In Fessenheim, supporting employees on departure as a priority

One thing is certain: they will have been warned. For thirteen years, the closure of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant has been anticipated, announced, postponed, haggled, playing with the nerves of 750 employees, 300 service providers, and the entire local economic ecosystem. When the final announcement was made, in November 2017, the first departures were announced for 2019. But the phasing of the shutdown of the reactors – last February and this Tuesday June 30 at 2 am – and the dismantling, until ‘in 2040 at least, was going to spread out over time the downsizing too. 120 departures in 2019, 150 in 2020, 100 in 2021…

« Until the end of the fuel evacuation, at the end of 2023, we will never go below 294 people in order to ensure on-call duties “, Says Anne Laszlo, union delegate CFE-CGC. From 2025, only sixty EDF agents are planned. At that time the providers will be a hundred, and then exceed them in number. ” We work on the skills we will need semester by semester “, Says EDF. The first parties were those preparing for maintenance operations, and the last will be supervisory positions for demolition companies.

Tailor-made course contracts

For 150 agents, it is time for retirement, early retirement, a resignation after having found a job elsewhere on their own, or a business creation. But no dismissals. By the end of 2020, all agents will have signed a tripartite “journey contract”, with the power plant and another EDF site: most of the time another nuclear power plant, but also hydro power plants, or even the property service or a lock. ” It is tailor-made, especially since EDF has a culture of dialogue. We don’t force people’s hands “, We explain at EDF, which has accepted as much as possible the departure of employees on the date that suited them (end of a child’s college years, transfer of a spouse, etc.).

Union side, we confirm. “ I regret that certain aspirations for the evolution towards management functions have not always been heard. But overall, the company is large and varied enough to make it easy enough to be relocated, especially since they have high levels of qualification. And they know that even if they are wrong, we will not fire them, and we will continue to look for something else Supports Jean-Luc Cardoso, CGT delegate. In some cases, immersion periods are even organized to take the pulse of another profession or another site. Those who are not yet fixed on their lot are often the least mobile geographically. ” Some will remain at the central, even if it is in overstaffing or whether to train them in other trades. For others, HR is trying to convince Alsatian sites “, says Anne Laszlo.

To support employees, in addition to the human resources department, six agents, usually in managerial positions, have trained to become “mobility advisers”. ” There has been a strong demand not to use an outside firm. Fessenheim agents, who refuse to meet with elected officials or grant interviews, preferred to stay between them Explains Anne Laszlo. According to her, the political nature of the decision to close the plant, while it was very profitable, helped to unite the teams, beyond the hierarchical levels.

A more nuanced future for subcontractors

Provider side, the note will obviously be more salty. Because if some like Orano, Clemessy or Forclum have the internal means to offer mobility to their employees, more local and specialized companies may not recover. One thing is certain: out of 350 employees of service providers in 2017, only 100 will remain after 2025, many of whom are new. For two years, psychological and social support, in terms of training and retraining, has been offered to them by the Groupement des Industriels de Maintenance de l’Est, which brings together EDF’s service providers, and the firm Altedia.

→ ANALYSIS. Fessenheim, the time of dismantling

From time to time, the central office gives help. Like these works “Not absolutely necessary” who continue to be ordered from them, or these few hires, often a few years from retirement. Killing two birds with one stone: keeping very good connoisseurs of the plant, and allowing agents to leave Fessenheim when they wanted.

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Mobility, a priority of the ecological, territorial and economic

The crisis of the Covid19 us into a major economic crisis unprecedented and with a forecast of the order of 10 % of GDP in 2020. The economic and social consequences will be very significant, with a million additional unemployed persons in France. A recovery plan is announced to absorb this shock. The difficulty will be to reconcile the economic issue with two long-term challenges : climate change and territorial equity, the crisis of the yellow vests we have shown the severe fractures of the corporation. These two requirements are in fact related.

→ ANALYSIS.The government multiplies the billions in the face of the crisis

The car is in France one of the 1st posts of GHG emissions. This is why it is urgent to décarboner mobility and good sense would, as well as the announced recovery plan devotes a very important component. This is all the more relevant that France is a world leader in transport in many areas : We have so of the best ingénieristes in the world, the largest groups of CONSTRUCTION and transport services, laboratories and schools recognized and approved, sometimes 3 centuries of history, the industrial car plan, start-up many with unicorns, international. It is also relying on this ecosystem powerful that it could provide the necessary economic rebound with activities 100 % located in France.

Reducing emissions requires décarboner the movements from the periphery to the large cities, in particular those related to the work. They constitute the bulk of the emissions is because they are made to 80 % by car because of the failure of our rail system that has not followed the urbanization of jobs and the attractiveness of large cities. Internal travel to town centres only account for 2% of emissions. It will be tomorrow, two to three times more public transport to link the peripheries to the centres of employment. These trips will have to be done otherwise than in the car, in order to limit GHG emissions, to ensure the quality of the air, and finally preserve the public spaces in city centres, which are part of our common property. This requires a major investment in public transport infrastructure in park-and-ride, in lanes, in the use of digital systems to facilitate and optimize the uses. Moreover, as rightly reminds us Esther Duflot Nobel prize in economics, ” mobility is one of the main ways of equalizing standards of living between regions, and absorption of economic disparities, and regional “. It is therefore also a means of territorial equity and allow the weakest to take advantage of the opportunities of the city ; move in transit, returns to the user 2 to 5 times less expensive, depending on the situation and thus allows all those who can not afford to stay in the city center to move to the acceptable costs and easier access to employment.

→ MAINTENANCE. “30 to 40 % of travellers on average are income in the transport. “

With the bike for short distances, this program will allow to reduce very significantly the car traffic in major cities and can be deployed within 5 years. It will mobilise the Regions and Cities, with the support of the State and of the European Union. The law of orientation of mobility opens up possibilities with, in particular, the territorial coordination to deploy a common strategy at the scale of urban areas. The law on decentralization in the course of the discussion would also accelerate the implementation of reserved lanes for public transportation and carpooling if we transferred national roads to the regions and cities on their territories.

So that they concentrate the wealth, the cities have a moral responsibility vis-à-vis their surroundings. The urgency is to re-create the link between all people, between the centres-cities of agglomerations and their peripheries. This program will be inclusive and ambitious can and must mobilize policy-makers, businesses and citizens for the greater benefit of the climate, and justice territorial.

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Priority neighbourhood : what is the future for youth after school ?

The area of residence of high school graduates has there been an impact on their studies and their professional integration ? Clearly yes, according to a recent study by the Center for studies and research on qualifications.

The analysts have dissected the trajectories of the 19 500 young people leaving school in 2013, who lived in a priority neighbourhood of the city (social difficulties). Their conclusion ? There are strong disparities with the neighbouring districts, even in the blurring effects related to the social membership (origin, occupations of parents).

“These young people are more oriented towards the professional way : 38 % have a bac pro) and 38% bac general, compared to 23 % and 54 % for those of the other districts “, says Mélanie Vignale, coauthor of the study. The bac pro in the pocket, they are more likely to continue their studies, “no doubt to compensate for the fact of not having obtained the desired orientation “.

45 % leave the university without a degree

The only problem is that at the university, 45 % leave without a degree (compared to 29 % in other areas). “They apply to equality in BTS and license, but only a third is accepted in BTS. However, graduates of pro are less prepared at the university. “

This explains why 37 % of them are unemployed three years after training (compared to 22 % for those in the surrounding areas). Only 53 % become managers or intermediate professions (against 63 %).

“To an equivalent degree, the effect of district play at least, timer Melanie Vignale. It must therefore support these young people to make them aware of the training courses. For example, among high school graduates general, they are only 14 % to request a class, prep, against 22 % for the other districts. “

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May 1st without squares. Landini: ‘It’s time for responsibility’ – Economy

“We have made a protocol that has become law because the government has implemented it in the latest decree”, which is expected to “work only if there are security conditions, otherwise the activity will be suspended to restore them. Today it is the moment of responsibility “. So the general secretary of the CGIL, Maurizio Landini, speaking of phase two to the Tg3 special on May 1st and remarking that therefore it must be “applied in all workplaces. This logic must prevail by all, health and safety come before anything else”.

