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Coronavirus updates: 1 million in NYC possibly exposed to virus, health official says

first_imgvchal/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and ELLA TORRES, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A global pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 185,000 people worldwide. Over 2.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopskins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.  Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected nation, with more than 843,000 diagnosed cases and at least 46,838 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:11:29 a.m.: China pledges $30 million donation to WHO fundingChina has pledged to donate $30 million in funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the agency’s effort to fight the pandemic, the state-run Xinhua reported.Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang backed the WHO’s handling of the pandemic, saying at a briefing that it played an important role in assisting countries in responding to the outbreak and boosting international cooperation.The pledged donation comes amid criticism from President Donald Trump and his administration of the WHO.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the WHO did not enforce its rules regarding data that China shared. However, the United Nations agency does not have enforcement ability.Trump also said he would halt all funding to the WHO. Senior U.S. officials said Wednesday that while existing work would continue, “new funding” would be paused while a review is conducted.Xinhua reported that in March, China donated $20 million to the WHO.11:02 a.m.: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s eldest brother dies after testing positiveThe eldest of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s three older brothers, Don Reed, died Tuesday night, three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 86.Warren confirmed the news in a statement and tweet.“I’m grateful to the nurses and frontline staff who took care of him, but it’s hard to know that there was no family to hold his hand or to say ‘I love you’ one more time — and no funeral for those of us who loved him to hold each other close. I’ll miss you dearly my brother,” she tweeted, in part.Warren, a former Democratic presidential contender, spoke proudly of her brothers on the campaign trail.Reed was a U.S. Air Force veteran and one of her two Republican brothers. Though he and his siblings only appeared once on the trail with her when she was in Oklahoma, they never spoke to the press. They did appear in a campaign video for their little sister.Warren had not previously mentioned her brother’s diagnosis, but she has been outspoken about the pandemic’s grip on the world. 10:32 a.m.: Around 1 million New Yorkers could have been exposed to COVID: Health commissionerDespite what appears to be slow progress in New York City, the mayor and health commissioner gave a sobering look at how many New Yorkers most likely have been and will continue to be affected by the pandemic.Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said that she would not be surprised if “close to a million New Yorkers” had been exposed to COVID-19. In the city of about 8.3 million, there have been at least 138,000 confirmed cases, Barbot said Thursday during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daily press briefing.De Blasio also offered a stark statistic: he expects that an additional one million residents could become food insecure under the pandemic, putting the total number of food insecure New Yorkers at around two million.He said that by the end of April, the city is expected to have served out about 10 million meals. For May, de Blasio said that number could rise to 15 million.De Blasio offered hope to New Yorkers, saying he believes the city will persevere, but also warned that “we’re still very much in this fight.”The number of people admitted to New York City hospitals with suspected COVID-19 cases was down again, from 252 to 227, according to the mayor. The number of people in ICUs was also down, but de Blasio noted that 796 people admitted to ICUs was still “way too many people.”He said the city is on track to conduct 20,000 to 30,000 tests per day in May. De Blasio continued to say that testing is the key to reopening the city and keeping New Yorkers safe.7:02 a.m.: All frontline workers in Los Angeles can now get tested for COVID-19The city of Los Angeles is expanding its criteria for who is eligible to get free testing for the novel coronavirus.Starting Thursday, all of the city’s frontline workers can get tested for COVID-19 whether they have symptoms or not.Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who made the announcement at a press briefing Wednesday night, said the frontline workers include health care professionals, first responders, grocery store workers and critical government personnel.“We wish we could open that up to everybody, but I think we all know that we have firefighters and police officers, doctors, nurses, janitors at hospitals, folks that are in grocery stores and pharmacies that are putting themselves out on the line,” Garcetti said. “And we want to make sure they are healthy, that they have the peace of mind knowing they’re healthy, and because they interact with so many people, that we can make sure they are not spreading it.”The city’s public testing sites have the capacity to test 12,200 people per day, according to Garcetti.6:25 a.m.: France wants all retailers to reopen next monthThe French government wants all shops — except bars, cafes and restaurants — to be able to reopen once a nationwide lockdown ends next month.“We want all retailers to be able to open on May 11 in the same way out of fairness,” French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told France Info radio on Thursday. “I would only set aside restaurants, bars and cafes that will need special treatment because they are a place of mixing.”Le Maire noted that protocols would have to be implemented to protect both workers and customers. It’s still unclear whether the reopening would be feasible nationwide or only by region, he said.French President Emmanuel Macron announced last week that the country’s lockdown, which was put in place on March 17 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, will be extended until May 11 and gradually lifted thereon.France has recorded more than 157,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 and over 21,000 deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.5:50 a.m.: Germany is on ‘thinnest ice,’ Angela Merkel warnsGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that her country is “still at the beginning” of the coronavirus pandemic and citizens must maintain discipline.“We are still far from out of the woods,” Merkel said while addressing the German parliament Thursday.More than 150,000 people in Germany have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 5,315 of them have died from the disease so far, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. It’s a relatively low death toll compared to other European countries like France and Italy that have similar caseloads but fatalities have soared past 20,000.Germany’s federal and state governments recently agreed to relax some of the social distancing measures put in place to combat the outbreak, including permitting smaller shops to reopen this week.“It is precisely because the figures give rise to hope that I feel obliged to say that this interim result is fragile,” Merkel said. “We are on thin ice, the thinnest ice even.”3:30 a.m.: American Red Cross will soon use antibody tests to ID plasma donorsStarting next week, the American Red Cross will offer antibody tests for people who suspect they were previously infected with the novel coronavirus and are interested in donating their blood plasma — a potential game-changer in the treatment for seriously ill COVID-19 patients.“That completely changes the landscape,” Dr. Pampee Young, chief medical officer for the American Red Cross, told ABC News in an interview Wednesday.While there is no guarantee that antibodies to this new virus actually provide immunity, doctors are hopeful that patients severely sickened with COVID-19 can benefit from infusions of blood plasma collected from those who have recovered from the disease. The therapy, known as convalescent plasma, is a century-old technique used for treating epidemics.At the moment, an individual who wishes to donate blood plasma for the experimental convalescent plasma therapy must have documentation of a positive COVID-19 test. The lack of diagnostic tests available has led hospitals and donation centers to say they are in desperate need of donors.“Qualifying and getting the right donors into our centers to donate is one of the biggest hurdles in this in this endeavor,” Young said.More than 30,000 people have requested to donate on the American Red Cross website, but only 2 to 3% actually qualify and meet the current criteria set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That donor pool could increase dramatically with the implementation of antibody testing at American Red Cross donation centers.“All of those (potential) donors who don’t have confirmed testing can now be tested,” Young said. “We can really cut through that time, which is so important.”Young explained that researchers and medical professionals have been in uncharted territory, “building the plane as you’re flying it.” But she said they’ve been working around the clock to streamline the process.“We really didn’t know what we were dealing with at the beginning as we were standing this up,” she told ABC News. “Now we’ve really resourced this project.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img

Pentagon officer charged with murder also pulled gun on homeless woman last year: Police

