- Measure 110 in Oregon would provide drug recovery services partially funded through marijuana taxes.
- Polls in Oregon closed at 11 p.m. ET.
- The measure would also reclassify the penalties for specified drugs.
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Polls in Oregon closed at 11 p.m. ET.
Oregon’s 2020 ballot includes Measure 110, which would provide statewide drug recovery services partially funded by marijuana taxes and would reclassify the penalties for certain drugs.
The text for Oregon Measure 110 reads as follows:
Measure mandates establishment/ funding of “addiction recovery centers” (centers) within each existing coordinated care organization service area by October 1, 2021; centers provide drug users with triage, health assessments, treatment, recovery services. To fund centers, measure dedicates all marijuana tax revenue above $11,250,000 quarterly, legislative appropriations, and any savings from reductions in arrests, incarceration, supervision resulting from the measure. Reduces marijuana tax revenue for other uses. Measure reclassifies personal non-commercial possession of certain drugs under specified amount from misdemeanor or felony (depending on person’s criminal history) to Class E violation subject to either $100 fine or a completed health assessment by center. Oregon Health Authority establishes council to distribute funds/ oversee implementation of centers. Secretary of State audits biennially. Other provisions.
Result of “Yes” Vote
“Yes” vote provides addiction recovery centers/services; marijuana taxes partially finance (reduces revenues for other purposes); reclassifies possession of specified drugs, reduces penalties; requires audits.
Result of “No” Vote
“No” vote rejects requiring addiction recovery centers/services; retains current marijuana tax revenue uses; maintains current classifications/ penalties for possession of drugs.
Tarek El Moussa On His Two Battles with Cancer and How Men Can Detect ‘Preventable’ Cancer Sooner
The Movember ambassador shares that 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and men aged 18-34 are at the highest risk for testicular cancer
Tarek El Moussa is taking part in Movember to help raise awareness for men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer. The movement encourages men to grow out their mustaches for the month of November to show support.
Speaking to Daryn Carp on an episode of People TV’s Reality Check, the Flip or Flop star — who survived both testicular cancer and thyroid cancer — stressed that men need to pay attention to their bodies.
“Some of the statistics are shocking. One in nine men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime and a lot of times it’s preventable. Another statistic that was shocking to me is that the highest occurrence age of testicular cancer in men is 18 to 34,” he said. “Young men have no idea they are at the highest risk.”
El Moussa then spoke about the importance of men also doing self-checks. “With testicular cancer, it’s literally a 3– to 5-second self-check in the shower can save your life,” the HGTV host explained.
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Asked why more he thinks men aren’t aware of the need to do self-checks, he said, “It’s just men being men. We’re raised to keep things in and be quiet and be strong, and a lot of times that’s what we do . . . I haven’t talked to many other men about this, but I never had anyone tell me to check myself, and even they did tell me to check myself, what am I checking for? I don’t even know what to look for.”
Slaven Vlasic/Getty Tarek El Moussa
He encourages others to visit the Movember website to learn the answer. “They’ll teach you how to do a self-check. It’s really important because there are people out there today that are gonna get testicular cancer, like it’s gonna happen. And if they find it sooner, the odds of survival are just so much greater,” he added.
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El Moussa’s personal cancer battle started in 2013 when a Flip or Flop fan who was also a registered nurse noticed a lump on his neck and wrote to the show’s producers to say she thought the HGTV star might have thyroid cancer.
She was right. After being diagnosed, El Moussa decided to go through his old medical records for any other irregularities and found an irregular testicular exam from two years earlier. He decided to get further testing and was also diagnosed with testicular cancer.
By Adam Martin
Newly reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S. edged upward a day before Election Day, following a week in which the country logged its highest daily tally to date.
The more than 84,000 cases reported on Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, represent an increase from 73,594 on Sunday, following Friday’s all-time high of 99,321.
Daily new case numbers tend to be lower at the beginning of the week as fewer people get tested over the weekend, and Monday’s tally is higher than the 66,798 reported a week earlier on Oct. 26.
The newly reported cases put the U.S. total at nearly 9.3 million, with more than 231,000 dead, according to Johns Hopkins.
They also put the national seven-day moving average at 83,805 as of Monday, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data, higher than the record set a day earlier. The 14-day moving average is 76,897. When the seven-day average is higher than the 14-day average, as it has been since Oct. 5, it suggests cases are on the rise.
The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 has also been increasing, with 48,470 reported for Monday, according to the Covid Tracking Project. That is the highest it has been since Aug. 9.
With Americans heading to the polls, cases have been rising in most states. As of Sunday, 43 states had seven-day averages higher than their 14-day averages. Pennsylvania, Kansas, Connecticut and Rhode Island all reported record-high daily figures for Monday.