“We must secure the country, in health and economic security”. So we need “a great social pact, which gives clear objectives to the country and tools to achieve them. We need to rethink a model of growth and development”. So there secretary general of the CISL, Annamaria Furlan, at Unomattina on Rai1 talks about May 1st, this year with the slogan “Work in safety: to build the future”. A social pact “means putting work and people at the center and therefore giving priority to investments that create work and social cohesion”.

“More than being a party, it is a May Day of commitment to work in safety and to rebuild our future. Austerity is not needed, investments must be made, in safety, in infrastructures, in research, innovation and digitalization”. So the secretary general of Uil, Carmelo Barbagallo, speaking to Unomattina of May 1st who this year is dealing with the Covid emergency. “I would like – he says – a pact for the country and for Europe, a pact between businesses and workers, which will allow us, together, to relaunch our economy and our society. A pact for the country, for work and for society. ” And, he continues, “let’s start with the weakest. Schools will not reopen for now, we cannot give women leave for only 15 days and 50% and for the elderly we make the law on non self-sufficiency”. Uil’s number one emphasizes, therefore, the central role of work and health, above all in this pandemic: “My thought – he says – goes to all the victims, to all the elderly abandoned without family comfort, to all operators health workers who lost their lives. “

FIRST VIRTUAL MAY – A May 1st without squares, marked by the Covid emergency but which does not give up celebrating workers’ day using an unusual dress. “Work in safety: to build the future”, is the slogan chosen by CGIL, CISL and UIL for the 2020 edition, which does not see the unions parading in processions and demonstrations. Speeches and messages are entrusted to TV and social networks: a virtual marketplace, imposed by compliance with anti-coronavirus rules, which focuses more than ever on the priorities of work and safety, the levers to start again. On the eve of phase two and for the country’s economic recovery.

The pandemic forced the cancellation of the national demonstration that for this year CGIL, CISL and UIL had chosen to do in the city of Padua, “European Capital of Volunteering”.
Just as the traditional concert of Piazza San Giovanni in Rome will be all on TV. But the work remains the protagonist. “It will be the work that will fight and defeat this virus,” says CGIL secretary general Maurizio Landini in the video message posted on social media. “All together we first of all put the priority of work to restart the country, of a safe job for all men and women”, underlines the leader of the CISL, Annamaria Furlan, in her video message. “On May 1st in such a difficult condition we had never done it, but we give a message of hope and certainties,” says Uil number one, Carmelo Barbagallo.
“There strength, generosity, responsibility with which the world of work is moving to fight the virus indicate the way forward, they tell us strongly that work and safety must be a reference for everyone, that human rights must be at the center: health, work and education “, Landini says, calling for unity and justice Themes also underlined by Furlan, which then addresses young people in particular: it is a May Day that “we want to turn to hope for young people, it is up to them to create a better future where work promotes well-being, equality and of course of social justice “.
But above all, Barbagallo underlines, “our thoughts go to the victims of this pandemic, to the workers who died at work, to the abandoned elderly. This pandemic has found us unprepared, but we must react, grit our teeth and move on”.

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May 1st without squares. Landini: ‘It’s time for responsibility’. Catalfo: ‘Over 20 billion, support for all workers’ – Economy

“We have made a protocol that has become law because the government has implemented it in the latest decree”, which is expected to “work only if there are security conditions, otherwise the activity will be suspended to restore them. Today it is the moment of responsibility “. So the general secretary of the CGIL, Maurizio Landini, speaking of phase two to the Tg3 special on May 1st and remarking that therefore it must be “applied in all workplaces. This logic must prevail by all, health and safety come before anything else”.

“We must secure the country, in health and economic security”. So we need “a great social pact, which gives clear objectives to the country and tools to achieve them. We need to rethink a model of growth and development”. So there secretary general of the CISL, Annamaria Furlan, at Unomattina on Rai1 talks about May 1st, this year with the slogan “Work in safety: to build the future”. A social pact “means putting work and people at the center and therefore giving priority to investments that create work and social cohesion”.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE CATALF MINISTRY – “As a government we are doing all we can for those citizens who want to restart after they have had to temporarily stop their activity” due to the coronavirus emergency. This was stated by the Minister of Labor and Social Policies, Nunzia Catalfo, in a video on Facebook for May 1st, recalling some numbers. “As a first response to the emergency, we guaranteed support to about 19 million people. We did this by allocating 10 billion euros out of the total 25 of the Cura Italia decree, just for the work chapter. In the new decree that will be approved in the coming days, the resources allocated will be more than doubled – he underlines – to support shopkeepers, traders, employees, but also domestic workers and carers: all the categories of workers who need it “. Catalfo points out, among other things, that the new decree provides non-repayable loans for small businesses and that the social safety nets will be refinanced and extended “for another nine weeks” in addition to the emergency income that “for a few months”.

