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1Limelite
Editat: nov. 1, 2020, 2:35pm

Rose Garden Massacre Part III -- The White Hothouse Cultivar

Continuing topic #164 from earlier thread.

The campaigns are winding down as election day sits just below the horizon. In the midst of a spiking pandemic, with cases, hospitalizations, and deaths on the rise all over the world, Fearless Leader carries on as if he lives in a bubble. Unfortunately, his desire to court death is only a desire that he has for others as we learn of his planned election night Covid Party and its anticipated 400 victim guest list.

One has to be a special kind of arrogant ignorant to attend a party on what will be a chilly night, requiring sealed doors and windows in an ancient building whose ventilation system was never designed to relieve the environment of highly infectious viruses. Properly worn masks will be scant to nonexistent -- it ruins one's "look." More practically, it's impossible to eat, drink, converse, and laugh -- which attendee will hope to do -- with one's mouth covered.

We already know from Stanford University study made public yesterday that Trump's rallies on the road are responsible for at least 30,000+ cases of Covid-19 and at least 700 deaths. And there's this. We also know that Covid-19 deaths are widely under reported, by as many as 75,000.

While Tuesday night's WH event may involve fewer potential victims, it will be a veritable Petri dish for Coronavirus infection. We also see clues that the event will be less "party" and more "wake" as Trump's reelection hopes appear to become swamped by a Blue Tidal Wave. Thus gaiety is unlikely and grief is probable. The sad truth is that the period of grief may have a longer lifespan than Trump's future as president as a result of the man's need for adulation.

2margd
Editat: nov. 2, 2020, 7:57am

Tests Show Genetic Signature of Virus That May Have Infected President Trump
James Glanz | Nov. 1, 2020

...The journalists, Michael D. Shear and Al Drago, both had significant, separate exposure to White House officials in late September, several days before they developed symptoms. They did not spend any time near each other in the weeks before their positive tests.

Mr. Shear traveled with Mr. Trump and other staff on Air Force One on Sept. 26, when Mr. Trump approached within five or six feet without a mask. Mr. Drago covered the Judge Barrett event that day and a news conference the next day near officials who were not wearing masks and later tested positive. Both journalists wore masks.

The viral genomes of the two journalists shared the same distinct pattern of mutations, the research found. Along with their exposure history, the findings suggest that they were infected as part of the broader White House outbreak, said Trevor Bedford, a geneticist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington who led the research team.

...Dr. Bedford and his colleagues were able to obtain a full genetic sequence for the virus that infected Mr. Shear and a partial sequence of the virus that infected Mr. Drago. Several unusual mutations matched in the two samples, sufficient evidence to determine with a very high probability that they were essentially the same genome, Dr. Bedford said.

The work was carried out by a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine, the Hutchinson Center and the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine in Seattle.

The work is convincing, and it is the best way to piece together the progression of such an outbreak, said David Engelthaler, head of the infectious disease branch of the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Arizona, where he and colleagues have sequenced thousands of genomes to track the spread of the coronavirus, including devastating outbreaks at Native American reservations in the state...

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/01/science/trump-covid-19-genome.html

(Discussion, e.g., would be interesting to study COVID genotypes in Villages outbreak thay followed Trump visit: https://twitter.com/DrEricDing/status/1323043946755432449 )

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Trevor Bedford et al. 2020. Viral genome sequencing places White House COVID-19 outbreak into phylogenetic context. MedRxiv (Nov 1, 2020) doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.10.31.20223925 https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.10.31.20223925v1

This article is a preprint and has not been certified by peer review.

Abstract

In October 2020, an outbreak of at least 50 COVID-19 cases was reported surrounding individuals employed at or visiting the White House. Here, we applied genomic epidemiology to investigate the origins of this outbreak. We enrolled two individuals with exposures linked to the White House COVID-19 outbreak into an IRB-approved research study and sequenced their SARS-CoV-2 infections. We find these viral sequences are highly genetically similar to each other, but are distinct from over 160,000 publicly available SARS-CoV-2 genomes, possessing 5 nucleotide mutations that differentiate this lineage from all other circulating lineages sequenced to date. We estimate this lineage has a common ancestor in the USA in April or May 2020, but its whereabouts for the past 5 to 6 months are not clear. Looking forwards, sequencing of additional community SARS-CoV-2 infections collected in the USA prior to October 2020 may reveal linked infections and shed light on its geographic ancestry. In sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 infections collected after October 2020, the relative rarity of this constellation of mutations may make it possible to identify infections that likely descend from the White House COVID-19 outbreak.

3margd
Editat: nov. 7, 2020, 8:03am

Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was with COVID-Trump in hospital. He wore PPE in hospital, of course, but I was surprised he didn't catch COVID then.

Olivia Nuzzi @Olivianuzzi | 11:08 PM · Nov 6, 2020:
Mark Meadows, who has tested positive for COVID-19, was in the White House Residence on election night
huddled around Donald Trump alongside Ivanka, Jared, Don Jr., and other family members and senior staffers.

NEW: I’m told that Mark Meadows, who rarely wears a face mask, was not wearing a face mask in the White House Residence on Election Night.

NEW: I’m told that Mark Meadows and the White House went to great lengths to keep his diagnosis a secret. This is despite alleged contact tracing efforts. My source says: “It’s fucked up.”

This is not the first time the White House has tried to keep a coronavirus outbreak a secret from people who work in the White House and might have contracted the virus from the official who tested positive.

NEW: I’m told that even senior White House staffers who had direct contact with Mark Meadows this week learned about his coronavirus diagnosis when the media reported it.

Not the first time senior white house staff has learned about their exposure to the coronavirus from @JenniferJJacobs

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The Recount @therecount | 11:50 PM · Nov 6, 2020
Here's the clip of Meadows on Election Night:
0:20 ( https://twitter.com/therecount/status/1324937221481373696 )
From The Recount

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Brendohhh @bruhoho | 11:54 PM · Nov 6, 2020
And most of the people in the audience weren’t wearing masks.
Image ( https://twitter.com/bruhoho/status/1324938177539239936/photo/1 )

4lriley
Editat: nov. 7, 2020, 8:30am

#3--why would any of them wear masks if they've all decided long time ago that the virus is a hoax? They don't want to have their base watching them get all counter-intuitive with their messaging. Hate to say it but if one or two of them were to get sick enough and die it might be the best thing they ever did for the country. Maybe then a few light bulbs would go off here and there--'Hey, did you see Mark Meadows just kicked the bucket....you can actually get sick and die from this? What's going on? maybe....just maybe it's for real'.

My wife was telling me about this former work associate of hers. This lady was married to this guy who belong to some kind of golfing club. Anyway this group was going to have this party and the organizer invited somebody from New Jersey to come join and the guy from New Jersey though he wasn't feeling well traveled three/four hundred miles just to go to this party and infected a lot of the people here. Almost as soon as he got back home to New Jersey he's in the hospital--the husband of this work associate wound up in the hospital for over a month too--his wife or my wife's former work associate died....and another person from this little cluster died too.

5Limelite
Editat: nov. 7, 2020, 11:08am

Rose Garden Massacre III -- Add Chief of Staff and 4 other WH staff to the List

3rd White House outbreak grows to 5 coronavirus cases — and they tried to hide it from the public. Other positives include Trump campaign aide Nick Trainer, Cassidy Hutchinson, one of Meadows’s closest aides, and Charlton Boyd, an aide to senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner, according to several people. As reported by Bloomberg News.
NEWS: Along with Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, at least FOUR other White House aides currently have coronavirus, per sources.

Pains were taken to keep Meadows’ illness a secret, I’m told. And people around him who knew were told to keep quiet.

— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 7, 2020
Meadows was in close contact with other members of Trump's reelection team during a strategy confab and Election Night party at the WH. His test was positive on Wednesday, but it wasn't until late yesterday, after Bloomberg broke the story, that his diagnosis become public knowledge and known to all WH staffers.
Meadows, who has seldom worn a mask, was not seen wearing one on Tuesday.

He spent time upstairs in the White House residence on Tuesday with Trump’s family, including all of his adult children, according to people familiar with the matter. He helped persuade Trump to deliver brief remarks to the country at 2:30 a.m. from the White House East Room. Meadows attended the speech, where the president claimed he had won the election before races had been called in key battleground states where votes were still being counted.

Meadows returned to campaign headquarters on Wednesday, again without wearing a mask, two people familiar with the situation said.

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UPDATE

This brings the total to more than 36 individuals infected by the iterations of The Rose Garden Massacre.

6Limelite
nov. 7, 2020, 11:21am

Rose Garden Massacre III (?) FL GOP Rep. Matt Goetz Positive for Covid-19

I haven't been able to determine if Mr. Goetz attended any of the "Rose Garden-y" events around Election Day, or if he had recent contact with any who did, or if he kept quiet due to instructions from the WH.

