CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 7/21/2020

July 21, 2020

James HarrisAttachments12:50 PM (36 minutes ago)
to Ron

Marshall ISD outlines plan to start 2020-21 school year

HARRISON COUNTY RECENT COVID CASES: SUNDAY 6, MONDAY 5 NEW CASES.
LOOK BELOW FOR AREA NUMBERS, ICU BED AVAILABLE (IMPROVED A BIT GENERALLY)


Some Texas hospitals running out of drugs, beds, ventilators amid COVID-19 surge
…However, Longview hospital officials say, though a recent spike in COVID-19 cases has forced facilities to devote more resources to treat patients, they aren’t experiencing the problems plaguing parts of the state.

“The recent increase in COVID-19 cases has resulted in devoting more of our resources to COVID care,” said Todd Hancock, president and CEO of Christus Good Shepherd Health System. “However, our hospitals, emergency rooms, operating rooms and clinics remain open, safe places for all to receive quality care. We have the beds, ventilators, personal protective equipment and all of the other resources necessary to meet the needs of our community.

“Our emergency preparations … include the monitoring and evaluation of our capacity and supplies across all areas of our ministry. One of the great benefits of being a part of a multinational health system … is that we are able to share supplies and equipment between other ministries. In the event that we need to move additional resources to Christus Good Shepherd … we are prepared to do so.”

JOHNS HOPKINS SELECTED:1. Dexamethasone in Hospitalized Patients with Covid-19 — Preliminary (J. Harris: A NEJM study. Confusing. Not much help with steroids in the vein — some, but not much. BEST WEAR YOUR MASK)

2. CHILDREN AND SCHOOLS:A recent study by researchers in South Korea, published in the US CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, found that SARS-CoV-2 transmission was far more common in household settings compared to public settings. Based on analysis of more than 59,000 contacts of more than 5,700 COVID-19 “index patients,” the researchers found that household contacts were more than 6 times more likely to become infected than non-household contacts. The study identified cases in 11.8% of household contacts, compared to only 1.9% of non-household contacts. Notably, households with an “index patient” aged 10-19 years were at even higher risk for transmission—cases identified in 18.6% of household contacts, compared to 11.8% in households with “index patients” of other ages. The lowest transmission risk among household contacts was for “index patients” aged 0-9 years. In these households, cases were identified in only 5.3% of household contacts; however, this was still greater than the overall risk for non-household contacts. This indicates that children who are infected at school could transmit the infection at home more easily than in other settings, particularly for older children, which would put other family members at increased risk. The study only evaluated symptomatic cases, so further evaluation is required to better characterize the role of asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic transmission by children.
It appears that there may be significant risk of transmission by children as they return to in-person classes, and many schools are evaluating options for remote/online classes this fall. Other options include home schooling, which some parents are investigating after positive experiences with remote classes this spring after most schools closed. While these options may appear similar on the surface, remote classes and home schooling are very different. Home school options vary widely, including utilizing existing curricula or developing personalized course work, and the standards and requirements vary from state to state. While online classes and home school may be effective, they may not be viable options for everyone. These options may require computers, tablets, or smartphones and reliable high-speed internet service to fully participate, particularly for live-streamed classes or video sessions. Availability for both computers and internet services may not be feasible for lower-income families or those living in remote areas, and many parents may not be able to continue to work remotely or remain at home in order to supervise their children during the day.

3. Absence of Apparent Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from Two Stylists After Exposure at a Hair Salon with a Universal Face Covering Policy — Springfield, Missouri, May 2020. Among 139 clients exposed to two symptomatic hair stylists with confirmed COVID-19 while both the stylists and the clients wore face masks, no symptomatic secondary cases were reported; among 67 clients tested for SARS-CoV-2, all test results were negative. Adherence to the community’s and company’s face-covering policy likely mitigated spread of SARS-CoV-2. (CDC MMWR, 7/17/20)Absence of Apparent Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from Two Stylists After Exposure at a Hair Salon with a Universal Face Covering Policy — Springfield, Missouri, May 2020. Among 139 clients exposed to two symptomatic hair stylists with confirmed COVID-19 while both the stylists and the clients wore face masks, no symptomatic secondary cases were reported; among 67 clients tested for SARS-CoV-2, all test results were negative. Adherence to the community’s and company’s face-covering policy likely mitigated spread of SARS-CoV-2. (CDC MMWR, 7/17/20)

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