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Sign of thanks for health care workers brightens hospital lawn – WOWT

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Healthcare workers across the metro are getting a sign of appreciation. An owner of a local company is doing her part to say thank you.

It's just three words. Heroes work here. But to the people working inside of Bergan Mercy Hospital, it means so much more.

"Well, it's very heartwarming to know that people are thinking about us. I know all of the doctors and the healthcare workers, in general, are all under stress and working very hard. So we really appreciate that people have us in their minds and in their hearts, said Dr. John Aucar, Interim Trauma Medical Director.

The signs were donated by Sign Gypsies Omaha, a Texas-based company, Kris Howery runs this affiliation.

The idea behind placing these outside of hospitals was started in Texas and it spread from there.

The signs can be seen as hospital staff walk from the employee parking lot into work - it's Howery's way of saying thank you.

"I want them to understand that they are cared for outside of their profession. And if I can offer -- if I can offer some kind of support for them then I'm gonna do it, said Howery.

Howery can't help but get emotional, her nephew is a nurse inside. She tells us she chose the words and colors in this sign carefully.

"They're on the front lines, just like our military. They're on the front lines, they're facing this every day. They're putting their lives on the line for us, said Howery.

These signs won't be here for long, after Wednesday they'll be moving to a new hospital somewhere in the metro.

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Sign of thanks for health care workers brightens hospital lawn - WOWT

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Derby family creates masks for health care workers and first responders – KSN-TV

DERBY, Kan. (KSNW) A local family is not letting social distancing get in their way of giving back. In fact they are using it as a time to come together and support the people on the front lines.

We never dreamed it would be this many, said Candace Wright.

A table covered in colorful cotton masks is just a sample of what the Wyatt the Warrior Foundation has sewn in the last week. Wright originally made a couple masks for her son Wyatt, who has a rare autoimmune disease , so he could travel to see his doctor in Ohio.

Well it started out just making one or two for a couple of friends that had asked about it, said Wright.

Then, her daughter made a post online offering free masks for health care workers.

It went crazy, said Tihler Church, Candaces daughter. My phone instantly started blowing up with messages and I think I had over 120 messages in five minutes.

Now, theyve made more than 400 masks. The whole family pitching in to help.

Theres several of us been on machines sowing and ironing and pinning, said Wright.

Grandmas been teaching us all how to sew because not many of us knew how to use the sewing machine.

Rose Hill Family Medcenter is one of the recipients.

It just brightens our day to see something bright on those masks, said Dr. Marty Turner. We really appreciate all the support were getting out there. Whether were able to use it or not its still good just to know that people are out there helping and have our backs for us.

They are the ones who take care of all of us during this time and so we need to protect them for that, said Wright.

The family has also donated masks to area hospitals and nursing homes. They say they are going to take a break after they finish the current orders which they expect to total close to 445 masks.

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Ford, GE Healthcare to produce 50000 ventilators by July 4 – FOX 2 Detroit

HOLMDEL, NJ - MARCH 24: A general view of the Ford Motor Company logo on March 24, 2020 in Union, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Ford has announced it is partnering with GE Healthcare to build at least 50,000 ventilators for patients who are sick with coronavirus/COVID-19.

The company announced the initiative on Monday, saying it expects to build 50,000 ventilators in the next 100 days and make 30,000 more each month after, as needed.

The ventilators are licensed by GE Healthcare from Florida-based Airon Corp. and responsive to the needs of most COVID-19 patients. The simplified design operates on air pressure and does not require electricity.

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Ford is providing the manufacturing capabilities to quickly scale production while GE Healthcare provides clinical expertise to license the design.

The Ford and GE Healthcare teams, working creatively and tirelessly, have found a way to produce this vitally needed ventilator quickly and in meaningful numbers, said Jim Hackett, Fords president and CEO. By producing this ventilator in Michigan, in strong partnership with the UAW, we can help health care workers save lives, and thats our No. 1 priority.

From how it spreads to where it originated, here's a look at everything you need to know about the deadly contagion.

Ford will send a team to Florida to work with Airon and by April 20, it plans to start production at the Rawsonville plant in Ypsilanti, Mich.

By the end of April, the company expects to produce 1,500 ventilators, 12,000 by the end of May and 50,000 by July 4. The company said this is helping the federal government meet the goal of producing 100,000 ventilators in 100 days.

Ford's plant in Ypsilanti will be staffed by 500 paid volunteer UAW-represented employees working on three shifts and will produce ventilators nearly around the clock.

Currently, Aion produces three of the ventilators each day at its plant in Melbourne, Florida. Ford expects to be making 7,200 of these ventilators per week, at full production.

From the days of Rosie the Riveter, UAW members have stepped up during difficult times in this nations history for the good of us all, said UAW International President Rory Gamble. Todays announcement by Ford that UAW employees will make ventilators at Rawsonville is in that tradition. We are working very closely with Ford to make sure that all CDC guidelines are followed and that we are exercising an abundance of caution inside the plant. Ford and our UAW Ford members should be commended for stepping up in these very uncertain times.

This new ventilator is the second Ford-GE Healthcare ventilator collaboration. Last week, the two companies produced another design from GE Healthcare to increase the output of the R19 Ventilator.

In addition to whether the virus can spread from mail or packages, the WHO notes if certain remedies or treatments are effective in preventing infection.

We applaud Ford for its efforts to lend its manufacturing capabilities to help quickly scale the Airon-licensed Model A-E ventilator and arm clinicians in the fight against COVID-19, said GE Healthcare President and CEO Kieran Murphy. Our deep understanding of the health care industry with Fords supply chain and production expertise will help meet the unprecedented demand for medical equipment. We continue to be encouraged by how quickly companies are coming together in innovative ways to address this collective challenge.

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Symptoms for coronavirus COVID-19 include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.

To protect yourself, wash your hands well and often, keep them away from your face, and avoid crowds and standing close to people.

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And if you do find yourself showing any of these flu or coronavirus symptoms - don't go straight to your doctor's office. That just risks making more people sick, officials urge. Call ahead, and ask if you need to be seen and where.

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Health care workers say they’ve never faced a medical emergency of this scale – Crain’s New York Business

As of Sunday night, New York state had confirmed nearly 60,000 cases of Covid-19, with about 34,000 people sick in New York City. In the city there were 6,600 people hospitalized, about 1,500 of whom were in intensive care. Queens and Brooklyn had the highest number of cases, and 776 city residents had died from complications with the respiratory illness.

Cuomo has instructed hospitals that they must increase the number of beds in their facilities by at least 50%, with some hospitals tasked with doubling their capacity. The state anticipates needing 140,000 beds at the outbreak's peak.

Some of the city's largest gathering spaces are candidates to house patients. A 1,000-bed medical facility was built at the Javits Convention Center, and Cuomo said last week he is considering creating more facilities at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, CUNY's Staten Island campus and the NY Expo Center in the Bronx.

Hospitals have been setting up tents outside their doors to triage patients. Refrigerated trucks have been stationed outside the city medical examiner's office in Manhattan as a potential temporary morgue.

Efforts to close schools and businesses have all been aimed at delaying the apex of the outbreak, so the hospital system might have more time to ramp up its capabilities and acquire ventilators.