The fact that he kept his positive test secret and only revealed it immediately following today's widely reported Bloomberg scoop about the WH instructing staffers to keep mum about the 5 ongoing cases there, makes one question if Trump has issued instructions to all Gooper faithful officials to keep their positive Covid-19 tests private (as long as possible).
Following reports that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows had tested positive — along with other White House staffers — and it had been kept quiet, Gaetz reportedly fessed up that he also tested positive. “GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida told multiple people on Capitol Hill and in the White House that he too had contracted the virus.”


7Limelite
nov. 9, 2020, 12:03pm

Rose Garden Massacre III -- HUD Sec'y. Ben Carson

The news came less than a week after it was revealed that President Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows had also tested positive for Covid-19. That interval is well within the time frame of infection transmission/exposure to Coronavirus, making it likely that the "pollinators" are among the administration staff and aides who attended meeting and events that took place in the WH around Election Day.
"Spoke with my brother Dr. Carson earlier and he is doing extraordinarily well. He is so grateful to have access to powerful therapeutics. We also pray for the millions who celebrated over the weekend and may have exposed themselves to COVID19," tweeted Armstrong Williams, who advised Carson's presidential campaign.
Wouldn't it be grand to know how Mr. Carson is being treated, with what and by whom? Then citizens could insist on having the same treatments, unless they continue to want a two-tier health care system in the US. One for the privilaged and rich, and one for the rest of us.

Mr. Carson, retired neurosurgeon has Covid-19. You'd think he would know something about modes of disease infection and how to prevent them. Like wash your grubby hands, stay in your own lane, and wear your damn mask, properly!

8Limelite
nov. 9, 2020, 1:53pm

Rose Garden Massacre III -- Nurse and Family Infected Likely from Hospital Co-workers Who Attended Trump Rally

A nurse, her parents, both in their sixties, and her grandfather in his eighties all symptomatic and everyone but grandpa are positive for Covid-19. He has not been tested.
When 86-year-old Roger Knop’s granddaughter had her first dinner with her family in months, they hugged and passed around pizza slices.

She had no idea she’d been exposed to COVID-19.

It was mostly a normal pandemic Wednesday in Muskegon, Michigan. But they were celebrating a special event: The health-care worker announced she was pregnant.

Despite months of caution, she awoke the next day, Oct. 22, with a scratchy throat and a runny nose.
She usually went on the ICU floor to do procedures on patients who tested negative for the virus, always masked. When she had to care for an intubated patient she wore an N-95 mask. The only time she removed her mask was at meals with colleagues in the hospital, some who attended the MAGA rally at the Muskegon airport.

“I was watching it, and I know some of my coworkers went to the rally,” she said. “I saw the live videos on Facebook and Instagram. They were sandwiched in with each other, shoulder-to-shoulder.” Video evidence shows those crowds were overwhelmingly maskless.

But, "I took X-rays on a few people wearing MAGA hats who told me that COVID is ‘just another flu.’"
(SNIP)
A Stanford University study published last month by a group of economists found that 18 of President Trump’s campaign rallies—held between June 20 and Sept. 22—had resulted in more than 30,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the areas where they took place. And, the study concluded, they were likely to have caused more than 700 deaths among attendees or close contacts of people who attended.
(SNIP)
Mercy Health Muskegon said that it does not share “specific numbers” of employees who are currently out sick with COVID-19 but that “the communities we serve are seeing a significant increase in COVID-19, including in our more rural areas.”

“Most often, these cases are due to the community spread of social interactions when people were closer than six feet and masks were not worn,” said the statement.

9margd
nov. 9, 2020, 2:29pm

Eric Feigl-Ding (epidemiologist economist) @DrEricDing | 1:39 PM · Nov 9, 2020:

Tally—50 positive 6 week WH-orbit #COVID19

Carson
Meadows + 4 aides
Short
4 Pence aides
Hicks
D&M&B Trump
Scalia
Miller
2x mil aides
4x WH press aides
Ray
McEnany
Conway
Laurie
Christie
Lee
Tillis
Johnson
McDaniel
Jenkins
Stepien
Luna
1x Jr staffer
3x reporters
11x debate staff

10davidgn
Editat: nov. 9, 2020, 3:06pm

>8 Limelite:

The rally was Oct. 17. Cases were already rising, but note the big inflection point.

The local hospital is bursting at the seams. They're looking at reopening a recently closed hospital building as a COVID-only campus.

11Limelite
Editat: nov. 9, 2020, 3:28pm

Rose Garden Massacre III -- Trump Adviser David Bossie

Trump Adviser Leading Post-Election Legal Fight Has Coronavirus Bossie tested positive yesterday, diagnosed during a test on the White House campus. Visitors are required to test before seeing the president.

Trump tapped Bossie to help with post-election strategy last week, after Meadows was diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday. OOPS! Guess Trump will have to recruit his son-in-law, Jarod Kushner, Secretary of Everything Else to take charge.
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>10 davidgn: Thanks! Visual support is always more impressive as an aid to understanding the message delivered by words alone.

Ghastly consequences of not adhering to the three basic self-preventatives against infection. Am dreading that "winter is coming."

I'm trying to spread the word among all I know that a face mask is a lot more comfortable than a respirator. Wear one in public ALWAYS & PROPERLY!

12margd
nov. 11, 2020, 5:33pm

Hope Biden Transition Team is budgeting for a truckload of bleach!

White House political director tests positive for coronavirus
Kaitlan Collins | 2:33 p.m. ET, November 11, 2020

White House political affairs director Brian Jack has tested positive for coronavirus...attended the election night party held indoors over a week ago...

2:33 p.m. ET, November 11, 2020

13Limelite
Editat: nov. 11, 2020, 6:13pm

Rose Garden Massacre III -- Aides and Guest Who Attended Trump's Post-Election Party

White House political director Brian Jack and former Trump campaign aide Healy Baumgardner are among the latest people in President Donald J. Trump’s inner circle to contract COVID-19 after attending an election night party at the White House.

An additional unidentified West Wing aide tested positive, but it was unclear when the other official did so and whether the official attended the election night party.
Whether or not the person attended the party, contact by that person with anyone who did is likely the source of the infection, if tested positive 3-5 days after the event. Baumgardner, former Trump campaign aide and a private equity adviser, attended the affair as Rudy Giuliani's guest. One hopes that if she still works in the capacity as private equity adviser, that she has not had personal contact with her clients. After all, nobody wants to kill their golden geese, never mind grandma.

14Limelite
nov. 12, 2020, 12:35pm

BREAKING. . .Rose Garden Massacre III -- Corey Lewandowski: The Party or the Philly Parking Lot Gaggle?

Corey Lewandowski the latest member of Trump circle to test positive for Covid-19.
Lewandowski was in Philadelphia, in recent days, including at the news conference last Saturday at the Four Seasons Total Landscaping with Rudy Giuliani and Pam Bondi.

Lewandowski is the latest member of Trump's inner circle to test positive for the virus, following chief of staff Mark Meadows and Housing, Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and several White House staffers.


15margd
nov. 12, 2020, 2:06pm

How many times will Regeneron cough up their experimental antibodies--not cheap--for reckless Trumpians?
Will the tap remain open past Inauguration Day?

16Limelite
Editat: nov. 12, 2020, 3:09pm

Rose Garden Massacre III -- They Gave Trump $Million$, He Gave Them Covid-19

Trump megadonors who fought COVID-19 restrictions test positive after White House event.
Liz and Dick Uihlein, founders of the shipping supply giant Uline and major donors to President Donald Trump, have tested positive for COVID-19.

Liz Uihlein, an outspoken critic of Gov. Tony Evers stay-at-home order earlier this year, previously claimed that the coronavirus pandemic has been "overhyped" by the media.

"Dick and I tested positive for COVID. After all these long months, I thought we'd never get it. Well, Trump (got) it...
(SNIP)
In March, the New York Times reported that Uline was requiring its workforce to stay on the job despite complaints from employees, including those crowded into its call centers.

(In an office email:) “If you, or family members, are under the weather with cold/allergies — or anything aside from Covid-19,” the note read, “Please do NOT tell your peers about the symptoms & your assumptions. By doing so, you are causing unnecessary panic in the office.”

Sources told the Journal Sentinel that Liz Uihlein had recently been in the Uline offices and was not wearing a mask.


17davidgn
Editat: nov. 12, 2020, 4:44pm

Just keeps getting worse here. Utter disaster.
Reproduced b/c paywalled. Note: Hackley is the recently closed hospital that has been consolidated into the Mercy campus. There has been noise about re-opening it.

https://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/2020/11/employees-describe-chaos-fear-and-te...

