Monday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a passing shower this afternoon, and a high of fifty-nine. Sunrise is 6:25 AM and sunset 7:28 PM, for 13h 02m 22s of daytime. The moon is a waxing gibbous with 95.9% of its visible disk illuminated.
Whitewater’s School Board meets in closed session via videoconference at 5:45 PM to conduct to conduct district administrator screening interviews.
On this day in 1865, the Union Army is victorious at the Battle of Sailor’s Creek.
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Sarah Kliff and Julie Bosman report Official Counts Understate the U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll:
A coroner in Indiana wanted to know if the coronavirus had killed a man in early March, but said that her health department denied a test. Paramedics in New York City say that many patients who died at home were never tested for the coronavirus, even if they showed telltale signs of infection.
In Virginia, a funeral director prepared the remains of three people after health workers cautioned her that they each had tested positive for the coronavirus. But only one of the three had the virus noted on the death certificate.
Across the United States, even as coronavirus deaths are being recorded in terrifying numbers — many hundreds each day — the true death toll is likely much higher.
More than 9,400 people with the coronavirus have been reported to have died in this country as of this weekend, but hospital officials, doctors, public health experts and medical examiners say that official counts have failed to capture the true number of Americans dying in this pandemic. The undercount is a result of inconsistent protocols, limited resources and a patchwork of decision-making from one state or county to the next.
Charles Bethea reports What the Coronavirus Is Doing to Rural Georgia (‘Pandemic hits a region that was already struggling to address its medical needs’):
The hospital network’s [Phoebe Putney Health System’s] C.E.O., Scott Steiner, is monitoring supplies in real time. “Surgical gowns, we are three days from running out,” he told me on Tuesday. “N95s, we’re seven days. Surgical masks, the thinner ones, we’re at about six days. Face shields, we’re in good shape. Hand gel—we’ve been going through an incredible amount, but we think we have about ten days on hand.” He went on, “We’re constantly sourcing new products. New sources. Our traditional sources no longer have anything available and haven’t for two weeks.”
Hospital employees have begun sewing their own masks, “MacGyvering things up,” as Steiner put it. “We rolled that out yesterday morning,” he said. “That’s helped extend the life of our N95 masks. Had we not done that, we’d be out of N95 masks now.” (“I’ve almost likened it back to the war effort back in the day, when family members would help with munitions or whatever it took,” Black told me.) Since Tuesday, the hospital has produced twenty thousand fabric masks, allowing them to further stretch their supply of N95s and surgical masks, which Steiner expects will now last about two and three weeks, respectively. They’re down to six days of hand sanitizer and two days of face shields, he said in a follow-up call.“It’s impossible to predict what we’re going to get here and when,” Steiner explained. “Sometimes it comes on a skid from the state stockpile. We’re also sourcing items individually from certain vendors.”