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UW Medicine postponing some non-urgent procedures amid rising COVID cases

UW Medicine and other hospitals are starting to postpone non-urgent procedures to free up more space as coronavirus cases surge in Washington state.

SEATTLE — UW Medicine in Seattle is delaying some non-urgent procedures to free up more space in its hospitals for coronavirus patients. 

Hospital staff are identifying non-urgent surgeries that would require hospitalization and postponing them “unless it would cause medical harm to the patient,” said Susan Gregg, spokesperson for UW Medicine on Saturday. 

“We are implementing this process to increase our bed capacity and available personnel based on the current increase of COVID-19 cases in our region and increased hospitalizations,” Gregg said via email. 

UW Medicine isn’t the only hospital choosing to postpone certain procedures. 

During a briefing with state and local health officials earlier this week, Chief Operating Officer at Swedish First Hill, Dr. Elizabeth Wako, said her hospital is reducing elective surgeries to make room for more COVID-19 patients.

Hospitals in western Washington are preparing for what could be a surge in COVID-19 cases following the Thanksgiving holiday if people choose to ignore state and local warnings to not gather with people outside their household. 

A new national survey by the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found nearly two in five people report they will likely attend a gathering with more than 10 people for Thanksgiving.

“If you gather with 15 people for Thanksgiving dinner, there will be an 18% chance that one of the individuals will be infected with COVID,” said State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy during a briefing this week.

Deputy Secretary of Health Lacy Fehrenbach added, “There’s risk for further transmission. Those guests who become infected may go on to do other things the following week. They may go to a religious service. Another might work in a nursing home. A child who attended could go to school leading to outbreaks in these locations.”

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Michigan Medicine implements visitor restrictions amid rising COVID-19 cases

(WXYZ) — Michigan Medicine announced Tuesday it has implemented visitor restrictions at its hospitals and clinics as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

Related: Michigan health leaders: ‘Not only are the numbers alarming, people are dying’

The hospital group is the latest in southeast Michigan to implement restrictions, following Beaumont, Detroit Medical Center and Henry Ford Health System.

It’s the second time this year that visitor restrictions have been implemented. Those restrictions started being eased about 3 months after the pandemic began.

No visitors are allowed at Michigan Medicine with emergency department patients, except when medically necessary.

The number of visitors at adult hospitals and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital has not changed. One visitor per day is allowed for every adult and two for pediatric patients.

Family and other visitors have to wear a mask at all properties.

No visitors are allowed with adult emergency department patients, except when medically necessary.

In clinics, no visitors will be allowed for adult patients unless the patient has a cognitive or physical impairment that requires assistance.

There are some exceptions for end-of-life care, labor and delivery and other situations. You can view those here.

“We recognize the critical role that visitors – families and friends – play in the well-being of our patients. However, as the spread of COVID-19 hits record-setting levels across the state, we need to minimize the risk of transmission,” said Laraine Washer, M.D., Michigan Medicine’s medical director of infection prevention and epidemiology.

“Our top priority is the safety of our patients and our staff. We hope that by adding these restrictions, we will better protect everyone from COVID-19,” Washer said. “We need to continue to keep our Michigan Medicine facilities safe for all of our patients.”

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Precision Medicine Market: Emerging Trends, Growth Insight, Comprehensive Insights, Rising Demand, Industry Trends & Revenue Models, 2027

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New York, United States, Wed, 11 Nov 2020 05:23:43 / Comserve Inc. / — The global precision medicine market can be segmented on the basis of product, technology, sequencing technology, application, end user and region.

Recent report published by research nester titled “Precision Medicine Market: Global Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2027″delivers the detailed overview of the global precision medicine market in terms of market segmentation by product, by technology, by sequencing technology, by application, by end user and by region.

Further, for the in-depth analysis, the report encompasses the industry growth drivers, restraints, supply and demand risk, market attractiveness, BPS analysis and Porter’s five force model.

The global precision medicine market can be segmented on the basis of product, technology, sequencing technology, application, end user and region. On the basis of product, it is sub-segmented into instruments, consumables and services. Based on technology, it is sub-segmented into transcriptomics, genomics and epigenomics. On the basis of sequencing technology, it is sub-segmented into ion semiconductor sequencing, pyrosequencing, single molecule real time Sequencing, chain termination sequencing, sequencing by synthesis, sequencing by ligation and nanopore sequencing. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD SAMPLE

Based on application, it is sub-segmented into immunology, CNS, oncology, respiratory medicine, infections and others. On the basis of end user, it is sub-segmented into pharma & biotech companies, diagnostic tool companies, big data companies and clinical laboratories. The market across the globe is exclusively focusing to provide specific tailored treatments to patients are also concentrating on proving the best possible treatment for cancer patients. These factors are anticipated to boost the growth of the global precision medicine market in upcoming years.

