March 28, 2020
1. NYT CASE MAP—CONSTANTLY UPDATED
Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count
2. OXYGEN DELIVERY DEVICEs:
A. OXYGEN (O2) MASKS ALONE WITHOUT PRESSURE:
These may be tubes in the nostrils, a small mask over the nose and throat, or a shield over the face and perhaps the head — even a scuba mask. These simple systems are generally available and flow O2 without pressure for the patient to inhale. The patient must be able to breathe on his own. These O2 lines and be divided and can supply many patients at the same time without risk. In virtually all American hospitals, O2 is piped into each hospital room and service area. O2 can be delivered and used at home out of big green pressurized bottles.
B. O2 DELIVERY SYSTEMS with PRESSURIZED FLOW DIRECTLY INTO THE LUNGS WITH OR WITHOUT A TUBE INTO THE TRACHEA/LUNGS
These are the VENTILATORS that are in short supply. Oxygen is delivered even into stiff, sick lungs in the computerized and observed exact amounts needed for each individual patient based on their size, lung volumes, and needs. More basic ventilators without all the bells and whistles can be mass-produced without much trouble. The management of these devices requires training and experience and semi-sterile techniques. Ventilators force air with increased amounts of oxygen into the patient’s lungs. (From NYT: …a Medtronic ventilator has about 1,500 parts, supplied by 14 separate countries. More machines might, at best, be manufactured by the hundreds a month — but not by the thousands, as is needed right now).
3. COVID-19 Screening Tool
This tool can help you understand what to do next about COVID-19.
4. NEW COVID-19 TEST LATE NEXT WEEK WITH RESULTS IN ONLY A FEW HOURS. No details available at present.
5. FOLLOW THE MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER FOR AREA REPORTS SUCH AS:
[Marsews Messenger] Smith County issues two-week stay at home order
][Marshall News Messenger Wiley College employee tested positive for COVID-19, the school says
Christus COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-458-4559 to evaluate symptoms and get instructions on testing, if appropriate, and instructions on self-isolation.
6. COVID-19 cases in Northeast Texas by county*
Smith: 27 cases, 1 death | Gregg: 4 | Angelina: 1 | Bowie: 1 | Cass: 1 | Cherokee: 1 | Harrison: 1 | Hopkins: 1 | Morris: 1 | Nacogdoches: 1 | Rusk: 2 | Shelby: 1 | Upshur: 1 | Van Zandt: 1
As of afternoon on Friday, March 27, 2020.
From the Longview paper.
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