Hospitals Balance Covid-19 Care With More-Lucrative Services During Latest Virus Surge

Hospitals are holding off as long as possible before halting procedures to make room for fresh waves of Covid-19 patients, a reversal from earlier this year when facilities postponed care, leading to steep financial losses and public-health risks.

National hospital chain Tenet Healthcare Corp. pushed ahead with procedures as states permitted, such as knee and hip replacements, colonoscopies, and surgery to implant pacemakers, through recent surges in Alabama, California and elsewhere. In southeast Wisconsin, where already rising Covid-19 hospitalizations jumped 35% in the first two weeks of the month, Advocate Aurora Health continues nonessential surgery across a dozen hospitals.

HCA Healthcare Inc., one of the nation’s largest hospital systems, waited until last week to suspend some surgery in El Paso, Texas, where a coronavirus surge sharply accelerated in recent weeks. About 80% of the procedures there continue, however.

Nashville-based HCA stops surgery “as a last resort,” said Jon Foster, an

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Alabama Lt Gov with virus diagnosis still against mask order

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth said Thursday that he remains opposed to mandatory mask orders despite being diagnosed with COVID-19, even though he encourages people to wear one.

The Republican lieutenant governor announced Wednesday that he tested positive for the coronavirus. He said he sought a test after learning someone in his Sunday school group had COVID-19.

“I have always encouraged mask-wearing, and I wear one in my daily life. Those with underlying health conditions should be especially cautious, even to the point of limiting their time in public. At the same time, I believe in personal responsibility and think everyone has the right to make their own choices regarding their health,” Ainsworth said in a statement.

He added: “One-size-fits-all government mandates, and especially those that do not require legislative approval or oversight of any kind, erode our basic freedoms and liberties.”

Ainsworth has been critical

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Argentina passes 1 million cases as virus hits Latin America

USHUAIA, Argentina (AP) — At the edge of Argentina in a city known as “The End of the World,” many thought they might be spared from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sitting far from the South American nation’s bustling capital, health workers in Ushuaia were initially able to contain a small outbreak among foreigners hoping to catch boats to the Antarctic at the start of the crisis.

But as Argentina passed 1 million virus cases Monday, it is now smaller cities like Ushuaia that are seeing some of the most notable upticks. Doctors have had to quadruple the number of beds for COVID-19 patients over the last month. At least 60% of those tested recently are coming back positive for the virus.

“We were the example of the country,” said Dr. Carlos Guglielmi, director of the Ushuaia Regional Hospital. “Evidently someone arrived with the coronavirus.”

Across Latin America, three

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Hesitancy about a COVID-19 vaccine is linked to beliefs about origin of the virus

Hesitancy about a COVID-19 vaccine is linked to beliefs about origin of the virus
Percentage of participants who responded “yes” to the question of whether they would vaccinate themselves and their children for COVID-19 in Turkey (n= 3936) and the UK (n= 1088) based on their belief on the origin of the coronavirus (artificial / not sure / natural). (from the study). Credit: Cambridge University Press

More than a third of people (34%) in Turkey and one sixth of people (17%) in the UK are ‘hesitant’ about a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a study by UCL and Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey.

The research, published in the journal Psychological Medicine, asked over 5,000 participants in Turkey and the UK about their willingness to vaccinate for a potential COVID-19 vaccine and beliefs on the origin of the novel coronavirus. The findings show concerning levels of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.

Lead author, Dr. Gul Deniz Salali, an evolutionary anthropologist at UCL, said: “From an evolutionary point

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Marin to unveil schools virus tracker

A new online tool debuts this week to offer Marin families an easy-to-navigate, transparent map and dashboard showing if, when and where any coronavirus exposures occur at local schools — and the systematized responses that follow.

“We know that there’s a lot of concern and interest regarding reopening schools in the county,” Dr. Matt Willis, Marin public health officer, said last week.

“And if people don’t have access to information, it can fuel that (concern),” he added. “And so we want to make sure everyone has access to the best available information that’s updated in real time — especially in regards to the status of schools which are open for classroom-based learning.”

