Coronavirus Roundup: State Broadens Novel Infection Detection and Checking Methods – The River Newsroom

14August 2020

This is a roundup of coronavirus news and announcements from New york city State and Hudson Valley and Catskills counties for Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14.

NEW YORK STATE
424,167 cases confirmed(727 new) 6,901,836 tests carried out (85,455 new)

Positive test rate: 0.85% 25,232 deaths(4 brand-new) 554 hospitalizations

127 ICU admissions New York State coronavirus page New
York State official pressroom Hotline:(888)364-3065 New York State has a couple of new weapons in the toolbox for combating COVID-19 transmission: Evaluating methods that will enable the state to identify and respond to brand-new infections faster on a neighborhood level. A program to test sewage streaming through wastewater treatment plants for COVID-19, presently underway in Onondaga County, will be broadened to Albany, Newburgh, and Buffalo, Guv Andrew Cuomo announced Friday. New York State has actually also authorized a pooled screening methodology developed by SUNY Upstate Medical University that permits the testing of groups of up to 25 samples at a time, a technique that drastically increases a lab’s capability to procedure results. Likewise debuting in New York: New mobile screening teams that will be dispatched to farms and agricultural facilities, and will help with real estate for employees so they can separate if they test favorable.

Positive test rates were listed below one percent in New York State for the seventh straight day on Thursday. Regardless of high jumps in cases and positivity rates in much of the rest of the US this summer, New york city has actually so far managed to keep neighborhood transmission reasonably low. On Twitter, former CDC chair Tom Frieden composed on Friday that “NY has the very same level of threat [as] Germany.” Frieden estimates that threat in hotspot states like Texas and Alabama is presently about 40 times the threat in New york city.

Big increases in the quantity of offered screening have been essential to New York’s success in keeping break outs at a low level, although delayed test results continue to make problems for contact tracing. But in a few of the worst US hotspots, screening has actually decreased recently rather than increased, triggering some epidemiologists to question the accuracy of the country’s COVID-19 information. Texas, which is now fourth in the country for cumulative COVID-19 deaths after New York, New Jersey, and California, has a distressing problem with screening declines: The number of new tests being carried out daily in Texas has dropped greatly in the past two weeks, while the percentage of results coming back positive has grown significantly.

The New York State Department of Financial Providers announced health insurance rates for 2021, and it wasn’t what insurance companies wished to hear. Premiums will increase by approximately 1.8 percent next year, the lowest yearly hike in a years and far below the 11.7 percent average increase requested by health insurers looking to make up for big boost since of the pandemic.

The Atlantic has a feature this week on “ The Strategy That Could Give Us Our Lives Back,” even before a vaccine is available. Harvard epidemiologist Michael Mina believes we could stop the deaths, the lockdowns, and the interruption of almost every aspect of life, if every American could be tested for COVID-19 once a week with cheap paper-strip-based antigen tests. The tests Mina wants are less accurate than the PCR-based tests extensively utilized for medical diagnosis, but give results in 15 minutes, making them a powerful tool for catching infections prior to they transfer. The catch: Making such a thing happen would require extreme investment and leadership at the federal level. “There is no technical barrier to that vision. There is only a lack of political will,” Robinson Meyer and Alexis Madrigal write.

Mail-in voting for this November’s elections figures to be at record highs in states across the United States. According to a New York City Times analysis previously this week, some 76 percent of American citizens are qualified to vote by mail this year– the greatest total in United States history. But with the US Postal Service in alarming monetary straits, and financial relief for the firm being utilized as a political football by Republicans, there’s a significantly likely possibility of many voters not receiving ballots in time. According to the Washington Post, the USPS recently corresponded to 46 states and Washington, DC cautioning that it can not guarantee all ballots cast by mail in November will show up in time to be counted, raising the grim situation of widespread disenfranchisement of otherwise eligible voters due to the fact that of the speed of Postal Service delivery.

Some 5 months into the pandemic here in the United States, scientists now have a far better idea of how transmission and infection works amongst children. That’s due, in part, to states launching coronavirus case data broken down by age. Forty-nine states, anyhow: New York remains the only state that is not releasing coronavirus case information with an age breakdown. Spot Long Island asks, why?

In a call with reporters on Friday, Governor Cuomo once again blasted the federal government for failing to develop a coherent response to the pandemic. “This has actually been an overall disgrace,” Cuomo said. “This is a historical crisis. People hesitate. You call the last time you had actually a scenario managed by federal government that had this impact on every American’s life.”

Newly updated quarantine guidelines from the CDC state that people who have recovered from COVID-19 might have resistance for at least 3 months after healing, and do not require to quarantine if they enter contact with a recognized COVID-19 client during that time. Little is learnt about whether those infected with COVID-19 retain long-term immunity, although researchers have factor to hope that resistance may last longer.

The CDC cautioned today against using a typical type of vented mask, which provides some security to the user however permits potentially virus-laden respiratory droplets to get away through the vent.

Also released by the CDC today: A sobering study of the pandemic’s effect on American mental health. A study conducted by CDC scientists found that one in 4 Americans in between 18 and 24 have actually considered suicide in the previous month because of the pandemic, together with one in five necessary employees and almost one in 3 people who are serving as unsettled caregivers.

