Coronavirus Live Blog 9.27.2020

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IHME director warns of coming “surge” in Covid-19 cases

Battle rages inside US hospitals over how Covid-19 strikes and kills. The CDC’s confusing backpedalling on whether the coronavirus is airborne is roiling health workers and hospitals because an airborne virus requires completely new safety protocols

SD: Mixed Messages on Hospital Capacity After Patient Airlifted Out of State

South Dakota has 245 ICU beds in the state, 101 were occupied as of 9.24.20 with record new covid cases over the last week. Reports of patients being transferred to other cities, other states as the largest hospitals in the state being to refuse new covid transfer patients. While these reports were found via social media, many were reports from the patients themselves or their close family members.

Does South Dakota have enough hospital beds for COVID-19 patients?

SD: Noem, TenHaken have no plans to add restrictions as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rise

SD: Inside look at COVID-19 patient care in state’s smaller hospitals

The outbreak in SD appears to be spreading into the adjacent parts of Iowa

IA: 9 long-term care centers in Siouxland reporting COVID-19 outbreaks

This notification from the Orange City health system in Orange City IA, indicates people in western rural Iowa hospitals are being refused transfers to the larger hospitals in Sioux City, IA and Sioux Falls, SD.

SD: KELO TV confirms Sioux Falls and Sioux City hospitals are refusing covid patient transfers from outside the respective cities.

Head of Avera health tries to explain covid pandemic plan and why patients are being refused transfers.

Large covid outbreak at SD womens prison

ND Health Director resigns after state rescinds covid quarantine rules. This is the 3rd director to resign since the pandemic started.

North Dakota hospitals near capacity 

A Third of All North Dakota’s Coronavirus Cases Have Been Reported in the Last 3 Weeks

ND rolls out public service announcements encouraging people to wear masks

Virus cases rise in US heartland, home to anti-mask feelings

Wisconsin schools struggle with parents sending covid positive students to school

Two federal prisons in MN have covid outbreaks

As Texas college towns emerge as coronavirus hot spots, universities try to keep students from infecting locals – In counties where four-year college students make up at least 10% of the population, cases have grown 34% since Aug. 19, according to a Texas Tribune analysis. That’s compared with 23% in counties with a smaller proportion of students.

Colleges’ opening fueled 3,000 COVID-19 cases a day, researchers say

DeSantis clears Florida for large-scale reopening, blocks local fines


Over 100 faculty sign open letter calling for Faculty Senate to reconsider Hoover Institution’s relationship with Stanford – Letter comes amid controversy over statements from Hoover made about COVID-19 Over 100 Stanford faculty have signed an open letter calling for the Faculty Senate to discuss the relationship between the Hoover Institution and Stanford. Initiated by comparative literature professor David Palumbo-Liu, the letter comes in light of recent controversial comments about COVID-19 made by members of the Hoover Institution — most notably by senior fellow Scott Atlas — but also addresses long-standing concerns held by some Stanford faculty. For example, the letter notes that Hoover senior fellow Richard Epstein, a “legal scholar with no expertise at all in epidemiology,” published an article on the Hoover Institution’s website in mid-March claiming that U.S. coronavirus deaths should only reach about 500 cases.



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