Sunday, September 20, 2020
Sunday, September 20, 2020

🦠 Connecticut residents in GRAVE DANGER of coronavirus due to understocked hospitals

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New Haven mayor Justin Elicker has confirmed that an individual in New Haven has been asked to self-isolate after being exposed to another person with coronavirus, Your Content has learned.

The person is part of a choir visiting from London and was exposed to someone with COVID-19 in London, NBC Connecticut reports.

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“The person is not symptomatic of the virus, and is self-isolating as a precautionary measure. Due to privacy concerns, the City is not releasing the details of this person of interest, but we assure the public that we will let them know should anything change,” Elicker said.

The patient was an employee of Norwalk and Danbury Hospital ecosystems.

Just hours after the announcement Mayor Elicker, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont revealed the 1st confirmed case in Connecticut. The patient was an employee of Norwalk and Danbury Hospital ecosystems.

The first confirmed case aligns with other countries syndication from ‘guerilla journalists’ since censorship is prevalent there. Iran and China’s medical staff have been on the front-line of the COVID-19 battle and often are, the first to get infected.

On Mar. 5, five medical staff in Iran confirmed positive for COVID-19 just as the death of a nurse was simultaneously revealed.

The startling revelation comes after 29 firefighters and police were quarantined in Seattle. Covid-19 has seemingly crept up on the United States, who appear ill prepared to combat the deadly virus.

In early January it was clear through local reports from doctors and citizens in Wuhan – the epicenter of the coronavirus – just how serious the virus was. So serious, NASA reports satellite imagery that show pollution was cleared up in that region over the past month.

The plot thickens.

The announcement of the first confirmed case alongside presumptive cases in New Haven, seem to align and corroborate with remarks made by health officials, who procured an emergency meeting at 1:00 PM on Mar. 6 in Connecticut.

Your Content was given an exclusive opportunity to review the call from a top doc in the area.

The emergency call before Lamont’s announcement, took place at 1:00 pm with over 50 leaders from hospitals, clinics and EMS services joining the conference, including members from Yale New Haven Hospital and Hartford Hospital.

At the very beginning of the call, a gentleman refers to an incident earlier in the morning, where allegedly Yale helped EMS services in New Haven with on-line medical directions for patient with suspected Covid-19 infection.

Leaders of the healthcare coalition also reported and repeatedly made clear that surgical masks were needed as well as N95 masks, the surgical masks are given out as first phase of triage when patients enter emergency rooms.

He said some Connecticut hospitals were already out of masks. A member on the call asked for clarification on surgical masks, the gentleman stated again the surgical masks are given for those with presenting symptoms in waiting room.

“If we could tell the news media, have them add a scrolling ticker to the news and let people know, NOT to come to the hospital.”

The group’s leaders also emphasized that patients with mild symptoms, are being referred to their family physicians. “If we could tell the news media, have them add a scrolling ticker to the news and let people know, NOT to come to the hospital.”

What wasn’t discussed was how many under-insured in New Haven that rely on local health centers which will just deflect the problem from hospitals to clinics.

A leader from Yale hospital said the situation is changing hourly, as of this past Wednesday the CDC changed protocols on swab tests. Yale is only swabbing people per CDC guidelines, she went on to say “not everyone who wants a swab, is going to get one.”

The narrative aligns with reports from around the country, on the lack of reliable testing kits.In essence, we can’t fail a test that just isn’t available to providers and family physicians, let alone the hospitals.

“Testing is rarely being done”

The group went on to discuss the need for a 24/7 call center, Yale said their call center for is only 16 hours currently as related to Covid-19. Leaders from Hartford Healthcare then spoke up and said they can’t do swabbing because of supply chain issues.

“Testing is rarely being done” which aligns from other providers in Connecticut, frustrated by the same thing being seen in clinics. It would be safe to say their frustration, is due to increase in people presenting with Covid-19 symptoms. As every other agency reported, supply chains at Hartford Hospital remain critical.

Hartford Hospital also informed the group that they would be using negative pressure rooms for Covid-19 cases, leaving other leads stunned by this bold step.

Hartford Hospital did say that despite the lack of testing kits, the two cases that were tested had a pretty quick turnaround from the Rocky Hill Lab. Additionally, Quest Labs will be authorized to test on Monday.

A leader from EMS raised concerns about Covid-19, another leader cut him off saying  the providers are having a hard time interpreting the conflicting information from Federal, State and Local level which is “extremely challenging”

The EMS leader resumed and also confirmed they are critically low on N95 masks. He said normal PPE for TB and Flu was N95 masks, Covid-19 requires the same and his concern was lack of protection for EMS crews which are gateway for all medical services.

