Novel coronavirus many times deadlier then the flu – ABC News

Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding answers questions in regard to the coronavirus, such as how many more times deadlier it is than the flu, the risin…

Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding answers questions in regard to the coronavirus, such as how many more times deadlier it is than the flu, the rising infection rate in Italy and more.
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First coronavirus case in Monroe County — Rochester man tests positive for COVID-19 – WXXI News

A Monroe County resident has tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Public health commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza and Monroe County

A Monroe County resident has tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Public health commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza and Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said in a statement that the person is in involuntary isolation at home and is recovering nicely.
This case is the result of travel from a high risk area, and not a result of local transmission the statement said. It is NOT related to the students under quarantine at SUNY Brockport.
The county did not offer any more details about the persons identity. In an interview with WXXI News, the person asked that his name not be used, but described himself as a man in his 30s who lives in Rochesters 19th Ward and recently returned from travel in Italy.
I started feeling sick, like a bad hangover, probably on Saturday, he said.
Then, he said, he developed a low fever and a mild cough. Plus, I felt really tired. Really slow.
On Tuesday, when he returned to Rochester, he said he contacted Highland Hospital to alert them to his symptoms and say he was coming in for testing.
They met me in full gear, he said, describing hospital staff wearing protective equipment who escorted him to a negative pressure room designed to prevent his air from circulating through the rest of the hospital.
By Wednesday evening, he said, he had his result. They called me and said, Are you sitting down? And I just knew. I said, Im positive, right? and they said, Yeah, youre positive.
He said he was careful not to risk exposing anyone else to the virus. When his girlfriend picked him up at the airport, he wore a mask and rode in the trunk of the car.
Im pretty tall, he said. That was uncomfortable.
Health authorities questioned him about his movements overseas and his contacts with other people. They wanted to know pretty much everything, he said.
The man expects his quarantine to last two weeks. Im hoping to watch some Game of Thrones, he said.
Megan Mack and Emmarae Stein contributed additional reportig.

Coronavirus spreads to veterans’ nursing home in Oregon; 2 patients infected – OregonLive

The two cases here mark a troubling turn, as an outbreak in a Washington nursing home has been particularly deadly for assisted-living residents.

Two residents at a veterans nursing home in Lebanon in Linn County have now tested positive for coronavirus, the Oregon Health Authority announced Wednesday night, signifying a dramatic and troubling turn as the deadly pandemic runs rampant across America.
The outbreak at the Edward C. Allworth Oregon Veterans Home marks the first at a senior residential center in Oregon. Both infected patients are men who are at least 80 years old. Its unclear how they became infected and the cases have been labeled as community spread.
Both men had symptoms and sought medical treatment prior to being tested Wednesday. Two other residents were tested and were negative.
The home has 151 residents, according to state officials, and all of them, as well as care providers, will now be tested for the virus. Nearly all of the residents are older than 70 and about a third are 90 or older.
Oregons tally of infected patients grew to 21 after the two new presumed cases. Its a bleak development for Oregon because COVID-19 exposure has been deadly in assisted-living homes in Washington, where 24 of that states 29 fatalities have been residents in assisted living.
We understand the uncertainty this announcement may bring,” said Kelly Fitzpatrick, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs. “But please rest assured the safety of our veterans and our staff is our highest priority.
The surprise announcement, made after 7 p.m., came nearly seven hours after state officials announced four new cases in Deschutes, Polk, Marion and Umatilla counties.
The nursing home samples were fast-tracked by the health authority Wednesday and taken to the state lab for testing after officials learned they had first been directed toward the University of Washingtons lab.
Officials could not explain why the samples were not originally slated to go to the state lab. We dont know why the decision was made, said Dr. Dawn Mautner, a senior health adviser for the state.
Dr. William Muth, Linn Countys public health officer, also said he did not know why. He speculated that doctors may have believed going to a commercial lab was more appropriate, given the states strict testing criteria.
Jonathan Modie, a state spokesman, said in an email to The Oregonian/OregonLive that part of the guidance is also physician discretion” about who can be tested, including age and underlying conditions.
Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state health officer and epidemiologist, said the state did not previously deny access to the state lab for the two men, according to Robb Cowie, a different state spokesman.
The two men began showing symptoms late on Sunday, said Fitzpatrick, the veterans director. They were tested for the flu and other respiratory illnesses but were negative, she said.
Administrators at the nursing home switched the ventilation system to circulate 100 percent outside air in an effort to mitigate the potential spread of any infection disease. They also restricted visiting hours and limited who could enter the facility after March 2, Fitzpatrick said.
The two men returned to the center after seeking medical care and remain isolated in their individual rooms. They will be treated there only by staff who do not care for other residents, Fitzpatrick said.
In short, the facility did everything they needed to do to care for these residents,” said Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority.
The men are doing well, said Linn County Board of Commissioners Chair Roger Nyquist.
The Lebanon home, on the northern end of the city of about 17,000 and about 80 miles south of Portland, already been restricting visitors and screening visitors for respiratory symptoms and travel to high-risk areas, Nyquist said. The state has another veterans nursing home in The Dalles.
State officials have been bracing for an outbreak at a nursing home since at least last week.
About 45,000 Oregonians live in senior residential facilities like the one in Kirkland, Washington, that has been the epicenter of Washingtons outbreak.
Oregon officials aimed to address fears Tuesday, announcing a series of emergency policies they hope will better protect residents at long-term care centers, including the veterans home in Lebanon. Those protections include limiting and screening visitors, documenting who has visited and reducing community outings by residents.
Kirkland should be a wakeup call for all of us, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden told The Oregonian/OregonLive recently. I have long been fearful about whether there are adequate protections for the elderly in a health care emergency or heaven forbid, a pandemic.
(Jeff Manning, Jayati Ramakrishnan and Fedor Zarkhin of The Oregonian/OregonLive contributed to this report.)
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Gov. Jared Polis Confirms ‘Community Spread’ Of Coronavirus – CBS Denver

