CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 7/2/2020

July 2, 2020

MNM REPORTS 2 NEW HARRISON COUNTY COVID CASES FOR WEDNESDAY.

Smith County COVID-19 cases jump by 36 as Tyler hospitals admit 17 new East Texas patients

Smith County COVID-19 cases rose by 36 Wednesday for a current active count of 357 as Tyler hospitals admitted 17 additional East Texas patients for the virus.

The county’s cumulative count has reached 654, which includes 357 active cases, 293 recoveries and four deaths, according to the Northeast Texas Public Health District.

This recent rise in totals comes one day after the county set a new daily highest record of 52.

Seventy-five patients from East Texas are being treated in Tyler hospitals, which is up 17 from Tuesday.

Gregg County COVID-19 cases jumped by 16 on Wednesday.

Coronavirus concerns prompt city of Galveston to close beaches for July 4th weekend

Face Shields and Containment of COVID-19Face Shields and Containment of COVID-19

Face shields offer a number of advantages. While medical masks have limited durability and little potential for reprocessing, face shields can be reused indefinitely and are easily cleaned with soap and water, or common household disinfectants. They are comfortable to wear, protect the portals of viral entry, and reduce the potential for autoinoculation by preventing the wearer from touching their face. People wearing medical masks often have to remove them to communicate with others around them; this is not necessary with face shields. The use of a face shield is also a reminder to maintain social distancing, but allows visibility of facial expressions and lip movements for speech perception.

Face shields come in various forms, but all provide a clear plastic barrier that covers the face. For optimal protection, the shield should extend below the chin anteriorly, to the ears laterally, and there should be no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield’s headpiece. Face shields require no special materials for fabrication and production lines can be repurposed fairly rapidly. Numerous companies, including Apple, Nike, GM, and John Deere, have all started producing face shields. These shields can be made from materials found in craft or office supply stores. Thus, availability of face shields is currently greater than that of medical masks.

Face shields, which can be quickly and affordably produced and distributed, should be included as part of strategies to safely and significantly reduce transmission in the community setting. Now is the time for adoption of this practical intervention.Face shields, which can be quickly and affordably produced and distributed, should be included as part of strategies to safely and significantly reduce transmission in the community setting. Now is the time for adoption of this practical intervention.

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