FLU SERIES Scrambling for vaccine: Some cities using lotteries to ration flu vaccine

first_img Providing easy access to hand sanitizers Eligible residents can add their names to the existing pool of about 1,600 until Nov 12. Next week, health department employees will draw the names. Important as it could be for those chosen, McKim said the drawing will take place without fanfare. To date, 29 states have reported flu cases to the CDC, Gerberding said during a teleconference Nov 9, but the number of cases is well within normal limits. See also: The department announced the same day that it was shipping its available vaccine supply of about 74,000 doses to local health departments and to providers in the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, which helps needy children. The shipments included 42,000 doses for the VFC program and 32,000 doses for health departments. Placing a box of surgical masks as close to the entry as possible “ACIP [the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which advises CDC] has given us a national standard,” he said. “I don’t have a scientific basis on which to re-prioritize.” After learning of his situation, a retirement home offered Pallotto a dose of its leftover vaccine. The AP reported he would get the shot on Nov 9. A survey of healthcare and home-care agencies in New York showed a need for about 1.4 million doses of vaccine, of which the agencies have received only 460,000 doses, said Robert Kenney, a spokesman for the state’s health department, in a Nov 3 phone interview. “It’s a clue. And we don’t know if it’s going to be a useful clue or not,” she was quoted as saying. Colorado: Following CDC rules, mostly Vaccine doses were to be allocated to health departments on the basis of population. Some counties may offer those vaccines to local long-term care facilities or to healthcare providers for high-risk patients, officials said. The amounts do not include those for New York City, which is receiving its own supply of redistributed flu vaccine from the CDC, the announcement said. Separating patients with respiratory illnesses from other patients California: Honing hygiene practices New York: doses for kids distributed About 1,600 eligible Quincy residents had entered their names for the flu-shot lottery as of yesterday, said Karen McKim, RN, a public health nurse in the city health department. The city received about 1,000 doses from the state and had separately purchased another 300 doses for city employees, she said. Now all 1,300 doses will be used for seniors and the chronically ill. The Mendocino County Public Health Department departed from CDC recommendations to limit the number of people eligible for vaccines, according to a report published Nov 6 in the Ukiah Daily Journal. The county is recommending people ages 70 and older get flu shots, as opposed to the CDC guideline of anybody 65 or older. The county will also tighten its definition for chronic disease, the county’s public health nursing director, Carol Whittingslow, was quoted as saying. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials met with Illinois officials last week, but hadn’t given authorization as of Nov 8. A letter from Lester Crawford, DVM, PhD, acting commissioner of the FDA, on Oct 27 indicated FDA was trying to identify flu vaccine sources and would work with Illinois, but emphasized the importance of assuring a safe vaccine and delivery process. Vaccine has proved more plentiful than the situation indicated a month ago in Minnesota, the AP reported on Nov 7. Nursing homes have enough flu vaccine, officials told the AP. Jumps in sales might indicate that flu is emerging, Julie Gerberding told the Associated Press (AP) during the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in Washington, DC. Within three weeks after the Chiron announcement, the state received an additional 196,000 doses, Calonge said. Those have been distributed according to the CDC guidelines, with eligible residents receiving shots on a first-come, first-served basis, he said. He expressed a concern that straying from those guidelines could lead to liability problems. Sixty-two-year-old Nick Pallotto, who works as Santa Claus each year, entered the limelight when a Colorado Springs, Colo., clinic denied him a flu shot on Nov 6. “We consider this the highest of the high priorities,” McKim said. “There’s going to be so many of us drawing the names, just to get this done. Then we’ll have to alphabetize them all and call them back,” she said. More than 200,000 doses of vaccine reached Colorado before Chiron’s vaccine lots were condemned in early October, Calonge said today. “It was given out in mass flu-vaccination clinics,” and authorities don’t know how many of those doses reached the highest-priority patients. Providing masks to all patients with symptoms of a respiratory illness The shots will go to county health departments, which will determine how to allocate them, a spokesman told the AP One low-risk state resident made national news this week when he tried to obtain a flu shot. Scrambling