It is the ventilators that have truly vexed the Cuomo administration, which anticipates needing 40,000 when the largest number of patients are hospitalized. The state estimated it had 3,200 a few weeks ago. It now says it has about 12,000 and is exploring converting anesthesia machines and splitting the breathing machines using tubes to treat several patients at a time.

The problem was particularly pronounced at the city-run Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, where 13 patients died from Covid-19 during one 24-hour period, The New York Times reported.

"So many people are saying it's going to be OK, everything's fine, we have what we need," Dr. Colleen Smith, who works in Elmhurst's emergency department, said in a video shared with the Times. "And if this goes on for a month or two, or three or five like it did in China, and we're already this strained, we don't have what we need."

Dr. Eric Wei, an emergency medicine physician and chief quality officer at NYC Health and Hospitals, said the public hospital system has diverted more resources to Elmhurst Hospital as well as Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx and Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, which have been treating the largest numbers of patients, he said.

Wei said the system hasn't determined the origin of the cluster of cases in Elmhurst. Certain factors, such as the density of the population there, might have been responsible, he said.

"I'm very proud of how we handled this as a system," Wei said. "We've never come close to running out of PPE or ventilators."

He said workers' concerns about inadequate supplies are understandable but said the system has procured 100 more ventilators. A city spokeswoman said Friday it was sending thousands of pieces of safety gear and dispatching 105 nurses to Elmhurst Hospital.

Dr. Amy Plasencia, chief medical resident in internal medicine at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, said she is concerned not everyone has had consistent access to protective gear. Resident physicians in the emergency department get one N95 mask per shift, she said, but those in lower-risk specialties have been asked to reuse the masks.

Plasencia spent the first three weeks of March working in the medical ICU, where her shift ran 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

"We do what we can with what we have. If that means that we have to reuse masks, we'll reuse masks," Plasencia said. "We protect ourselves in the ways that we can, but we're not going to stop treating our patients because of suboptimal conditions."

Plasencia has been alarmed by patients who are in their 30s and 40s who become critically ill with Covid-19. Those patients typically were obese but didn't have other underlying medical conditions, she said.

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Up to 500 Brooks Brothers employees will go back to work this week as the menswear retailer pivots production to make medical masks and gowns for health care workers on the front lines battling the coronavirus.

The menswear retailer announced Monday it will convert its factories in New York, Massachusetts and North Carolina from manufacturing ties, shirts and suits to medical masks and gowns to combat the ongoing shortage of personal protective equipment.

The New York City-based clothing company will use its facilities to make up to 150,000 masks per day to help healthcare workers at hospitals and other facilities in needbattling the spread of the coronavirus.

Factory workers will return to work this week following a two-week precautionary self-quarantine, the company said. Brooks Brothers said it will also practice social distancing on-site at all facilities to protect staff.

CORONAVIRUS PROMPTS RETAILERS TO MAKE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

"These are challenging times that are impacting us all. We are deeply grateful to the medical personnel at the frontlines who are fighting the pandemic, and we are honored to do our part and join our peers in retail to provide protective masks that our health care system critically needs,"Brooks Brothers CEO Claudio Del Vecchio said in a statement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance, saying hospitals that run low on surgical masks may consider ways to reuse them or to use them over the course of anentire shift. And if hospitals run out, the CDC said, scarfs or bandanas could be used "as a last resort,"however, some health officials warned cloth masks might not work.

Brooks Brothers is the latest retailer to pivot manufacturing efforts to supplies for healthcare workers.Neiman Marcus Group,JOANN Stores, Canada Goose, Nike and Hanes have also started producing non-surgical materials such as masks, gowns and scrubs.

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NY health care executive fired over posts on coronavirus and Trump supporters | TheHill – The Hill

A New York health system executive has been fired after a Facebook post suggesting supporters of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House MORE should pledge to give up their ventilators for someone else amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In an exchange first flagged by Republican strategist Michael Caputo, Laura Krolczyk, vice president for external affairs at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, posted an article about the Trump administrations reluctance to pay Ventec and General Motors $1 billion to produce ventilators, according to The Buffalo News.

In a conversation with Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute Director of Development Lisa LaTrovato, Krolczyk wrote, "Trump supporters need to pledge to give up their ventilators for someone else ... and not go to the hospital."

In response, LaTrovato wrote, "I think they should be the only ones in packed churches on Sunday," to which Krolczyk replied, "They should barricade themselves in there and ride this out."

When another Facebook user accused the two of "saying we[decide] who lives and [who dies] based on political views," Krolczyk wrote, "That's literally what he's saying. Take your 'wow' and comprehend what your hero is saying. Your hero is saying YOU don't need a ventilator. So don't take one."

After Caputo highlighted the exchange, Roswell Park said in a statement that the remarks were inappropriate, adding, "This behavior is not tolerated at Roswell Park. If any team members act in a way that does not accord with that commitment, we will take swift and appropriate action, just as we did in this instance."

Krolczyk was initially placed on administrative leave but has since been fired, Annie Deck-Miller, a spokeswoman for the hospital, told The Buffalo News on Saturday. Hauptman Woodward said it has placed LaTrovato on leave.

"Leadership is addressing this regrettable personnel matter directly with the individual involved, who has been placed on administrative leave pending further internal review," the research institute said.

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The Race to Keep Health Care Workers Protected From Covid-19 – WIRED

The prognosis is grim. We're all anticipating that the situation is going to get worse, says Elissa Schechter-Perkins, an emergency room physician at Boston Medical Center. As the coronavirus spreads across the United States, health care workers are reckoning with how to protect themselves while helping Covid-19 patients in increasingly harrowing circumstances. Access to personal protective equipment (PPE) is severely limited in many parts of the country, testing remains inadequate, and the likelihood of shortages of everything from masks to ventilators to hospital beds has left many workers stressed out, angry, and, in some cases, resigned to endure bedlam.

Ideally, we would be wearing full PPE for all patients that we're seeing in the emergency department, Schechter-Perkins says. Yet, in many cases, they are not. She has witnessed patients come in for unrelated reasons only to later show signs of infection, after theyd already been looked after by hospital staff. Some of them have gone on to become confirmed cases of Covid-19. Because the nurses and doctors attending to these patients didnt immediately categorize them as coronavirus cases, she says colleagues wound up completely unprotected.

We have known, kind of from the beginning, that there is not a sufficient supply of PPE and there's not a confirmed supply chain for getting more anytime soon, Schechter-Perkins says. So right from the beginning, we have been placed in really difficult circumstances in which we need to ration our PPE in ways that are potentially quite unsafe.

Across the country in Los Angeles, an emergency room physician is aghast at the equipment limitations he and his fellow health care workers face. (The doctor asked that his name not be used.) When asked whats on short supply, he rattles off a list: masks, goggles, face shields, copper equipment, glovesand disinfectant wipes. Were using diluted bleach and a spray can instead, he says. Not as effective. All of this adds up to a hospital staff that is especially vulnerable amid a pandemic. Increasingly, this is the norm at hospitals in cities with surging Covid-19 outbreaks. In California, most ER physicians are classified as independent contractors. This can impact what kind of equipment they have ready access to. The ER doctor says one of the companies contracting him offered a stipend of $250 for personal protective equipment rather than obtaining it for the medical staff. I went out and bought my own goggles on eBay.