FIRST VIRTUAL MAY – A May 1st without squares, marked by the Covid emergency but which does not give up celebrating workers’ day using an unusual dress. “Work in safety: to build the future”, is the slogan chosen by CGIL, CISL and UIL for the 2020 edition, which does not see the unions parading in processions and demonstrations. Speeches and messages are entrusted to TV and social networks: a virtual marketplace, imposed by compliance with anti-coronavirus rules, which focuses more than ever on the priorities of work and safety, the levers to start again. On the eve of phase two and for the country’s economic recovery.
The pandemic forced the cancellation of the national demonstration that for this year CGIL, CISL and UIL had chosen to do in the city of Padua, “European Capital of Volunteering”.
Just as the traditional concert of Piazza San Giovanni in Rome will be all on TV. But the work remains the protagonist. “It will be the work that will fight and defeat this virus,” says CGIL secretary general Maurizio Landini in the video message posted on social media. “All together we first of all put the priority of work to restart the country, of a safe job for all men and women”, underlines the leader of the CISL, Annamaria Furlan, in her video message. “On May 1st in such a difficult condition we had never done it, but we give a message of hope and certainties,” says Uil number one, Carmelo Barbagallo.
“There strength, generosity, responsibility with which the world of work is moving to fight the virus indicate the way forward, they tell us strongly that work and safety must be a reference for everyone, that human rights must be at the center: health, work and education “, Landini says, calling for unity and justice Themes also underlined by Furlan, which then addresses young people in particular: it is a May Day that “we want to turn to hope for young people, it is up to them to create a better future where work promotes well-being, equality and of course of social justice “.
But above all, Barbagallo underlines, “our thoughts go to the victims of this pandemic, to the workers who died at work, to the abandoned elderly. This pandemic has found us unprepared, but we must react, grit our teeth and move on”.

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Coronavirus will cause a change of priorities | Opinion

New York, September 18, 2019. “If an outbreak of a new and aggressive type of flu were to break out tomorrow, the world would have no tools to prevent devastation. Between 50 and 80 million people would die and would liquidate 5% of the global economy. In the event of a pandemic, many national health systems would collapse. We don’t have enough structures to face the next deadly pandemic. ” This is the cry launched by the expert observatory The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), promoted by WHO and the World Bank, to which the UN commissioned a report after the Ebola epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa with the healthy objective of learning of past mistakes. It is easy to conclude that we have learned nothing.

The reality is that while this report was released, the new coronavirus, Covid-19, was already curdling in China. But the same people who had commissioned the report, the politicians, ignore him. In July last year, only 59 countries in the world had prepared a National Action Plan for Health Security, but none of them had provided it with sufficient funding, the report indicates. The GPBM is very clear and emphatic: “Governments and international institutions must take bold steps to prepare the world for health emergencies, recognizing that investing in preparedness before a crisis occurs saves lives and saves money.”

They are statements that do not seem to fit with the times of politics, where the arguments expire every week. It is difficult for them to bet public resources to cover the citizenry with an eventuality that seems remote, ergo of doubtful electoral profitability. But experts noted that it is imminent.

As you can see, the absence of foresight is not a peculiarity of Spain, which was trying to get out of an economic crisis and another policy, with four elections in as many years. This report, which was presented in New York, the metropolis of the country that has put the most money to pay to finance it, challenges everyone. However, Donald Trump, who does have resources, should not have known about their existence and has been the penultimate convert to the fight against the virus, we still have Bolsonaro. Why are these types of reports commissioned if they are later ignored?