The global precision medicine market is anticipated to expand at a CAGR around 10.6% during 2019-2027. Increment in the growth of personal healthcare devices along with rise in investment in the research and development is expected to augment the market shares. Further, the rapid development in the field of bioinformatics combined with high adoption rate of gene therapy are some of the significant factors that are estimated to positively affect the growth of the market.

By region, the global precision medicine market is segmented into North America, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Among these region, North America is expected to dominate the global market of precision medicine on account of increasing cases related to rare genetic disorders and various initiatives taken by the regulatory bodies in support of the market. Further, the rising investment in the research and development in the field of precision medicine coupled with rising healthcare infrastructure are some of the factors that are augmenting the growth of market in this region. In the Europe region, Germany is expected to have the largest market share on the back of rising pediatric and adult population susceptible to metabolic diseases. Additionally, rising investment in the healthcare sector by various private and government organizations coupled with various technological advancements in this field is anticipated to

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Fitness product sales rising in smaller cities: Abhishek Ganguly

German retailer Puma reported a recovery in sales and profitability in its third quarter earnings as demand for fitness and comfort wear surged the world over. In India, where the brand has 375 owned and franchised stores, besides an online presence, the category stoked consumer interest as they picked comfort and sportswear over formal and occasion wear, said Abhishek Ganguly, managing director, Puma India and Southeast Asia, in an interview, adding that recovery is faster in smaller cities. In 2019, Puma India reported income of 1,413.26 crore, up 22% from a year ago, making it the top retailer of sports apparel and footwear. Edited excerpts:

In fashion, we have seen alliances between large e-commerce and offline retailers. Is Puma doing anything to leverage growth in e-commerce?

We are, at this stage, launching—going on and will only become stronger—an exclusive approach with our online partners. We do have consumer data from them, so you will see us do exclusive partnerships on a range of products.

This was reserved for stores. So, why change it now?

We are also doing that for our online partners. There are definitely products exclusively available in stores. But with e-commerce, we are also realizing that the earlier online-offline differentiation is actually becoming more focused. Within online, we are realizing that Myntra, for example, has a very different set of customers, with different expectations and behaviour. So, it’s not just an online-offline differentiation, we are doing a platform-based differentiation.

Globally, Puma reported a 13% jump in September quarter sales. Is India mirroring similar trends?

So, third quarter onwards, we have seen the momentum really picking up. Just to step back a bit—in March, April and May things were very tough. There was hardly any business in April since no channel was open. The reopening started in June and July. In August, September, October and the initial days of November, we have grown over last year. We have seen good traction and the traction has only been improving. September has been better than August, October has been better than September, and November seems to be better than October.

What did you do differently?

We have had a very clear multi-channel strategy, which helped us. During the reopening and, even in August, we were getting a lot of business from online sales. Over a period of time, things started opening up. First the high streets came back—we have a healthy mix of high street and mall stores. And I think our category is probably in demand right now, both on the performance side as well as on the athleisure side. We ensured we have the right product and we distributed it in the most optimized manner. Lastly, we continued to invest in marketing.

Will you report growth this year?

It’s still early days. If you take January-December sales, almost two months were completely wiped out due to the covid lockdown—that’s about one-sixth of the period. Even in June and July, we had a lot of restrictions in the

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Georgia coronavirus infections still rising, but more slowly

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is nearing 8,000 deaths from COVID-19 as infections from the novel coronavirus continue to rise.

The broadest measure of COVID-19 cases, which includes rapid antigen tests as well as the more precise genetic tests, shows the number of confirmed and probable cases was 8.5% higher in the week that ended Friday compared with the week before, according to a report issued Monday by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

In one good sign, though, the number of cases and hospitalizations rose more slowly last week than the week before.

The 7-day rolling average of new cases detected through only genetic tests in Georgia was nearly 1,600 on Monday, 38% higher than at the recent low on Oct. 8. More than 1,400 confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Monday, up 12% from the recent low in October.

