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COVID -19 Considerations for Events and Gatherings

Considerations for Events and Gatherings Other LanguagesPrint Page On This Page Guiding Principles Targeting COVID-19’s spread Promoting Healthy Behaviors that Reduce Spread  Maintaining Healthy Environments  Maintaining Healthy Operations  Preparing for When Someone Gets Sick    As some communities in the United States begin to plan and hold events and gatherings, the CDC offers the following considerations for enhancing protection of individuals ...


DIY Hand Sanitizer

DIY Health Care Grade Hand Sanitizer {70% Alcohol} CORONAVIRUS· HEALTHY LIVING Share this... With the Coronavirus taking hold there is a lot of talk about hand sanitizers. Lucky us we stocked up on a couple of the Sam’s Club medical grade bottles a couple of months ago when flu season took hold. Today hand sanitizer recipes are ...


Traveling During COVID-19

This page is about travel that is different from your everyday activities, away from your local community. For advice on how to safely meet basic household needs within your local community, see CDC’s webpage about running essential errands. COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is ...


Funeral Guidance for Individuals and Families

Grieving the loss of a loved one during the fear and anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic can be overwhelming. It may be difficult for people to make decisions about how to safely grieve and honor their loved one. This guidance is for individuals and families as they work with funeral directors, ...


Coping with COVID-19 at Home


Dealing with COVID-19 can be difficult on the family, finances and work enviroment.  Please see the CDC websit for additional life coping information.


Health Insureance may not cover injuries from riots

Across the country, Americans have gathered in support of the Black Lives Matter movement to protest police brutality and racism in the U.S. in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Most of the protests have been peaceful, but some have had violent confrontations with police and the ...


600 Health Care Workers Died of COVID-19 and total is rising

Nearly 600 frontline healthcare workers have died of Covid-19, according to Lost on the Frontline, a project launched by the Guardian and Kaiser Health News (KHN) that aims to count, verify and memorialize and every healthcare worker who dies during the pandemic. khn logo The tally includes doctors, nurses and paramedics, as well ...


People Used Bleach to Protect themselves from COVID-19

A NEW SURVEY FROM THE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 4% of respondents consumed or gargled diluted bleach solutions, soapy water and other disinfectants in an effort to protect themselves from the coronavirus. Those people were among nearly 40% who reported using at least one method not recommended by the CDC ...


Tear Gas and the Body

Use of tear gas has become increasingly commonTrusted Source  over the past several decades. Law enforcement agencies in the United States, Hong Kong, Greece, Brazil, Venezuela, Egypt, and other areas use it to control riots and disperse crowds. A 2013 review of researchTrusted Source  found that clinically significant health complications from tear gas are uncommon. However, there’s still ...


Facts About Riot Control Agents

What riot control agents are Riot control agents (sometimes referred to as “tear gas”) are chemical compounds that temporarily make people unable to function by causing irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, lungs, and skin. Several different compounds are considered to be riot control agents. The most common compounds are known as chloroacetophenone ...


Doctors and Civil Disobedience

Civil disobedience—a public, non-violent action in breach of the law aimed at changing the law or policies of a government—is not a typical tool of the medical trade. But frustration with inaction on the global climate emergency has galvanised doctors and other health professionals to join public protests, some of which ...


Pool Party Starts COVID-19 Cluster

(CNN)Several people who attended a high school swim party in Arkansas have contracted Covid-19, Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters on Saturday.   "A high school swim party that I'm sure everybody thought was harmless. They're young, they're swimming, they're just having activity and positive cases resulted from that," Hutchinson said. The governor declined to ...


Mask Work

(CNN)White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said Sunday that there is "clear scientific evidence" that masks work -- adding that she assumes President Donald Trump is able to keep six feet of distance "in a majority of cases" when pressed on whether he should wear one. "What we have said to people is ...


This CDC infographic lets you know if your facial hair won’t work with a mask

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is preparing for the potential spread of the coronavirus in the US. You might be considering getting masks or a respirator to cover your mouth and protect yourself. Before you do, note that the CDC does not recommend you wear a mask to protect against coronavirus unless you ...


Mutant Coronavirus Study

        2020-05-11What That Study About the “Mutant Coronavirus” Actually Says The coverage of and conversation about the research demonstrate some big science journalism pitfalls. By JANE C. HU MAY 07, 202012:51 PM       Sientific research about the novel coronavirus and the media’s reporting on it are both moving at breakneck speed. We’re all hungry for breakthroughs, cures, new ...


Possible Coronavirus Vaccine

Possible vaccine can't be taken for granted, UK science experts say From CNN's Rob Picheta in London The UK’s leading scientific advisers have warned that the prospect of a coronavirus vaccine cannot be taken for granted. Speaking alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the government’s daily press briefing, chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance said ...


Herd Immunity

WHO says concept of herd immunity is a "dangerous calculation" From CNN’s Amanda Watts Dr. Mike Ryan, the executive director of the World Health Organization (WHO) health emergencies program, said the concept of herd immunity is “dangerous.”   “This idea that maybe countries that had lax measures and haven’t done anything will all of a ...


Nation's stockpile proves to be no match for a pandemic

(CNN)As complaints about dire shortages of protective gear for medical workers on the frontlines of the Covid-19 crisis began to stream in, President Donald Trump was quick to point the finger of blame at his predecessor, Barack Obama. It was Obama and other administrations, he said, who left the shelves of the nation's ...


Fatality Management in New York City

'So many more deaths than we could have ever imagined.' This is how America's largest city deals with its dead By Ray Sanchez, CNN Updated 7:56 PM ET, Sun May 3, 2020 New York (CNN)In his final moments, Ananda Mooliya reassured his wife and two sons that he was fine, though they could hear ...


