Vaccines going smoothly, health officials sayMCH will no longer give out daily death updates

first_img Vaccines going smoothly, health officials sayMCH will no longer give out daily death updates Local News WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – December 22, 2020 TAGS  Medical Center Health System and Odessa Regional Medical Center have vaccinated a total of 998 healthcare workers during the past 24 hours, with only one employee experiencing a minor fever, representatives from both hospitals announced during a Tuesday afternoon press conference. That whirlwind pace is expected to continue throughout the week as the hospitals strive to vaccinate as many healthcare workers as quickly as possible, MCHS Chief Nursing Officer Christen Timmons said. “We’ve vaccinated a total of 945 people in the last 24 hours,” said Timmons, who noted that one nurse developed a slight fever after receiving the vaccine. The nurse was briefly placed under observation and has recovered. “Everything has gone pretty smoothly.” ORMC officials said 54 employees were vaccinated as of Tuesday afternoon. Both hospitals received their first vaccine shipments on Monday. MCHS CEO Russell Tippin announced during the press conference that his hospital will immediately discontinue providing COVID-19 patient and death updates to the general public. Instead, the hospital will only share that information with the Ector County Health Department, which releases very limited COVID-19-related information and sometimes goes days before updating information. ORMC, a private hospital, does not share COVID-19-related death information, such as patient deaths with the public. They do share that information with the county, which does not disclose that quickly but rather updates the county website sporadically. Some have have regularly criticized the county’s lack of transparency and absence in addressing challenges posed locally during the pandemic. No one from the county joined the Zoom call on Tuesday. “The County is supposed to be the hub of authority for COVID-19,” Tippin said. “It is supposed to be the county’s responsibility to provide information to the public. “(MCHS) has done its best to be transparent and inform the public. But we felt it was time to move forward.” Tippin said MCHS administrators want to focus on the vaccination process. MCHS’s decision to discontinue releasing COVID-19 hospital data comes less than a week after Ector County health authority Dr. B.A. Jinadu announced that the county would take the lead in distributing the vaccinations. Jinadu made his comments during a December 17 press conference that was attended by Tippin and ORMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rohith Saravanan. Jinadu did not participate in Tuesday’s press conference. He and other county officials have rarely participated in the weekly briefings held between local media and health officials during the past nine months after early on being criticized for a lack of transparency. County officials, including Jinadu and Ector County Judge Judy Hayes, have remained largely invisible and silent since COVID-19 arrived in Odessa. Other health officials and City Mayor David Turner have said the county has rarely been involved in addressing COVID efforts. Hayes has not returned more than a half-dozen calls seeking comment. On Tuesday, Saravanan explained that the vaccination is a process that must be conducted over a two-month period. After healthcare workers, nursing home residents and employees and other high-risk residents will start receiving the vaccination. The lengthy process is why the vaccinations won’t begin being offered to the general public until February or March, Saravanan said. “We’re still a big way out from getting to the (general) public,” Saravanan said. “But we’re taking a step in the right direction. The light is getting brighter at the end of the tunnel.” ORMC CEO Stacey Brown said the hospital on Tuesday had 33 COVID-19 patients – a higher than normal number for them. Sixteen of those patients were in critical condition and 10 patients were on ventilators. MCHS reported 70 patients Tuesday, 10-20 fewer than they’ve averaged during the past month. Twenty-nine of those are listed in critical condition, 26 are on ventilators, Tippin said. In their final report, MCHS announced over the past weekend that two COVID-19 patients had died – bringing the hospital’s total deaths since March to 171.center_img Previous articlePolice Officer of the YearNext articleHIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Bronchos stampede past Lady Panthers Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Oxford SU stays neutral on NSS boycott