The EMS leader also brought up being left in the dark by Quinnipiac officials, who cited HIPAA laws when EMS was trying to follow-up with suspected Covid-19 cases. He said it’s a huge deal for them to protect themselves which is the main concept pushed for in such services.

A leader interjected and said there was a difference in how information and testing for suspected travelers and PUI – known as Patients Under Investigation – were being handled. Subtle but MUCH different according to the person on the call.

“I have a daughter in EMS as well. A typical call involves 4 to 8 of my colleagues. If we’re all going home and spreading this, think about it.”

The EMS member went on to say that DPH not sharing the location of people in quarantine was dangerous and irresponsible to people working the front-lines.

“I have a daughter in EMS as well. A typical call involves 4 to 8 of my colleagues. If we’re all going home and spreading this, think about it.”

The call went on to reveal that DPH was making requests for federal strategic stockpiles, for the shortage Connecticut is experiencing. Leaders on the call also informed the group of healthcare leaders, that DPH had started an inventory of trailers.

Your Content reached out to two individuals, a health executive and medical director each from different entities in the state who provided information regarding the situation.

“It’s likely the trailers will be used for quarantine or extra capacity needed at hospitals.”

Other leaders asked why there was no infrastructure in place for sharing and responding to this threat, as an example Waterbury hospital has fantastic knowledge-base for Covid-19: “Why can’t we have that and edit or contribute so we’re not re-inventing the wheel.”

The group, reinforced by behavioral health experts also told members that Torrington Health has a great video, that was aimed at calming the public’s nerves.

Finally, members from Cornel Hill Health chimed in, they offer services to the under-insured in New Haven Connecticut, in essence they would be the ones that are taxed the heaviest with infections as Yale Hospital just defers the problem.

Cornell Hill Health is the safety-net for the poor, along with Community Health Center with headquarters in Middletown. Cornell Hill took the measure of using space that was “idle” and turned into space with separate entrances to their main clinic in order to try and contain presumptive cases.

This is a developing breaking news story. Check back with Your Content shortly for updates.


Widespread transmission of the coronavirus would translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, workplaces, and other places for mass gatherings may experience more absenteeism. Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded, with elevated rates of hospitalizations and deaths. Other critical infrastructure, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, and transportation industry may also be affected. Health care providers and hospitals may be overwhelmed. At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against the coronavirus and no medications approved to treat it. Nonpharmaceutical interventions would be the most important response strategy.

Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Individuals most at risk for severe symptoms include elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.

The recent widespread outbreak of the respiratory disease stemmed from a novel coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in 60 locations internationally, including in the United States.

Those who have recently traveled to China are at the greatest risk of contracting the deadly virus.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.

During the week of February 23, CDC reported community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in California (in two places), Oregon and Washington. Community spread in Washington resulted in the first death in the United States from COVID-19, as well as the first reported case of COVID-19 in a health care worker, and the first potential outbreak in a long-term care facility.

The CDC affirms that there are ongoing investigations to learn more. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

How will the coronavirus impact my community?

More cases of the coronavirus are likely to be identified in the coming days, according to the CDC. That includes a rapid increase in cases in the United States. It’s also likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in communities in the United States. It’s likely that at some point, widespread transmission of the coronavirus in the United States will occur.

Widespread transmission of the coronavirus would translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, workplaces, and other places for mass gatherings may experience more absenteeism. Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded, with elevated rates of hospitalizations and deaths. Other critical infrastructure, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, and transportation industry may also be affected. Health care providers and hospitals may be overwhelmed. At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against the coronavirus and no medications approved to treat it. Nonpharmaceutical interventions would be the most important response strategy.


Stay with Your Content for the latest updates. Have a story or news tip? Contact our 24/7 newsroom at 833.336.8013 or e-mail our tip line: [email protected]

Widespread transmission of the coronavirus would translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, workplaces, and other places for mass gatherings may experience more absenteeism. Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded, with elevated rates of hospitalizations and deaths. Other critical infrastructure, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, and transportation industry may also be affected. Health care providers and hospitals may be overwhelmed. At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against the coronavirus and no medications approved to treat it. Nonpharmaceutical interventions would be the most important response strategy.

This is a developing breaking news story. It will be updated momentarily. Stay with Your Content for the latest developments.


Stay with Your Content for the latest updates. Have a story or news tip? Contact our 24/7 newsroom at 833.336.8013 or e-mail our tip line: [email protected]

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