Healthcare Workers Give Personal Touch to Caring for COVID Patients

United States – Healthcare workers are taking back how they care for COVID19 patients in hospitals across the nation.  With the COVID outbreak, patients have been in hospitals without loved ones  surrounding them and dealing with medical staff completely gloved up, masks, shields and everything to protect them from the spread of the virus.

Healthcare workers find it has been emotionally heartwrentching not being able to “touch” their patients or able to connect with them by their sickly patients see who they are behind the masks.

A new PPE idea has sparked a spread of wildfire across Social Media and allowing healthcare workers to enable them to provide a “personal touch” to their most vulnerable patients.

Check out this great new PPE Portrait Project.  https://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2020/04/10/portraits-on-covid-19-protective-gear-reveal-human-faces-providing-care/ and https://med.stanford.edu/pcph/research/ppe-project.html

Photo Credit |

Steven Asch@steveaschmd
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Human connection is even more important in times. but masks get in the way. The @StanfordDeptMed sticker portrait project literally puts a human face on providers. Patients and providers love it!

Let us know if you are using this new PPE.  We want to share your goodfeel stories!

Please be safe, stay sane and healthy.  We are pulling for you.

NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/8/2020 2150 PDT

News in a COVID 19 World | Northwest News | April 18, 2020

We are going back to our roots of covering Public Safety and other news in today’s COVID19 world.  Here are the stories that are happening in the Northwest on this Saturday, April 18, 2020.

Thank you for reading our post and we wish you to remain healthy and safe.  – Ed.

Washington State

COVID cases

  • In the State, there were 11,802 confirmed cases with 624 total deaths.  About 135,706 have been tested and cases are approximately 8.78% are testing postive as up to April 14, 2020. Datat was backlogged from April 4th.
  • There are 436 unassigned total confirmed cases.
  • Everyday, acute care hospitals are reporting the number of patients with lab-confirmed COVID cases in their hospitals and intensive care units (ICU) to the Department of Health.

Age Groups

  • 3% of those 0-19 years of age are confirmed cases; there have been no deaths among this age group.
  • 28% of the confirmed cases are those aged between 20-39 years of age and none of them have been reported as dying.
  • 34% of confirmed cases are 40-59 years of age and 8% in this age group have been reported as deaths.
  • 24% of confirmed cases are those aged from 60-79 years old. About 37% of them have died.
  • Those who are over 80 years of age are about 10% of the confirmed cases and over half of them are dying which equals to about 54% of this age group.
  • About 52% of the confirmed cases are women and about 43% of them are dying.
  • Men equate to 45% of the confirmed cases and about 57% of them are passing away.
  • There is a 3% unknown/give or take in the numbers.

Race Stats

  • Hardest hit populations of confirmed cases are:  about 54% are white or about 3,676 individuals (68% of the State population); 26% of the cases are hispanic or about 13% of the State population. Black population is about 451 confirmed cases and about 7% of the total cases, or about 4% of the State’s population.
  • About 416 white patients passed away which has been 75% of all total deaths followed by 11% Asian cases at 59 total deaths or 11% of the total deaths, about 9% of the State’s popluation.

Hospitalizations

The State’s residents and businesses have been pushing the local Government into reopening but some are warning of great impacts to more confirmed cases and increased deaths.

There are 92 acute care hospitals in the State, excluding 2 military hospitals. Behavioral health hospitals are excluded from the number count.  Information is reported daily to the State’s Public Health agency.

Here is what the week of April 10-17th looked like for our hospitals.

