Number of cases / Positive tests
As of 3/17/20…
- In Florida - ~200 positives, ~1000 negatives, ~1100 pending; ~2300 total tests done
- In the U.S., ~6000 cases, ~50,000 negative tests, ~100 deaths
What we as an office are doing differently
- We are attempting to screen all patients - phone calls and office visits - in order to direct patients in the most appropriate way (whether being seen in office, home management, or referring for possible COVID-19 testing). Re: testing, this continues to be difficult, both in terms of patients being able to be tested (due to continued limited availability) and knowing exactly where to go. We are continuing to learn about this and trying to guide families appropriately. As many of you are aware, one of the most difficult aspects of this situation has been around the limited availability of tests. Due to this, testing is being prioritized for 1) those with severe illness, 2) those in high-risk categories (e.g. elderly with underlying medical conditions), and 3) healthcare workers. Patients outside of these categories can still receive testing, but priority is being given to these individuals.
- We have put some of the “high-touch” items in our office away for the time being.
- Like many other medical facilities (as well as other businesses), we are also screening our employees for any signs of illness at the start of each day.
A few good resources, articles, and misc. thoughts
- The Florida Department of Health has just updated their dashboard, and they’ve done a really good job. I think you will find it interesting and informative.
- Good video from WHO explaining the story of what we are dealing with.
- Webpage for kids to better understand the novel coronavirus.
- The CDC has recommended that all gatherings of 50 or more people be canceled or the next 8 weeks. Additionally, the President has recommended that everyone avoid gatherings of more than 10 people for the next 2 weeks. Obviously, the specific cutoffs of these recommendations are somewhat arbitrary, but the spirit of the recommendations is clear - limit our interactions with others starting now. The lower the number of people, the better, and when interacting, it is best to keep some distance between people. This responsible social behavior is our "vaccine" for the time being, and our community is dependent on everyone following the guidelines.
We will continue to provide helpful information in the days ahead.