first_imgOxford Student Union have taken no position on the National Student Survey (NSS), despite renewed calls to boycott the controversial scheme.Student activists allege that the survey is used as part of the Teaching Excellence Framework, which could have an impact on tuition fees.50% of finalists need to complete the survey, which is run by Ipsos MORI, in order for the results to have any weighting.A similar University-wide protest last year led to Oxford being one of only four Universities to be left out of the survey results.The survey was delivered to finalists last week, but so far calls for a boycott have only come from individual activists, rather than student societies.When asked for their position on the survey, which was delivered to finalists last week, Oxford SU declined to clarify.Activist and former OULC co-chair Tom Zagoria wrote: “Last year Oxford successfully boycotted the NSS, but we can’t drop the ball now. So this one’s easy, just get on with revision/procrastination, and boycott the NSS!”He told Cherwell: “the protest is behind last year’s in terms of organisation.”He has sent a motion to the Oxford Student Union for their meeting in 1st week encouraging them to support the boycott.Another student activist, Neha Shah, posted on Facebook: “The survey is a widely discredited set of metrics that form part of the Teaching Excellence Framework, a tool the government wants to use to justify tuition fee rises for future generations of students.”Exeter College JCR president, Ellie Milne-Brown, sent an email to Exeter students in support of the boycott. She wrote: “It is the opinion of the Executive Committee of the JCR that they should refuse to do so, and participate in the boycott that worked so well last year.” Cambridge University Student Union (CUSU) have already supported the boycott.A post on their website said: “Boycotting the NSS remains one of our best opportunities to make a clear statement against the direction of higher education which is becoming increasingly inaccessible and elitist.”OULC have also supported the boycott. A post on their Facebook page said: “Let us come together again to send a clear message to this government that we refuse to be part of a system that puts greed before the needs of students.”Oxford SU replied to a request for comment after the printed version of this article was published.A spokesperson said: “There are motions for and against a boycott of the NSS which are going to Student Council on Thursday.Following the decision by student council, Oxford SU will run a campaign on NSS.”A spokesperson for the University of Oxford said: “In common with other UK universities, we write to our students every year to make them aware of the National Student Survey (NSS).“We have been working with colleagues from across the collegiate University, and with Oxford SU, to secure a strong response to the NSS, as we genuinely value the feedback we receive from students.“This exercise is entirely unrelated to the Teaching Excellence Framework.“The NSS allows students to tell us what they liked and didn’t like about their time at Oxford, giving us valuable feedback as we seek to improve the student experience.“Additionally, if more than 50% of our students respond, the results are published on the Unistats website, which is linked to the UCAS website and allows students thinking of applying to Oxford to see what previous students thought of their time here.”In 2017, a similar boycott led to only 31 per cent of finalists filling out the survey.One of the organisers of the campaign, Anastazja Oppenheim said at the NUS conference: “if students, en masse, either refuse to fill in the surveys at all or sabotage it… the results would become of little use and would wreck plans for the TEF.”She later told Cherwell: “The fight needs to continue and, building on the experiences of this past year, we can make the boycott in 2018 even more effective.“Our campaign has already won some concessions, such as delaying the link between the TEF and fees. But we must organise, resist, and wreck the survey until the TEF is scrapped and the Higher Education reforms withdrawn.”last_img read more

Bundesliga gets return date

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules The Bundesliga is set to return May 15 as the German Government prepares to ease lockdown restrictions.According to reports, Chancellor Angela Merkel will relax measures introduced to halt the spread of coronavirus in a teleconference scheduled for Wednesday. Merkel is expected to give the green light for Bundesliga matches to resume, but under strict conditions and without fans in the stadium.Players may also be required to wear face masks, and could be told not to touch each other during celebrations.Germany has had great success in slowing the virus’ spread and on Monday the government allowed museums, churches and hairdressers to reopen.Car factories have also resumed work.The Bundesliga drew to a halt on March 8, but clubs have been back in training since last month. Three Cologne players tested positive for COVID-19 last week, but training at the club continued as the individuals were put into a 14-day quarantine.A total of 1,724 tests have already been carried out on players and staff from the top two divisions, with a second wave of tests set to take place this week ahead of a possible restart.Tags: BundesligaCOVID-19Ease of LockdownReturn Datelast_img read more

‘Ibrahim Galadima’s Committee Will Solve NFF Problem’

first_img“I throw my weight behind the Ibrahim Galadima-led reconciliatory committee on the crisis rocking the Nigeria football house,” David said in a statement in Minna.“I am particularly impressed with the step that the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, has taken in trying to bring a lasting peace to the NFF. It is a right step in the right direction and he must be commended.”The former NFF technical committee chief said adding that the “wisdom employed by the minister of sports to bring peace to the football house remains the only way out of the logjam”.David described the membership of the reconciliatory committee as men of high integrity that have played key roles in the development of sports, especially football in Nigeria and therefore have the capacity to bring the warring factions to a round-table for a possible peace in football house.“All the members of the reconciliatory committee are men that command respect within the football family in Nigeria and that is why I am confident that they will succeed in the assignment.”According to David, “the Galadima that I know will bring his wealth of experience to bear in ensuring that peace is achieved among the two factions”.He described the ongoing crisis in the football house as “very unfortunate and worrisome,” stressing that “the crisis has degraded Nigerian football in the eyes of the football world”.“It is high time something urgently is done to rescue Nigerian football from further degrading. This is one of the longest lasting protracted crisis in Nigeria football, and this is not good for our football development,” David declared.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Laleye Dipo in MinnaA former Technical Committee Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Sulaiman David, has said that the elders reconciliatory committee set up by the minister of sports and headed by Ibrahim Galadima will solve the lingering crisis at the football federation.David yesterday described the composition of the committee and its membership as a “the right step in the step direction”.last_img read more

