April 25, 2020
MARSHALL/HARRISON COUNTY COVID REPORT FROM JUDGE CHAD SIMS FOR FRIDAY:
April 24, 2020 – We have 8 new positives to report today for a total of 71 cases (remove the 7 deaths & 6 recoveries leaves 58 active cases). Even as the Governor is relaxing some of the restrictions, specifically on retail stores, we must continue to take strong precautions to prevent the spread. I know that wearing a mask is odd and uncomfortable, but for your protection and others around you, please make it a habit… just like putting on your seatbelt.
Don’t forget about the testing site set up for tomorrow at the Marshall Convention Center (see attachment).
Potential for bad weather this evening too, so keep an eye on it.
Note Fewer New Cases For Most Areas Recently, But Harrison County Has 7 New Cases.
SHREVEPORT:As of Friday, the Louisiana Department of Public Health reports that Caddo Parish coronavirus cases increased from 1,389 on Thursday to 1,407 on Friday,
Caddo Parish has more than 100 COVID-19 deaths as of Friday, the Caddo Parish Coroner’s office reports. There now are 101 parish residents who have died from the novel coronavirus. The first Caddo Parish coronavirus death occurred March 24. The average age of decedents is 70.5 with the youngest age 22, the oldest 96. This tally lists 44 black males, 29 black females, 16 white females and 12 white males.
Bossier Parish increased from 255 on Thursday to 258 on Friday. Bossier Parish has 12 deaths related to COVID-19 as of Thursday.
YOUNG AND MIDDLE-AGED PEOPLE, BARELY SICK WITH COVID-19, ARE DYING FROM STROKES
Many researchers suspect strokes in covid-19 patients may be a direct consequence of blood problems that are producing clots all over some people’s bodies.
(THIS IS A GOOD REASON TO CONTINUE AVOIDING PEOPLE, WEARING MASKS, AND GLOVES—THESE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVING STROKES RELATED TO C-19)
Isolating the Sick at Home, Italy Stores Up Family Tragedies
Personal Comment, JHarris: In China, the C-19 victims were and are isolated and quarantined in special facilities while their contacts were tracked, and their disease ameliorated, or they died. In Italy, on the other hand, the ill stayed at home with all their family members who frequently became ill and not infrequently, died. The above article looks at both places.
What are we doing and what will we do in the future in the US? It looks like we are most often on our own — starting at the family level, then the neighborhood area, city, county, state, regional, and national levels. Depending on location, treatment and follow-up should including tracking and preventative measures. However, procedures might be and are considerably different from one place to another. Hopefully, by the time vaccinations are available, the US will be better organized.
Hopefully, we will soon have adequate tests, trackers, effective medications, and the needed vaccinations. But it will take time. In the meantime, segregation and isolation of the ill should generate less viral disease, less illness, and less death. I doubt that the US will ever settle on just one program. We are too diverse, too blindered, and way too numerous.
We are fortunate in this country to have health care workers who are willing to take monumental personal risks despite chaotic political and medical leadership. We are fortunate to have good, sometimes great, medical institutions, including those of the VA and Military.
We are fortunate to have lots of “Indians,” because we damn sure have too many “Chiefs,” and departments, and agencies and centers and organizations and services and generals. We need efficient medical and political leadership, at every level. We don’t need any more daily “dog and pony” shows.
More than likely, when this is ended, we will have a single payor medical system as well.
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