WSJ: The Strain of COVID on Hospitals

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that around the United States, hospitalizations are continuing to rise, particularly in the North Central, Southern, and Midwestern areas of America. Hospital capacity is rapidly filling for hospitals as the number of COVID-19 patients continues to rise. While new cases are always followed by new hospitalizations, this scenario is very different than past virus spreads. The ability of the virus to infect younger victims unknowingly creates the ability to spread to older people undetected. Randall W. Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, says that new cases are occurring at everyone’s favorite family events; “What we are finding is the disease is being spread in gatherings; family gatherings, weddings, holidays, and is being spread by people who know each other.” Read the full story from the Wall Street Journal by clicking HERE or on the link below:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-surge-strains-hospitals-once-again-11605100312?mod=hp_lead_pos1

NPR Probes Why Personal Protective Equipment Is Still In Short Supply

In this five minute interview, Joel Rose does a deep dive into America’s dramatic PPE shortage, and examines possible solutions. Click here to listen.

Legislation introduced for long-term US-made PPE contracts

Earlier this week, representatives Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation to the Senate that incentives domestic manufacturing of PPE. The legislation will require the Defense Logistics Agency to issue long term contracts for PPE made in the US. “Multi-year contracts give producers the certainty to know that their investment in the United States will be worth it, because the government will be there to buy the PPE they produce,” Senator Portman noted.

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[Video] Sen. Mitch McConnell on State Spending of Federal Stimulus Packages

This video from WHAS 11 shows Mitch McConnell tell reporters that Kentucky has only spent 6% of the stimulus package the commonwealth received from the federal government. Most other states have spent up to 25% of their allotted stimulus packages from Congress, but many are also sitting on the cash. Statistically, Kentucky is one of the worst when it comes to responsible budgeting. (The Pew Charitable Trust) Are states misusing federal funds? Or does this show further the disconnect between state and federal government on what aid is needed and the aid that is given? Click HERE or on the URL below to watch the video.

 

https://www.whas11.com/video/news/politics/coronavirus-sen-mitch-mcconnell-no-convinced-states-need-help/417-6c751e44-9e95-4a3c-96fd-29fff41a7c26

The Effect of COVID-19 on Labor Laws

In this article from the New Jersey Law Journal, readers can understand the effects of COVID-19 on labor laws. Employers face challenges as they attempt to comply with new and frequently changing federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidance related to COVID-19, all of which are likely to continue evolving even after the development and availability of a vaccine and/or the enactment of liability shield legislation. Click HERE or the URL below to read the rest of the story.

 

https://www.law.com/njlawjournal/2020/08/19/covid-19-and-the-workplace-getting-comfortable-with-the-uncomfortable/?slreturn=20200719112239

PPE Supply Shortage Woes Set to Continue

Check out this article from Kaiser Health News about the availability of PPE in the United States. The issues that we are seeing 7 months after the Coronavirus will be present moving forward. The lack of strategic planning or government intervention will require businesses and people to fend for themselves. The arrival of flu season in just a couple short months will compound the problems logistical supply chains are already facing. Many experts predict this shortage to continue until 2022. Click HERE or below on the thumbnail to get the full story from Kaiser Health News.

 

Most Protective Masks: Ranked

The New York Post has pulled some key information from the Duke University study on mask efficacy standards by ranking the most commonly worn masks from most to least protective. At the top are the N95 masks and polypropylene masks, while at the bottom are bandannas and neck gaiters. Use this information to keep yourself and your family safe.

https://nypost.com/2020/08/11/duke-university-face-mask-researchers-share-more-on-study/

Mississippi teacher’s death during first week of school stokes COVID-19 outbreak fears

Schools are set to go back, but is it to quick to put students back in classrooms? In Mississippi, a teacher died of COVID-19 sparking fear and anger within the community and around the country. Nacoma James was only 42 years old when she passed from COVID-19 symptoms during self-quarantine. If teachers and students return to the classrooms for the first time since March, strict guidelines and adequate PPE needs to be made available to schools in towns both big and small. Click HERE to read the full article.

Nurses’ Pleas Spur U.S. Pledge to Tap 44 Million-Mask Stockpile

There are millions of N95 respirators in the United States’ Strategic National Stockpile and more respirators are being ordered, but many experts within the nursing industry are urging the government to give out the respirators now.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-31/nurses-pleas-spur-u-s-pledge-to-tap-44-million-mask-stockpile