for vaccine: A sampling of responses (Oct 28, 2004, series article) Quincy public health officials once vaccinated as many as 5,000 people each flu season, but budget woes forced them to reduce that number to about 2,400 people in recent years, McKim said. This year, a number of vaccine doses have been distributed to pediatricians, so the public health department is focusing on the 75-and-older crowd and younger adults with provable, serious chronic diseases. The Florida Health Department said it is receiving 140,000 doses of flu over the next week, according to a Nov 8 AP story. That follows the delivery of 440,000 doses 2 weeks ago, the AP said. Pallotto is too young and healthy to be vaccinated, the AP reported. But his work as Santa brought about 10,000 kids to his lap in 2003, which is why he gets a flu shot every year, he told a reporter. “We have a high senior population and we found it [a lottery] was probably the fairest way to do it,” McKim told CIDRAP News. Florida: Phase two of vaccinating Minnesota: Supplies unexpectedly improved Nov 11, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Massachusetts residents in at least three communities are hoping to obtain flu shots through the luck of the draw as local health departments seek the fairest way to distribute limited vaccine supplies among those who need them the most. Colorado has an estimated 1.1 to 1.2 million people eligible for vaccination this year, said Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, chief medical officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Below are glimpses of what’s happening in several other states. At the national level, the director of the CDC has announced a plan to monitor sales of over-the-counter drugs as one way to spot local influenza outbreaks, she told reporters on Nov 7. A month ago most nursing homes in the state lacked vaccine, but enough has since been found to supply all 405 facilities. Officials say that the state has received a total of about 800,000 doses of vaccine. In Massachusetts, local departments are free to develop their own distribution plan, providing they hew to statewide emergency eligibility rules: vaccine can be given to seniors 75 years and older, children 6 to 23 months old, patients with severe chronic illness, and pregnant women, according to a Nov 7 Boston Globe story. Those guidelines are more restrictive than the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Redefining eligibility is increasingly common as state and local departments try to stretch vaccine supplies in a time of shortage. In Massachusetts, the Holyoke, Quincy, and Upton health departments are conducting lotteries. Unwilling to watch this flu season unfold with such limited vaccine, governors in two states have announced they will try to buy vaccine from European wholesalers, though neither state has federal approval to make the purchases, the AP reported on Nov 4. New Mexico and Illinois want to import about 400,000 doses combined, the story said. The same story reported that the health department sent a letter to physicians recommending a few simple steps to improve respiratory hygiene in clinics, including:last_img read more

Lakers play outside to lighten spirits as Rob Pelinka, Jeanie Buss express their grief

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers set about Wednesday to encouraging fans to donate to MambaOnThree.org to benefit the families affected by the tragedy, including Vanessa Bryant and her surviving children; the family of John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli; the family of Sarah and Payton Chester; the family of Christina Mauser; and the family of pilot Ara Zobayan. They also asked fans who wished to support youth sports – the group died on their way to a youth basketball tournament – to donate at MambaSportsFoundation.org.The grief of the Bryant family remained unfathomable on Thursday, but the Lakers gave small windows into how key officials – General Manager Rob Pelinka and team owner Jeanie Buss – were faring in the days after the tragedy. Both had spent time with the Bryant family since the incident, with team sources indicating that they were deep in sorrow.Pelinka released a statement on Thursday afternoon through the Lakers, calling the loss of his best friend and goddaughter, “an amputation of part of my soul.” He called Kobe “the most inspirational athlete of our time,” referencing his keen passion and dedication. He said Gianna was “brilliant, kind and warm.”While Pelinka acknowledged “an irreplaceable void” left behind by the crash, he also hoped their inspiration would continue to grow following Kobe’s and Gianna’s deaths.“Their lives have shown me that death has no victory,” he said. “Last Sunday is not the end of the story. It’s just a new beginning. Kobe and Gigi’s legacies will live on – and gain even more power and influence. All of us touched by them will now try to become torch carriers of their legacies.” Pelinka was present in El Segundo on Thursday, joining the team for a brief outdoor portion of practice where they warmed up, did agility training and slung a football around on the field across from their training facility, an excursion that appeared to lift the spirits of the players, who got a fun respite from a rough week.