Gov. Jared Polis says the state confirmed 33 cases of coronavirus on Wednesday.

DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis says the state confirmed 33 cases of coronavirus on Wednesday. Nine of those cases are in Pitkin County; six of which are Australians who visited Pitkin County.“These visitors are currently in quarantine. CDPHE staff, in conjunction with Pitkin County Public Health, are monitoring people who may have been exposed,” said Karen Koenemann, Director of Pitkin County Public Health, in a statement.
Jared Polis (credit: CBS)
Polis says those cases are all related to a single case previously discovered in the area, a visitor from Australia.
“We can confirm community spread in the high country,” Polis said. “We are likely on the verge of a tipping point where we will see more community spread in the days and weeks ahead.”
Polis stated they could not confirm community spread in the Denver metro area, but they are taking precautions as if that is the case.
New testing will help state officials determine the level of community spread, he says.
He said the virus will be hitting the resort mountain communities first, raising concern for the amount of people traveling back and forth between high country communities and other parts of the state. He also noted the virus’ possible impact on those mountain town hospitals and medical facilities.
Polis stressed the importance of Coloradans taking precautions seriously.
“What is required is individual responsibility and action. That means every Coloradan needs to take personal responsibility to practice best hygiene practices… including isolating themselves if you are sick with flu-like symptoms,” he said. “We all have a role to play. This is essential.”
He went on to urge older Coloradans or those part of the vulnerable population, those with underlying health conditions, to avoid large gatherings, settings and traveling.
Polis and state officials say they issued guidance to all K-12 schools in the state which have a student or employee who tests positive for COVID-19 to close for 72 hours in order to clean the premises.
Schools with multiple cases are recommended to close for 14 days.
Also Wednesday, a drive-up testing site opened at 8100 E. Lowry Blvd. Residents must have a doctor’s note to get a test.
The drive-up testing at CDPHE location in Lowry (credit: CBS)
Multiple college campuses in Colorado announced they shifted to remote/virtual teaching.
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Additional Information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:

  • Practice good hygiene. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. In the absence of soap and water, use hand-sanitizer; use your elbow or sleeve to cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you’re sick; keep your children home if they are sick. The illness can last for many days so make preparations now to work from home if possible.
  • We advise Coloradans to always be prepared for an emergency– like a large snowstorm– and have a plan for your family. Make sure to have 72 hours of key supplies on hand like medications, infant formula, diapers, pet food, etc. FEMA guidance for pre-pandemic COVID-19 preparedness is available on
  • Stay informed with reliable, up-to-date information. People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019, can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email, for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.