VT: Closures and mask mandates have been lowering rates, we hope, in Phoenix and a few other places though the lower rates may be tied to the fact that many cities in ‘red states’ aren’t reporting hospitalizations to the CDC…meaning they aren’t on the Johns Hopkins’ numbers. See how the ‘real Donald Trump’ deals with masks and law, from yesterday:
Just hours after tweeting that wearing masks was "patriotic," Trump was captured on video in his own DC hotel greeting supporters without wearing a face mask.— 11th Hour (@11thHour) July 21, 2020
Learn more: https://t.co/O6eydU66xl#11thHour pic.twitter.com/ogcd2oFJBi
But then there is another problem, the more we hear fringe reports of fake numbers, high numbers, the more real facts, not alternative facts, come in showing us how states like Florida and Arizona are withholding numbers on hospitalizations and deaths, cutting numbers by, in Florida’s case, as much as 70%. From Cher:
⚡️CRISIS⚡️— Cher (@cher) July 15, 2020
TRUMP NOT LONGER WANTS PUBLIC 2 KNOW,
1.NUMBER Of COVID CASES.
3.DEATHS⚰️.TRUMP DOESN’T WANT ANY COVID INFO
SENT 2 CDC WHERE ITS SAFE. HE WANTS COVID INFO SENT 2 HIS “HHS”.SO WE CANT PROTECT OURSELVES.IF SOMEONE U♥️DIES,TRUMP DOESN’T CARE
Texas Stores Bodies In Refrigerated Trucks While Setting COVID-19 Death Record— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) July 23, 2020
Texas set a one-day record for increases in COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations in the state, reporting 197 deaths and 10,893 hospitalizations. https://t.co/hkue7KtOMZ
Phoenix, for instance, has a COVID hospitalization rate 6 times higher than Detroit, which was the 2nd epicenter of the plague, and may be underreporting.
1)Lol @RandPaul I’m a New Yorker and let me tell u what Gov Cuomo did for us here is a F’ ing miracle. We went from being the ground zero of US covid to the state with a 1% infection rate. We are now the st with the lowest number of daily deaths infections and hospitalizations…— Tweet Gal (@TweetGal1) July 22, 2020
New York Times: At overflowing hospitals in South Texas, patients wait hours in sweltering ambulances and on recliner beds set up in hallways. The number of patients intubated in hospital beds in Tampa, Fla., is growing by the day. In Corpus Christi, Texas, a mobile morgue has arrived.
NEW: NPR's @Pien_Huang talked to a CDC scientist about the change in hospital COVID reporting. He tells her the new reporting system ignores the agency's expertise and disrupts CDC's decades-long relationships with hospitals.https://t.co/bjMhQ1pxBE— Selena Simmons-Duffin (@selenasd) July 15, 2020
About as many people are now known to be hospitalized with the coronavirus in the United States as during any other time in the pandemic, matching the previous peak in April.
"Alabama reports record COVID hospitalizations for five straight days"https://t.co/fnYBlU1haH— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) July 21, 2020
Public health experts say detailed local data on where people are hospitalized — a real-time measure that does not depend on levels of testing — is crucial to understanding the epidemic, but federal officials have not made this data public. The New York Times gathered data for nearly 50 metropolitan areas, including 15 of the 20 largest cities in the country, from state and local health departments to provide the first detailed national look at where people are falling seriously ill.
In Week 192, as the coronavirus raged out of control in some states, Trump launched a campaign to discredit Fauci. In fresh signs of authoritarianism, Trump sought to hide date on Covid hospitalizations, and sent federal law enforcement to Portland. https://t.co/ywzpV2FejU— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) July 19, 2020
The data, as well as interviews across the country, show a far-reaching crisis. The worst-hit areas in Texas and Florida have approached the peak rates of hospitalization that New York, New Orleans, Chicago and other cities hit in the spring. A wide and growing expanse of hot spots around the country — including Las Vegas, Nashville and Tulsa, Okla. — have worsened over the past two weeks.
Not every hospital system is overwhelmed, and new treatments have improved the chances of survival for seriously ill people. But experts say a small but significant proportion of those currently hospitalized will die, and those who survive may face serious long-term health issues.
Months ago, the endless wail of ambulances in New York City conveyed the urgency of the virus outbreak in a concentrated area. Now, the scale of the crisis is dispersed and harder to grasp. Read more..no pay wall: