State leaders in Idaho are urging people to volunteer at hospitals to assist doctors who are being swamped by a rising number of COVID-19 cases.
Idaho Public Health Administrator Elke Shaw-Tulloch says hospitals need help with everything from housekeeping to delivering care, which might be provided by retired doctors .
The director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says volunteer assistance is badly needed to stay the state’s medical facilities operating.
Dave Jeppesen says that ”their level of capacity is so strained that we are talking about crisis standards of care — we’re dangerously on the brink of that as now in time.”
As of Friday, the amount of coronavirus infections statewide had increased 31% compared to the previous week, and hospital admissions for COVID-19 were up about 30%, consistent with data from the CDC.
JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi’s top health official says he has received threats from people that are spreading lies accusing his family of receiving payments for him urging the general public to urge vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Mississippi has seen a rapid increase in cases since early July, driven by the highly contagious delta variant of the virus and therefore the state’s low vaccination rate. State health officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs has been imploring people for months to urge vaccinated.
On Tuesday, Dobbs wrote on Twitter that he has gotten threatening phone calls from people repeating unfounded “conspiracy theories” involving him and his family.
Dobbs says one lie is that his son, who is additionally a physician, receives a World Bank-funded kickback whenever Dobbs urges people to urge vaccinated. In Dobbs’ words: “I get zero $ from promoting vaccination.”
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A poison control hotline in Alabama is fielding increasing calls about possible poisoning with ivermectin poisoning, an animal de-wormer that doctors are warning people to not try as a home remedy for COVID-19.
The Alabama Poison Information Center at Children’s of Alabama has fielded 24 ivermectin exposure cases thus far this year, of which 15 were associated with COVID-19 prevention and treatment. It says there are five other calls seeking information about ivermectin.
By comparison, the middle had six total calls involving the de-wormer in 2019 and 12 in 2020.
Federal regulators have approved ivermectin to treat people and animals for a few parasitic worms and for head lice and skin conditions, but the drug isn’t approved for COVID-19. The human and animal formulations aren’t an equivalent , and doctors say it’s dangerous for people to self-dose, particularly with the massive quantities given to animals.
JACKSON, Miss. — quite 1,000 out-of-state medical workers are beginning to deploy to 50 Mississippi hospitals to assist with staffing shortages because the state deals with a surge of COVID-19 cases.
Gov. Tate Reeves said Tuesday that 808 nurses, three certified nurse anesthetists, 22 nurse practitioners, 193 respiratory therapists and 20 paramedics are hired under 60-day contracts that would be extended if needed.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency awarded contracts to four companies of the 19 that submitted proposals when the state sought medical workers earlier this month.
Mississippi can pay $80 million for the contracts, and Reeves says he expects the federal to reimburse the state for the whole expense.
DALLAS — Texas hospital systems are increasingly closing off-site emergency rooms and moving their staff to hospitals to assist with a flood of COVID-19 cases.
Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston closed three suburban emergency rooms in Kingwood, Spring and Sienna to assist ease the burden on its hospital staffs. St. Luke’s Health in Houston closed its Conroe ER to assist meet surging admissions at its hospital in nearby The Woodlands.
Texas Health Hospital Rockwall near Dallas has moved the staff at its satellite ER to the hospital’s ER, and it also put up an air-conditioned tent outside to accommodate 10 to fifteen overflow patients.
Of the 7,258 ICU beds in Texas hospitals, 6,746 were filled Wednesday. Of those, 3,592 were COVID-19 cases.
HOUSTON — The National Rifle Association has canceled its annual meeting, which had been set to be held next month in Houston, thanks to concerns over the pandemic.
The NRA’s meeting had been set for Sept. 3 through Sept. 5 and would are attended by thousands of individuals participating in social gatherings and other events on acres of exhibit space.
The organization said Tuesday it made the choice after analyzing relevant data regarding COVID-19 in Harris County, where Houston is. Houston, like other Texas cities and communities, has seen a jump in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations thanks to the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus.
The NRA says impacts from the virus “could have broader implications” for those attending if the event went forward.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A summer coronavirus surge driven by the delta variant is again straining some California hospitals, particularly in rural areas, but the trend shows signs of moderating and experts predict improvement in coming weeks.
The pattern is analogous to the infection spikes California experienced last summer and far more severely over the winter, when medical care units were overflowing. But this point the surge has come without the shutdown orders that previously hobbled California’s economy, businesses and schools.
The state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan said Tuesday that “we’re hopeful, definitely.” Pan says the state’s latest projection “does look encouraging that we are plateauing and or peaking.”
More than 8,200 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 across California, with nearly 2,000 in medical care . Deaths have begun increasing and state models project nearly 2,000 people will die within subsequent three weeks.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University would require all students, faculty and staff to finish the complete coronavirus vaccination process by Nov. 15.
School President Kristina Johnson said Tuesday that the need is predicated on the choice by the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to grant full approval to the Pfizer vaccine.
Ohio State is one among the country’s largest universities and a serious employer within the capital , Columbus.
Johnson says the vaccination requirement including Ohio State’s mask mandate provides “the best chance of continuous to enjoy the traditions that we love throughout the tutorial year with higher vaccination rates in our campus community.”