Dr. Shikha Gupta, the executive director of Get Us PPE, a volunteer effort that matches available supplies to health care providers, said 70 percent of those requesting help from the organization last month reported being completely out of one type of critical gear. Masks, gloves and disinfecting wipes topped the list.“Health care workers are exhausted and frustrated, and it’s really hard to believe that on Nov. 10, it feels very much like the middle of March all over again,” she said. “We’re hitting the highest numbers of caseload that we’ve ever seen, and we’re running into the same problems that we’ve been having since Day 1.”Governors are once again competing with one another and big hospital chains for scarce gear. Nursing homes are grappling with staff shortages, which have left hospitals unable to discharge patients to their care. In Wisconsin, the situation is so severe that health officials are mulling a plan to train family members of nursing home residents to fill in at facilities that lack enough workers.- Advertisement – “We’re throwing every idea that we can conceivably think of to the state, but we really need bold action from the federal government,” said John Sauer, the president of LeadingAge Wisconsin, an association that represents nonprofit nursing homes and long-term care facilities. “We can’t muddle through this on our own.” But as the country enters what may be the most intense stage of the pandemic yet, the Trump administration remains largely disengaged. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is trying to assume a leadership mantle, with the appointment of a coronavirus advisory board and a call for all Americans to wear masks, but until his inauguration on Jan. 20, he lacks the authority to mobilize a federal response.“With 1,000 deaths per day, it’s like two jumbo jets dropping from the sky,” said Dr. Carlos del Rio, an infectious disease specialist at Emory University who is close to Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator. “If every day, two jumbo jets would drop from the sky and kill everybody, don’t you think that everybody would be in a panic? But somehow, we’re not doing that. Somehow, as a nation we’re not outraged.”“We need a Churchill,” he added. “We need somebody to step into the vacuum and lead the nation.”Instead, Mr. Trump is at war with his own health officials. He was furious after the drug maker Pfizer announced Monday that early clinical trial data suggested its coronavirus vaccine was more than 90 percent effective. In a conversation with Dr. Hahn, a senior administration official said, the president accused the company and the F.D.A. of conspiring to delay news that could have bolstered his chances of re-election.Aides said the president believed that Pfizer could have announced the success of its clinical trial before Nov. 3 but deliberately chose to hold up the news, possibly not to taint the company’s vaccine as a last-minute effort to save Mr. Trump’s re-election bid. White House aides were particularly incensed that Mr. Biden publicly said his public health advisers knew of Pfizer’s results on Sunday, before aides said the news had reached the White House.Beyond Mr. Trump’s Twitter feed, the federal bully pulpit — an essential component of an effective infectious disease response — has largely gone silent. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said in an interview on Tuesday that the vaccine would be “a game changer” over time. The pandemic caught the nation flat-footed in March, but epidemiologists have been warning for months of a fall and winter wave as people are driven indoors, schools resume in-person classes and Americans grow tired of months of precautions. Yet shortages of personal protective equipment are back, especially among rural hospitals, nursing homes and private medical practices that lack access to the supply networks that serve larger hospital chains.- Advertisement – He questioned Dr. Hahn’s timeline for an emergency authorization of Pfizer’s vaccine.The president’s allies suspected that Pfizer could have obtained results from its trial earlier, but chose not to. Pfizer had in fact initially planned to request seeing the results from an independent safety monitoring board once 32 of its clinical trial participants who had received either the vaccine or a placebo had come down with Covid-19. That would have been the company’s first barometer of its effectiveness.But weeks ago, Pfizer officials said, F.D.A. regulators had advised that they would be unlikely to issue an emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s vaccine based on just 32 cases in a trial with nearly 44,000 people.Pfizer decided to wait for more cases. By last weekend, 94 subjects had tested positive for Covid-19, a sample seemingly more than sufficient to satisfy the F.D.A. The company said an early analysis showed the vaccine was more than 90 percent effective.Pfizer has said it expects to apply for emergency use authorization by late November, and experts expect the F.D.A. to decide as early as mid-December. But Pfizer has said it has manufactured only a few million doses, and experts are hoping the government can step in to help speed up manufacturing. A second vaccine maker, Moderna, could soon seek F.D.A.’s review of its clinical trial results. The United States is on somewhat better footing now than in the earliest days of the pandemic. States and hospitals have their own stockpiles, and Admiral Polowczyk said the federal government had met its goal of acquiring 153,000 ventilators. Dr. del Rio said federal health officials such as the health secretary, Alex M. Azar II, or Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, must begin convening daily news conferences to provide public health guidance.In the absence of leadership, local officials feel as if they are struggling alone. New weekly cases among nursing home residents jumped fourfold from the end of May to late October, and deaths have more than doubled in 20 states, according to R. Tamara Konetzka and Rebecca J. Gorges, researchers at the University of Chicago who analyzed data from the C.D.C.