The Department of Veterans Affairs is beginning to divide its inpatient units into two zones to separate non-infectious patients from those with novel coronavirus, officials said. And when the need arises, as the new phased plan predicts it will, officials plan to discharge non-critical patients and even build new facilities.
The plan is part of a four-phased pandemic response blueprint released Friday, weeks after the VA was criticized for not publicly disclosing its plan to help veterans and the federal government respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The VA is currently in Phase 2, “Initial Response,” which means staff are focusing on mitigating local or regional outbreaks by creating two zones.
Phase 3 is when the condition becomes drastic — patient demand surpasses the VA’s capability or supply chain. All routine care will be reduced or stopped at VA medical facilities, and the VA staff will then begin using other spaces like an outlying ward or field hospital to take in veterans and possibly the civilian public.
To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its twelfth health mandate based on its authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy
The purpose of this mandate is to control the movement of individuals within Alaska in order to prevent, slow, and otherwise disrupt the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
All in-state travel between communities, whether resident, worker, or visitor, is prohibited unless travel is to support critical infrastructure, or for critical personal needs. Certain Small Alaskan communities may implement further travel restriction pursuant to “Alaska Small Community Emergency Travel Order
President Trump issued an order Friday night that permits the Pentagon to bring former U.S. troops and members of the National Guard and Reserve back to active duty to augment forces already involved in the military’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Washington Post reported, quoting senior U.S. officials said.
The president signed the order for Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper to order units and individual members “and certain Individual Ready Reserve” members, Chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said in a statement released just after midnight on Saturday morning, the Post reported.
President Donald Trump on Friday ordered General Motors Co. to make ventilators for coronavirus patients, invoking a federal law that gives him vast powers over industry in crises, just as the company is within weeks of starting production on the equipment.
Trump said in a statement that he had signed a memorandum “directing the secretary of Health and Human Services to use any and all authority available under the Defense Production Act to require General Motors to accept, perform, and prioritize federal contracts for ventilators.”
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U.S. military command teams in charge of protecting homeland security are being isolated in the infamous Cheyenne mountain bunker where they will remain ‘sealed off’ until the coronavirus pandemic passes
Part of the U.S. Army’s Northern Command in charge of homeland security is isolating at the Cheyenne Mountain bunker in Colorado as the coronavirus spreads across the country.
The bunker is a command and control site which was built inside the mountain of the same name, located near Colorado Springs.
‘To ensure that we can defend the homeland despite this pandemic, our command and control watch teams here in the headquarters split into multiple shifts and portions of our watch team began working from Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, creating a third team at an alternate location as well,’ Air Force General Terrence O’Shaughnessy, head of U.S. Northern Command and NORAD, said during a Facebook Live town hall with those under his command.
This has nothing to do with the virus, or the economy.
It appears that a $350 million dollar appropriation for purposes of “Migration and Refugee Assistance” managed to slip inside the coronavirus stimulus package.
The proposal to enrich refugee resettlement contractors appears to have migrated into the legislation originally introduced by Mitch McConnell from Nancy Pelosi’s rivaling proposal. The Speaker of the House had temporarily derailed the stimulus package by introducing a plan of her own, but from the looks of it, she’s getting a crucial element of the left-wing social agenda Democrats have tried to tie to the stimulus with the refugee resettlement package.
The Microsoft founder was speaking as part of an ongoing CNN town hall on the pandemic and said that six to 10 weeks of hardcore isolation nationwide is now necessary.
Gates, whose Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $100 million to fighting the pandemic, said: “So far, not a single state has reached the crucial point where case numbers are plateauing and beginning to decrease – meaning it is unlikely we have reached the peak yet.
“We’re entering into a tough period… If we do it right, we’ll only have to do it once for 6 to 10 weeks, but… it has to be the whole country.”
He added: “It is super painful to drive this very high degree of social isolation I call shutdown.
The number of Chinese cellphone users dropped by 21 million in the past three months, Beijing authorities announced on March 19. Deaths due to the CCP virus may have contributed to the high number of account closings.
“The Chinese regime requires all Chinese to use their cellphones to generate a health code. Only with a green health code are Chinese allowed to move in China now. It’s impossible for a person to cancel his cellphone.”
China introduced mandatory facial scans on Dec. 1, 2019, to confirm the identity of the person who registered the phone. As early as Sept. 1, 2010, China required all cellphone users to register phones with their real identification, by which the state can control people’s speech via its large-scale monitoring system.