“We are striking a balance of trying to make guys feel good,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Laughter is always a good remedy for something like this when it’s appropriate. Today’s workout outside, it’s not the first time we’ve done that, but it does feel good to be out there.”Lakers doing some outdoor work to mix things up pic.twitter.com/Dgp6VWaEg9— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) January 30, 2020Vogel, who once again spoke on behalf of the Lakers (no players or other staff addressed the media), said the team had encouraged Pelinka to spend as much time as possible with his family.It’s a difficult time for any front office with the Feb. 6 trade deadline looming – much less a front office dealing with tragedy. But Vogel said he thinks Pelinka has handled the gauntlet as well as anyone could.“To his credit, he’s done just a great job of striking that balance, just making sure obviously that his priorities are in the right spot to be down in Newport,” Vogel said. “But he’s been in the last two days and we’re concentrating on the work. There’s therapy in the work. Our whole belief since I got here is we’re just going to put our heads down, roll our sleeves up, and grind and do the job.”Buss was already profoundly shaken by the death of her mother, Jo Ann Buss, and former NBA commissioner David Stern in the last month. She wrote an Instagram post on Thursday morning, telling how Kobe and Gianna had comforted her after her father died in 2013.“I reflect on that day often and it makes me smile and it makes me strong,” she wrote. “I call on that memory whenever I feel down and need a bit of courage. For everything you did on the court that filled me with so much joy and love, for all the lives you changed through basketball itself, it was that day with Gigi that reignited my drive and determination.”The Laker players themselves sought some of that determination to focus on the game on Friday, their first return to action since Saturday’s loss in Philadelphia. Vogel said he hoped there was a “therapeutic” benefit to the outside portion of practice, but the team had spent a chunk of their time scheming for the Trail Blazers.While he wouldn’t divulge the details of any planned tributes before tip-off, he acknowledged that he’s been briefed on them. Everyone in the franchise is preparing for one of the most difficult games they’ve ever had to play.“I would imagine it probably makes it a little harder than an ordinary game with all the emotions and all that stuff, but we shouldn’t do it any other way,” he said. “It’s the right thing to do and it will be an important night for our franchise and Laker Nation.”In the midst of this hard time .. we just try to smile, keep good energy and appreciate the small things.!! #Thankful #Blessed #LakeShow #MambaForever pic.twitter.com/UsnuO5yqC9— Troy Daniels (@troydaniels) January 31, 2020 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img PreviousLos Angeles Lakers forward James LeBron, left, and guard Quinn Cook look on during NBA basketball practice in El Segundo, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. The Lakers held their second practice Thursday, while they continue to grieve for former player Kobe Bryant. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Lakers head coach Frank Vogel plays football with the team during some light outdoor training before moving their practice back indoors on Thursday in El Segundo. The team plays its first game since the death of former Laker Kobe Bryant on Friday night at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Lakers forward LeBron James, left, and guard Quinn Cook embrace at the end of Thursday’s practice in El Segundo. The Lakers held their second practice of the week as they continue to grieve for former player Kobe Bryant. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward James LeBron sprints during NBA basketball training outdoors in El Segundo, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. The Lakers held their second practice Thursday, while they continue to grieve for former player Kobe Bryant. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Los Angeles Lakers forward James LeBron, center, and other team members work out during NBA basketball practice in El Segundo, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. The Lakers held their second practice Thursday, while they continue to grieve for former player Kobe Bryant. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, grips the ball during NBA basketball practice in El Segundo, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. The Lakers held their second practice Thursday, while they continue to grieve for former player Kobe Bryant. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, left, talks to the media at the team’s NBA basketball practice facility in El Segundo, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. The Lakers held their second practice Thursday, while they continue to grieve for former player Kobe Bryant. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Los Angeles Lakers forward James LeBron joins team members during NBA basketball training outdoors in El Segundo, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. The Lakers held their second practice Thursday, while they continue to grieve for former player Kobe Bryant. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, center, walks the court after speaking to the media during NBA basketball practice in El Segundo, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. The Lakers held their second practice Thursday, while they continue to grieve for former player Kobe Bryant. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Los Angeles Lakers forward Jared Dudley, left, and James LeBron, second from left, smile during NBA basketball practice in El Segundo, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. The Lakers held their second practice while they continue to grieve for Kobe Bryant. The team held a light shooting workout Wednesday as they resumed basketball activities after the death of Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Former Los Angeles guard Lakers Derek Fisher, top left, Dan Grigsby, center, chief legal officer and general counsel for the Lakers, watch the Lakers during NBA basketball practice in El Segundo, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. The Lakers held their second practice Thursday, while they continue to grieve for former player Kobe Bryant. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James bounces the ball during NBA basketball practice in El Segundo, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. The Lakers held their second practice Thursday, while they continue to grieve for former player Kobe Bryant. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Los Angeles Lakers forward James LeBron, left, and guard Quinn Cook look on during NBA basketball practice in El Segundo, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. The Lakers held their second practice Thursday, while they continue to grieve for former player Kobe Bryant. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Lakers head coach Frank Vogel plays football with the team during some light outdoor training before moving their practice back indoors on Thursday in El Segundo. The team plays its first game since the death of former Laker Kobe Bryant on Friday night at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)NextShow Caption1 of 12Lakers head coach Frank Vogel plays football with the team during some light outdoor training before moving their practice back indoors on Thursday in El Segundo. The team plays its first game since the death of former Laker Kobe Bryant on Friday night at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)ExpandEL SEGUNDO — It well might have been another night when Kobe Bryant was the biggest star in the building, occupying a courtside seat and a mega-watt smile.Carmelo Anthony wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday afternoon that Bryant had called him and told him he intended to come to Friday’s game between the Lakers and Trail Blazers. Anthony had been looking forward to it, and Bryant’s previous two visits in Staples Center – alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna – had drawn standing ovations when their images flashed across the jumbotron.Instead, Friday is going to be an emotionally steep climb back to basketball, where Bryant won’t be a guest, but will be mourned in an expected sell-out at Staples Center – the first game since the helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna, and seven others on Sunday in Calabasas.The Lakers are planning a tribute to the only player to have two numbers retired by one organization, but the details are being held back for now. The staggering task is a haunting shadow of when the Lakers retired Bryant’s jersey numbers in December of 2017 – no one imagined the organization and fans who cheered so loudly that night would be mourning his death so soon.last_img read more

What time does the NASCAR race start today? Schedule, TV channel for Sunday’s Bristol race

