CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 7/10/2020

July 10, 2020

James Harris9:39 AM (2 hours ago)
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Harrison County reported three new COVID-19 cases and nine more recoveries, on Thursday.

County Judge Chad Sims noted that of the 398 cumulative total of positive cases, 30 have ended in death, and 252 have been recoveries, for a current total of 116 active cases.

A free testing site was offered at Marshall Convention Center on Thursday. The site had reached its limit by 1 p.m., but county officials will announce more testing dates soon.

“As of 1 p.m., we were notified that the maximum testing limit for the day has been reached at the free testing site at the Marshall Convention Center and no more test will be performed today,” Jennifer Hancock, executive director of Marshall-Harrison County Health District said Thursday afternoon.

Gregg County COVID-19 cases up by 50; Smith County numbers rise 56

With schools ordered to open next month, Texas teachers ask, ‘It is worth risking our lives?’
…The state’s mandate that schools provide in-person instruction to families that want it — with a few exceptions — has stoked anxiety among many Texas teachers, administrators and support staff who worry their return to campus will accelerate the spread of COVID-19, putting them and their loved ones in danger…Education leaders acknowledge that reopening classrooms carries risk — though the precise danger remains subject to debate. Children rarely display symptoms of COVID-19, and their rate of infection and ability to spread the virus to adults remains relatively unknown…..While state officials are mandating the option of five-days-a-week, on-campus instruction, they are leaving many decisions about safety, staffing and scheduling to each school district….

J. HARRIS: 

1. I don’t plan to become involved in school issues. We have a knowledgeable and dedicated school board as well as good administrators and teachers. They’ll figure it out. Of course, this could be a great time to see if the world can live without high school sports and confine high school athletics to safer and cheaper and less time consuming intermural sports. This is a terrible time to be having group sports practices, sanctioned or “spontaneous.”

2. I plan to concentrate on hospital COVID census’ and hospital bed availability, and not worry with daily COVID counts they the reader can easily access in the newspaper or online. 
Harrison County Health Dept is : https://mhchd.org/    They are linked with the good state sites as well. 

HOPKINS: Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: Implications for Infection Prevention Precautions (WHO) This document is an update to the scientific brief published on 29 March 2020 entitled “Modes of transmission of virus causing COVID-19: implications for infection prevention and control (IPC) precaution recommendations” and includes new scientific evidence available on the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. (An extensive review)

COVID-19: the worst may be yet to come(a brief world summary)
“…Two seroprevalence studies from Spain and Geneva published in The Lancet reveal an estimated seroprevalence of 5% nationally (10% in urban areas) and 10·8%, respectively. Even if antibodies confer immunity, most of the global population remains susceptible to SARS-CoV-2. 5 months after WHO declared the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak a global health emergency, the virus continues to beat a concerning and complex path. For much of the globe, the worst may be yet to come.”Reflecting on experiences of social distancing

“…Phenomenological reflection on our experiences, on what we have gained and lost during the pandemic, can also lead to a renewed and deeper appreciation of what we had previously taken for granted—our embodied being with others in a shared world….Previous schedules have been largely removed from daily life, resulting in changes to our experience of time. The loss of norms, routines, and structure alters our sense of temporal passage. Some people report that time feels like an undifferentiated flow, an experience that is disorienting and dispiriting…”

(J. Harris, a personal note: My wife and I are constantly amazed at how fast the time is going by for us in our isolation. Are we the only ones? Have a nice weekend.)

German sausage jokes are just the wurst England doesn’t have a kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool. 

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