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

How Often Should You Take A Rest Day? It Goes Beyond Workouts, Fitness Pros Say

It can be exhilarating to push your body to its limits with your workouts, but you know that you’ll hit those limits at some point. If you try to push hard all the time, fitness pros have one request: take even more rest days than you think you should.

“Being gentle with yourself allows your body to rest and heal itself,” says Ali Duncan, a yoga instructor and the founder of Urban Sanctuary, the first women-run, Black-owned yoga studio in Denver, Colorado. “When the body is pushed without any rest, both physically and mentally, something will eventually have to give.”

Hustle culture leaks into the gym to tell you to constantly grind, but four fitness pros explain how you can revamp your workout routines to feature more rest, community care, and self-love.

Why People Don’t Take Enough Rest Days

A lot of people never realize that they feel like they have to “earn” rest. From sticking with soccer practice because “winners never quit” to working through unpaid parental leave, people are taught to always be working harder — AKA, constantly grinding, as we say in the gym.

“We have been taught to go, go, go,” says Emma Middlebrook, a personal trainer and the owner of REP Movement, a workout space in Portland, Oregon that emphasizes body affirmation, anti-racism, and queerness. Getting three hours of sleep might be a badge of honor around the office, but you don’t have to work every weekend or drag yourself out of bed every day at 3 a.m. to hit up the gym in order to “earn” that four-hour session of Animal Crossing or that chocolate fudge cake.

“Hustle culture is a result of capitalism, white supremacy, and patriarchy being deeply ingrained in our cultural outlook,” says Helen Phelan, a Pilates instructor who specializes in body neutrality and mindfulness. “Choosing rest and deciding not to let wellness marketing guilt you into going ‘harder’ when it’s not right in that moment is what self-care actually is,” Phelan says. You don’t deserve to constantly run on fumes, she explains.

Make Self and Community Care The Center Of Your Fitness Routine

“The terms self-care and self-love are fairly new, which in itself is wild,” Middlebrook tells Bustle. “We had to create a term to help us stop and take care of ourselves, but this is something we should have all been allowed to do without having to create a hashtag.” She invites her clients into self-love practices by encouraging folks to do gentle stretch routines instead of intense workouts when energy levels just aren’t there. This creates a community that puts members’ emotional and physical needs ahead of ideas about what their workouts and lives “should” look like.

The more people, especially those from marginalized communities, surround themselves with affirmation and care for their community, the less pressure there is to work constantly to earn crumbs of relaxation. “I was tired of being the only Black person practicing yoga in all of the studios I practiced [at],” Duncan

A family of 7 lost their home in Washington’s wildfires. Then they all got Covid-19

They have now quarantined themselves in two hotel rooms in Spokane Valley, where they’re recovering and trying to plan their futures.

The Grahams lost their home, a barn and outbuildings where they stored things they weren’t using, special baby clothes and other family mementos. Their dog was OK and their chicken coop was also spared, though some of the birds’ feathers may have been singed.

“We were planning to come back that night, so we didn’t pack a single thing,” Jessica said.

They stayed with family after the fire and think that’s how they were exposed to the coronavirus — Jessica’s dad had flu-like symptoms and Matthew’s mom tested positive on September 20 after she’d babysat the children.

“We were starting to experience symptoms at that time that we were hoping was just due to hazardous air quality,” Jessica said. “But then that had gone away and we were getting worse instead of better.”

Neither of their parents had to be hospitalized, but Matthew’s mom did have pneumonia in both lungs.

Jessica and Matthew have felt exhausted but think they’re on the way to recovery.

The kids, Constantine “Costa,” 12, Claudia, 10, 7-year-old twins Adele and Zoe, and 5-year-old Darius, have fared much better. Jessica said they’ve occasionally felt feverish but would be better the next day.

“They’re bouncing off the walls, but we’re so thankful that they’re healthy enough to bounce off the walls,” Matthew said.

