandemic, the system has been characterized by inconsistencies, delays and shortcomings. Many people who have symptoms and a doctor’s order have waited hours or days for a test.

More than a week after President Donald Trump promised that states and retail stores such as Walmart and CVS would open drive-through test centers, few sites are active and are not yet open to the public. Some states are leaving the test sector open to the private sector; others are coordinating efforts through state health departments.

Patients complained that they had to jump through bulky red tape and wait for days to get tested, then wait even longer for a result. The test centers were opened in some places to be closed shortly afterwards due to the shortage of supplies and staff. And while the drive-through test centers that have been opened are generally sorted, in some there have been long lines.

The slow increase in COVID-19 tests and the unpredictable nature of the system make it difficult for public health officials to track the spread of the disease and bring it under control.

“We need to do more extensive testing to fully understand the scale of the public health situation we are facing,” said Joseph Wendelken, a spokesman for the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Dr Brett Giroir, the federal health officer in charge of overseeing the tests, said on Saturday at a White House briefing that approximately 195,000 people have so far been tested in the United States. This figure does not include some people who have been tested in private laboratories.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness can take anywhere from three weeks to six weeks to recover.

Drive-through test sites have sprung up in places in over 30 states: in state parks and parking lots, near medical centers and universities, the Mississippi state fairgrounds, and near where the Jacksonville Jaguars play. The governor of Maryland last week ordered the stopping of vehicle emission inspection programs across the state, so that the offices could be used as drive-thru centers to test the virus.

But as of Friday, there were no open drive-through tests available in Maryland inspection centers.

The Utah health department said it is not responsible for the sites and is not monitoring them. The North Carolina health director said the state is leaving the tests to the private sector and declined to say how many sites there are. In contrast, in Rhode Island, health organizations manage the sites in collaboration with the state health department.

On Thursday, cars lined up for more than a mile outside a hospital in Houston when the first drive-through test site was opened. U.S. representative Sheila Jackson Lee said she administered fewer than 200 tests in the first six hours.

Elsewhere, at various sites visited by Associated Press reporters, the scenes were well controlled and sometimes quite silent.

Dozens of people waiting by car in a downtown Homestead, Florida on Wednesday waited for their turn to speak with a screener who was wearing a suit and mask and carrying notes. Some were apparently removed. Others were stirred, checked their temperatures, and swabbed for the samples.

But the shortage of supply has stopped the thrusters in several states, including Colorado, New Mexico, Virginia, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, North Carolina and Utah. A Las Vegas site was shut down because it didn’t have enough workers.

New York state opened several centers with great fanfare on Tuesday. By Friday, however, the New York City health department issued a warning saying that only people requesting hospitalization should be tested, due to a shortage of protective equipment such as face masks. Drive-thru sites in New York State remain open, but only to people who meet certain criteria.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said he had asked the federal government for additional test kits and supplies, but the state received a warning Thursday that all of its requests for drive-through test pods and test kits “are undefined arrears, without any estimate of a timeline for delivery. “

“This is our unfortunate Nevada reality. It depends on us, “he said.

The sites themselves are dotted with tents and traffic cones. The most important features are medical personnel who wear masks, gloves and protective vests or other clothing. They take nose and throat swabs from people sitting in their cars or help people get in for the test.

Some states have only one drive-thru site. Montana’s only site is in Billings, the largest city in the state. Others have a dozen.

Security guards have been reported on many sites, but an AP survey of states did not reveal any security concerns. In Rhode Island, the National Guard was on hand to set up the state’s three drive-thru sites and even to buffer patients.

The vast network of drive-thru sites in retail chains that Trump claimed was coming over a week ago has not materialized yet. CVS has opened a site in Massachusetts that defines a “test model”. Walmart launched two sites on Sunday and Walgreens said it will launch one, all three in Illinois. Only healthcare professionals and first responders are allowed, and Walmart said that a maximum of 150 tests per day could be performed on its federal sites.

The patchwork of approaches has caused confusion for patients. Caroline Mauldin was sentenced to get tested by her doctor in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday after suffering from pain and chills for several days.

To make an appointment at a center in a medical center, she had to fill out a long online questionnaire and spent two days calling a number that went to voicemail and did not answer messages. He resorted to tweets in the hospital several times just to get things going.

Finally, on Thursday, he had an appointment for Monday. And she was told that the results would not return until after 4-5 days. The visit will cost you $ 25, he said. Complicating things, he doesn’t have a car and has to borrow it from a friend.

“Here we have a lot of older, low-income people who don’t have Internet access and who don’t have access to transportation. And since they’re the highest risk population, how are we testing for them?” She asked.

In urban areas such as New York and Philadelphia, some sites offer “walk-up” dating for people without cars.

At the Penn Medicine test site in West Philadelphia, two security agents were late on Thursday to make sure that people arriving by car or on foot had an appointment. For about 40 minutes that evening, the line of cars never grew to more than six or seven. But Patricia Sullivan, Penn Medicine’s quality manager, said every morning last week, 25-35 cars were lined up and six or seven standing patients were 6 feet apart on a porch waiting to be seen.