Even when the correct protective gear is provided, it is often in short supply. Schechter-Perkins is one of several doctors and nurses who told WIRED theyre reusing N95 masks, which are thick, particle-filtering face coverings designed for single use. We are storing them in paper bags in between patients, she says. Then, at the end of the shift, we are storing them in paper bags so that we can use them the next day.

In parts of the country where the coronavirus has yet to turn into a full-fledged outbreak, doctors are faring significantly better. Everybody is working on their own timeline through this, James Beckerman, a cardiologist in Portland, Oregon, says. When I was on call last weekend, we had what we needed, but its a moving target right now. Infection prevention epidemiologist Saskia Popescu, who is currently working in Arizona, hopes hospitals currently outside of hotspots can see what is going wrong in other regions to avoid their own catastrophes. So many of us are looking at New York and seeing what they are going through, which is devastating, and trying to use that as a teaching moment, she says. New York is a warning for a lot of us.

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New York City is now the frantic heart of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, with more than 790 confirmed deaths, and so its the part of the nation where health care workers are in the most jeopardy. After Kious Kelly, a 48-year-old assistant nurse manager at Mount Sinai West, died this week in what appears to be the first coronavirus death among New York nurses, his coworkers emphasized their lack of protection on social media. One nurse captioned a photograph of Kelly on Facebook with a hashtag: #GetUsPPEs. Another nurse decried the official response in her own Facebook post: We do not have enough PPE, we do not have the correct PPE, and we do not have the appropriate staffing to handle this pandemic. And I do not appreciate representatives of this health system saying otherwise on the news. The public needs to know that we are not prepared, that this is serious, that they need to stay home to flatten the curve. How many more of my friends have to get sick, have to die, for the world to take this seriously?!

The hospitals are trying to catch up. Nurse practitioner Peggy Desiderio, who works at Mount Sinais Morningside location, says the protective gear situation there isnt sufficient, but that access has improved as frontline medical workers have asked for additional supplies. Im not saying that its great, or that its going to last forever, or that we wont get shortages, she says. But theyre listening. (Mount Sinai did not respond to a request for comment.)

However, many New York hospital workers continue to eye their limited equipment with worry. Recently, doctors and nurses at Queens Elmhurst Hospital Center began speaking out about the conditions they are facing as a surge of critically ill patients arrive. Benjamin Laitman, an ENT resident at Elmhurst, has seen the strict budgeting of protective gear firsthand. Its a crisis mode, he says. The hospital isnt out of anything yet, but the scarcity is an enormous preoccupation. We have it because weve been rationing it.

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Millions of Americans are about to lose their health insurance in a pandemic – The Guardian

The tragic effects of our battle with the novel coronavirus are seemingly endless. But arguably the most mind-blowing is this: the very pandemic that threatens to infect and kill millions is simultaneously causing many to also lose their health coverage at their gravest time of need.

Heres how: the virus has caused a public health crisis so severe that people have been forced to stay home, causing businesses to shutter and lay off workers. And with roughly half of Americans getting their health insurance from their employer, these layoffs mean not only losing their income but also their medical coverage. In other words, just as our need for medical care skyrockets in the face of a global pandemic, fewer will have health insurance or be able to afford it. According to one recent report, the cost of treatment for Covid-19 can run around $35,000. As the patient in the report exclaimed: I was pretty sticker-shocked. I personally dont know anybody who has that kind of money.

So, how did we get to such a dire place? Many will sadly lose their jobs over the coming weeks with one estimate projecting as many as 30%. And as they do, Americans are about to learn something horrifying: how irrational and irresponsible it is for so many to be dependent on employers for health insurance. Take it from me. Im a former health insurance executive who once profited from this system. Its time for it to stop.

America needs to finally get out of the business of linking health coverage to job status. Even in better times, this arrangement was a bad idea from a health perspective. Most Americans whose families depend on their employers for coverage are just a layoff away from being uninsured. And now, when many businesses are shutting down and considering layoffs, its a public health disaster. Across the country were seeing reports of layoffs in almost all industries. As we approach a global recession, some analysts suggest that a million or more US workers will lose their jobs in April alone. Consider what this means for health care in this country.

Weve seen this before. During the last big recession, researchers at Cornell University found that 9.3 million Americans lost their health insurance between 2007 and 2009. Why? As people lost work, their employer-provided insurance went away. During this time, roughly six in 10 Americans who lost their jobs became uninsured. And this problem compounds itself. If the reason you lost your health insurance is that you no longer have steady employment, how are you now going to be able to afford monthly premiums for some other private health care plan? This problem becomes particularly acute when you consider that premiums for health plans sold on exchanges are projected to soar, as well, due to unexpected Covid-19 costs.

Its worth noting that even in good times, the employer-based model fails to cover enough of us, with the number of Americans covered through an employer steadily dropping in general. Since 1999, the percentage of those with job-based coverage has declined by nine points. And it most certainly will drop like a rock in the coming weeks and months.

Its now clear that this system cannot handle our current reality. With so many Americans sadly on the verge of unemployment, the number that will lose health coverage will be crushing. As we rebuild our countrys economic base and reimagine the roles various industries play in our new future, we must also begin a difficult conversation about health care. If were dependent on jobs in order to have it, a lot of us will be left out in the cold. And at a time in our nations history where more will need quality care than ever before, the human cost will simply be too much to bear.

Wendell Potter, a former vice-president for corporate communications at Cigna, is president of Business for Medicare for All

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Heres What the Stimulus Bill Would Mean to the Health-Care Industry – Barron’s

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The stimulus bill meant to help mitigate the damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic includes billions of dollars for the health-care industry, which will need to treat an expected deluge of critically ill patients.

Senators released the text of the bill late Wednesday night, after a day in which some details of the plan emerged while others remained sketchy.

The full bill, which will allocate roughly $2 trillion in total, is more than 800 pages long, and will be poured over extensively in the coming days. The House is expected to vote on the bill on Friday.

Here are some highlights from the Senate text of how the bill will affect the health-care industry.

Despite the bill nearing the finish line, S&P 500 futures were down 0.9% Thursday morning.

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What Happens If Health-Care Workers Stop Showing Up? – The Atlantic

If someone is going to risk their life, then they deserve the best possible care to save them. We understood this during Ebolathe first treatment center built by the U.S. government in Liberia was the Monrovia Medical Unit, specifically for Ebola-infected health-care staff. Providers need the reassurance that they will get preferential access to care and medications in exchange for their sacrifice. This is not just fair, but practicalkeeping clinicians alive means that they will be able to continue to provide care. Just knowing that the MMU was opening made recruiting providers easier.

Providers who become infected also deserve fair compensationfull pay while they are sick or if they are forced to quarantine to protect their patients. They should all have disability and life insurance. The families of those who sacrifice their life deserve great compensation.

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I have seen little evidence of this. Emergency-physician message boards are full of concern about the lack of preparation by their hospitals. Few of these financial arrangements exist. I havent received any special training, mostly just a few emails about the situation. That doesnt protect me. PPE is already being rationed, and there are dire predictions that it will run out long before this pandemic is over. Should I still have to go to work knowing I will get infected and have a 5 percent chance of dying? Why do my colleagues have to pay for a separate apartment when forced to self-quarantine away from their families?

Thus far, the attitude has been: Whats the big deal? Its just COVID-19, with a mortality of less than 1 percent. But tell that to the two emergency physicians in critical care right now, or the infected health-care providers in Arkansas, Washington, New York, and other states. Tell that to their families.

