MO State Medical Assn @MOMedicalAssn
Masking should be encouraged b/c both vaccinated & unvaccinated can spread Delta to other unvaccinated persons, who are quickly filling up hospitals. There’s nothing wrong w/ decreasing transmission while encouraging vaccination. #GetVaccinated #MOLeg #MaskUp 5:17 AM · Jul 26, 2021
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“…Our doctors will make clinical decisions based on scientific evidence and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health.
Lake Regional will provide treatments approved or authorized by the FDA or recommended by the CDC or NIH.
Lake Regional will not administer pharmaceuticals or therapeutics that have not been proven to benefit hospitalized patients. Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine fall into this category…”
You may have seen recent discussions on social media related to Lake Regional’s care of COVID-19 patients. Although our duty to protect our patients’ privacy prevents us from commenting online, we want our community to know the following.
Our care teams are giving all we have to our patients, but this virus is a formidable opponent.
The patients in the current wave of COVID admissions are sicker and declining more quickly than those in previous waves. They are also younger. About half of the COVID-positive patients we’ve admitted this month are younger than 59. Seventy-five percent are 69 or younger.
This is a virus. There is no cure — only avoidance through vaccination and preventive measures. Treatments are limited and marginally effective. We can address the symptoms and support the patients, but their bodies have to do the hard work of overcoming breathing difficulties, blood pressure drops and eventually failure of the lungs and other organs.
Sometimes all we can do is provide comfort measures. That may be difficult for families to accept, especially when the patients are middle-aged or younger, but it’s the sad reality.
Today is July 23. We have experienced 22 COVID-related deaths in the past 23 days. That’s 22 grieving families who have looked to our team for answers and support, a heartbreaking burden for our caregivers who have dedicated their lives to healing.
Lake Regional’s Ethics Committee met this week to discuss our approach to COVID care, specifically the treatments available to patients at the end of their life. Their determinations are outlined below.
Our doctors will make clinical decisions based on scientific evidence and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health.
Lake Regional will provide treatments approved or authorized by the FDA or recommended by the CDC or NIH.
Lake Regional will not administer pharmaceuticals or therapeutics that have not been proven to benefit hospitalized patients. Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine fall into this category.
The physicians serving on this committee are some of the best and most caring we have had the pleasure to work with in our careers. We are blessed that they choose to call the Lake of the Ozarks home because, undoubtedly, they are top performers who would be welcomed by any hospital nationwide. They have the full support of our hospital’s leadership; we hope our community will reach out and support them, as well.
As we carry on, remember that we have more wins than losses in this fight. We’ve talked a lot about COVID-related deaths recently because the Delta variant is claiming lives at a higher rate than previous variants. But that doesn’t change the fact that we’ve helped more than 425 hospitalized patients overcome this illness. And, our Emergency Department and clinics have helped countless more patients, who had less severe infections, regain their health.
Vaccines remain our most powerful weapon in this fight. And we urge you to talk to your physician if you have any questions about their safety or efficacy. Otherwise, they are readily available at any of our seven primary care locations, area health departments, Central Ozarks Medical Center and local pharmacies. Just choose the location that’s most convenient for you.
As the leading health care provider in the region, we’re here to serve everyone who needs us. It’s our calling. And while we will always be here to help, we hope everyone will do what it takes to protect themselves and get vaccinated.
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. —
To help combat the spread of COVID-19, Whiteman Air Force Base officials have released an update supplementing existing Department of Defense guidance on the use of cloth face coverings, effective July 26.
Beginning Monday, all individuals on installation property will again be required to wear cloth face coverings at all times when indoors and when the maintenance of six feet of physical distance in outdoor work areas is not possible, regardless of personal vaccination status.
Base public health officials observed recent increases in COVID-19 cases in Missouri and local counties and advised the updated guidance to improve installation protective measures against the growing risk of community spread. In addition to adherence to the updated mask guidance, personnel should also continue to follow strict health protection measures to include, but not limited to, social distancing and disciplined personal hygiene, such as hand washing and disinfection of commonly touched surfaces.
This guidance applies to Total-Force military personnel, DOD civilian employees and contractors, family members and all individuals visiting base facilities.