Furthermore, Chinese people’s bank accounts and social security accounts are bundled with their cellphone plans; apps on Chinese phones check SIM cards against the state’s database to make sure the number belongs to the user.
Activities in the outbreak epicenter of Hubei Province seem to contradict the reported death toll in China. The seven funeral homes in the city of Wuhan were reported to be burning bodies 24 hours a day, seven days a week in late January. Hubei Province has used 40 mobile cremators, each capable of burning five tons of medical waste and bodies a day, since Feb. 16.
Lacking data, the real death toll in China is a mystery. The cancellation of 21 million cellphones provides a data point that suggests the real number may be far higher than the official number.
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The Navy SEALs have been touted a lot in the prepping and survival community. Somehow, we’ve all gotten the idea that they are the world’s greatest survival experts, but they’re not. Oh, they’re well trained in survival techniques; that’s just part of their training. But survival, at least in the sense we talk about it, isn’t what SEALs are about. They’re about surviving a hostile environment, so that they can complete their mission. More than anything, they’re about getting it done.
That’s not to say that we can’t learn a lot from the SEALs; we can. In fact, there are some very important lessons that every SEAL must learn, in order to become a SEAL, which we should all learn as well. From what I know of SEALs, and I’ve known a number of them, they would do well in a survival situation. But it wouldn’t be because of their “survival skills”, it would be because of some things which are ingrained in every SEAL I’ve ever met or ever heard of.
SEALs are unique in all of the world’s “special” military forces. Part of that is their training. The name “SEAL” stands for “Sea, Air & Land,” indicating that they are trained to operate in all three areas. It doesn’t matter to them if they use SCUBA gear to swim in to their operating area, HALO out of an airplane or hump their packs across the hills; they’re trained to pick the best way for the specific mission.
WHAT CAN YOU PLANT IN A GARDEN FOR KIDS?
With kids at home, harness a bit of their energy (and your own) by enticing them to help in the garden! Nature has not been canceled and there are lots of opportunities for hands-on learning experiences outside. Here are some ideas on what to plant in a garden for kids—and other fun activities.
GET KIDS INTO THE GARDEN
As of this writing, one in three Americans are under orders to stay home and most schools are closed. This means that many students are at home engaging in distance learning via computer, but after their schoolwork is done, kids need time to cut loose and burn off some steam. Your garden can serve as an outdoor classroom for showing your kids how and where we get our food while connecting them to nature and the environment. Even the littlest ones love to learn about dirt, plants, and bugs.
This is the final article in my series about medical concerns in regards to a case study on the Homestead.org blog forum (read “Entering the Hospital: Some Facts to Know to Protect Yourself, Part I”). To briefly recap what has happened in the previous two articles, Mr. S recounts the events and struggles after his wife was hospitalized at the end of November. She had a complicated medical history, with an ileostomy that was reversed, and was admitted with symptoms of partial bowel obstruction. Diagnostic evaluation showed that Ms. S had ischemic bowel near the former surgical site, which required resection. She needed ICU care after the procedure, but was transferred to the floor a couple days later. However, there were complications, which were related to the type of pain medication she was prescribed, a powerful narcotic called Dilaudid. Mr. S did advocate for stopping the Dilaudid, but the stupor and breathing difficulties attributed to the medicines, which required ventilatory assistance, were actually symptoms of fluid build-up in the abdomen.
In this article, I would like to discuss several more techniques and lessons you should understand if you find yourself in the hospital setting. Perhaps the most important thought that I can impress on you is that the hospital is really not the ideal place for sick people. And yes, I am serious in that statement. Granted, individuals who are critically ill and injured do need emergent medical treatment, and specialized procedures and powerful medicines in order to save their lives. But after the patient is stabilized and is no longer in mortal danger, the hospital becomes a dangerous place to convalesce. A good physician will have a discharge plan in mind as soon as a patient is admitted to the hospital – not because he or she does not want to treat the patient, or is lazy, but to get the patient the appropriate care, whether it is therapy, or continued monitoring, or visiting nursing assistance in the home setting, outside of the hospital.
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WE NO LONGER BELIEVE THE COVID-19 NUMBERS ARE AN ACCURATE REFLECTION OF THE REALITY OF THIS VIRUS AND THEREFORE WILL NO LONGER POST THEM.