4/10/2020, FRIDAY

  • 83 hospitals reported in
  • 651 COVID cases
  • 191 in ICU

4/11/2020, SATURDAY

  • 50 hospitals reported in – decrease of reporting by 33 hospitals
  • 528 COVID cases – down by 123  COVID patients cases
  • 166 in ICU – down by 25 patients

4/12/2020, SUNDAY

  • 46 hospitals reporting in – decreased by 4
  • 388 COVID cases reported – a decrease of 140
  • 99 in ICU – down by 67 patients

4/13/2020, MONDAY

  • 89 hospitals reporting in – an increase of 43 hospitals
  • 645 COVID cases reported – a large increase of 257 cases
  • 194 in ICU – an increase up to 95 patients

4/14/2020, TUESDAY

  • 88 hospitals reporting – down by 1 hospital
  • 618 COVID cases reported – down 27 hospitalized
  • 201 ICU patients – increased up 7 patients

4/15/2020, WEDNESDAY

  • 87 hospitals reporting in – down by 1 facility
  • 622 hospitalized COVID cases – up 4 patients
  • 195 ICU patients – down from 6 patients

4/16/2020, THURSDAY

  • 83 hospitals reporting in – down 4
  • 518 COVID hospitalized patients – down from 104 patients
  • 155 in ICU – down from 40 from the day before

4/17/2020, FRIDAY

  • 83 hospitals reporting in – remains the same
  • 586 COVID patients – up from 38
  • 193 in ICU – an increase of 38

4/18/2020, SATURDAY

ADAMS

  • Cases:  40 confirmed w/0 deaths.

ASOTIN

  • Cases: 12 total.. 0 deaths.

BENTON

  • Cases: 304. 34 total deaths.

Chelan

  • 65 total cases. 5 deaths.

Clallam

  • 14 total cases.  0 deaths.

Clark

  • 264 total cases. 15 total deaths.

Columbia

  • 1 case. 0 deaths.

Cowlitz

  • 29 total cases. 0 deaths.

Douglas

  • 31 total cases. 1 death.

Ferry

  • 1 total case. 0 deaths.

Franklin

  • 177 total cases. 4 deaths.

Garfield

  • 0 cases.

Grant

  • 137 total cases. 2 deaths.

Grays Harbor

  • 12 total cases. 0 deaths.

Island

  • 157 total cases. 8 deaths.

Jefferson

  • 29 total cases. 0 deaths.

King

Photo Credit:  City of Seattle.gov

  • 5,024 total cases. 339 deaths.
  • 136 total cases. 1 death.

(Source:  Seattle-King County Department of Public Health)

  • Amazon workers call for a virtual walkout in response to firings and working conditions amid the pandemic. (Source: Local news media)
  • UW coronavirus model says the State can safely reopen the week of May 18, 2020. (Source: News media)
  • Seattle: Parks remain open this weekend for walking, running, passing through. NO crowds or they’ll be shutdown. (Source: Public Health – Seattle & King County)
  • King County trails are closed and its making some residents unhappy. (Source: One poster asks the media)
  • Olympia: protesters plan to gather in Olympia to protest the stay-at-home order on Sunday, April 19, 2020. WSP won’t stop the protest but will enforce social distancing. (Source: Media)
  • COVID patients with Kidney failure: A nationwide alarm to get more ventilators for those with an unexpected toll on those with this medical condition. The plea has been ongoing for weeks. (Source:  Media)
  • Seattle’s Army Hospital: closes after 3 days without treating a single patient. (Source: US Army)
  • Online gardening classes:  https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/wastewater/education/events.aspx
  • Lake Washington Schools:  https://twitter.com/i/status/1250931932302438400
  • King County Metro:  1st Driver, Samina Hameed, 59 to have died from the coronavirus.
  • Duvall Distillery:  Produces hand sanditizer not vodka.

Video Credit King County TV

  • 27 confirmed cases from Life Care Center – Kirkland

Kittitas 

  • 14 total cases. 0 cases.

Klickitat

  • 16 total cases. 2 deaths.

Lewis

  • 20 total cases. 2 deaths.

Lincoln

  • 2 total cases. 0 deaths.

Mason

  • 22 total cases. 0 deaths.

Okanogan

  • 14 total cases. 0 deaths.

Pacific

  • 1 case. 0 deaths.

