Frederick Health and ReHab COVID cases

The Frederick County Health Department announced Wednesday night that six cases of COVID-19 have been reported at the Frederick Health and Rehabilitation Center. The facility is located on North Place off of West Patrick Street.

The county health department announced Wednesday that there is an outbreak of COVID-19 at a long-term health facility in Frederick.

Six residents at The Frederick Health and Rehabilitation Center on North Place off West Patrick Street tested positive for the disease, including a man in his 80s who has since died, according to a press release from the Frederick County Health Department. This is the county’s second death and one of 31 in the state.

A total of 10 residents have been tested, with four cases coming back negative. Of the five residents, not including the man that died, two are male and three are female. Ages range from 71 to 86 years old, according to the release. The five residents are getting treatment at the long-term care facility and have been isolated, according to the release.

The Frederick County Health Department is continuing to monitor the 98-bed facility. A liaison for the county health department brought in to respond to long-term health care facilities during the COIVD-19 pandemic toured Frederick Health and Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday, according to the release.

The center told the liaison that it had implemented heightened precautions several weeks ago, according to the release. Staff members are screened each shift, as well as outside health care personnel.

In addition to the six cases, Frederick County reported 10 new cases of the disease on Wednesday, with 18 people cleared from isolation. The county now has 49 confirmed cases. Thirty-one Maryland residents, including the two Frederick County residents, have now died from the disease, an increase of around 13 in 24 hours, according to the Maryland Department of Health.

At least five of the deaths are from a Carroll County nursing home that has also experienced an outbreak. Two Anne Arundel County residents, a Calvert County man, a Prince George’s County man, two Montgomery County residents and a Baltimore County man have also died, according to the state health department.

The Maryland Department of Health reported that there were 1,985 confirmed cases of COVID-19, as of 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. Of those cases, 69 have been released from isolation.

At least 19,218 Maryland residents have been tested for the disease caused by the new coronavirus, although the number does not include pending tests. Of those tests, 17,233 came back negative.

Montgomery and Prince George’s counties continue to see the highest number of cases, both in the 400s. All counties but Allegany have reported at least one case.

Follow Heather Mongilio on Twitter: @HMongilio

Heather Mongilio is the health and Fort Detrick reporter for the Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at hmongilio@newspost.com.

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Russian

Trump convinced Saudi and Russia that gas prices are to low in America and to cut production

*

So it would be better to have complete collapse of the oil industry on top of everything else?? It seems that you would like a complete collapse of the United States. There are consequences that come with that, but perhaps that is what you want.

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By the way, it's "too low," NOT "to low."

public-redux

For whatever reason, some of my comments never seem to show up. I have been defending “thoughts and prayers” regardless of the spirit in which they are offered. I’ve no reason to think that one kind of “thoughts and prayers” is any less powerful than another kind.

threecents

Very good thoughts to you and everyone here.

awteam2000

One takeaway from Jared Kushner briefing: we did not start active response phase of dealing with this crisis until 13 days ago.

13 days ago! That means two months after the first recognized case in America the same day South Korea had it’s first case.

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public-redux

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Covid1:9

Russian

Breaking News

The Pentagon warned the White House about a shortage of ventilators, face masks, and hospital beds in 2017—but the Trump administration did nothing.

By Ken Klippenstein

threecents

Excellent reporting as usual from Heather.

jsklinelga

The FNP has been doing a good job of covering this crisis. This article discusses the Frederick County Health Department. Before we become overwhelmed it would be reassuring to hear of the proactive efforts of the County Executive and County Council in helping to procure supplies for the local health facilities. Certainly items like mask, gowns and other PPE are in high demand. Plus other necessary equipment needed and test kits. I imagine small facilities get lost in the shuffle. The buying power and clout of the County is certainly needed. How are our supplies and stockpiles?

awteam2000

JSK, wouldn’t that be working from the very bottom up? “ procure supplies for the local health facilities” what kind of purchasing power do you think Frederick County has in a bidders market? Should we now be battling with larger jurisdictions for mask, ventilators, PPE supplies? Didn’t you just say yesterday that our medical system is based on private industry and it’s up to the hospitals to have the materials to serve their patients not the government?

If you think the county ( a population of 250,000) has the ability by itself to address a World pandemic - a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose and affected the whole world with cases in all Continents with this exception of Antarctica you have no idea what’s going on.