MUSKEGON, MI – Inside the walls of Mercy Hospital in Muskegon, employees who are “terrified” and untrained are being pulled in to care for a cascade of coronavirus patients who have filled the hospital.

Employees told MLive of severe staffing shortages brought on by more than 125 of their co-workers' own COVID infections, a concerning lack of rooms to place the growing number of patients, and nursing and other staff pulled into care for patients who don’t have the proper training and don’t know how to properly wear protective equipment.

They spoke of an outbreak on a surgical recovery floor at Mercy’s Hackley hospital that infected 20 patients and staff. They spoke of mandated 16-hour shifts and an inability to give patients – who cannot have visitors -- the attention they deserve.

“Chaos” is a word several employees repeatedly used to describe the scene inside the hospital that has declared itself in “disaster” mode to trigger FEMA assistance with resources. That’s a term that worried employees said they’d never heard.

“They’re in panic mode. They call it disaster mode,” said Darla Gallegos, a phlebotomist who worked at Mercy’s Hackley hospital for 32 years before she moved to Mercy hospital a few weeks ago following the planned closure of Hackley.

“They’re really in panic mode because they don’t have enough beds,” Gallegos said.

The number of COVID-19 patients at the hospital has been steadily increasing. There are 120 COVID-19 patients at Mercy on Wednesday, Nov. 11, more than double the 58 who were there less than a week earlier, on Thursday, Nov. 5, according to hospital reporting.

That surge coincides with an overall increase in cases in Muskegon County, where the rate of positive test results is the third highest in the state. While the statewide positivity rate was 11.2 percent over the previous seven days, Muskegon County’s was 20.1 percent as of Wednesday.

The number of COVID-19 cases grew by 864 in the previous week, according to the Muskegon County health department’s report for Monday, Nov. 9, the most recent available. Total cases have reached 3,666 and there have been 91 deaths in the county, according to the report.

“They didn’t plan for this surge,” Gallegos said. “Everybody knew it was coming and now they’re scrambling.”

Mercy Health officials acknowledge the “challenge” of keeping the hospital staffed, and said they are pursuing several options to increase capacity, including possibly reopening space at Hackley as well as doubling up patients in private rooms.

“This additional 107 COVID inpatients is certainly a struggle in that community,” Dr. Matthew Biersack, chief medical officer at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids, told MLive on Tuesday, Nov. 10 when the patient count was 107.

In comparison, there were 57 COVID patients at Saint Mary’s.

Fear of infection

“Being here is scary,” said Molly Nixon, a nurse at Mercy hospital in Muskegon.

She said four floors – the sixth, eighth, ninth and 10th floors -- of the hospital tower are full of COVID-19 patients while others wait hours in the emergency room for a bed to open up.

“There is chaos in the staffing office,” Nixon said. “Right now, we’re in a crisis of staffing.”

The staffing shortage is aggravated by the fact that staff members -- the union puts the number at more than 125 -- are “out sick with COVID,” Nixon said.

At Mercy, nurses who aren’t familiar with treating COVID patients are being pulled onto COVID floors with little training, including on how to put on life-saving personal protective equipment, Nixon said. Critical fit tests of N95 masks are not always occurring, she said.

“My first day on that unit I was terrified, I was angry, I was confused,” Nixon said. "I was trying to think about what am I going to do when I go home, because I have a family.

“You can see fear in the (workers') faces the first time they’re on the floor.”

A charge nurse, Nixon is responsible for getting new nurses up to speed quickly on how to care for patients.

“We can’t train people when we’re short staffed,” she said. “I need them to come in like a nurse, not a trainee… You’re setting your patients up for disaster.”

The lack of time means that patients who aren’t allowed any visitors aren’t getting the type of personal care that Nixon and other nurses are used to providing, she said.

“You don’t get quality time with any of your patients,” Nixon said. “These are people who don’t get visitors -- you’re the only face they’re going to see all day. In a perfect world, we like to stay and chat for 20 minutes – it’s amazing what a difference that can make.”

Thirty of the hospital’s patients are on the “critical” floor for COVID-19 patients, Nixon said. That means they’re either on ventilators or high-flow oxygen or are considered unstable, she said.

She worries that shorting nurses on training will hurt patients, and the nurses themselves.

“We don’t need any more customers,” she said.

Infection of Mercy staff was addressed in an email to Mercy staff Wednesday from Mercy Health Muskegon CEO Gary Allore and other medical leaders, a copy of which was provided to MLive by the union representing 1,800 employees there.

“More and more colleagues and providers are testing positive with COVID, and their health, along with the health and safety of all our staff, is our main concern,” the email reads.

Staff were reminded in the email that those with family or household members who test positive for COVID-19 are still to report to work at the hospital as long as they’re symptom free.

That goes for employees who test positive for COVID as well. In an email to MLive, Mercy Health Muskegon said employees who test positive for COVID can return to work after they are fever and symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medicine.

The email Mercy sent to staff also alerted them to the fact that “all eligible clinicians” should expect to have to care for COVID patients.

A woman who works as a personal care aide at Mercy said she and one other aide are assigned 30 COVID patients to care for, which gives her no time for the personal attention she’s used to providing.

“It has been very chaotic and crazy. We have been extremely understaffed,” said the aide, who did not want her name published for fear of retribution. “I don’t know any other word than it’s very chaotic and stressful.”

On the verge of breakdown

Andrea Acevedo is the president of SEIU Healthcare Michigan, the union representing 900 nurses and 900 other employees at Mercy in Muskegon. She said the hospital should provide pay incentives to staff willing to care for COVID patients.

“I’m getting inundated with workers who never had COVID training, never cared for COVID patients …all the way down to not having administered this kind of medicine to patients,” Acevedo said. "There is zero training. I have 50 emails from workers pouring their hearts out to me. I can’t sleep at night worrying about how we can protect all these employees.

“You cannot ensure patient care without protecting workers.”

She said mandated 16-hour shifts are exhausting employees “to the point of breakdown.”

Acevedo has even threatened a labor strike by the nurses, respiratory therapists, dieticians, housekeepers and others her union represents. She said Mercy administration has ignored employees', especially nurses', desire to have input on how to handle the pandemic.

“I said ‘Listen, this is a cry for partnership now,’” she said. “This should not be a union versus an employer.”

The labor unrest isn’t new. In March, when the pandemic was just hitting West Michigan, the Michigan Nurses Association – which at the time represented Hackley nurses – claimed Mercy wasn’t properly screening patients for COVID-19, wasn’t providing adequate personal protection equipment to nurses and not allowing them to use their own masks and other PPE.

Justin Howe, a Hackley nurse and president of the union local, was fired after speaking to the press about his concerns. Mercy said he violated patient privacy.

Gallegos, the phlebotomist who draws blood from patients throughout the hospital, said she thinks about quitting her job “almost every day.”

“We’re leaving (work) in tears,” she said. “I can’t even tell you the amount of stress. You just go home in tears.”

But she keeps showing up because she loves her job, and she truly cares about the patients.

“I love what I do,” Gallegos said. “I love my part that I play. I’m not the most important part, but I am a very important part.”

Mercy works on training, recruitment

In response to questions from MLive about employee training, Mercy Health Muskegon said it is offering “COVID-19 Refresher Education Fairs” to all workers this week. Those follow training provided to “all colleagues” at the start of and “throughout the course” of the pandemic, the health system said in an email.

To address the nursing shortage, Mercy is bringing in nurses from other Mercy and St. Joe’s hospitals – which share Trinity Health as their parent organization – and recruiting nationwide as well as through a virtual career fair, Mercy Health Muskegon said.

“There is a national nursing shortage, which is exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Mercy Health Muskegon email states. “Mercy Health anticipated a surge in conjunction with influenza season, which is what occurred.”

To make more room for patients, Mercy officials are looking to use “old spaces” to create nursing units and repurposing procedure rooms as COVID rooms, Biersack, the Mercy chief medical officer, told MLive.

“We have the ability to make some of our rooms semi-private or to double up in certain rooms, which would allow us to expand capacity, so internally we have I think a lot of options to further expand our bed capacity,” he said.

Acevedo blamed “doubling up” of patients in rooms in a surgical recovery floor at Hackley hospital for an outbreak of COVID among at least 20 staff and patients in September.

The health system acknowledged in the email to MLive that patients and staff “developed COVID” at Hackley, but said it wasn’t because patients were in semi-private rooms. Nonetheless, patients were “moved quickly to single room occupancy to reduce the risk of transmission,” the health system stated.

MLive reporter Lindsay Moore contributed to this report.

18margd
nov. 12, 2020, 4:57pm

Getting scary, and it's only November...
Where are the gun-toting, lawsuit-crazy Rs now, having finally crimped Governor Whitmer's emergency powers?

