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Friday, May 29, 2020

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Friday that New York City, one of the global centers of the coronavirus pandemic, would begin reopening on June 8, the first step in ending one of the country's strictest lockdowns.

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New York's reopening guidelines...

Metrics to Guide Reopening New York
forward.ny.gov

...Metric #1: Decline in Total Hospitalizations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that reopening be dependent on a downward trajectory of hospitalizations and infections over a 14-day period.

Metric #2: Decline in Deaths

Before reopening, a region must experience a sustained decline in the three-day rolling average of daily hospital deaths over the course of a 14-day period.

Metric #3: New Hospitalizations

In addition to monitoring the decline in disease trajectory, it's important to monitor the absolute level of infection in each region. This is because it's possible for a region that has seen a high level of infections " for example, New York City " to see a sustained decline in hospitalizations and deaths over a 14-day period, while still having an underlying infection rate that is too high to allow for a safe phased re-opening.

A phased re-opening for each region will be conditioned on the occurrence of fewer than two new hospitalizations per 100,000 residents (measured on a three-day rolling average).

Metric #4: Hospital Bed Capacity

...Regions must have at least 30 percent of their total hospital beds available before a phased re-open can begin.

Metric #5: ICU Bed Capacity

...Accordingly, regions must have at least 30 percent of their ICU beds available before a phased re-opening can begin....


See the cited guide for the full details, as I excerpted the metrics...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-29 02:23 PM | Reply

After the Florida thread yesterday, I decided to look at other some states to see how they're doing...

Nebraska...

Nebraska Medicine reports COVID-19 inpatients at an all-time high
www.3newsnow.com

...Omaha Metro Healthcare Coalition is reporting 72 percent of ICU beds are currently filled, though not all are coronavirus related.

The following is the data released Monday by the coalition:

-402 out of 1275 beds are available (69% occupancy rate)
-114 Adult ICU beds available (72% occupancy rate)
-11 PICU beds available (69% occupancy rate)
-142 total inpatients diagnosed with COVID-19.
-43 COVID-19 PIU's.
-138 of 382 ventilators in use, 42 being used for confirmed COVID-19 patients. ...


As COVID-19 cases rise, area hospitals handle surge
www.3newsnow.com

...On Tuesday the Omaha Metropolitan Healthcare Coalition, which covers Douglas, Dodge, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties, reported that there are 141 total inpatients diagnosed with COVID-19 and just over 75-percent of the ICU beds at their hospitals are occupied.

These numbers have been updated since 3 News Now reported on the growing amount of coronavirus cases in the region and how hospital occupancy rates are trending upward. Since the state loosened health restrictions in parts of Nebraska on May 4, the number of COVID-19 inpatients at the area hospitals have been trending upward. At the same time, the number of intensive care beds available has been decreasing. As of now roughly 75-percent of these beds are full.

"What we're seeing instead is still troublesome and that is this gradual upslope in the number of cases which gradually has put a strain in the number of cases," said Dr. Angela Hewlett, the medical director of the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit. ...



#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-29 02:43 PM | Reply

Arizona and Alabma...

Gov. Doug Ducey says a downward trend in Arizona COVID-19 cases 'is not here yet'
www.azcentral.com

...Arizona is not yet seeing a downward trend in positive COVID-19 cases, Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday.

"You can possibly see the beginning of a downward trend," he said, pointing to a graphic of COVID-19 cases per day. "The trend is not here yet...This is something we'll continue to monitor."

White House criteria for reopening call for a downward trajectory in either positive cases or the percent of positive tests out of total tests over a 14-day period.

Thursday's data showed 6.6% of the 202,914 tests for active infection performed in Arizona have been positive. The latest numbers are down significantly, but Ducey said he wants to see the number continue to go down....


Virus taking hold in rural, old plantation region of Alabama
siouxcityjournal.com

As Alabama Reopens, Its Hospitals Are Running Out of ICU Beds
www.newsweek.com

"We're surging:" Alabama reports largest COVID-19 increases to date
www.alreporter.com

Alabama hospitals feeling effects of pandemic, some more than others
www.wsfa.com

...WSFA 12 News sat down for a frank discussion with the director of the Alabama Hospital Association, Dr. Don Williamson.

Williamson said the pandemic is different in different parts of the state. Areas like Huntsville, for example, are seeing fewer hospitalizations but other areas like Montgomery, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Auburn, have had different experiences....



#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-29 02:44 PM | Reply

Where U.S. coronavirus cases are on the rise
graphics.reuters.com

...Twenty U.S. states reported an increase in new cases of COVID-19 for the week ended May 24, up from 13 states in the prior week, as the death toll from the novel coronavirus approaches 100,000, according to a Reuters analysis.

Alabama'snew cases rose 28% from the previous week, Missouri's rose 27% and North Carolina's rose 26%, according to the Reuters analysis of data from The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to track the outbreak. New cases in Georgia, one of the first states to reopen, rose 21% after two weeks of declines. The state attributed the increase to a backlog of test results and more testing....


Good charts in the article...

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-29 02:46 PM | Reply


So....

Does it seem to anyone else that some states may be reopening a bit too early?

Maybe I should have just posted this article...

As Alabama Reopens, Its Hospitals Are Running Out of ICU Beds


#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-29 08:57 PM | Reply

The pandemic is expected to last 18 months or longer.

Closing down if it flares up too much is the safest option.

But I doubt Republicans care.

They're happy to just let it wash over them. Hospital beds be damned!

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-29 09:05 PM | Reply

@#6 ... They're happy to just let it wash over them. ...

In the case of Nebraska, Gov Ricketts has said that they have plenty of hospital bed capacity. Though the article I cited above seem to show the ICU beds filling up.

But more of a red flare for me is that Gov Ricketts seems to place little concern upon the health people of his state getting sick with COVID-19, with the resulting complications, because there are hospital beds available.

Why isn't he more concerned about reducing the cases of COVID-19 instead of just saying that the hospitals have enough capacity.

This is the Nebraska that once boasted about zero inmates having been infected with COVID-19, but did not even test any of the inmates in their detention.

Sometimes I wonder if the reason why Republicans are so against having a government is that the Republicans they have put into governing positions are so bad.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-29 09:25 PM | Reply

I cant believe Republicans are opening NYC after all this! Democrats will stay home to protect their neighbors. NYC may open, but considering the few Republicans, the streets should by empty.

#8 | Posted by Petrous at 2020-05-29 10:10 PM | Reply

@#8 ... I cant believe Republicans are opening NYC after all this! ...

Huh?

Are you saying that Gov Cuomo is a Republican? I do not understand why you might think that.

I also do not understand the thought you are trying to convey.

Can you explain?

thx.

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-29 10:15 PM | Reply

Republicans are opening when there should be caution.

Only republicans are protesting closures.

Democrats are the only ones wearing masks.

#10 | Posted by Petrous at 2020-05-30 12:47 PM | Reply

Everywhere is opening. Italy re-opens June 3rd.

If you're scared, stay home. There is still no law compelling you to interact with others.

#11 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-05-31 08:49 AM | Reply

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