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Failure to count COVID-19 nursing home deaths could dramatically skew US…

first_img Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here I downloaded that long list and it was eye-opening. God bless the patients and staff, as I cannot imagine having a loved in a nursing home, and not be able to visit them due to the pandemic restrictions. I understand why, due to the highly contagious nature of the virus, but still it is so stressful to both the patients, and their family and friends. I looked also at Click Orando list and was surprised at the high numbers at a few of the homes in other Florida counties other than Orange County. Tenita Reid The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply TAGSAssisted Living FacilitiesCOVID-19DeathsElderlyNursing HomesThe Conversation Previous articleSenator Bracy launches Golden Apple Awards and invites you – District 11 – to nominate educators  Next articleLow demand pressures pump prices lower; oil prices recover from historic lows Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR April 29, 2020 at 7:12 am By Thomas Perls, Professor of Medicine, Boston University | The ConversationThe Apopka Voice Editor’s note: As of the publishing of this article, per the Florida Department of Health’s database, there are no known or formerly reported COVID-19 cases or deaths from Apopka nursing homes or assisted living facilities. This morning the Florida Department of Health made the following update: “The list of long-term care facilities in Florida associated with COVID-19 cases will now include active cases in each facility in order to provide real-time data. The list of long-term care facilities with active COVID-19 cases is available here. To date, 319 individuals that were staff or residents of a [Florida] long-term care facility have died.” The Apopka Voice will continue to keep you posted on these numbers. In New York state, 19 nursing homes have each reported 20 or more deaths from COVID-19. A nursing home in New Jersey reported 70 deaths out of its 500 residents. In the words of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, these homes have become a “feeding frenzy” for the virus and “the single biggest fear.”With the clustering of people who are frail and have multiple other illnesses like heart disease, stroke, chronic lung disease and diabetes, the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 is much higher in nursing homes.Yet, the United States does not know how many people are dying from COVID-19 in part because the government is only just now requiring nursing homes to start reporting numbers of presumed and confirmed cases and deaths to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The missing cases could dramatically skew the national death count. When France started reporting death data from some of its nursing homes, the daily COVID-19 fatality numbers almost doubled.The Associated Press conducted its own survey in the U.S. and found there had been nearly 11,000 COVID-related nursing home deaths across the country as of April 24. However, just 23 states have been publicly reporting nursing home deaths. States also vary in how and where they are performing tests, and some count only proven cases and not also presumptive ones, leading to significant underestimates of the death toll.As a geriatrician at Boston Medical Center and researcher at Boston University School of Medicine, I have watched in dismay as COVID-19 has become a deadly flash flood among the very old people I care for and study. I would not be surprised if the deaths in nursing homes at least double the U.S. COVID-19 death count.In Massachusetts, 77% of nursing homes affectedHints of what nursing homes and their residents and staff are going through have emerged from the states that have started publicly sharing data about them.With Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker leading the charge, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is providing a daily update on nursing homes where residents or staff have either tested positive or are presumed to be infected with COVID-19.As of April 25, about 77% of Massachusetts nursing homes – 299 of 389 – had at least one case of COVID-19. That percentage will no doubt climb as the state carries out its mandated testing at nursing homes. About one-third of Massachusetts nursing homes reported more than 30 COVID-19 cases each among residents and staff.Nursing homes are required to maintain infection prevention protocols to prevent the spread of infectious diseases into and within their facilities. But COVID-19, which is much more contagious than the flu, has punched holes in even the most careful and diligent facilities. Some nursing homes have also been in trouble for past problems with infection control.It was initially estimated that on average, a person infected with COVID-19 led to an additional 2.5 people becoming infected. This basic reproductive number is called R0. A Los Alamos National Laboratory study released April 7 indicates that this earlier estimate is woefully low and that the R0 is more like 5.7. For comparison, the R0 for flu is around 2.Among nursing home residents, the reproductive number is likely even higher than the average of 5.7. Many of the brave and caring staff in these nursing homes become infected, likely because of the intensity of this higher R0 and their exposure time with residents. By one report, nearly half of surveyed nursing homes reported staff staying home and not working because they had signs of or were proven to have COVID-19. The exposure to COVID-19 underscores how critical it is for nursing homes to get the adequate supplies of personal protective equipment they have been crying out for.I believe it is likely that the majority of nursing homes throughout the U.S. and beyond have or will soon have multiple residents and staff who are COVID-19 positive. One large nursing home operator in Britain estimates that two-thirds of its homes have outbreaks.We haven’t heard about most deaths yetBy the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest estimate, the U.S. has about 15,600 nursing homes with some 1.3 million residents. One quarter of those residents, about 425,000, are over the age of 80. In Massachusetts, the average age of death in confirmed COVID-19 cases is 82.As of April 26, 56% of Massachusetts’ COVID-19 deaths occurred in nursing homes. The World Health Organization similarly estimates that half of COVID-19 deaths in Europe and the Baltics are among their 4.1 million nursing home residents. A minimum of 50% of the COVID-19 deaths occurring in nursing homes also agrees with the Kaiser Family Foundation’s review of data from the 23 states that are publicly reporting nursing home deaths.The limited scope of counting people who have died from COVID-19 is not just a U.S. problem. A representative of British nursing homes, Care England, says that 7,500 people in nursing homes there have died due to COVID-19 – five times the U.K. government’s estimate of 1,600.One indication of the high death toll from nursing homes comes from Belgium. The country has the highest per capita rate of COVID-19 deaths in the world – 57 per 100,000 people – primarily because officials there include nursing homes’ COVID-19 deaths in the national count and they are including both presumed and proven cases. Like Massachusetts, more than half of COVID-19 deaths in Belgium occur outside of hospitals.The current U.S. rate, according to Johns Hopkins University, is 16 per 100,000, but its reports are only as reliable as its data sources, which include the CDC and state departments of health. This rate is likely lower than Belgium and 11 other countries because of the great variation across the U.S. in which data are not included, such as people who die outside of hospitals, and the data missing due to limited testing.On April 19, the Centers for Medicare Services announced it would begin requiring U.S. nursing homes to report all confirmed or presumed COVID-19 cases to the CDC. I hope this will include past cases and deaths.To get an accurate count, veterans’ homes, assisted living centers, group homes and other senior housing facilities must be required to report their past and current COVID-19 cases and deaths, as well.There is plenty we still do not know about for why nursing home residents have borne the brunt of this pandemic. As Gov. Baker has indicated, “This is a topic that will get a lot of appropriate analysis after the fact.”This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. The Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, had the first known COVID-19 outbreak in a U.S. nursing home. In Massachusetts, one-third of nursing homes now have more than 30 COVID-19 cases. Jason Redmond / AFP/Getty Images Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here 1 COMMENT Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