19Limelite
nov. 12, 2020, 5:46pm

10 temporary field wards are being set up in El Paso where nearly 70,000 cases and more than 700 deaths have wracked the city. (El Paso County contains the eponymous city.) US military medical personnel have been called in to support the city's medical staffs because there simply are not enough of them to take care of the number of serious cases requiring beds.

Nearly no military medicos are left to care for military personnel as a result. We better hope service members are being restricted to base and wearing masks as an integral part of the uniform of the day.

The military staff has already remarked that the pace of incoming patients is equivalent to being overwhelmed by a mass casualties situation on the battlefield.

Folks simply can not comprehend that by Inauguration Day much of America's healthcare capability will be on its knees -- the rest will be on its back, flattened.

20lriley
nov. 12, 2020, 6:02pm

#17--sounds fucking awful David. I'd be hunkering down as much as possible where you are--no point in becoming another statistic and add to the problem.

At the beginning of August the county I live in (85k population approx.) had 136 cases total since March--by the end of September we had grown to 327--now we're at 2470. That's over two thousand cases in the last 10 weeks. It's spread all over and meanwhile we have an administration that could care less. I expect things are going to get worse where you are and I expect things to get worse where I am.

21kiparsky
nov. 12, 2020, 7:13pm

Over and over we see this: Republicans think that reality doesn't apply to them, and we all pay the price for their idiocy.

22davidgn
Editat: nov. 12, 2020, 10:29pm

>20 lriley:
Yep. Everybody in my bubble is almost entirely locked down. Curtailing the occasional supply runs and thinking hard about even deliveries. Fortunately, we've managed managed to put together enough of a larder to last at least a few weeks on our own -- maybe longer in a pinch.
You stay safe too, Larry. And all.

23kiparsky
nov. 12, 2020, 11:12pm

>22 davidgn: So a few practical points:
- Supply runs should be quite safe, if you take care to minimize your time in shops. Make a list, if possible order it so you can make one pass through the shop, get what you need, and be gone. No need to rush or to fret, just don't browse. I go to the grocery store once a week to pick up things that we didn't get delivered, have done throughout the whole business. At this point, I'm in and out in fifteen minutes, and if it's crowded I just skip it and go another time.
- Deliveries, as far as I can tell, pose no danger if you can do it "contactless". Nothing that I've seen suggests that SARS-CoV-2 is particularly long-lived on surfaces, and surface contact does not seem to be a very good way to transmit it. Our weekly grocery delivery lands on our front step in the early afternoon, we put the groceries away, it's fine. And every delivery driver now is going to be making sure that their deliveries are pretty damned contactless.

While it's wise to be cautious, you shouldn't need to go into rationing mode to get through this safely. Just remember that exposure is a product of duration and concentration, and plan accordingly, and you'll be fine.

24lriley
nov. 13, 2020, 6:18am

#23---one of the things I've found in grocery stores (and I'm pretty much wanting 15 feet or so of space anyway) is I have to backtrack a bit if someone is in the aisle I want to be in. That can lengthen a trip a few minutes. I also almost always use the self checkout which I never ever did before but to me it's one less contact.

One of the things that's helped keep me from doing all that much this year is I've been hit by an assortment of injuries going all the way back into June. I've thrown my back out twice (and it is an issue now). I've separated a rib on the right side--cracked another rib on the left side, pinched a nerve in my left shoulder and very badly bruised my right foot (initially I was sure I broke my ankle). It's all annoying as hell but it's kept me at home quite a lot--apart from a few trips to the doctor.

25margd
nov. 13, 2020, 6:29am

>24 lriley: Sure you're not PLAYING--not just watching--hockey? ;-)

(Costco is now requiring everyone to wear face mask or shield--no more excuses for self-claimed medical conditions.)

26John5918
nov. 13, 2020, 6:30am

>24 lriley:

Sounds like you've really been in the wars, Larry. I broke my ankle a couple of years ago. That wasn't much fun, and I still get painful twinges from it.

27lriley
nov. 13, 2020, 6:34am

#22--one of my sister's thinks that Covid is a hoax. Never before has she worked so hard on trying to get the rest of the family up to her house to a party for this, that or the next reason. She's basically lost her fucking marbles AFAIC and I finally flat out told her that she can forget seeing any of us for the foreseeable future--no thanksgiving or xmas or easter and truthfully all that shit was a pain in the ass anyway. There's three people in this household and my daughter who is about an hour away and that's going to be it. The sister's not happy---'not going to live her life in fear' blah, blah, blah, blah, blah to the point that I think well, fuck you if you're going to be that stupid.

It doesn't seem to get across to some people that their freedumb's aren't meant to be putting others at risk and getting a serious case of Covid not only puts you at risk, puts everyone in your household at risk, puts anyone who you might keep in close or come into close personal contact at risk including friends, family and grocery store clerks and if you end up in the hospital the people who will have the job of trying to save your life.

28lriley
nov. 13, 2020, 6:47am

#25---it's a weird story but everything seemed to happen after I accidentally stepped on a frog while out mowing the lawn. I was backing up and on a sloping part of the yard--stepped on him or her and had to catch myself from falling. I think that frog laid a curse on me or something--we get toads around here by the way. I hardly ever see frogs. I've never nearly been banged up from playing hockey--just cuts and bruises basically.

#26--took about three weeks for the swelling to go down and about two months before it was normal enough to put both a sock and a shoe on. After about three weeks bruises started appearing around all my toes. I didn't break anything but it smarted. Now it's okay.

29margd
Editat: nov. 13, 2020, 1:21pm

More than 130 Secret Service officers are said to be infected with coronavirus or quarantining in wake of Trump’s campaign travel
Carol D. Leonnig and Josh Dawsey | November 13, 2020

More than 130 Secret Service officers who help protect the White House and the president when he travels have recently been ordered to isolate or quarantine because they tested positive for the coronavirus or had close contact with infected co-workers...

...coronavirus...has sidelined roughly 10 percent of the agency’s core security team — is believed to be partly linked to a series of campaign rallies that President Trump held in the weeks before the Nov. 3 election...

...White House staff largely eschew wearing masks, despite public health guidelines that they help contain the spread of the virus, and some Secret Service officers on duty at the complex have also been seen without them....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/secret-service-coronavirus-outbreak/2020...
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>28 lriley: My BIL, who played for Cornell in college, LIVES for hockey. Even now at 70-ish, he's fighting some heart issues with hope of getting back on the ice. Anyway, he's also had some pretty interesting injuries even playing with the "oldtimers". I would have looked for a more forgiving sport years ago!

30Limelite
nov. 13, 2020, 4:24pm

NOTICE: To All WH Employees and Trump Campaign Associates

And to Republican political advisers, office holders, right wing Trump supporters, militia gang members, and other male grievance society associates, such as incel types, etc.

1) Medical masks worn properly protect others from infection by your spittle and snot. They also protect you from others' spittle and snot. Wear your damn mask -- properly!

2) Face and neck gaiters are absolutely useless except as a piece of cloth you can hide behind when you bravely carry your gun to the protest march tomorrow in D.C.

3) If you don't wear a 3-ply BLUE medical masks, be sure that your homemade mask is 2-ply with 100% cotton interior and cotton/synthetic (polyester) blend outside. Be sure it fits snugly with no gaps from nose to under chin.

4) A mask that fits snugly, covering nose, mouth and chin, contacting the face on both sides is proper protection. Anything less is useless in keeping you (and people you don't even care about) safe from community transmitted virus.

5) The BIGGEST risk for infection is being in a crowd of more than 10 people, i.e., a Trump rally. Stay away from group gatherings, especially indoor ones -- yes, I'm talking church. Maintain social distancing at the grocery store and don't fondle the produce. (No sniffing apples, etc.)

In sum, don't be one of the 400,000+ who will miss Inauguration Day (TV only) because they died of Covid-19 infection. If we're sensible, Biden will be proud to have the smallest inauguration crowd in 100 years.

-- Brought to you by the Radical Left, Science & Math Wing of the Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party

31lriley
Editat: nov. 13, 2020, 6:04pm

#29--if he's in his early 70's he may have played with Ken Dryden at Cornell who went on to win several Stanley Cups, is in the Hockey Hall of Fame and if I remember right was a member of the Canadian Parliament for a while. Ithaca is about 45 minutes away from where I live and Cornell is a beautiful campus. I'm 63 and I stopped skating around 55--my knees were screaming at me at that point but I had a working life pretty much on concrete floors besides. Cornell always recruited very heavily from Canadian leagues so I'm guessing you're brother in law is from the Ontario side of the family.

It's amazing how the Trump administration deliberately ignores--turns a blind eye to all those getting the virus in close proximity to them. They have their narrative and they're sticking to it. It's all around and everywhere now--hospitals are filling up and people are going to die in greater numbers when hospitals get overwhelmed. Trump and his people refuse to face this head on and I think we're in for a very, very rough two months. I expect a big spike after thanksgiving. 4 people died in our county yesterday--3 at the assisted living home that my mother spent her last year in.