The Glass and Zogg Fires are less than 10% contained and threaten even more destruction
He said the community has been incredibly generous and given the family toys, board games and clothes for the whole family. A GoFundMe campaign for the family has raised more than $21,000.

Jessica said rental homes are hard to find in the area, but they hope to find a more permanent place to stay once they get out of quarantine in a few days.

She said they’d like to stay in the community and are considering buying a new house or rebuilding “this amazing new house” on their property.

“That’s what keeps us optimistic,” she said. “We know one of those two outcomes is going to happen and we’re gonna just have something that’s even better than what we had before.”

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COVID-19 changes at the dentist office

PERRYSBURG, Ohio (WTVG) -Dental offices across the country are back in business amid COVID-19, with all new protocols in place.

a group of people in a room: Dental offices across the country are back in business amid COVID-19, with all new protocols in place.

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Dental offices across the country are back in business amid COVID-19, with all new protocols in place.

“I think patients can feel very comfortable going back to dentist offices and I very much encourage them to do so,” said Owens Community College Dental Hygiene Instructor Sue Nichols.

Inside Owens Health Technologies Hall dental students are back on campus hard at work, honing their craft with hands-on clinicals. Dental Hygiene students can be found working inside the mouths of their peers, learning how to properly provide teeth cleaning services and proper oral care. This semester looks a bit different amid COVID-19 for the class of 25 students within the program.

“The first thing we really implemented was that all of the students have to wear face shields, so on time of masks they wear a face shield to protect them against aerosols, generating from them being over a patient’s open mouth,” said Sue Nichols.

a group of people standing in a kitchen: Owens students dawn facial masks, face shields, gloves, and plastic gowns.

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Owens students dawn facial masks, face shields, gloves, and plastic gowns.

In a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Study, the job of dental hygienist ranked as the most “At-risk” profession for contracting COVID-19. The study found the risk stems from hygienists’ close exposure to virus particles living inside the mouths of patients.’

“I do feel safe, and I feel very safe for our students, I think we’ve put everything in place that you would want to protect yourself from anything that’s aerosolized,” said Sue Nichols.

At Owens, like dentist offices across the country, the school is limiting procedures that promote the spread of air-born germs. Students now are required to wear added hair bonnets, face shields, and gloves. Dental stations and equipment are also required to undergo thorough cleanings after every use.

“I know that the instructors have put systems in place to make us succeed and not only keep us safe but keep the patients safe as well,” said Olivia Wesley.

Olivia Wesley is a first-year student in Owens Dental Hygienist program. Wesley is only 5 weeks into the program.

a woman wearing a costume: Owens students thoroughly wash their hands before and after operating inside their on campus dental hygiene clinic.

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Owens students thoroughly wash their hands before and after operating inside their on campus dental hygiene clinic.

“Through it all we are being set up for success and I know that we are going to be ready to work and be confident in the environment that we are working in,” said Wesley.

The dental program offers oral hygiene services to the public at discounted rates inside their on-campus clinic. You can schedule an appointment on their website.

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Pentagon urges caution in linking steep increase in Army suicides to pandemic

“It’s too early to determine whether suicide rates will increase for calendar year 2020,” said Dr. Karin A. Orvis, director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, at a briefing that made public the Pentagon’s suicide rates for 2019. “We’ll need to have the full year of data and investigations completed to determine the cause of death.”

“What may be looking like an increasing or decreasing trend in raw counts may not be statistically meaningful once we have all the data,” said Orvis.

Through Aug. 31, there has been a 30% increase in the number of active-duty Army deaths by suicide, with 114 deaths compared to the 88 through that same time frame in 2019, a defense official told ABC News. The total number through Aug. 31 increases to 200 including Army National Guard and Reserve suicides, up from 166 for the same period in 2019, said the official.

The increase in Army suicides was first reported by The Associated Press.

PHOTO: Members of the military attend a ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Dec. 20, 2019.