President Moshe Katzav urged to ensure freedom and safety of media in Palestinian fighting

first_img IsraelMiddle East – North Africa May 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders urged France today to press Israel to guarantee the freedom and safety of foreign and Palestinian journalists working in Israel and the Palestinian territories occupied by the Israeli army.The media was having serious difficulties covering events there, the organisation said in a letter to French President Jacques Chirac asking him to raise the issue with Israeli President Moshe Katsev, who is visiting France from 16-20 February. It also asked to be kept informed about the progress of the military enquiry into the death of British journalist James Miller, who was killed by the Israeli army on 2 May last year in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.The press freedom organisation deplored the army’s failure to properly investigate the death of Palestinian cameraman Nazeh Darwazi, killed by Israeli soldiers on 19 April last year in Nablus while working for the US news agency APTN (Associated Press Television Network). A Reporters Without Borders on-the-spot enquiry found the shooting was due to a serious violation of military regulations and that those responsible should be punished.The organisation said it feared failure to publish the results of the Miller investigation and making only a partial enquiry into Darwazi’s death would mean that those who killed the journalists would not be punished at all, leading to new such abuses in the coming year. It said lack of a clear message from Israeli military and political leaders about ensuring journalists’ freedom and safety would also encourage new shootings.Working and travel conditions for journalists, especially Palestinians and foreigners, were very difficult in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, it said, because of the hostile attitude of some Israeli soldiers, who disobeyed their commanders’ orders but were very rarely punished.The organisation noted that Israeli troops had last year shot and wounded at least three journalists, physically attacked five others and arrested another. Many journalists were harassed and obstructed at military checkpoints in the West Bank and Gaza. Follow the news on Israel News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists News News News February 13, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President Moshe Katzav urged to ensure freedom and safety of media in Palestinian fighting Reporters Without Borders calls for a progress report on the investigation of the Israeli army’s killing of British journalist James Miller and asks Israeli President Moshe Katzav (photo), during his visit to France, to guarantee the freedom and safety of journalists working in army-controlled areas. RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Receive email alerts WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists IsraelMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en May 16, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further Organisation June 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Recent developments show progress for Puerto Rico utility

