Washington Records 90,000th Confirmed Coronavirus Case

WASHINGTON — As of the latest update from the Washington State Department of Health, Washington has had 90,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

The DOH’s update Monday afternoon added 402 new laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases and 16 deaths, for a total of 90,276 infected and 2,158 dead due to the pandemic thus far.

Deaths were reported in Grant, King, Lewis, Mason, Snohomish, Spokane, Whatcom, and Yakima counties.

The new numbers mean that, across the state, 78 out of every 100,000 Washingtonians have tested positive for the virus over the past two weeks. The state still has a long way to meet its goal of getting that rate to under 25 per 100,000 over two weeks.

Meanwhile, 1,951,407 coronavirus tests have been performed in Washington state. Over the past week, 3.3 percent of tests have come back positive, up from the same time last week. The state’s goal there is to test widely enough that that number falls below 2 percent.

The state is, however, succeeding on two of its key metrics: less than 80 percent of hospital beds are occupied, and less than 10 percent of hospital beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients.

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Inslee: Trumps’ coronavirus message “reckless” and “dangerous”

President Trump’s recent stint in the hospital for coronavirus treatment, and his subsequent recovery and return to the White House Monday evening have Republicans and the Trump Administration running a victory lap, and claiming that response to the pandemic has been overblown— a message that health officials categorically deny.

Monday Washington Gov. Jay Inslee weighed in, condemning Trump’s continued attempts to downplay the severity of the pandemic:

“The president’s reckless comments reflect exactly the same nonsense thinking behind his failed pandemic response that increased the risk of COVID, a virus that has caused 210,000 deaths in the United States already — and hundreds more each day. He hasn’t learned a thing. Since he tested positive for COVID, more than 2,000 additional Americans have died and downplaying this danger is the best he can do?”

Inslee’s statement was echoed by a similar release from Washington’s top health official, Secretary of Health John Wiesman:

“The president’s tweet is highly irresponsible and makes every public health official’s job that much more difficult. COVID-19 is a serious disease that is easily spread. We shouldn’t fear it; we should protect ourselves from it. Wear your mask. Watch your distance. Wash your hands. These are the basic facts.”

Read more: Inslee: Trump ‘Hasn’t Learned A Thing’ After Catching Coronavirus

UW Medicine Studies COVID-19’s Long-Term Effects

UW Medicine is helping to lead a nationwide study to discover more about the long-term impacts of the coronavirus, specifically why some patients experience extremely prolonged symptoms.

Over recent months there have been a growing number of reports of patients who have recovered from the virus, only to return to the hospital later with similar symptoms of fatigue and shortness of breath.

“We want to understand the long-term effects of

Fears for Obamacare if Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to supreme court

This month, Congress is expected to begin confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s nominee for the supreme court, Amy Coney Barrett. If confirmed, she could be the decisive vote in a case being heard days after the election, which seeks to strike down the landmark Affordable Care Act – a move that could leave millions of Americans without healthcare in the middle of a pandemic.



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Barack Obama wearing a suit and tie: Obamacare, Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform, has been in place for 10 years and underpins much of the country’s healthcare system.


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Obamacare, Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform, has been in place for 10 years and underpins much of the country’s healthcare system.

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Trump has pledged to kill the ACA since day one of his presidency, but despite comments to the contrary he has no official plan to replace the healthcare reform law, commonly known as Obamacare. Without it, 20 million Americans could lose their health insurance.

Joe Biden opened the presidential debate on Tuesday night by warning about the threat posed by Trump: “He’s in the supreme court right now trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.”

Sabrina Corlette, co-director of the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University, said if Coney Barrett is confirmed, “it dramatically increases the chances that the ACA will be struck down.”

“That said, because there are so many conservative legal scholars that have said this is a ridiculous, meritless lawsuit, one can only hope and pray she’s in that camp,” she said.

Obamacare has been in place for 10 years and underpins much of the country’s healthcare system. Without it, things such as protections for people with pre-existing conditions would disappear.

Before Obamacare, millions of Americans who had cancer, multiple sclerosis or other diseases could be denied healthcare coverage because of their condition. At least 54 million people have a pre-existing condition which would have been deniable before the ACA.

People who contract Covid-19 could also be denied coverage, be charged higher premiums, or have future treatment for coronavirus turned down.

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Laura Packard, a healthcare advocate and cancer survivor, said she was concerned about losing health insurance because of her pre-existing condition.

Packard was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, three years ago and has watched as the Republican party fought against the healthcare law she credits with saving her from drowning in medical debt. She is currently in remission, but she is self-employed and has healthcare through the ACA marketplace.

“If my cancer comes back, it will be hundreds of thousands of dollars to save my life,” Packard said. “That’s money I don’t have.”

The supreme court, however, is not guaranteed to rule against Obamacare even with a conservative majority.

Central to the case is whether the individual mandate, which requires people to have health insurance, is constitutional. If

118 COVID-19 Cases Confirmed In Iredell In Less Than A Week

IREDELL COUNTY, NC — The number of known COVID-19 cases in Iredell County rose to 3,182 Thursday, an increase of 118 new cases confirmed in the county in less than a week, according to Iredell County Health Department data.

As of Sept. 25, Iredell County reported 3,064 cases. Almost half of the new cases reported so far this week — at least 57 —were confirmed in southern Iredell County since Friday.

Health officials also recorded a new coronavirus death this week, raising the county’s death toll to 41. At least 10 county residents remained hospitalized for COVID-19 illness as of Thursday afternoon. Out of the total tally of known cases in the county, 311 residents remained isolated in their homes and an estimated 2,820 cases were assumed recovered.

The number of known coronavirus cases in North Carolina rose to 212,909 total cases Oct. 1. The tally reflected a day-over-day increase of 2,277 known cases —the largest one-day jump reported since July 30.

The state’s COVID-19 death toll rose by 47 Thursday, increasing the number of lives lost to COVID-19 in North Carolina to 3,579.

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Iredell County health officials group cases into three regions of the county: North, Central and South. Here’s a breakdown of where cases have been confirmed as of 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1:

North Region (zip codes 27020, 27028, 27055, 28625, 28634, 28636, 28660, 28689 and 28678)

Central Region (zip codes 27013, 28166, 28677)

South Region (zip codes 28036, 28115, 28117, 28125)

Earlier this week, state public health officials announced that nursing home and long term care facility patients in North Carolina will now be allowed to have visitors indoors. Visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and must wear a face mask, according to the new guidelines. The new visitation rules will apply to facilities that haven’t had any positive COVID-19 cases in a 14-day span in counties where the percent positive rate is less than 10 percent.

As of Thursday, at least 235 nursing homes and 97 residential care facilities in North Carolina reported a COVID-19 outbreak, including facilities in Iredell County, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Here’s a list of the Iredell County facilities that reported positive COVID-19 cases as of Sept. 29, according to DHHS:

  • Accordius Health at Statesville — 3 staff members and 2 residents tested positive

  • Autumn Care of Statesville — 2 staff members tested positive

  • Maple Leaf Health Care — 38 staff and 76 residents tested positive, 9 resident deaths

  • Brookdale Peachtree Assisted Living — 4 staff and 9 residents tested positive, 4 resident deaths

  • Brookdale Peachtree Memory Care — 2 staff and 2 residents tested positive, 1 resident death

Globally, more than 34 million people have been infected by COVID-19, and more than 1 million people have died, Johns Hopkins University reported Thursday afternoon. In the United States, more than 7.2 million people have been infected and more than