With close to half of Marin elementary and middle schools — and a few private high schools — either already open for some in-campus learning or planning to open next month, families and staff need to be confident

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‘Out of Control’: When Schools Opened in a Virus Hot Spot

A board member, Amanda Oaks, said that while there was concern nationally about the risks of students or teachers becoming ill from coronavirus in school, “My honest fear and the fear of some of my fellow board members is that that could completely flip the other direction as soon as we get a teen suicide associated with quarantine isolation.”

Some teachers in Canyons also feel strongly about the value of keeping schools open.

The teacher who was hospitalized, Charri Jensen, who teaches sewing and design, recovered enough to go home. In an interview, she said that she wanted people to take the virus more seriously. But she also said that when she was well enough she planned to go back to work.

She had become a high school teacher because she loved the social rituals of high school — “the dances and the football games and the assemblies and the

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Health officials warn of Lowndes virus increase | News

VALDOSTA – Lowndes County has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases in October.

The beginning of this increase was first noticed in the second week of October, and the positivity rate has continued to grow since that time, according to a statement from the South Health District.

“This increase is significant and it is extremely important that residents not forget that COVID is very much present in our communities,” said Dr. William R. Grow, MD, FACP, district health director. “We highly encourage everyone to continue wearing masks, social distancing and practicing good hand hygiene so we can stop this increase in its tracks.”

The total count of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lowndes was at approximately 4,160 at the end of the week. Total cases across South Health District were at more than 9,500 at the end of the week.

The Georgia Department of Public Health reminds everyone of the importance

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The Latest: Virus Case in Vatican Hotel Where Pope Lives | World News

The Vatican says someone who lives in the same Vatican hotel as Pope Francis has tested positive for coronavirus, adding to the 11 cases of COVID-19 among the Swiss Guards who protect him.

The Vatican said Saturday that the resident of the Domus Sanctae Marthae has moved out temporarily and is in isolation, as are all the people who came into direct contact with him.

The hotel serves as a residence for Vatican-based priests as well as visiting clerics and lay people. Francis chose to live there permanently after his 2013 election, shunning the Apostolic Palace, because he said he needed to be around ordinary people. The hotel has a communal dining room and chapel where Francis celebrates Mass each morning.

The Vatican, a tiny city state in the center of Rome, has beefed up its anti-COVID-19 measures amid a resurgence of the outbreak in Italy. Protective masks are required

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Top Kamala Harris staffer tests positive; blood type may play role in contracting virus

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris canceled campaign stops Thursday after two staffers tested positive for COVID-19.

Harris wasn’t in contact with either staffer, but she is quarantining out of an abundance of caution, according to a campaign manager for presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana are seeing cases surge at rates, per capita, higher than any state’s worst this spring or summer, while Wisconsin is not far behind.

New evidence has come out linking blood type to the likelihood of contracting the virus. And there are still three places in the country without any COVID cases.

Some significant developments:

  • President Donald Trump and Democratic opponent Joe Biden will participate in competing town halls Thursday night. The original debate was canceled after Trump tested positive for the coronavirus and he refused to do a virtual debate.

  • Herd immunity is a strategy being endorsed by

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Last Night Out In France For Millions As Virus Curfew Imposed

While the curfew has broad public support officials in several cities are worried about the heavy social and economic costs


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Millions of French people enjoyed a last night of freedom on Friday before a Covid-19 curfew in Paris and other large cities came into force at midnight, for a least a month, prompted by an alarming surge in new cases.

The curfew aims to keep some 20 million people home from 9 pm to 6 am from Saturday — 30 percent of the French population.

It was ordered by President Emmanuel Macron this week as the number of new infections and deaths raised the spectre of hospital overloads like those seen in March and April.

Health authorities on Friday recorded more than 25,00 new coronavirus cases, after Thursday’s record of over 30,000. A total of 122 people were said to have died of the virus in

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