In Guam, the first place in the U.S. to see sunlight, polls will stay open until 8 p.m. Voters must wear masks and there will be health screenings. People who don’t pass the screenings will be allowed to vote from their car. The U.S. territory reported just three new Covid-19 cases on Monday, but the fall in the numbers was likely due in part to a sharp drop in testing. There have now been 4,693 confirmed cases reported on the island, with 79 people dead and 102 hospitalized.
Nearly 46 million people have now been infected with the coronavirus world-wide, and nearly 1.19 million have died.
U.K.: Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet was due to meet Saturday to discuss plans for a new nationwide lockdown in England to curb the virus’s spread, according to a government official, who stressed a final decision hasn’t been made. Scientists at Imperial College London estimate infections are running at almost 100,000 a day in England, and hospitalizations and deaths are creeping up. The seven-day average for deaths hit 213 on Tuesday, its highest tally since May.
The government has been experimenting with localized restrictions in England but cases have continued rising. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland set their own public-health policies and have already closed some businesses and imposed curbs on household mixing. Mr. Johnson is due to hold a televised press conference at 4:00 p.m. London time on Saturday.
Greece: New restrictions, including mandatory mask wearing indoors and outdoors, will be take effect in Greece starting Tuesday. Other measures include a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew, and university courses will revert to online learning. In the Athens region and northern Greece, where the virus is circulating at higher levels, the government has also ordered the closure of bars, restaurants, theaters, museums and gyms.
While Greece has among the lowest infection rates in Europe, new cases are rising rapidly. Announcing the new measures, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the goal was to prevent the virus from spreading out of control.
“We must act now, before the intensive-care units are overwhelmed by people fighting for their life. Now, while we still have the ability to detect and track cases,” he said in a televised address.
India: The new-case count was below 50,000 for the sixth day in a row, with the country reporting 48,268 cases over the preceding 24 hours, and 551 deaths. Confirmed cases now exceed 8.1 million, with a death toll of 121,641.
Japan: The 778 new cases reported Saturday pushed the total past 100,000, and the 11 deaths brought the toll to 1,755. Starting Sunday, the government will allow business travelers returning from trips of seven days or less to any country to skip the two-week quarantine, provided they meet conditions including a negative test result.
The government has also lowered travel alerts on nine countries including China, South Korea and Australia. From Sunday onward, travelers from those countries won’t be required to take a coronavirus test upon arrival.
South Korea: With 127 new Covid-19 cases reported, it was the fourth consecutive day above 100. Locally transmitted infections have been rising this week, with new clusters around workplaces and social gatherings. Local authorities are on high alert this weekend, concerned that Halloween festivities could prompt a fresh wave.
China: Mainland Chinese authorities reported six new locally transmitted symptomatic cases, all in and around the city of Kashgar in the far western Xinjiang region and previously classified as asymptomatic. Chinese health authorities typically highlight and focus on positive cases showing
CareCloud’s solutions will further modernize the school’s outpatient centers and enhance clinical operations for its post-graduate residency program
SOMERSET, N.J., Oct. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MTBC, Inc. (Nasdaq: MTBC) (Nasdaq: MTBCP), a leading provider of cloud-based healthcare IT solutions and services, today announced that Barry University’s School of Podiatric Medicine is live with MTBC’s CareCloud solutions, including revenue cycle management services (RCM), practice management (PM) software, electronic health records (EHR), and patient experience solutions. CareCloud’s platform will promote operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness at the University’s outpatient podiatry centers.
“At the Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute, providing state-of-the-art care and treatment for disorders of the foot and ankle, and a first-class patient experience, are our trademarks,” said Dr. Steven Becker, Clinics Administrator. “We are pleased to work with CareCloud to further enhance the patient experience with a new electronic health record platform, including an engaging, interactive patient portal and quick and easy online appointment scheduling.”
By implementing CareCloud’s full suite of RCM, EHR, and PM solutions, the University’s podiatry clinics will streamline clinical and operational workflows, enrich the overall patient experience, and identify and capture lost revenue opportunities. Each year, over 150 podiatry students participate in Barry University’s curriculum, and each one will have the opportunity to experience CareCloud’s robust clinical and operational solutions.
“More than 50 podiatrist students graduate from Barry University each year, and we are honored to provide the operational and clinical technology that supports the training of these future physicians,” said Wes Stolp, Executive Vice President of Sales, MTBC. “It is our mission to enable Barry University to maintain a growing, profitable clinic that, in turn, produces successful and well-trained Doctors of Podiatric Medicine.”
CareCloud is committed to supporting healthcare providers with cloud-based clinical, financial, and administrative software and services that enhance practice operations. Barry University is a prime example of such a partnership, not only leveraging CareCloud’s state-of-the-art tools to boost revenues but utilizing podiatric-specific features to enrich patient care.
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Barry University is located in Miami Shores, Florida, and is a private, Catholic institution with a history of academic excellence in the Dominican tradition. Founded in 1940, the University enrolls approximately 7,500 students across undergraduate and graduate programs. The School of Podiatric Medicine was founded in 1985 with the purpose of graduating competent podiatric physicians qualified to enter post-graduate training. This is accomplished by excellence in podiatric medical education, fostering life-long learning, expressing a commitment to social justice by serving the local and global community through patient care, and encouraging research and innovation that promotes the common good.
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Nearly 44.5 million coronavirus cases have been reported world-wide, and the global death toll is approaching 1.2 million.
India: Total coronavirus cases in India surpassed eight million as the country reported 49,881 new cases. India has the second highest number of infections in the world behind the U.S., according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The country’s death toll rose by 517 to 120,527.
China: Health authorities on Thursday reported 23 locally transmitted cases for the previous day, all in Kashgar, a city in the far-western Xinjiang region. Since last Sunday, the Kashgar government has tested 4.7 million of its residents and reported more than 100 local cases, most of which are tied to a local garment factory, according to local officials.
Australia: A day after lifting its strict lockdown, Australia’s Victoria state recorded three new coronavirus cases. New South Wales, home to Sydney, added four new locally acquired cases and a school closed after a student tested positive. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she wanted to see the southern state’s contact-tracing system tested before she would consider reopening the state border. She said she received economic advice that it would be more prudent to reopen to all of Australia, New Zealand and possibly other overseas places than Victoria until the risk of another outbreak there was proven to be low.
Guam: The U.S. territory reported 48 new cases, bringing the total to 4,466. The number of hospitalized patients rose to 88, as the hospitals on the island start to reach capacity. Guam’s governor on Wednesday extended a public health emergency until Nov. 29 and a partial lockdown remains in place.
Japan: New cases topped 700 for the third time in the past seven days, as Japan reported 731 new infections. The country’s death toll stands at 1,733, including three fatalities logged Thursday.
South Korea: South Korea added 125 more cases, with many linked to clusters at nursing homes and other medical facilities. Health officials have shut down Seoul night clubs for the Halloween weekend and warned there could be more upticks as South Koreans travel during the fall.
The world-wide total of confirmed coronavirus cases neared 44 million, with more than 1.16 million dead, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
India: New cases climbed, a day after dipping to the lowest daily level in more than three months. On Wednesday, India reported 43,893 new cases, as the total number neared eight million, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The country’s death toll rose by 508 to 120,010.
China: Health authorities reported 22 symptomatic, locally transmitted cases for Tuesday, the highest single-day increase since early August. The rise comes as a cluster of cases in the city of Kashgar, in the far-western region of Xinjiang has emerged. As of Tuesday, authorities said the city had identified a total of 183 coronavirus cases after completing a mass testing program.
Japan: Starting Nov. 6, Hawaii plans to allow travelers from Japan who test negative for the coronavirus to enter the state without a two-week quarantine. Hawaii is one of the most popular destinations for Japanese tourists. Travelers will still have to be tested and quarantine when they return to Japan, a Japanese Health Ministry official said. Japan on Wednesday reported 629 new cases, bringing the nation’s total to more than 98,100. The death toll stands at 1,730, including five additional fatalities logged Wednesday.
Australia: Victoria state recorded two new coronavirus cases and two deaths, as the capital, Melbourne, emerged from one of the world’s longest lockdowns. People flocked to the city’s bars and restaurants, some of which opened at midnight, when restrictions that have shuttered shops, cafes and hairdressers for months to stamp out a second wave were finally lifted.
Guam: Hospitalizations in Guam have risen to 81, the highest number since the pandemic began, adding more stress on the U.S. territory’s health-care system. Guam recorded 82 new cases, bringing the total to 4,418.
South Korea: The country added 103 cases, with many linked to clusters of infections at health-care facilities and other spots that have emerged in recent days. Health officials have ordered nightclubs in Seoul to close over Halloween weekend to avoid further potential spread of the virus.
The number of new cases of COVID-19 recorded across the United States has increased substantially, as has the number of new deaths from the disease, according to an internal memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by ABC News on Monday night.
The memo, which is circulated among the highest levels of the federal government and is used to determine daily priorities for the agencies working on a COVID-19 response, said 40 U.S. states and territories are in an upward trajectory of new infections, while nine jurisdictions are at a plateau and seven others are in a downward trend.
