WSB-TV: Forgotten blueprints of segregated hospitals in Georgia brought to light

WSB-TV: Forgotten blueprints of segregated hospitals in Georgia brought to light. “On the campus of Kennesaw State University, a disturbing era of Georgia history is now in plain view. ‘There were separate waiting rooms. Separate pharmacies. Entrances. Everything,’ Helen Thomas said. Thomas oversees the university archives. Along with the Digital Library of Georgia at the University of Georgia, she has gone online with the blueprints of hospitals built in the state during the 1940′s and 50′s.”

Texas Tribune: Facing a crush of COVID-19 patients, ICUs are completely full in at least 50 Texas hospitals

Texas Tribune: Facing a crush of COVID-19 patients, ICUs are completely full in at least 50 Texas hospitals. “More than 50 Texas hospitals are currently reporting that their ICUs are 100% full or higher, and a dozen of them have been full for more than half of the 24 weeks since hospitals began reporting that information in July, according to a Texas Tribune analysis of data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

Covid-19: Hospitals under pressure as coronavirus cases rise (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: Hospitals under pressure as coronavirus cases rise. “Hospitals in the south of England say they have seen a ‘real rise in pressure’ as the number of Covid patients needing treatment increases. Saturday was described as one of London Ambulance Service’s busiest in history amid the rapid spread of a new variant. The service and at least two others have urged people to call 999 only if there is a serious emergency.”

AP: As hospitals cope with a COVID-19 surge, cyber threats loom

AP: As hospitals cope with a COVID-19 surge, cyber threats loom. “By targeting providers with attacks that scramble and lock up data until victims pay a ransom, hackers can demand thousands or millions of dollars and wreak havoc until they’re paid. In September, for example, a ransomware attack paralyzed a chain of more than 250 U.S. hospitals and clinics. The resulting outages delayed emergency room care and forced staff to restore critical heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen level monitors with ethernet cabling.”

The Atlantic: The U.S. Has Passed the Hospital Breaking Point

The Atlantic: The U.S. Has Passed the Hospital Breaking Point. “The pandemic nightmare scenario—the buckling of hospital and health-care systems nationwide—has arrived. Several lines of evidence are now sending us the same message: Hospitals are becoming overwhelmed, causing them to restrict whom they admit and leading more Americans to die needlessly.”

KGW 8: Here’s how to check hospital capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic

KGW 8: Here’s how to check hospital capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The federal government released a nationwide database that allows anyone interested in hospital capacity to take a look. You can find the database here. Those who are comfortable working with Excel and other spreadsheet software will have no problems finding what they need. For the rest of us, the database appears a bit confusing.”

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis Children’s Hospital Is Now Seeing Adult Patients With COVID-19

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis Children’s Hospital Is Now Seeing Adult Patients With COVID-19. “St. Louis Children’s Hospital is now treating adult patients with the coronavirus. The hospital began admitting adult patients over a week ago in an attempt to relieve doctors at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, a hospital spokesperson confirmed [November 20]. Intensive care units at Barnes-Jewish and other area hospitals are nearing capacity. Children’s Hospital is treating adults in both its emergency room and ICU.”

Washington Post: Smallest health providers face biggest problem finding protective gear amid coronavirus surge

Washington Post: Smallest health providers face biggest problem finding protective gear amid coronavirus surge. “Most U.S. hospitals and health systems have, over the pandemic’s nine months, stitched together systems and improvisations to acquire masks, gowns, gloves and other personal protective equipment. Yet many small health-care and social-service settings continue to suffer from shortages they expect to grow worse.”

Daily Beast: Delusional COVID Truthers Try to Invade Hospital Where This Mom Died Too Soon

Daily Beast: Delusional COVID Truthers Try to Invade Hospital Where This Mom Died Too Soon. “A big red heart fashioned with five dozen Post-its was in one of the windows of the intensive care unit at Utah Valley Hospital when the conspiracy theorists pulled into a parking lot that they found to be suspiciously empty. The heart was placed there by nurses to mark the room where one of their own died on Oct. 30. Neonatal intensive care nurse Patrice Grossman, who was born at the same hospital where she worked, had predicted when COVID-19 first arrived in America that she would be among the fatalities. She and seven other family members, beginning with her baby grandson, contracted it at home from out-of-state house guests who believed the virus is no big deal.”

The Atlantic: Hospitals Can’t Go On Like This

The Atlantic: Hospitals Can’t Go On Like This. “At The Atlantic’s request, HHS provided data on the number of hospitals experiencing staffing shortages. From November 4 to November 11, 958 hospitals—19 percent of American hospitals—faced a staffing shortage. This week, 1,109 hospitals reported that they expect to face a staffing shortage. That’s 22 percent of all American hospitals. In eight states, the situation is even more dire.”

MIT Technology Review: Ransomware did not kill a German hospital patient

MIT Technology Review: Ransomware did not kill a German hospital patient. “When a German hospital patient died in September while ransomware disrupted emergency care at the facility, police launched a negligent-homicide investigation and said they might hold the hackers responsible. The case attracted worldwide attention because it could have been the first time law enforcement considered a cyberattack to be directly responsible for a death. But after months of investigation, police now say the patient was in such poor health that she likely would have died anyway, and that the cyberattack was not responsible.”

KSL: Utah Valley Hospital strained by conspiracy theorists trying to enter ICU

KSL: Utah Valley Hospital strained by conspiracy theorists trying to enter ICU. “Utah Valley Hospital says a handful of conspiracy theorists recently tried to get into their intensive care unit. Hospital administrator Kyle Hansen told the Provo City Council this week that about five people have attempted to get inside because they question whether the ICU is as full as some say. A few of them also brought video cameras.”

Running out of room: St. Louis hospitals forced to turn away patients from rural areas as COVID cases soar (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Running out of room: St. Louis hospitals forced to turn away patients from rural areas as COVID cases soar. “Hospitalizations for COVID-19 are at a dizzying record-breaking climb with no downturn in sight in Missouri and across the Midwest. Emergency rooms are busy with patients waiting for hospital beds to open, hospital administrators say. Large metropolitan hospitals are having to turn away patients from small rural hospitals who depend on them for expert care. The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Missouri topped 2,000 for the first time on Nov. 6 — a 247% increase since the state’s lowest totals during the middle of June, according to the Missouri Hospital Association.”

‘We’re being left behind’: Rural hospitals can’t afford ultra-cold freezers to store the leading Covid-19 vaccine (STAT News)

STAT News: ‘We’re being left behind’: Rural hospitals can’t afford ultra-cold freezers to store the leading Covid-19 vaccine. “The vaccine, developed by Pfizer and the German firm BioNTech, seems to provide 90% immunity according to early data released on Monday. But there’s a catch: The vaccine has to be stored at -70 degrees Celsius. Typical freezers don’t get that cold, making distribution of this vaccine a logistical nightmare.”