Nearly 363,000 people in Georgia have been confirmed to have the illness as of Monday, and 7,999 confirmed deaths have been recorded. The average number of deaths recorded has been falling in recent weeks, but deaths typically come only after new cases are detected and people are hospitalized. While most people who contract the coronavirus recover after suffering only mild to moderate symptoms, it can be deadly for older patients and those with other health problems.

Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife are among those in quarantine after being exposed to the virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state issued guidance saying those who have tested positive for the virus. The agencies say anyone who is sick or in quarantine should inform poll workers when they arrive at a polling place. Such people are supposed to wear a mask, stay 6 feet (2 meters) from others and clean hands before and after voting.

The share of positive tests rose to 7.3% on Monday in Georgia. Experts say that if more than 5% of tests are coming back positive, it suggests that too few tests are being done and many infections may be going undetected. The increasing positivity rate could also be affected by a decline in recent days in genetic tests for the virus, considered the most accurate.


State Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey said Oct. 7 that the state was planning to include positive rapid antigen tests in its daily report, but Georgia has not yet done so.

The state’s report on Monday listed 52 high transmission counties, where the positivity rate has been above 10% in the last two weeks and the number of new cases was above 100 per 100,000 residents during that time. High transmission counties include those that are home to Athens, Carrollton, Dalton, Rome, Valdosta and Warner Robins, as well as the south suburban Atlanta counties of Clayton and Henry.

New cases and hospitalizations in Georgia remain at less than half their July peaks, when the state was ranked worst in the nation. Because the respiratory illness is now spreading so rapidly in other regions, Georgia ranks only 40th among

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Georgia Coronavirus Infections Still Rising, but More Slowly | Georgia News

By JEFF AMY, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is nearing 8,000 deaths from COVID-19 as infections from the novel coronavirus continue to rise.

The broadest measure of COVID-19 cases, which includes rapid antigen tests as well as the more precise genetic tests, shows the number of confirmed and probable cases was 8.5% higher in the week that ended Friday compared with the week before, according to a report issued Monday by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

In one good sign, though, the number of cases and hospitalizations rose more slowly last week than the week before.

The 7-day rolling average of new cases detected through only genetic tests in Georgia was nearly 1,600 on Monday, 38% higher than at the recent low on Oct. 8. More than 1,400 confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Monday, up 12% from the recent low in October.

Nearly 363,000 people in Georgia have been confirmed to have the illness as of Monday, and 7,999 confirmed deaths have been recorded. The average number of deaths recorded has been falling in recent weeks, but deaths typically come only after new cases are detected and people are hospitalized. While most people who contract the coronavirus recover after suffering only mild to moderate symptoms, it can be deadly for older patients and those with other health problems.

Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife are among those in quarantine after being exposed to the virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state issued guidance saying those who have tested positive for the virus. The agencies say anyone who is sick or in quarantine should inform poll workers when they arrive at a polling place. Such people are supposed to wear a mask, stay 6 feet (2 meters) from others and clean hands before and after voting.

The share of positive tests rose to 7.3% on Monday in Georgia. Experts say that if more than 5% of tests are coming back positive, it suggests that too few tests are being done and many infections may be going undetected. The increasing positivity rate could also be affected by a decline in recent days in genetic tests for the virus, considered the most accurate.

State Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey said Oct. 7 that the state was planning to include positive rapid antigen tests in its daily report, but Georgia has not yet done so.

The state’s report on Monday listed 52 high transmission counties, where the positivity rate has been above 10% in the last two weeks and the number of new cases was above 100 per 100,000 residents during that time. High transmission counties include those that are home to Athens, Carrollton, Dalton, Rome, Valdosta and Warner Robins, as well as the south suburban Atlanta counties of Clayton and Henry.

New cases and hospitalizations in Georgia remain at less than half their July peaks, when the state was ranked worst in the nation. Because the respiratory illness is now spreading so rapidly in other regions,

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Utah sent every phone in the state an emergency alert warning about rapidly rising Covid-19 cases

“State of Utah: COVID-19 is spreading rapidly. Record cases. Almost every county is a high transmission area. Hospitals are nearly overwhelmed,” read the alert. “By public health order, masks are required in high transmission areas. Social gatherings are limited to 10 or fewer.”

“Be careful!” it warned, alongside a link containing more information about the ever-worsening coronavirus surge.