The situation in Spain is bleak from any point of view. The data of contaminated and deaths are extremely hard, and the political reality does not help to internalize it. The embarrassment of the government partner looking for space on television on account of the pandemic and opportunism of the right-wing opposition and some autonomous communities is bleak. But not everyone deserves the same. Today, in two months it will be another song, it is difficult not to empathize with those who are leaving their skin, such as President Pedro Sánchez and his quartet -Margarita Robles (Defense), Salvador Illa (Health), José Luis Ábalos (Transportation) and Grande -Marlaska (Interior) -, to which should be added others such as Vice President Nadia Calviño. Likewise, the loyal behavior of Citizens and their boss, Inés Arrimadas, of the PNV and their Lehendakari, as well as of autonomous PP presidents such as the one in Galicia or Castilla y León, is commendable. The reality of the information about the coronavirus puts before our eyes two worlds that on the most radical left will surprise us to see together. This was expressed by Pablo Iglesias, when he congratulated the Defense Minister for having nursing homes among her concerns. When we see health personnel (doctors, nurses, auxiliaries, etc …) and all the security forces and bodies, including the military (the EMU), acting well and jointly, many of us see the strength of the State, of our blessed taxes. . However, others do not understand that a doctor can go with a military man. And a military doctor? It is like an anteater; Something inexplicable.

The truth is that the image of the military disinfecting nursing homes, airports and other public facilities, in addition to highlighting their vocation for service and versatility, brings to mind the question of whether we have well-distributed resources. Acknowledgments must be given to the Military Emergency Unit, since they are present in all catastrophes. But does military training make sense if the mission then is to disinfect facilities, remove snow, free roads? Are they not tasks of Civil Protection?

I propose this reflection in light of the content of the report of this observatory of the WHO and the World Bank, not of the Buenismo sin Fronteras. For these it is clear that for a country like Spain a pandemic is more likely than a war, especially if we consider that we are a country that receives more than 80 million tourists every year and is the gateway for immigration from Africa.

If our resources were like those of Germany, it would have been the same for everything, but with an unemployment rate of almost 14%, a quasi-structural public deficit of 2.5% and a public debt equivalent to GDP, priority must be given. It is evident that our public health system needs resources and it is not just Madrid, the rural world is literally abandoned.

Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, co-chair of the GPMB and who has been Prime Minister of Norway in three legislatures and also WHO Director-General, notes that “it is time for urgent and sustained action to be taken. This should include increasing funding at the community, national and international levels to prevent the spread of outbreaks. It also requires leaders to take proactive steps to strengthen preparedness coordination mechanisms across all governments and society to respond quickly to an emergency. ”

By the way. Is it normal for the virus to come from China and charge us for the medicine?

P.S. Thanks to Patricia Peiró, the journalist from El País who recounted the GPMB report last September; Marta Gallardo for giving me the clue yesterday, and Ovidio Cordero for the translation.

Aurelio Medel He is a Doctor in Information Sciences and a professor at the Complutense University

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Huawei P40 Pro presented

Dhe Chinese network equipment supplier and smartphone manufacturer Huawei presented three new upper-class smartphones in its P-series on Thursday. The P40, the P40 Pro and the P40 Pro Plus. The plus has a black or white ceramic back and a super zoom for the camera, and is otherwise identical to the P40 Pro. All three devices have an Oled display and currently use the fastest Huawei processor, the Kirin 990, which is also equipped for the new 5G mobile communications standard.

Michael Spehr

All three come with eight gigabytes of RAM and have a dual-SIM card slot, with one of the two slots optionally holding Huawei’s proprietary memory cards. A biometric fingerprint scanner is built into the display, and facial recognition is included.

The cheaper P40 has a 6.1-inch display with 2340 x 1080 pixels. The three rear cameras resolve as wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and zoom with 50, 16 and 8 megapixels. The P40 Pro comes with a 6.58-inch display that offers 2640 x 1200 pixels. The camera department should set standards here. The three units on the back capture 40 megapixels for wide-angle shots, 50 megapixels for ultra-wide angles and 12 megapixels for zoom. There is also a 3D depth camera.

Huawei has enlarged the camera sensor compared to the P30 Pro, it now measures 1 / 1.28 inches, and the manufacturer promises higher dynamics and lower noise. Optical image stabilization is always used. The P40 Pro reaches a maximum of 50x digital zoom, and like the P30 Pro, the lenses are embedded in the housing like a periscope.

The P40 Pro comes with a 6.58-inch display that offers 2640 x 1200 pixels.





