By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Friday marked a grim milestone, as deaths related to the coronavirus topped 1,000.
The statewide toll surpassed the mark with the addition of 13 more deaths, the most in a single day since the pandemic began. They included two women in their 20s and another in her 30s who all had underlying conditions.
The tally came as New Mexico struggles with increasing rates of spread and record daily case totals and hospitalizations. In just a week, the number of deaths in the state jumped by about 43%. Nationally, the U.S. is averaging just over 800 coronavirus deaths a day, up about 14% over the past two weeks.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered flags to fly at half-staff starting Monday for a week of mourning. She called it “an unfathomable tragedy,” saying the drumbeat of a few more deaths every day should not diminish the acute feeling of loss.
“Every one of these 1,000 New Mexicans was loved by someone. Every one of these 1,000 lost New Mexicans leaves a hole in a family, a community, our state. I grieve with them. New Mexico grieves with them,” she said in a statement.
On the eve of Halloween, emergency alerts sounded on cellphones across the state: “EXTREME NM virus risk.”
State health officials renewed their pleas that people adhere to the public health order, which calls for residents to stay home whenever possible, limit contact with others and wear face coverings, among other things.
State health officials also have limited indoor dining at restaurants to a fraction of normal capacity to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As restaurants struggle for financial survival, the city of Santa Fe has extended all street- and sidewalk-dining permits for six months while elected leaders in Las Cruces renewed an emergency proclamation related to the pandemic and authorities in Albuquerque vowed to extend their public health order enforcement blitz at least through the weekend.
State officials and administrators from some of the largest hospital systems in New Mexico have been warning that the health care system could be overloaded if the trends continue. They say their COVID-19 units are seeing between three and four times more patients than earlier this year when the state was experiencing its first surge.
Hospital officials in New Mexico said the demographics are different this time around, with more young people being admitted.
While nearly 60% of the deaths in New Mexico have been people over 70, Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase noted during a briefing this week that all age groups have been setting new records with regard to daily case totals. On Thursday, the state smashed a previous record, reporting 1,082 cases for the day.
While daily cases were still above 1,000 on Friday, hospitalizations reached another high of 334. State officials say it’s the eighth consecutive day New Mexico has set a record for total COVID-19 hospitalizations.
State data also shows more than 17% of
Oak Street Health Reaches Milestone 70th Location With Entry Into New York and Opening of First Walmart Community Clinic
Value-based Primary Healthcare Provider Has Opened Brooklyn Center and First of Three Walmart Supercenter Community Clinics
Oak Street Health (NYSE: OSH), a network of value-based primary care centers for adults on Medicare, is continuing its nationwide expansion and marking its 70th clinic with the recent opening of the Company’s first center in New York and the first of three planned Community Clinics at Walmart supercenters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“We founded Oak Street Health with a mission to rebuild healthcare as it should be and we are delivering on that mission by bringing our innovative, proven model of high-quality primary care to neighborhoods across the entire country,” said Mike Pykosz, CEO of Oak Street Health. “We are thrilled to open our first New York location, marking our 10th state and milestone 70th center, but we are just getting started. Our team is energized by the opportunity to improve more lives, and we are proud to be a positive addition to new communities.”
The new openings follow the Company’s rapid growth this summer, opening a dozen new centers between August 3 and September 16, including its first centers in Tennessee and Texas. Oak Street Health plans to add additional centers and operate clinics across 11 states by the end of 2020, including its first Mississippi center. With the capital raised in its recent IPO, the Company is accelerating its expansion plans.
The Brooklyn center is located at 455 Sutter Avenue and Oak Street Health is planning for additional growth in New York. The first Walmart Community Clinic is located in the supercenter at 1213 E. Trinity Mills Road in Carrollton, Texas. Oak Street Health will open two additional Walmart Community Clinics in Arlington and Benbrook, Texas, by the end of 2020.
“We care for the most vulnerable patients, the majority having two or more chronic conditions, who live in neighborhoods that lack access to quality primary care,” said Dr. Griffin Myers, Chief Medical Officer of Oak Street Health. “As we continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, high quality primary care for these older adults is more important than ever. Whether through our growing base of Oak Street Health centers or through our collaboration with Walmart, we will continue to care for our patients and we look forward to bringing our healthcare model to even more states and cities in the near future.”
Since its founding in 2012, Oak Street Health has driven an approximately 51 percent reduction in patient hospital admissions compared to Medicare benchmarks, 42 percent reduction in 30-day readmission rates and a 51 percent reduction in emergency department visits, all while maintaining a Net Promoter Score of 90 across patients. Oak Street Health will accept multiple health plans at all locations, including traditional Medicare.
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By Shaina Ahluwalia and Roshan Abraham
(Reuters) – Worldwide coronavirus cases crossed 40 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, as the onset of winter in the northern hemisphere fuelled a resurgence in the spread of the disease.
The Reuters tally is based on official reporting by individual countries. Experts believe the true numbers of both cases and deaths are likely much higher, given deficiencies in testing and potential under-reporting by some countries.
The Reuters data shows the pace of the pandemic continues to pick up. It took just 32 days to go from 30 million global cases to 40 million, compared with the 38 days it took to get from 20 to 30 million, the 44 days between 10 and 20 million, and the three months it took to reach 10 million cases from when the first cases were reported in Wuhan, China, in early January.
Record one-day increases in new infections were seen at the end of last week, with global coronavirus cases rising above 400,000 for the first time.
There were an average of around 347,000 cases each day over the past week, compared with 292,000 in the first week of October.
The United States, India, and Brazil remain the worst affected countries in the world. COVID-19 cases in North, Central, and South America represent about 47.27% or nearly half of global cases.
Around 247 cases are seen per 10,000 people in the United States. For India and Brazil, those numbers stand at 55 cases and 248 cases per 10,000 people respectively.
New cases are growing at over 150,000 a day in Europe, as many countries including Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, Cyprus, and the Czech Republic have reported record daily increases in the number of coronavirus infections.
Europe currently accounts for over 17% of the global cases and nearly 22% of the deaths related to the virus worldwide.
Parts of the UK were put into lockdown as Prime Minister Boris Johnson bid to contain a second wave of infections through local measures.
France imposed curfews while other European nations are closing schools, canceling surgeries, and enlisting student medics.
President Donald Trump called for a big economic stimulus as U.S. infections surpassed eight million, with record spikes in several states.
States across the Midwest are seeing a rise in coronavirus cases, with new infections and hospitalizations rising to record levels.
India’s cumulative tally of coronavirus infections stood at 7.43 million on Saturday, with the number of active infections slipping below 800,000 for the first time in 1.5 months.
Iran, the Middle Eastern country hardest-hit by the coronavirus, extended restrictions and closures in the capital Tehran into a third week on Saturday as its death toll rose above 30,000.
Since the pandemic started, over 1.1 million people have died due to COVID-19, with the global fatality rate hovering around 2.8% of the total cases.
An official at the World Health Organization has said the global death toll from COVID-19 could double to 2 million