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As Cases Rise, Health Ministry Says Mathematical Modeling Suggests Containment of Covid-19 Possible – Yahoo India News

May 16th, 2020
As Cases Rise, Health Ministry Says Mathematical Modeling Suggests Containment of Covid-19 PossibleAs Cases Rise, Health Ministry Says Mathematical Modeling Suggests Containment of Covid-19 Possible

Mathematical modeling studies suggest containment of COVID-19 might be possible but success of containment operations “cannot be guaranteed” since there is efficient human to human transmission, the Union health ministry said on Saturday.

It also said there is no approved drug or vaccine for the treatment of COVID-19 as of now and Chemoprophylaxis with Hydroxychloroquine are recommended for healthcare workers and high risk contacts.

“Since there is efficient human to human transmission, success of containment operations cannot be guaranteed.

Mathematical modeling studies suggest containment might be possible,” the health ministry said.

The government has drawn out a containment plan as clusters posing high risk of further spread of COVID-19 have emerged.

The cluster containment strategy aims to contain the spread of the disease within a defined geographic area by early detection of cases, breaking the chain of transmission and thus preventing its spread to new areas.

For institutional mechanisms and inter-sectoral coordination at the national level, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) and the Committee of Secretaries (CoS) will be activated. The NCMC will coordinate with health and non-health sectors on issues flagged by the health ministry.

“The concerned state will activate the State Crisis Management Committee or the State Disaster Management Authority, as the case may be to manage the clusters of COVID-19,” a document by the health ministry read.

There will be regular co-ordination meetings between the Centre and the affected states through video conference, it said.

The document said India would follow a strategic approach for possible scenarios – travel-related cases reported in India, local transmission of COVID-19, large outbreaks amenable to containment, widespread community transmission of the disease and India becoming endemic for COVID-19.

According to the document, “Containment for large outbreaks through geographic quarantine strategy calls for near absolute interruption of movement of people to and from a relatively large defined area where there is single large outbreak or multiple foci of local transmission of COVID-19”.

“In simple terms, it is a barrier erected around the focus of infection. geographic quarantine shall be applicable to such areas reporting large outbreak and/or multiple clusters of COVID-19 spread over multiple blocks of one or more districts that are contiguous,” it said.

The cluster containment strategy would include geographic quarantine, social distancing measures, enhanced active surveillance, testing all suspected cases, isolation of cases, quarantine of contacts and risk communication to create awareness among the public on preventive public health measures, the document stated.

As far as the evidence for implementing geographic quarantine is concerned, the document said that the “current geographic distribution of COVID-19 mimics the distribution of H1N1 pandemic influenza”.

“This suggests that while the spread of COVID-19 in our population could be high, it’s unlikely that it will be uniformly affecting all parts of the country,” the ministry said.

Large-scale measures to contain COVID-19 over large territories have been tried in China. Mathematical modelling studies have suggested that containment might be possible especially when other public health interventions are combined with an effective social distancing strategy, the document stated.

The ministry listed some of the factors affecting large outbreak cluster containment.

A number of variables determine the success of the containment operations through geographic quarantine which include the number and size of the cluster and also how efficiently the virus is transmitting in Indian population, taking into account environmental factors especially temperature and humidity, it said.

The factors also include public health response in terms of active case finding, testing of large number of cases, immediate isolation of suspect and confirmed cases and quarantine of contacts along with the geographical characteristics of the area.

According to the document, the authorities will do extensive contact tracing and active search for cases in the containment zone, test all suspect cases and high risk contacts, isolate all suspect or confirmed cases, implement social distancing measures and intensive risk communication as part of the cluster containment strategy.

For large outbreaks amenable to containment, the document stated that the strategy will remain the same but vary in extent depending upon spread and response to be mounted to contain it.

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May 16th, 2020

2 people, 14 rescue dogs en route to Calgary killed in Idaho crash – CBC.ca

May 16th, 2020

Two people and 14 dogs are dead after a truck filled with rescue animals headed for adoption in Calgary crashed in Idaho.

Idaho State Police said at 6 a.m. Friday, a Ford Econoline box truck crashed west of Shelley, a small city south of Idaho Falls in the eastern part of the state.

The truck veered off the left shoulder of Interstate 15 at mile marker 105, going into the median and striking an embankment, police said.

Driver Christopher Kracht, 40, and passenger Ann Watson, 38, both of Phoenix, Ariz., were killed.

Debris is strewn near the site of a crash in Idaho that claimed the lives of two people and 14 dogs that were headed to Calgary. (Idaho State Police)

Police said the rented truck was being driven as part of a non-profit animal rescue network and 48 dogs of various breeds and sizes were on board in kennels.