Six months into the 15-month Ebola epidemic, health-care providers stopped coming to work. They had little PPE. They saw their friends die without any special care. Their colleagues began abandoning their jobs, one by one, until there was no one left. There was nowhere for people to obtain treatment for stomach pain, childbirth, heart attacks, car crashes, or any other routine or unpredictable health event. As a result, experts estimate that more people died from illnesses like malaria and diarrhea than Ebola.

When health-care providers get sick, become disabled, or die, they can no longer provide care for anyone, not just infected patients.

In Italy, at least 2,000 health-care workers have been infected and are not providing care. Some have died. Some hospitals cohort, or group, providers so that they care for only infected patients, leaving others to care for the uninfected. Others providers cant work, because they are quarantined after possible exposures or because of known infections. But that is the way it has to be. The core ethics principle for physicians and nurses is primum non nocereFirst, do no harmand the last thing we want to do is spread the infection to our patients or other health-care staff.

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$100 Billion-Plus in CARES Act for Healthcare: 3 Ways to Get It – HealthLeaders Media

The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has more than $100 billion in aid for healthcare organizations, but in some cases, leaders had better act fast to get it.

While previous versions of the legislation contained less assistance for providers large or small, recent versions recognized the existential financial threat many healthcare organizations are under as they fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

"The intent of the CARES Act is to deliver relief to providers who face the double whammy of the loss of elective procedure revenue and the costs of preparation for the pandemic," says Martie Ross, managing principal, Kansas City Office of Knoxville, Tennesseebased PYA, P.C.

The bill contains provisions that range from payroll-based loans under a Small Business Administration (SBA) Act provision, as well as Medicare payment acceleration for providers already losing elective volume revenue. In certain cases, the funding remains unallocated, so finance teams may need to act fast to get first in line.

According to Ross and David McMillan, CFO and managing principal of PYAs consulting practice, there are three provisions of the CARES Act that healthcare providers should analyze immediately for their direct financial impact:

The SBA has underwritten loans for years to provide relief for companies to meet working capital obligations after a natural disaster. The "Paycheck Protection Program" is an expansion of the SBA Act that may provide up to $10 million in loans at 4% interest for business (including 501(c)(3)s) with fewer than 500 employees. The largest benefit, however, may be the provision that allows borrowers to apply to have all or a portion of the loan forgiven.

"Its a way to protect and help businesses continue to employ their workforce," McMillan says.

The loan amount is based on a formula that takes the average monthly payroll expenditure for the previous 12 months and multiplies that by a factor of 2.5. Businesses receive loan amounts equal to the lesser of that amount or the $10 million limit, McMillan says.

The unforgiven portions of the loan are repayable over 10 years. While repayment deferrals ranging from six to 12 months are also available, the unique aspect of the program is its forgiveness provision. For businesses that maintain their workforce for an eight-week period after the funds are received, a portion or all the loan may be forgiven. And whatever portion is forgiven is tax free, McMillan says.

The CARES Act adds $100 billion to the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to reimburse providers for expenses and lost revenue attributable to COVID-19. Presently, this fund is administered by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In a single act, this agency goes from administering an annual budget of $2.6 billion to a $100 billion program.

Guidance is still pending, much of it may be on whether parts of the fund are allocated for rural hospitals, or cancer hospitals, or other specific providers, or whether the program is "first-come, first-served," Ross says.

"At this point, my advice would be first to file, until they say something differently," Ross says. "The language in the statute is that there's just no categorization. It's just a hundred billion dollars." The provisions cover not only lost revenue, but also certain capital expenditures that may result from COVID preparedness, Ross says.

As it stands, the program is not rolled out under the usual regulatory review and time frame, but guidance is soon expected from HHS on how the program is to be administered, Ross says. But dont wait. Get your numbers ready, Ross says.

"The sooner your team can come up with a reliable calculation of the loss you are experiencing because of declining electives or lower ER volume, the better. Also be prepared to quantify any additional expenses incurred due to the pandemic. You will want to have these numbers ready to plug into whatever formula they provide," Ross says.

There are three key provisions of the act that relate to Medicare, Ross and McMillan say:

"The first two are really game changers," Ross says. "Advance payments will allow providers that are losing revenue to apply to CMS to accelerate Medicare payments, essentially as an advance payment on future Medicare billing," Ross says. A more direct boost will be a temporary elimination of the 2% sequestration cut that will go into effect in May and continue for the rest of the year.

Both Ross and McMillan will be featured in a webinar, "The CARES Act: Your Piece of the $2 Trillion Pie" Monday, March 30 at 1 p.m. (ET). For more information, go to https://www.pyapc.com/insights/cares-act-webinar/

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Companies join coronavirus fight by helping health care workers – Fox Business

FOX Business' Lauren Simonetti breaks down how businesses are stepping up to build ventilators and making supplies more available to the public in order to combat the coronavirus.

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From distilleries to makeup manufacturers, companies across the nation have shifted operations to support health care workers in the fight against thecoronavirus pandemic.

As the world faces a shortage in critical medical supplies created by the rapidly spreading virus, businesses have launched efforts to donate supplies from ventilators, respirators, masks to hand sanitizer. Other companies have taken the initiative to manufacture their own products.

Here are some of thecompanies that have pledged support to those on the front lines of this fight.

A health care worker with the UNLV School of Medicine tests a patient for the coronavirus at a drive-thru testing site Tuesday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Airbnb

Airbnb launched a global initiative to provide health care professionals, relief workers and first responders free or subsidized housing. The company hopes to help house about 100,000 workers on the front lines of the fight against the virus.Airbnb will waive all fees for stays arranged through this initiative, the company announced Thursday.

Medical workers and first responders are providing lifesaving support during the coronavirus outbreak and we want to help, Airbnbs co-founder Joe Gebbia said. Weve heard from countless hosts around the world who want to provide a comforting home to heroic first responders. We are connecting our nonprofit partners, government agencies and others with our incredible host community to work together in these extraordinary times.

Hosts who provide homes will be asked to follow strict cleanliness protocols based on recommendations from medical experts.

The company is also partnering with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Rescue Committee, International Medical Corps and other nonprofit organizations to help support their workers.

Apple

Apple has sourced and is donating 10 million masks to the medical community across the United States and the hardest-hit areas in Europe, AppleCEO Tim Cook announced on Twitter.

"These people deserve our debt of gratitude for all of the work they are doing on the front lines," he said. Its in these toughest times that we show our greatest strength and I know that we will rise to the occasion."

The company also raised $15 million worldwide "to help treat those who are sick and to help lessen the economic and community impacts of the pandemic," Apple said.

The company is also matching employee donations two-to-one to support the company's COVID-19 response efforts.

Armani

The Armani Group halted operations at its production plants tomanufacturing single-use overalls for health care workers on the front lines. This comes after Giorgio Armani allocated $2.2 million to hospitals in Italy as well as the Italian civil protection agency, Forbes reported.

Barco

The health care apparel company is donating10,000 scrubs each month for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic to professionals on the front lines.

"We are launching our scrub donation program to show our sincere thanks and demonstrate our immense gratitude to Healthcare professionals all over the country, all of whom have been so heroic in the fight against this pandemic, Barco's CEO David Murphy said.We are here to support the Healthcare workers as they take care of all of us.