first_imgIvan Cholakov/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon police officer charged with murder for allegedly killing two people in Maryland this week also pulled a shotgun on a homeless woman in his apartment lobby last year, police said.David Hall Dixon, a Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer, was charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of Dominique Williams, 32, and James Lionel Johnson, 38, in Takoma Park, police said Friday.He was off-duty at the time of the shooting, which took place shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday, in the parking lot of the Takoma Overlook Condominiums, according to police.Footage from May 2020 obtained by ABC affiliate WJLA appears to show Dixon using a gun to confront a homeless woman who entered the lobby of his apartment building. Police confirmed that they reported to the apartmentDixon appeared to retrieve a long gun and then point it at the woman while telling her to leave, according to WJLA. Video footage appeared to show him pointing it near her face and she rushed to leave. No shots were fired.Takoma Police announced in a Friday release they will file criminal charges against Dixon for allegedly assaulting the woman in the incident.Officials said Takoma Police were called to an apartment building to investigate a report of a homeless individual swinging sticks at people on May 6, and they interviewed Dixon upon arrival. Police said he told them a woman was blocking access to the building, and he told officers he went to his apartment to retrieve his pepper spray and concealed weapon.Police said there was evidence in the lobby that pepper spray had been deployed. Dixon didn’t mention any use of a gun to officers, but said he pepper-sprayed the woman, according to authorities.Officers found the woman and confirmed that she’d been pepper-sprayed. They said she also appeared to be in a “mental crisis” and soon was transported for emergency evaluation.Following that incident, police contacted the Pentagon Protection Force Police to make them aware of the incident and Dixon’s alleged use of force outside his jurisdiction. It was investigated by Pentagon Police.“A review of all body-worn camera footage related to the incident revealed at no time during the interview with officers or at anytime during our investigation did Mr. Dixon mention he deployed a shotgun against the involved female,” a police statement said.Police said they were never made aware, by Dixon or anyone else, of his alleged use of the shotgun, nor was the department aware that video of the incident existed until Friday.In the Wednesday Takoma Park shooting, Dixon said that he thought he saw a car break-in and he “engaged the suspects who failed to follow his direction,” according to police. He said he “discharged his weapon” when those suspects tried to flee, police added.However, in a Friday press conference, Chief of Police Antonio DeVaul said Dixon’s descriptions of events were “inconsistent.”“Our investigation revealed that Mr. Dixon’s overview of events was inconsistent with the facts in the case,” DeVaul said. “And that Mr. Dixon had no lawful or justifiable reason to shoot and kill Mr. Williams and Mr. Johnson.”It’s unclear whether Dixon has obtained an attorney.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img

Be sharp, be safe

first_imgNeedlestick injuries continue to cause problems among healthcareworkers.  The Nuffield Hospitals’evaluation of a selection of devices weighs up the benefits and costs of someon the market, by Andrea Mummery The aim of this article is to share with readers an exercise that wascarried out at Nuffield Hospitals to evaluate safer needle devices. The articlediscusses the reasons why the project was undertaken, the process used, some ofthe problems encountered and the results of the trial. Over the past few years there has been a significant increase in the numberof companies marketing safer needle systems, designed to reduce the incidenceof needlestick injuries. Nuffield Hospitals, which consists of 43 privatehospitals across the UK, has carried out an exercise to evaluate a range ofproducts to determine which, if any, could enhance the safety of currentpractice. Introduction Accidental exposure to blood and body fluids is a common occurrence amonghealthcare workers. Transmission of blood-borne viruses such as hepatitis B,hepatitis C and HIV may occur if a healthcare worker is exposed to infectedblood following a sharps injury or through splashing of infected blood ontoopen wounds or mucous membranes. The sero-conversion rate post-needlestick injury from a positive source is: – Hepatitis B – 30 per cent – Hepatitis C – 3 per cent – HIV – 0.03 per cent1 Legal context In America, the US Senate passed the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Actin November 2000. This requires employers to introduce safer medical devicesand maintain a detailed sharps injury record2. Although there is no suchspecific legislation in the UK, the Management of Health and Safety at WorkRegulations 1999 require employers to carry out risk assessments for allidentifiable hazards. The COSHH regulations 1999 specifically requirebiological hazards to be assessed and appropriate control measures to be put inplace. Unison argues that risk assessments for biological hazards, which do nottake into account safer devices, are not suitable and sufficient and wouldtherefore not meet legal requirements. The union is in discussion with theDepartment of Health and the HSE regarding this point, which, if adopted, wouldmake the consideration of safety devices a statutory requirement in the UK3. Selection criteria A small working party, led by Nuffield’s OH manager, was set up to assessthe range of products on the market and agree which products to trial. The working party recognised that Nuffield Hospitals already have a numberof measures in place to reduce the incidence of needlestick injuries, such asblunt suture needles, and this trial therefore specifically focused on areaswhere safer devices had not previously been