Colorado Doctors of Optometry Announce Public Health Initiative to Keep Eye Emergencies Out of Emergency Rooms This Winter – Press Release

DENVER, Colo., Oct 14, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Doctors of optometry across Colorado, 2020 Eyes Colorado, and the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) have launched an October awareness initiative to educate Coloradans on Eye Emergencies: Where to Go and What to Do. This health information is currently important for Colorado communities and populations vulnerable to COVID-19 as the state approaches a possible surge in COVID-19 cases during winter.

The HPI analysis of Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data shows that eye emergencies make up 1% of emergency room cases and of those reported cases 98.9% could have been handled by a local optometrist in clinic or via telehealth (*note 1). Many practices offer after hours care to address eye care emergencies making it even easier for patients to avoid emergency rooms.

COA Board President, Dr. Tom Cruse says, “During the March/April shutdown our doctors of optometry were able to stop

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WA Health Care Providers Prepare as Flu Season COVID 19 Converge / Public News Service

Lower than usual flu activity in the Southern Hemisphere could be a good sign for the United States as winter approaches. (DimaBerlin/Adobe Stock)

October 14, 2020

SEATTLE — Health professionals are concerned about the overlap this winter of flu season and the COVID-19 pandemic, and are asking that people prepare themselves.

Raj Sundar, a family-medicine physician for Kaiser Permanente in Burien, said colder weather will make it especially tricky for avoiding coronavirus and the flu as activities move inside. He said there’s also concern about how the viruses will interact with each other.

“There are a lot of complications that can happen if you not only get the flu and the coronavirus or COVID-19 at the same time,” he said, “but we know if you experience the flu that you are prone to complications if you subsequently contract COVID-19.”

While there’s not yet a vaccine for COVID-19, Sundar pointed out

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We need leaders who listen to public health experts

Alejandra Salemi
 |  Guest columnist

Dan Mullen wants to “pack the Swamp,” and as far as Gov. Ron DeSantis is concerned, that sounds like a great idea. After moving Florida into Phase 3 of the reopening plan, the governor’s office confirmed recently that all businesses, including stadiums, can operate at 100% capacity – roughly 90,000 people in the case of the Swamp. 

Despite losing more than 15,000 Floridians to the pandemic, the message sent by the Phase 3 order suggests that COVID-19 is no longer a major concern; yet another example of a lack of consideration given to public health from our elected leaders. Putting aside the cacophony of misinformation and political messaging coming out of Tallahassee, the dangers of this pandemic are as real as ever.  

Though I currently study at Harvard Divinity School, I spent five years in Gainesville earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in

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Austin Public Health launches hotline for COVID-19 services

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Public Health department has launched a hotline for high-risk workers who need assistance due to the coronavirus, according to a Tuesday press release.

The hotline will provide information and referral services such legal case management, applying for unemployment and one-time financial assistance, according to APH. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in any language until mid-December.

“We are proud to work as a community to launch this hotline that will provide a variety of services for high-risk workers in our community,” said public health director Stephanie Hayden in the press release. “It is an important step to assisting our vulnerable community members in a way that is helpful to them. We worked with many partners and agencies to figure out the best way to set up this service in a manner that is most useful and convenient for

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Coronavirus Hotline Launched By Austin Public Health

AUSTIN, TX — Austin Public Health has launched a high-risk worker hotline to promote the safety and well-being of the vulnerable workers in the community, officials said Tuesday.

The hotline, which is operated by Austin Voices for Education and Youth, provides information and referral services for front line staff who need assistance due to COVID-19. These referral services, to organizations such as Austin Area Urban League, Worker’s Defense Project and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, include legal case management, assistance applying for unemployment, and one-time financial assistance.