The messages were sent beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday and remained active for 15 minutes.

Typically used for severe weather and AMBER Alerts, state and local officials are increasingly deploying these Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to warn of Covid-19 spikes as well. Through late September, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), local officials had sent the public than 400 such alerts.

Typically they are targeted to a city; New Yorkers have gotten a few. But Utah’s appears to be the first time a WEA was sent to an entire state. Officials explained in a news statement that the “dire situation” there drove them to try the stark approach.

“Despite the ongoing pandemic, there are a number of people who are not aware of the dire situation we find ourselves in,” state officials said. “As a result, the emergency alert was an effort to “make sure nearly everyone is aware of the serious nature of the pandemic.”

The alert came as the state hit a grim milestone, as Utah hits record highs in several Covid-19 measures, including number of new cases, 7-day case average, and test positivity percentage, the state data dashboard shows.

In a press conference on Thursday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert called the state’s situation “one of the worst outbreaks in the country.”

The state reported a record 2,281 new Covid-19 cases Friday, according to state data. Previously, its record high was 1,989 cases on October 22. Furthermore, its 7-day case average now sits at a record of 1,621.7 cases, and its percentage of positive tests is at a record 18.17% as of Friday. All of these barometers are steadily climbing.

Meanwhile, 72.5% of Utah’s ICU beds are occupied, along with 54% of its traditional beds, according to the state dashboard, meaning that hospitals are quickly running out of space for new patients.

All this comes as the US hits a record of 9 million Covid-19 cases, a number that experts are warning will continue to surge.

CNN’s Jenn Selva contributed to this report.

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US opioid deaths rising amid coronavirus lockdowns, state health officials say

Opioid deaths are spiking in places across the U.S. as states remain locked down during the ongoing battle against the coronavirus, state and county health officials reported this month.

While national data isn’t available for most of 2020, several individual states are reporting an increase in opioid overdose deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Health officials and experts have cited increased isolation and job loss due to statewide shutdowns as possible factors for the surge in drug-related deaths.

“The pandemic has really increased risk factors for substance abuse disorder,” Rebecca Shultz, director of community health at the Onondaga County Health Department, told Syracuse.com.

Opioid deaths in Onondaga County, N.Y., jumped to 86 in the first six months of 2020, according to the county health department. This number was nearly double the reported 44 fatalities in the first half of 2019, the outlet reported, citing the county medical examiner’s office.

Oregon saw a 70% increase in opioid overdose deaths in April and May 2020 compared to the same time last year, the Oregon Health Authority said.

While the department called the rise an “alarming spike,” it also said it was “premature to say how much of the spike in overdose deaths is attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“However, the realization that we will be dealing with COVID-19 for some time, and other stressors related to jobs, school, and social isolation, may increase feelings of anxiety and depression, and that can lead to a harmful level of alcohol or other drug use,” said Tom Jeanne, deputy state health officer and deputy state epidemiologist.

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In Maine, which saw 258 overdose deaths from January through June, there was a 27% increase over the second half of 2019. Officials cited increased isolation as a partial factor for the rise.

“It is clear from the data that the increase in deaths from the opioid epidemic can be partially attributed to the increased isolation of living through the pandemic,” Attorney General Aaron Frey said in a report on the state’s drug deaths for the second quarter.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told FOX40 Sacramento that “in some of our counties, there are more deaths from overdoses than there are from COVID-19.”

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Becerra said that in San Diego there was a 50% increase in overdose deaths in July and August compared to the months leading to the pandemic. He said “the effects of these plagues are exacerbating” due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, preliminary overdose death counts were up in Connecticut more than 19% through the end of July, compared with the same period last year. They were up 9% in Washington through the end of August, 28% in Colorado, and 30% in Kentucky during that same time.

After a one-year drop in 2018, U.S. opioid overdose deaths increased again in

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U.S. Hospitals Targeted In Rising Wave Of Ransomware Attacks, Federal Agencies Say : NPR

U.S. federal agencies sent an alert Wednesday night that there is “credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat” to hospitals and healthcare providers.

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U.S. federal agencies sent an alert Wednesday night that there is “credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat” to hospitals and healthcare providers.

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Some U.S. hospitals have been hit by coordinated ransomware attacks designed to infect systems for financial gain, federal agencies and a private-sector cybersecurity company warned on Wednesday.

A joint advisory by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services and the FBI says there is “credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat” to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers.

