RACINE COUNTY, WI— As part of a broad effort to help those in need of training, Behavioral Health Services of Racine County is offering to County residents a free webinar on Narcan, a
life-saving medication for opioid overdose.
Narcan (Naloxone) is an FDA-approved medication for the treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose emergency. It is administered to those who may be showing signs of breathing problems, severe sleepiness or unresponsiveness.
Narcan is needle-free and ready-to-use.
Opioid overdose can happen even when taking prescription opioids as directed, especially at higher doses and when taken with other sedative substances.
Two webinars will be offered to the public via Zoom on November 9, 2020 — at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Registration is required at https://bit.ly/37ummnR.
After the training, participants can pick up Narcan at Racine County offices including the Racine County Service Center in Burlington (1072 Milwaukee Ave.), the Ives Grove Office Complex (14200 Washington Ave., Yorkville), and the Dennis Kornwolf Racine County Service Center (1717 Taylor Ave., Racine).
Dates and times for pick-up will be shared during the trainings.
For more information about Narcan and other substance use treatment options within Racine County, please call (262) 638-6375.
Following the confirmation of a West Nile virus related death and Montgomery County’s second possible case, the Precinct 3 Mosquito Abatement Team is on high alert as they continue to test mosquito samples.
On Friday, the Montgomery County Public Health District announced the death of a man in his 70s who lived in the 77381 ZIP code. While the man did have other medical conditions but the death was classified as a probable West Nile virus case. A woman in her 60s who lives in the 77382 ZIP code has been confirmed as the second case.
The Irish Independent is helping readers to think local and shop local ahead of Christmas with the ultimate guide to shopping local in your county across Leinster, Ulster, Connacht, and Munster. It’s a handy guide to online shopping and the Irish websites that need your support – it could be the difference between ensuring we have shops to go back to when the pandemic ends or the creation of ghost towns.
CARLOW A Touch of Class
Helen Mullins’ A Touch of Class boutique boasts labels like Luis Civit and also Linea Raffaelli, a luxury occasion-wear collection with an emphasis on comfort. https://atouchofclasscarlow.com/
Coolanowle Food Hall
Coolanowle Food Hall sells organic meat from the Mulhall Family’s farm on the Carlow/Laois border (stock photo)
Coolanowle Food Hall sells organic meat from the Mulhall Family’s farm on the Carlow/Laois border (stock photo)
Selling organic meat from the Mulhall Family’s farm on the Carlow/Laois border, this well-stocked food store carries a great range of local and Irish artisan food products. Shop in-person or online for delivery within 10km on Saturday mornings. Delivery is free for orders over €100. www.coolanowlefoodhall.ie
Husband and Wife duo, Willie and Cheryl, create beautiful and sustainable wooden cheese and chopping boards using locally sourced Irish woods www.ballyshane.com
Lollipops and Daydreams
Based in Carlow, they make soft furnishings, with everything from aprons for children, bunting, themed blankets such as tractors, fairies, mini doll bedding and fabric names in a frame. lollipopsdaydreams.com
The Chocolate Garden
Established in 2001 by Jim and Mary Healy, The Chocolate Garden of Ireland is an award-winning family business making handmade chocolates. They create individual hampers that would be a perfect Christmas gift. https://chocolategarden.ie/
Electro City is one of the larger independent Irish electronics retailers. It has outlets in Hanover Rd, Carlow, Ormonde Business Park, Dublin Rd and Purcellsinch Kilkenny where it stocks a range of computers and electrical goods. www.electrocity.ie
DUBLIN McNally Family Farm
The farm shop at the McNally’s organic farm in Balrickard, north Dublin has gone from strength to strength this year and now offers a host of artisan products as well as its own wonderful vegetables. You can order online for collection or simply turn up to visit the farm shop and little cafe, which has excellent coffees, sandwiches and home-bakes for takeaway. www.mcnallyfamilyfarm.ie
The Maker’s Market was due to open this weekend in the Om Diva store on Drury Street where Ruth Ni Loinsigh is like a fairy godmother to emerging and established designers. She has invited 20 designers, jewellers and artisans from all over Ireland to join her in the run-up to Christmas but November sales will be online. Come December 1, they can be viewed in a dedicated space on the first floor of the Drury Street space so expect talented potters to abstract artists, up and coming fashion designers to organic kids clothing producers. Omdivaboutique.com
Independent Cinemas in Dublin
Both the IFI and Light House cinemas are embracing the small screen with excellent VoD platforms
The numbers brought the county’s total to 309,197 cases and 7,074 deaths.
There were 799 confirmed coronavirus patients in county hospitals on Friday, with 28% in intensive care, officials said. Though hospitalizations have increased slightly, they remain far below the 2,220-plus patients seen during the peak of the outbreak in July.
Still, many Southern California communities are reporting increases in the number of cases recorded each day, a concerning trend that has some officials worried that transmission of the virus could be on the rise.