Canada Goose

The winter clothing manufacturer is producing gear for frontline workers and patients in Canada. The company will be making suddenly hard-to-find medical supplies such as gowns and scrubs at manufacturing facilities across the country. Production and distribution will begin in Toronto and Winnipeg facilities next week, the company said.

"On behalf of our 5,000+ employees around the world, I want to express our deep gratitude to everyone who is working tirelessly on the frontlines, and our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected," Canada Goose said in a statement.

Crocs

The company is working to donate 10,000 pairs of shoes a day tothose on the front lines of the battle against the pandemic.The company already hasmore than 40,000 people in line for a pair.

In addition,Crocs is also donating up to 100,000 pairs of shoes to be distributed across select health care facilities and organizations.

Like everyone, weve been closely monitoring the news and working hard to map out a way to most effectively help where we can," CrocsCEO Andrew Rees said. "Over the past week, we have spoken to healthcare workers, their facilities and even their family and friends, and they have specifically asked for our shoes in an effort to provide ease on their feet, as well as ease of mind as they need the ability to easily clean up before they go home to their families."

Delta Air Lines

Delta said it would fly eligible medical volunteers round-trip for free to Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan, and look at expanding free flights to California, New York and Washington.

"We are witnessingthe heroic efforts of ourmedical professionals around the worldas theycombat COVID-19, and we have deep gratitude for their selfless sacrifice," saidBillLentsch,Delta's ChiefCustomer ExperienceOfficer. "Air travel plays a significant role in making connections in both good and challenging times, and our hope is that offering free travel gives more of these professionals the ability to help in critical areas of the U.S."

Eight Oaks Farm Distillery

The family-owned distillery plans converted their operation into a production line for the hand sanitizer. At this time, the Pennsylvania-based distillery is focused on making as much hand sanitizer to support organizations and nonprofits locally.

"The need for sanitizer is critical and even worse than we thought, and while we want to help everyone, supplies are limited and right now our commitment is to our local community and those mission-critical organizations," the company wrote.

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Este Lauder

Este Lauder committed to donating 10,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to every week to New York state for the coming weeks, New York Gov.Andrew Cuomo tweeted.

Additionally, the company has also recently pledged to donate $2 million to Doctors Without Borders/Mdecins Sans Frontires as a way to support coronavirus treatment in countries that have been severely affected or lack health care resources, according to a companypress release.

"The Este Lauder Companies is proud to contribute to the broader COVID-19 relief efforts by reopening our Melville manufacturing facility this week to produce hand-sanitizer for high-need groups and populations, including front-line medical staff,"a spokesperson for The Este Lauder Companies told FOX Business. "We are grateful to our employees who have worked tirelessly to make this possible. Compensated, employee volunteers will support this vital, meaningful effort."

Fanatics

The company has shifted from manufacturing uniforms for Major League Baseball to supporting health care workers fighting the pandemic. The company is utilizing its plant in Pennsylvania to produce masks and gowns out of the same jersey fabric that is used to make the uniforms worn by professional baseball players.

The company plans to make 1 million masks and gowns for hospitals and emergency management personnel across Pennsylvania with the goal of extending to New Jersey and New York, Fanaticsfounder and Executive Chairman Micheal Rubin said on Twitter.

"We have approx 100 associates working (extra distanced and in a very clean and safe environment of course)," he wrote in a tweet.

Ford Motor Company

The company is working with 3M andGE Healthcareand the United Auto Workers union to expand the production of critical medical equipment and supplies for health care workers, first respondersand patients fighting the virus.

Using a combination of parts with 3M, Ford is helping to scale production of powered-air purifying respirators. The company is also working with GE to expand the production of ventilators for patients.

Additionally, the company, with the help of the UAW, aims to produce roughly 75,000 face shields this week with plans to ramp up production to 100,000 face shields per week by April.

GE Appliances

The company is donating essential appliances to first responders and health care workers on the front lines in partnership with United Way as part of itsGEA4Heroes program.

GE announced Monday asignificant portion of the companys products made over the next two weeks will be donated to health care workers on the front lines who are fighting the rapidly spreading virus.

These appliances will be donated to individual health care workers, firefighters, paramedics and police officers. Firehouses, police stations and hospitals may also receive donations.

These men and women are working around the clock to keep us safe. Were relying on them, and they are relying on us and the products we make to keep their families safe and fed, GE AppliancesCEO Kevin Nolan said. Appliances are essential right now to help keep food and medicine safe, laundry and dishes sanitized, and food prepared forfamilies.Our country needs us now more than ever before and its essential that we take care of our fellow Americans, especially those who are taking care of us.

Google

Google announced a more than $800 million commitment to support businesses, health organizations, governmentsand health workers on the front lines.

Among its extensive list of relief efforts, the company is offering financial support to increase theproduction capacity for personal protective equipment and medical devices,Google CEOSundar Pichai announced Friday.

In working with Magid Glove & Safety, Google's longtime supplier and partner, the company is ramping up production of 2 million to 3 million face masks in the coming weeks. The masks will be distributed to the CDC Foundation, Pichai said.

Alphabetemployees, including those with Google, Verily and X, are also helping to facilitate increased production of ventilators, he added. Alphabet is the parent company of all three firms.

Hertz

The car rental company is offering free vehicle rentals through April 30 for health care workers. Workers can book as little as a week or up to a month with the company at no cost to them. To take advantage of the offer, employees must have a valid medical ID, emailwith a healthcare domain, and driver's license.

JetBlue

The airlineis working with nonprofit partners and government agencies to help get medical professionals and much-needed supplies where they are needed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is also assisting students who need help traveling to family and friends or a permanent housing situation, the company said.

"Air travel is an essential global service and we are committed to meeting travel needs, some of which are critical," JetBlue said in a statement. "During this time of uncertainty, we remain committed to our mission of Inspiring Humanity and our social impact pillars community and youth/education. This includes our main resources flights and assets from our network of partners."

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Krispy Kreme

The company is donating sweet treats to health care workers every Monday through National Nurses Week, which concludes on May 12.

Anyone who works at a hospital, as well as physicians, nurses, surgeons, psychologists, dentists, optometrists, pharmacists and their staff will be given free dozens of the original glazed doughnuts.

"Taking care of ourselves and each other never has been more important. Getting through this together by staying apart seems unnatural. But even now there can be joy. It can bring and keep us 'together'in this challenging, disruptive time," the company said. "AtKrispy Kreme, we love bringing smiles to others, especially those who need them the most."

Workers will need to show their ID at the drive-through in order to redeem the offer. There is a limit of up to five dozen per worker "due to varying production capabilities by location."

L'Oral

The company launched a multi-faceted initiative to support Americans during the pandemic.

The company's manufacturing facilitates in North America are producing alcohol-based hand sanitizers. The hard-to-find substance will be sent to company employees, partnersand health care professionals working on the frontlines. The company is also donating surgical and N95 respirator masks made in facilities in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and Franklin, New Jersey, to local hospitals.

We stand in solidarity with the brave people who are tirelessly and selflessly working to end this pandemic, and it is our hope that, through these actions, we are able to provide some relief during this challenging time," StphaneRinderknech, president and CEO of L'Oral USA, said.

The company is also donating money and resources to non-profits such as Feeding America and providing relief for small businesses.