Pend Oreille

  • 2 total cases. 0 deaths.

Pierce  

  • 1,074 total cases. 32 deaths.

San Juan

  • 15 total cases. 0 deaths.

Skagit

  • 230 total cases. 7 deaths.

Skamania

  • 3 total cases. 0 deaths.

Snohomish

Cases

  • 2,093 total confirmed cases.
  • 164 probable cases.
  • 267 isolated at home or in long-term care with 2 in a facility.
  • 1,503 recovered cases.
  • 91 total deaths.
  • 325 under investigation.
  • 69 hospitalized.
  • 1st confirmed case was on January 21, 2020.
  • 1,207 total cases are females; 1,050 are males
  • Snohomish Co Health District: Case counts updated twice daily

Spokane

  • 298 total confirmed cases. 15 deaths.

Stevens

  • 8 total cases. 1 death.

Thurston

  • 92 total cases. 1 death.

Wahkiakum

  • 2 total cases. 0 deaths.

Walla Walla

  • 27 total cases. 0 deaths.

Whatcom

  • 273 total cases, 26 deaths.

Whitman

  • 12 total cases. 0 deaths.

Yakima 

  • 748 total cases. 35 deaths.

State Resources

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/19/2020 0100 PT

Community News | West Coast | March 29, 2020

COMMUNITY NEWS is our newest launched daily post that includes Alerts, Public Service Announcemtns and Community Needs gleaned from those across Social Media channels.

We will be posting these under this new column by each region due to the influx of massive messaging, until all of the needs have been met and/or this is all over and done with.

We ask that you partner with us by sharing this post with others in your network, friends, family, employer and other people who can be helped by this post.  This is how we know to help our West Coast peeps.

Thank you and Be Safe all.

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NATIONALLY SPEAKING

NEW! | CDC Health Alert

CDC has now issued an Alert on the severe illness associated with using Non-Pharmaceutical chloroquine Phosphate to prevent and treat coronavirus disease.  They are warning those who take this without a prescription and supervision of a healthcare provider, can cause serious health consequences, including being fatal.

2 cases reported to the CDC who ingested this drug, a chemical in it is uded for aquarium usages that is commercially available for purchase at stores and through internet websites. One of the individuals died shortly after the arrival at the hospital. The second patient is critically ill with severe gastrointestinal symptos and cardiac conduction abnormalities.  After the patient recovered, he reported that he saw on TV the usuage of this product to provent COVID19.

The product was in his possession in a powder form inside a 2.2# container labeled “for Ornamental Fish Only”.  The CDC is aware of unconfirmed reports of this product being out-of-stock due to an alarmingly increased rate of public demand.

There is currently no approval by the FDA for use of this unprescribed chemical for prevention or treatment of the COVID19 virus.

Details here —-> https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020/han00431.asp?deliveryName=USCDC_511-DM24285 (Source:  CDC)

NEW! | National Flood Insurance 

FEMA is granting those who pay flood insurance in the National Flood Insurance Program, an 120-day grace period.  Details here —> https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2020/03/29/fema-extends-grace-period-flood-insurance-renewal-premiums (Source: FEMA)

NEW! | Seniors Day

Walgreens has introduced a new service to keep Seniors Safe, supplied and connected. Every Tuesday is now Seniors Day with all-day discounts and seniors-only shopping from 8 am – 9 am. Pharmacy hours may vary.   Details here:  https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/seniorday.jsp?ext=twad_COV2a (Source: Walgreens)

NEW! | Mental Health/Illness Awareness

The National Alliance on Mental Health/Illness has a free helpline:  NAMI Helpline Monday – Friday, 1000 hours – 1800 hours (10-6) EST. Call 800-950-6264. (Source: NAMI)

HUMANITARIAN GROUPS

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is looking for monetary donations, in addition to non-perishable items such as: baby food, supplies, hygiene products, cleaning and santizing items, paper products. Check with your local Salvation Army site to learn what’s needed.  Details can be viewed on their website:  https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/covid19/.