The 20 sites in Greater Philadelphia are testing around 1,000 people a day, but that hasn’t eliminated pent-up demand.

Rosanne Tanner’s 79-year-old mother has been suffering from fever and chest pain since returning from a visit to Tanner’s brother and wife, who had recently been on a cruise ship.

His doctor ordered a test on Tuesday, but when he tried to make an appointment at a drive-through site in a hospital outside of Philadelphia, he was told that “they are overloaded, they are bogged down,” Tanner said.

Medical staff told her that they are scheduling 15 minutes apart, so there are no bottlenecks on the test site.

Finally on Thursday his mother made sure of an appointment for the following Tuesday. Then, he will have to wait another five days for a result.

“The delay in these tests is putting people at risk,” said Tanner.

In Rhode Island, state officials said they are testing 100 to 200 people per day at all test sites, including three drive thrusters.

Governor Gina Raimondo said they want to perform 500 to 600 a day, but they don’t have the supplies they need.

“It is our top priority to reach a place where everyone who needs it can be tested and you will get results very quickly,” said Raimondo during a press conference held on Facebook Live on Friday on Friday. “So if you’re positive, we can quarantine you.”

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Associate press writers Michelle L. Price in Las Vegas, Lynne Sladky in Homestead, Florida, Claudia Lauer in Philadelphia, Chris Ehrmann in Hartford, Connecticut, Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City and Jonathan Drew in Raleigh, North Carolina and Anne D ‘Innocenzio and Mike Sisak in New York contributed to this report.

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Cases reported in Piedmont

COVID-19 cases in the Piedmontese Triad continue to develop while tests continue throughout North Carolina. State officials are reporting: Alamance County has two positive coronavirus cases David County has one positive coronavirus case David County has one positive coronavirus case Fortyth County has 12 positive coronavirus cases has seven cases coronavirus positives. Two patients tested positive for COVID-19, who were visited in the outpatient clinics of Wake Forest Baptist Health, according to an internal staff email. “” Dr. Julie Ann Freischlag said in the email. “We must continue to remain calm, reassure our patients and others and carefully follow hand hygiene and other safety protocols.” The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has confirmed positive coronavirus cases. Davie County has confirmed its first positive coronavirus case. The Davie County Department of Health is investigating to prevent further spread. Four new positive coronavirus cases in Foryth County were confirmed on Saturday. The cases were studied to identify whether they are associated with travel, close contacts or community spread, according to Forsyth County. A positive coronavirus case was confirmed in Alamance County on Saturday. The individual was isolated while tests were pending and will remain isolated for the duration of the disease, according to Alamance County. The individual has not traveled outside of North Carolina and has no known contacts with a previous case, officials said. Elon University has confirmed that a student who was studying abroad in Europe has tested positive for COVID-19. The student returned home and did not return to campus. The university is not releasing further details on student travel at this time. The steps to prevent COVID-19 transmission are similar to the steps to prevent other respiratory diseases such as flu. These steps include: • Wash your hands often with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds each time. • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. • Avoid close contact with sick people. • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing • Do not reuse tissues after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched • Stay at home in case of malaise. In case of fever, cough and breathing difficulties, consult a doctor but call in advance.

COVID-19 cases in the Piedmontese triad continue to develop while tests continue throughout North Carolina.

State health officials are reporting:

  • Alamance County has two positive cases of coronavirus
  • Davidson County has a positive coronavirus case
  • Davie County has a positive coronavirus case
  • County Forsyth has 12 positive coronavirus cases
  • County Guilford has seven positive coronavirus cases

Two patients tested positive for the COVID-19 test who were visited in the outpatient clinics of Wake Forest Baptist Health, according to an internal staff email.

“The staff of those clinics wore appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for those patients,” said Dr. Julie Ann Freischlag in the email. “We must continue to remain calm, reassure our patients and others and carefully follow hand hygiene and other safety protocols.”

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has confirmed positive coronavirus cases.

Davie County has confirmed its first positive coronavirus case. The Davie County Department of Health is investigating to prevent further spread.

Four new positive coronavirus cases in Foryth County were confirmed on Saturday.

The cases were studied to identify whether they are associated with travel, close contacts or community spread, according to Forsyth County.

A positive coronavirus case was confirmed Saturday in Alamance County.

The individual was isolated while tests were pending and will remain isolated for the duration of the disease, according to Alamance County.

The individual has not traveled outside of North Carolina and has no known contacts with a previous case, officials said.

Elon University has confirmed that a student who was studying abroad in Europe has tested positive for COVID-19. The student returned home and did not return to campus. The university is not releasing further details on student travel at this time.

The steps to prevent COVID-19 transmission are similar to the steps to prevent other respiratory diseases such as flu. These steps include:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds each time.

• Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with sick people.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a folded handkerchief or elbow when you cough or sneeze.

• Do not reuse tissues after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

• Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

• Stay home if you are not feeling well. In case of fever, cough and breathing difficulties, consult a doctor but call in advance.

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Reports that U.S. Republican Senators unloaded shares before coronavirus market crash triggers resignation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two Republican senators addressed requests for resignation on Friday, media reports reported that they sold substantial stocks before the global coronavirus-induced market crash after receiving private information about the outbreak.