Whitehouse Opening America Information

Follow the link for the Whitehouse Opening America information   Core State Preparedness Responsibilities TESTING & CONTACT TRACING Ability to quickly set up safe and efficient screening and testing sites for symptomatic individuals and trace contacts of COVID+ results Ability to test Syndromic/ILI-indicated persons for COVID and trace contacts of COVID+ results Ensure sentinel surveillance sites are ...


Protecting the family during COVID-19

Protecting your family during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Follow the ling for CDC recomendations.



Avera to Furlough 1500 staff members

Avera Health has furloughed approximately 650 employees across its system and reduced hours for about 1,500 staff members as the financial and operational implications of COVID-19 take hold. Empty patient rooms, minimally used clinics and the elimination of elective procedures mean lower volumes and less need for staff at the moment. While large ...


POET Donates Sanitizer to Health Care

Front-line workers across South Dakota will be receiving all-natural, ethanol-based sanitizer thanks to a partnership between POET and other area companies. Researchers and production staff at POET’s Chancellor biorefinery have been working around the clock to produce the sanitizer in response to a severe shortage.     POET is donating 220 gallons of sanitizer to ...


POET Donates Sanitizer to Health Care

POET Ethanol has produced sanitizer to the South Dakota Health Care Coalition.  The sanitizer will be disributed to health care partners during this incident.  The sanitizer was develped useing the FDA formula.  


Smokers at greater risk for COVID-19

Smokers and Vapers May Be at Greater Risk for Covid-19

Tobacco and marijuana products damage lungs, where the virus does its harm. Health officials are urging people to quit, and temporary sales bans are even being discussed.



CDC Mass Gatherings Guidance

Community Events Ready Interim Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) alert icon Guidance as of 3/15/2020 Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, ...


CDC Travel Guidance


Follow the attached link for CDC travel guidance


Coronavirus websites

Coronavirus Websites   CDC CONVID-19 website:   WHO:   Sitreps page:   Johns Hopkins (case counts and deaths changing rapidly):   COVID-19 Outbreak Tracker.  Kaiser Family Foundation:   EU European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.  COVID-19 site:   UK Government COVID-19 Publications:   US DHHS PHE GOV:   US DHHS CDC:   US DHHS CDC NIOSH:   US Department of Labor OSHA:  ...


Six People Died in King County Washington

by Carla K. Johnson and Gillian Flaccus AP March 1, 2020 3:43 p.m. | Updated: March 2, 2020 6:54 a.m. | SEATTLE The coronavirus may have been circulating for weeks undetected in Washington state, a preliminary finding that could mean hundreds of undiagnosed cases, researchers said Sunday after analyzing genetic samples from two people. ...


King County Washington Buys Hotel to house COVID-19 Patients

King County health officials briefed the public Monday with updates on the local coronavirus response. That response includes the purchase of a motel to house coronavirus patients in isolation. All of the confirmed coronavirus cases across Washington state “We have moved to a new stage in the fight to contain and mitigate this outbreak,” said ...


Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation

Criteria to Guide Evaluation of Persons Under Investigation (PUI) for 2019-nCoV   For any patient meeting criteria for evaluation for COVID-19, clinicians are encouraged to contact and collaborate with their state or local health department. For patients that are severely ill, evaluation for COVID-19 may be considered even if a known source of ...


Coronavirus COVID - 19 Spreads to the USA

How COVID-19 Spreads 中文 Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. Person-to-person spread The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) Via respiratory droplets produced when ...


Can you kill the flu?

Inspectors in protective suits have been going door-to-door in Wuhan in an effort to find every infected person, the Associated Press reports. Wednesday marked the final day of a campaign to root out anyone with symptoms whom authorities may have missed so far. “This must be taken seriously,” said Wang Zhonglin, the city’s ...


Wuhan Coronavirus Update 2/4/2020

  What you need to know about the coronavirus The Wuhan coronavirus continues its spread across Asia and the rest of the globe. Countries have implemented various emergency measures and travel restrictions, as researchers continue working toward a treatment. If you're just joining us now, here's what you need to know: The numbers: The Wuhan novel coronavirus has ...


Person-to-person transmission of Wuhan virus

(CNN)The United States has its first confirmed case of a new virus that appeared in Wuhan, China, last month, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. The coronavirus has already sickened hundreds and killed six people in Asia. CDC officials said the United States will be more strict about ...


Coronavirus Spreads in China

Hong Kong (CNN)Officials in China are racing to contain the spread of a new virus that has left at least six people dead and sickened more than 300, after it was confirmed the infection can spread between humans. Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus was first detected, announced a series of new measures Tuesday, including ...


Health Care Active Shooter Response

Hospital shooting rates bump up need for active shooter drills Nurses learn how to respond to open gunfire situations By Heather Stringer EDITOR'S NOTE: Heather Stringer is a freelance writer. The incident was just 500 yards from Nadworny’s hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The son walked into the hospital and asked to see the ...


Nursing Home Patients at Risk After Ransomware Attack

  Nursing Home Patients at Risk After Ransomware Attack FROM THE MEDIA: Milwaukee, Wisc.-based IT services firm Virtual Care Provider Inc. (VCPI) suffered a Ryuk ransomware attack on Nov. 17, 2019, that has affected its billing, payroll systems, and all client data, and prevented access to patient records. According to reports, those behind the ...


Take Action to Prevent the Flu

Flu Vaccination Why should people get vaccinated against flu? Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands ...