Ground Reports – Healthcare Focus – What’s Going On In Your City, Town, Neighborhood?…

There’s something really odd, a profound disconnect of sorts, between what the media is sharing and the reality of what the general public is reporting from their own experience.

According to most national media hospitals are overwhelmed with coronavirus patients.

U.S. media claim doctors and nurses are collapsing under the stress and strain of conditions they describe as “war zones” in the battle against COVID-19.

Media are now reporting about nurses and doctors committing suicide as they try to deal with severe PTSD, and psychological trauma, as a result of endless shifts in overcrowded hospitals filled with desperate and dying patients.  Additionally, refrigerated trailers now fill with piles of dead bodies as the morgues are overwhelmed with deceased coronavirus patients.

Influencers, perhaps people with an interest in pushing an agenda, are sharing videos of nurses and doctors pleading for help and crying under duress amid their struggle.

 

It all seems rather sad and unnerving.  Additionally, that level of professional instability seems a little disconcerting…. Perhaps too dramatic.  That said, that’s one summation of a recent 24-hour media cycle.  However, there is a disconnect.

I’m not talking a little disconnect; there is a profound and entirely opposite set of reports from nurses, doctors and healthcare workers –in multiple states– who are being laid-off, sent home, told not to come in; and doctors worried of losing their practices because hospitals, and their offices are completely empty.

For every media claim of overwhelmed hospital war-zones, there are a dozen reports from actual workers, nurses, doctors and medical personnel reporting exactly the opposite; and yes, a disparity in reporting even in the New York metropolitan area.

Medical personnel in Wisconsin, Missouri, California, Florida, Colorado, Oregon, Georgia New Jersey, and every region in the USA are reporting there are few to no patients in their facility and the medical staff is being laid-off, or told to go home and/or stay home, because there is nothing to do.

How the heck is this level of profound disconnect possible?

If you google (or duck duck) search: “medical personnel laid-off”, or “nurses sent home” there are thousands of various reports showing hospitals and treatment centers essentially devoid of any patients. There are videos of hospitals on social media showing empty medical treatment floors, empty ICU units, empty waiting rooms, empty x-ray labs, and workers waiting for something to do…

Obviously, the collective -albeit anecdotal- reports do not fit with the 24/7 media claims of “war zones” and PTSD suffering medical workers so overwhelmed they are now committing suicide because they cannot cope.

So you tell me: what’s going on in your town, city, or neighborhood in the healthcare provider industry?

Are hospitals near you “war zones”?  Or are they empty?

Do you have family in the healthcare service field?  What do they say (absent specifics and identifying information, obviously)?

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853 Responses to Ground Reports – Healthcare Focus – What’s Going On In Your City, Town, Neighborhood?…

  1. msdollie says:

    Suburb of Houston, Texas had drive up testing Wed/Apr/01 and so many people showed up that signs flashed full capacity within minutes of opening. Houston’s Harris County and surrounding suburban areas might have 2000-3000 cases with maybe 30 deaths per John Hopkins Corona site.

    I’m no spring chicken … rather an old bird. This is out of proportion in the extreme.

    HOWEVER, I firmly believe that if POTUS didn’t take this course we would not have him for a 2nd term. I am not saying that is why he chose this course. My impression is that he is deferring to the recommendations of medical experts out of genuine concern for American lives.

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    • Heine Ootenvault says:

      Hi Mollie, your county has a great website for Covid 19. Harris county has 446 active cases with 8 dead. Add in Houston and there are 1300 cases. FYI Not sure why JH as different numbers.

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    • waynesteapartyworld says:

      Fwiw, A ‘friend’ went to UAB hospital in Alabama for an appointment, and said the place was a ghost town. Hardly any patients or medical personnel…. Main entrance was closed and had to enter through parking deck.

      Methink something is rotten in the state of denmark?

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  2. Central Illinois here – and as we look to complete our 3rd week of complete statewide lock down, my county (pop. around 120,000) is now reporting 6 COVID cases with 4 of the cases self-isolating at home, not in the hospital. There is a small “triage” center for COVID testing at one of the medical clinics where the hospital has been sending “non-essential” employees to help out. It’s quiet enough that they are open regular business hours and closed on the weekends (I’ve driven by multiple times and have yet to see any visible patient activity).

    At the hospital, cafeteria staff have been sent home, elective procedures have been canceled, surgeons are off duty and the emergency room is quieter than usual. Additionally, I know several nurses at the hospital’s outpatient facility who are usually swamped on a daily basis, and they said earlier this week that they are being forced to use their ETO because there’s nothing for them to do. Some will be out for the next 10+ days because of the low patient load.

    Can’t say how representative this is of the rest of the state, but my area is certainly not matching up with what you are told (yet interestingly never shown) in media reports.

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  3. Joyce M says:

    A co-worker’s wife tested positive for COVID-19, as did several people in the choir of their church. 2 were hospitalized. She had a 3 or 4 miserable days and was sick for almost 3 weeks, but not hospitalized. It took several days to get the test and several days to get the results; all the while she was home. All others have recovered. Her husband felt he probably had a mild form of it but was not tested. He said he just felt bad, had no energy.

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    • Something about the singing. Those 60 people who met at a church for chorale practice and 30 got sick, 2 died in Mt. Vernon WA comes to mind. The people singing on the streets in Singapore are said to have spread the virus around there.