In order to determine when a county can move to the next phase of reopening under California’s four-tier plan, the state monitors how many cases have been reported per 100,000 residents over a recent seven-day period. In larger counties, the rate is adjusted to account for how much testing is being done.
L.A. County’s adjusted case rate increased last week to eight per 100,000 residents, from 7.6 the week before.
In Orange County, which reported 233 new coronavirus cases and one death Sunday, the case rate ticked up to 5.1 from 4.6 the week before. Riverside County reported its most recent adjusted case rate at 10.1, up from 9.1 the week before. And San Bernardino County reported an adjusted case rate of 11.9, up from 10.9.
L.A., Riverside and San Bernardino counties all remain in the purple tier, the most restrictive, meaning risk of transmission remains widespread, and most nonessential businesses are closed for indoor operations. To move into the next tier, red, a county must have an adjusted rate of no more than seven cases per 100,000 residents.
Orange County is classified within the red tier. In order to move into the less-restrictive orange tier, which means that the risk of transmission is considered moderate and some indoor business operations can resume with modifications, the county must reduce its adjusted case rate to four cases per 100,000 residents.
It’s not clear what is driving the increase in cases in Southern California. Some officials have blamed parties as likely contributors, particularly gatherings celebrating the recent Lakers and Dodgers wins.
The trend is also playing out elsewhere across the United States, which on Thursday broke the single-day record for the highest number of coronavirus cases, then did so again Friday.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.
WATSONVILLE — The County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency reported Friday that a 16th person has died in relation to the Watsonville Post Acute Center COVID-19 outbreak that started in September.
A man in his 90s that had several underlying health conditions in addition to a positive case of COVID-19 died at a local hospital Oct. 20, according to county spokesman Jason Hoppin.
The county has to wait for each death certificate and note whether the virus was a component before adding it to the dashboard, which is why the news came 10 days after the death.
Hoppin said Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel alluded to the state of the outbreak during her press conference announcing the possibility of the county moving to the orange tier of the state coronavirus measurement model Tuesday. At that time, there were still people in the hospital but no new infections had been reported in over a week.
“But we are not out of the woods, she said,” Hoppin recounted Newel’s remarks on Friday afternoon.
As of deadline, Santa Cruz County health officials reported 2,884 cases of COVID-19, with 226 of those cases being active. Nearly 190 of the cases were severe enough to require hospitalization. Nearly 60,000 tests conducted in county labs have come back negative. Person-to-person contact through shared households remains the most likely source of exposure to COVID-19 in the county.
SAN MATEO COUNTY, CA — San Mateo County Health reported 63 additional coronavirus cases Friday.
The latest report brings the countywide case count to 11,341.
The county reported two additional coronavirus-related fatalities Friday, bringing its COVID-19 death toll to 161.
There were 18 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in San Mateo County as of Friday, of which three were being treated in intensive care units.
Elsewhere in the Bay Area and beyond, state officials celebrated the opening of a laboratory Friday that they said will help expand California’s capacity to test for the novel coronavirus.
Speaking from the testing laboratory in Valencia, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the facility is the first step of the state’s testing agreement with the Massachusetts-based diagnostics company PerkinElmer.
Newsom praised state officials for their efforts to expedite the launch of the laboratory at a time when coronavirus cases are on the rise across the country and the annual flu season has begun.
“We were able to take something that, I quite literally am not exaggerating, typically takes three years to get done, and they got it done in eight weeks, under budget,” Newsom said.
Newsom first announced the agreement with PerkinElmer in late August, touting that it will add the capacity to process 150,000 coronavirus tests per day on top of the state’s current daily testing capacity, which is averaging around 120,000 per day.
The contract also includes a requirement that PerkinElmer process and disperse test results in 24 to 48 hours. Newsom has claimed test prices will fall as low as $30.78 as testing capacity expands.
The state has conducted nearly 18.5 million tests at around $150 per test, a cost Newsom said was unsustainable as the pandemic drags on.
Although the city of San Francisco remains on California’s yellow tier, Mayor London Breed announced Friday the city will scale back on the reopening of some activities amid a slight increase in new daily COVID-19 cases.
As new cases continue to rise in California and other parts of the country, city officials have also reported an increase in new cases and hospitalizations locally, forcing them to make changes to the reopening plans set for this Tuesday.
“We are starting to see an uptick in the number of hospitalizations, which puts us in a situation where things could possibly get worse than what they are,” Breed said, speaking from City Hall.
“The rest of the world is looking at restrictions, and it’s not just about what’s happening here in the U.S., it’s still challenging all over the world and it’s just a reminder that we’re still in the midst of this pandemic.”
Earlier this month, city officials announced indoor pools and indoor locker rooms at gyms could reopen on Tuesday, as well as family entertainment venues like blowing alleys, but those activities have now been put on hold.
Additionally, expanded capacity from 25 percent to 50 percent for indoor restaurants, movie theaters, places of worship and indoor museums, aquariums and zoos has also been
Solano is currently in the red tier in the state of California’s reopening plan, but officials said case rates are increasing and the county could be moved back to the more restrictive purple tier indicating widespread infection.
