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Shortages of COVID-19 Emergency Equipment in U.S. Cities

US Conference of Mayors – “The survey described in this report illustrates the scope and severity of the need for COVID-19 emergency equipment in this nation’s cities.  It shows that, despite their best efforts, most cities do not have and cannot obtain adequate equipment and supplies needed to protect their residents.  This is a life-threatening crisis that will continue unless the federal government does everything in its power to help us safeguard our first responders and health care workers – our first line of defense – and the millions of other public servants in our cities whose work today puts them at risk.

  • 91.5% (192) of the cities do not have an adequate supply of face masks for their first responders (including police, fire, and EMTs) and medical personnel.
  • 88.2% (186) do not have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) other than face masks to protect these workers.
  • 92.1% (186) do not have an adequate supply of test kits.
  • 85% (164) do not have an adequate supply of ventilators for use by health facilities in their city or area.
  • 62.4% (131) have not received emergency equipment or supplies from their State.
  • Of those receiving help from their State, 84.6% (66) say it is not adequate to meet their needs.

For emergency equipment, analysis of these responses by city size found little variation from largest to smallest cities in the percentages of adequacy of supplies. While a somewhat higher percentage of larger cities reported receiving equipment and supplies from their State, cities reporting inadequacy of these supplies did not vary by size. Across the survey cities able to provide estimates, needed are:

  • 5 million face masks;
  • 4 million PPE items;
  • 9 million test kits; and
  • 139,000 ventilators.”

New Website Provides Acquisition-Related Coronavirus Information

JD Supra – “If you’re looking for a single place to find information concerning the federal government’s response to the coronavirus that impacts contractors, the General Services Administration (GSA) recently uploaded a webpage on the acquisition.gov website that aims to deliver: https://www.acquisition.gov/coronavirus. While it is not a comprehensive source, the site includes selected links to… Continue Reading

COVID-19: State and Local Shut-Down Orders and Exemptions for Critical Infrastructure

EveryCRSReport – COVID-19: State and Local Shut-Down Orders and Exemptions for Critical Infrastructure, March 26, 2020 – “Since the onset of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the United States, public officials have issued numerous emergency directives closing non-essential businesses and facilities and instructing non-essential workers to stay home. However, these directives have generally… Continue Reading

NYT Sharing Coronavirus Case Data for Every U.S. County

The New York Times – We’re Sharing Coronavirus Case Data for Every U.S. County – “With no detailed government database on where the thousands of coronavirus cases have been reported, a team of New York Times journalists is attempting to track every case. As the coronavirus has spread across the United States, killing hundreds of… Continue Reading

Social distancing strategies for curbing the COVID-19 epidemic

Social distancing strategies for curbing the COVID-19 epidemic – “The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is straining healthcare resources worldwide, prompting social distancing measures to reduce transmission intensity. The amount of social distancing needed to curb the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in the context of seasonally varying transmission remains unclear. Using a mathematical model, we assessed that one-time interventions will be… Continue Reading

Zoombombing, data privacy, webcam backdrop, virtual town hall

CVUSD meeting falls victim to “Zoombombing” Vice – Zoom Removes Code That Sends Data to Facebook – The change comes after Motherboard found the Zoom iOS app was sending analytics information to Facebook when users opened the apps See also The Web Around [I do not have one but it may be of interest] –… Continue Reading

Opinion – A Silent Spring Is Saying Something

Roger Cohen’s essay in the NYT: A Silent Spring Is Saying Something – The eerie inhumanity of Donald Trump. “This is the silent spring. The planet has gone quiet, so quiet you can almost hear it whirling around the sun, feel its smallness, picture for once the loneliness and fleetingness of being alive.This is the spring… Continue Reading

Worldometer COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Worldometer COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic: “Confirmed Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance – The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 199 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan). The day is reset after midnight GMT+0.” Case Graphs – Death Graphs – Countries – Death… Continue Reading