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  4. Graham Pink says:

    In a Canadian hospital close to where I live on the leftcoast it’s never been quieter.
    They’ve seen maybe 2 KungFlu patients.
    The hypochondriacs that normally fill up the ER waiting rooms are staying home for fear of really getting sick.
    All the medical staff are trained and ready for the end of the world.
    It just hasn’t shown up yet.

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  5. Joe says:

    Contra Costa County hospital. 300 beds, 59 in use.

    A friend who works there, everyday.

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  6. IdahoDeplorable says:

    Idaho has 66 hospitalizations and 11 in ICU according to the Idaho Division of Public Health. We have a hotspot in this state that is Blaine County-home to Sun Valley. They are furloughing nurses and anesthesiologists now. No one I know is aware of anyone yet who has been sick with this.

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  7. Mark L. says:

    Here in Connecticut, Hartford hospital was very quiet yesterday during two visits. There is an auxiliary temporary building in front of the emergency entrance. About 6 emergency vehicles parked next to it. There did not appear to be anybody around or inside. Traffic was low volume compared to other visits that I make on a regular basis. Foot traffic was sparse as well. No one is allowed into the hospital unless it is urgent.

    A friend in Maine told me that their neighbor, a nurse, has been laid off from her job at the local hospital. Go figure, during a pandemic.

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  8. Miya says:

    What I’m seeing in SC is no toilet paper or lines at the ER. Things are eerily quiet, especially after we were hit so hard by flu during the winter. Hundreds of patients were going through the urgent care center here on a daily basis in December, it was so bad. This in a city of about 20k. I only know of a handful of people locally who didn’t get either the flu or some sort of upper respiratory infection. They talked about closing the schools.

    Compare that to now and it’s a complete 180. Most people I know locally are healthy but scared. Almost none believe we’re being told the truth about what’s happening.

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    • Fringe Dweller says:

      “Almost none believe we’re being told the truth about what’s happening.”

      Fantastic. That’s hope shining like a beacon, for me.

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  9. JohnCasper says:

    “Medical personnel in Wisconsin, Missouri, California, Florida, Colorado, Oregon, Georgia New Jersey, and every region in the USA are reporting there are few to no patients in their facility and the medical staff is being laid-off, or told to go home and/or stay home, because there is nothing to do.”

    My brother had 3 appointments in Oregon. Two, a CT scan and a reg Dr appointment, were flat out canceled. The third, with a cardiologist, was changed to a “phone appt”. I’m not sure what good that would do. All this to avoid “exposure”. Some “routine appts” would surely detect something early enough to fix it, but not early enough months from now. Imagine a CT scan that would detect cancer at Stage I, but months later, when finally rescheduled would detect cancer at Stage III or IV. This is going to kill a lot of people. But, oh well, as long as they don’t die with C19, I guess they won’t really be dead.

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  10. wee2low says:

    I work for a small but full service (ER, ICU etc) hospital in N. California. Our census has crashed and we’ve never had to work reduce our staff this much (not even close) in the 7 years I’ve worked there. Parking lots are empty and the staff that are there are pretty much twiddling their thumbs for most of the day.

    Don’t take my word for it, go see it with your own eyes in your area because my bet is it’s the same as the hospital I work at. A lot of the reports from independent journalists that have talked with healthcare workers are even saying that most of the cases they’re treating as COVID-19 aren’t even being tested but because the patients exhibit the symptoms, they’re automatically treating as a COVID positive.

    This my friends is what you call a hoax, a farce a movie played out in real life. Go to all of the hospitals in your area and see for yourself.

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    • All Too Much says:

      Sutter, Kaiser, and UCD, in Sacramento, report the same as you.
      Stay safe

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    • Heine Ootenvault says:

      Hi Wee2low, great name by the way. I am in CoCo County and sat in the parking lot at JM waiting for spouse to have procedure and watched for 2 hours as NO ONE drove up to testing trailer.

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      • wee2low says:

        Yeah the ER parking lot at my hospital was empty last week. Kinda weird to because we have an extremely high population of elders in our community. If CNN, ABC, NBC blah, blah reports are accurate we should be seeing more activity. I don’t think we will though.

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    • Demeter says:

      Same in our rural mountain county. 4 cases total and non hospitalized.

      Can’t decide if thankful or if this is eerie. Overall CA oddly not seeing surge in cases as predicted.

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    • Is it a Hoax or a pandemic drill per event 201.?
      Counting other deaths as covid 19
      What did Pompeo mean by it being a live exercise.

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      • wee2low says:

        Honestly I couldn’t tell you. The only thing I can say is the numbers and what we’re seeing outside our windows isn’t adding up. What I will say is that to be comfortable with the fatality rates of the flu each year for decades and not be comfortable with this is highly suspect.

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  11. sunnydaze says:

    I have a doctor who’s office is in the local hosp.

    Cancelled my appt. w/ him when this blew up, cuz I really had no desire to go into a hosp. at that time unless absolutely necessary.

    Also knew that if there were too many others that were thinking like me, that doctor would have a LOT of cancellations and felt kinda bad for him and his crew..

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  12. Elric VIII says:

    Here in Charleston, WV

    April 1:
    Thomas Health, following the guidance of the CDC and Health Department, confirmed to WSAZ that a patient has screened positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 infection..