The truck was headed to Calgary where the animals were set to be adopted, but 14 dogs were killed in the crash and 16 are still missing.

Local veterinarians are assisting Idaho’s Blackfoot Animal Shelter and Rescue in caring for dogs that were injured.

Watson was the founder of Who Saved Who Rescue in Phoenix.

“Ann was tragically killed in an auto accident on her way to rescue animals, that was her passion. She saved so many dogs and passed doing what she loved. She leaves behind two little girls whom unfortunately lost their father in the accident as well,” a statement posted to an online fundraiser for her family reads.

Police said a representative of the animal rescue network is heading to the area to pick up the surviving dogs and bring them to Calgary.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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May 16th, 2020

276 new cases of COVID-19 in SC, no new deaths reported, DHEC says – WYFF4 Greenville

May 16th, 2020

276 new cases of COVID-19 in SC, no new deaths reported, DHEC says

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THANKS FOR JOINING US TONIGHT AT 6:00. I’M JOE RIPLEY. BREAKING NEWS OUT OF NORTH CAROLINA. A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS BLOCKED RESTRICTIONS ON CHURCHES, NOW ALLOWING PEOPLE TO WORSHIP INSIDE. IT COMES DAYS AFTER SEVERAL CHURCHES AND PASTORS FILED A LAWSUIT. THEY ARGUED THE LIMITS VIOLATE THEIR RIGHTS TO WORSHIP FREELY. THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE SAID LARGE GATHERINGS COULD BECOME HOT SPOT U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE JAMES DEVER RULED IN FAVOR OF THE CHURCHES HE GRANTED A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER, SAYING IN PART, THE COURT DOESN’T DOUBT THE GOVERNOR IS ACTING IN GO FAITH TO LESSEN THE SPREAD OF COVID-19, BUT RESTRICTIONS APPLIED TO ONE GROUP AND EXEMPTED FROM ANOTHER DO LITTLE TO FURTHER THOSE GOALS AND DO MUCH TO BURDEN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE IS NOT PLANNING TO APPEAL THE RULING, BUT URGES HOUSES OF WORSHIP TO FOLLOW PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE KEEP THEIR MEMBERS SAFE. THIS TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORD LASTS 14 DAYS. LOOKING AT YOUR TOP CORONAVIRUS HEADLINES TONIGHT, THE FDA HAS GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT FOR MEDICAL LABS TO TEST AT HO CORONAVIRUS SAMPLE KITS. HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS CAN SCREEN PATIENTS, THEN SIGN OFF SO THE CAN GET THE AT-HOME TEST FDA OFFICIALS SAY THE AT-HOME KITS PROTECT PEOPLE FROM POTENTIAL EXPOSURE. RIGHT NOW, ONLY ONE TEST IS APPROVED FOR USE. PLUS, VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE HAS ANNOUNCED HE’LL TRAVEL TO FLORIDA THIS WEEK TO TALK WITH GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS ABOUT THEIR REOPENING PLAN. ‘ ’S THE VICE PRESIDENT ALSO EXPECTED TO DELIVER PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND MEET WITH HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM LEADERS. A LOOK AT THE COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA. STATE OFFICIALS JUST RELEASE THESE NUMBERS HALF AN HOUR AGO. D-HEC ANNOUNCED 276 NEW CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN THE STATE BRINGING THE TOTAL TO MORE THAN 8600. GOOD NEWS TO REPORT, NO ADDITIONAL DEATHS WERE REPORTED. OFFICIALS SAY MORE THAN 10,700 TESTS WERE PERFORMED STATEWIDE YESTERDAY. 