Please don’t put that comment in the county suggestion box.

jsklinelga

awteam2000

When is it the responsibility of the government to step in and help? At what level? Is the Frederick Health Department part of the County government? What about Citizen's and Montevue. Remember the huge fight to block the sake and keep county ownership. To think Frederick County government has no part in fighting this crisis seems a bit off base.

Russian

The GOP and Trump stand behind America’s vulnerable so much that.

In his 2020 budget alone, Trump proposed spending $1.5 trillion less on Medicaid, $575 billion less on Medicare and $25 billion less on Social Security.

mamlukman

Taiwan. It was predicted to be hit big time by the virus. Today they have had only 389 cases in a country of almost 24 million. Australia, with about 1 million more in population, has 5,108 cases.

So what did Taiwan do? Well, something they did YEARS ago is pass a law that every hospital had to have a 30-day stockpile of supplies. Next, they heard rumors of something weird happening in Wuhan--this was in December, before the Chinese admitted something was up. Did they just sit there are say "Huh."? No, they sent two doctors to Wuhan right away. The doctors came back, alerted there authorities, and they sprang into action: testing, quarantining, etc. It worked.

The tragedy of all this is that ALL the experts have been predicting this for years and years. And they also predicted it would be a new strain of influenza coming out of China. What is happening now in the US is totally unnecessary and totally predictable. NY now has more confirmed cases than China. "We have this under control..." Really?

gabrielshorn2013

mamlukman, you realize that Taiwan and China are recognized as the same country, and that people can freely move between them with a household permit. Therefore it was fairly easy to do so for those Taiwanese doctors. As for doctors or scientists from the US, or anywhere else, an entry visa is required, and for any official work, an invitation from the Chinese government is required (I had to get both for meetings that I had with CFDA). The only way WHO found out that the disease was communicable was after the Chinese authorities disclosed such on January 21. The "we have this under control" statement was said by Trump at Davos, after he (and our health authorities) was told that by WHO, who was told that by the Chinese, before they disclosed that the disease was communicable. Before then, it was believed that the disease was only spread from animals to humans. The CDC thought something was definitely odd about the disease progression in China, because too many seemed to be getting it for it to be from "wet markets", but had no confirming information from China.

We absolutely MUST rebuild our strategic stockpile for strategic medical goods such as N95 masks, respirators, ventilators, nitrile gloves, drugs, etc., and never allow them to be drawn down like this again. Industry has been ramping up their production capabilities since January. As I have repeatedly posted, the Intelligence and healthcare communities have been warning every president and Congress since the Reagan Administration, but those warnings were not heeded by any of them. We also shot ourselves in the foot by allowing strategic materials to be outsourced to other countries. That needs to change immediately. We, and the rest of the world, definitely do NOT have it under control, and the numerous mis-steps both before and after the initial outbreaks outside of China show that. Hopefully our politicians, of all stripes, will knock off the political hyper-partisan BS, and get down to work, so that this never happens again. Every Congressman, Senator, and President since Reagan, regardless of political affiliation, will have this black mark on their record. They knew. They did nothing.

Russian

Maybe this is why republicans want to privatize all nursing homes

elymus43

Does the county or state inspect nursing homes????????????????

mamlukman

Nursing homes are subject to federal regulation. Assisted living is not--the states are responsible. Nursing homes have an annual "survey" where they go through a fairly comprehensive checklist. But one of the problems is that a burnt out light bulb and a resident with bed sores are almost equivalents in the scoring. I am familiar with the regulations--about 1200 pages of them--and when I used to visit my mother-in-law at a local nursing home I saw them being broken by the handful. After she died, my wife was handed a black garbage bag with her personal possessions--in the basement. Appalling.

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bosco

Bless your heart.

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jsklinelga

Russian

I pray from the bottom of my heart that your "Thoughts and prayers" is not a facetious comment. Reading through these comments only a few express concern while many of the others are the typical negative.blurbs. Take a moment and think how difficult and somewhat traumatizing this situation is for the infected, their love ones and the staff courageously fighting this.

thump1202

Best wishes to the residents of this facility and their families who are unable to visit in person. Stay strong.

jsklinelga

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benedictus

Why wouldn’t they be testing everyone in the place?

dawniezimm

They said they don't have test kits. I had a call yesterday, my mother she is running a high fever and put her on oxygen. I still have no idea if she has been tested. I got more information from this article, then I new. I hope that's not the case for all the families that have loved ones here.

TINAE

I pray your Mother is all right and the rest of them as well.