“The depressing message is that nothing much has changed since the spring,” Professor Konetzka said.Even many large hospital chains, which say they have adequate supplies of medical gear, continue to operate in crisis mode. That often means requiring employees to repeatedly reuse respirator masks that are meant to be discarded after each use.Deborah Burger, a president of National Nurses United, the largest organization of registered nurses, said the lack of clear guidance from the C.D.C. had allowed hospitals to create their own standards for reusing disposable protective gear, which she said put hospital workers and patients at increased risk of infection.“We’re 11 months into the pandemic, and the administration is still not adequately addressing the safety of health care workers and the safety of our communities,” she said. “I’ve been a nurse for over 45 years, and I have never seen anything like this. It’s like we’re in ‘The Twilight Zone.’”The White House has fixated on Operation Warp Speed, the administration’s crash vaccine and therapy development program, while its coronavirus task force has whittled down to rote weekly gatherings in the Situation Room. But far from celebrating the Pfizer news on Monday, the administration initiated a round of recriminations. But a vaccine is not an immediate panacea, and until doses become widely available — likely in mid-2021 — the nation is in a “difficult situation,” he said, that calls for Americans to wear masks and social distance, and to avoid crowded settings, particularly indoors.“My message to the American public is: Hang on, help is coming, a vaccine is on its way, we need to all pull together,” Dr. Fauci said.Washington’s leadership void is raising anxiety in the states.“We’re facing a dire situation as we head into the fall and winter,” said Casey Katims, the federal liaison for Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington State.In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, canceled his customary Tuesday afternoon virus news conference and instead planned to deliver a statewide address early Wednesday evening as local officials reported a daily caseload of more than 6,500 — nearly 1,000 more than the record set on Saturday.In North Dakota, Gov. Doug Burgum said this week that the state’s hospitals were full and that even health workers who test positive for the virus but do not display symptoms would be allowed to work in wards dedicated to coronavirus patients. WASHINGTON — When senior Food and Drug Administration officials held their morning call on Tuesday, they received a sobering warning from the agency’s chief, Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, who had just gotten off the phone with the White House: Block out “all the craziness” afoot and stay focused on fighting the pandemic, he said.There is plenty of craziness. President Trump is pushing to overturn the results of the election and his only public statements about the coronavirus in the last few days were to make clear his pique that good news about a vaccine had not come until after Election Day — even as the average number of new daily infections topped 116,000, average daily deaths neared 1,000, and Covid-19 hospitalizations hit a record high of 61,964 on Tuesday.- Advertisement – In a Twitter message on Monday, Mr. Trump said that Pfizer deliberately postponed announcing its good news, and that the F.D.A. had supported that delay.In a meeting of the coronavirus task force on Monday afternoon, Mr. Azar confronted Dr. Hahn about the Pfizer announcement and said the F.D.A.’s coordination with Pfizer and its exhaustive vaccine guidelines had delayed the news of the breakthrough, according to senior administration officials who witnessed the exchange. On Monday, the F.D.A. granted emergency authorization to Eli Lilly for an antibody treatment similar to a therapy given to Mr. Trump shortly after he contracted the coronavirus. The company has a limited number of doses and the treatment is only authorized for newly infected patients who have not been hospitalized.Some in the agency took Dr. Hahn’s Tuesday warning to his senior staff members about “craziness” afoot as a sign that the president might fire him. Others said the commissioner was merely acknowledging the obvious: The postelection period will be rocky.Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Sharon LaFraniere and Noah Weiland reported from Washington, and Andrew Jacobs from New York. Reporting was contributed by Maggie Haberman and Jo Becker from New York, Katie Thomas from Chicago, and Sheila Kaplan from San Francisco. “Leadership does matter,” said Dr. Howard Markel, a professor of the history of medicine at the University of Michigan who helped shape federal social distancing policy during the George W. Bush administration. “What your leaders do, like flaunting the mask or having parties without masks, almost encourages people to do the same.” Vice President Mike Pence canceled a vacation at the last minute this week as the virus numbers grew worse, but the White House coronavirus task force that he leads has been all but publicly silent. Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff who is infected with the virus, declared last month, “We are not going to control the pandemic,” and said the focus should instead be on the longer-term goals of developing vaccines and treatments.Meantime, the Strategic National Stockpile, the nation’s emergency reserve, has only 115 million N95 masks, far short of the 300 million the administration had hoped to amass by winter, Rear Adm. John Polowczyk, who retired on Monday as the national supply chain commander, said in a recent interview, though he added that the government is continuing to expand its supplies of protective gear. – Advertisement –
