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Overnight Health Care: US sets a new record for average daily coronavirus cases | Meadows on pandemic response: ‘We’re not going to control it’ | Pelosi blasts Trump for not agreeing to testing strategy

Welcome to Monday’s Overnight Health Care.

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are rising sharply even as President TrumpDonald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden’s ’60 Minutes’ interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought ‘9/11 attack was 7/11 attack’ MORE continues to downplay the pandemic. White House Chief of Staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsPence’s ‘body man’ among aides who tested positive for coronavirus: report Murphy says US would be ‘better off’ if Trump admin ‘did nothing’ on coronavirus Biden: Meadows coronavirus remark a ‘candid acknowledgement’ of Trump strategy ‘to wave the white flag’ MORE said the administration has effectively given up on controlling the spread of the coronavirus, and more cities have begun reimposing restrictions.   

We’ll start with new numbers: 

The cases just keep going up: The US set a new record for average

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HSS Shares Successful Strategies to Support the Health of Older Adults with Online Programs

Newswise — After the pandemic led to “stay-at-home” orders in March, the Public & Patient Education Department at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) launched a vital initiative to boost virtual programming to support the community. Between April and August 2020, HSS live and on-demand programs reached 519,605 participants, an increase of 3,500% compared to the same period last year.

An important target audience was older adults. “Inactivity and social isolation are serious public health concerns that are more common as people age,” says Claudia Zurlini, senior coordinator, Public & Patient Education at HSS. “Even before the pandemic, studies indicated that more than 25 percent of adults age 65 and older were inactive and socially isolated, and this has only gotten worse since March. The pandemic has eliminated many opportunities for physical activity and socialization, and this can exacerbate musculoskeletal and chronic health conditions. It can also cause emotional distress.”

To

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Social Safety Initiative Offers 8 Lifesaving Public Health Practices in their new Online Course | State News

SEATTLE, Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Social Safety Initiative’s online course teaches 8 simple steps you can do right now to avoid COVID-19. Register today.

 

“‘Get me out of the house!’ is something we hear over and over again. And you can…if you do it safely,” says Dr. Lorelei Walker. She leads the Social Safety Initiative, an independent nonprofit, which formed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Seattle WA, and Central Florida.

“We teach the skills to navigate society safely. These tools turn public spaces into safe places.” Dr. Walker says. “Let’s make public health practices common.”

To get the word out, they developed a 3-hour online course grounded in 3 focus areas: what to know, what to do, and how to do it. Learners gain risk assessment skills to drastically reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19 while out and about.

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Community Health Monitoring Program connects and comforts patients in the midst of COVID-19

“It’s another way for people who have the disease and are isolated – and should be isolated – to have outside contact and encouragement. The volunteers are able to encourage and be supportive and give them positive suggestions and all that stuff, so it’s kind of twofold.” Katie Haney Volunteer with the Community Health Monitoring Program

Katie Haney jumped at the opportunity to help in any way she could when COVID-19 first arrived in the Inland Northwest in March.

She volunteered to be a part of the Community Health Monitoring Program, organized by the Spokane Alliance, to help support residents who contracted COVID-19.

When health district investigators call a person who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, they can refer that person to the program. If a person chooses to participate, volunteers are matched with a patient to call for at least 10 days after their diagnosis. Patients are

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Spiritual coaches aim to ease COVID-19, other health disparities in West Baltimore

BALTIMORE — Diabetes, heart disease and other ailments had been disproportionately cutting lives short in the disadvantaged neighborhoods of West Baltimore for decades when the coronavirus pandemic emerged and piled on.

A group of Episcopal Church members found that to be something of a last straw.

Buoyed by the recent social justice movement, three Black women from the church with backgrounds in health care are launching a program to train peer coaches who can guide, motivate and otherwise help the largely minority populations in some hard-hit neighborhoods figure out how to live healthier.

“We need people in the community who are not talking at us but talking with us.” said Carol Scott, an emergency room physician and one of the co-directors of the program called Kindred Coaches. “We need people who can provide facts and information and can inspire.”