Any cloth items worn as face coverings (e.g., neck gaiters, neck warmers, balaclavas, etc.) should be functional, cleaned and maintained in compliance with current Air Force instructions, and need to cover the mouth and nose.
“Every adjustment to our public health measures is carefully considered and not taken lightly,” said Col. Daniel Diehl, 509th Bomb Wing commander. “We take this step with the best interest of our personnel and our mission readiness in mind. All members of our teams are vital to our success and task of providing the nation with persistent strategic deterrence and lethal global strike capability. Everyone’s continued commitment to fighting the spread of COVID-19 is critical.”
• Children under the age of two should not wear a face covering due to potential choking/suffocation hazards.
• Any accompanied minor with a medical condition or mental special needs that makes wearing a face covering difficult or potentially hazardous.
• A face covering must be worn into the Whiteman AFB Fitness Center. Face coverings may be removed while actively performing cardiovascular exercise (running, biking, elliptical). Face coverings should be re-donned after completion of cardiovascular exercise.
• Face coverings are required at Whiteman AFB pools; however, they are not required while actually swimming.
JEFFERSON CITY Today, during a press conference at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson announced the launch of a statewide COVID-19 vaccination incentive program, MO VIP, to encourage vaccination among all Missourians age 12 and up. Over the next three months, 900 Missourians who have or will choose to be vaccinated will win cash or education savings account prizes in the amount of $10,000.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is partnering with Missouri Lottery to conduct a fair and secure program with a randomized selection process. DHSS is using federally funded Coronavirus Relief Funds to fund this campaign. This funding was approved under previous and current federal administrations for broad COVID-19 response purposes to include efforts to boost vaccine uptake.
To allow time for records and eligibility to be verified, confirmed winners will be announced two weeks following each drawing….
Additionally, local public health agencies that administer COVID-19 vaccines will now be eligible to provide a financial incentive of up to $25 for each vaccine recipient, up to a total of $11 million. This program would provide incentives for administrators to pass along to recipients for 440,000 vaccines administered across Missouri and would sunset on December 31, 2021. Local public health agencies are able to partner with enrolled COVID-19 vaccinators within the State of Missouri to be part of this program.”’
“…To allow time for records and eligibility to be verified, confirmed winners will be announced two weeks following each drawing…” Wait, is that verification in the form of something like a “vaccine passport”? Just asking.
Of Course, Mike Parson (r), couldn’t help himself. A year ago:
JEFFERSON CITY Today, Governor Mike Parson announced new resources as part of the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan, including the Show Me Strong Pledge, Business Recovery Lab, and $15 million in grant funding to help rebuild Missouri’s tourism industry.
….$15 million in CARES Act funding will be designated for destination marketing organizations (DMOs), entities that promote Missouri as a great place to visit. The funds will be administered by the Missouri Division of Tourism and will grant eligible DMOs funding for recovery efforts such as payroll relief, reimbursement for necessary safety equipment, and the initiation of marketing campaigns with messaging focused on safe travel.
Last night, from the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 8th Congressional District:
Jason Smith @JasonSmithMO
The Biden administration wants to knock down your door KGB-style to force people to get vaccinated. We must oppose forced vaccination! 7:43 PM · Jul 17, 2021
Some of the responses:
Your aide told me on the phone on January 5th that you following the will of the people was “just my opinion”.
Most of the responses are about what a horrible dishonest thing to say to perpetuate a mentality literally killing my fellow Missourians right now.
But on a different note, the KGB never did door to door vaccinations back in the old USSR, not sure where Jason picked that up.
He picked it up right out of his butt
This is a dishonest tweet and is contributing to deaths
They got me walking out my front door on my way to work with one of those net launchers, held me down and gave me the shot. The whole thing was actually very humane.
This kind of rhetoric is not helpful as we seek to counter the rise in Delta COVID-19 cases in Missouri. Vaccinations save lives and must remain nonpartisan; please don’t politicize public health.
Can Republicans make a point without lying? Could you even try?
No. No. This has been another edition of short answers to simple questions.