“We were already honored that the awarded logo won the jury competition for the 66th Pula event itself, which is one of the oldest continuous film festivals in Europe and the world. At that time, we already felt that this logo had a very successful future ahead of it”Point out the authors, Vedrana Vrabec and Marko Rašić. The use of numbers in the logo emphasizes the tradition and longevity of the festival itself. The figure itself is powerful and symbolic and allows for numerous uses and associations. “Viewers thus interpreted the logo themselves, interpreting it in different ways; from eyebrows to eyebrows, glasses, openings through which to peek, Arena floor plan, film rolls and even exclamation points, etc. From the very beginning it proved to be inspiring and applicable, and the reactions of the audience were excellent”The authors point out. The Red Dot awards will be presented to the winners at the award ceremony on October 1 in Berlin, and that night the awarded projects will be exhibited as part of the “Designers’ Night” celebration in Ewerk. The winning works will also be immortalized in the International Yearbook Brands & Communication Design 2019/2020. which comes out on November 14th. Rašić + Vrabec are specialists in design in culture and for brands that want to become culture. They design and create exhibitions, spaces and products, and the founders of the studio, Vedrana Vrabec + Marko Rašić, have been working professionally for more than 15 years. The most prestigious and largest international recognition for design – Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design – went to the Zagreb studio Rašić + Vrabec, the authors of the visual identity of the Pula Film Festival. Photo: Rasic + Sparrow This year, more than 8600 projects applied for this prestigious award, and an international jury of 24 renowned experts selected logo66. Pula Film Festival one of the best in the Brand Design & Identity category for logo design. Vedrana Vrabec and Marko Rašić
Under the enhanced community quarantine currently being enforced, motorcycles are allowed to transport only one person – its driver. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO – Pillions, popularly calledmotorcycle back riders or passengers, will not be allowed to pass throughquarantine control points or checkpoints, according to the Iloilo PoliceProvincial Office (IPPO). He, however, clarified the checkingprocedure won’t be less stringent so as not to hamper the smooth passage ofgoods, particularly perishable goods. At checkpoints, the pillions would betasked to get down the motorcycle, said Police Colonel Paul Kenneth Lucas, IPPOdirector. FOODPASS As to the transport of goods, Lucassaid couriers must present at the checkpoints a “food pass” from the Departmentof Agriculture (DA) director of the region where the couriers are based. Social distancing means increasing thephysical space between people. It is being enforced under the enhancedcommunity quarantine as a way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-19). There is no social distancing betweenthe motorcycle driver and the pillion, he explained. According to Lucas, the World HealthOrganization advocates social distancing because the COVID-19 virus istransmitted via droplets released when someone with the disease coughs orsneezes. Under the enhanced communityquarantine currently being enforced, motorcycles are allowed to transport onlyone person – its driver. Still, said Lucas, even with a foodpass, the police can still apprehend couriers with unauthorized passengers orpeople with fever./PN
Harold R. “Harry” Clift, 66, passed away on Friday, February 5 at his residence in Greensburg. Born on March 26, 1949 in Ohio, he was the son of Carl R. and Katherine (Anderson) Clift. Harry was a truck driver for John R Moore trucking for 32 years. One of his favorite things to do was go out in the garage and fix different things with his grandchildren and he also loved camping with his family. He was married to Penny Carter on December 29, 1993 and she survives. He is also survived by two sons; Cory Clift, Milan, Craig Carter, Greensburg, two daughters; Anna Shaw, Ohio, Daphnie (Jerry) Taylor, Columbus, one brother; Chris Clift, Dillsboro, eight sisters; Anna (Louie) Prough, Pennsylvania, twin sister; Florence Smith, PA., Margie (Larry) Wilson, Dillsboro, Thelma (Donnie) Wingate, Dillsboro, Beatrice Goins, Dillsboro, Sunday (Ronnie) Wright, Dillsboro, Ramona Thompson, PA., and Mary Clift, Moores Hill, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; James W., Paul, and Joseph Dean Clift, and his son; Harold Raymont Clift, and his father and mother in law; Buck and Betty Shafer. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4 – 8 pm at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10 am at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home with Pastor Pam Loyd officiating. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the family. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
Susan M. “Sue” Batta, 60, of Sunman, IN passed away Friday, September 20, 2019 surrounded by loved ones. Sue had a beautiful voice and shared this gift as a cantor at All Saints Parish. She loved crafting and card-making, and built a business with her artistic abilities. Sue showed how greatly she cared for others by helping organize the Prayer Shawl Ministry and the Pax Christi Ministry at All Saints Parish.Sue will be greatly missed by her husband, George, with whom she just celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary on September 9th. Her loving touch will also be missed by her four children Christy (Travis) Stratton of Indianapolis, IN; Andy (Jordan) Batta of Broomfield, CO; Michael (Laura) Batta of Liberty Township, OH; and Emily (Ryan) Hartnett of Harrison, OH. Sue also leaves behind seven grandchildren – Connor, Aubrey, and Luke Stratton; Cora and Colin Batta; Liliana and Charlotte Batta – all who will dearly miss their Mamaw. Sue is survived by her mother Carolyn Lamppert, her brother Steve Lamppert, and her sister Sandy Hammond. She was preceded in death by her father Joseph Lamppert.Sue’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 25 at All Saints Parish (Parish Life Center, St. Joseph Campus) from 9:00 – 11:30 am. Rosary will begin at 9:00. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at All Saints Parish (St. Joseph Campus) at noon, immediately followed by burial. Memorials can be made to Sunman Walking Warriors, the American Cancer Society, or All Saints Parish. To offer condolences please go to www.andres-wuestefeldfh.com.
