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By The News Service of Florida & Florida Department of Health
|Florida COVID-19 Numbers as of Tuesday
COVID-19 in Florida as of yesterday at noon:
- 21,367: Total number of cases (increase of 766 from Monday morning)
- 524: Deaths of Florida residents (increase of 54 from Monday morning)
- 2,909: Florida residents hospitalized
- 1,135: Cases involving residents or staff members of long-term care facilities (increase of 173 from Monday morning)
- In Suwannee, Clay and Leon counties:
- 185: Long-term care cases
- 16.3%: Percentage of long-term care cases
- 393: Overall cases
- 59.7%: Percentage of deaths involving people 75 or older
With an extension of the 2020 Legislative Session on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic,
bills that received successful passage have been slow to reach the Governor for his consideration. View the list of health care legislation that's waiting for the Governor's signature or veto, and click on bill numbers for complete summaries.
See also: Florida's COVID-19 Executive & Emergency Orders
FCEP sent an email to Florida legislators on Tuesday in response to recent media coverage of an emergency physician in Miami being temporarily separated from her child by a judge, solely because of her profession. Exposure to COVID-19 does not constitute reason to separate families during this pandemic.
We included ACEP's position statement on Family Visitations During the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 25) along with Dr. Jaquis's statement in response to this particular incident, issued April 13.
April 16, 2020 from 9:30-10:30 AM via Zoom
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About: FCEP is hosting weekly COVID-19 meetings via Zoom to help facilitate information sharing during this pandemic. These meetings will include 5-minute updates from important stakeholders such as:
The meetings will end with an open forum for discussion and Q&A. If you have questions that need answers, please send them through FCEP EngagED — we will address them on these weekly calls.
- Florida's Emergency Operations Center
- State EMS Medical Director
- Florida Hospital Association
- Our lobbyist, Toni Large
Get the latest information on how to financially protect your practice during these extraordinarily fluid and challenging times. Dr. Michael Granovsky will review the best ways to access newly available government funding for your practice and the key aspects surrounding the far-reaching changes expanding the use and coverage of telemedicine.
April 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm EST
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By The News Service of Florida
As the number of infections in long-term care facilities approached 1,000, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that the state will begin a push to test nursing home residents and staff members for the novel coronavirus. It is Florida's largest testing effort in long-term care facilities and comes weeks after a federal CDC report found that COVID-19 "has the potential to result in high attack rates among residents, staff members and visitors" after being introduced into facilities.
DeSantis said the state will dispatch 10 four-member teams to areas that have been hardest hit with infections, including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Combined, the Southeast Florida counties accounted for nearly 32% of the infections in long-term care facilities as of Monday morning. "They'll be taking samples from all willing individuals in each facility, both staff and residents. It's critical to identify people who test positive as early as possible, and this will help us do that," DeSantis said.
By The News Service of Florida
Florida residents might be social distancing and wearing facemasks for a year because of COVID-19, state Surgeon General and Florida Department of Health Secretary Scott Rivkees said Monday. When Rivkees was asked to explain how long the "new normal" could last, he said it could be "probably a year, if not longer."
"Until we get a vaccine, which is a while off, this is going to be our new normal and we need to adapt and protect ourselves," he told reporters.
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Just days after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a controversial law making it harder to pass ballot initiatives, the Florida Senate is using the law to try to block a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand Medicaid coverage. Senate attorneys filed a six-page document at the Florida Supreme Court, arguing that part of the new law dealing with required petition signatures should scuttle the proposed Medicaid amendment, which could go on the 2022 ballot.
Hazar Khidir writes, "When I send a patient home whom I normally would feel confident will be fine — young, only a mild fever and cough, able to take care of all her physical needs — I worry. I am stuck on this question: Will she get better or worse? New questions pop into my mind. What will happen to the other people at home with these patients?"
Many emergency room doctors around the country are seeing their hours, pay and benefits cut, even as the coronavirus overwhelms hospitals in New York City and other hotspots. Though many hospitals are seeing more very sick coronavirus victims, they have had to sharply curtail their more lucrative elective surgeries and have temporarily lost many other patients as Americans stay home and skip all but the most urgent care.
My Journal Courier
Hospitals have started seeing declines in the number of people seeking care through emergency departments. That's not necessarily a good thing, though. Health officials worry the constant focus on COVID-19 and news about how some hospitals are strained to cope with the coronavirus might keep people away when they need immediate treatment for other problems.
Across New York City, many doctors who usually do plastic surgery or treat children are learning how to monitor people who need to be on ventilators to breathe. Some medical residents who were supposed to be learning how to repair broken bones or deliver babies are instead learning how to manage patients who have fluid in their lungs. To maximize the number of severe cases that can be treated, many hospital pulmonologists are acting as clinical supervisors, overseeing teams of doctors and nurses that have less experience treating seriously ill patients.
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An inexpensive drug used to treat parasitic infections killed the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in less than 48 hours in a laboratory setting, Australian researchers say. The drug, ivermectin, has been used widely used for decades. According to a report published online in the journal Antiviral Research, the drug quickly prevented replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The study has been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication, although it is not yet a "definitive" version of record.
Michigan State University
As COVID-19 cases spike, the need for faster, more accessible testing is clear. Due to limited availability, many patients with symptoms — and their physicians — are left wondering whether they have the virus. Even when patients do get a test, overwhelmed labs can take several days to get the results. But a new in vitro diagnostic test developed by Brett Etchebarne, an emergency medicine physician and assistant professor in Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine, could change that.
By Scott E. Rupp
During the coronavirus crisis, Americans have plenty of fears about the virus and their health and well-being, a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey says. In it, 39% of those who responded also said they are facing financial strife and that they had either lost a job or some income because of the virus. While there are efforts in place to protect citizens financially, patients' fears about being able to afford care because of a lack of financial means may not be unfounded.
Wiley via Science Daily
New research published in Academic Emergency Medicine indicates that for physicians and nurses working evening shifts in the emergency department, interacting with a therapy dog for several minutes may help lower stress. In the 122-participant study, emergency providers randomized to a five-minute interaction with a therapy dog and handler had a significant reduction in self-reported anxiety using a visual analogue scale compared with patients randomized to coloring mandalas for five minutes with colored pencils. Also, at the end of the shift, emergency providers had lower salivary cortisol (a stress hormone) with either coloring or therapy dog interactions compared with controls.
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