Russian

Because this isn’t China

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The Grape of Wrath

Rep. Nunes says closing schools, staying at home, wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, etc., is all a great big overkill.

aramkissoon

Thanks

islandcuban

we have made some of our own masks... with coffee filters

bosco

I'm sure those will do lots of good. [lol]

threecents

Sorry for venting, but why are we still out of masks??? How pathetic is it that we cannot get masks unless China or Russia sends them to us? Trump recommended wearing scarves. Really.

gabrielshorn2013

Mike Lindell (the My Pillow guy) will be making 50,000 masks per day, after converting his manufacturing facilities over. Nobody had to ask him, he volunteered.

rand_d

Under armour is also making 500,000 for Maryland medical workers.. not sure what the timeframe for that production is though.

VJKC

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francesca_easa

Hurray.

awteam2000

The New England Patriots' team plane is being used to transport 1.2 million N95 masks from China to the U.S.

gabrielshorn2013

Congrats to the Patriots!

awteam2000

This administration really does need to get their act together. It’s getting harder and harder to defend their incompetence.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/31/pence-task-force-coronavirus-aid-157806

shiftless88

That does not answer the question. How did we get into this situation? The answer is, in part, because Trump sat on his hands and along with Fox pretended that you could pray this away

thump1202

Actually it's because of globalism and the off-shoring of our manufacturing sector. Things that were applauded under NAFTA and Obama famously said manufacturing is dead in this country to the great applause by his tribal members. But we can go to wal-mart and get cheap Chinese crap to our economic benefit, allowing us to be taxed more without our quality of life being affected. This, like immigration and many other issues, has existed for decades and been ignored since it wasn't a problem. Instead of blaming Trump, try to blame our federal government policies as furthered by both plutocrat-controlled parties during the majority of our lifetimes.

gabrielshorn2013

Partially true shiftless. Here's the other part. The U.S. federal stockpile of N95 protective face masks was largely depleted during the 2009 swine flu outbreak and was not restocked by either the Obama or Trump administrations, nor did Congress appropriate any funds to do so. And as Paul Harvey used to say, "now you know the rest of the story."

awteam2000

Even if there was short-fall of N95 mask 😷 3M didn’t go out of business 11 years ago, Mask shortage didn’t cause the spread of the virus, just the opposite the virus created a greater demand for mask.

We are here because of no coordinated response on a national level, lack of containment and the pandemic not taken seriously.

S. Korea had their first case the say day as we did. There response was massive and immediate. The virus is now at a manageable level. While Georgia, Florida. Mississippi are just putting in place “stay at home, shelter in place orders”. Gov. Kemp of Georgia said he just found out yesterday that asymptomatic people could spread the virus.🙇‍♂️

gabrielshorn2013

Aw, No, 3M did not go out of business in 2009. They are doing quite well actually. They would have been more than happy to fill any and all orders for N95 masks had they been ordered. Will you concede that both the Obama administration (2009-2017) as well as the Trump administration (2017-present) had a responsibility to replenish the stock that was depleted in 2009 during the swine flu epidemic, yet both failed to do so, and Congress did not appropriate funds for that purpose? I thoroughly agree that as a country that we were unprepared. However, that doesn’t mean that the government, Presidents, Senators, and Congressmen, were not warned. They have been warned by the intelligence and public health communities since the Reagan administration, that we were susceptible to a serious worldwide pandemic of communicable disease. Everyone in a public health field knew this. You bring up Korea again. You do understand that the Korean culture is quite different than ours, don’t you? You also realize that their government has more broadly sweeping power than ours in such a situation. Their government can declare martial law immediately (and have on occasion), and force everything to shut down immediately, and arrest anyone found on the street. Our Federal government cannot, without approval by both houses of Congress. Here is a story that was just in yesterday’s FNP regarding that subject. Perhaps you missed it? https://www.fredericknewspost.com/public/ap/states-largely-have-authority-over-when-to-shut-down-reopen/article_6fa51543-8a3b-5309-abe3-9a6eddc756b3.html. It always has been the responsibility of the individual states regarding quarantine and health issues. You may not agree with that, but it is true. Shame on those governors that failed to do the right thing like Governor Hogan has.

francesca_easa

Shiftless, Trump is an ***, but this cannot be blamed on any US President. Why would any US President have a stockpile of these or other essentials in a warehouse? Nearly every other country in the world is also short in supplies. Some alot worse than us. Why didn't hospitals have stockpiles of these "in the event of"? How many of us were personally prepared? Blame giving away manufacturing to other countries and companies who cheat the system to avoid taxes by having these products made overseas. Let's all do our part to help the economy recover when it's over. Buy from My Pillow, Under Armour, Bauer and your local farmer and restaurants to show your support for stepping up to the plate during these chaotic times.