Despite a two-hitter by Letty Olivarez, the Badgers lost game one Wednesday, 1-0. They were routed 14-1 in game two, falling to 0-8 in the Big Ten.[/media-credit]Still looking for its first conference win of the season, Wisconsin suffered two devastating home losses Wednesday in a doubleheader against Iowa, as the Badgers were just edged out 1-0 in game one before being demolished 14-1 in the nightcap.UW battled the Hawkeyes throughout the first game, but strong opposing pitching and unlucky hitting wasted a terrific pitching performance by senior Badger Letty Olivarez.Olivarez pitched a complete game, allowing only two hits, one walk and one earned run, while striking out 10.Iowa knocked in its one run of the game in the third inning with some small ball, utilizing infield hits and stolen bases. It turned out to be the difference in the game, and with the same pitchers starting the second, it looked to be another tight matchup.But Iowa jumped on Wisconsin early and didn’t let up, pouring on the offense and stifling the Badgers at the plate.“All in all, the first game was a really good game,” senior shortstop Katie Soderberg said. “I think we battled, we put the ball in play and we took it to the players. It was a good softball game on both sides of the field; it would’ve been nice to come out with a win. I think it was unfortunate not to take that momentum into the second game.“I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but we just spiraled downhill and it was definitely a tough game, the second one.”Olivarez quickly gave up three runs in only 1 1/3 innings in her second start, including a solo home run. Freshman Meghan McIntosh relieved Olivarez with one out in the second, and proceeded to give up two runs of her own in that inning and two more in the fourth before being relieved by No. 3 pitcher Kristyn Hansen.Hansen then gave up four walks, three hits and five runs — two earned — without registering an out. Olivarez returned to relieve Hansen and finished the game, giving up two more unearned runs in the process.The damage Iowa did mostly came in a nine-run fourth inning, as 14 Hawkeyes came to the plate and six reached base in some manner other than getting a hit.Junior right fielder Ashley Hanewich made a great running catch with the bases loaded to saved a few more runs from coming in, but Iowa kept the pressure on the entire game and won the game on the eight-run mercy rule after the fifth inning.Iowa’s Amanda Zust started both games and did not allow a run in her 10 innings. She did so not with overpowering pitching but with good placement and ground ball outs.“She was good. She kept us on the outside. She pitched to our weaknesses,” Olivarez said. “They had scouts on us so I feel like she did her job well, and I think we shouldn’t have chased her as much as we did, but that’s what good pitchers do.”The Badgers did hit the ball on the nose in several at-bats in the first game, but the ball just seemed to go toward Iowa players.“We actually got some good hits, just straight to people, so sometimes the luck doesn’t fall in your hands,” Olivarez continued. “Obviously, it was way different than the second game, but I think if we could’ve squeezed a run in we would have been in better position.”In the second game, Wisconsin was never threatening on offense.UW’s only run of the series came in the last half-inning played Wednesday at Goodman Diamond when freshman Whitney Massey singled in Soderberg.When asked if that run was any sort of consolation for the team, Soderberg responded with a short, “No.”With the losses, the Badgers fall to 10-24 and still winless in the Big Ten, while the Hawkeyes move to 24-14-1 and 8-1 in conference.The mood in the locker room, the players said, was introspective. They were trying to figure out what went wrong and how their playing can improve. The players took full responsibility for the loss, and intend to make changes before their series this weekend.“I think everyone knows individually what they need to do,” Soderberg said. “We need to come out; we need to work hard, and I have no doubt in our coaching staff that they’re going to push us these next two days before the weekend.“I think we just need to bear down right now.”