B’ville’s Savacool named state baseball Player of the Year

first_imgIn the months following his junior season with the Baldwinsville baseball team, pitcher Jason Savacool would test himself against national and international competition, earning plenty of accolades along the way.And those accolades continued even though Savacool never had a chance to take to the mound this spring.It was announced on Thursday, May 21 that Savacool was chosen as Gatorade’s New York Baseball Player of the Year, weeks before he finds out if he will get chosen in the Major League Baseball Draft. Savacool was the top returning senior in Section III baseball going into 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools in mid-March and for the rest of the academic year.Having signed his letter of intent to attend the University of Maryland, Savacool might still go to College Park, but those plans could change on June 10-11, when MLB holds its draft.If it were a typical year, Savacool would expect to be drafted in one of 40 rounds. However, in a cost-cutting move related to the COVID-19 pandemic, MLB shortened the draft to five rounds.Savacool said that, were he to be drafted, it would take a specific signing bonus for him to alter his plans of going to Maryland. Once in college, he would have to wait three years before getting another chance at the draft in 2023.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story A true student-athlete, Savacool earned a 4.0 grade point average during his senior year at C.W. Baker High School while also scoring a 1,500 on his SATs.And all this came despite Savacool missing the beginning of the school year, for he was in Gijang, South Korea, competing with USA Baseball’s 18-and-under national team at the World Baseball/Softball Confederation World Cup. Savacool helped Team USA to a second-place finish.He had earned his spot on the team through a summer of 2019 spent in Major League Baseball’s Prospect Development Pipeline League, where he stood out during camps in Florida and California and, in between, traveled to Cleveland for a prospects game during MLB’s All-Star festivities.center_img Tags: BaldwinsvilleBaseballjason savacoollast_img read more

USC can’t let Pryor break loose

first_imgOhio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor only averaged 3.6 yards per carry against USC last year, but the sophomore’s running skills are causing a stir headed into this year’s match.The 6-foot-6 quarterback took over as the Buckeyes’ primary signal-caller last year after splitting snaps with Todd Boeckman in the USC game and led the team to a 8-1 record as a starter. The former blue-chip recruit dazzled fans with his running skills, including a 110-yard performance against Illinois.Casey cured · Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (91), who is recovering from the flu, will be one of the Trojans chasing down Terelle Pryor. – Mike Lee | Daily TrojanWith the Buckeyes undergoing an offensive overhaul in the offseason, Pryor has become the focal point of the Ohio State attack.Much has been made of Pryor’s maturation as a pocket passer this offseason, but the Trojans are still respecting his abilities as a runner.“He’s doing the right thing, developing and taking pride in becoming an all around complete football player, and he looks like that,” USC coach Pete Carroll said at his weekly press conference. “He’s going to be a great quarterback.”Dual-threat quarterbacks have given USC trouble in the past, like in 2007 when Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon ran for 76 yards in a 24-17 Ducks win in Eugene, Ore.Defensive coaches have emphasized disciplined play and gang tackling as a way to contain Pryor on Saturday.“It’s kind of frustrating to have to chase down a fast guy like that,” defensive tackle Jurrell Casey said. “But we know we can get him as long as we keep our outside contain. You just can’t let a guy like that get outside.”Casey and cornerback Kevin Thomas returned to practice Wednesday after sitting out the last two days with the flu. Both are expected to be able to start on Saturday in Columbus.The 6-foot-1 Casey said he felt “90 percent” healthy and that he was confident he would be at full speed come gametime.“I’m not completely over it, but I’m good enough to be out here with my teammates,” Casey said.uCarroll said Wednesday that USC wouldn’t have as much information on the Ohio State defense because it faced an unorthodox first opponent in Navy, which runs the triple option.Although the Midshipmen racked up 198 rushing yards and came within a two-point conversion of forcing overtime last Saturday, Carroll noted that their attack was difficult to counter. The Trojans’ pro-style offense is preparing for a few different looks than the ones the Buckeyes displayed last week.“This one game in particular looking at their defense — it doesn’t help us very much,” Carroll said. “We would think we have a feel for them, but we don’t really know. They could have done some new stuff in the offseason, so we have to be ready to adapt.”The Buckeyes lost four starters from last year to the NFL, but quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates said there was plenty of talent left on Ohio State’s roster.“They have five or six guys who are going to make it into the league. They have a lot of speed and a lot of power, so they’re going to be hard to go against,” he said.last_img read more