32Limelite
nov. 13, 2020, 6:53pm

>31 lriley:

More than three dozen WH staff and 130 SS Agents have been laid low by this president's disregard for their humanity.

Don't know nuthin' 'bout statistics, but I'm thinking 5,000 deaths per day by the end of next month. We're rapidly climbing out of the 1,000+ per day.

Merry Christmas. Happy New Year. Happy Holidays.

33lriley
nov. 13, 2020, 8:41pm

#32--I think we're just about back to the point where we have to think seriously about shutting down again. Only some states are going to do that though. Having a Governor willing to take those steps is a good thing. It doesn't help though if you're surrounded by a bunch of states that are doing practically nothing. The South Dakota Governor--the Wisconsin legislature and judiciary are pretty much guilty of mass murder at this point. Trump as well--a complete disregard for the health and safety of their citizenry. They have no argument. They're completely cocooned in their ideology and refusal to see what they don't want to see.

34Limelite
nov. 13, 2020, 9:28pm

Republicans are already planning their uncooperation if Biden should order a national protocol for public health (masks, closures, shelter in place).

Worse, SCOTUS judge Alito gave his keynote address to the Federalist Society last night and made statements good enough to warrant his impeachment! He was all anti-science and faux outrage against sensible precaution.
Alito ripped governors for issuing “sweeping restrictions” in response to COVID-19, which is surging in nearly every state in the union.

“We have never before seen restrictions as severe, extensive and prolonged as those experienced for most of 2020,” Alito said, mentioning the lack of live events, in-person religious services and court trials.

The justice said that the pandemic “has highlighted disturbing trends that were already present before the virus struck.”
What? -- a disturbing trend away from incantation and human sacrifice to drive away evil spirits toward reality based medical science for managing infectious disease?

I'm disturbed that he's disturbed.

35lriley
Editat: nov. 13, 2020, 9:47pm

#34--most if not all the Justices of the Supreme Court are there in part because of their pro-corporate creds. Alito being on the conservative side it's particularly to be expected. Billionaires are their masters. If the chamber of commerce doesn't like something.....it snaps its fingers and Alito wags his tail.

36Limelite
nov. 14, 2020, 6:54pm

Rose Garden Massacre IV -- Delusion Among the Weeds

After the election hopes that Trump superspreader events would die a natural death could be false. Several thousand followers of Trump, QAnon, Newsmax, and Fox News showed up in the nation's capitol today to protest what doesn't exist. Once the easily triggered by conspiracy theories set comes out of the woodwork to vent their frustrations in mass gatherings during a time in the pandemic that has produced an exponential spike in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across the country, hope for containing it are also lost.

Today's D.C. protesters are the run-of-the-mill "poorly educated," racist bigots and white supremacists who maintain Covid -19 is a hoax that only infects leftist snowflakes who wear masks as a precaution against infection. They may appear to be far removed from attendees at White House Rose Garden events, but both strata of right wingers have a lot in common. Primarily, they both choose to believe anything that comes out of their Cult Leader's mouth rather than all the factual information and evidence that countermands what he spits out. Imagine, for example, this utterance of his.
The rallies have also received support from Trump, who tweeted on Friday that it was “heartwarming to see all of the tremendous support out there” and he “may even try to stop by and say hello.
Trump's truthiness being what it is, naturally he performed no such interruption of his weekend golfing. . ."but tweeted some of the baseless claims as the crowds were marching."

And just like their more socially vaunted counterparts, they flooded to attend a bogus "million man march" in support of a bogus allegation of a stolen election in bogus defiance of reality. Furthermore, just like the Rose Garden elite
The demonstrations also raised serious health concerns as coronavirus cases climbed to record-high numbers this week.

Hundreds of people flew into Washington from around the country (only 5 percent of Washingtonians voted for Trump, compared to 92 percent for Biden), at a time when health experts are urging Americans to stay at home and cancel holiday plans. Many flooded into local hotels, restaurants and public transportation, often ignoring mask guidelines.


Can anyone tell me what's going to happen next?

37davidgn
nov. 14, 2020, 7:12pm

>36 Limelite: I'm afraid there will be blood. The question is, how much?

38davidgn
Editat: nov. 17, 2020, 11:21am

No end in sight here. Hackley reopening. One floor at first, possibly three before long. (Assuming they can find staff!)


Mercy Health declares COVID ‘disaster’ amid overcapacity, staff shortage in Muskegon

https://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/2020/11/mercy-health-declares-covid-disaster...

Mercy Health to open care unit at Hackley campus for COVID-19 patients
https://mibiz.com/sections/health-care/mercy-health-to-open-care-unit-at-hackley...

39margd
nov. 17, 2020, 11:55am

>38 davidgn: UOM Hospital in Ann Arbor accepted COVID patients from Detroit when hospitals strained there earlier this year. I'm sure A2's St Joseph Mercy also? Both are great (and huge) hospitals. COVID in A2 area is currently less than half that of Muskegon so I'm sure they'll help if needed and if they can. (Sounds like Lansing hospital is also feeling pressure?)

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U S Senator Chuck Grassley (87) has been exposed to COVID, as was my (R) US Rep Tim Walberg (69). Both in self-quarantine. Walberg at least used his announcement to urge people to take precautions, a more responsible stance than that of many of his R brethren here in Michigan.

40lriley
Editat: nov. 17, 2020, 12:03pm

Looking at the Dakotas:

North Dakota has roughly 762,000 population. So far about 65,000 Covid cases. Maybe compared to other places that doesn't seem like a lot but to put it in perspective once North Dakota gets to 76,200 cases that's 10% of their fucking population and they're going to get there probably by thanksgiving.

South Dakota has roughly an 885,000 population. They're at over 66,000 cases. They're going to reach that 10% threshold probably by the end of the month.

These are two states run by republican Governors who until now have done practically nothing to try to control or contain.

So it's instructive when a South Dakota emergency room nurse Jodi Doering on her twitter feed describes her everyday run of the mill experiences. Some of her patients refusing to believe they have Covid even as they're taking their last breaths in this world. Angry sometimes at her and other medical staff for wearing all their protective gear. They think they might have pneumonia or lung cancer or whatever but the one thing they can't believe is that they have Covid because Covid is a hoax. Donald said so---and maybe their Governor or their religious mentor of choice backed Donald up. They're confused sometimes as well that there isn't a magic treatment or drug for what they're going through but they know it's not Covid.

So these days you can be a doctor or a nurse but you can't reason with a fairly large % of those who have Covid. They won't believe you and really one orange fuckface more than anyone else is responsible for all this. It's insane---collective insanity.

42margd
nov. 17, 2020, 12:41pm

>41 davidgn: MLive paywall... $100 per year! Never encountered that before...

From Michigan government website:
Statewide Available PPE and Bed Tracking
Note: Data on this page is updated Monday - Friday.
Statewide Hospital Capacity Report for COVID-19* 11/16/2020**
https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98159-523641--,00.html

43Limelite
Editat: nov. 17, 2020, 7:11pm

Nebraska Rules the World -- Epicenter of Global Covid-19 deaths/100,000

If you learn better from pictures (à la DJT), or not, here's the US map that shows the death-rate-by-Coronavirus in the past 7 days.

Rural red state America is suffering worse than the rest of the country. Both Dakotas and the major grain growing bread basket states.

These are also the states with poor hospital access because they're rural and the area where families gather for large celebrations on Thanksgiving. Indoors and in unventilated rooms by necessity of weather conditions.

Trump's "covid expert," radiologist, Scott Atlas, has urged Trump supporters on Fox News to foregather on Thanksgiving because it may be the last holiday grandma will live to celebrate. He's partly right, it may well be the holiday gathering that kills her. Enlightened Republican political leaders should be selling the message in those states likely to listen to Atlas that, "Attending large Thanksgiving gatherings in November will mean attending small funerals for grandma in December."

44lriley
nov. 17, 2020, 6:04pm

#43--not sure DJT would recognize the country in the map.

45margd
nov. 20, 2020, 11:34am

Kyle Cheney (Politico) @kyledcheney | 9:22 AM · Nov 20, 2020:
JUST IN: Sen. Rick SCOTT has coronavirus.
Image--Scott's statement ( https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1329792265120845832/photo/1 )

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I was curious what R/D ratio was for COVID. Quick google:

CONGRESS ( 20 Rs to 11 Ds)

Over thirty members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate - 20 Republicans and 11 Democrats - have tested positive or are presumed to have had COVID-19...

Reuters | November 18, 2020
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-congress-factb/factbox...