She said people who are healthier have a better chance of

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The Latest: Mexico Health Officials Acknowledge Higher Toll | World News

MEXICO CITY — Mexican health authorities acknowledge the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is far higher than previously thought, saying there were 193,170 “excess” deaths in the year up to Sept. 26.

Of those, 139,153 are now judged to be attributable to COVID-19. Mexico’s official, test-confirmed death toll is only about 89,000, but officials previously acknowledged many people didn’t get tested or their tests were mishandled.

Authorities had previously presented an estimated death toll of 103,882, after taking into account mishandled tests. But the Health Department said Sunday they had analyzed databases to come up with the latest figure. The analysis picked up symptoms related to COVID-19 mentioned on death certificates even if they weren’t listed as the cause of death.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— Fear and axiety spike in virus hotspots across the United States

— Europe’s restaurants and

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Illinois Health Director Cries While Giving Update On COVID Deaths

Illinois and most other states are seeing record spikes of coronavirus cases

The Illinois Director of the Department of Public Health, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, broke down during Friday afternoon’s press briefing while talking about the growing number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the state.

Ezike was talking about the number of new deaths and cases that took place the day prior and had to hold back tears to continue to update viewers on the state’s outlook. “Since yesterday we have lost an additional 31 lives, for a total of 9,418 deaths,” she said. “These are people who started with us in 2020 and who won’t be with us at the Thanksgiving table. Today, we are reporting 3,874 new cases, for a total of 364,033 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.”

 

“Excuse me, please,” Ezike then said, pausing several times. Someone brought her a box of tissues and

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Health Agency Scraps Coronavirus Ad Campaign, Leaving Santa Claus in the Cold

A federal health agency halted a public-service coronavirus advertising campaign funded by $250 million in taxpayer money after it offered a special vaccine deal to an unusual set of essential workers: Santa Claus performers.

As part of the plan, a top Trump administration official wanted the Santa performers to promote the benefits of a Covid-19 vaccination and, in exchange, offered them early vaccine access ahead of the general public, according to audio recordings. Those who perform as Mrs. Claus and elves also would have been included.

The Department of Health and Human Services said Friday the Santa plan would be scrapped. The deal was the brainchild of the official, Michael Caputo, an HHS assistant secretary, who took a 60-day medical leave last month. The rest of the campaign now is under an HHS review.

The Santa “collaboration will not be happening,” and HHS Secretary Alex Azar had no knowledge of

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Take Your Dental Hygiene Routine to a New Level | Health & Wellness

(StatePoint) Patient volumes are hitting only 74 percent of pre-pandemic levels, according to the American Dental Association. With many people delaying dentist office visits, at-home oral care routines are more important than ever.

Take your at-home dental hygiene routine to a new level of clean with these tips from “America’s dentist,” Dr. Bill Dorfman:

• Use the best tools. An electric toothbrush has the power needed for optimal brushing results and has been proven to be far more effective than a manual toothbrush. One new game-changing option, the Oral-B iO, has reimagined the electric toothbrush. The result of six years of dedicated research with dental professionals, its advanced features, like AI recognition and micro-vibrating bristles, help ensure you reach all areas of your mouth to provide a deeper cleaning of teeth and gums, as proven in clinical tests.

“I always recommend Oral-B because not only do they make top-of-the-line products,

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A ‘building distrust’ in public health agencies is ‘the elephant in the room,’ Fauci says | US & World News

(CNN) — There is a “building distrust” in public health agencies as the coronavirus pandemic resurges in large parts of the United States, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s leading infectious disease official, in a recent interview.

Public transparency in public health information is “absolutely essential,” Fauci said in an interview with the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, which was posted online Wednesday by the Project On Government Oversight.

“It’s absolutely essential because if you’re going to make scientific-based public health recommendations, everything has got to be transparent,” Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, told the group of government watchdogs.

“Otherwise once you lose the confidence of people, they don’t believe what you’re saying or they believe you’re holding things back or they believe there’s a political motivation to things,” Fauci said. The interview was conducted last week and made public after inquiries

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