Have lots of time on your hands and you are busy cleaning out your garage, room(s) or the whole house? It is okay to drop off to your nearest location but the Salvation Army asks that you not dump and run during the pandemic.  (Source:  Salvation Army)

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WASHINGTON STATE

NEW! | Drivers License and ID Cards

Effective March 23, 2020, customers can renew their drivers licenses an ID cards online. Those who require a visit to a driver licensing service office will be served upon appointment only.

Go to dol.wa.gov for information as your first step.  Persons under age 24 and over 70 may renew online for the next 30 days, longer if deemed necessary. They are also suspending the requirement to visit a licensing office every other renewal thereafter.

Most vehicle renewals can also be done online, by mail or over the phone.

See more information here —> https://licensingexpress.wordpress.com/2020/03/20/dol-takes-steps-to-protect-the-health-and-safety-of-customers-and-employees/

NEW!  | Funeral Guidelines

The Governor has issued guidelines on funerals and licensng to funeral homes and cemetaries.

Details here — > https://licensingexpress.wordpress.com/2020/03/28/governor-inslee-issues-additional-guidance-on-funerals/ (Source:  Gov. Jay Inslee’s Office)

NEW! | Groceries/Take Out Food Orders

There is misleading information that the virus is spreading through foods in the grocery stores and via drive-thrus at restaurants.  This is FALSE, but it is recommended after going to the grocery store to WASH YOUR HANDS. (Source:  WA DOH)

Photo Credit | WADOH

PPE Arrives in Snohomish County

County receives 9 pallets of PPE and will be distributed shortly. Thanks VPOTUS from sending them from the National Stockpile. (Source: Snohomish County government).

State Call Center

A Washington State Call Center is taking calls regarding COVID19 related questions, information on how it spreads, what to do if you have symptoms.  Call 1-800-525-0127 and press ” # “.

OREGON

We are searching for information for you, Oregon!

CALIFORNIA

Free Virtual Health Care Visits

Free Virtual Care visits for those who have mild COVID19 symptoms through Dignity Health.

We’re here for you during this challenging time of increased coronavirus cases. One of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones is to stay at home. To encourage this social distancing as well as continue to support your health and well-being, we’re offering free virtual care visits. If you or a family member have mild COVID-19 symptoms such as low-grade fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you can speak with a healthcare provider on your phone or device for free. Here are your options for accessing a virtual visit:

Once you register, enter the code COVID19 to waive the fees and proceed to your FREE visit.

Please note, we have been receiving a high volume of requests at this time. We apologize for longer than usual wait times. (Source:  Dignity Health)

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall Meeting. Tuesday, 3/31/2020. 7-8pm Livestreaming via the NorCalPublicMedia.org , TV KRCB Channel 22 and siulcast on La Mejor, KJOR 104.1 FM, in Spanish. Submit your questions prior to the broadcast to viewer@norcalpublicmedia.org  (Source: County of Sonoma)

image with tv, computer and radio for march 31 town hall

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/29/2020 – 2215 hours PST

March 28 2020 | Social Distancing on Social Media | Community Needs

We  will be reporting on communities needs, alerts, other communication on the COVD19 virus.  We will post other helpful links that may help you as a 1st responder, impacted patient/family member, general public, government official and any other topics by State.

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HUMANITARIAN GROUPS

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is looking for monetary donations, in addition to non-perishable items such as: baby food, supplies, hygiene products, cleaning and santizing items, paper products. Check with your local Salvation Army site to learn what’s needed.  Details can be viewed on their website:  https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/covid19/.