available. Seven suppliers were invited to demonstrate their products. The productswere then grouped into three main categories: – Intramuscular injection – Venepuncture systems – Cannulation systems Up to three products in each category were selected for the trial. In makingthe selection, the following safety points were considered: – If the safety feature was an integral part of the device and not anaccessory – If it could be operated with one hand – If the device allowed the healthcare worker’s hands to remain behind theneedle at all times – If the the product had all the features required for its intended use – If the product appeared straightforward to use – How much the product cost No products were excluded from the trial based on cost alone. However, somewere excluded because the device did not meet all the features required andthey were expensive, such as not being possible to change the needle duringintramuscular injection. This would in some circumstances require a patient tobe injected twice, if, for example, an analgesic and an anti-emetic are neededpost-operatively. The process Ten hospitals were asked to trial the syringes/needles for intramuscularinjection, 10 different hospitals were asked to trial the venepuncture systems,and a further 10 to assess the cannulation devices. A trial schedule was developed and circulated to both the hospitals andcompany representatives. The representatives were responsible for arranging tovisit the hospitals and for teaching the staff how to use their products. Each hospital was asked to nominate a liaison nurse whose role was to: – Be a point of contact for the representatives and to co-ordinate trainingon site – Actively encourage the use of the devices during the trial and to be apoint of contact for staff in case they had any queries – Assist with training staff unable to attend the company-led training – Issue the evaluation forms to staff, collect them in at the end of eachtrial and forward them to the OH manager Each device was to be used for a period of up to two weeks and as many staffas possible encouraged to try them. Each person who used the product was askedto complete an evaluation form. Challenges As with most projects of this scale there were a number of challenges duringthe trial. The key ones included ensuring information about the project wasdisseminated properly through the hospitals, and co-ordinating the trial. The co-operation of the matron and liaison nurse was vital. Frequently,start dates of trials had to be altered due to staff holidays, clinicalworkload and availability of the company representatives. This made keepingtrack of the trial very difficult. All the safety devices being trialled were significantly more expensive thanthe standard products (at least double and sometimes three times the cost ofstandard products). So the purchasing department negotiated with each supplierto provide the product free or at a nominal cost for the duration of the trail,highlighting the benefit to them of receiving independent feedback and thepossibility of further orders if clinicians liked the product. However, despiteagreeing a nominal charge, one or two companies consistently sent invoices tohospitals. The products selected for the venepuncture trial were not compatible withthe blood collection systems used in some of the hospitals. Three hospitalstherefore had to withdraw from this trial. Two needlestick injuries occurred during the trial. One involved anintramuscular device where the safety mechanism failed, the other occurredwhile using a cannulation device. Appropriate follow-up action was taken aftereach incident and the companies concerned carried out tests on the remainder ofthe batch Following the first accident the company strengthened the product to preventa recurrence. The second incident occurred due to poor technique, whichdemonstrated the importance of adequate training. There was considerable resistance from some of the doctors to trying out thenew cannulation products, which may need to be taken into account if a decisionis being made about whether the use of safer products is to be made compulsory.Many hospitals were very slow or failed to return completed and evaluationforms to the OH manager and a significant amount of time was spent chasinghospitals. At the end of the trial, some hospitals had still failed to returnevaluation forms despite having used the products. This means these hospitalslost the opportunity to influence which products will be introduced. Occasionally forms were not completed properly, thus reducing their value.The question most frequently left unanswered was the quantity that the usertrialled. If a form was returned with this question blank it was assumed to beonly one. The actual volume of product trialled was significantly higher thanis reflected in the evaluation results. Results Each evaluation form received was scored on the following points. Allquestions had a score rating from one to five, with one being the best.Therefore the lower the overall score the better the product was considered tobe. The following statements were rated: – The packaging is clearly labelled – The packaging allows easy access to the product – The device is easy to prepare for use – The safety feature does not impair vision or hamper the clinical procedure– The safety feature can be activated using