    April 3: Thomas Health says, beginning Sunday, less than 500 employees will be furloughed across its network due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Those impacted will be eligible to retain their benefits during the furlough.
    Thomas Health says it has temporarily eliminated elective and non-emergency surgeries, outpatient procedures and tests.

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  13. Truthfilter says:

    I live in a hot zone —45 minutes from New Orleans. My parish (95,000 population) has 205 cases and 4 deaths as of today. We’ve been on a lockdown for 2 weeks. I don’t know what’s happening at our local hospital except that my father in law was hospitalized last week for an emergency blood transfusion and only one family member could accompany him. N visitors. The lobbies and waiting areas are empty because of the new rules. We have had COVID 19 patients in that hospital because I knew one that died. Is it crowded with coronavirus patients? I don’t know. A local group of ladies are sewing masks and gowns because the administrator said there were shortages. Is there a shortage now or is this just her anticipation? I don’t know.

    In my parish, we are also using tele-health instead of physically seeing our doctors. For the time being, family physicians are seeing their regular patients via Skype, etc. We have been instructed to stay away from the ER and urgent care clinics if we feel sick. Instead we have to call our doctor, call the state hotline or call 911. Since most of us hanging out at home, the ER isn’t seeing too many walk in accidents. Since all unnecessary surgeries have been cancelled, I suspect that a large part of our local hospital really IS empty.

    Like the rest of the country, the hospitals are expecting and preparing for a surge while authorities are trying to prevent further infection via social distance and isolation.

    My parish has the fastest infection rate in the state per capita. People here are really scared. Practically everyone knows someone who has this virus. Most are asymptomatic or not bad enough to be hospitalized. It’s a real thing here even if the national response to it is over the top. Asymptomatic people pass it to others unknowingly. Our nursing homes are full of it. The authorities are simply trying to slow the spread. I think it’s going to work here but in some other less affected places, these measures do look like a overreaction. As for southeast Louisiana, the authorities had no other choice but to take these drastic steps. However, we cannot economically withstand another month long extension of this lock down. It has to end even if the virus continues.

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    • SHV says:

      “I live in a hot zone —45 minutes from New Orleans.”
      ******
      An RN friend volunteered last week to go to the NOLA Hot Zone to help out. I saw a text from her two days ago. When she got to the hospital, she was told that for a long period of time, they had 2-3 COVID patients in the ICU with not much going on and then it just exploded. 30 in ICU, all on vents., all very sick. 90-100 nurses out sick. I have not had an update, which is worrisome.

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      • Truthfilter says:

        The folks on the frontlines are getting it. An RN in NOLA died from the virus on Thursday. Yesterday, a sergeant in the Jefferson Parish Police Department died. 40 of his fellow police officers tested positive with 5 in the hospital, 3 in ICU. These are real people—well known people even.

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      • vikingmom says:

        Can you reach out to your friend or her family? Would be interesting to hear what she is seeing now!

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  14. helix35 says:

    I smell the biggest scam since Russiagate.

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    • CA M says:

      Well, let’s see…Spygate, Russiagate, Ukrainegate, Stormy & Co., MIchael Cohen, impeachment, etc. They have been coming at us seamlessly and overlapping for 3 solid years. They promised it from the beginning. Even Fuchi predicted this in 2017. When the Democrats and the media turn from “It’s just a flu”, “Go out and enjoy the parade”, etc. to panic and “Trump is incompetent” 24/7, it’s because they realized they can use the crisis to damage Trump.

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  15. Sue says:

    Ft Myers FL about 500,000 population. Last time I checked, about 15 deaths. And we have a huge senior population. Many live in planned communities, including me, and in my experience there is strong observance of the 6-ft recommendation. We participate in swimming, golf, tennis, and small group picnics with chairs spread wide apart. The local obit listings are not longer than usual.

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  16. JAS says:

    I’m in FL in a county of 980,000 people. So far we have as today @ 7:00pm 314 residents positive, more with non-residents. The FL health department has incredible stats, drilling down all the way to your zip code. Infections in our zip code as of now is <5.

    That zip code thing is important because you can see where the infections are taking place at the county level. Interesting to see that most of the cases are clustered in a very few specific zip codes.

    And of course Miami-Dade is out of control BUT, Broward county (Ft. Lauderdale) which is just all concrete to Dade is showing signs of remission.

    God Bless.

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  17. hoosiergranny says:

    Our PCP and specialists in Indianapolis are currently doing either video conferences or phone calls for high priority needs only. No physicians are doing office visits. They refer to the ED for immediate needs. All other visits are being rescheduled for May or June. Don’t know how busy the hospitals are at this point.

    Our daughter gets a monthly injection in Lafayette, IN. She’s been told that her injection in May has been canceled. The nurses are all being pulled from the office to the hospital (IU network) to relieve the staff there. This is a very big deal because the injection is critical in keeping her stable.

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    • Indimex says:

      Hi Granny, find out if there is a Home Infusion Pharmacy in your area. It’s a relatively new and growing area in healthcare. They see patients on specialty medications/infusions in the patients own homes. Perhaps her insurance provider will be able to assist with this. Otherwise, ask about the possibility of a Home Health visit.
      Best, Indimex, RN

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      • hoosiergranny says:

        We will ask but generally xolair shots are only offered in an allergists office. She’s so reactive that we’re very cautious regarding any changes. She’s used 6 epi pens this month even with the xolair shots. We’re praying that the xolair shots can be continued otherwise she won’t have enough epi pens to get her through next month.