VJKC

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duffy5x

His business is a nightmare.

thump1202

Frankly if the masks meet the requirements, they can have whatever symbol behind them the manufacturer wants. I'm not going to refuse life-saving treatment from someone wearing a mask with a religious symbol or an ideological symbol on it. Would you?

gabrielshorn2013

Nope, not at all

francesca_easa

Thanks Pillow Guy. Why isn't the car makers forced to make ventilators? I am sure coal companies have extra laying around. I can't understand why these can't be made in America.

Dwasserba

The federal government (Trump) has to force them.

bosco

And the media mob castigated hime for mentioning reading the Bible while he was at the briefing.

awteam2000

I guess not everyone is running short on mass.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/28985036/patriots-plane-bringing-12-million-masks-united-states

threecents

Gabe, Listen to yourself. You said the My Pillow guy can make 50,000 per day. Why hasn't the US gotten 3M - which I think has been by far the world's major mask manufacturer - or some other BIG companies to make many millions of them by now. They are not that complicated to make.

gabrielshorn2013

Three, 3M ramped up their production back in January when this first started. They are a FDA-regulated medical device manufacturing company with plenty of health-related staff. They could see what was coming. You can always call and ask them any questions you may have. Here is their contact information:

Customer Service

1-888-3M HELPS

(1-888-364-3577)

Call Monday - Friday 8AM to 5PM Central Time

In the meantime:

3M outlines latest COVID-19 response

Here are some excerpts. Please use the links at the bottom of the page for the full press release(s).

"We continue to act with urgency to address this crisis from every angle, and do all we can to protect our heroic nurses, doctors and first responders. As previously communicated, beginning in January we ramped up to maximum production of N95 respirators, doubling our global output to a rate of 1.1 billion per year, or 100 million per month. This includes 35 million per month in the United States, and over just the last seven days we have delivered 10 million N95 respirators to healthcare facilities in states across the country.

We’ve already put into motion additional investments and actions that will enable us to double our capacity once again, to 2 billion globally within the next 12 months – and some of that additional capacity will begin to come online in the next 60-90 days. In the United States, we expect to be producing N95 respirators at a rate of 50 million per month in June, a 40 percent increase from current levels.

It’s also important to understand how we are prioritizing and shipping products to serve the most urgent needs in this pandemic. In the U.S., more than 90 percent of our N95 respirators are going to healthcare and public health, with the remaining deployed to other critical industries such as energy, food and pharmaceuticals.

This is not just a 3M challenge; it’s an industry-wide challenge. Even with 3M’s accelerated production combined with capacity from other manufacturers, the reality is that demand for N95 respirators is much higher than the industries’ ability to deliver. That is why we continue to explore innovative partnerships and solutions to help protect our healthcare workers in this extraordinary time.

Given the high use rate of N95 respirators, 3M engineers are right now collaborating with several sterilization companies to find a way for hospitals to safely clean, reuse and extend the life of these respirators.

https://news.3m.com/blog/3m-stories/3m-outlines-latest-covid-19-response

3M partners with Ford to help further accelerate COVID-19 response

"3M and Ford Motor Company are partnering to increase the production of 3M’s powered air purifying respirators, or PAPRs.

3M and Ford are collaborating on specific ways the companies can rapidly combine complementary capabilities and resources to help meet a surge in demand for personal protective equipment due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The "My Pillow Guy" will not be making FDA and OSHA certified N95 masks like 3M and the others do. He, and UnderArmour will effectively be making what could be called "surgical masks" without the FDA/OSHA certification.

threecents

Gabe, My question was a rhetorical question. There is no good answer to it. Geesh.

gabrielshorn2013

No problem three. The takeaway from the 3M press releases is that they have been on it since January. Nobody had to tell them to do so. But even with their, and others expanded manufacturing capabilities, the demand still exceeds their ability to satisfy that demand. Hence, the shortage of N95 masks.

threecents

Geesh, you just don't give up with the excuses Gabe. Again, there is no good excuse for the mask shortage - N95s AND surgical masks. There has been time to make them.

gabrielshorn2013

With all due respect three, you dont know what you are talking about. 3M alone are producing over 100 million masks per month SINCE JANUARY. That means 3M ALONE has produced over 200 million masks since then. They will be ramping up to 2.2 BILLION per year soon. Didn't you read the 3M information alI provided for you? The stockpile has been depleted since 2009. The cupboard was bare.