Members of the military attend a ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Dec. 20, 2019.

Members of the military attend a ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Dec. 20, 2019.

With only a slight increase in the number of active-duty suicides during the first three months of 2020, the bulk of the 30% increase occurred during the spring and summer months that correlates to when the novel coronavirus pandemic was at its peak.

The increase has also translated to an increase in the suicide rate of 36 per 100,000 individuals, through Aug. 3, from 30.6 per 100,000 the year before, according to the official.

But Orvin stressed that the full annual rate is what is needed to make a full assessment of the year’s trends in the military overall. Current numbers for the other services do not indicate a spike like the Army. For example, the 98 total Air Force deaths by suicide this year (including guard, reserves and civilians) are comparable to last year’s, and the 34 active-duty Navy suicides are on pace to be lower than last year. The Marine Corps did not provide current statistics for this year.

“We have seen in the past that at times, where it looks like if we were just looking at counts, there may have been an increase, but once we had the full years of data, it was not statistically significant,” said Orvin.

The Army National Guard said in a separate briefing that the number of suicides in its ranks through Oct. 1 is comparable to last year’s numbers.

“Caution should be used when examining changes

Experts: Tackling Poverty and Racism as Public Health Crises Requires Rapid Action | National News

Late last month, the Healthcare Anchor Network, a coalition of more than three dozen health systems in 45 states and Washington, D.C., released a public statement declaring: “It is undeniable: Racism is a public health crisis.” In the wake of the killing of George Floyd in May, many states, cities and counties across the United States issued similar declarations, according to the American Public Health Association.

While it is becoming clear that ZIP code may matter more to longevity than genetic code, some public health experts have been sounding the alarm for decades. Indeed, poverty and racism have an enormous – and devastating – impact on health, according to a panel of experts brought together for a webinar hosted by U.S. News & World Report as part of the Community Health Leadership Forum, a new virtual event series.

In Chicago, as just one example, life expectancy between some neighborhoods can vary by 30 years, because of factors like access to health care, education, nutritional food sources, income and what many call systematic disinvestment dating back decades.

COVID-19 has made such inequities impossible to ignore. Expected at first to be “the great equalizer,” hitting all demographics equally hard, the novel coronavirus has caused impoverished, mostly Black and underrepresented minority populations to suffer far more death and ill health effects than their white peers.

COVID-19 “attacks vulnerabilities in a truly diabolical way,” said featured speaker Wes Moore, chief executive officer of Robin Hood, one of the nation’s leading anti-poverty organizations.

“We are going to need a concerted and a collective effort to deal with a calcified and hard problem” of poverty and racism and how they influence health, Moore said. Half of the population of New York City lived in poverty for at least one year over the past four years, Moore said, and the probability of dipping back into poverty within a year was 37% – even before COVID-19 hit. “The data continues to reinforce the fact that … [poverty] is not a choice of the person who is feeling the weight of poverty, it’s society’s choice,” Moore said.

Those in poverty are far more likely to have preexisting conditions like asthma, diabetes and obesity, Moore noted, putting them at greater risk of death from COVID-19 and other illnesses.

In his new book, “Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City,” Moore examined the 2015 death of Freddie Gray and its aftermath in the city of Baltimore. Moore wrote that Gray, born premature and underweight to a heroin-addicted mother, had grown up in poverty and was exposed to lead at a far greater rate than the limit recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Freddie Gray never had a shot,” Moore said, because he was failed by every social system, including the health system, and not just law enforcement.

Yet Moore remains optimistic. “We are not yet what we can be; our responsibility to get there is our responsibility to get there,” he said. Citing a

Health officials urge Americans to get flu vaccine as concerns mount over possible ‘twindemic’

During the annual Influenza/Pneumococcal Disease news conference on Thursday, hosted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, public health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, urged the public to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation for everyone to get vaccinated against flu.