Unoccupied chairs and tables remain outside a closed cafeteria in the Dirksen Senate office building, ahead of a Senate lunch meeting on the response to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Washington, USA, 19 March 2020. REUTERS / Tom Brenner

Senate Intelligence Committee President Richard Burr sold between $ 628,000 and $ 1.7 million on February 13, in 33 separate transactions, after offering public guarantees the government was ready to fight the virus, according to the non-profit investigative journalism group ProPublica.

Burr’s committee received daily updates on the outbreak.

Two weeks after the sale of the shares, the North Carolina republican told a lunch on Capitol Hill that the coronavirus was much more aggressive in its transmission “than anything we’ve seen in recent history,” according to a National Public record Radio.

The comments preceded the huge sell-off on Wall Street.

On Friday, Burr released a statement claiming that he had relied only on public news to guide his decision on the sale of shares on February 13.

“Understanding the assumption that many could do in hindsight, I spoke to the president of the Senate ethics committee this morning and asked him to open a full review of the issue in full transparency,” said Burr.

Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler sold $ 1.28 million to $ 3.1 million in shares from January 24 through mid February in 29 transactions, two of which were acquired, according to The Daily Beast. The report says sales started on the day his health committee hosted a private coronavirus briefing for senators.

Loeffler wrote on Twitter overnight that she was informed of the transactions three weeks after they occurred.

“This is a ridiculous and baseless attack. I don’t make investment decisions for my portfolio. Investment decisions are made by multiple third-party consultants without my husband’s knowledge or involvement, “she said.

But early Friday, critics on both sides of the political spectrum asked both lawmakers to consider resigning.

‘STOMACH-churning’

Burr, who is in his third term as senator, said he will not seek re-election in 2022. Loeffler – who was appointed to his post by the Republican governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, after Johnny Isakson’s resignation – is running for re-election to complete the remaining two years of Isakson’s term.

“It is heartbreaking that the first thoughts these senators had at a terrible and confidential #COVID briefing were how to profit from this crisis. They did not mobilize to help families or prepare for the response. They dumped shares, “tweeted Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The hashtag “#COVID” referred to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.

Tucker Carlson, a conservative Fox News commentator, told his viewers Thursday evening: “Maybe there is an honest explanation for what (Burr) has done. If there is, he should immediately share it with all of us. Otherwise, he must resign from the Senate and be accused of insider trading. ”

The controversy escalated as senators on both sides had to meet with Trump administration officials to try to devise a bailout for an economy that rebelled against the coronavirus after Republicans had made an opening offer for $ 1 trillion dollars.

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The massive Republican package unveiled on Thursday includes checks of up to $ 1,200 each for many Americans and hundreds of billions of dollars in loans for small businesses and industries. It would also allow Americans to vent their income tax filing until July. They normally expire on April 15th.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell promised that the Senate would not update until he took action and sent a measure to the Democratically-led House of Representatives, but the vote was likely missing a few days.

The Democrats said they were ready to speak but also wary, noting that they had not been involved in drafting the plan.

Reporting by Doina Chiacu, Susan Cornwell, Richard Cowan, Susan Heavey, David Morgan and Patricia Zengerle; Written by David Morgan and Patricia Zengerle; Curated by Jonathan Oatis

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North Carolina exceeds 100 cases of COVID-19

More than 100 COVID-19 cases have been reported throughout North Carolina, while cases in the Piedmontese Triad continue to develop. Health officials reported on Thursday that there are at least eight known cases in the region since the state budget has circumvented 100 incidents. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is still reporting 97 cases, but counties across the state have reported new information which brings the total number of COVID-19 cases to 128. More information about coronavirus in North Carolina Latest Information, Useful Resources in North Carolina National Coronavirus Updates As of 9:30 pm, Mecklenberg County has reported that total cases have increased from 1pm to 8pm. Here is a breakdown of the latest numbers reported by each county . Brunswick County – 1Cabarrus County – 1Chatham County – 3Craven County – 1Davidson County – 1Durham County – 35Harnett County – 4Hoke County -1Forsyth County – 5Gaston County – 1Guilford County – 3Iredell County – 2Johnston County – 2Lincoln County – 1Mecklenberg County – 32Moore County – 32Moore County – 1 Campson County – 1 Oslow County (Camp Lejeune) – 1 Union County – 1 Wakeuga County – 25 Wugauga County – 2 Wayne County – 1 Wilson County – 2 Three Forsyth County residents, together with a Davidson County resident and another Guilford County resident tested positive for COVID-19. The latest Guilford case concerns a patient who recently traveled to New York with his family, officials said. health. The patient began to experience symptoms on their return and presented to a local supplier where they were tested and confirmed positive for COVID-19. The patient and his family members are self-isolated right now. “We are evaluating each case we receive,” said Dr. Iulia Vann, Guilford County Provisional Director of Public Health. “Through systematic follow-up, we can track contacts in positive cases and notify people who were within a meter and a half of the individual for more than 10 minutes, whom we would consider close contact. We understand that these are difficult times for the community and we must all continue to work together to overcome these difficulties. “The director of public health of Forsyth County gave a briefing at 2:00 pm. Thursday at the start of the meeting of the County Council Commissioners in Winston-Salem, the COVID-19 helpline of the County Department of Public Health Fortyth can be reached at (336) 582-0800. According to the latest direction from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Forsyth County Department of Public Health has gone from routine inspections to restaurants and bars. to visiting establishments that continue to operate for the purpose of providing education and guidance. Claims inspections will continue normally, health officials said. In Davidson County, health department officials said the case was the first. to have been tested in the lab positively. The last two weeks, Davidson County officials said. Last Wednesday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said that “based on the growing number of cases in our state and national and regional trends, we believe that community transmission of COVID-19 is currently taking place in communities in Carolina of the North. The steps to prevent COVID-19 transmission are similar to the steps to prevent other respiratory diseases such as flu. These steps include: • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds each time. • Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. • Avoid close contact with sick people. • Cover your mouth and nose with a folded handkerchief or elbow when you cough or sneeze. • Do not reuse tissues after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched. • Stay home if you are not feeling well. In case of fever, cough and breathing difficulties, consult a doctor but call in advance.

