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Some states had 77% of their coronavirus deaths connected to nursing homes

Nearly half of all COVID-19 deaths in the United States are connected to nursing homes and long-term care centers, according to a new report from the New York Times.

The analysis found that there were more than 54,000 residents and workers at nursing homes and long-term care centers who have died from coronavirus-related illnesses. There were over 282,000 people infected at 12,000 senior facilities across the country. COVID-19 cases at nursing homes made up only 11% of all COVID-19 cases, but accounted for approximately 43% of the total U.S. deaths.

There were 24 states that had more than half of all COVID-19 deaths linked to nursing homes. New Hampshire was the highest at 80% of coronavirus deaths connected to long-term facilities, followed by Minnesota at 77%, Rhode Island at 77%, and Connecticut at 73%.

New York was only at 21%, but they have by far the most total coronavirus deaths in the U.S. with over 31,000 as of Sunday afternoon. New York has recorded the most coronavirus-related nursing home deaths with 6,250, followed by Massachusetts at 5,115, and Pennsylvania at 4,518. That’s compared to only 293 in New Hampshire and 715 in Rhode Island.

“I don’t know if we’ve gotten a full and correct accounting of how many people died of COVID-19 in nursing homes and how many nursing residents transferred to hospitals died of COVID,” state Senate ­Finance Committee Chairwoman Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) told the New York Post.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the criticisms that he has received over the thousands of nursing home-related coronavirus deaths are politically-based. Cuomo appeared on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, where the Democratic governor dodged taking responsibility in nursing home fatalities.

“I’ve taken political heat, OK. There’s facts and then there’s politics,” Cuomo told NBC News’ Chuck Todd when asked if senior centers were safe.

Cuomo blamed the nursing home deaths in New York on “staff that got infected and brought it in.”

“But in New York, we’re No. 46 in the nation in terms of percentage of deaths at nursing homes compared to the total percentage. By the New York Times, we’re No. 46,” Cuomo said, referring to the New York Times report. “So, it’s been unfortunate. In every state, we have to do more. We have to figure it out, but if they want to point fingers, not at New York. We’re No. 46. You have 45 other states to point fingers at first.”

“They are as safe – well, in this state we’re testing every week every nursing home employee,” Cuomo told Todd. “So you could argue that they are safer than a senior citizen at home who is receiving care at home. The safest environment? My mother? Stay home, don’t see anyone. If you are at home and you have an aide coming in, that aide is not tested. In a nursing home, the staff is being tested once a week. And seniors do have to be careful, wherever they are.”

A report from the Associated Press in May found that more than 4,300 recovering COVID-19 patients were sent to nursing homes and long-term care facilities under Cuomo’s directive.

Cuomo’s directive on March 25, which was in place until it was rescinded on May 10, sent coronavirus-infected elderly patients who were discharged from hospitals to “New York’s already vulnerable nursing homes.”

Author: Paul Sacca

Source: The Blaze: Report: Almost half of all COVID-19 deaths are linked to nursing homes; Gov. Cuomo complains of ‘political heat’

Autonomous: adjective – having the right or power of self-government an autonomous territory.

Early Saturday morning, two men were shot in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, one later died from his gunshot injuries. One of the prominent leaders of the CHAZ is enraged that Seattle EMT’s refused to enter the autonomous zone, but emergency officials explain why medics didn’t enter the “self-governed” area.

A Seattle rapper named Raz Simone is allegedly one of the leaders of the CHAZ. Simone gained national notoriety following the George Floyd protests after he was one of the early organizers of the autonomous zone in Seattle.

He was labeled as a “warlord” by many after video emerged of him screaming, “This is war!” into a megaphone and ordering “armed paramilitaries to guard the barricades in shifts.”

The City Journal said the AK-47-wielding activist was “filmed allegedly assaulting multiple protestors who disobeyed his orders, informing them that he was the ‘police’ now, sparking fears that he was becoming the de facto warlord of the autonomous zone.” Simone has since denied that he is a “warlord.”

Following Saturday’s shooting inside the Capitol Hill Organized Protest area, Simone fired off an angry tweet attacking Seattle medics for not venturing into the autonomous zone to help the shooting victims.

“Medics refused to help even after people in the CHOP begged,” Simone tweeted. “They let our bro bleed out for 30 minutes till he died. F*** politics. F*** your currupt system.”

The Seattle Fire Department released a statement explaining why the emergency medical technicians did not enter the CHAZ.