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  18. Trying to get rid of totally incompetent NYC health commissioner. Good luck with that one.
    https://nypost.com/2020/04/04/nyc-pols-urge-de-blasio-to-oust-health-commissioner-over-coronavirus-response/

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  19. Bullseye says:

    My wife and i have both had covid 19 (Wuhan virus) for close to 2 weeks now.
    I’m disclosing this because I believe there is intentional misinformation being used to scare and panic the public. The virus for me has been about a quarter of what the common cold is as far as symptoms. My wife has had slightly worse symptoms as she has ran a consistent low grade fever, me no fever. Neither of us have seen a doctor nor been tested. I’m not a hypocondriact as I never go to doctor for anything. I’m not sure where or how we were exposed as we were careful about cleanliness touching and sanitizing.
    I’m sorry for those that has experienced far worse. From the studies that have been given very little coverage, we have seen that approx 85% dont need to go to hospital. Diabetic, prediabetic, severally overweight, preexisting xxx are in danger. I’m 57 wife 42 both very healthy and trim.
    I just want to help calm some fears over this frankly, it’s been less than a blip for us

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    • maggiemoowho says:

      How do you know you have it if you haven’t been tested? Many people think they have it, but don’t. You should get tested if you think you have it.

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      • Matt Hay says:

        Why? What does testing do? There is literally no point. They should be doing serological testing at this point.

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        • Bullseye says:

          I don’t go to the doctor to test if I have a cold or the flu either. I don’t go and pay someone to tell me what I already know. Everyone is free to believe or not, the msm brainwashing has been effective. The stats are 85% don’t need to be hospitalized. As you can see by reading this thread what a scam this is.

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          • law4lifeblog says:

            So you have no idea whether you and your wife have COVID 19, so the symptoms you describe may or may not be COVID 19. If you’re going to complain about misinformation, you might not want to engage in it. Just sayin’.

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            • Bullseye says:

              Anyone ever wonder why you don’t hear from all the recovered covid patients? Very little to any coverage of their story why? They don’t want you to know the truth. If not in the risk categories it’s less than a common cold by far.

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            • Bendix says:

              They don’t test anymore. They tell you go home, assume you are sick with it, if you get worse, THEN come in to the hospital.

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        • maggiemoowho says:

          He’s saying he and his wife have COVID-19, but has not been tested to confirm.
          No matter what illness they both have, I hope Bullseye and his wife feel better soon.

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        • Bendix says:

          The advice now is, if you think you have it, assume you do, stay home.
          They don’t want to waste tests they need for hospital staff. Doctors and nurses who work with COVID patients (or anybody) need repeat testing.

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    • realeyecandy1 says:

      If you have not been tested positive how can you say you have it?? ASSuming you have it does not bolster well for the overall stats of this virus. I am reading that many of the stats in NY are “assumptive” cases … this is exactly what we do not need. We need true positive readings. If you assume you have it are you assuming you will have antibodies and that you can therefore never transmit it to anyone again? I’m confused

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      • Bullseye says:

        Your correct we do not have iron proof that we have virus but all signs say we do and have including here 2nd year medical school daughter has confirmed. As I said we are both very healthy and fit and I never go to doctor unless something very wrong ..broken ankle etc. Most places don’t need to test as the symptoms are very evident.
        You are free to believe as you wish this is what the corrupt Dems and msm want. I’m telling you first hand truth. I hope no one else gets sick but if you are healthy, don’t worry it’s nothing.

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        • Bullseye says:

          I’m sure if I presented a copy of a positive test here or said It was confirmed by doctor many would not believe that either.
          I have zero motive to come here and post lies. I’ve been a treeper for approx 3-4 years just don’t post as often as before but still read daily. I don’t wish anyone to be I’ll nor did I want to be sick however, it is trivial illness in our case.

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          • maggiemoowho says:

            Nobody is saying that Bullseye, nobody thinks you are lying about your illness. There are just a number of different viruses going around and without a positive test for COVID-19, it’s just not a good idea to tell people not to worry about it, when you don’t really know if you even have it or not. I hope that you and your wife get well soon. 🙏🏻 Hopefully this huge mess will be over soon and we can all get on with our everyday lives.

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            • Mark Smith says:

              Matt Haye is correct. Not only does the rt PCR test for Covid-19 show only 70% sensitivity, which means 30% false negatives, but a retest of this sort could be negative for DNA virus by now. Immunoglobin testing is useful because it could identify antibody response. We need random widespread immunoglobin testing to characterize the true infection rate and true mortality rate, as well as to start measuring protection from re-infection. Bullseye has probably made a correct diagnosis on his own, as the flu season is mostly over.

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              • maggiemoowho says:

                “Probably have” the virus and “have” the virus is why I said they should get tested. Not good to tell people not to worry about something, if you don’t even know if you have it in the first place.

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          • law4lifeblog says:

            Actually, Bullseye, I would definitely believe you if you said you had tested positive for COVID 19, but you didn’t, and sorry, I don’t think a 2d yr medical student is a substitute for a test, no matter how smart I’m sure she is.

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  20. Ospreyzone says:

    How deep is this rabbit hole, Alice?

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    • RightAroundTheBlock says:

      Alice said, “oh, so, so deep, but keep going… eventually there’s a very bright light at the end of the tunnel, and then you find yourself,strangly, in a sterile waiting room, in a Chinese bio-lab..? And the Microsoft guy is there, asking you if you would like a Tab, to quench your thirst after such a long journey.

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  21. Dukeofearl says:

    For what it’s worth, and whatever it means, but to provide perspective, I live near St. Louis and there have been 33 homicides so far this year in the city and six deaths, from COVID-19.

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    • shitunes says:

      A friend and I went through: DePaul, St. John’s Mercy, MoBaptist and Mercy South ER entrances in St. Louis County yesteday. Lots of temporary tents and masked personnel standing around. Nobody there being tested. As if they were in Potemkin villages.

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  22. freepersup says:

    Made 2 runs to the grocery store (Safeway) in Peoria, AZ., in the last 3 days. Low customer count. One doorway shut. Signs on the floor denoting 6 feet intervals. Toilet paper and cleaning supplies aisles wiped out. 2 people with masks on. Inventory good with minor exceptions. Cooking oil, sugar and coffee selections hit hard but some alternatives available. Plexiglass sneeze shields at counters. Bought groceries. Warning signs on outside door glass.

    DMV proxy open with plexiglass shields at counters and 6′ interval markings on the floor.
    Warning signs on outside door glass. Steady business. Working on getting a title from a dealership now out of business. Unsure if COVID 19 related closure.

    Circle K had 6′ interval markings on floor and plexiglass sneeze shields at counters. Steady customer flow. Bought lottery tickets and Scotch (Buchanan’s).

    Overall traffic count down a bit.

    Went to elementary school this morning to pick up Bountiful Baskets. Weekly online food pay program. Arrived early to help with distribution. 6 volunteers and 1 truck driver. 95 food baskets built up. One person with mask. Customers arrive. One with a mask.

    My family came over later in the day for food giveaway.
    Niece, unemployed body piercer due to COVID19.
    Nephew working as electrician in Safeway store’s grand opening. 20 co workers laid off dut to COVID 19.
    Brother working on traffic intersection modifications. Multiple workers on site.
    Niece’s boyfriend working at Honeywell refurbishing APU’s for commercial airlines.
    Sister working from home in commercial real estate due to COVID 19.
    Niece working on school work from home due to COVID 19.
    Me- retired, but seasonal ferry boat captain in Sierra NF, CA. Unsure if resort will open in May on time due to COVID 19.

    First family gathering in weeks. I reminded everyone that any one of us could be infected due to infection by any person we met in the last 14 days. Everyone felt that they were not infected and knew of no one else that was in their circle of contacts. Who knows. I said if anyone gets infected in the next 14 days, we all need to be informed.

    Otherwise, business as usual.

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    • realeyecandy1 says:

      wow that was a lot of people you were around …. we have been socially distancing and isolating here in WV for several weeks. We are both high risk and have asked friends and family to please visit us by phone

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  23. Kenny says:

    I live in Springfield Ohio. The hospital network furloughed 700 workers yesterday
    The parking lot is empty. Not sure what is going on . Real facts are hard
    to come by.

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  24. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    From Western NY/Buffalo

    All elective procedures cancelled, even those in outpatient/non-hospital settings. BFF had colonoscopy and gastric endoscopy postponed.

    All specialists (hand, foot & ankle surgeons) have had to cancel non-emergency surgeries.

    I was at Roswell Park Memorial Cancer Institute 3 weeks ago for a lab & clinic visit. Everyone goes in one entrance and out the other. Temp. monitored from forehead (by guys from accounting/billing!) before you enter. Place was basically deserted.
    I had a “virtual visit” with a second doctor this past week. Webex software was allegedly buggy on their end, I never had a chance to try it, so had to resort to telephone.
    I was looking forward to that, too. It would have been mine first teleconference. Was all set for the part, with a dress shirt & tie with fleece lounge pants.

    Kalaida Health here has laid off about half of it’s workforce. That was reported (barely) locally. Newspaper, IIRC.

    Neighbor of BFF works for University of Buffalo Dental School/Clinic. Their job has been calling ALL patients to inform them that whatever they were suppose to have done will have to wait. (I am sure glad I don’t have any more cracked molars waiting to break)

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Cleveland OH :

    “My coworker went to the hospital yesterday. She said it was empty. 2 weeks ago 2 customers (works for a national pharmacy chain) said the same thing.

    Utica, NY:

    Yes. No visitors. No one can see their loved ones unless signing a DNR or comfort care. It’s sad. But the family’s that call all the time. Have sent us food. and lots of people are donating from their restaurants. It’s nice to see my nursing fed before noon. So they have the energy to take on the day.

    (that was from someone working in an ICU)

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  25. Janet Watts says:

    Way down here in Hawkes Bay ,New Zealand admittedly only 11 days into lockdown, our daughter an ED nurse, commented on only having 3 patients the other day, she did come home yesterday commenting on the baby that “died” from Wuhan Flu, will correct her today. NZ has only had one death from a 70yr old+ chronically co-morbidity case.
    The media down here are seriously Anti-Trump. Unbelievably biased.

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  26. Somebody says:

    One thing I’ll say that may have something to do with the lack of cars at hospitals. No visitors are allowed. As I’ve stated I know people who have had this and been hospitalized. No visitors allowed. Add to that all elective procedures cancelled. Those two things would drastically reduce the number of cars at hospitals.

