US Texas Medical Center changes ICU data amid coronavirus surge
Coronavirus: Ukraine will open more hospitals in the face of a surge in contamination
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-UKRAINE-HOPITAL: Coronavirus: Ukraine will open more hospitals in the face of a surge in contamination © Reuters / Sergei Karazy CORONAVIRUS : UKRAINE TO OPEN MORE HOSPITALS IN CONFLICT OF KIEV CONTAMINATION (Reuters) - Ukraine will expand treatment of coronavirus patients to more hospitals because those initially selected no longer have enough beds to cope with the resurgence of contamination, said the Minister of Health on Wednesday.
hospitals that comprise the world’s largest medical complex stopped reporting key COVID-19 metrics on its website after warning that bed capacity was being pushed to surge levels, according to a report.
Texas Medical Center stopped updating its website for three days, rattling policymakers and residents who relied on the information to gauge the spread of the, the reports.
The halt came Thusday after hospitals reported their base intensive care capacity was at 100 percent, the paper reported.
Miami-Area Beaches To Shut Down Again Amid Coronavirus Surge
Miami-Dade county's mayor announced he plans to shut down Miami-area beaches during the upcoming July 4 holiday weekend and possibly longer."After consulting with our county’s public health experts, I will be signing an emergency order on Saturday to close all beaches in Miami-Dade County starting Friday, July 3, and ending Tuesday, July 7," the mayor said in a statement released Friday night.
There were no updates until around 9 p.m. Saturday, sowing confusion about the hospitals’ ability to handle a massive spike in cases, which followed Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision in May to lift restrictions that slowed the virus, according to the paper.
The paper reported finding that when the charts reappeared, eight of the 17 original slides were deleted — including any reference to hospital capacity or projections of future capacity. The TMC later called that update “incomplete.”
Concerns about coronavirus highest since May: poll
Americans' concerns about the coronavirus pandemic reached its highest level since May amid a recent surge in new cases in the U.S., according to a poll released Wednesday.A June 29-30 Reuters/Ipsos poll found 81 percent of American adults said they were "very" or "somewhat" concerned about COVID-19, the most since a similar poll was taken May 11-12.The poll shows that concern is increasing respondents from both parties as 7 in 10 of those who identified as Republicans said they were personally concerned by the pandemic, an increase from 6 in 10 in more recent polls. About 9 in 10 Democrats have consistently reported concern over the past few weeks.
Houston Methodist CEO Dr. Marc Boom told the paper all the figures and projection models were the same but were reformated in an effort to clarify that reaching 100 percent of capacity in an ICU is a moving target, the paper reported.
The system’s ICU bed capacity as of Sunday was at 93 percent down to 72 percent, according to the Chronicle.
“This is just trying to be clear. We want to be as helpful as we possibly can,” Boom told the paper. “Obviously, this got delayed a couple days because it’s complicated — you put 11 or so institutions together all trying to figure out something this complicated and trying to figure out how we express it a little bit more accurately — it took a while, a little longer than any of us would have liked, but simply because it’s complicated. I like what we came up with.”
Trump says he thinks coronavirus will 'just disappear' despite rising cases
Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that he "would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000" new cases per day."I think we're going to be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that's going to sort of just disappear, I hope," Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network.
Harris County’s top elected official Judge Lina Hidalgo expressed concern tothe new format was even more confusing.
“The timing is suspect. I find it very, very problematic,” she told the station. “I said I’m not on board. We do not need to be misleading people. This message ultimately weakens our community’s ability to succeed when the message is being diluted, when the numbers, projections and definitions are being changed halfway through the game, halfway through the battle.”
Texas passes 10,000 confirmed new virus cases in single day .
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas surpassed 10,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day Tuesday for the first time, crossing a sobering milestone rarely seen since the pandemic first hit the U.S. in March. The record high of 10,028 new cases in Texas served as another alarming new measure of the swift resurgence of COVID-19 nationwide and the failures of the country’s response. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas aggressively began one of America’s fastest reopenings in May, but reversed course last week, ordering bars closed and mandating face coverings in much of the state.