2.6% OF THOSE TESTS COME BACK POSITIVE OFFICIALS SAY WHEN THAT PERCENTAGE IS LOW, IT MAY INDICATE MORE WIDESPREAD TESTING, WHICH PROVIDES A MORE ACCURATE PICTURE OF THE VIRUS IN OUR STATE. AS WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE ECONOMIC IMPACT COVID-19 IS HAVING ON SMALL BUSINESSES, ONE BUSINESS IN TRAVELERS REST IS FIGHTING TO FIND THE SILVER LINING. OUR RENEE WUNDERLICH SPOKE WITH THE OWNER ABOUT THEIR EFFORT TO KEEP BUSINESS AS USUAL. RENEE: AS BUSINESSES REOPEN ACROSS THE STATE, SOME SHOPS MAY BE REEVALUATING THEIR FUTURE. THAT’S THE CASE HERE. THEY WOULD LIKE TO SELL, BUT THEY DON’T WANT TO SELL TO JUS ANYONE. >> THERE’S NO MANUAL FOR COVID-19. WE ALL HAVE TO JUST FIGURE I OUT AND DO THE BEST WE CAN. RENEE: T.R. MERCANTILE IS A COUNTRY STORE THAT OPENED AT THE END OF 2018 IN DOWNTOWN TRAVELER’S REST. JAN FINAMORE IS ONE OF THE OWNERS. >> WE HAVE A COLLECTION OF ABOUT 45 LOCAL ARTISANS. AND ALSO WE BUY PRODUCT LIKE DISH TOWELS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, SO IT IS A GIFT SHOP MAINLY, BUT YOU CAN FIND A LOT OF HOME DECOR AND JUST OTHER REALLY REALLY NEAT AND INTERESTING THINGS YOU WOULDN’T FIND A LOCAL BIG BOX STORE. RENEE: AFTER CLOSING TO KEEP THEIR CUSTOMERS SAFE FROM THE SPREAD OF COVID-19, THE OWNE TRIED TO RAISE THE $5,000 IT COSTS TO RUN A SHOP ON MAIN STREET. THEY GOT TO $3,790. WHICH THEY USED TO COVER APRIL’S EXPENSES. AND WHILE THEY ARE GRATEFUL TO GET A $1,000 DOLLAR SBA LOAN, IT WASN’T NEAR ENOUGH TO PAY THE REST OF THE BILLS. FINAMORE SAYS EARLIER THIS YEAR, THEY WERE NOT LOOKING TO SELL. >> COVID ALLOWS PEOPLE TO TAKE A PAUSE AND JUST TAKE A BREAK AND TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT YOU ARE AT AND WHAT YOU ARE DOING. WE DECIDED WELL, LET’S SEE IF THERE’S SOMEONE ELSE WHO WANTS TO TAKE UP THE SHO RENEE: HAPPY TO BE REOPENING AND SEEING NEIGHBORS SHOP, FINAMORE IS HOPEFUL THAT THE RIGHT PERS OR PEOPLE WILL BUY THE STORE WITH ITS ECLECTIC COLLECTION AS-IS FOR $49,000. >> WE HAVE A LOT OF LOYA CUSTOMERS WHO ABSOLUTELY LOVE SHOPPING HERE AND I’VE SEEN A FEW TEARS THIS WEEK WITH PEOPLE COMING IN AND SAYING PLEASE DON’T LEAVE. RENEE: IN TRAVELERS REST, RENE WUNDERLICH, WYFF NEWS 4. JOE: NOW THE LATEST COVID-19 NUMBERS FROM NORTH CAROLINA, AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 800 CASES OVERNIGHT AS STATE OFFICIALS S THEY ARE RAMPING UP TESTING. THERE ARE NEARLY 18,000 CONFIRMED CASES IN THE STATE. EARLIER THIS WEEK, OFFICIALS SAY AT LEAST 9,000 PEOPLE HAVE RECOVERE STATE OFFICIALS IN NORTH CAROLINA REPORTED 11 MORE DEATHS AND SAY 481 PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY IN THE HOSPITAL. IN BUNCOMBE COUNTY, LEADERS AR WORKING WITH WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES TO OFFER COVID-19 TESTING IN THE COMING WEEKS. THEY’VE GOT THREE EVENTS SCHEDULED THIS WEEK. THE FIRST IS ON TUESDAY IN ASHEVILLE. ON WEDNESDAY AT THE SANDY MU COMMUNITY CENTER IN LEICESTER. AND ON THURSDAY, THEY’LL BE IN THE DEAVERVIEW COMMUNITY IN ASHEVILLE. ALL TESTING EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 1:00 TO 4:00 IN THE AFTERNOON. TESTING IS FREE FOR ANYONE WHO NEEDS IT. AND YOU DON’T NEED INSURANCE. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A TESTING LOCATION NEAR YOU, APPLE MAPS HAS A NEW FEATURE TO HELP YOU. IF YOU OPEN IT UP, YOU’LL FIND A TAB THAT SAYS COVID-19 TESTING. CLICK ON THE TAB, AND IT’LL SHOW YOU WHERE TESTING SITES ARE AVAILABLE ACROSS THE UPSTATE AND WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA LOOKING AT THE PEACH STATE NOW, GEORGIA OFFICIALS ARE REPORTING MORE THAN 37,000 CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19. OFFICIALS SAY NEARLY 1600 PEOPLE HAVE PASSED AWAY DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. MORE THAN 321,000 TESTS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH SAYING THEY HAVE BEGUN DISTRIBUTING REMDESIVIR TO STATE HOSPITALS. THAT DRUG IS A POTENTIAL TREATMENT FOR COVID-19. THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH SAYS THEY GOT 30 CASES OF THE DRUG FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THEY SAY THAT IS ENOUGH FO ABOUT 110 PEOPLE, DEPENDING ON HOW LONG A PATIENT NEEDS TREATMENT. SEVEN HOSPITALS WILL RECEIVE THE MEDICINE RIGHT NOW. A SECOND SHIPMENT HAS COME IN. OFFICIALS ARE STILL WORKING TO FIGURE OUT WHO WILL GET THE SECOND ROU

