A woodcarver who has been donating his skills and time to show his appreciation for the work of health care staff during the coronavirus pandemic said he is “thrilled” with the response his project has received.
Johnathon Whittaker, who is a full-time self-employed wood carver and sculptor, has been making hand-carved plaques to thank health care workers.
Since starting the idea in April, Mr Whittaker and his wife Christie, who helps with administration, have been inundated with requests.
The couple from Plymstock in Devon have been making plaques for care homes and the South Western Ambulance Service, as well as their original idea for NHS workers.
“I am feeling a mixture of emotions, excitement, happiness, anxiety, nervousness…there is a lot going on inside my head right now,” said Mr Whittaker.
“I never expected it to boom like it has, but I am loving every minute of it.”
They have had
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How Edward Pierce, Broadway ‘Wicked’ Designer, Fought COVID-19—and Made Medical History
One of the first things Edward Pierce asked his wife, Pixie, when he woke up after five weeks in a medically induced coma was, “Is Broadway still closed?” Pixie laughed, recalling the moment. “My husband is a workaholic,” she told The Daily Beast.After a marathon 46-day stay at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey, critically ill with COVID-19, Pierce, one of Broadway’s leading and most highly regarded designers, is recovering at home, having made medical history as the first American to receive injected placental cells as a treatment for severely ill coronavirus patients.Broadway Faces the Cost of Its Coronavirus Shutdown: ‘The Impact Will Be Huge. Horrible’As Pierce, 49, lay unconscious, Pixie blogged about the roller-coaster journey of his experience in the hospital and the experience of their family—locked down at home in Teaneck, unable
On May 4, 2020, Governor Wolf provided guidance that details procedures businesses must follow to conduct in-person operations in counties that move to the yellow phase of reopening.
All businesses, including non-profits, permitted to conduct in-person operations are subject to this guidance. This guidance is based on the building safety and business safety orders, under which nearly all life-sustaining businesses have been operating during the red phase.
Under the yellow phase of reopening, life-sustaining businesses that could not conduct either all or part of their operations via telework will continue to conduct their operations in-person, and many non-life-sustaining businesses will be permitted to restart their in-person operations through the loosening of some restrictions under the stay-at-home and business closure orders.
All businesses that have been conducting their operations in whole or in part remotely through individual teleworking must continue telework operations for each of those employees.
Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
See here for the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus information.
What is VA doing?
VA has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans, their families, health care providers, and staff in the face of this emerging health risk. We are working directly with the CDC and other federal partners to monitor the outbreak of the virus.
On March 27, VA shared its COVID-19 response plan. This best-practice guide is a valuable tool, which may be useful nationwide for the medical community.
VA has administered over 129,181 COVID-19 tests nationwide, while taking aggressive steps to prevent COVID-19 transmission.
These measures include outreach to Veterans and staff, clinical screening at VA health care facilities, and protective procedures for patients admitted to community living centers and spinal cord injury units.
Part of the department’s “Fourth Mission” is to support non-VA health
VA Black Hills COVID-19 Response
At this time, all Veteran patients, employees, and visitors are required to wear a mask when visiting any VA facility.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath call your VA health care team or nurse triage right away at 877-339-6837. VA Black Hills offers limited drive through testing for COVID-19. If your symptoms or health history indicate testing, you may be scheduled for this quick and safe option for testing.
For your safety and convenience, VA Black Hills offers Curbside Pharmacy Pickup. If you are coming to the Hot Springs or Fort Meade campuses to pick up your medications let the screeners know why you are there. They will call the Pharmacy and direct you to the pickup location. It’s quick, easy, and safe!
There are many ways to stay connected to your health care team through virtual care
Mapping the Path Forward in Health IT
Seth Pazinski | May 7, 2020
This year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released three strategic documents that will help set a path forward for health IT. The 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, the Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs, and the National Health IT Priorities for Research: A Policy and Development Agenda are united in the aim to improve health,
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Clinical Genomics Data for Precision Medicine
Stephanie Garcia, MPH | April 22, 2020
Genomic data—information about the complete set of genes that make up each individual—have the potential to revolutionize healthcare and usher in a new era of precision medicine and scientific discovery. However, there is currently no standard way of presenting genomic data,
Our lives look a lot different now from the way they did even two months ago. The coronavirus pandemic turned our world upside down, drastically changing how people travel, work, parent and more.
No matter how your pre-pandemic life looked, one thing you’ve probably altered is your spending. From impulse shopping to panic buying, Americans are spending money in ways we’ve never seen before.
Here’s a look at some of the most interesting numbers about our coronavirus spending habits.
1. A Third Of Americans Are Stress-Spending
With a global pandemic at hand, it’s no surprise that many people are feeling more stressed out than usual. There are many different coping strategies for stress, and for some, it’s spending money.
A recent survey by Credit Karma found that 35% of respondents made impulse buys to deal with stress during the coronavirus.
Among those who said they’ve made impulse