They are urging institutions to take necessary precautions to protect their networks.

The agencies said hackers are using Ryuk ransomware — malicious software used to encrypt data and keep it locked up — and the Trickbot network of infected computers to steal data, disrupt healthcare services and extort money from healthcare facilities. Such data hijacking often cripples online systems, forcing many to pay up to millions of dollars to restore their services.

The agencies warned healthcare providers to step up protections of their networks, including regularly updating software, backing up data and monitoring who is accessing their systems.

Beyond healthcare facilities, the FBI says ransomware attacks have been on the rise for several years against hospitals, school districts, state and local governments and even law enforcement.

Officials do not recommend paying ransoms, as it does not guarantee data will be recovered and could “embolden” hackers to carry out further attacks.

CNN reports that an unnamed Trump administration official said several hospitals have been targeted in the attacks over the past two days. The official said the incidents may be connected and that the federal government is investigating the attacks.

Experts at the cybersecurity firm FireEye said the latest spate of attacks were carried out by cyberattackers in Eastern Europe seeking financial gain.

“We are experiencing the most significant cybersecurity threat we’ve ever seen in the United States,” said Charles Carmakal, FireEye’s strategic services chief technology officer, describing the group as “one of most brazen, heartless and disruptive threat actors I’ve observed over my career.”

A FireEye report on Wednesday said the same group has this year “actively targeted hospitals, retirement communities, and medical centers, even in the midst of a global health crisis, demonstrating a clear disregard for human life.”

FireEye said the attacks typically start as emails masquerading as corporate communications containing Google Docs and PDFs with malicious links.

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Coronavirus-Related Hospitalizations Keep Rising – WSJ.com

The number of people hospitalized in the U.S. with Covid-19 climbed to 44,212 Tuesday, the highest number of patients since Aug. 15, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project.

The increasing number of patients poses a challenge for some hospitals struggling with staffing shortages and increased capacity. Rising hospitalizations in places such as Idaho, Utah, Montana and El Paso, Texas, and other indicators of the virus’s spread have prompted officials to implement stricter restrictions in recent days.

More than 1,000 people were hospitalized in New Jersey on Tuesday, the highest number since early July. Officials in Newark this week imposed new restrictions on bars and restaurants, as well as other businesses, as the testing positivity rate there climbs.

Hard-hit Wisconsin set another record Tuesday with 1,385 people with Covid-19 in hospitals, 339 of whom were being treated in intensive-care units, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association. Officials there opened a field hospital earlier this month to accommodate the growing number of patients.

Hospitalizations are a lagging indicator of the virus’ spread, epidemiologists say.

In Montana, the soaring numbers of Covid-19 cases have pushed the state’s largest hospitals to capacity as officials there grapple with uneven enforcement of the state’s mask mandate, said Jim Murphy, administrator of the state’s Communicable Disease and Laboratory Services Division.

“We have a limited number of tools to try to control the spread of this,” Mr. Murphy said. “Some were more aggressive than others and we do think that has made an impact.”

The state in mid-July required masks indoors at businesses, government offices and large outdoor activities without social distancing. The state last week went to court to enforce the July directives at five businesses where investigations found repeated violations, said Raph Graybill, chief legal council for the Montana governor.

Counties with younger populations have not seen the same rise in hospitalizations as those with older residents, who are at greater risk from the new virus, Mr. Murphy said. In Yellowstone County, home to Billings, Mont., the median age of Covid-19 cases in early October was nearly a decade older than Gallatin County, home to Montana State University, he said.

The Billings Clinic’s flagship hospital, located in Yellowstone County, is transferring patients to smaller, rural hospitals to create more room as Covid-19 hospitalizations increase.

Across Montana, 350 people were hospitalized with Covid-19 Tuesday, Covid Tracking Project data show. The seven-day average for hospitalizations is up more than 120% since the start of the month.

Hospitals are better positioned now to manage surges than earlier in the pandemic, said health-care workers and executives.

Utah’s latest Covid-19 surge is its largest in the pandemic, but doctors have the advantage of experience gained in prior waves as hospitalizations again climb, said Eddie Stenehjem, an infectious disease doctor with Intermountain Healthcare, the state’s largest hospital system.

Doctors employ new strategies to delay or avoid placing some critically ill patients on ventilators, he said. Some drugs to treat Covid-19 drugs are also now available, which was not the case

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