    Those things do not however, explain empty beds and lay offs.

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  27. Here in Tennessee, yesterday I saw reported over 3,000 cases and 37 deaths in the state so far. My youngest sister is a pharmacist assistant working in Kroger; when I told her those numbers she said she considers that bad; she believes the media because she believes in the medical profession. I told her I had gotten a bug, I believe Covid19, just a week ago, and fought it off easily, and she got upset with me, and yelled that the local nursing home has been evacuated. Those who believe will believe; however, I made the mistake of starting this short conversation while she was at work in the pharmacy, among other pharm. workers (I wasn’t expecting it to get loud).

    I go out to one or more stores just about every day, to see how things are going — they were herding customers between yellow “do not cross” tapes into the local Walmart, through a single entrance, but the actual number of customers going in was not great, no excess density, so the herding was obviously unnecessary (there were more employees at the entrance, outside, than customers going in, at any given minute). I don’t see quite as many people in the stores, but a healthy number (no pun intended), some wearing masks who obviously take it seriously (since there is not a sign of illness, or even stress, anywhere). I still see the occasional binge shoppers; yesterday, it was a couple speaking Spanish. There is still little or no paper towels or toilet paper, but there seems to be plenty of everything else — the bread shelves are full again, and plenty of meats, and milk. The Dollar Tree store was out of odor neutralizer (which is as good as Febreze, but one-fifth the price), bummer…it’s good against invading ants too.

    But, I have a question, following the above post: How can there be such a disconnect, with Trump as President? That is the most immediately troubling aspect.

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    • booger71 says:

      For now he has to take Jibba and Jabba’s advice…but I thought today’s presser was uplifting, as he said several times we have to open back the country more times than I herd him before.

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  28. Reserved55 says:

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  29. James Groome says:

    2 hospitals less than a half mile from my house and there has not been any noticeable pick up in traffic – the walgreens between the hospital and me is where many nurses shop, I frequently stop there, typically close to shift change at the hospital and I haven’t heard them say anything off putting when asked how things are at work by the staff at Walgreens.

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  30. swiffle says:

    I saw this on youtube from a Seattle nurse (Seattle supposedly one of the hardest hist areas). The hospital is canceling emergency contracts for ER nurses

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  31. chojun says:

    Hospital systems make a significant amount of money on non-elective and non-emergency surgical services. Most of these services have been cancelled or postponed.

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  32. Small, rural hospitals (200 beds or less) in northern WA still at capacity, but far fewer “ILI” (influenza-like illnesses) than came in last month. I don’t normally see the charts. I get orders for the chest x-rays. They’ve gone down over the past week. I’m hoping our “wave” crested earlier, and that this is over for now.

    Local residents banded together as an advocacy group and donated a large shipment of much-needed PPE. That saved lives by allowing us to change masks and gowns between each patient, as is the normal recommendation. When staff are forced to re-use and clean these, it’s never as safe. Risk of passing infections from patient to patient, because I (for example) have physical contact with them while positioning bed-ridden ones for an x-ray.

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  33. Isman says:

    This article has some interesting data of projected and actual hospitalizations due to Covid-19:

    https://www.redstate.com/elizabeth-vaughn/2020/04/02/analyst-discovers-a-major-flaw-in-imhe-coronavirus-model-used-by-white-house-heres-why/

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  34. Janet W says:

    Way down here in Hawkes Bay ,New Zealand admittedly only 11 days into lockdown, our daughter an ED nurse, commented on only having 3 patients the other day, all non virus,hospital quiet,she did come home yesterday commenting on the baby that “died” from Wuhan Flu, will correct her today. NZ has only had one death from a 70yr old+ chronically co-morbidity case.
    The media down here are seriously Anti-Trump. Unbelievably biased.

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    • Jase says:

      A friend of a friend is an on-call nurse at the Cairns Base Hospital in Queensland. Hasn’t had a shift in 13 days because it is so quiet.

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  35. Trump2020 says:

    Using mannequins – nuff said. We are being “duped”

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    • anthohmy says:

      Any link to the original source video?

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    • maggiemoowho says:

      Lol😄, they aren’t using “dolls” to lie to the public. That is a training mannequin, the sign posted in that room explains that. Staff are probably being trained on how to use the new equipment or training other staff how to use existing equipment. Training on mannequins is normal and is used all the time.

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      • hawkins6 says:

        Our timing was perfect maggie.

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      • Jeffrey407 says:

        So why isn’t Channel 4 disclosing that fact?

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        • maggiemoowho says:

          Disclosing what , it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see that those people are training on a mannequin(there is a sign that even says it’s a mannequin hanging right above the mannequin. The clip actually fits with the story. NY is getting a thousand ventilators from China and they show people learning to use them. Nothing odd going on in that story.

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      • Reserved55 says:

        I posted it previously.
        It’s from a Channel 4 news broadcast. It’s fake being past off as real.

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    • hawkins6 says:

      The “doll” is a “Medical and Nursing Simulation Mannequin.”

      Parts of the video look like excerpts from a training video. Was this a deliberate fake patient care sham using a training dummy or are they clips from a previous training film or ad about the training mannequins. All hospitals have these for training purposes. Notice the tracheotomy hole in the neck. They are used to teach CPR for First Aid classes or final-year university medical instructions for various procedures.