This is so horrible and not true. I hate that you feel you need to propagate this type of message. Power, prestige whatever it is you are seeking is not worth this. I pray you find your way back to truth and common sense.
He can’t go back to a place he’s never been.
He’s a dumbass.
No, they want to send local community members door to door to speak with their neighbors about the vaccines that are available for free, why getting vaccinated is important, and dispel the misinformation you—a sitting congressman—is spewing into the wind. You should be ashamed.
You know, you could actually be a force for good in American lives if you talked about real things instead of made-up ones.
Is it worth it? Really?
How misleading…. From the guy who represents the district with THE MOST Covid cases at this time, one would think you’d have the decency to recommend vaccinations. But no…. You’d rather let the virus take a toll on your constituents.
And he’s vaccinated himself.
You’ve never answered what you did at the insurrection. We have a picture of you there.
OK. Even assuming that was true (which it absolutely is not) now tell me how many ICU beds are currently available in your district? And how many new cases of COVID in the last week? And of those how many are the Delta variant? What are you doing to oppose THAT?
We must oppose something that isn’t happening so I can win my primary even if it kills all my constituents!!!
If you have to lie to gain political points then you have no point
No they don’t. And you’re already vaccinated
Sir, honest question, is this kind of stuff worth a $174k a year job?
You know this isn’t true. So why say it?
You lie and are a disgrace. Period.
This is a lie. Missouri is a hotbed of illness that’s preventable with a simple vaccine. You are getting people killed you seditious weasel.
It must be wonderful to live in a state where I don’t have to wear a mask, get a vaccine, or really do any critical thinking. I also have the right to watch my neighbors and loved ones gasp their final breaths.
You are a liar, and you are putting your constituents’ lives at risk
This is patently untrue. Our health care workers need support – not blatant lies.
This is, of course, bullshit.
Covid levels hitting winter highs and more in your state, and you tweet this?
It’s kind of cute that you think the KGB does door-to-door vaccinations
“Make America Great Again” – in Russian.
After that we will force you to look at our fabric swatches and paint cards to choose new window treatments and tasteful color palettes for your walls and funiture.
And they’re really going to go high pressure on the extended warranty for your car.
Wait, is this a parody account?
Honestly that kinda sounds badass
That’s not remotely true, but you know that.
The Biden administration wants to take away your birthday cake and ponies! We must oppose pony theft!
And they’ll take your Bibles, too!
I heard the Biden administration is secretly working on an executive order to go door-to-door giving all registered Republicans forced government enemas, can you comment on this?
Christopher Morrison MD @cwmorrisonMD
To the other physicians on my timeline and on Twitter: I can’t stress enough how bad the situation with COVID is here in SW Missouri and there is no apparent end in sight. It’s imperative that you do everything in your power to try and get your community vaccinated. 1:27 PM · Jul 14, 2021
Christopher Morrison MD @cwmorrisonMD
The most simple message is this: 99.5% of COVID deaths are unvaccinated. 1:28 PM · Jul 14, 2021
City of Chicago Travel Advisory
Based on data as of 7/12/2021
After several weeks with no states on its Travel Advisory, Missouri and Arkansas have been added back to the list amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in some regions of the country. Recent increases pushed the two states back past the mark of 15 cases per day, per 100,000 residents.
Any unvaccinated people traveling from Missouri or Arkansas are advised to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period upon arrival. CDPH continues to stress the importance of getting vaccinated for COVID, and adherence to all masking guidelines for travel.
In response to the changing dynamics of COVID-19 transmission across the United States, and to support Chicago’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the City issued a Travel Order in July 2020, applicable to anyone coming into the City of Chicago from designated states with a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19. Anyone traveling from a state on the Orange list was directed to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period.
On June 1, 2021, for the first time since July 2020, no states were at the 15 cases per 100,000 residents threshold for the orange tier. With three consecutive periods of no states in the Orange tier, the Order transitioned to an Advisory, effective June 29, 2021. Travel restrictions can be reinstated at any time if CDPH sees a surge in cases anywhere. Travelers must still abide by all masking requirements on planes, buses, and trains, as well as in transportation hubs such as airports and stations.