There were 488,498 new cases confirmed during the period of Oct. 19-25, a 26% increase from the previous week. There were also 5,615 fatalities from COVID-19 recorded during the same period, a 15.1% increase compared with the week prior, according to the memo.
The national positivity rate for COVID-19 tests increased from 5.6% to 6.1% in week-to-week comparisons. Meanwhile, 22% of hospitals across the country have intensive care units that are more than 80% occupied. That figure is up from the summertime peak, when 17-18% of U.S. hospitals had 80% of ICU beds full, the memo said.
Arizona reported 848 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Oct. 21, its highest count since Aug. 26, according to the memo.
In the U.S. territory of Guam, which continues to be classified as a “red zone” for COVID-19 infections, an average of 89.7% of inpatient beds and 80.2% of ICU beds were occupied in the week ending Oct. 20, the memo said.
North Dakota saw a record high of 1,036 new cases on Oct. 20, surpassing the 1,000 mark of daily incident cases for the first time, according to the memo.
New Jersey reported 852 daily COVID-19 hospitalizations on Oct. 22, its highest since late July, the memo said.
Oklahoma reached a record 956 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Oct. 22. The previous record was set just two days earlier, according to the memo.
Utah reported an all-time high of 314 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Oct. 21, as several hospitals in the state reached capacity, the memo said.
ABC News’ Josh Margolin contributed to this report.
By Adam Martin
The U.S. reported more than 60,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, down from the past few days but representing a rising trend, as the global tally surged past 43 million.
The newly reported cases follow two days in which figures topped 83,000, the highest single-day tallies yet seen in the U.S., and bring the nation’s total to more than 8.6 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The number of new cases reported tends to be lower at the beginning of the week because fewer people get tested over the weekend. Sunday’s tally is up from the 48,210 reported a week earlier, according to Johns Hopkins data.
The seven-day moving average of newly reported cases was 68,767 as of Sunday, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data, compared with a 14-day moving average of 62,387. When the seven-day average is higher than the 14-day average, it suggests cases are rising.
The number of those hospitalized with Covid-19 in the U.S. was 41,753 on Sunday, according to the Covid Tracking Project. That was down from 41,882 a day earlier but the fifth day in a row the figure surpassed 40,000, which it hadn’t previously done since Aug. 21.
The 340 U.S. deaths reported Sunday represented the lowest one-day tally since Oct. 12, when 317 people were reported dead. Overall, the U.S. has reported 225,230 deaths from the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins data.
World-wide, 43 million people have been reported to have been infected, and more than 1.15 million have died, according to Johns Hopkins data.
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At least three top advisers to Vice President Mike Pence have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last few days, people briefed on the matter said, raising fresh questions about the safety protocols at the White House, where masks are not routinely worn.
Devin O’Malley, a spokesman for Mr. Pence, who leads the White House coronavirus task force, said that the vice president’s chief of staff, Marc Short, had tested positive. A person briefed on the diagnosis said it was received on Saturday.
“Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for Covid-19 today, and remain in good health,” Mr. O’Malley said. “While Vice President Pence is considered a close contact with Mr. Short, in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the vice president will maintain his schedule in accordance with the C.D.C. guidelines for essential personnel.”
The statement did not come from the White House medical unit, but instead from a press aide. Two people briefed on the matter said that the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, had sought to keep news of the outbreak from becoming public.
A spokeswoman for Mr. Meadows did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
A Trump adviser briefed on the outbreak, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said that Pence adviser Marty Obst also tested positive earlier this week. Mr. Obst’s positive test was first reported by Bloomberg News.
Another person briefed on the developments, who also was not allowed to speak publicly, said that at least one additional Pence staff member had tested positive. Mr. O’Malley did not immediately respond to a question about others who have tested positive.
Mr. Pence’s decision to continue campaigning, despite his proximity to his chief of staff, is certain to raise fresh questions about how seriously the White House is taking the risks to its staff members and to the public as the pandemic has killed nearly 225,000 people in the United States.
Mr. Trump, the first lady and several aides and advisers tested positive for the virus roughly three weeks ago. Mr. Trump spent three nights at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and he was treated with an experimental antibody cocktail as well as the powerful steroid dexamethasone.
The administration decided not to trace the contacts of guests and staff members at the Rose Garden celebration on Sept. 26 for the Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, which also included a reception inside the White House. That event was linked to an outbreak that grew to more than 20 cases, as evidence mounted that the administration had done little to prevent or contain the virus’s spread.
Mr. Trump, at rallies over the past two days, has insisted the country is “rounding the turn” on the virus, even though the