More than 100 COVID-19 cases have been reported throughout North Carolina, while cases in the Piedmontese Triad continue to develop.

Health officials reported on Thursday that there are at least eight known cases in the region since the state budget has circumvented 100 incidents.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is still reporting 97 cases, but counties across the state have reported new information that brings the total number of COVID-19 cases to 128.

At 9:30 pm, Mecklenberg County reported that the total of its cases went from 13 to 32. Here is a breakdown of the latest numbers reported by each county.

  • Brunswick County – 1
  • Cabarrus County – 1
  • Chatham County – 3
  • Craven County – 1
  • Davidson County – 1
  • Durham County – 35
  • Harnett County – 4
  • Hoke County -1
  • Forsyth County – 5
  • Gaston County – 1
  • Guilford County – 3
  • Iredell County – 2
  • Johnston County – 2
  • Lincoln County – 1
  • Mecklenberg County – 32
  • Moore County – 1
  • Rowan- County 1
  • Sampson County – 1
  • Onslow County (Camp Lejeune) – 1
  • Union County – 1
  • Wake County – 25
  • Watauga county – 2
  • Wayne County – 1
  • Wilson County – 2

Three Forsyth County residents, along with a Davidson County resident and another Guilford County resident, tested positive for COVID-19.

The latest Guilford county case concerns a patient who recently traveled to New York with his family, health officials said.

The patient started to experience symptoms on their return and presented to a local supplier where they were tested and confirmed positive for COVID-19.

The patient and his family members are self-isolated right now.

“We are evaluating each case we receive,” said Dr Iulia Vann, provisional director of public health in Guilford County. “Through systematic follow-up, we can track contacts in positive cases and notify people who were within six feet of the individual for more than 10 minutes, whom we would consider to be close contact. We understand that these are difficult times for the community and we must all continue to work together to overcome these difficulties. ”

The director of public health of Forsyth County gave a briefing at 2:00 pm. Thursday at the start of the county commissioners’ meeting in Winston-Salem.

COVID-19 helpline from the Forsyth County Department of Public Health can be reached at (336) 582-0800.

According to the latest direction from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Forsyth County Department of Public Health has gone from routine inspections to restaurants and bars to visiting establishments that continue to operate for the purpose of providing education. and orientation.

Inspections for complaints will continue normally, health officials said.

In Davidson County, health department officials said the case was the first to be tested in a positive laboratory.

The individual who tested positive reported traveling outside North Carolina, but within the continental United States, Davidson County officials said over the past two weeks.

On Wednesday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services stated that “based on the growing number of cases in our state and national and regional trends, we believe that the community transmission of COVID-19 is currently taking place in the North Carolina community. ”

The steps to prevent COVID-19 transmission are similar to the steps to prevent other respiratory diseases such as flu. These steps include:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds each time.

• Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with sick people.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a folded handkerchief or elbow when you cough or sneeze.

• Do not reuse tissues after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

• Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

• Stay home if you are not feeling well. In case of fever, cough and breathing difficulties, consult a doctor but call in advance.

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New COVID-19 cases reported in the Piedmontese Triad

Three other Forsyth County residents, along with a Davidson County resident and another Guilford County resident, tested positive for COVID-19 as the state budget reaches nearly 100 cases. County Forsyth Public Health Director held a briefing at 2:00 pm Thursday at the start of the County Council Commissioners meeting in Winston-Salem, COVID-19 helpline of the Fortyth County Department of Public Health. it can be reached at (336) 582-0800. According to the latest direction from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Forsyth County Department of Public Health has gone from routine inspections to restaurants and bars to visiting establishments that continue to operate for the purpose of providing education. and orientation. Inspections for complaints will continue normally, health officials said. In Davidson County, health department officials said the case was the first to have been positively tested in the laboratory. the past two weeks, Davidson County officials said. On Wednesday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services stated that “based on the growing number of cases in our state and national and regional trends, we believe that the community transmission of COVID-19 is currently taking place in the North Carolina community. In Guilford County, health officials said their second case had traveled to Florida with the family during the first week of March. The person began experiencing symptoms on his return from traveling outside the state during the second week of March. The person went to their primary care physician for the test with a subsequent positive confirmation of the COVID-19 test. The person remains isolated, and family members are also in quarantine right now. The steps to prevent COVID-19 transmission are similar to the steps to prevent other respiratory diseases such as flu. These steps include: • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds each time. • Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. • Avoid close contact with sick people. • Cover your mouth and nose with a folded handkerchief or elbow when you cough or sneeze. • Do not reuse tissues after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched. • Stay home if you are not feeling well. In case of fever, cough and breathing difficulties, consult a doctor but call in advance.

Three other Forsyth County residents, along with a Davidson County resident and another Guilford County resident, tested positive for COVID-19 as the state budget reaches nearly 100 cases.

The county health department of Forsyth said new test results lead to five cases.

The director of public health of Forsyth County gave a briefing at 2:00 pm. Thursday at the start of the county commissioners’ meeting in Winston-Salem.

COVID-19 helpline from the Forsyth County Department of Public Health can be reached at (336) 582-0800.

According to the latest direction from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Forsyth County Department of Public Health has gone from routine inspections to restaurants and bars to visiting establishments that continue to operate for the purpose of providing education. and orientation.

Inspections for complaints will continue normally, health officials said.

In Davidson County, health department officials said the case was the first to be tested in a positive laboratory.

The individual who tested positive reported traveling outside North Carolina, but within the continental United States, Davidson County officials said over the past two weeks.

On Wednesday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services stated that “based on the growing number of cases in our state and national and regional trends, we believe that the community transmission of COVID-19 is currently taking place in the North Carolina community. ”

In Guilford County, health officials said their second case had traveled to Florida with the family during the first week of March.

The person began experiencing symptoms on his return from traveling outside the state during the second week of March. The person went to their primary care physician for the test with a subsequent positive confirmation of the COVID-19 test.

The person remains isolated, and family members are also in quarantine right now.

The steps to prevent COVID-19 transmission are similar to the steps to prevent other respiratory diseases such as flu. These steps include:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds each time.

• Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with sick people.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a folded handkerchief or elbow when you cough or sneeze.

• Do not reuse tissues after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

• Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

• Stay home if you are not feeling well. In case of fever, cough and breathing difficulties, consult a doctor but call in advance.

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Coronavirus in Minnesota: COVID-19 home tests soon available from the pair of Eagan – WCCO

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2 Residents of Forsyth County test positive for coronavirus

