Coronavirus cases create tangled web of WPIAL football schedule changes | Trib HSSN

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Friday, September 4, 2020 | 3:53 PM


Times are changing these days because of the coronavirus. That means changing minute by minute.

Because of covid-19 issues, several schools have made adjustments to their football schedules.

Kiski Area paused football activities until Sept. 10 due to a coronavirus exposure issue. Elizabeth Forward pushed back the start of in-person instruction because of students testing positive. Both were forced to make football schedule changes.

Elizabeth Forward is now looking for a game in Week 1.

The Warriors were scheduled to meet Yough on Friday, Sept. 11, but wanted to push that date back to Monday, Sept. 14 to comply with the PIAA rule that requires teams have 15 practices before playing

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Internet searches for gastrointestinal symptoms predicted coronavirus hot spots, researchers find

Noble Horvath

Internet searches for gastrointestinal symptoms preceded the rise in coronavirus cases weeks later, indicating where pandemic hot spots would form, a study by Massachusetts General Hospital found.

The study, published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, utilized an approach used more than a decade ago to monitor pandemic influenza trends, which researchers realized could be utilized to track COVID-19.

Researchers found that patients regularly complained of similar GI symptoms, including ageusia, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, anorexia, diarrhea, and vomiting. Using Alphabet Inc.’s Google Trends tools and Harvard Dataverse COVID-19 database, researchers studied search trends during the period between Jan. 20 to April 20.

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During that time, results indicated that search trends most strongly correlated with cases in New York, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts and Illinois, which all presented high case numbers three to four weeks later. The timeframe

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How many are hospitalized with coronavirus? Federal changes create confusion in Michigan’s daily report

Noble Horvath

It hasn’t been easy to track Michigan’s coronavirus hospitalization data this month.

First, the state coronvirus website stopped updating its hospitalization numbers between Aug. 3 and Aug. 9.

Then when the reporting resumed, it appeared the numbers had increased dramatically — from 460 coronavirus patients on Aug. 3 to 640 on Aug. 10.

There was also a change in format, making it unclear whether it was an apples-to-apples comparison.

Turns out, it wasn’t.

“The hospitalization data was changed as a result of changes in how the federal government requires us to post the data. It includes both confirmed and suspected cases data, where previously it was only confirmed,” said Lynne Sutfin, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Oh.

The fact that change wasn’t explained on the website wasn’t the only problem. The new dataset made it impossible to track long-term trends, a point made publicly and

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California to fix coronavirus reporting system amid backlog

A series of data failures has created a backlog of as many as 300,000 test results in California, the state’s top health official said Friday as he provided the first public explanation of a problem that has stymied efforts to understand the spread of the coronavirus.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said the state is developing a new coronavirus tracking system due to the recent deficiencies of the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange, a clearinghouse for state testing data known as CalREDIE.

“Simply put, the CalREDIE system was not built for this volume of data,” said Ghaly. “In order to create a lasting solution, we are accelerating the development of a new laboratory reporting system for COVID-19.”

Ghaly said the state would work through the backlog of records, which include COVID-19 tests and other health results, over the next 24 to 48 hours. He said state

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Amid coronavirus, internet is hard for poor students to find

Tamara Solis faced a choice when it came to her children’s education: Pay for rent and food or pay for internet access. Broadband came in second, so she takes her kids to a friend’s garage apartment in Watts for internet — where they do their schoolwork in close quarters amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s a small place,” said Solis, noting that it was difficult to abide by recommended physical distancing guidelines. “We try to do the best — one on the table, one on the sofa, one on the bed … but it’s not big enough to keep far away.”

Her plight is not unique.

Despite promises of help, families in the low-income neighborhoods of Watts, Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles have struggled to get online, with at least 16% of students lacking basic internet access, according to a survey of public school families in those communities released Wednesday

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Pa. removes 200 deaths from state coronavirus count as questions mount about reporting process, accuracy

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Pennsylvania has corrected its coronavirus data multiple times over the past week to account for irregularities, according to new reports.

Earlier this week, Pennsylvania started to include “probable deaths” in its fatalities. As a result, the total number of coronavirus deaths grew by 276, then 360, in successive nights, almost doubling the number of deaths in the state in two days. The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) subsequently removed 200 deaths from its count after facing mounting questions about the accuracy of the count.

Health Secretary Rachel Levine spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer about the initial decision to include probable deaths, as well as the decision to later remove those from the count.

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A “probable death” is one that a doctor believes is caused by COVID-19, even

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Welcome to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have symptoms of a fever or cough, call your medical provider to find out if you should be tested for coronavirus.

See if our FAQ answers your questions. If not, please call the Idaho COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-330-3010.

Idaho public health officials are monitoring the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation very closely. Idaho is currently reporting 1,766 confirmed and probable cases.

Officials are working with CDC and other states and are also in regular communication with Idaho public health districts and healthcare providers around the state.


COVID-19 in Idaho

*Data updated at 5:00 p.m. MT, 4/21/2020. State-level data will be updated at 5 p.m. MT daily, based on surveillance system records provided by the health districts. Public health district data will be updated on their agency website at their discretion and might differ from data presented here. Data are preliminary and subject to change.

Cases
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Astrophysicist trying to invent coronavirus gadget is hospitalized for getting magnets stuck up his nose / Boing Boing

A bored astrophysicist trying to keep busy throughout these days of social distancing thought he had a great idea. Dr. Daniel Reardon thought he might invent a necklace that would set off an alarm whenever someone touched their face. Instead, he was hospitalized for getting four magnets stuck in his nostrils.

According to The Guardian:

The 27 year-old astrophysicist, who studies pulsars and gravitational waves, said he was trying to liven up the boredom of self-isolation with the four powerful neodymium magnets.

“I had a part that detects magnetic fields. I thought that if I built a circuit that could detect the magnetic field, and we wore magnets on our wrists, then it could set off an alarm if you brought it too close to your face. A bit of boredom in isolation made me think of that.”

However, the academic realised the electronic part he had did the opposite

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