Lowe's

Lowe's is donating$10 million in essential products for medical professionals. The donation is part of a$25 million commitment to help communities hit hardest by COVID-19 within the U.S. and Canada.

The home improvement company is working with national health care supply distributors to deliver essential items, such as respirators and other protective gear, to hospitals most in need across the country.

"Were proud of our teams who deployed N95 masks from Lowes distribution centers yesterday to support medical professionals across the country," the company wrote on Facebook."Were committed to serving our communities; and as an essential retailer, were open and ready to help."

The company is allocating $500,000 of the overall donation for the American Red Cross to help the organizationmaintain a sufficient supply of blood to help patients in need.

"The organization faces a blood shortage as blood drives are canceled, and it needs additional donors now more than ever," the company wrote.

Merck

Merck is donating masks forhealth care workers and other front-line responders battling thepandemic in New Jersey. The company announced this week it was donating 300,000 masks to New Jerseys Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.

We extend our deepest appreciation to the many healthcare providers and volunteers here and around the world who are doing so much to help affected patients and communities, and to our own employees who are focused on delivering our critically important medicines and vaccines to the patients who need them," said Merck CEOKenneth Frazier.

Merck also said it's assuring that its "supply of medicines and vaccines reach our patients, contributing our scientific expertise to the development of antiviral approaches, and supporting our healthcare providers and the communities in which they serve."

Prudential Financial

The New Jersey-based insurance company donated 153,000 face masks and approximately 75,000 respirators to health care workers across the state.

"While the pandemic has become a global crisis, the fight against it is taking place locally and will be won at the community level,"Prudential's CEO Charles F. Lowrey said. "Our cities, towns and neighborhoods have always been there for us, in good times and bad. Their health, well-being and prosperity are vital to our future. We will not let them down in this hour of need."

The company also donated 300 bottles of hand sanitizer andcommitted $1.5 million in funding for local businesses, families in need and the nonprofit sector both in the U.S. and internationally.

Ralph Lauren

TheRalph Lauren Corporate Foundationis earmarking$10 million toward COVID-19 relief.

In part, the funds will go towardtheWorld Health Organizations COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which was created to help countries prevent, detectand respond to theglobal crisis, the company said. The funds will also go towardthe fashion community, employees and international cancer institutions, which are caring for people who are especially vulnerable during this time.

With help from its U.S. manufacturingpartners, the company is also working to produce 250,000 masks and 25,000 isolation gowns to help those in need.

"Our hearts and thoughts are with the global community," the company said.Our hope is to be a beacon of optimism and unity as we navigate this unprecedented time.It is in the spirit of togetherness that we willrise."

Serta Simmons Bedding

The company is donating10,000 mattresses to New York City hospitals and medical facilities fighting the coronavirus.

The donation, which will bein partnership withRelief Bed International, is meant to address the significant shortage of hospital beds cited byCuomo Tuesday.

"As the largest American producer of mattresses, Serta Simmons Bedding is committed to ensuring those who are hospitalized have a bed available where they can receive care and heal,"SSB Chairman and CEO David Swift said Wednesday. "We're calling on our peers in the bedding industry to join us in addressing this need."

The company also said it is capable ofproducing up to 20,000 additional beds per day "at the lowest possible cost if needed"to help in the fight against the coronavirus.

SmileDirectClub

Earlier this month SmileDirectClub began to utilize its 3D printing manufacturing facility in Tenessee to increase the production of medical supplies needed to combat the pandemic. The company announced it has the capacity to print up to 7,500 medical-grade face shields for health care workers. St. Luke's Boise Medical CenterinIdaho is slated to receive the first shipment of 1,000 shields.

The company is actively accepting orders from U.S. and Canadian health care organizations and governmental bodies.

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Georgians gather to pray for health care workers battling coronavirus – FOX 5 Atlanta

NEWNAN, Ga. - Hundreds of of Georgians displayed an incredible show of support for local health care workers on the front lines of the battle against the coronavirus.

Georgians gathered around the state to pray for the people on the front lines of battling the coronavirus.

Nearly every spot in Piedmont Newnan Hospital's parking lot was filled. In each car there were people to pray for the employees and patients inside.

In video shared by FOX 5 viewers, residents drove by honking their horns, flashing lights and singing "Amazing Grace."

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One nurse inside Piedmont Newnan told FOX 5 that working on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 is hard and draining, but he said seeing the support left him feeling blessed.

We all felt touched by this. Everyone's eyes were wet," Nurse Naman Patel said."We all left our family home to take care of patients. It's hard and draining. And to see this gives goosebumps. I feel blessed."

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Piedmont Newnan wasn't the only hospital in Georgia where this show of support has happened recently. Another prayer gathering also happened Saturday at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center.

Georgians also gathered atNortheast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, playing music and holding their hands up in prayer.

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Coronavirus in Europe: Thousands of Health Workers Out of Action – The New York Times

MADRID Across Western Europe, health care professionals have used the language of war to describe the struggle against the coronavirus, which has left some hospitals on the brink of collapse.

And health care workers are the soldiers on the front lines.

Out of Spains 40,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, 5,400 nearly 14 percent are medical professionals, the health ministry said on Tuesday. No other country has reported health care staff accounting for a double-digit percentage of total infections.

But the problem is widespread throughout Europe. In Italy, France and Spain, more than 30 health care professionals have died of the coronavirus, and thousands of others have had to self-isolate.

In Brescia province, the center of Italys outbreak, 10 to 15 percent of doctors and nurses have been infected and put out of commission, according to a doctor there.

In France, the public hospital system in Paris has tallied 490 infected staff members, a small but growing proportion of the systems 100,000 or so employees.

The same dynamics are starting to take hold in Britain and the United States, where the contagion is bearing down but has yet to fully bite.

At the La Paz hospital in Madrid, one of the largest in Spains capital, 426 employees 6 percent of the medical staff are isolated at home, after testing positive or showing possible symptoms of the coronavirus, according to internal numbers provided by a labor union that represents doctors in Madrid.

At the smaller Igualada hospital in Catalonia, a third of the 1,000 hospital staff has been sent home.

The virus was already among us when we were really only testing those who came from Wuhan and then from Italy, said ngela Hernndez Puente, a doctor who is the deputy secretary general of the doctors union. Some of our doctors unfortunately worked without adequate protection and acted as vectors.

As doctors, nurses and other practitioners fall sick, the burdens increase on health care systems already groaning under the strain of an expanding epidemic. And infected workers and their hospitals are increasingly being recognized as vectors for the spread of the virus.

The number of cases in Spain has been doubling every four days, and the country is fast shaping up as Europes next epicenter of the contagion. On Tuesday, Spains coronavirus toll reached 2,700 dead, the second-highest in Europe after Italy.

In Madrid, the focus of Spains outbreak, so many are dying that bodies are being placed in an Olympic-sized ice skating rink that has been converted into an emergency morgue.

In some retirement homes, soldiers deployed to disinfect the premises found elderly people abandoned, or dead in their beds, prompting Spains public prosecutors to open an investigation.

It has not helped that Spains population, on average, is among the worlds oldest. But the government was also late to impose restrictions on the movement of people.

Even as a tragedy unfolded in northern Italy, mass events went ahead earlier this month in Madrid, and the government waited until March 14 to declare a state of emergency that has since forced people to stay indoors, barring exceptional circumstances.