“On June 20, 2020 at approximately 2:19 a.m., 9-1-1 received reports of a shooting at 10th Ave and E. Pine St. SPD officers responded to the scene and SFD dispatch was notified,” the statement read. “Between 2:26 and 2:28 a.m. SPD officers staged at 12th Ave and Cherry St. and initially entered the scene but were unable to secure the location for SFD medics.”

The Seattle Fire Department said they “needed SPD presence to enter the scene” to ensure the safety of the medical technicians.

“Due to SFD’s existing policy of staging and requesting law enforcement to first secure the scene before entering for scenes of violence, SFD units staged at Broadway and Pine St. at 2:25 a.m.,” the Seattle Fire Department stated. “This is a standard procedure for any scene of violence and is also currently in place for any fire and medical emergency inside the area deemed the CHOP due to firefighter safety.”

Both shooting victims received medical attention from volunteer CHOP medics, and were transported to the Harborview Medical Center, where one man was pronounced dead, and the other was said to be in critical condition.

Residents of the CHAZ attempted to block entry to Seattle police officers who wanted to help the shooting victims and get them medical attention by securing the area for the SFD. Seattle police entered the CHAZ between 2:26 and 2:28 a.m., but were told to leave the autonomous zone because the first victim was already taken to the hospital. CHOP inhabitants created a human wall to prevent the cops from advancing.

“Officers attempted to locate a shooting victim but were met by a violent crowd that prevented officers safe access to the victims,” a statement from the Seattle Police Department read. “Officers were later informed that the victims, both males, had been transported to Harborview Medical Center by CHOP ‘medics.'”

The Seattle Police Department shared a video of the shooting scene as well as bodycam footage of cops entering the CHOP, where they were greeted by a mostly aggressive crowd.

There was reportedly a fight between numerous people inside the CHAZ before the shooting, according to Post Millennial editor-at-large Andy Ngo.

Seattle’s Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan recently said that the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone “is not a lawless wasteland of anarchist insurrection – it is a peaceful expression of our community’s collective grief and their desire to build a better world.”

Author: Paul Sacca

Source: The Blaze: CHAZ leader enraged Seattle EMT’s wouldn’t enter autonomous zone following a shooting

Dr. Birx was allegedly worried that the CDC was inflating coronavirus statistics, such as mortality rate and case count

Dr. Deborah Birx allegedly criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. During a coronavirus meeting on Wednesday with Robert Redfield, the director of CDC, Birx, said, “there is nothing from the CDC that I can trust,” The Washington Post reported.

Birx, who is the White House coronavirus task force response coordinator, reportedly said that the CDC was inflating COVID-19 statistics by up to 25%.

“Birx and others were frustrated with the CDC’s antiquated system for tracking virus data, which they worried was inflating some statistics — such as mortality rate and case count — by as much as 25 percent, according to four people present for the discussion or later briefed on it. Two senior administration officials said the discussion was not heated,” the newspaper reported.

“The flare-up came two days after it was reported that an internal government model, based on data from the CDC and other agencies, projected the daily death count would rise to 3,000 by June 1,” the Post reported.

The 3,000 projected daily COVID-19 deaths number was taken from a report by Justin Lessler, as associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He created the novel coronavirus model but says the report was a “work still in progress.” Lessler wasn’t sure how his research was turned into a slide deck by government officials, or how it first appeared in the New York Times last week.

In a statement, Birx commented on the report: “Contrary to data from Johns Hopkins, which shows daily coronavirus deaths in the U.S. staying steady at 2,000 per day for several weeks. Mortality is slowly declining each day.”

The U.S. had 1,422 confirmed coronavirus deaths on Saturday and 1,687 on Friday.

Last week, Birx said that the medical community might have underestimated the number of asymptomatic cases of coronavirus at the beginning of the pandemic.

“I think we’re learning every day about the virus and how it interacts with us as human hosts,” Birx told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro. “And that’s been very important, to constantly be triangulating data.”

“I think we underestimated, very early on, the number of asymptomatic cases. And I think we’re really beginning to understand there are people that get infected — that those symptoms are so low-grade that they don’t even know that they’re infected,” Birx added. “And we’re beginning to see that with the New York studies of their zero-antibody studies.”

In early March, the World Health Organization said that the mortalirty rate for COVID-19 was 3.4%.

Author: Paul Sacca

Source: The Blaze: Dr. Deborah Birx reportedly said: ‘There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust’

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