COVID Could Add 20K+ Americans a Day to ‘Preexisting Conditions’

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Every day, another 20,000 Americans between 20 and 60 years of age could be classified as living with a “preexisting condition” because of COVID-19, researchers from the Commonwealth Fund report.

Overall, the pandemic could cause almost 3.5 million Americans to be added to this category, a fact that has important implications approximately 1 month before the US Supreme Court is expected to weigh in on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the investigators note.



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“Polls show that most Americans are worried that preexisting conditions could lead to loss of insurance coverage. People are surprised and even more worried when they realize that the pandemic is adding to this problem,” lead author Eric Schneider, MD, PhD, told Medscape Medical News.

The study was posted online in a blog post on October 8

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Official Says Vaccine Expected in January, Countering Trump | America’s Medical Supply Crisis | FRONTLINE | PBS

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is part of an ongoing investigation by FRONTLINE, The Associated Press and the Global Reporting Centre that examines the deadly consequences of the fragmented worldwide medical supply chain and includes the film America’s Medical Supply Crisis.

A Trump administration official leading the response to the coronavirus pandemic says the U.S. can expect delivery of a vaccine starting in January 2021, despite statements from the president that inoculations could begin this month.

And a growing, bipartisan chorus of lawmakers, experts and public health officials says the country is ill prepared for a projected winter surge of COVID-19.

Dr. Robert Kadlec said in an email Friday that the administration “is accelerating production of safe and effective vaccines … to ensure delivery starting January 2021.” Kadlec is the Department of Health and Human Services’ assistant secretary of preparedness and response.

President Donald Trump has said at

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McHenry County Department Of Health Launches New School Metrics Dashboard

WOODSTOCK, Ill. – The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) has launched a School Metrics Dashboard on its website to assist school districts and increase transparency and raise public awareness.

In partnership with McHenry County Administration, the County’s Emergency Management Agency and superintendents representing the majority of public schools in McHenry County, MCDH has been working for several weeks on developing guidance, which includes metrics and criteria to evaluate transitions between virtual, hybrid or in-person learning models.

Public Health Administrator Melissa Adamson said, “The dashboard is a resource to help school officials make data-informed decisions about their schools learning model during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes interim school guidance, including a full decision matrix, the latest COVID-19 data for the county and guidelines for schools and students.”

Adamson added, “I want to express my appreciation to the superintendents for their contributions and partnership. I hope this can be used as

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Medarva opens its first outpatient imaging center | Business News

Medarva Healthcare has opened a new outpatient imaging center in the West Creek Medical Park in Goochland County.

The new center, which opened in September, offers diagnostic imaging services, such as MRIs, CT Scans and X-Rays, to patients across Central Virginia.

Medarva, a Richmond-based health care provider and parent company of two large ambulatory surgery centers in the region, is partnering with Radiology Associates of Richmond on the new center.

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Union Health Plan Dodges Film Workers’ Suit Over Virus Relief


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The Motion Picture Industry Health Plan’s board can’t be sued under ERISA for allegedly flouting its duties when it relaxed plan rules in response to COVID-19, a California federal judge has ruled, nixing a proposed class action filed by two cinematographers who still couldn’t qualify for benefits.

In an order entered Thursday, U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner granted the board of directors’ motion to dismiss Greg Endries and Dee Nichols’ Employee Retirement Income

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Coronavirus pushes Trump into a ‘fiasco vortex’ as events spin out of administration’s control

WASHINGTON — It has never been calm in the White House of Donald Trump. It was never supposed to be calm. From the start, his old-fashioned administration was governed by a motto borrowed from the whiz kids of Silicon Valley: Move fast and break things. If it sometimes looked messy, the president and his closest advisers figured, that was simply the product of moving at a pace to which official Washington was unaccustomed.

That strategy seemed to work, if perhaps less as a governing philosophy than a perpetual “owning of the libs” ready-made for Fox News. Then the coronavirus came along and threw an unruly White House into the kind of cinematic disarray critics had long feared. Now, with the president and many of his closest aides sick, chances for a new coronavirus relief package seemingly scotched via presidential tweet and the presidential campaign rife with uncertainty, it looks as … Read More

Canada at a Tipping Point in Fight Against Coronavirus, Says Frustrated Prime Minister Trudeau | World News

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is at a tipping point in the fight against a second wave of the novel coronavirus and health care workers are increasingly swamped, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in some of his most gloomy comments on Friday.

He spoke after health officials said authorities needed to do more now to fight the pandemic since forecasts suggest the number of new infections will continue to accelerate.

Trudeau said the second wave was “really frustrating”. He and other officials are urging people not to gather in large groups next Monday on Canadian Thanksgiving, a major holiday.

“We are at a tipping point in this pandemic. Not only is the second wave under way, (but) yesterday we hit the highest daily record for cases, well above what we saw this spring,” he told a news conference.

“I know this is discouraging … the increase in new cases is putting

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NFB Releases ‘Shannon Amen’ Free for World Mental Health Day

Content warning: Subject matter in this article and the film described includes suicide and self harm.

If you or someone you know needs support, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or Crisis Services Canada.

In recognition of World Mental Health Day (Saturday, October 10), the National Film Board of Canada is releasing its impactful mixed-media animated short Shannon Amen free to the public through NFB.ca, starting Friday, October 9.

Shannon Amen

Shannon Amen

Written and directed by Chris Dainty (One Last Dream), the highly personal film is a loving elegy to a friend lost to suicide, and the passionate and pained artwork she left behind. Based on the art of Shannon Jamieson, Shannon Amen unearths the frantic, passionate, and pained expressions of a young woman overwhelmed by guilt and anxiety as she struggles to reconcile her sexual identity with her religious faith.

The film is a multi-layered memoir that fuses

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Nearly 200 New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed In Iredell This Week

IREDELL COUNTY, NC — The number of known COVID-19 cases in Iredell County rose by 181 lab-confirmed cases in the span of one week, according to county health department data.

The new cases increased the county’s tally of known cases to 3,387. The county’s coronavirus death toll is 43, according to the Iredell County Health Department.

As of Oct. 9, ICHD said 11 county residents remained hospitalized for COVID-19 illness.

North Carolina reported 227,431 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state Friday, which included 2,034 cases confirmed since Thursday, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Iredell County health officials group cases into three regions of the county: North, Central and South. Here’s a breakdown of where cases have been confirmed as of 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9:

North Region (zip codes 27020, 27028, 27055, 28625, 28634, 28636, 28660, 28689 and 28678)

Central Region (zip codes 27013,

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Department of Health expects 1 million doses of COVID-19 antibody treatments by end of 2020

A government official said on Friday that he expects two leading drug manufacturers to produce 1 million doses of antibody treatments to be administered to the public at no cost.





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Department of Health and Human Services official Paul Mango told reporters that the government’s Operation Warp Speed program already has produced “a couple of hundred thousand doses” of the treatments so far.

Mango said the department expects 1 million doses of the antibody treatments to be produced by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly & Company by the end of 2020. Mango reiterated President Trump, who said earlier this week that the drugs would be given to patients who need them for free.

Both Regeneron and Eli Lilly have insisted that their treatments, which differ in their administration, have been shown to be safe during clinical trials. Regeneron’s drug relies on a mix of two

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