BIDEN CAMPAIGN (3)

...Biden’s campaign announced two positive cases Thursday morning, identifying Harris' communications director Liz Allen and an unnamed member of the flight crew for one of Harris' recent campaign trips. The campaign announced a third case Thursday afternoon as part of its contact tracing efforts from the first two cases.

The third individual is an aviation company employee who was on Biden’s plane for trips to Ohio and Florida earlier this week but who entered the back of the plane and sat far away from Biden, according to the campaign...

AP | Bill Barrow
https://www.chicagotribune.com/election-2020/ct-nw-kamala-harris-campaign-corona...

46margd
Editat: nov. 20, 2020, 11:52am

BREAKING—White House aide Andrew Giuliani, the son of Rudy Giuliani, has tested positive for #COVID19.
I’ve stopped precise counting... but we are in upper 50s now of WH orbit cases.

- Eric Feigl-Ding @DrEricDing | 11:03 AM · Nov 20, 2020
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Dad Rudy was perspiring profusely in presser--could he be next?

____________________________________________

ETA:
Andrew H. Giuliani @AndrewHGiuliani · 1h:
This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19. I am experiencing mild symptoms, and am following all appropriate protocols, including being in quarantine and conducting contact tracing.

...Andrew attended Rudy's crowded, mask-free -- and sweaty -- presser yesterday.
Tim O'Brien TimOBrien | 11:26 AM · Nov 20, 2020

47lriley
nov. 20, 2020, 11:59am

Rick Scott is one of the biggest pieces of shit in congress.

48Limelite
nov. 20, 2020, 3:01pm

More Republican senators have Covid-19 than have affirmed Joe Biden is president-elect. Moscow Mitch is fairly stymied by the number of absentee Repub. senators. If the country's lucky, as their test number of postitives for coronavirus increases due to their "Swedish model" of pandemic response prevails, the country may enjoy a respite from the Leader shoving more unqualified judges down our throat.

That will help balance his inaction on the Covid-19 relief bill.

49Earthling1
nov. 20, 2020, 4:11pm

Joe Biden isn't going to be president. He'll be lucky to avoid prison. Dementia may save him after all so he won't have to testify.

50Limelite
nov. 20, 2020, 4:14pm

>BWAHAHAHA! Is it the message or the messenger?

51amysisson
nov. 20, 2020, 11:57pm

>49 Earthling1:

Trump is the one being investigated for possible tax evasion by New York State, and presidential pardons don't apply to crimes prosecuted by individual states. So it's Trump who will be lucky to avoid prison.

52amysisson
nov. 20, 2020, 11:58pm

And now Donnie Jr. has tested positive.

53lriley
Editat: nov. 21, 2020, 12:05am

#52--I hope he ends up really having to fight for his life. The Trump family and all those who continue to see this as a hoax really need to see this up close and personal. The pandemic is out of control right now with over a million new cases in the last week. Hospitals all over the country are on the verge of failing because Donald Trump has spread lies and misinformation from the beginning of the pandemic and refused to do his job. He should have to go through some of what so many others have gone through.

54kiparsky
nov. 21, 2020, 12:29am

>52 amysisson: The really unfortunate thing about this is not that Donnette will recover. Wealthy elites tend to recover, since we have a system of health care rationing in this country that takes care of them very well. The unfortunate thing is that idiots will attempt to use his recovery as a piece of anecdotal evidence to show that Covid is not a danger.

The idiots of course do not understand the difference between a personal health crisis and a public health crisis, and do not want to understand that difference, because understanding that difference is completely incompatible with their ideological convictions. Which is to say, their ideological convictions are once again in conflict with reality, but rather than change their opinions they try to change the facts.

55John5918
Editat: nov. 21, 2020, 2:11am

>53 lriley: I hope he ends up really having to fight for his life

I wouldn't wish that on anyone, no matter what they have done. If he is culpable of misconduct, which he probably is, I would hope that he be held accountable through due process, not to have to fight for his life.

56lriley
nov. 21, 2020, 6:46am

#55--my point of view is this. Trump's administration is doing nothing to stop the spread while on any given day 1500 Americans are dying from this virus and those numbers are increasing. The United States added one million new cases in the last 7 days and the way these things go--it will go from one million in 7 to one million in 6 to one million in 5 to one million in 4 and hospitals are already unable to handle this burden pretty much while these Nero's in the Trump family fiddle around and watch the country burn down and they could care less how many people die. It's not something on their radar and we could easily have 10 to 15 million new cases by the time Biden gets sworn into office. They're letting it happen and they've been encouraging all along the belief that the virus is a hoax, or just a flu. That 1/3 of the population that takes Donald at his word on this might begin to think again if they see one of their heroes actually have to deal with this and by the way I don't think Donald Trump Jr. would be a great loss for the world. They are deliberately putting millions of lives at risk and there will be no real legal ramification for this.

57lriley
nov. 21, 2020, 7:31am

I'll add one more thing to this argument. Like a lot of others here I am not a fan of Boris Johnson but after getting gravely ill with Covid and spending some time in an ICU he gets it now and we can see that when he's willing to shut parts of his economy down for a month and at a busy retail time of the year. IMO we should be seriously thinking right now of doing the same even if it brings out the wrath of the chamber of commerce and all the business owners from small to colossal and all the conservative fuckers and 'their liberals hate xmas' bullshit. That's not what I think is going to happen though--what I think is going to happen is there are going to be thousands upon thousands of people dying in mid to late december and all throughout January because this administration doesn't care and won't lift a finger to stop it spiralling out of control.

58margd
nov. 21, 2020, 8:02am

>55 John5918: Maybe make DJT Jr's access to monoclonal antibodies (largely unavailable to the rest of us) conditional on his refraining in future from statements such as: "It’s a miracle... just like that corona is over."
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Here's another privileged member of Trump's circle whom I hope will now refrain from statements such as 'about 98 percent' of people who get coronavirus will recover: 'We can't operate out of hysteria' ( https://www.foxnews.com/media/dr-ben-carson-coronavirus-recoveries-98-percent ).

Ben Carson Says He Was 'Desperately Ill' With The Coronavirus
November 20, 20206:05 PM ET

..."President Trump was following my condition and cleared me for the monoclonal antibody therapy that he had previously received, which I am convinced saved my life," Carson wrote. He said he is now "out of the woods."...

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/11/20/937170338/ben-c...

59amysisson
nov. 22, 2020, 2:29am

>54 kiparsky:

Well said. I agree 100%.

60Limelite
Editat: nov. 25, 2020, 5:45pm

Trump & Giuliani, the Covid-givers Who Keep on Giving

And Another One Down

This time it's the strategic adviser for the Trump campaign who attended Julie Annie's Philly Parking Lot Phiasco. Guess he could have used some strategic advice from someone who comprehends infectious diseases and how they spread. (Hope I didn't steal a kiddie lit book title there.)
Boris Epshteyn.

“I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am experiencing mild symptoms, and am following all appropriate protocols, including quarantining and contact tracing." Twitter.

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In the meantime, Julie Annie is in Gettysburg maskless spreading lies and Covid-19 while he should be in quarantine after exposure to the virus from his son and others.

61Limelite
nov. 28, 2020, 6:19pm

McConnell Calls a Halt to Covid Lunches

Suspends in-person GOP lunches to keep Republicans from infecting each other with COVID Can't confirm all those unqualified hacks for judgeships when you haven't got the bodies of your caucus present in the Senate.

Covid-19 seems to have a liberal bias since red states, Republican anti-maskers, and Trump pre-election rally crowds have been bearing the brunt of infections by Coronavirus recently.

The clock is ticking on the next iteration of the Rose Garden Massacre. Senators are due to return to D.C. Monday after their Thanksgiving holiday spent celebrating at unmasked family gatherings. Let's hope things don't get ugly beyond the usual ugliness of Republican political dealings between now and Christmas break.

62Limelite
des. 7, 2020, 2:20pm

Rose Garden Massacre V -- the Delusional Denier Surge

Superspreader Rudy Giuliani in Hospital with Covid-19

After attending numerous courtroom hearings and political rallies MASKLESS, Trump's stoutest public defender of stolen election conspiracy theories, age 76, lands in Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
. . .on Thursday (he) attended a hearing at the Georgia Capitol, where he went without a mask for several hours. Several state senators, all Republicans, also did not wear masks at the hearing.
Georgia has been in a Covid-19 red zone for days and still is. The state's hospitals already pushing capacity and threatened by inability to respond fully to coming surges. By this weekend, GA topped 5000 cases in a single day Saturday and closed in on 9000 deaths.

Amplifying his reckless and careless behavior,
On Wednesday night, Giuliani was in Lansing, Michigan, to testify in a highly unusual 4 1/2-hour legislative hearing in which he pushed Republican lawmakers to ignore the certification of Biden’s Michigan victory and appoint electors for Trump. He did not wear a mask, nor did lawyer Jenna Ellis, who was sitting next to him. He asked one of his witnesses, a Detroit election worker, if she would be comfortable removing her mask. . .
She did not.

