April 17, 2020

USA: Army Temporary Hospital Created In Seattle Is Being Dismantled Because They No Longer Need It. Never Saw A Single Patient. Ohio Has So Few New Cases They Changed Guidelines Adding "Suspected" COVID Cases

Q13Fox News, Seattle local
written by Staff
Wednesday April 8, 2020

SEATTLE — Just days after hundreds of soldiers built a massive makeshift hospital at CenturyLink Field Event Center, the hospital is coming down.

The Army field hospital, set up to treat non-coronavirus cases and to relieve hospitals that were overburdened with Covid-19 patients, will be returned to FEMA and potentially moved to another state that needs it more, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday.

Nearly 300 soldiers from the 627th Hospital Center spent several days building this massive make-shift care center – enough for roughly 250 people.

“Don’t let this decision give you the impression that we are out of the woods. We have to keep our guard up and continue to stay home unless conducting essential activities to keep everyone healthy,” Inslee said. “We requested this resource before our physical distancing strategies were fully implemented and we had considerable concerns that our hospitals would be overloaded with Covid-19 cases. But we haven’t beat this virus yet, and until we do, it has the potential to spread rapidly if we don’t continue the measures we’ve put in place.”

Inslee said the state has 1,000 hospital beds and more than 900 ventilators ready to go if the state experiences another surge in Covid-19 cases. The state also has leased the former Astria Regional Medical Center in Yakima to support an additional 250 non-Covid patients if needed.

“I’m incredibly appreciative of the men and women from the 627th Hospital Center out of Fort Carson in Colorado. These soldiers uprooted their lives to help Washingtonians when we needed them most,” Inslee said. “Since then, it’s become apparent that other states need them more than we do. It’s only right that we release this capability so those states have the tools necessary to help end this nation-wide fight that we are all battling together.”

King County still has a 140-bed facility set up on county-owned soccer fields in Shoreline for people to recover from and isolate after COVID-19 diagnoses if they’re not able to recover at home.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 8,682 confirmed cases of the virus in Washington state, with at least 394 deaths.
WHIO7 News, Ohio local
written by Staff
Tuesday April 7, 2020

There are at least 5,512 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state with 213 deaths, according to the Ohio Department of Health. In Ohio, 1,612 people suffering from COVID-19 have been admitted to hospitals.

The state has a population of 11.6 million.

The rate at which confirmed coronavirus cases in Ohio is increasing is slowing, according to a WHIO analysis.

Coronavirus cases in Ohio increased by 7 percent from Wednesday to Thursday. Comparatively, cases increased by 8 percent the day before. Last week, cases were increasing 13 percent to 17 percent. In late March, cases were increasing by 23 percent to 31 percent daily.

Deaths in Ohio increased Wednesday to Thursday by 10 percent, which is the smallest increase we’ve seen.

Dr. Amy Acton, state health director, said Ohio is below the curve initially being targeted, but said it is important to keep the current measures in place -- social distancing, the stay-at-home order, regular hand washing and the rest) to prevent cases from climbing.

“Don’t let up now,” she said Wednesday.

While the state is tracking confirmed cases, it’s important to note that due to the limited amount of testing available the number of confirmed cases is not a true reflection of actual cases in the state.

Meanwhile, the state remains under an extended stay-at-home order until May 1.

Gov. Mike DeWine updated on the state’s response to coronavirus at 2 p.m.

The following announcements were made:
  • 55,985 Ohioans have been tested for coronavirus
  • 1,137 of the confirmed cases involve healthcare workers
  • 19 manufacturers along with three hospital groups are going to make between 750,000 to 1 million face shields over the next five weeks. Once assembled, they will be delivered to the state stockpile, inventoried, and then distributed across the state. These are companies that normally make products ranging from toys to engine parts.
  • DeWine acknowledged the good news of models showing dramatically lower projections than initially thought. “You’ve all been doing a bang-up job,” DeWine told Ohioans. The state has to continue doing what its doing. If the state does do that - the new projections will continue. If the state lets up, they will not continue, DeWine said.
  • DeWine said the state plans to unveil its exit strategy plan in the next week or so.
  • Nearly 700,000 people have filed for unemployment in Ohio.
  • Ohio is still working to get its system up for 1099 employees to get benefits under unemployment. The system is targeting a mid-May launch, Lt. Gov. Husted said.
  • $132 million dollars in unemployment benefits has gone to 207,000 Ohioans related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Lindner Research in Cincinnati received FDA approval for a plasma protocol for treating high-risk COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma. This plasma protocol can now go statewide, Husted said.
  • If you are looking for WiFi hotspots, the state has updated locations at coronavirus.ohio.gov. Also library parking lots are an option.
  • DeWine said the state is going to evaluate the situation as Ohio approaches the May 1 date for the stay-at-home order expiration to decide how to proceed. No decisions have been made.
  • DeWine said the state is in the process of looking at cut options in the state budget. Some of the decisions could be made in the next few days.
  • There were protests outside the statehouse during today’s press conference. DeWine said they have the right to protest. He also said the state doesn’t have any plans to keep the restrictions in place longer than they have to.

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