WATERPROOF CUTS COMING SOON. Their urgency that stops the spread of coronaviro is growing across the world and here in North Carolina. OUR STATE CONTINUES NOW SOME CASES OF THE VIRUS THE LAST CONFIRMED THE LAST NIGHT AND THE WAKE COUNTY EVEN THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NORTH CAROLINA SYSTEM IS MAKING A HUGE CHANGE FOR ALL 17 OF ITS SCHOOLS FROM 20 MARCH OF ALL state universities will move online classes. OR OTHER METHODS OF TEACHING AND THE ANNUAL TRADITION OF THE MOTHER OF MARCH WILL BE MUCH QUIET THIS YEAR BOTH THE CHECE AND THE NCAA CLOSE TOURNAMENT GAMES TO THE PUBLIC TODAY. ALL GAMES WILL STILL BE PLAYED THE FANS SURVIVE THE LAST NIGHT STAND FOR THE SECOND NIGHT OF THE MEN’S ACC TOURNAMENT IN GREENSBORO. IT WAS THE LAST GAME THAT WILL BE OPENED FOR THE FANS OF THIS TOURNAMENT AND THE NCAA PRESIDENT OF THE NCAA ONLY SAID THE ESSENTIAL STAFF AND THE LIMITED FAMILY WILL BE ADMITTED FOR THE NCAA TOURNAMENT AND THE SAME PARTICIPATES IN THE ACCESS THAT HAS BEEN BUCKED. IT’S ABOUT TO BE HARD FOR PLAYERS TO PLAY WITHOUT FAN. WELL, THE MOVEMENT IS IMPACTING COMPANIES, ESPECIALLY SPORTS SPORTS TO COMMERCIAL COMPANIES THAT SELL DURING GAMES OR NEARBY RESTAURANTS CONTAINING THESE FANS. WELL AS THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DECLARES THE COVER IN NINETEEN CORONA VIRUS A GLOBAL PANDEMY THE NUMBER OF USA CASES IS DAILY SOURCE. YES, LET’S START TO SEE OTHER CHANGES TO THE PRESIDENT’S EVERYDAY LIFE. THIS LAST NIGHT. JARRED HILL IS IN OUR WASHINGTON BUREAU WITH DETAILS. YOU KNOW IT FOR THE LONGEST TIME, THIS WAS A WASHED HANDS AND YOU HAVE A GOOD MESSAGE OF HYGIENE AND SOMETHING SOMETHING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT TELL ALL HEALTH CARE AGENTS TO BE MADE STATES OF STATES STATES. THE WHITE HOUSE IS ALSO TAKING ANOTHER STEP TO TRY AND CHECK THIS RESULT MY AMERICANS PRESIDENT TRUMP WEDNESDAY WHO MAKE STEPS TO COMBAT THE NEW VIRUS CORONA PANDEMY. WE ARE CUTTING MASSIVE QUANTITIES OF RED TAPE. ANTIVIRAL THERAPIES AVAILABLE IN THE RECORD TIME TEST. IT WOULD ALSO HAVE BEEN COVERED BY THE INSURANCE THROUGH MORE THAN 1,200 CASES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED IN THE UNITED STATES THE TRUE NUMBER IS STILL UNKNOWN DUE TO A LOWER TEST LINE ON THE BACKLOG. IT IS ABOUT TO BE THINKED AS THE HEAD OF THE NATIONAL HEALTH INSTITUTES PROVIDED FOR MORE TEST HOUSES. THE DEMOCRAPHS HAVE PROVIDED A BILL THAT WILL MAKE IT FREE FOR ALL AND FREE EMERGENCY FUNDS TO REFUND PEOPLE WHO LOSE MONEY BECAUSE THEY CANNOT WORK DURING THE RESULT. TRUMP PRESIDENT HAS ANNOUNCED A NEW TRIP. WE WILL SUSPEND ALL TRAVELS FROM EUROPE TO THE UNITED STATES FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS THE UK EXEMPT BUT THE WHITE HOUSE MORE CLEARLY THE BAND DOES NOT APPLY TO AMERICAN CITIZENS THROUGH THE COUNTRY THE LARGEST CHANGE TO AMERICAN LIFE. FOR THE COVET 19. I DO MY WORK AT THE GAME. So for the moment, I’m happy to have had some money in the bank, the NCAA ban. FOR MADNESS GAMES MARCH AND HOW THE STATES OF EMERGENCY EMERGED FROM THE COAST TO THE WASHINGTON COAST, THE AMERICAN AMICENTER BAND GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 250 IN SOME AREAS. THESE TREATMENTS WILL SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE THE IMPACT AND REACH THE VIRUS TODAY THE CONGRESS WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW IT IS IMPACTING SMALL COMPANIES WITH STAR. I AM CONCERNED THAT MANY OF THESE EVENT CANCELLATIONS ARE ABOUT TO IMPACT THEIR LOWER LINE. PORTING TO WASHINGTON JARRED HILL Well, what was the joke on Monday is not a matter of laughter this Thursday, UTAH. PLAYER JAZZ. RUDY. GOBERT IS NOW CONFIRMED TO BE THE NBA PLAYER WHO CONTRACTS THE CORONAVIRUS ON MONDAY. He was joking after a post-practice interview and touching all the tape recorders that the reporters had been informed of when he didn’t have the viro now, the NBA suspended the season until I made the news. WELL, THE NBA DECISION IS SENDING SHOCK WAVES. OR SPORT ERIC RUCKER IN THE SPORTS WORLD WITH SURPRISED FANS HUNTED AT THE SACRAMENTO KINGS LAST NIGHT GAME. THE MOMENTS BEFORE THE GAME WERE PROPOSED TO BEGIN IT, ALREADY ALREADY DURING DURING THE ECHO OF BOOZE ANNOUNCEMENT THROUGH THE FANS OF A GOLDEN CENTER. HOPE TO SEE A KEY MATCHUP BETWEEN KING AND PELICANS WERE NOT CLEARLY NO. WELL MY OTHER MONEY DURING THE REFUND AND THE WONDER FOR A REFUND OR MORE UNDERSTANDING THIS SERIOUS THING, AND IS BETTER FOR PEOPLE. I think it’s the right thing to do. WELL AFTER TODAY WAKE FOREST BAPTIST HEALTH IS AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE THE EXPERT GIVES AN UPDATE ON RECENT CASES 19 AND THE STATE YOU CAN WATCH. DR. CHRISTOPHER OLDS BRIEFING ON WXII FROM 10:30.

2 Forsyth County residents test for coronavirus, leading North Carolina to 12 cases

Two people in Forsyth County, along with two other people, tested the suspected coronavirus positive as the disease continues to spread across North Carolina, bringing the state total to 12 cases. “We are starting to see our numbers increase,” said Dr. Elizabeth Tilson, North Carolina state health director. “The number of people taking the tests will be a very important thing for us to know when we start moving through mitigation strategies.” For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more serious illness can take three to six weeks to recover. In mainland China, where the virus first exploded, more than 80,000 people have been diagnosed and more than 58,000 have recovered so far. ”

Two people in Forsyth County, along with two other people, tested the suspected coronavirus positive as the disease continues to spread across North Carolina, bringing the state total to 12 cases.

“We are starting to see our numbers increase,” said Dr. Elizabeth Tilson, North Carolina state health director. “The number of people taking the tests will be a very important thing for us to know when we start moving through mitigation strategies.”

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more serious illness can take three to six weeks to recover. In mainland China, where the virus first exploded, more than 80,000 people have been diagnosed and more than 58,000 have recovered so far. “

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Flights canceled, flying half empty on the fears of viruses

As a passenger seated on a budget, perhaps on a flight to Los Angeles or en route to London, the chances of landing a seat that turns into a full line lies somewhere between thin to none.