Single-handedly, Julie Annie has locked down AZ government after his visit a week ago today.
Giuliani traveled on Monday to Phoenix, where he met with Republican legislators for an hourslong hearing in which he was maskless. The Arizona Republican Party tweeted a photo of Giuliani and several state GOP lawmakers standing shoulder-to-shoulder and maskless. The Arizona legislature announced Sunday, after Giuliani’s diagnosis became public, that it would close for a week out of an abundance of caution “for recent cases and concerns relating to COVID-19.”
(SNIP)
Giuliani also appeared maskless at a Nov. 25 hearing in Pennsylvania. And he did not quarantine after being near an infected person at a Nov. 19 news conference at the Republican National Committee’s headquarters. His son Andrew Giuliani, who is a White House aide, announced a day after the event that he had tested positive for the virus.
One week, four states, and communicable. Hardly able to make up a more aggressively hostile Coronavirus superspreader than this Trump bootlicker. Needless to say, his behavior demonstrates a maniacal disregard for others. But one GA state senator did say it.
Georgia state Sen. Jen Jordan, a Democrat who attended Thursday’s hearing, expressed outrage after learning of Giuliani’s diagnosis.

“Little did I know that most credible death threat that I encountered last week was Trump’s own lawyer,” Jordan tweeted. “Giuliani — maskless, in packed hearing room for 7 hours. To say I am livid would be too kind.”
(SNIP)
The extraordinary spread in Trump’s orbit underscores the cavalier approach the Republican president has taken to a virus that has now killed more than 282,000 people in the U.S. alone.
IOKIYAR (It's OK if you are Republican!)

63Limelite
des. 7, 2020, 2:50pm

Rose Garden Massacre V -- MI-ers Locked Down

Quarantines ordered for attendees of Giuliani’s Michigan hearing. Bet soon to be followed by GA meeting attendees. Somebody yank Julie Annie's AmEx card.
Ingham County Health Department spokesperson Linda Vail made the announcement in a statement on Monday.

“It is extremely likely that Giuliani was contagious during his testimony,” the statement said. “Those who were present without a mask and those who were within 6 feet of Mayor Giuliani must quarantine for the safety of others.
(SNIP)
Vail said that people who came within six feet of Giuliani without wearing a mask are required to quarantine until Dec. 12.
The bright side? Gives all those in quarantine plenty of time to accomplish their online Xmas shopping while keeping their germy selves to themselves.
It was not immediately clear if Republican lawmakers who attended the meeting will be included in the quarantine order.
This while it's abundantly clear that Repub lawmakers were exposed and should be forcibly quarantined. People like them are EXACTLY why quarantine exists.

64margd
des. 8, 2020, 8:47am

Doctor who criticized Trump's behavior removed from Walter Reed schedule (Jan.): report
Ellen Mitchell - 12/07/20

...James Phillips, chief of disaster medicine at George Washington University and an attending physician under contract for Walter Reed, criticized Trump in October for his decision to drive with Secret Service agents to greet supporters while he was hospitalized at the Bethesda, Md., facility.

“Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential 'drive-by' just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity,” Phillips tweeted.

He later said in an interview that Trump’s “dangerous move” sent the “wrong message.”...

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/529127-doctor-who-criticized-trumps-behavior-...

65margd
des. 8, 2020, 8:59am

WH security office head Crede Bailey beat COVID-19 (acquired in Sept before Rose Garden Massacre*)
but it came at a significant cost: his big toe on his left foot as well as his right foot and lower leg had to be amputated...

He will be fit for a prosthetic leg in the coming months and those are not cheap! Of course he will have to have all the medical equipment necessary for him to get around - crutches, a walker, a wheelchair, a scooter…His house will need to be renovated to accommodate his disability; ramps to get in/out of the house, the bathroom shower will have to be modified, handrails will have to be installed, etc. etc. Consider yourself disabled for a moment and look around your house to imagine all the changes necessary to accommodate a disability of this magnitude. Of course this extends beyond his home and it will be important that he retain his independence. His vehicle will have to be exchanged for something he can independently put a wheelchair into and then that vehicle will have to be modified so that he can operate the gas pedal with his left leg. ...

https://www.gofundme.com/f/crede-amp-family
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*The head of the White House security office is critically ill with Covid-19.
Maggie Haberman and Helene Cooper | Oct. 7, 2020

The person in charge of the White House security office contracted a severe case of the coronavirus last month and has been hospitalized ever since, according to an administration official with knowledge of the situation.

The security office head, Crede Bailey, whose office handles a number of duties, including approving certain security clearances, coordinating with the Secret Service and handling credentials for people to be able to come onto the White House grounds, was taken to the hospital in late September...

Mr. Bailey’s case is not seen as connected to an outbreak that officials believe stemmed from the Sept. 26 events at the White House honoring Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

Still, the case, and another positive test involving the No. 2 official in the Marine Corps that was revealed on Wednesday, is an additional reminder of how pervasive the virus has become at the most famous, and protected, address in the country over the past several weeks..

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/07/us/politics/the-head-of-the-white-house-secur...

66CallumWaters
des. 8, 2020, 9:04am

S'ha suprimit aquest usuari en ser considerat brossa.

67Limelite
Editat: des. 8, 2020, 1:17pm

Rose Garden Massacre V --Jenna Ellis, Trump Lawyer, aka "Queen of the Elite Strike Force Covid-19 Positive

West Wing fears COVID spread after Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis attends WH party.

After celebrating the holidays at the crowded Trump Xmas party Friday, today Ellis announced she has Covid-19. Naturally the rest of the herd at the WH event don't seem to want immunity after all. They're pissed.
"People brought their families," said one senior White House official who attended the party and has since been informed of Ellis' diagnosis.

Ellis showed up to the White House senior staff party in the East Wing on Friday as the guest of Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro and was not seen wearing a mask, according to sources who attended the indoor event.

"She had the nerve to show up at the senior staff Christmas party knowing everyone was furious with her for constantly stirring Trump up with nonsense," said a senior administration official.

The official said the news of her diagnosis after attending the party compounded this anger.
Excuse me, but you went to the party anyway, Individual 2, knowing full well that Trump lost the election, that he sicced his lawyers onto his baseless conspiracies challenging the result, and that Trump Crowd does not wear masks nor does it practice social distancing (just like you) -- two expressions of the same handicap that you suffer from, Individual 2. Denial.

68margd
des. 16, 2020, 4:28am

From Rose Garden to Foggy Bottom:

Hundreds of invitees skip Mike Pompeo’s indoor holiday party at State Department
John Hudson | Dec. 15, 2020

Only a tiny fraction of the more than 900 guests invited to an indoor holiday party hosted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan showed up on Tuesday following an outcry from public health officials and U.S. lawmakers warning that the reception bore all the hallmarks of a superspreader event, said two U.S. officials familiar with the event.

Pompeo, whose name was on the invitation and who was scheduled to speak at the event, canceled his speech and tapped a substitute speaker, said the two officials. The event was dedicated to the family members of diplomats serving overseas in dangerous postings that require them to leave their spouses and children behind, such as in Iraq or Afghanistan.

...About 70 people RSVP’d for the event as of Monday night and even fewer showed up as the Trump administration’s own health officials warned Americans to limit travel and avoid large indoor gatherings...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/hundreds-of-invitees-skip-mike-...

69JamesSanders
des. 16, 2020, 5:59am

S'ha suprimit aquest usuari en ser considerat brossa.

70margd
des. 16, 2020, 1:37pm

>68 margd: contd.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will quarantine after exposure to Covid
Kevin Breuninger | Dec 16 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will quarantine himself after coming into contact with a person who tested positive for the coronavirus...

A spokesperson for the department did not identify when, where or with whom Pompeo was exposed, but added in a statement that the Cabinet secretary has tested negative for the virus.

Pompeo had canceled a speaking appearance scheduled for Tuesday at an indoor holiday party at the State Department...

...It was not immediately clear if Pompeo would also skip a Cabinet meeting Wednesday with President Donald Trump, which is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m...

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/16/secretary-of-state-mike-pompeo-will-quarantine-a...

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Coincidently,

President-elect Joe Biden's pick for secretary of state (Antony Blinken ) is expected to visit the State Department and meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday for the first time since Biden's victory...The meeting is scheduled to last for only 15 minutes...

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/15/politics/pompeo-blinken-meeting/index.html

71Limelite
des. 16, 2020, 2:42pm

Rose Garden Massacre -- THE PLOT TO MAKE AMERICA SICK

If you thought the Trump policy was to make America sick with Covid-19, you were right. Emails from then HHS science adviser, Paul Alexander, reveal Trump Administration policy called for millions of Americans to be infected as the means of fighting the pandemic: "We want them infected."