Spain also did not shore up its stock of medical equipment early on. Doctors and nurses have had to work with a dangerous shortage of masks, gloves and other essential gear that has proved disastrous for them.

The grim situation has left many of Spains health care professionals overwhelmed and pleading for more equipment, doctors, nurses and ambulance crews have told The New York Times. For those who have been infected, a feeling of powerlessness has sunk in.

You are used to taking care of others and now youre being asked to stay home and take care of yourself, said Marc Arnaiz, a doctor in the internal medicine unit of the Igualada hospital, who tested positive earlier this month.

For most of us this job is a vocation, so its shocking and frustrating, he said.

Mr. Arnaiz, 31, said he had likely been infected by a patient. He noticed the first symptoms on March 9, the day his patient was confirmed positive, among the first in the hospital, which has since become one of the worst infection clusters in northeastern Spain.

While its impossible to know how many patients infected doctors and vice versa, the alarming spread within hospitals has forced the government to struggle with a shortage of both professionals and equipment.

Last week, the government launched an emergency recruitment plan to add 50,000 health care workers, ranging from medical students to retired doctors.

After employees began complaining openly about the stresses on the system, some Madrid hospitals told their staff not to speak out. Many of those interviewed by The New York Times were not authorized to comment publicly and asked that their full names not be used for fear of retribution.

One, Yolanda, has been a nurse for 30 years, working in a public hospital in Madrid. But earlier this month, as the outbreak worsened in Spain, she said she was moved instead to a makeshift emergency ward, where she had to learn new skills on the job while working without decent protective gear.

Weve been put on the front line not only without enough protection, but also sometimes with the stress of a very different work environment, she said, noting that she had never before handled intubated patients. The nurses in her unit wore face masks and gowns, but they had to reuse them because of a shortage.

Putting on a face mask again and again is as useless as sticking a piece of paper on your face, she said.

Last Thursday, Yolanda went home feeling feverish. On Sunday, she tested positive for coronavirus, along with about 30 colleagues. We have done our best, but some of us sadly became part of the contamination chain, she said.

Hospital workers unions were less hesitant to point fingers.

When we already knew that the virus was circulating in hospitals, we were still being told that the usage of protective gear should be limited to specific circumstances, said Juanjo Menndez, the communications director of SATSE Madrid, a nurses union. Its the kind of basic error that a student learns to avoid in the first year of medical school.

In Spain, France and Italy, officials and health care professionals said they were shocked by equipment shortages.

Giorgio Gori, the mayor of Bergamo, one of the hardest hit towns in Italy, said the doctors werent protected, and lacked the sufficient defenses, adding that he was still receiving requests for masks and gloves from doctors making home visits.

Jean-Paul Hamon, the president of one of Frances biggest doctor unions, told the LCI television broadcaster on Tuesday that he was particularly worried about workers who are not in hospitals but are still in close contact with patients, like general practitioners or retirement home employees.

Three of the five doctors who have died of Covid-19 so far in France were general practitioners, and one was a gynecologist. The state is absolutely unprepared, said Mr. Hamon, who is himself infected. The state is going to owe an explanation.

In Spain, doctors warned that hospitals were now paying the price of the loose measures announced in the early days of the outbreak.

The lack of protection is everywhere, the improvisation seems to be widespread, said Antonio Antela, a doctor who coordinates the infectious disease unit at the university hospital of Santiago de Compostela, in northwestern Spain. He has been hospitalized for a week after developing pneumonia and testing positive.

The lesson is: take care of your public health care system, because there will be other epidemics and we ought to be better prepared, he added in a telephone interview from his hospital bed.

At a medical center in the heart of Madrid, Mara, another nurse who is now isolated at home with coronavirus, said that she spent several days working without a face mask and gloves, handing out masks only to visitors who reported breathing problems or had recently been in Italy.

On March 11, the day she first felt fever, her medical center finally ordered all staff to wear masks. We probably didnt have enough face masks, but we also acted for far too long as if this was a limited problem, mostly imported from Italy, she said.

The Spanish government is now stepping up efforts to buy medical equipment, as well as distributing about 650,000 new test kits across the country. Two Chinese cargo planes filled with face masks and other gear landed in Madrid and Zaragoza on Tuesday.

We are a target like everybody else, but we are also a threat to other co-workers, said Juan, a 37-year-old doctor in a Madrid public hospital. Also, if you test everyone and theres no health care workers left in the hospitals, what can you do?

Raphael Minder reported from Madrid and Elian Peltier from Barcelona. Reporting was contributed by Jason Horowitz in Rome and Aurelien Breeden in Paris.

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Calling all readers: Health care workers, whats it like handling coronavirus cases? – cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio In a few short months, the novel coronavirus has swept across the world and landed at Northeast Ohios front door.

Now, Ohio has 50 confirmed cases, and local hospitals are testing hundreds of patients per day. The state is effectively shutting down: schools, universities, restaurants, bars and theaters are closing; employees who can are being told to work remotely; and any sizable gatherings are banned. Health officials tout social isolation as a way to stop the spread of the disease and prevent our health care system from getting overwhelmed.

As everyone from teachers to accountants to servers retreats to their homes, health care professionals head in the opposite direction: to confront COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, head on.

Health care providers, what is it like on the front lines? Are your workplaces prepared? Do you feel safe? Have you been given instructions on how to care for people who may be infected with the virus? Do you have personal protective equipment?

I want to write about what its like for you to go to work every day as this pandemic rages on. Share your concerns and experiences with me.

Feel free to contact me directly. I can be reached on Twitter and Facebook, by email or by phone at 216-870-0280.

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Spiritual Health Care: Social Distancing Without Social Isolation – Sojourners

Editor's Note: Sojourners is committed to keeping you up to date with the resources, factual information, and spiritual sustenance you need to weather this health crisis. Even as our operations have moved virtual, we are increasing our work to offer news, commentary, practical advice, and theological reflections to our community. Stay updated at sojo.net, and please consider supporting this work.

Things are changing so fast. Its enough to make us dizzy and scare our hearts. And Im writing to remind you to be gentle with yourself and generous with others were in this together.

When I wrote my first column on the coronavirus, just 12 days ago, I urged folks to stay home if they felt sick and to consult their doctors. Today, I write in the context of the president of the United States, in consultation with the country's top public health experts, asking every American to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, to avoid resturants and bars, and for students and parents to work from home if at all possible. It very much feels like the country is on lockdown. What is now recommended could become mandated in order to save countless lives, and the economic consequences for families, and especially the most vulnerable people, are now incalculable.

As a result, all of us are living into new daily rhythms. While that alone is disorienting, we are already moving from a life of daily inconvenience to one of fear. Institutions from sports to conferences to schools have transformed overnight. Many of our children both school-age and young adults are now home with us, which requires its own adjustments. And many, many people are finding themselves abruptly and unceremoniously out of work, with uncertain prospects for future paychecks as social distancing measures continue for an unknown length of time.

Amid this, we must not let fear become a way of life. We remember the words of Jesus:Love can cast out fear. Leaning into love and learning what it really means to love our neighbors in this crisis will be crucial to our collective health and survival.