Geesh back atcha three.

threecents

With all due respect Gabe, I do know what I am talking about, and no matter how many times you repeat something, it does not make it any more relevant or interesting, and it does not change the FACT that we could have forced 3M and other companies to make more surgical and N95 masks. I don't know why I have to spell that out for you. You know that 3M is a huge American conglomerate that could shut down some of their tape, glue and other factories, and make masks instead, IF THEY WERE COMPELLED TO. This is not rocket science. It is not even ventilator science. I'll leave it at that because this is too obvious to me to continue discussing it. [tongue_smile]

gabrielshorn2013

Ok three, were getting nowhere, since you refuse to even read the links I provided to you. smh...

3M is already at production capacity. There was also a liability issue for masks not manufactured in their current facility. 3M asked for relief from that liability, and have the Federal government assume the risk, so they could manufacture more without fear of a lawsuit if those masks were defective, but House Democrats refused such relief until the recent $2T spending bill granted it. Why would any company voluntarily or involuntarily manufacture something outside of their validated process, only to face a lawsuit if the additional masks were somehow defective? Clue: they wouldn't. There is a great story in today's WaPo on this very issue. Why is it that I supply lots of data to support my position, yet you still believe your position is correct with no evidence?

jakereed

I"m not a big Trump fan but let's remember that the REAL reason we don't have these things is because we were told for decades that outsourcing manufacturing to countries like China was the wave of the future. When people (like Trump) questioned the wisdom of that, they were mocked by the globalists. ...it was always a stupid idea that accounted only for the concern of maximizing profits. ...and it wasn't Trump that did that.

gabrielshorn2013

That is the truth jakereed, and Ross Perot warned about it back then. He was roundly mocked for saying so at that time also. Approximately half of the US drug supply (API and drug products) is manufactured in China. We haven't manufactured something as old and simple as penicillin in the US for years because it is too expensive to do so. The U.S. federal stockpile of N95 protective face masks was largely depleted during the 2009 swine flu outbreak and was not restocked by either the Obama or Trump administrations. And here we are.

thump1202

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] all the way up this thread. Too much truth.

lindalee

Can you cite a source for your last sentence?

gabrielshorn2013

I will assume that you are referring to me lindalee. There was a serious epidemic of the swine flu in 2009, during the Obama administration (2009 - 2017). The sentence was cut and pasted from the snopes.com investigation:

What's True

The U.S. federal stockpile of N95 protective face masks was largely depleted during the 2009 swine flu outbreak and was not restocked.

What's False

However, the Obama administration was not solely responsible for the current shortage of masks. In the intervening years, the stockpile went unreplenished as the Trump administration failed to heed indications that dramatic shortages could occur.

Therefore, both administrations were responsible for the depleted stockpile of N95 masks.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/obama-coronavirus-masks/

awteam2000

While we are placing blame, or looking for excuses for Trump’s ineptness or Obama’s handling mask reserves eleven years ago, let’s not leave out the affects of Marco Polo opening up trade routes between Europe and the ‘Far East’ followed by a guy named Christopher Columbus, who looking for a faster route to the Far East unpronounced to him found a new land 🌳. So here we are.

Not the first pandemic, not the last. I thought we should’ve responded faster, in mass, able to - trace, isolate, contain, while others thought differently ( a hoax, no big deal unless you had contact with some one returning from the Middle East) or maybe felt our federal government didn’t have the authority to respond federal level ( something to do with the constitution🤦‍♂️) to a national threat, leaving it up to individual jurisdictions to fend for themselves (‘One for all’ and ‘all for one’ should not apply). I guess that’s now beside the point. We are here.

I hope we are learning something... Not letting this catastrophe go to waste.

gabrielshorn2013

Well aw, not sure what point you're trying to make here. You are still clearly disturbed about the situation, even after it has been clearly explained to you, with a plethora of supporting documentation. If you feel that strongly (and apparently you do) I would suggest running for Federal office, and spearhead the efforts to change the system. I'll contribute $100 to your campaign against Trone, and that's an order of magnitude more than I have ever contributed to any politician ever. Go for it!

shiftless88

I disagree. The problem has always been that companies don't care about the country or its citizens; they only want profit.

gabrielshorn2013

With all due respect shiftless, you definitely don't work in the private sector, nor understand commercial scale manufacturing.