But the industry has entered an unexplored phase that is perhaps not seen since 9/11 when global air travel plummeted and it took years for airlines to fully recover.

As the coronavirus epidemic spreads around the world, passengers continue to wonder whether to travel abroad. It is a wind against the uncertainty that will probably cost the aviation industry tens of billions of dollars globally.

On Friday, Qantas became the last Australian airline to cut down on the once popular routes between the coronavirus epidemic, including flights to Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Earlier in the week, budget airline Jetstar announced that it would suspend flights to Seoul in South Korea at least until July, while Virgin Australia withdrew all routes from Hong Kong.

Being one of the largest industries in the world, the travel industry is more at risk of coronavirus than any other and the sad reality of the industry has never been more evident.

Thursday, images of an almost empty British Airways flight from Milan to London revealed how little the world is traveling. Industry experts say the industry could lose between $ 63 billion ($ A96 billion) and $ 113 billion ($ A171 billion) this year in global airline revenue alone.

The flight is not alone, with social media full of photos of planes sitting near empty moments before take-off.

“Don’t think you’ve ever been in such an empty one before,” tweeted a person from his empty row.

“I’ve been on light flights before but never so empty,” added another.

“There are an incredible number of empty seats on my return flight from Charlotte,” said another.

Coronavirus has shaken supply chains, caused shortages of toilet paper and thrown stocks into a dip. The sharp drop in airline passengers and the growing number of flight cancellations indicate that the travel sector’s contribution to the global economy will be hit hard.

“There are drastically fewer people flying this week than last week,” said Nicholas E. Calio, CEO of Airlines for America New York Times.

“Flights are shot down because people don’t get on airplanes.”

“HAS A FEEL OF 9/11”

According to experts, the fallout from the coronavirus epidemic could be the industry’s worst crisis since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

“At the end of last week, we started to experience very sharp drops,” said Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines, on CNBC.

“9/11 was not an economic problem for travel. It was more scary, frankly, and I think that’s really what came out this time … It has a 9/11 feeling. Hopefully we have this behind of us very quickly. “

In an interview with CNN, Global Business Travel Association executive director Scott Solombrino said that confidence began to improve over time after the 9/11 attacks. But coronavirus posed a different problem in that concern about where and when to travel grew every day in line with new outbreak news around the world. In essence, the number of people who simply want to stay out of planes represents an unexplored threat to the industry.

“It is fundamentally influencing the way many companies are doing business,” said Solombrino.

“If this turns into a global pandemic, the industry could lose billions of dollars, an impact that will have negative consequences for the entire global economy.”

The troubled British airline Flybe collapsed on Thursday due to the sinking demand.

German Lufthansa and its affiliates Austrian Airlines and Swiss said they would cancel all flights to and from Israel for three weeks starting on Sunday after Israeli authorities announced severe restrictions on travelers from different countries due to the new virus. .

Cathay Pacific, the Hong Kong-based airline, said travel concerns had become so widespread that they were taking about 120 planes out of the sky at any one time. In further cost-cutting measures, Cathay said 75% of staff, or 25,000 group employees, would take unpaid leave due to the lack of booked flights.

In the United States, Southwest Airlines reduced its quarterly revenue expectations by $ 200 million ($ 300 million) to $ 300 million ($ 454 million).

The national carrier Finnair is laying off all staff based in Finland from two weeks to a month due to the economic impact of the epidemic.

But airlines across Europe face a bigger problem, which could force more “ghost” flights than we’ve ever seen before.

EUROPEAN AIRLINES FORCED TO RUN “GHOST FLIGHTS”

Some British airlines claim to have been forced to operate empty ghost flights regardless of the outbreak of the coronavirus or risk losing the airport’s landing areas, The Times relationships.

Carriers fly on some passenger-free jets due to the controversial “use or lose” rules governing space at European airports.

Earlier this week, Airlines UK, which represents the carriers, called for British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to speak. The body wants the rule to be pushed aside until at least after the summer season, when it is hoped that the collapse in the number of passengers driven by the coronavirus will be overcome.

Operating empty flights unnecessarily burns thousands of tons of jet fuel, increasing greenhouse gas emissions and damaging airline finances at a time when they are already under heavy pressure.

Under European Union law, airlines must operate 80% of their assigned airport areas under normal circumstances or risk losing them to a competitor, the so-called 80/20 rule. It still applies to the UK under the Brexit transition agreement.

On the same day, Turkish Airlines flight TK55 flew from Singapore to Istanbul completely without passengers.

However, it was not due to the absence of ticket holders. Rather, it was because a passenger on the flight from Istanbul tested positive for coronavirus. As a result, the decision was taken not to operate the flight as scheduled and to make the route only with the pilots and 11 crew members on board.

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Nursing homes face unique challenges with Coronavirus – NBC Los Angeles

From Miami to Seattle, nursing homes and other facilities for the elderly host stocks of masks and thermometers, preparing staff shortages and checking visitors to protect a particularly vulnerable population from the coronavirus.

In China, where the epidemic started, the disease was basically deadly for the elderly. In Italy, the epicenter of the virus epidemic in Europe, the more than 100 people who died were elderly, suffering from other complications or both.