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Bond Buyer ($):The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority moved closer to restoring its credit, as it canceled a plan for a natural gas port and received five bids for its transmission and distribution system.The developments are both financially positive for the authority, Moody’s Investors Service analyst Rick Donner said Tuesday. Last month the authority canceled a plan to build a natural gas port that had been criticized as costly and possibly inflationary, depending on gas prices, and on Dec. 6 the governor announced the authority received the bids for its grid.Puerto Rico’s Public Private Partnership Authority will evaluate the bids, [Gov. Ricardo Rosselló] said. Puerto Rico hopes to pick one of them by December 2019, Donner said.How this process and the sale of PREPA’s power generation facilities will affect the debt isn’t fully clear yet, Donner said. The local government plans to use some of the proceeds to pay off the debt. How much of the debt could be paid off this way remains to be seen.In late November PREPA canceled plans for building an offshore natural gas port at Aguirre, on the south coast. The authority had been preparing for this port since 2010 and it was its chief planned capital project since at least 2012.“Natural gas investments in Puerto Rico are expensive and risky,” said Tom Sanzillo, director of finance at Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “The island’s fiscal plan prioritizes renewable energy investments because they are cheaper and anti-inflationary. If implemented it gives Puerto Rico a fighting chase to recover and grow.”More ($): PREPA’s moves to rebuild its system seen as positive Recent developments show progress for Puerto Rico utilitylast_img read more

Round-up: Conte talks, Pato, Ivanovic hailed, Blues youngsters win, Pino trial, Faurlin back

first_imgReports in Italy claim their national team’s boss Antonio Conte is set to land the Chelsea manager’s job.Conte, 46, wants to take over at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea have held discussions with his representatives.Chelsea face Southampton on Saturday and John Terry will miss out again because of his hamstring injury.Interim boss Guus Hiddink has praised stand-in captain Branislav Ivanovic for the leadership qualities he has shown while Terry has been out.Hiddink has also suggested that impressive youngster Bertrand Traore is ahead of recent signing Alexandro Pato in the pecking order of Chelsea forwards.Traore scored in the recent win against Manchester CitySpeaking of impressive youngsters – holders Chelsea beat Reading 2-1 at the Bridge to reach the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.Meanwhile, Celta Vigo midfielder Yelko Pino is training with QPR ahead of a possible move to Loftus Road.Pino, 19, played for Rangers’ development side in a 2-2 draw against Millwall on Friday, as did another trialist, former MK Dons winger Kelvin Osei-Addo, who scored.QPR midfielder Frankie Sutherland has made another loan move, this time joining League Two club Crawley Town.Alejandro Faurlin has been passed fit after a recent thigh problem and is in the Rangers squad for Saturday’s game against Birmingham.Faurlin could return to the Rangers starting line-upFulham, on the other hand, have had some bad news on the injury front – Lasse Vigen Christensen faces a further four weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.Hayes & Yeading United have made their third new signing in a week with the arrival of winger Shepherd Murombedzi.And in handball, Ruislip Eagles will face London GD in the semi-finals of the EHA National Cup after beating Cambridge.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa doing ‘quite well’: Fitch