“We are proud to work as a community to launch this hotline that will provide a variety of services for high-risk workers in our community,” Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden said in a prepared statement. “It is an important step to assisting our vulnerable community members in a way that is helpful to them. We worked with many partners and agencies to

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Clark County Public Health launches COVID-19 dashboard for area schools

Clark County Public Health has launched an online dashboard for COVID-19 cases in local public and private K-12 schools. The webpage will be updated every Thursday.

The dashboard gives Clark County a one-stop site to check for COVID-19 cases that have been linked to area schools. Public Health works closely with local schools whenever a positive case has been on a school campus when they were possibly contagious, according to the Public Health webpage.

The Columbian covered the concept of school dashboard’s in an early October story. Before the dashboard, families had to rely on district officials for a COVID-19 case notification or be alerted by local media.

When Public Health learns of a coronavirus exposure, Public Health identifies all students and staff who may have been exposed and asks them to quarantine for 14 days, the same as they would do for close contacts of cases in other situations.

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Opinion | We’re public health experts. We need to do a better job of talking to conservatives.

A key piece of our professional training involves identifying and addressing the blind spots caused by our beliefs, backgrounds, cultural influences and preferred information sources. It’s crucial to do this if we want to build effective partnerships with communities and cultures that differ from our own. The consequences when we are slow to adapt can be grave, as they were 40 years ago, when the public health community didn’t move quickly enough to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, and 10 years after that, when we struggled to address the crack epidemic.

Today, many public health experts are trying to develop connection and cultural competence to serve communities that are politically different from most of our own. We rightly celebrate that our field is more diverse than it’s ever been when it comes to race and gender. Yet in a 2018 survey, 72.4 percent of members in the Society for Epidemiologic

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Demand for the flu vaccine skyrockets, health care providers assure public there’s enough doses

Ontario is preparing for surging demand of the flu shot and has ordered 700,000 more doses than 2019.

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Ontario is preparing for surging demand of the flu shot and has ordered 700,000 more doses than 2019.

Demand for the flu vaccine has skyrocketed in Ontario, as public health officials have warned of a “twindemic” where the health care system would be stretched beyond capacity due to flu and COVID-19 patients in hospitals at the same time. 

Public health officials have urged residents to get their flu shot if they are able — so they can protect themselves, prevent the flu from spreading to more vulnerable people and to reduce the burden on the health care system. 

And while some are reporting line-ups to get the shot, and pharmacies are quickly going through their vaccine supply, officials told CBC News there will be more than enough to go around.

Surging COVID-19 cases within certain Ontario cities including Toronto and Ottawa mean it’s crucial for the public

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‘It has been something on everyone’s mind’: A public health planner on preparations, challenges in COVID vaccine rollout

The race is on to create a COVID-19 vaccine — and when one is finally available, local health officials will be on the front lines of a long chain of logistical challenges as they work to protect the public.

Christopher M. Goshea, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Planner for Hampden County, says a main concern involves the preparations needed to immunize local populations against the virus once vaccines are approved for distribution.

The National Governors Association has issued a memo advising governors on how to prepare for immunization against COVID-19 on a mass scale. Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, who noted the state through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health distributes about 3.2 million vaccine doses every year, said the DPH “has had an internal working group to ensure that we have the infrastructure in place” when a vaccine is ready for distribution.

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White House: No “Public Health Value” in Revealing If Trump Still Has COVID-19 (Even If He Holds a Rally This Weekend)

As Donald Trump muses about holding a campaign rally in Florida on Saturday and Pennsylvania on Sunday night, a reasonable question for the White House to answer would be if the president has actually tested negative for COVID-19, given that it is transmitted through the air and campaign events of yore have been mask-free affairs with supporters packed in as tightly as possible. Furthermore, it would be helpful to reveal when the president last tested negative prior to his diagnosis last week, as it could inform people who interacted with him if they were exposed to the virus. But according to the administration, that’s private information that the public is not privy to!

Speaking to MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson on Friday, White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern spent an entire segment refusing to say when Trump last tested negative, despite Jackson asking him half a dozen times. “Why not be more transparent

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