What kind of so-called science adviser advocates for an ignorant approach of misinformation that making people sick is how to get herd immunity? We may never be able to answer that question but we know that this was the favored and ONLY enacted policy to address the national emergency of Covid-19 that Trump supported. Any thinking person would be hard pressed to come up with a better method to destroy the Nation's economy, derail millions of people's lives, create havoc in the country's health care system, and spread terror among the entire population.

Is this reasonable? Is this politic? Is this anything like science? Emphatically, no! But reading the text of Alexander's emails we see all the fingerprints of the complete Trump government Covid-19 pandemic management program exposed.
“There is no other way, we need to establish herd, and it only comes about allowing the non-high risk groups expose themselves to the virus. PERIOD," then-science adviser Paul Alexander wrote on July 4 to his boss, Health and Human Services assistant secretary for public affairs Michael Caputo, and six other senior officials.

"(I)t may be that it will be best if we open up and flood the zone and let the kids and young folk get infected" in order to get "natural immunity…natural exposure," Alexander wrote on July 24 to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn, Caputo and eight other senior officials. Caputo subsequently asked Alexander to research the idea, according to emails obtained by the House Oversight Committee's select subcommittee on coronavirus.

Alexander also argued that colleges should stay open to allow Covid-19 infections to spread, lamenting in a July 27 email to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield that “we essentially took off the battlefield the most potent weapon we had...younger healthy people, children, teens, young people who we needed to fastly (sic) infect themselves, spread it around, develop immunity, and help stop the spread.”
This is nothing less than fake "science" of serving up people as cannon fodder to conduct a war on Coronavirus -- in the simplest of terms, it's a policy of OFFERING HUMAN SACRIFICES TO SARS-CoV-2 to propitiate its going away, "like a miracle," no doubt.

Have no doubt that everyone in the Trump Administration knew exactly what the so-called president wanted -- mass murder.
It was understood that he spoke for Michael Caputo, who spoke for the White House,” said Kyle McGowan, a Trump appointee who was CDC chief of staff before leaving this summer. “That’s how they wanted it to be perceived.
Never mind the denials that this was the WH policy dished up by HHS Sec'y. Alex Azar under oath in the House Oversight hearing Oct. 2 this year.
Herd immunity is not the strategy of the U.S. government with regard to coronavirus,"
That was just the cover up of a program of potential mass genocide, equivalent to producing 300,000 or more dead Americans by the end of 2020. But hardly coming even close to creating any shadow of 'herd immunity.'

Further, the emails offer proof of Trump's anti-science beliefs spilling over into appointing lackeys who shared his ignorance.
. . .Alexander also spent months attacking government scientists and pushing to shape official statements to be more favorable to President Donald Trump.
Even worse, Trump was perfectly fine with how his policy of human sacrifice was "selecting" just the population group he favored to kill off. To be succinct, he knew what he was doing and he was fine with it.
Alexander acknowledges in a May 30 email that a draft statement from the CDC about how Covid-19 was disproportionately affecting minority populations was "very accurate," but he warned HHS and CDC communications officials that "in this election cycle that is the kind of statement coming from CDC that the media and Democrat (sic) antagonists will use against the president."
To ice the consolidated approach to this intentional murderous policy, recall how Trump advocated and bullied for local governments to "open the 'economy'"; how he belittled and slammed the Democratic governors and mayors who initiated strong mask wearing and lockdown efforts. Again, to be clear, Trump incited his followers to become footsoldiers in his genocidal war on this country's population that resulted in violence and death threats, even killings by them against officials and right-minded mask-wearing citizens.
"There is a rise in cases due to testing and also simultaneously due to the relaxing of restrictions, less social distancing," Alexander wrote in a July 24 email. "We always knew as you relax and open up, cases will rise."
(SNIP)
"So the bottom line is if it is more infectiouness (sic) now, the issue is who cares?" Alexander wrote in a July 3 email to the health department's top communications officials. "If it is causing more cases in young, my word is who cares…as long as we make sensible decisions, and protect the elderely (sic) and nursing homes, we must go on with life….who cares if we test more and get more positive tests."
That the Administration continued in its mass murder approach to "managing" the pandemic because it wanted to and not because any evidence supported their advocacy of its efficacy is also evident from Alexander's emails.
"How can this be researched and proven true or false?" Caputo asked Alexander (about the value of herd immunity).

Alexander wrote back with data that he said he'd pulled from several studies, including a link to a June 30 Quanta Magazine article about the "tricky math" of herd immunity.

"I did not want to look like a nut ball and if as they think and as I think this may be true ... several hard hit areas may have hit heard (sic) at 20% like NYC," Alexander added. "(T)hat's my argument….why not consider it?"
Some individuals in the Administration have tried to offer a weak defense of Alexander's crazy policy suggestions that became Trump's favored strategy, saying "we tried to push back against Alexander and isolate him." Nevertheless, he remained a proactive and effective agent for his ideas, succeeding in slowing and altering the issuance of the famed Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports and watering down guidance that came from the CDC.
“He absolutely put pressure on the CDC on different guidance documents, on MMWRs,” (former Chief of CDC Staff) McGowan said. “He wanted to change MMWRs that were already posted, which is just outrageous.”

While McGowan said that even though agency officials fended off Alexander’s demands to edit the morbidity and mortality reports, “it’s the type of political meddling that delayed guidance, delayed MMWRs from getting them out as quickly as possible to be effective,” McGowan added.
Prez-elect Joe Biden won the presidency, unseating Trump, on precisely this issue -- Trump's deliberate mismanagement of the Covid-19 pandemic. He can NOT ignore the need to investigate and prosecute Trump and the other people in his Administration who did nothing but allow Alexander's murderous influence to override sound science and policy. It is criminal and it is the most heinous crime against humanity ever perpetrated by our government against its own citizens in our entire history. The Alexander emails present the perfect outlines of proof.

72Limelite
des. 21, 2020, 9:06pm

Trump Evangelical Advisor COVID Pos After attending White House Party

Pastor Jentezen Franklin, the senior pastor at Georgia megachurch Free Chapel, tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a White House Christmas party with his daughter earlier this month.
He is experiencing mild symptoms and is “in consultation with his personal physician, self isolating and abiding by all relevant CDC guidelines,” a church spokesman says.

"Franklin also attended the September nomination ceremony for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett at the White House Rose Garden ceremony, which was later identified as a superspreader event." Franklin tested negative following the ceremony, WQAD reports.
Another pastor at the same church insists Franklin was infected by a member of the main campus congregation, which members routinely attend services unmasked.

73Limelite
des. 27, 2020, 2:29pm

Large Holiday Parties Mean Small Late December Funerals

Donald Trump, aka, the Grim Reaper has done nothing to ameliorate the pandemic. Quite the opposite. The Nation's biggest gathering advocate and WH party thrower has become its Superspreader-in-Chief. Desiring to be ecumenical, Trump's White House Hanukkah party has one Republican who received a positive Covid-19 test after attending to confess, "I’m paying the price."
"The vice chairman of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee is battling COVID-19 after attending what he described as a largely maskless holiday party at the White House earlier this month," the Boston Globe (pay wall) reported Saturday. Tom "Mountain, 60, who was hospitalized twice in recent weeks, said he likely contracted the coronavirus at the annual White House Hanukkah party. The event took place amid the worst surge in COVID-19 this country has seen since the pandemic began."

"I didn't listen to the warnings of my own family, and now I'm paying the price," Mountain admitted. "No one can ever say for sure exactly where they got it, but I'll say this: Before the party, I was in perfectly good health. Three days later, I was in the hospital with COVID, and it was all downhill from there.

"It's not fun," Mountain said." I came very close — not once but twice — to them hooking me up to a ventilator."
We wish the vice chairman a speedy and uneventful recovery, and the seasonal miracle of a gift of common sense.

74Limelite
des. 28, 2020, 1:56pm

Rose Garden Hanukkah Massacre, cont'd.

Tom Mountain, MA State Republican Party vice chair became a sub-superspreader after attending Hanukkah party at the WH Hot Zone.

He was a mask and precaution nay-sayer who defied his family's pleadings that he stay home and follow CDC guide lines. When he returned home, he began to feel symptoms after three days that put him into the hospital twice. Turns out his little holiday spree caused four members of his family also to test positive for Covid-19.
“I am no longer a naysayer.”

Mountain now has a message for those planning to gather for New Year’s celebrations.

“Wear a mask. Stay as far away from people as possible,” he encouraged. “If you’re going to have New Year’s events, do it outside.”
I wonder how those four people in his family feel about his Johnny-come-lately conversion to common sense and about him, as well?