A daughter of a man from Danville got severely ill from Covid-19 and was hospitalized in intensive care several weeks ago and now the father is pleading with doctors at Carle Hospital to continue to provide life support to his unvaccinated daughter.
“I think she can pull through,” Richard Juvinall said moments after a difficult conversation with doctors about her daughter’s outlook. “Now this is totally out of our hands.”
The WCIA was requested by Juvinall and his family not to make public his daughter’s name while she was fighting for her life in critical care. However, he later consented to share his family’s story of grief and horror after doctors told him his daughter might not survive the Coronavirus battle.
“I want them to do everything possible and let us make the decision on whether to pull her plug,” he said.
Physicians at ICU placed his daughter, a young mother, physicians placed his daughter, a young mother, said Juvinall.
An ECMO is a unique machine that cycles blood from a patient’s body in order to infuse extra oxygen into the circulation to assist their heart and lungs.
Despite doctors’ warnings that his daughter’s prognosis is dismal, Juvinall says he and his family aren’t ready to abandon their attempts to keep her alive.
“They just don’t want to treat her no more. They want to make the decision of taking her off life support.” He says, “I told them, ‘No.’”
According to him and other family members, the hospital opted to continue to keep her on life support for another week and to reconsider the issue in one week if she survives long enough.
“It’s basically up to God, and God is the one that can take her,” he said.
There were no comments of Carle Hospital officials on the patient’s specific situation. A spokesman of the hospital said in a statement that the family would be consulted in the decision about when to discontinue life support if it came to that point.
“While we can’t discuss publicly any specific person’s care, it’s important to know that Carle values and prioritizes the experience of every patient and we work to ensure all patients, families, and caregivers are part of the process to achieve the best outcomes possible,” Public Relations Manager Brittany Simon said.
Many of the similar issues doctors throughout the system have encountered in the last year and a half were noted by Allen Rinehart, the hospital’s Vice President of Inpatient Operations, and noted that they often had to deliver terrible news to families in an interview.
“Those decisions are made on a daily basis with all patients who are critically ill,” Rinehart said, describing the process in general. “Our physicians and our nurses communicate with patients and families on an ongoing basis, and together they come to a consensus on what’s the best plan of care for each individual patient.”
The typical hospital stay for COVID patients is generally much longer than for patients with other illnesses, which might complicate administrative or regional attempts to generate bed space for new arriving patients.
“COVID patients who are hospitalized tend to be here longer than many other diseases that are treated in the hospital, particularly ICU patients,” Rinehart explained. “It’s a respiratory problem. The lungs just aren’t functioning right, and it takes longer for those lungs to heal and get to the patient to the point to where they’re safe to go home again.”
Region 5, the state’s southernmost region, reportedly reported five open ICU beds, after being entirely devoid of beds for weeks.
Nineteen of the 21 Illinois counties with the lowest immunization rates are located in the state’s far south. Two of these are near the western boundary of the state with Missouri.
While Carle Hospital’s main campus is in Champaign County, which has the state’s ninth highest vaccination rate, some of the hospital group’s outlying locations frequently treat patients from as far south as Clay County, which has the state’s ninth-lowest vaccination rate out of 102 counties at just 35 percent, or as far east as Vermilion County, which has vaccinated only 42 percent of its residents.
“One of the most common components of a hospitalized COVID-positive patient is they’re unvaccinated,” Rinehart said. The latest available data says out of the 85 patients hospitalized in Carle facilities, 74 of them are unvaccinated.
California Officials Urge State Residents To Get Flu Vaccine
Californian state public health officials have asked residents to get flu vaccine shots, especially those who belong to the high-risk group of 65-year-olds and above.
Flu season, which starts in October and goes on till May, speeds up in November and December, the Department of Public Health, California, said.
Last year, the flu season’s impact was blunted as measures adopted by the state public health department to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic like wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and washing hands regularly also stopped its spread.
But this year, the danger of both diseases spreading is very likely, according to Dr. Tomas Aragon, California Department of Public Health Director and Public Health Officer, reported Krone4.
“In the middle of Covid-19 pandemic, a severe flu outbreak could have devastating consequences for California,” Dr. Aragon said.
“Getting vaccinated for flu is simple and safe and it will help in keeping people out of hospitals which will turn reduce strain on the public health care system,” he added.
Everyone from six months old and older is recommended to get a flu vaccine and in particular, it is very important for high-risk groups, including the aged and those who smoke or have some underlying health issues, pregnant women, children aged 5 or younger, residents of the long-term care facility and employees and workers in industries.
