Speed of coronavirus deaths shock doctors as New York toll hits new high

first_img“This virus attacked the vulnerable and attacked the weak, and it’s our job as a society to protect the vulnerable.”Doctors and nurses say elderly patients and those with underlying health conditions are not the only ones who appear relatively well one moment and at death’s door the next. It happens to the young and healthy, too.Patients “look fine, feel fine, then you turn around and they’re unresponsive,” said Diana Torres, a nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, the center of the nation’s worst outbreak. “I’m paranoid, scared to walk out of their room.”Nearly 430,000 cases of COVID-19, the highly infectious lung disease caused by the coronavirus, were confirmed in the United States as of Wednesday afternoon, including more than 14,700 deaths. For the second straight day the virus killed at least 1,900 in a 24-hour period. Topics : Cuomo said 779 people had died in the past day in his state. New Jersey reported 275 had died there. Both totals exceeded one-day records from just a day earlier.Despite the grim figures, Cuomo said overall trends still appeared positive. Cuomo cited a drop in new hospitalizations and other data as evidence that New York’s social-distancing restrictions were “bending the curve,” helping to gain some control over the infection rate.New York is one of 42 states where governors have issued “stay-at-home” orders and closed all non-essential workplaces.While public health experts say such measures are vital for controlling the contagion, the restrictions have strangled the US economy, leading to widespread layoffs, upheavals on Wall Street and projections of a severe recession.Cuomo said the loss of life would likely continue at current levels or increase in days ahead as critically ill patients die after prolonged bouts hooked up to ventilators.Scaling back toll US deaths due to coronavirus topped 14,700 on Wednesday, the second highest reported number in the world behind Italy, according to a Reuters tally.New York state accounts for over a third of the US total.Officials have warned Americans to expect alarming numbers of coronavirus deaths this week, even as an influential university model on Wednesday scaled back its projected US pandemic death toll by 26% to 60,000.”We are in the midst of a week of heartache,” Vice President Mike Pence said during a White House briefing on Wednesday, but added, “we are beginning to see glimmers of hope.”Dr. Craig Smith, surgeon-in-chief at Presbyterian Hospital’s Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan, heralded encouraging numbers that suggested a turning tide in Wednesday’s edition of his daily newsletter to staff.There were more discharges of patients than admissions for two days running, he said, adding: “Hosanna!”But that comes as cold comfort to some healthcare workers on the front lines, who told Reuters they have treated patients while experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus themselves without being able to get tested.In Michigan, one of the few hospital systems conducting widespread diagnostic screenings of staff, found more than 700 workers were infected – over a quarter of those tested.The continued test kit shortages – even for the workers most at risk – is “scandalous” and a serious threat to the patients they treat, said Dr. Art Caplan, a professor of bioethics at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine.’Big bang’At the White House on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump said he would like to reopen the US economy with a “big bang” but not before the death toll is on the downslope.Trump did not offer a time frame, but his chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said on Tuesday a resumption of commerce was possible in four to eight weeks.Louisiana is “beginning to see the flattening of the curve” with the number of new coronavirus cases reported in the past 24 hours – 746 – lower than recent days, Governor John Bel Edwards said. Louisiana had been one of the nation’s hot spots.California, like New York, had one of its highest single-day death tolls with 68 people dying of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, Governor Gavin Newsom said. The state may not see its infection curve flattening until the end of May, requiring weeks more of social distancing, officials say.New York City officials said a recent surge in people dying at home suggests the most populous US city may be undercounting the loss of life.”I think that’s a very real possibility,” Cuomo told his daily news briefing.So far New York City’s announced death toll has reflected only laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses, mostly at hospitals. At least 200 people are believed to be dying at home in the city every day during the pandemic, authorities said.Pence warned that Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were cities of “particular concern” as a possible future flash points in the epidemic.center_img New York state, epicenter of America’s coronavirus crisis, set another single-day record of COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, as veteran doctors and nurses voiced astonishment at the speed with which patients were deteriorating and dying.The number of known coronavirus infections in New York state alone approached 150,000 on Wednesday, even as authorities warned that the official death tally may understate the true number because it omits those who have perished at home.”Every number is a face, ” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who ordered flags flown at half-staff across New York in memory of the victims.last_img read more

January Jobs That Pay Update: Workforce Training, Computer Science Education, Fairer Wages, and New Jobs