“Everybody, 6 months of age or older, should get an annual flu vaccine,” asserted Fauci.

“Influenza, all by itself, is a profoundly serious viral infection, which causes hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations each year, with the major complication being pneumonia, and many thousands of deaths,” Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told ABC News.

Only 48% of U.S. adults were vaccinated against the flu during 2019-2020, leading to 38 million flu illnesses, 18 million flu-associated medical visits, 400,000 flu hospitalizations and 22,000 flu deaths, according to CDC estimates.

“We’re at greatest risk of becoming seriously ill,” Fauci said during the conference. “It’s our personal responsibility to protect ourselves. But we also have a responsibility to protect the vulnerable around us, including young children, pregnant women, adults, 65 years of age or older and those with underlying chronic health conditions.”

“First, get vaccinated,” he continued, “and take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.”

Vaccine hesitation is a major public health issue in America, but vaccines are the most effective tool in combating infectious diseases. Last year, the flu vaccine prevented 7.5 million flu illnesses, 3.7 million flu-associated medical visits, 105,000 flu hospitalizations and 6,300 flu deaths, according to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

The flu vaccine is not 100% effective, thus, it may be possible for some people to get vaccinated and still get the flu. However, getting the vaccine makes the symptoms of the flu much less severe than it would have been if you never got the shot.

“Each year, we show that people who are vaccinated, and run the risk of getting influenza, are less likely to have to go to the emergency room, less likely to be hospitalized, less likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit. And they’re less likely to die,”

Unemployed Stage Actors to Face New Health Insurance Hurdle

Facing enormous financial strain because of the shutdown of the theater industry, the health insurance fund that covers thousands of stage actors is making it more difficult for them to qualify for coverage.

Currently, professional actors and stage managers have to work 11 weeks to qualify for six months of coverage. But starting Jan. 1, they will have to work 16 weeks to qualify for a similar level of coverage.

Nonprofit and commercial theater producers contribute to the health fund when they employ unionized actors and stage managers, but because theaters have been closed since March, those contributions — which make up 88 percent of the fund’s revenue — have largely ceased.

“The fact that we have no contributed income is something no one could have foreseen,” said Christopher Brockmeyer, a Broadway League executive who co-chairs the fund’s board of trustees, which is evenly divided between representatives of the Actors’ Equity union and producers. “We really put together the only viable option to cover as many people as possible with meaningful benefits under these totally unprecedented circumstances.”

Brockmeyer and his co-chair, Madeleine Fallon, said the fund, which currently provides insurance coverage for about 6,700 Equity members, is facing its biggest financial challenge since the height of the AIDS crisis. At that time, the challenge was high expenses for the fund; this time, it is low revenues.

“Everybody is out of work, everybody is panicked, everybody has lost income and can’t make their art, and on top of that their health fund is in crisis,” said Fallon, who leads the union bloc on the board. “It’s been an emotionally difficult journey, but we hope our members will understand that we did find the plan that gives us our best chance to rebuild.”

Under the new system, those who work at least 12 weeks can qualify for lower-tiered plans with higher co-payments and more restrictions.

Actors’ Equity, which appoints half of the fund’s trustees, but is otherwise an independent organization, opposes the changes.

“We all understand that there is no escaping the devastating loss of months of employer contributions nationwide, and no alternative aside from making adjustments to the plan,” the union’s president, Kate Shindle, said in a statement. “But I believe that the fund had both the obligation and the financial reserves to take the time to make better choices.”

Shindle said the union had asked its members on the fund’s board of trustees not to support the changes until they conducted a study about the potential impact on union members of color, on pregnant union members, and on union members who live outside New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

A similar battle is unfolding in the film and television industry. Members of SAG-AFTRA, a union representing actors in those media, have loudly objected to changes in their health plan.

Stage actors are accustomed to working to earn health care benefits — some take jobs for the express purpose of getting weeks that will help qualify them for insurance. But many

American Medical Association petitions Supreme Court to review Title X ‘gag order’

Oct. 1 (UPI) — The American Medical Association led a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to review a Trump administration revised rule banning federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions.

