A Belltown residential treatment facility shutters, leaving a hole in King County’s mental health system

In May, a Sound Health employee stepped out of the El Rey, a 60-bed residential facility for people with serious mental illness in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, and recognized someone on the sidewalk. 

Feet from the entrance was a woman who had been discharged from the facility earlier in the year, according to the employee. She sat next to a tent covered in a red tarp behind a toppled shopping cart, an empty cup in her hand. 

“Where are you living now?” the employee asked. 

“Out here,” she said. 

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For the employee, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of losing

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Montgomery County’s new COVID-19 cases jump by 238

Oct. 6, 2020Updated: Oct. 6, 2020 4:54 p.m.

Online registration is still available for COVID-19 testing in Montgomery County. To get a voucher, go to mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and click on the

Online registration is still available for COVID-19 testing in Montgomery County. To get a voucher, go to mchd-tx.org or mcphd-tx.org and click on the “need to be tested” link. Fill out the information. A voucher will be emailed. Once you have the voucher, make an appointment at your choice of testing centers and get tested.

Jason Fochtman, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer

Montgomery County public health officials confirmed 238 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and a drop of 54 in active cases.

The county’s total number of cases is now 11,682. Of those total cases, 1,576 are active, according to the Montgomery County Public Health District.

Total hospitalizations, both county and noncounty residents, increased by seven to 50 with seven of those patients in ICU.

The reason for the difference in the new cases and active cases is

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Hennepin County’s Role In Contact Tracing After Private Fundraising Event For President Trump Guidance From Minnesota Department Of Health

October 2, 2020

Hennepin County Public Health is aware that the President participated in a fundraising event that took place at a residence in the county, during his infectious period. We learned about this event through the local media. From media reports it appears that a number of people may have had close contact with the President that may have resulted in exposure to COVID-19.

Thus far we have not been contacted with a list of event attendees, so it is unclear how many of those people are residents of Hennepin County. It is our practice to do the contact investigation and contact tracing only for residents of our county. When we receive contact information for any Hennepin County residents in attendance, we will follow our usual contact tracing protocol, and will advise that they be tested and quarantine for 14 days from the date of the event.

As always,

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Deadly delays in L.A. County’s public hospital system

A tip from a doctor led Times reporters to investigate specialty appointment waits in Los Angeles County's public hospital system. <span class="copyright">(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)</span>
A tip from a doctor led Times reporters to investigate specialty appointment waits in Los Angeles County’s public hospital system. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

It started with a phone call in the fall of 2018 from a doctor working for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

Patients by the thousands were suffering unnecessarily because of extremely long waits to see specialists, the doctor said. Some were dying before they could get an appointment.

The tip launched an investigation that spanned nearly two years and focused on the county’s sprawling safety-net healthcare system that serves more than 2 million, primarily the region’s poorest and most vulnerable residents.

We interviewed dozens of current and former county healthcare providers, patients and outside medical experts. We also analyzed L.A. County data from hundreds of thousands of specialist referrals and obtained thousands of pages of medical records.

How we verified long

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Health Department millage and school district bond on Saginaw County’s November 2020 ballot

SAGINAW, MI – Voters in Saginaw County will be asked to consider whether or not to approve multiple millages and proposals during the November general election.

Voters will decide the fate of a proposed millage that is the first of its kind in Saginaw County for the local Saginaw County Health Department. The millage is for 0.48 mills for 10 years to help provide funding for operational needs at the department. If approved, the millage is expected to raise $2,435,478 in its first year.

“The millage will allow us to sustainably and efficiently operate 1 to 2 mobile units to travel to out-county areas for back-to-school immunizations, COVID-19 testing, and flu shots as well as to enhance our services countywide beyond the walls of our building on Michigan Avenue,” Health Officer Chris Harrington said.

The millage aims to bridge a gap in decreased funding that the department says would leave

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