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    • Justmeinputting says:

      This is a training video on how to operate a respirator. There is a sign at the top right that says “No food or drink near mannequins and/or the trainer” Bad audio dub too,

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    • Malatrope says:

      Jeez, man, tone down your paranoia. That’s a training scenario!

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    • Linda says:

      Could be training.

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    • Dabigragu says:

      This is clearly a training video. Due to HIPAA laws a mannequin has to be used in videos.

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    • BrianM says:

      Perhaps. Perhaps not. Just as likely that video editor cobbled together some video footage of a hospital for the story. If you blow up the sign on the wall it says “ no food or drink near mannequin or trainers”.

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    • anthohmy says:

      Actually no hospital is going to give ANY news outlet access to a full hospital ward like that and then simply allow them to blur out the faces later. Wholesale privacy violation. That isn’t a real Brooklyn hospital with live patients.

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    • WSB says:

      Just asked about this on a other site.

      “Yes, it is a teaching place and at the back right where the black hose thingy is is a two way mirror for observation. So they just used a not very realistic video.”

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    • WSB says:

      The first comment…

      “Apparently its from Rush Medical Simulation Lab and passed off as a COVID Hospital video by channel 4.”

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  36. hawkins6 says:

    I live in a small city or town between an ocean and a mountain chain. Our one hospital is in total lockdown with zero COVID-19 patients.

    A Tale of 2 Narratives
    Meanwhile, as sundance attempts to reveal an all encompassing view of the C-19 picture, the conniving NY Gov. Cuomo continues to lead the MSM’s American news cycle to the world. In essence his message is—“China Comes to New York’s Rescue. P Trump fails to deliver.” (My interpretation) I wonder why he failed to mention his refusal to purchase 15,000 ventilators as requested by his staff.
    ——————————————
    Cuomo’s actual comments–“New York is poised to get over 1,100 ventilators from China and Oregon as it scrambles to line up more breathing machines for the sickest coronavirus patients. The Chinese government facilitated a 1,000-ventilator donation from billionaires Jack Ma and Joseph Tsai, the co-founders of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba…the state’s supply of ventilators will be exhausted in six days if the number of critically ill coronavirus patients keeps growing at the current rate…Governors around the U.S. have been pleading, competing and scouring the global marketplace for needed supplies, especially ventilators, to treat the sick…New York at one point made purchase orders for 17,000 of the devices, but only 2,500 came through.”

    What a scoundrel.

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  37. antiqueiron says:

    A local “news” reporter interviewed a head nurse at the biggest hospital in Pittsburgh. They are empty. No crowds, no waiting, no problems. The report ran just once, and no more & was scrubbed from their Facebook page.

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  38. alliwantissometruth says:

    No, I just saw it firsthand

    It was brutal. Crowds of people screaming and yelling. Bodies dropping as the desperate crowd tried to get in…

    Hospital? Oh, never mind, I thought we were talking about liquor stores

    Seriously, some more info on NYC stats…

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    • Orson says:

      I think you can attribute a lot of the exposures in NYC to elevators. And, by connection…those in New Jersey, the same since most moved out of the city to live cheaper in NJ while still working in NYC. Hoboken community is a great example of that.

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  39. jello333 says:

    Champaign County, IL I’ve mentioned before that there’s not much craziness here, well other than no schools or restaurants open and a lot of other stores closed. But people in general aren’t doing much different than they normally do. Probably no more than 1 in 30 or so people wearing masks or gloves. Just saw some guys out practicing soccer in a park a couple days ago. Buses have some weird rules, like keep an empty row between yourselves, and enter through the backdoor. In Walmart, about half as many people as usual, and a few aisles are bare in spots. But nothing extreme at all.

    As for the hospitals, I have a relative working as a nurse here at a large clinic, and she’s one of the few that hasn’t been laid off. Mostly because she’s now doing phone work rather than in-person… they’ve cancelled all “elective” appointments. In the city’s main hospital, there’s absolutely NO sign of panic or overcrowding… actually much LESS busy than normal. Oh, and I just found “official” numbers for our county (with a population of a little over 200K). Here:

    Total confirmed cases: 55
    Recovered: 16
    Still considered “active”: 39
    Hospitalized (have no idea how serious): 9
    Deaths: 0

    YEP…

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  40. Todd says:

    Buffalo, NY is the 2nd largest city in New York.

    Erie County has about 1 million people. I’m 1 of them who has not left…yet.

    802 carona virus cases in Erie County.

    22 people have died.

    Erie County coronavirus cases at 802
    22 people have died; 141 recovered

    https://wben.radio.com/articles/erie-county-coronavirus-cases-at-802

    The University of Buffalo has thousands of Chinese students and a large percentage of the student body comes from New York City.

    ZERO reports of hospitals being overwhelmed here in Buffalo.

    22 people out of 1 million.

    I think it’s TIME TO GET BACK TO WORK AMERICA!

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “ZERO reports of hospitals being overwhelmed here in Buffalo.”

      Hospitals here essentially have shut down for everything except emergencies. ALL activities, training, etc. have been cancelled until further notice.

      All cancer support group meetings, other groups using hospital meeting rooms, etc. are no longer allowed on site.

      Visiting is either sharply curtailed, or in some cases completely prohibited (Roswell in-patient).

      I borrowed a book from Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Resource Room several months ago. I was going to return it 3 weeks ago, so I called before my clinic visit to inquire if they were open.