a one-handed technique – The safety feature was easy to use – The safety feature operates reliably – There is a clear and unmistakable change that occurs when the safetyfeature is activated – The exposed sharp is permanently blunted or covered after use and prior todisposal – The user does not need extensive training in the use of the device – The user was given appropriate training in the use of the device prior touse – They would be happy to use this device if it was a standard product – Taking all things into consideration, how they would you rate the productoverall Staff were also encouraged to make any additional comments, which were thengrouped into the following categories: – Praise: design/use of the device, for example that the gauge was difficultto read or leakage occurred – Safety: the safety feature got in the way or was difficult to operate withone hand, for example – Non-specific negative comments such as ‘I don’t like this product’ – Other: expensive, would need more training and so forth Perhaps not surprisingly the comments were mostly critical, although in manycases constructively so. Staff who liked a product tended to score it highlyand not make additional remarks. The products that received a good evaluation and their scores are shown inthe table above. Discussion All of the safer devices are considerably more expensive than the standardequivalents and this is clearly a serious concern for hospitals with alreadyover-stretched budgets. However the increase in costs needs to be balanced bythe, often hidden, costs of managing a needlestick injury. In addition to thefinancial costs, the emotional impact on staff is significant and must also betaken into account. It is estimated that a low risk needlestick injury will cost approximately£450 to manage. This figure is based on laboratory charges, lost time for theinjured worker, and the time spent by managers and OH staff in following up theincident. This cost increases to over £4,000 if there is a high risk of HIV orhepatitis C (or both) and post-exposure prophylaxis and referral to aspecialist is required. However, should a healthcare worker actually acquire a blood-borne virusthrough occupational exposure, compensation awards would far outweigh theincrease in costs. Recommendations As a result of this work a number of recommendations have been made and arenow being considered by the senior management team. These include adding therecommended products to the standard purchasing list and actively encouragingtheir use in all our hospitals. There is a risk that if their use is notcompulsory, staff will continue to use the standard devices with which they arealready familiar. However, by ensuring that they receive adequate training andby seeking the support of hospital managers and matrons it is hoped that saferdevices will become the standard choice. Accidents will be carefully analysed to determine how they have occurred andto determine how the accident could have been prevented. Consideration will be given to making the use of safety devices compulsoryat a later date if the current measures are not effective in reducing injuries.Other actions that will result from this work include improving theneedlestick accident recording system with consideration given to linking inwith EPINet4, a software system created specifically for the purpose ofrecording and analysing occupational exposure to blood-borne viruses. Thesoftware is designed to monitor sharps injuries and the consequences of suchexposures. EPINet is currently being used by the Royal College of Nursing aspart of its campaign to collate national statistics on needlestick injuries. Other recommendations include: – Revising the company sharps policy to include a section on prevention ofneedlestick injuries – Revising the company COSHH assessment for biological agents to includesafer needles devices as one of the control measures – Promoting the use of other safety devices already available such as bluntsuture needles, plastic blood bottles, portable sharps boxes, etc – Evaluating any new products that come onto the market Conclusion The sharps trial has been a positive exercise that has actively soughtsolutions to a very real risk. The support of senior managers in introducingthis initiative is essential and they must be encouraged to promote a safeculture at work and help their staff to embrace change. This work will continue to monitor sharps injuries and explore additionalmethods of reducing the incidence of injuries and promoting a safe working environment.References 1. UK Health Department (1998) Guidance for Clinical Health Care Workers:Protection Against Blood-borne Viruses. Recommendations of the Expert AdvisoryGroup on Aids and the Advisory Group on Hepatitis. London: Department of Health.2. US Congress (2000) Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act. 106th Congressof the USA. 3 UNISON (2000) Evaluating Safer Needles: Needle Safety at Work. 4 University of Virginia (2000) EPINetª for Microsoft Access. ExposurePrevention Information Network. EPINet is a trademark of the University ofVirginia. Becton Dickinson and Company. Andrea Mummery is OH Manager at Nuffield Hospitals and a member of theRCN OH Managers Forum Be sharp, be safeOn 1 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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