first_img28 July 2009 Kalema said South Africa’s ratings have been on negative outlook since November 2008, when Fitch took negative rating action on a number of major emerging markets in the face of the sudden and fast deterioration of the global economic environment in the second half of last year. South Africa’s ratings could come under further downward pressure if economic recovery is weaker and more protracted than Fitch currently expects, leading to a worsening of key credit indicators. Fitch, which provides the world’s credit markets with independent and prospective credit opinions, research, and data, affirmed all of South Africa’s sovereign ratings South Africa is weathering the global recession “quite well” compared to other developing countries, and political risk has eased since April’s smooth transfer of power to President Jacob Zuma’s administration, says Fitch Ratings. The agency therefore expects the government debt ratio to rise from a low of 27% in the 2008 financial year to around one-third by the 2010 financial year, while external debt ratios are also forecast to rise as borrowing is stepped up to finance public sector investment and the current account deficit. Prudent fiscal policy Monetary stimulus Trade and capital flows The country’s long-term foreign currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) is “BBB+” and the long-term local currency IDR is “A”. The outlooks on the long-term foreign and local currency IDRs remain negative, while Fitch has affirmed the country ceiling at “A”. Political risk “Though portfolio flows have since returned and the rand has recovered most of the ground lost since March 2009, the combined impact of global recession and a domestic cyclical downturn will be more broadly felt in 2009.” “South Africa has been affected mainly through trade and capital flows channels; there were large portfolio outflows and a sharp weakening of the currency,” Fitch said. Falling inflation and slower private credit growth in response to earlier monetary tightening is also allowing a monetary stimulus, Fitch says, noting that interest rates have been reduced by 450 basis points since December, which will help support growth into 2010. Fitch’s earlier forecast of recession has been confirmed, but the agency now forecasts that South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) will contract by one to two percent in 2009. The country’s current account deficit could approach five to six percent of GDP in the current fiscal year, and remain high, albeit declining, in the subsequent two years. Source: BuaNews Some of the imbalances in the economy are starting to ease, with credit growth slowing sharply and domestic inflationary pressures abating.center_img “South Africa is weathering the global recession and credit crunch quite well compared to its rating peers,” Veronica Kalema, director of Fitch’s sovereign group, said in a statement on Monday. As the deficit will not be fully covered by increased public sector borrowing and foreign direct investment, financing will still rely on portfolio flows, presenting a persistent risk to macroeconomic stability given continued volatile global risk appetite, Fitch says. However, the increase in debt of the broader public sector, which includes non-financial public enterprises, will be much starker as infrastructure spending is stepped up. An “A” rating denotes expectations of low default risk. The capacity for payment of financial commitments is considered strong. This capacity may, nevertheless, be more vulnerable to adverse business or economic conditions than is the case for higher ratings. Country ceilings reflect Fitch’s judgment regarding the risk of capital and exchange controls being imposed by the sovereign authorities that would prevent or materially impede the private sector’s ability to convert local currency into foreign currency and transfer to non-resident creditors. “Although GDP will fall by one to two percentage points this year, this will be far less than most ‘BBB’ category sovereigns,” she said. According to Fitch, South Africa’s post-election political landscape and its implications for policy is still unfolding, at a time when the budget deficit is rising sharply and the current account deficit, while diminished, remains large and presents continuing financing challenges. According to Fitch, several years of prudent fiscal policy have given South Africa the fiscal space to weather a temporary increase in the budget deficit without the debt ratio exceeding “BBB” category medians. However, political risk has not diminished completely – expectations have been raised, and sporadic riots are a reminder that service delivery, which is a priority for the new government, has the potential to threaten political stability unless effectively addressed, says Fitch. A weakening of the policy environment would also be ratings-negative, the agency says. However, if the country navigates the downturn over the next 12 to 18 months without a sharp deterioration of its credit metrics, and with macroeconomic stability intact, the outlook would be revised to stable. “A smooth political transition after the fourth post-apartheid general election, the most vigorously contested so far, has reduced short-term political uncertainty, strengthened democracy and should ease investor concerns as the country navigates the downturn,” Fitch said. In addition, due to tighter regulation and supervision, the South African banking sector has been relatively insulated from the global credit crunch, and although banking sector asset quality and profitability are worsening in the economic downturn, the sector is better placed than most “BBB” country banking sectors to support the recovery. In the longer term, this investment will help the country ease some of the structural constraints to a higher growth potential, which will be key to an improvement in its sovereign rating. Country ratings affirmed High wage pressures also present a challenge to public finances, inflation and competitiveness.last_img read more