      I received a call back telling me that they did not want it back, so I could keep it to do as I wished. The caller, working from home, said they obtained a grant so were going to replace everything.

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  41. littleflower481 says:

    Buncombe County NC, population 250,000. One death, elderly male. Get this, Mission Hospital “investigating” 124 patients for virus. As of Friday , 31 Buncombe County residents test positive
    No new cases in visitors to Buncombe County. Nothing happening here…gross over reaction.

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  42. Freedom Lover says:

    I work at a hospital in a southern Capitol city. It’s empty, layoffs probably happening soon. We are losing more money than you can imagine. There is zero non emergency care happening. This might be a death blow for many hospitals. My dad is a doc and it’s the same at his hospital in a rural area. No Covid patients and losing money. A friend is an ER nurse in another major city. She said, “eerily quiet.” We do have corona patients, but we are NOT overwhelmed.

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  43. JohnCasper says:

    This is all so shifty, one would think Adam Shifty had been here.

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  44. Janeka says:

    Dallas County.. have two friends and a niece that are nurses.. one friend is an oncology surgical nurse and has not worked in 17 days, niece is an ER nurse and still on schedule but received an extra day off last week.. Guess the criminals here have taken to heart the Houston Mayors request to stop shooting each other.. other friend is a practitioner and didn’t work this week the sick are staying home.. No longer have contact with any hospice professionals, would really like to hear what they have to say.. My dental appointment for later this month was canceled yet my eye appointment for this week was moved up two hours.. I didn’t get out this week but hubby did, came home all bitchy and in a general bad mood, twice..
    Says inside banking was okay except the guy in front spoke little English (Pakistani) was trying to get bank to honor his hot check pretending he didn’t understand.. The guy behind him crowded him and came in, security pushed him back outside to the X outside the door.. he was Asian and kept telling hubby how sorry he was this has happened to America in clipped English with a mask over his face… He was sandwich between foreigners making a nuisance of themselves.. (pissy mood one) also hubby is half deaf, I can imagine how that conversation went..
    Seems the plexiglass wall at the grocery checkout is a joke, not positioned well enough to protect anyone from anything especially if you are exchanging cash. Cashier had itchy nose wore gloves but that did not protect him from her gloves with scratched people parts on them. No sour cream, toilet paper or dog food (pissy mood two).. still don’t know what he went there for we have plenty of TP, we didn’t need sour cream and we don’t have a dog.. oh well..
    I will be getting out later this week for a Costco run.. I’ve only got three rolls of paper towels when I should have eight. I think he gave some away to a neighbor.. We are also out of celery and carrots, over eating the snacks ..
    Our lettuce is roaring in we’ve never had this big a crop, think it’s from all the rain.. strawberry bushes are heavy but no ripe fruit, all the blossoms fell off the lemon and lime trees cause the bees aren’t out yet.. neighbors are waving but not visiting as usual.. no kids out and about but our buddy across the creek called the cops on three ATV riders tearing out the grass on the soccer fields at the park yesterday.. been told the damage is severe, guess they are starting to get restless..
    we have a couple county commissioners I would really like to throttle some sense into but that ain’t gonna happen.. hey the liquor stores are open but I can’t get my nails trimmed.. don’t want anyone to experience the DT but it’s okay if I scratch you and you will have to get a tetanus and stitches..

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  45. ChampagneReady says:

    Couple that with the mind numbing cave-in of the Republicans to go along with a 30% raise in salary to not work…. and Houston, we got a habit that will be hard to break

    A 4-MONTH habit, because that’s when the bonanza bonus ends ….. watch and see.

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  46. Kenny says:

    Springfield Ohio . the hospital network furloughed 700 workers yesterday .
    This is according to the Springfield News Sun. The parking lot is very empty.

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  47. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Trying to watch “Watter’s World” on FNC. Jesse’s time on air is being cut down.

    As “News updates” during commercial breaks, FOX News is running repeats of doom and gloom from PDJT and “the sky is falling” Dr. Faucci (only a vaccine will save us) from the Daily Wuhan virus briefing.

    Scrolling on bottom of page “military to supplement slammed health care workers”

    At least they aired the part about PDJT saying the cure cannot be worse than the disease”

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  48. KC says:

    Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka is cutting the pay of every employee not involved in “face-to-face” patient care in the hospital’s acute and ambulatory care settings — because of a shutdown in non-emergency surgeries and visits. Those sorts of services are the engine of financial health for most hospitals.

    https://sentinelksmo.org/covid-19-massive-unemployment-except-in-government/

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  49. TexanInFL says:

    I live in Escambia County, FL, Pensacola area. One dead, 75 year old man
    http://www.northescambia.com/2020/04/first-escambia-county-covid-19-death-reported

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    • Pale rider says:

      Suburb of tulsa they are shutting down all the minor emergency facilities. Dr.s are livid, that is their livelihood. 12 total cases no deaths.
      Not talking about tulsa, im sure they are seeing the same insanity.
      Good job sundance for the information zone.

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      • zorrorides says:

        Howdy Pale – Next time I see Governor Stitt I’ve just gotta ask him two questions; “When did you join the coup against Donald Trump?” and “How did you know to fool us so well?”

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        • Pale rider says:

          Agreed, you know the guy ASKED to have more invaders settled in Oklahoma didnt you? He has the choice to refuse them, he asked for more.
          I think he was always a traitor.

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