There is a significant cost differential between US made products, and foreign made products, especially from China. Examine your own purchasing behavior. For example, there are two widgets, with identical characteristics and quality attributes. One costs $100, and the other costs $75. Which do you choose? On a large scale, consumers will choose the cheaper one time and again. In the OTC and generic drug markets, where insurance company purchasing power drives the cost down (you have to be on their approved list, or the purchase is not approved), if they will only pay so much for the generic, your only option is to drive down manufacturing costs, and produce where it is cheaper to do so. China. So US generic manufacturers purchase their APIs or finished goods from China, and then formulate into the finished drug, or simply epackage and relabel the Chinese-made products with US labels. Once one company does it, and develops a competitive advantage, all of their competitors, losing market share, will do the same.

thump1202

And what did the government do in response to this? Be bought and allow the companies to have their way. Bush wrote NAFTA, Clinton signed it into law. Bipartisan support for unfettered greed.

gabrielshorn2013

Enough greed to go around thump. Consumers enjoyed their "cheap crap" too, and prescription drug plans mandated that the cheapest drug for the indication be used. Check the side of the bottle of your next prescription. Chances are it is an Indian or Chinese manufacturer. US manufacturers have dropped out of manufacturing many drugs altogether because they cannot compete with the foreign generic manufacturers, even though they were the original manufacturer who did all the work, did the clinical trials, and got the FDA approval. The foreign generics just had to file an ANDA and tell FDA that "it is the same stuff".

lindalee

"The president and his daughter largely manufacture Trump-branded products in countries like China, Indonesia, Turkey and Canada." https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-event-touted-made-america-goods-lot-his-merchandise-couldn-n893656

gabrielshorn2013

So does just about every other manufacturer in the US lindalee. Read the labels on your clothes or shoes. Look at where most of the stuff in your home was made, including the phone or laptop you used to write your message. Chances are it wasn't made in the US.

CheetoBenito

Right. Everyone knows that all Trump merchandise is manufactured in the good ol' USA!!!! Now where is that sarcasm thingy. Give it a rest, jake.

thump1202

Many Americans are now sewing masks all day long. Wearing a scarf is definitely a placebo in terms of avoiding infection, but since the virus will enter through the eye a mask alone is insufficient.

francesca_easa

Yes Three, really unbelievable. From this point forward, all medications and medical equipment should be made in America. I guess a scarf or bandana is better than nothing. Maybe a hockey helmet and face shield too. And folks who don't need masks should give them to local hospitals, like National Cathedral has done.

joelp77440

I have a friend who works for a company in another state that makes these masks. He has been working 6-7 days a week on 12 hour shifts. He had to take 2 days off due to exhaustion. I have another friend that works for a local biotech company and they retooled to make test kits. He is also working 5-6 days a week, 12 hour shifts. They are trying to catch up but with 400+ million people in this country, it's hard.

jsklinelga

Bad news abounds but the deaths from the Nursing Homes is particularly sad. My children's grandparents died recently. They cherished their last visits. How sad for the families and the victims to not be able to share that love at the end.

Dwasserba

I lost my mother in February and that's immed what I thought of too, she wasn't alone. Currently I'm concerned for a friend hospitalized for a stroke Tuesday. You don't want to be in the hospital for any reason now.

public-redux

If you mentioned this before I must have missed it. I’m sorry for your loss, DW.

Dwasserba

I didn't mention. Thank you.

gabrielshorn2013

My sympathies deb.

Russian

He said it will be over soon

threecents

Of course he said, even though all his experts disagreed, and that is why there was no urgency felt to make many millions of masks in January and February. He took credit for following their suggestion to keep Chinese people from traveling to the US, but he failed to take the blame for underplaying the coming epidemic. He was put in a tough spot. I don't mean to downplay that. But he guessed wrong and won't admit the buck stopped with him. Pence had the opportunity to step up, so he also failed.

threecents

Of course he said it would soon be over...

gabrielshorn2013

Three, as a scientist, I am amazed that you keep this nonsense up despite all the information refuting your statements. Manufacturers immediately ramped up production to over 100 million masks per month, and will ramp up to 200 million per month soon. The Chinese didn't tell anyone that the disease was contagious until January 21. Do you know how N95 masks are made? It doesn't sound like it.

flyga

Sad to read, but very good reporting. Frederick County data updates regularly would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

eastmoonrabbit

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