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Local hospitals reach critical level of utilization with 93% of ICU beds filled


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic started, Shelby County has reached a critical level of utilization in local hospitals intensive care units.

“It’s progressively getting worse,” said Dr. Jeff Waren, Shelby County COVID-19 Task Force.

On Saturday, the Shelby County Health Department reported an increase in 317 COVID-19 cases -- the fourth day in a row with a 300 or more case number increase.

More at link.

Ya, sure, reopen schools Aug 10th.

Virus spread, not politics should guide schools, doctors say


Public health experts say there are too many uncertainties and variables for back-to-school to be back-to-normal.

Author: Associated Press
Published: 10:01 AM CDT July 12, 2020
Updated: 11:00 AM CDT July 12, 2020
As the Trump administration pushes full steam ahead to force schools to resume in-person education, public health experts warn that a one-size-fits-all reopening could drive infection and death rates even higher.

They’re urging a more cautious approach, which many local governments and school districts are already pursuing.

Much more at link.

How 68,000 COVID-19 survivors created a world-class patient resource group in just four months


Discussions of trauma and mystery symptoms await in "Survivor Corps," where volunteers fact-check medical claims

Berrent was one of the first people in her hometown of Port Washington, New York, to get COVID-19. Back then, in early March 2020, only immunocompromised and seniors were believed to be high-risk; hence, as a 46-year-old yoga practitioner and runner, Berrent was "shocked" when she woke up with a 103-degree fever and respiratory infection — symptoms that strongly suggested she had coronavirus, which was later confirmed by a test.

"You don't even think that you're going to be the first person on your block to catch the plague, but you know, life comes at you fast," Berrent mused.

More at link.

COVID-19 front line workers have no workers' comp guarantees


Debate over workers' comp in the states is part of a much larger national discussion about liability for virus exposure.

Lauded for their service and hailed as everyday heroes, essential workers who get the coronavirus on the job have no guarantee in most states they'll qualify for workers' compensation to cover lost wages and medical care.

Fewer than one-third of the states have enacted policies that shift the burden of proof for coverage of job-related COVID-19 so workers like first responders and nurses don't have to show they got sick by reporting for a risky assignment.

Much more at link.

This is so wrong!!! 🤬🤬🤬

VERIFY: Links in contact tracer text messages don't take you to legitimate site


VERIFY: Links in contact tracer text messages don't take you to legitimate site
The FTC warns clicking on a link could download malware on your device.

Author: Erin Spaht
Published: 2:33 PM CDT July 10, 2020
Updated: 9:56 PM CDT July 10, 2020

Are text messages about being in contact with someone who's tested positive real and what happens if you click the link for more information?


No, they are not real and clicking links may result in malware being downloaded on your device.


Federal Trade Commission

More at link, including pix of text messages.

"Symbols matter": Tennessee commission votes to remove Nathan Bedford Forrest bust from state capito


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The State Capitol Commission voted 9-2 Thursday to remove the bust of Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state capitol building.

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Posted by SheltieLover | Thu Jul 9, 2020, 07:32 PM (4 replies)

Anyone using Ring cameras?

I have a neighbor (disgusting deplorable redneck) who has vandalized my AC unit.

I also have a Ring camera, but I have concerns regarding recent news about privacy.

Are Ring cameras safe for outdoor use?


Tennessee not issuing coronavirus stats on Sunday due to 'unplanned shutdown'


“TDH will not issue data on COVID-19 cases and tests on Sunday, June 28, due to an unplanned shutdown of the state surveillance system. Daily provision of case counts and additional data will resume once the system returns to full functionality. Full statement below."


In a news release, the Tennessee Department of Health said:

“TDH uses the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System Base System, known as NBS, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help local, state and territorial health departments manage reportable disease data and send it to CDC. This system houses data for all reportable diseases in Tennessee, including COVID-19, and is the system health department staff members use to perform public health case investigations.

“Due to an extremely high volume of both COVID-19 and other laboratory test results being reported, there have been recent intermittent backlogs of labs in queue to be imported into the NBS system. This issue is not unique to Tennessee, and is affecting all NBS jurisdictions. The TDH team has been working closely with the NBS vendor and Tennessee State Government information technology support to quickly implement fixes that have been identified.

More at link.

Trump Brother Was in ICU Just Before Filing Suit Over Tell-All


Robert Trump, Donald’s younger brother, spent at least 10 days in an intensive care unit before being released this week and launching legal action to try and stop the publication of his niece’s explosive tell-all book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.

Robert, 72, had been at Mount Sinai hospital’s neurosciences intensive care unit (NSICU) in New York since at least June 11th, being treated for a serious condition. He was discharged on Sunday and, despite his stay in the hospital, he wasted no time in filing and signing complicated legal documents aided by his celebrity attorney Charles Harder and releasing a statement.

"Her attempt to sensationalize and mischaracterize our family relationship after all of these years for her own financial gain is both a travesty and injustice to the memory of my late brother, Fred, and our beloved parents. I and the rest of my entire family are so proud of my wonderful brother, the president, and feel that Mary’s actions are truly a disgrace,” Robert said in his statement to The New York Times roughly 48 hours after he was discharged from hospital.

On its website Mount Sinai boasts that its 16-bed NSICU specializes in “state of the art, compassionate care of patients who suffer from subarachnoid hemorrhage, acute ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, subdural hematomas, coma, tumors of the brain and spine, severe or prolonged seizures, neuro-infections, [and] spinal cord injury among others.

A bit more at link.


Mid-South attorneys come together for march against racism


*Looks like a very diverse group! 😁👏👏👏

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Outside of 201 Poplar, a large group of local lawyers gathered for the Bar Unity March to recognize the injustices in the justice system.

The march began at 201 Poplar at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday, a time that symbolizes the amount of time the officer held his knee to George Floyd's neck.

More at link.
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