Public health officials have said that it is safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine on the same days.
Flu Vaccine Is Free
Flu vaccines are available free of cost or low cost at almost all retail pharmacies, clinics, healthcare providers, and some health departments.
According to health officials, most insurance, including Medi-Cal, is accepted at Retail Pharmacies.
Flu is an infectious disease caused by influenza viruses. Symptoms include fever, headache, coughing, sore throat, muscle pain, fatigue, and runny nose.
The symptoms usually appear one to two days after contracting the virus and can last from two to eight days. In children, vomiting and diarrhea can occur, experts say.
Flu can turn into pneumonia and other complications can occur which include acute respiratory distress syndrome, encephalitis, and meningitis. Existing conditions like asthma and cardiovascular disease can get aggravated.
For more information on annual flu, click the following link: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/Influenza.aspx.
San Francisco, Marin County Relax Indoor Mask Rule
As most of the Bay Area counties continue to enforce mask wearing to keep COVID-19 at bay, from Friday onwards vaccinated people in San Francisco and Marin County need not wear masks in some indoor settings with Contra Costa County slated to join on Nov. 1.
The rule applies to a gathering of not more than 100 people, who all have received certified vaccinations, and is valid for offices, college classes, religious gatherings, fitness centers, gyms, and employee commuter vehicles. This means that kids under 12 who haven’t got their shots, will have to wear masks.
MX3 Fitness Glenn Shope welcomed the new mask rule.
“It is beneficial as doing high-intensity workout without wearing a mask will become a lot less straining. It also makes task of gym owners and trainers easier who now don’t have to keep asking people to follow mask rule and put masks properly. The new rule also sends out the signal that it is safe to return to gym,” Shope said while talking to The Mercury News.
Masking To Remain In Most Counties
The change comes even as most Bay Area counties haven’t reached the thresholds they laid out last week for people to start discarding their masks in most indoor settings.
Under the criteria, which was agreed to by eight out of the nine county health officers, indoor mask requirement for the vaccinated can only be dropped after a county’s three-week COVID-19 transmission rate reaches the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s yellow “moderate” tier and at least 80% of the population is fully vaccinated. Hospitalization rates must also be low.
Only Marin County is close to meeting the criteria. On Wednesday, it achieved CDC’s moderate transmission rate criteria allowing it to drop the full mask rule in November if the transmission rate remains steady. About 77.4% of the population is fully vaccinated and hospitalizations are low, according to CDC.
Supply Chain Jams: Avoid California, Bring Your Ships Here, Florida Tells Shipping Companies
The Florida Ports Council is asking shipping companies to bring their ships to the state via the Panama Canal as ships pile up in California awaiting their turn to unload containers.
To untangle the snarl in California, President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced that Los Angeles port will work 24/7 along with Long Beach port and that UPS and FedEx also increasing their overnight operations. The president had earlier this year formed a Supply Chains Task Force and appointed a Port Envoy to find remedies for the disruption.
Florida Ports Council’s president and chief executive officer, Mike Rubin, said the 7-day voyage through Panama Canal will benefit shipping companies as they wouldn’t have to pay a moorage fee.
The idea is supported by Jonathan Daniels, chief executive, and director of Port Everglades.
Pandemic To Blame
Megan Greene, global chief economist and senior fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School, told Local10.com that the supply problem started with factory shutdowns in China during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In U.S. the issue is more to do with labor. There are shortage (sic) of longshore workers and truck drivers who take goods out of containers and transport them into stores and onto shelves,” Greene said.
As COVID-19 eases up, countries have started to reopen their economies which has again kickstarted demand, but companies haven’t been able to keep up. This has also resulted in shipping costs going up and coupled with a shortage of drivers, prices are also skyrocketing, said Greene.
All issues have their roots in the pandemic. When COVID-19 hit, everything was shut down and demand also went down. So, people like workers and drivers lost their jobs. Now, as things are opening up and demand surges, it has become difficult for everyone to cope.
According to Mark Zandi, Moody’s Analytics chief economist. “It is all because of the pandemic. It has disrupted all markets.”
According to a BBC report, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, known to be the main seaborne gateway to the United States, have been hit hard.
The report said that Los Angeles had to move 30% more shipping containers than usual in August. On the other hand, Long Beach moved an extra 23%.
Citing one instance in September, the report said a record number of 73 ships were forced to queue outside for a berth.
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