I, like so many of you, think of how this has affected and will continue to affect my children. Luke, who has been playing baseball since he was five and is as a senior in college, was getting ready to play what could very well be his final season of organized baseball. In the face of the pandemic, his baseball career is suddenly over. And my younger son, Jack, also just had his high-school baseball season canceled. At least they are now home together, assuch lossesare indeed life altering. While this was devastating for the boys,as Joy and I were with Luke in Florida last week for his spring training, I got to watch as the teamdrew even closer together both intheir shared loss but also in greater solidarity and love for one another. The crisis bound them as a team, even as they were learning that they cannot continue to physically play together. This gave me perspective as I tried to deal with all the changing events of the week. So, as I write this reflection, I wonder how we can learn to stand apart for our physical health but stay together for our mental, emotional, and spiritual health. How do we stay connected and even get closer?

Our physical health rightly requires social distancing in a pandemic, but maintaining ourspiritual health means we cant let that lead to social isolation. We need physical distance but not human isolation, especially for the most vulnerable. Public health now requires social separation to prevent the community spread of the coronavirus, but personal and communal health means increasing and not decreasing social solidarity. Even living more alone, we must find new ways to be together, as community building is essential for communal health and the common good. Turning from physical contact with others must not cause us to turn away from each other, but rather turning to each other in better, deeper, and healthier ways.

So how do we build community that doesnt depend upon physical proximity? How do we keep together while keeping apart? The answers must stem from active, creative, and innovated faith that leads to action. Our response to the coronavirus pandemic must be both effectively practical and deeply theological at the same time. And it is the vocation of the faith community to help us do that.

Sojourners has turned our attention to this crisis so that our platform can be a place where we learn how to answer these questions together. We are telling stories and offering examples of how churches can be a community even as they cant commune. We are sharing how congregations continue to serve the vulnerable in their communities even as they suspend weekend services. We are investing in ways to increase our resources that inspire and sustain each other while deepening our sense of community. We will share practical and creative ways to connect with and serve the elderly, who are most at risk for this virus, even if we cant visit them in person. We will find and share the plans of local programs that successfully and safely feed people, especially children who will lose meals as schools close. Sojourners is a place where you can find the stories and connections to help you do all the above.

We also will continue our advocacy, demanding that federal, state, and local governments take responsibility to serve the common good by caring for people in need. We are following all the critical legislative votes closely and carefully, selecting and suggesting where your contacts with elected officials can do the most good and we will call on you to act!

Families must be fed: We must extend SNAP benefits nutrition aid to those who need help as they lose income and food security. Low-income people who have lost their jobs must be sustained, so we must extend unemployment benefits. We must ensure sick leave is available to all to prevent people who are infected from having to work. We must ensure caregivers for children or older parents can access family leave time. Ultimately, an economic stimulus will be necessary to restore an economy broken by a pandemic not one aimed at those at the top of the economic order, but those who need help the most. I promise that Sojourners will focus on the most critical legislative decisions and call for your action when it is most needed. Stay connected to our advocacy strategy and ready to act when most necessary.

Stay with us and learn how we can get through this together. Even in small groups and family circles, we will become an even stronger Sojourners community.

Fortunately, we aren't starting from scratch: In the last couple of weeks, we've covered many different aspects of life, faith, and social justice in a time of coronavirus. We have focused not just on how to think about what's going on but more importantly what to do in this fearful time. Some of the things we've already covered include how to continue having church when you can't gather together in person, how to anticipate and respond to the specific mental health needs and challenges of social distancing, why social distancing is so important with respect to worship, and much more. We have a number of additional pieces on the way to provide you with the resources, factual information, and spiritual sustenance to you need to weather this health crisis, and we'll continue to be a key place for that until this crisis has passed.

One of the most important reflections I can leave you with is this: Loving your neighbor has never been more important than it is right now, even if we have to find new and creative ways to do so. We are in this together.

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University of Iowa Health Care reduces ‘non-urgent’ surgeries, certain clinics – The Gazette

IOWA CITY The day after state officials reported evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in Iowa, the University of Iowa Health Care implemented new adjustments to clinical services that include reducing the number of surgical cases and suspending certain clinics.

In an email to faculty and staff on Monday, UI Health Care officials said the Iowa City-based health system would adjust clinical services, effective immediately, through at least April 3. That follows a mutually agreed-upon decision among UI Health Care leaders and clinical department chairs and administrators.

Given this and other external factors, we must move forward on activating the clinical contingency plans as we face potential challenges with staffing and in conservation efforts of our medical supplies such as personal protective equipment, said an email from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Chief Executive Officer Suresh Gunasekaran and Dr. Doug Van Daele, executive director of the University of Iowa Physicians.

Starting Monday, the number of surgical cases in the operating rooms will be reduced.

According to the email, critical and emergency surgeries will take priority, but elective and non-urgent surgeries will be postponed.

In addition, UIHC has suspended a number of other clinics including its outreach clinics, the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center and its cardiac and pulmonary clinics for the next three weeks.

According to the systemwide email, the cardiac and pulmonary clinics temporarily have been halted due to the risk the clinics patients have to an infection such as COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 20 Iowans so far.

The College of Dentistry also is closing all faculty, student and resident clinics until April 3. Dental emergencies will be handed by the college, but all elective patient care including outreach clinics and activities during the three week period will cease, according to the universitys website.

Patients will be notified of appointment changes, according to the email.

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Other hospitals in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area are not following suit at this time, but officials at all facilities noted that could change quickly.

In Cedar Rapids, UnityPoint Health-St. Lukes has developed mitigation plans that include trigger points when the hospital will need to limit elective surgeries and other services. But as of Monday afternoon, as no cases of community spread in Linn County have been reported, St. Lukes is not activating these plans, spokeswoman Sarah Corizzo said.

Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids also has not canceled elective surgeries or curtailed medical services, but spokeswoman Karen Vander Sanden noted that could change as the situation evolves.

Mercy Iowa City is not taking similar measures at this time, spokeswoman Margaret Reese said in an email Monday.

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Rosendale on Health Care Options: "Don’t Go Uncovered" – Newstalkkgvo

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread in Montana, State Auditor Matt Rosendale reminds everyone to ensure that they are covered by health care plans. Rosendale spoke to KGVO News about the options that are currently available to uninsured or underinsured Montanans.

Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance through the federal website ran from November 1 to December 15 and is now closed. However, there are health care options that are currently open for enrollment.

There are several options that we want to make sure folks are aware of, Rosendale told KGVO. Thats direct primary care membership, short-term limited duration health insurance, and also the special enrollment period for ACA.

Rosendale says that direct primary care memberships are an affordable option for those seeking basic treatment and routine testing. Direct primary care memberships are not insurance plans; they are instead arrangements between patients and their doctors. They are open to anyone and usually offer an online application.

Short-term limited duration plans are for those seeking temporary health care plans and are open for enrollment year-round.

Several major companies offering short-term plans in Montana have already announced that they will waive deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance, and prior authorization requirements for COVID-19 testing, Rosendale stated. The company notices can be found on my website. Consumers are advised that not all short-term plans may cover testing for COVID-19.

The special ACA enrollment period is open for those who have recently experienced a significant life event, including losing health insurance, getting married, moving, or having a baby.

Rosendale reminds those seeking health care plans to consult with their insurance agent and to be aware of the fine print before purchasing a health care plan.

The most important thing is, dont go uncovered, Rosendale said.

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