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The P40 Pro Plus uses two of these periscope units and then has a maximum focal length of spectacular 240 millimeters. Thanks to object tracking, it should be easier to take shake-free shots even in the zoom area. Furthermore, the photos with artificial intelligence should experience an improvement. For the first time, the processor can recognize different sports and in this way, for example, record exactly the moment when the ball was thrown into the basket.

Artificial intelligence also steps in for portraits or photographs of children; it can even remove passers-by from the picture or calculate reflections, the manufacturer says.

Together with the new smartphones, Huawei is launching a new video chat called Meetime, Huawei Music with 50 million songs and Huawei Video. The new devices will not be available until May, the P40 should cost 800 euros, the P40 Pro 1000 euros. Because of the trade dispute with America, all new Huawei devices have to do without Google services and in particular the Google Play Store as a point of contact for apps.

Huawei relies on its own App Gallery and pays developers to program for this platform. First impressions of the new devices will follow here in the next few weeks.

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Huawei P40 Pro presented: priority for the photo

Dhe Chinese network equipment supplier and smartphone manufacturer Huawei presented three new upper-class smartphones in its P-series on Thursday. The P40, the P40 Pro and the P40 Pro Plus. The plus has a black or white ceramic back and a super zoom for the camera, and is otherwise identical to the P40 Pro. All three devices have an Oled display and currently use the fastest Huawei processor, the Kirin 990, which is also equipped for the new 5G mobile communications standard.

Michael Spehr

All three come with eight gigabytes of RAM and have a dual-SIM card slot, with one of the two slots optionally holding Huawei’s proprietary memory cards. A biometric fingerprint scanner is built into the display, and facial recognition is included.

The cheaper P40 has a 6.1-inch display with 2340 x 1080 pixels. The three rear cameras resolve as wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and zoom with 50, 16 and 8 megapixels. The P40 Pro comes with a 6.58-inch display that offers 2640 x 1200 pixels. The camera department should set standards here. The three units on the back capture 40 megapixels for wide-angle shots, 50 megapixels for ultra-wide angles and 12 megapixels for zoom. There is also a 3D depth camera.

Huawei has enlarged the camera sensor compared to the P30 Pro, it now measures 1 / 1.28 inches, and the manufacturer promises higher dynamics and lower noise. Optical image stabilization is always used. The P40 Pro reaches a maximum of 50x digital zoom, and like the P30 Pro, the lenses are embedded in the housing like a periscope.

The P40 Pro comes with a 6.58-inch display that offers 2640 x 1200 pixels.





Photo gallery



The P40 Pro Plus uses two of these periscope units and then has a maximum focal length of spectacular 240 millimeters. Thanks to object tracking, it should be easier to take shake-free shots even in the zoom area. Furthermore, the photos with artificial intelligence should experience an improvement. For the first time, the processor can recognize different sports and in this way, for example, record exactly the moment when the ball was thrown into the basket.

Artificial intelligence also steps in for portraits or photographs of children; it can even remove passers-by from the picture or calculate reflections, the manufacturer says.

Together with the new smartphones, Huawei is launching a new video chat called Meetime, Huawei Music with 50 million songs and Huawei Video. The new devices will not be available until May, the P40 should cost 800 euros, the P40 Pro 1000 euros. Because of the trade dispute with America, all new Huawei devices have to do without Google services and in particular the Google Play Store as a point of contact for apps.

Huawei relies on its own App Gallery and pays developers to program for this platform. First impressions of the new devices will follow here in the next few weeks.

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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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Fairfax County man dies from Coronavirus – NBC4 Washington

In Fairfax County, Virginia, a sixty-year-old man is the third person to die in the state from the coronavirus novel.

The patient acquired COVID-19 through contact with a previously reported case, Fairfax County Health Department said in a statement. His cause of death was respiratory failure due to the disease.

Two other men died on the Virginia Peninsula.

“We are saddened by the first confirmed death of a Fairfax county resident from COVID-19. Our hearts go to your loved ones, “said Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, director of health at the Fairfax County Health Department.” The health of our residents is our top priority and we ask everyone to do the own part to slow down the spread of the virus in our community: practice social estrangement, wash your hands and cover coughs and sneezes “.

On Saturday night, there were 152 cases in Virginia and 22 of them were in Fairfax county.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for updates on this developing story.

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