The county is urging residents to wear face coverings, maintain 6 feet of distance and avoid large gatherings.
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA — More services can now increase indoor capacity after Santa Cruz County moved into the less-restrictive orange tier Monday.
The orange tier is the second-lowest tier in the state four-tiered, color-coded risk system and indicates a “moderate” COVID-19 risk level. Santa Cruz County is seeing reduced COVID-19 transmission levels, but cases are expected to increase into the winter months, the county said in a statement. Nationally, cases have already begun to rise.
The news came hours after county officials announced plans to ramp up testing for the coronavirus and said that an outbreak at a Watsonville skilled nursing facility appears to have subsided.
The following reopenings are now allowed in Santa Cruz County, with safety restrictions:
Restaurants (half-capacity indoors)
Worship houses (half-capacity indoors)
Gyms and fitness centers (25 percent capacity or 100 people indoors; whichever is fewer)
Movie theaters (half-capacity indoors)
Museums (half-capacity indoors)
Retail (full capacity indoors)
Bars, breweries and distilleries (outdoor operations only)
Wineries (25 percent capacity or 100 people indoors; whichever is fewer)
Amusement parks (outdoors only and 25 percent capacity or 100 people; whichever is fewer)
Family entertainment Centers (25 percent capacity)
Non-essential Offices (indoors with modifications)
Residents are asked to continue wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, staying home when sick and avoiding large group gatherings.
County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel said during a Tuesday morning press conference that an outbreak at Watsonville Post Acute Center — one of seven skilled nursing facilities in the county — appears to have stabilized. No patients are currently infected and there have been no recent new infections, she said.
There were 74 residents of the center when the outbreak first began in mid-September, and 50 residents and 21 staff tested positive for COVID-19, she said. Fifteen deaths have been linked to the outbreak.
Newel said the center has followed all precautions and remained in consultation with county and state officials. The center is not accepting new patients.
“It’s a tragedy, but its probably unavoidable that this happened,” she said.
Mimi Hall, county Health Services Agency Director, announced plans to expand testing capacity in Santa Cruz County. Widespread testing is key to staying in a lesser tier, she said.
The county is seeking to add a testing site in Mid- to North County that can provide 165 tests per day, she said. Officials have also put in a request to the state health department officials to provide resources that would allow the county to double testing capacity at a Watsonville site and provide 330 tests there per day, for four days.
The University of California, Santa Cruz lab has expanded its efforts to regularly test on-campus students and staff, Hall said. The university continues to serve as a backup lab for the county and health system partners.
Newel urged residents to seek COVID-19 testing as soon as they start noticing associated symptoms and get a flu shot. People are more susceptible to COVID-19
A new antibody-based drug shows promise in treating outpatients who have mild to severe COVID-19, according to initial results of research conducted in part at Cook County Health and Northwestern University.
Patients given the drug were hospitalized or visited the emergency room less often than those given a placebo, Cook County Health officials said. The patients receiving the drug also showed improvement within two to six days, a shorter disease course that is not only good for patients but also may reduce the amount of time a person is infectious, helping protect other people.
The drug, manufactured by Eli Lilly and AbCellera Biologics Inc., was tested on 452 outpatients at 24 medical institutions across the country, including Cook County’s vast public health system and the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Most of the 14 patients who took part at Cook County Health were Latino or Black, populations that have been hit especially hard by the disease.
The results of the continuing study, which is being run by Eli Lilly, were published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.
The drug, administered through a one-time infusion, includes the replicated antibodies of one of the first patients in the United States to survive COVID-19. It’s classified as a monoclonal antibody treatment, the same type of medication given to President Donald Trump after he was diagnosed with the disease and which he described as “a cure.”
The drug in the Eli Lilly trial was formulated using a single antibody. The drug Trump received was made by Regeneron and involves two antibodies.
Dr. Gregory Huhn, an infectious disease expert who led the arm of the Eli Lilly research conducted at Cook County Health, made it clear that the drug is a treatment, not a cure.
“Our hope has been that the antibody drug will reduce COVID symptoms quickly after diagnosis and help to eradicate the virus more quickly,” Huhn said. “While a vaccine is still necessary, this drug therapy has the potential to prevent bad clinical outcomes and complications of COVID-19.”
Scientists have surmised that monoclonal antibodies would be more effective earlier in the course of the disease, and that so far appears to be the case. Another recently released study found the Eli Lilly drug had no benefit for patients sick enough to be hospitalized — results that brought the research to a halt. Most of those patients also were treated with the antiviral drug remdesivir.
“There’s a more compelling argument to administer antibodies early on, before our own bodies generate their own immune response,” Huhn said.
The results released Wednesday found that 1.6% of outpatients given the Eli Lilly drug needed to be hospitalized or visit an emergency room, compared with 6.3% of patients who received a placebo. The drug worked by reducing the amount of virus in people’s bodies, the study determined.
The study’s findings also indicate better outcomes among high-risk patients — defined as patients 65 or older or morbidly obese patients who were at least