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276 new cases of COVID-19 in SC, no new deaths reported, DHEC says


Officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 276 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday.(Video above: Saturday evening headlines)That brings the total number of people confirmed to have had the novel coronavirus in the state to 8,661.State officials reported no new deaths, leaving the statewide total at 380.State officials say a total number of 10,715 tests were performed across the state Friday, with 2.6% of them coming back positive.52 new cases were reported in the Upstate with 38 cases in Greenville County alone.The number of new cases in the Upstate by county are Anderson (4), Greenville (38), Pickens (2), Spartanburg (8).According to DHEC, 120,331 coronavirus tests have been performed in South Carolina.

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 276 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday.

(Video above: Saturday evening headlines)

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That brings the total number of people confirmed to have had the novel coronavirus in the state to 8,661.

State officials reported no new deaths, leaving the statewide total at 380.

State officials say a total number of 10,715 tests were performed across the state Friday, with 2.6% of them coming back positive.

52 new cases were reported in the Upstate with 38 cases in Greenville County alone.

The number of new cases in the Upstate by county are Anderson (4), Greenville (38), Pickens (2), Spartanburg (8).

According to DHEC, 120,331 coronavirus tests have been performed in South Carolina.

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B.C. records 21 new cases of COVID-19 as province braces for gradual reopening – CBC.ca

May 16th, 2020
  • 21 more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19. 
  • One more person has died in the past 24 hours.
  • There have been 2,428 cases and 141 people have died in total.
  • There are 355 active cases in B.C.
  • 49 people are in hospital, 11 of them in the ICU.
  • 1,932 people have recovered.
  • No new community outbreaks.
  • No new outbreaks in long-term care homes.
  • There 15 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care homes, and five ongoing outbreaks in acute care facilities.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 21 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. on Saturday, bringing the total to 2,428.

One additional person has died, bringing the total number of deaths to 141.

There is an ongoing outbreak at Oppenheimer Group, a fruit and vegetable processing plant in Coquitlam, where there are three cases. There is also an ongoing outbreak in the intensive care unit of Abbotsford Regional Hospital, where six staff and two patients have tested positive.

But Henry said there is no concern that health care workers in that facility are lacking proper personal protective equipment.

“That’s not an issue that has been associated with this outbreak. This outbreak reminds us of how pernicious this virus is and how difficult it is to manage it because we know that people may have very mild illness and may not recognize it in themselves,” she said.

Bracing for Phase 2

B.C. is set to begin Phase 2 of its response on May 19, allowing for increased social interactions, and the gradual reopening of many businesses and service providers, as well as schools and medical offices. 

Henry said the ability to recognize a person who has symptoms — whether they be staff or a patron of a business — is among the most important actions for preventing new outbreaks.

“There can be no flexibility on that piece,” she said.

Henry’s revised orders for Phase 2, which come into effect on Tuesday, are now posted online. WorkSafeBC has also posted guidelines to help businesses develop a safe reopening plan. 

Those include protocols like installing Plexiglas barriers, limiting the number of people who can be seated inside a restaurant, and maintaining one-way aisles at grocery stores to reduce risk.

Henry says she recognizes that not all businesses will be able to reopen under the new guidelines, and that some measures may seem overly restrictive — but that is intentional.

“We know that managing this virus is the best thing we can do to manage our economy,” she said.

“We may not be 100 per cent right, right off the bat, but we’ll work things out.”

Monitoring for Phase 3

Henry has said it could take up to 28 days to know whether B.C. can move into Phase 3 and continue reopening, or scale back.

“I’m hoping that our approach will not take us there,” she said.

Henry said the province will be monitoring the number of people in hospital, and the number of new cases not linked to any known outbreak.

The province will also be ramping up its capacity to conduct contact tracing within 24 to 48 hours when a new case is identified.

She said that B.C. is not testing at full capacity — which would be 7,000 people per day — because there are not that many people in the community who currently need to be tested.

If you have a COVID-19-related story we should pursue that affects British Columbians, please email us at impact@cbc.ca.

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