CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 3/26/2020

March 26, 2020

Positive case of Coronavirus found in Harrison County

1. MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER: THERE ARE SEVERAL IMPORTANT ARTICLES IN TODAYS LOCAL PAPER https://www.marshallnewsmessenger.com/eedition/page-a/page_b8e5f95f-a4ea-5d97-9ede-7b0796715ebc.html#utm_source=marshallnewsmessenger.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletters%2Flists%2Feedition%2F%3F-dc%3D1585216802&utm_medium=email&utm_content=image

2. Protecting health care workers is essential, and despite increases in production, we cannot avoid the reality that demand for N95 respirator masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) will continue to exceed supply for the near future. We must conserve masks and other protective equipment now, so that clinicians can be protected later.
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2005118?query=TOC

3. Can people become immune? It’s one of the most pressing questions: Do people who recover from Covid-19 develop immunity to the virus? So far, evidence points to a qualified yes. But a lot is still unknown. For instance: Do the antibodies give lifelong immunity — as with polio or measles — or is the protection narrow and likely to fade, as with antibodies for colds and the flu?   (My best guess is some imperfect immunity will be conved to the infected, most of whom are without symptoms or apparent illness—especially children). JHarrisMD

4. FYI Madrid is converting an ice rink into a makeshift morgue, as Spain’s case count nears 48,000. The country has recorded more than 3,400 deaths linked to the coronavirus, second most in the world after Italy. In NY City they are using refrigerated trucks.

5. A Verizon Web Site said to help local business: https://www.verizon.com/pay-it-forward-live/?sourceID=SmartLink&cmp=EMC_SLNON_IN_APP_COVID-19_PAYINGFORWARD_20200325&medium=SMS&campaignName=COVID-19+-+Paying+Forward+-+SMS+-+20200325&campaignGroup=General&campaignSource=CRM&extSystemTransactionId=SL-D4135836-2A5E-4958-BB6A-6D53AB433D6F

6. A ventilator rationing article/video from WSJ sent by R. Anderson: video will play without a subscription to the paper.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/lacking-ventilators-hospitals-seek-out-alternative-device-11585154579

7. This appears to be a good article on treatment and vaccines in development. I don’t know anything about the web site, but I believe it to be reliable. https://medium.com/@indica/the-latest-coronavirus-drugs-and-vaccines-748d367313ae The Latest Coronavirus Drugs and VaccinesIn two infographics

8. From Time Magazine: https://time.com/5805368/will-coronavirus-go-away-world-health-organization/   Will the Coronavirus Ever Go Away? Here’s What One of the WHO’s Top Experts Thinks:  
would your message be for young people around the world? This is one of the most serious diseases you will face in your lifetime, and recognize that and respect it. It is dangerous to you as an individual. It is dangerous to your parents, to your grandparents and the elderly in particular and it is dangerous to your society in general. You are not an island in this, you are part of a broader community, you are part of transmission chains. If you get infected you are making this much more complicated and you are putting people in danger, not just yourself.


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City of Marshall Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency Related to Communicable Disease

[Marshall, Texas, March 26, 2020]

On March 26, 2020, at 11:30 a.m., City of Marshall Mayor Terri Brown issued a Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency Related to Communicable Disease in conjunction with Harrison County Judge Chad Sims as a positive test of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported in Harrison County, Texas. Additional information and data are being collected at this time. The City of Marshall Emergency Management Team composed of representatives from the City of Marshall, Harrison County, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System – Marshall and the Marshall – Harrison County Health District continue to meet on a regular basis to review developments and make appropriate responses to safeguard our community.

Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency Related to Communicable Disease

WHEREAS, the disease Covid-19 currently poses a significant health risk to the residents of the City of Marshall and has been declared a World, National and State Health Emergency; and,

WHEREAS, the Covid-19 disease was confirmed to exist in Harrison County as of March 26, 2020; and,

WHEREAS, as City of Marshall Mayor, I have concerns regarding finite accommodations for an influx of local Covid-19 patients, personal protective equipment shortages for emergency response personnel and the potential for the escalating spread of the disease in pandemic form; and,

WHEREAS, it is necessary to preserve and protect the public health of the residents of the City of Marshall with the disease already present in the County; and,

WHEREAS, on the date of this declaration, the Harrison County Judge has also issued a declaration of a public health emergency.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY TERRI BROWN, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF MARSHALL, TEXAS:

l.          That a local state of disaster and public health emergency is hereby declared in the City of Marshall pursuant to §418. l08(a) of the Texas Government Code.

2.         Pursuant to §418.108(b) of the Texas Government Code, the local state of disaster and public health emergency shall continue for a period of not more than seven (7) days from the date of this declaration unless continued or renewed by the Marshall City Commission.

3.         Pursuant to §418.108(c) of the Texas Government Code, this declaration of a local state of disaster and public health emergency shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the City Secretary.

4.         Pursuant to §418.108(d) of the Texas Government Code, this declaration of a local state of disaster and public health emergency activates the Marshall Emergency Management Plan.

5.         Pursuant to §418.108(g) of the Texas Government Code, this declaration of a local state of disaster authorizes the Mayor to control ingress to and egress from the City of Marshall and to control the movement of persons and the occupancy of premises within the City of Marshall.

6.         All officers and employees of the City of Marshall, including without limitation all law enforcement officers employed by the City of Marshall and all emergency medical personnel employed by the City of Marshall, are hereby authorized and directed to cooperate to the fullest extent allowed by law with the health authority designated by the City of Marshall pursuant to Chapter 121 of the Texas Health and Safety Code to enforce any and all communicable disease control measure by said health authority pursuant to Chapter 81 of the Texas Health and Safety Code or other applicable law.

This declaration shall take effect immediately from and after its issuance. ORDERED and DECLARED this 26th day of March 2020.

Terri Brown
Mayor, City of Marshall

 
Citizens are urged to follow following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) national guidelines and the Executive Order GA-08 by Governor Greg Abbott.
It has been expressed that our community practice Social Distancing which includes:
1.         Restrict physical contact and publicly used areas.
2.         Maintain a safe distance of six (6’) feet between individuals.
3.         Every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 or more per Executive Order of Governor Abbott.
4.         Residents should not visit nursing homes, retirement, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
5.        In accordance with the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors. Residents may still utilize drive-thru, pickup, or             delivery options through the Executive Order.
6.         Regularly wash hands with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
7.         Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
8.         If soap is not available, use at least a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
9.         Avoid close contact with people who are sick. All persons should remain in the home if one person in the home exhibits symptoms.

If you are experiencing fever, cough or difficulty breathing, been exposed to a sick traveler or been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Be sure to call before going to your doctor or an emergency department to prevent any potential spread.


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