Have lots of time on your hands and you are busy cleaning out your garage, room(s) or the whole house? It is okay to drop off to your nearest location but the Salvation Army asks that you not dump and run during the pandemic.  (Source:  Salvation Army)

ARIZONA

Hospitals Brace for Surge

Hospitals in the State are urgently seeking out an additional 8,000 hospital beds to meet the Governor’s April 24th deadline and be prepared for a surge of anticipated high numbers of COVID patients. They are looking at creative ways to turn hotels, churches, sports fields into hospitals. (Source: CEDR Digital Corps)

Free Virtual Health Care Visits

101 Dignity health locations in Arizona.  Check this website for a free virtual care visit. https://locations.dignityhealth.org/

CALIFORNIA

Free Virtual Health Care Visits

Free Virtual Care visits for those who have mild COVID19 symptoms through Dignity Health.

We’re here for you during this challenging time of increased coronavirus cases. One of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones is to stay at home. To encourage this social distancing as well as continue to support your health and well-being, we’re offering free virtual care visits. If you or a family member have mild COVID-19 symptoms such as low-grade fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you can speak with a healthcare provider on your phone or device for free. Here are your options for accessing a virtual visit:

Once you register, enter the code COVID19 to waive the fees and proceed to your FREE visit.

Please note, we have been receiving a high volume of requests at this time. We apologize for longer than usual wait times. (Source:  Dignity Health)

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall Meeting. Tuesday, 3/31/2020. 7-8pm Livestreaming via the NorCalPublicMedia.org , TV KRCB Channel 22 and siulcast on La Mejor, KJOR 104.1 FM, in Spanish. Submit your questions prior to the broadcast to viewer@norcalpublicmedia.org  (Source: County of Sonoma)

image with tv, computer and radio for march 31 town hall

COLORADO

Health Partners Helping the Food Industry

El Paso County Public Health and the Community Health Partnership are thinking outside of the box to help businesses with donations/sale of excess food and goods to the help the coomunity during this virus outbreak.

Visit their story here: https://www.koaa.com/news/covering-colorado/el-paso-county-encourages-restaurants-food-stores-to-donate-sell-excess-food-to-service-organizations (Source: Local News Media)

MASSACHUSSETTS

Major Disaster Declaration Granted

Governor Charlie Baker requested federal disaster assistance from the Federal Government and they heard today from the White House and FEMA issuing the proclamation.

https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-federal-disaster-declaration-for-covid-19-response  (Source:  CEDR Digital Corps/MASS Gov Charlie Baker)

NEVADA

Free Virtual Doctor Visits

Dignity Health is offering free virtual visits with a doctor. Check this website how you can visit their site and if it is more severe where to go for assistance. https://locations.dignityhealth.org/ (Source: Dignity Health)

NEW JERSEY

Red Cross Needs Your Help!

Donating Blood | Red Cross New Jersey (@NJRedCross) is asking those who can donate blood, to do so. They are at an all-time critical low. (Source:  RedCross)

TEXAS

Medicaid and SNAP Programs Renewed

The TX Health & Human Services have received additional funding from the Federal Government to automatically renew Medicaid and the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) for an indefinite period. No  need to call to renew.

What To Flush, That is the Question

Sanitary issues are starting to become an issue for those sheltering-in-place for the City’s Solid Waste services, as people are flushing things that should not be sent down the toilet, like disposable disapers, baby wipes, facial wipes, rags, cleaning or polish wipes, kitty litter, paper towels or any other items.  Food cooking oil and grease, food scraps, shortening, lard, butter, margarine are just a few items that should not be flushed.  These items should be tossed in the trash instead. (Source: City of Irving)

VERMONT

Burlington Homeless

The City is setting up RVs to house the homeless population at the North Beach Campground during the virus outbreak. (Source: News Media https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2020/03/26/burlingtons-homeless-population-has-new-home-north-beach-campers-wake-covid-19-rvs-anew/2918238001/)

WASHINGTON STATE

PPE Arrives in Snohomish County

County receives 9 pallets of PPE and will be distributed shortly. Thanks VPOTUS from sending them from the National Stockpile. (Source: Snohomish County government).

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/28/2020 – 1905 hours PST