SA sets up forum to tackle xenophobia

first_img27 June 2013 Home Affairs Deputy Minister Fatima Chohan has announced the establishment of a forum to conduct dialogues across South Africa on issues related to xenophobia. Chohan made the announcement after meeting with business and community leaders in Pretoria on Wednesday. Addressing the media after the meeting, Chohan said the government was gravely concerned about the level of violence directed at foreign nationals. “We felt there was a need to discuss the matter with foreign national business people,” she said. The discussions were sparked by the recent spate of incidents of violence directed at foreign nationals. In some instances, businesses belonging to foreign nationals were looted. Chohan said she hoped the forum would encourage people to address the challenges they faced. “We believe this is a healthy way to address conflicts. We hope this will result in a process and culture of resolving problems. We also think the forum will assist in bringing people together,” Chohan said, adding that there was a need to develop an understanding of other cultures. According to Chohan, the dialogues are expected to start in Gauteng, as it is the most affected province. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Opening game loss not dampening UE Lady Warriors’ confidence

first_imgLATEST STORIES Captain Kath Arado said the Lady Warriors’ five-set loss to University of the Philippines, 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center is just a cross mark in their schedule.“Yeah, we can still do it, we have 13 more games and some additional in the Final Four,” said Arado in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesREAD: UP rallies to take five-setter over UE in UAAP volleyball opener“We just didn’t have it in the end, our tank ran out. The coaches told us in the end that it became a battle of maturity and UP already has that since its players moved smoothly and I think we have to work on that.” Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Kneeling protester Colin Kaepernick agrees to confidential NFL settlement MANILA, Philippines—A defeat in the opening game of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament isn’t enough to dampen University of the East’s confidence.ADVERTISEMENT Arado finished the first game of the tournament with 21 excellent digs and 18 excellent receptions as she tried to will the Lady Warriors in the game albeit ending in a loss.Although Arado finished with solid numbers in the defensive end, most of UP’s attacks weren’t directed at her and were instead sent to wing spikers Judith Abil and Mary Ann Mendrez.“I wasn’t receiving any attacks since the first set so I kept on thinking where I would position myself because nothing came my way,” said Arado. “I got fired up and I think it’s good to think that UP’s game plan was to really avoid me.”“Defense is my specialty and why would you [the Lady Maroons] target me if I can easily receive it.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

The Inbound Marketing Book Charity Challenge

first_imgRoom To Read 53) Chris Winfield Inbound Marketing Book [tweet @om] 13) Robert Scoble [tweet @scobleizer] Why are we doing this? Please help spread the word and get us tweets — particularly tweets from VIPs.  Oh, and if you have a cause or a company that needs to get more visibility, please encourage others to tweet it too — particularly some of the people on our VIP list below.  In return, we’re going to donate up to $12,000 to Room To read. Here’s how we will calculate the donation: Donation Amount = 43) David Allen 26) Sarah Evans 22) Loic Le Meur 48) John Battelle Dedicating a library to a brilliant inbound marketer:  [tweet @algore] this evening with some advice on how we could have done better.  I read the article a few minutes ago (I’m at O’Hare airport), and decided to try a “Take 2” on the Inbound Marketing Book Charity Challenge. I’ll post a link the original once I have Internet access again — for now, I have to go catch a flight.  (which skyrocketed to the #1 marketing book this weekend), we’re kicking off an inbound marketing campaign to promote the inbound marketing book (yes, it’s very meta).  We want to simultaneously help Room To Read, which we think is a great cause.  (done) Deadline:  Midnight Sunday, February 28th.  37) Jack Dorsey 38) Scott Stratten is a fantastic organization whose mission is to help increase literacy in the world by distributing books to millions of children in developing countries.  To celebrate the recent success of the 52) Mitch Kapor 51) Joel Spolsky 36) Michael Arrington [email protected] [tweet @pogue] (thanks for all that you do @roomtoread!) 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[tweet @mattcutts] 27) Om Malik 23) John Jantsch 35) Jeremy Schoemaker 5) Seth Godin 54) Avinash Kaushik (thanks, and great job spreadin the word!) 24) Dan Schawbel [tweet @jowyang] 21) Jeremiah Owyang Each tweet is currently worth: $0.90! 25) Laura Fitton 20) MC Hammer [tweet @mchammer] [tweet @dannysullivan] Example:  So far, 11 VIPs have already tweeted, so each tweet is worth $0.55 (11 x $0.05).  We have 300 tweets, so the donation amount is $165.  If you convince a new VIP to tweet, it raises the per-tweet amount.  If your tweet encourages others to tweet, it increases the donation amount.  Just help spread the word. 3) RoomToRead @dharmesh VIP List (Each One Increases Donation per Tweet) 42) Biz Stone (thanks @neilpatel!) Inbound Marketing 44) Chris Saccalast_img read more