first_img— Richmond Raceway’s spring Cup Series race on the initial schedule for April 19 was moved to Darlington on May 20. The track’s Sept. 11-12 race weekend remains on the schedule.— Sonoma Raceway’s Cup Series date for June 14 was moved to Charlotte on May 27 (and then May 28 after a rain delay). Officials for the road course said in a release that they had worked with NASCAR to find an alternate date on the schedule, but that a suitable replacement could not be reached, “given the ongoing uncertainty around large events in California.”Below are the four NASCAR Cup Series races that are currently postponed (and their original dates on the schedule):Texas (March 29)Dover (May 3)Kansas (May 31)Michigan (June 7) For the fifth time in the span of just 15 days, those seeking the start time for a NASCAR Cup Series race are doing so in order to catch real, live action rather than a virtual competition. Both the start time and the date for this year’s day race at Bristol Motor Speedway are later than originally scheduled.Due to the same coronavirus pandemic-related issues that shut down live sports in March, NASCAR created a modified schedule of races for May and June that continues today at 3:30 p.m. ET at the world’s fastest half-mile. Like all races currently on the schedule, Sunday’s race at Bristol will run without fans in the stands and with a limited number of team and NASCAR personnel allowed to attend. The start time for Sunday’s race at Bristol, 3:30 p.m. ET, is later than NASCAR’s original time (2 p.m. ET) for its spring Cup race at the track, but the distance remains the same — 500 laps and 2066 miles with stage lengths of 125, 125 and 250 laps.Below is all you need to know about the schedule for Sunday’s race at Bristol and beyond.MORE: Watch today’s NASCAR race live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)What time does the NASCAR race start today?Race: Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor SpeedwayDate: Sunday, May 31 Start time: 3:30 p.m. ETThe 3:30 p.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race at Bristol is the second such start time on NASCAR’s modified Cup Series schedule for 2020, as the series’ return to racing at Darlington a couple weeks ago featured a late afternoon green flag. The race at Homestead on June 14 also is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET.The other two day races on NASCAR’s confirmed short-term schedule (Atlanta and Talladega) will start at 3 p.m. ET. The mid-week night race at Martinsville scheduled for June 10 will start at 7 p.m. ET.What channel is NASCAR on today?TV channel: FS1Live stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTV (7-day free trial)Like the schedule itself, the TV channels for Cup Series races after June are up in the air. Sunday’s race at Bristol, though, as well as one more Cup Series race currently on the schedule for June (Martinsville on the 10th), will broadcast live on FS1.As is the case for all the Cup Series races on Fox and FS1 this season, Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon will call Sunday’s race at Bristol. Until further notice, they will do so remotely from the Fox studio rather than the booth at the track.Including Sunday’s race at Bristol, Fox will broadcast the next five Cup Series races before NBC is scheduled to take over as the broadcast network for the second half of the season. However, four of Fox’s races remain postponed. (More on those later.)MORE: Full betting preview for Sunday’s Bristol raceNASCAR live stream for Charlotte raceAnybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s race at Bristol live via Fox Sports Go. This should be the preferred route for a viewer who has such a subscription but isn’t able to get in front of his or her TV.For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five major OTT TV streaming options that carry FS1 — Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, fuboTV and AT&T Now. Of the five, Hulu, YouTubeTV and fuboTV offer free trial options.Below are links to each.SlingHulu (free trial)YouTubeTV (free trial)fuboTV (free trial)AT&T NowNASCAR schedule 2020NASCAR on May 14 released its revised Cup Series schedule for May and June of 2020. It remains committed to running 36 races, four of which were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world. According to Fox Sports, NASCAR hopes to keep its 10 playoff races in the fall intact and at their original tracks.Below is the schedule revision for the Cup Series:DateTrackSeriesDistanceStage lengths (laps)TV channelStart timeSun., May 17DarlingtonCup400.2 miles90-95-108FOX3:30 p.m. ETWed., May 20DarlingtonCup311.4 miles60-65-103FS17:30 p.m. ETSun., May 24CharlotteCup600 miles100-100-100-100FOX6 p.m. ETWed., May 27CharlotteCup312 miles55-60-93FS18 p.m. ETSun, May 31BristolCup266.5 miles125-125-250FS13:30 p.m. ETSun, June 7AtlantaCup500 miles105-105-115FOX3 p.m. ETWed, June 10MartinsvilleCup263 miles130-130-240FS17 p.m. ETSun, June 14Homestead-MiamiCup400 miles80-80-107FOX3:30 p.m. ETSun, June 21TalladegaCup500 milesTBDFOX3 p.m. ET(NASCAR warns that the stage lengths and start times for the races above are tentative and subject to change.)To start, NASCAR scheduled races within driving distance of the Charlotte area, where most race teams are headquartered. That eliminated most of the travel-related logistics issues associated with running multiple races in one week.Because those tracks are hosting more races than originally scheduled, NASCAR had to take races away from Chicagoland, Richmond and Sonoma. Below are the details of those changes:— Chicagoland’s Cup Series race, originally set for June 21, was reassigned to Darlington on May 17. The Xfinity Series race that was scheduled June 20 at Chicagoland instead was held May 19 at Darlington.last_img read more