Of the 19 deaths in the United States since Saturday, at least 14 had been linked to a nursing home in the Seattle area, along with many other infections among residents, staff and family members. The Seattle Times reported that a second nursing home and a retired community in the area had reported a virus case.

This has alerted other structures in the United States, especially in states with large populations of older residents, such as Florida and California. About 2.5 million people live in long-term care facilities in the United States.

“For people over the age of 80 … the death rate could reach 15%,” said Mark Parkinson, president of the American Health Care Association nursing homes group.

The federal government is now focusing all inspections of nursing homes on infection control, identifying facilities in the city with confirmed cases and those previously mentioned for not following the protocol.

Federal regulations already require homes to have a specialist in preventing infections in staff, and many have already taken measures to deal with seasonal flow and other ailments that pose a greater risk to the elderly.

Even so, the response of structures to coronavirus has varied across the country.

In Florida, where some 160,000 seniors live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, mandatory screening for visitors is not expected “because we are not at that point,” said Florida Health Care Association spokeswoman Kristen Knapp.

But aged care centers are posting signs that urge visitors to stay away if they have symptoms and are looking for alternative ways to connect to families, such as through video chats, Knapp said.

Concierges in the 14 Florida nursing homes managed by Palm Gardens Corporation are now offering all visitors a short questionnaire asking for information on symptoms, recent trips and contacts with others, said company vice president Luke Neumann.

Neumann said that nursing homes have also purchased additional thermometers in case they have to check visitors’ temperatures and accumulate preventive supplies, including medical masks, protective goggles and clothing. In laundries they make sure to use enough bleach and heat to kill any persistent viral germs, he said.

In the South Shore Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center south of Boston, patient Leo Marchand holds a container of disinfectant wipes on a shelf near the bed that he uses several times a day. The 71-year-old Vietnam veteran and retired truck driver has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which makes it difficult to breathe. The possibility of contracting the coronavirus scares him.

“It’s a concern,” said Marchand. “Really.”

Many facilities across the country have said they have trouble getting masks and medical clothes because of the shortage.

The more intense screening of visitors, meanwhile, isn’t going well with some.

“Some of the visitors have been quite reluctant to comply, and this has been stressful,” said Janet Snipes, executive director of Denver’s Holly Heights nursing center.

Under federal regulations, nursing homes are considered to be a patient’s residence and facilities want to keep them in contact with the family, especially when they are almost dead.

“I don’t think you can completely prevent visitors,” said Dr. David A. Nace, director of long-term care and flu programs at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine. Supervise 300 facilities in Pennsylvania.

For now, facilities in most states are underlining basic precautions, including hand washing and the cough tag.

Centers across the country are also trying to prepare staff for the worst.

An adult daycare center in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami purchased long-lasting ready meals in preparation for possible shortages. The Hebrew Home in Riverdale, New York is running nursing staff through exercises to see how they will handle situations in the 750-bed facility if the virus progresses. Their IT department is building an infrastructure to allow staff to work remotely if they get sick.

“If one of our sites has an outbreak, we will quickly run out of staff in that position,” said Randy Bury, CEO of The Good Samaritan Society, one of the largest nonprofit senior care providers in the country, with 19,000 employees in 24 states.

Some families are considering withdrawing loved ones from the facilities.

Kathleen Churchyard said her family decided to move her 80-year-old mother out of her retirement community near Jacksonville, Florida, and to her sister’s home nearby if the virus is confirmed in the area.

Churchyard, who lives in Concord, North Carolina, fears that her mother won’t take her seriously, and is particularly concerned about her dining room.

“I tried to get her to buy things to prepare … She said, ‘No. If (the virus) catches me, it takes it,'” said Churchyard.

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Associate associate writer Philip Marcelo in Rockland, Massachusetts contributed to this report.

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100-year-old woman fulfills her dream of going to prison



Roxboro, North Carolina – For his 100th birthday, Ruth Bryant fulfilled one of his greatest wishes: he went to prison.

Person’s County Police Department helped fulfill Bryant’s unusual desire when two of his agents showed up at their nursing home to comply with an order accusing him of exhibitionism, as reported by various local media.

The two officers handcuffed Bryant to his walker and put her on a patrol car, providing him with the full experience, with the turret and siren on. Before getting into the vehicle, the agents warned him not to resist, but she kicked them playfully, WRAL reported.

“Don’t kick me; I’m wrong with one knee!” Said one of the agents, to which Bryant replied: “I’m wrong with both!”

The Courier-Times of Roxboro reported that while Bryant was trying to get on the patrol, he told the agents that they should go after another criminal.

“The person who makes these damn seats in these cars,” Bryant said. “They should arrest each of them.”

Once she got to jail, Bryant was treated like a criminal. The photos were taken for his signing, he spent a few minutes inside a cell, and left the place wearing an orange t-shirt printed with the caption: “Person County Jail.”

“I’m in jail! I finally got in!” He exclaimed.

Bryant was released shortly after. He returned to his nursing home to celebrate at a party where there was a birthday cake. It is not known if there was a lime inside the cake.

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