The petition, filed alongside the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, calls on the court to weigh conflicting decisions in a pair of appeals courts regarding the so-called “gag rule” earlier this year.

Under the revised rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2019, the government said it would require “clear financial and physical separation” between Title X-compliant facilities and those that provide abortions or abortion referrals.

“The AMA strongly believes that our nation’s highest court must step in to remove government overreach and interference in the patient-physician relationship. Restricting the information that physicians can provide to their Title X patients blocks honest, informed conversations about health care options — an unconscionable violation that is essentially a gag rule,” AMA President Susan Bailey said in a statement.

In February, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the rule, stating that it allows family clinics to mention abortion, but not to refer or encourage it, and that it was a “reasonable interpretation” of federal law and was not “arbitrary and capricious,” as challengers including Planned Parenthood had argued.

However, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked enforcement of the federal rule in Maryland earlier this month, saying the Trump administration’s rule revision “failed to recognize and address the ethical concerns of literally every major medical organization in the country.”

“The petitioners argue that until the Ninth CIrcuit’s erroneous decision is corrected, the administration’s gag rule is harming patient care and causing physicians and other health care professionals to violate ethical obligations by preventing Title X clinics from providing full information to patients about all of their reproductive care options,” AMA said.

The petition also comes as the Senate prepares to confirm President Donald Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, shifting the court’s makeup to a 6-3 conservative majority following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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The Latest: US: Remdesivir Supply Outstripping Demand | World News

WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials say hospitals bought only about a third of the doses of remdesivir that they were offered over the last few months to treat COVID-19, as the government stops overseeing the drug’s distribution.

Between July and September, 500,000 treatment courses were made available to state and local health departments but only about 161,000 were purchased.

Dr. John Redd of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that “we see this as a very good sign” that supply now outstrips demand and it’s OK for hospitals to start buying the drug, also known as Veklury, directly from maker Gilead Sciences Inc.

The government will buy some of the excess for the national stockpile. Redd did not say how much.

Several studies suggest remdesivir can shorten time to recovery and hospital stays by four days on average.

At $3,200 per treatment course, it’s price might be playing a role in reduced demand. Hospitals do not get reimbursed separately for the drug. Instead, it’s included in an overall payment Medicare makes for a hospital stay.


— Italy tallies 2,540 coronavirus cases, highest in 5 months

— New York City school district, largest in nation, to test monthly for virus

— NFL postpones Steelers-Titans game after more positive tests

— The White House is backing a $400 per week pandemic jobless benefit and possible COVID-19 relief bill with a price tag above $1.5 trillion.

— France’s health minister is threatening to close bars and ban family gatherings, if the rise in virus cases doesn’t improve.

— Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week to a still-high 837,000, suggesting the economy is struggling to sustain a tentative recovery from the summer.

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LONDON — A British lawmaker has apologized for travelling to London to attend a coronavirus debate in Parliament despite having COVID-19 symptoms. She also took a train home to Scotland after getting a positive test.

The Scottish National Party suspended Margaret Ferrier on Thursday after she said that “there is no excuse for my actions” and that she had reported herself to police.

Ferrier said she took a test Saturday after experiencing mild symptoms, but she still took a train to London on Monday. After learning Monday evening that he had tested positive, she said, she caught a train home Tuesday “without seeking advice.”

People in Britain are told they must self-isolate if they have COVID-10 symptoms and while they are waiting for a test result.

Earlier Thursday, Stanley Johnson, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s father, apologized after he was photographed shopping without a face covering.

Britain’s government recently raised fines for not wearing masks in places like shops in a bid to curb a spike in infections.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Republican state lawmaker’s positive test for the coronavirus has prompted legislative leaders to cancel the Pennsylvania House’s voting session.

Human resources workers were