first_imgJanuary Jobs That Pay Update: Workforce Training, Computer Science Education, Fairer Wages, and New Jobs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 17, 2018 Economy,  Education,  Infrastructure,  Jobs That Pay,  Round-Up,  The Blog,  Workforce Development In just the first few weeks of the new year, Governor Tom Wolf announced $7 million in workforce development funding, statewide computer science education standards, more than 600 new jobs, and plans to overhaul Pennsylvania’s overtime rules to be more fair for salaried workers.Training Pennsylvania’s WorkforceGovernor Wolf continued to support workforce development programs that prepare Pennsylvanians to meet the evolving demands of the job market. More than $7 millions in state funding will help train tomorrow’s medical practitioners and commercial truck drivers, and retrain dislocated miners in today’s high demand occupations.Introducing Computer Science Education StandardsHeeding the governor’s request, the State Board of Education took action this January to establish standards for computer science education in all Pennsylvania schools. Already a national leader in STEM education, Pennsylvania is now one of a few states to endorse such standards.Fairer Wages and New JobsGovernor Wolf announced plans to modernize outdated overtime rules and more than 600 new jobs in e-commerce, technology, large-scale manufacturing and small businesses. The governor also welcomed another national manufacturing company that chose Pennsylvania as their new hub on the east coast.Highlights from December 2017 – January 2018Governor Wolf Announces Approval of Funding for 125 New Community Projects Through Neighborhood Assistance ProgramGovernor Wolf Announces Tax Credits to Revitalize ‘Mill 19’ – Site of Former Steel Mill in HazelwoodGovernor Wolf Announces Revamped Pennsylvania Program to Confront Skills Gap, Bolster Job TrainingGovernor Wolf Announces Creation of 307 Pennsylvania Jobs Through Expansion of AssurantGovernor Wolf Approves Support for 22 Community Revitalization Projects Throughout PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support 13 Small Business Projects in Nine Counties, Supporting Nearly 200 JobsGovernor Wolf Announces $4 Million for Health Care Training Building in Central PAGovernor Wolf Visits Philips Ultrasound, Hosts Roundtable with Pennsylvania Med Tech BusinessesGovernor Wolf Tours Wood-Mode in Snyder County to Highlight Job TrainingGovernor Wolf Visits Dauphin County Technical School, Talks Training and Careers with Health Sciences StudentsGovernor Wolf Attends Turn5 Ribbon-Cutting, Celebrates New Job CreationGovernor Wolf Visits Lehigh Carbon Community College, Visits Commercial Truck Driving Students and EmployersGovernor Wolf Tours All Sports America, Touts Collaboration in Reshoring and New Jobs CreationGovernor Wolf Stresses Agriculture’s Economic Impact; Says New Report’s Recommendations Guide Opportunities for GrowthGovernor Wolf Announces Funding to Repurpose the United Mine Workers of America Career Centers’ Training Center to Connect Dislocated Workers with Family-Sustaining EmploymentGovernor Wolf Applauds State Board of Education for Endorsement of Computer Science StandardsGovernor Wolf Visits Penn State Schuylkill LionLaunch Innovation Hub, Touts Entrepreneurship Opportunities in PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces Silgan Containers Expanding into Pennsylvania and Creating New Manufacturing Jobs in the Lehigh ValleyGovernor Wolf Announces $1 million in Funding for Scranton Downtown Revitalization ProjectGovernor Wolf to Modernize Outdated Overtime Rules to Strengthen the Middle Class and Provide Fairness for WorkersPennsylvania’s Every Student Succeeds Act Plan Receives Final ApprovalHighlights from Instagramcenter_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolflast_img read more

Reported by Kelly Carter for Elite Traveler the p

first_imgReported by Kelly Carter for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazinePREBROADWAY RUN Before Brooke Shields took the Broadway stage to portray Morticia in The Addams Family musical, the mother of two slipped away with her own family to experience the new St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico. The bright and cheery Iguana Kids Club, which is fully staffed and located in an airy pavilion on the resort grounds, makes the Caribbean resort a destination where both parents and children can enjoy the good life. “It was a superb vacation,” Shields said. “The kids had fun, but it was still luxurious for the adults.” Shields’ St. Regis Ocean Suite included butler service, an oversized private terrace overlooking the sparkling ocean, marble bathrooms, a living room and a dining area. She and her family enjoyed the culinary creations of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, whose restaurant Fern uses produce, herbs and spices from the resort’s own 2.4-acre plant nursery. “The food was so delicious,” she said. “We did not feel the need to leave the grounds. We cannot wait to return.” Since opening last November, the resort has quickly become a celeb draw: Jennifer Lopez, House actress Jennifer Morrison, fashion designer Jason Wu and renowned jewelry designer Alexis Bittar have also been spotted at the spectacular 483-acre resort, which features two miles of private beaches, a 10,000-square-foot Remède Spa and a magnificent golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.www.starwoodhotels.com/stregisCABOLICIOUS The always-fashionable Jessica Alba didn’t let her second pregnancy put a damper on her beach style. As her due date neared, the expectant mother rocked a glamorous snakeskin print bikini with decorative trim by ViX from A Pea in the Pod Collection during a quick girlfriends’ getaway to Cabo San Lucas. Alba, who enjoyed a belated 30th birthday celebration, brought along her two-year-old daughter Honor for her stay at Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort. Famous for pampering its guests, the hotel sends a butler to greet those who arrive via an exclusive new terminal (built to accommodate the high demand for private jets), then whisks the glitterati to the discreet property for in-room check in. Alba, whose next film Spy Kids: All the Time in the World opens in August, probably wishes a butler accompanied her on the return flight. “Traveling w a carry on, purse aka large bag &toddler whilst preggs is not that fun… Must pack lighter,” she Tweeted on her day of departure.ww.rosewoodhotels.com/lasventanaslast_img read more