The deadliest pandemic in contemporary history killed 50 million individuals, consisting of a minimum of 675,000 Americans, in 1918. But the general death rate in New York City this spring reached near those levels, according to a new research study from JAMA Open Network. In between March 11 and May 11 this year in New York City, there were 202.08 deaths per 100,000 “person-months”– a standard metric for denoting deaths gradually. That figure was more than 4 times higher than the same time period over the past three years, according to The New York Times, and 70 percent of the 1918 death rate in the city, when there 287.17 deaths per 100,000 person-months.

Instead of talking about “lockdown,” specialists need to concentrate on mentor individuals how to mingle securely, says STAT News viewpoint author Jason Bae, a doctor in northern California and the medical director of Prealize Health. We’ve learned from sex education that providing people more secure options to dangerous behavior is more efficient than pushing total abstinence, Bae writes, echoing the argument of < a href =”https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/quarantine-fatigue-real-and-shaming-people-wont-help/611482/”> an Atlantic essay composed by a Harvard epidemiologist in Might. Instead of informing people not to leave their houses or see their friends, messages ought to concentrate on risk-reduction actions like mask-wearing, outdoor socialization, and decreasing the size of social circles and gatherings.

Governor Cuomo scored two legal victories today related to claims brought worrying the pandemic. On Thursday, a federal judge dismissed a suit brought by an Arizona female that challenged New York’s quarantine rule, while on Friday, a different federal judge ruled against the National Rifle Association in a suit the organization brought versus the Cuomo administration for closing gun shops earlier this year due to the fact that of the pandemic.

Volunteer trail stewards are a common sight at trailheads throughout the Hudson Valley and Catskills, in place to assist hikers with maps, path preparation, and water. However in current months, with outside recreation among the only safe leisure activities during the pandemic, the task has actually gotten busier. The Highlands Current has a vibrant feature on life as a trail steward throughout COVID-19, when more inexperienced hikers are showing up ill-prepared.

Announced by New York City State on Thursday and Friday:

Rate of active cases per 10,000 homeowners, drawn from the most recent county data. Active case information unavailable for Rockland and Orange counties.

Given that mid-May, The River has actually been gathering and charting information on the variety of active COVID-19 cases by county in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. Below is a Flourish animation we have actually assembled that shows the rate of active cases per 10,000 citizens for each county gradually, from May 12 through the present date.

LOWER HUDSON VALLEY County coronavirus pages: Rockland, Westchester, Putnam

New Rochelle revealed Thursday that it will start the school year holding classes entirely online, prior to reassessing to choose if a hybrid opening is feasible at the end of September, LoHud.com reports.

The Westchester County School Reopening Work Group, created last month by County Executive George Latimer and Director of Operations Joan McDonald, on Friday released four webinars to assist county school districts with health and facilities aspects of their resuming plans.

MID-HUDSON VALLEY
County coronavirus pages: Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Columbia Understood active COVID-19 cases in UlsterCounty fell below 100 this week for the first time since March. Since Thursday, August 13, there were 96 verified active cases in the county. Meanwhile, throughout the river, Dutchess County has 235 validated active cases, however simply 2 hospitalizations, according to County Executive Marc Molinaro’s Wednesday briefing. Saugerties and New Paltz school districts revised their 2020-21 academic year resuming plans on Thursday.

Both districts will now start school with a month of classes held totally online before bringing trainees into class. The modification followed too much unpredictability about having precautions in location for students to come back to structures, Superintendent Kirk Reinhardt told the Daily Freeman. In Columbia County, the Department of Health has actually been helping schools get ready for resuming by dealing with school authorities and nurses on how to acknowledge and treat COVID-19 signs in kids. Kingston councilmembers discussed the specifications of short-term rental regulations for the city throughout a meeting of the council’s real estate committee on Thursday. Concepts went over consist of limiting guidelines to owner-occupied houses or needing the owners to live nearby to help attend to any quality-of-life concerns. The meeting can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube. Ulster County Comptroller March Gallagher suggested that staffing at the Ulster County Prison be decreased and portions of the prison be shuttered, according to the Daily Freeman. Gallagher’s audit found that the 277,000 square-foot center is larger than the county requires and is costing taxpayers more than it should, though Constable Juan Figueroa disagrees. “I discover the timing definitely ludicrous that an audit would be held in the middle of a pandemic,” he said Thursday.

The Woodstock Movie Festival will operate at area drive-ins and stream other offerings online this year. Specific tickets for movies and events will be made available in early September, while passes for either the full online film part of the celebration, the complete online panel series, or both, are available now

. CATSKILLS County coronavirus
pages: Sullivan, Delaware,Greene, Schoharie Sullivan County legislators have taken the initial step towards leasing the Care Center at Sundown Lake to a personal operator: Transferring the assisted living home to a nonprofit local development corporation (LDC). The Sundown Lake LDC will be charged with discovering a business to handle the center. Legislators have retreated from an earlier strategy to sell the money-losing Sunset Lake facility after intense public protest; the vote to transfer the center to the LDC was 8 to one, with Luis Alvarez the only holdout. The yearly Greene County firefighters’ convention, originally scheduled for September 7, has been canceled due to the fact that of pandemic issues. Patrick Remain, chair of the Greene County legislature and a volunteer firefighter with Cornell Hook and Ladder in New Baltimore, informed the Catskill Daily Mail that he thought it was the best decision, provided the increasing age of the typical local volunteer firemen.

In July, Delaware County health officials reported a possible COVID-19 exposure at the Walton First Baptist Church. After observing a two-week break from in-person services, the church is now holding services outdoors under a tent, a technique public health professionals state is much safer than holding indoor occasions.

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