Tuesday, October 27

Health

Health, iPhone News

Apple Launches iPhone Medical Records for Canadian and UK Users

Apple has announced that it has partnered with hospitals in Canada and the United Kingdom to offer securely stored medical records on the iPhone, expanding the function beyond the United States. The following hospitals have partnered with Apple in Canada: Women's College Hospital - Toronto, Ontario St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Hamilton, Ontario Mackenzie Health - Richmond Hill, Ontario And in the UK: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Oxford, UK Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Milton Keynes, UK "We designed medical records on the iPhone so that people can easily view their medical records at any time, and we are delighted to put this feature in the hands of customers in the UK and Canada." He said Kevin Lynch, Apple's vice preside...
Coronavirus, Coronavirus Utah, Health, Local News

Utah Mom Warning Others After Two College Kids Return Home With Virus

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A mother is warning other parents to be careful after two of her college kids returned home last month, unknowingly carrying COVID-19. “We see things happening in the world and we think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s happening. That’s too bad,’” said Brooke Shirley. “But then when it happens to you or someone you know who gets it, then it’s real.” Weeks into the start of the fall semester, things got real for Shirley and her family. “It totally affects your whole life,” she said. It started when her son, who’s at Brigham Young University, came home Labor Day weekend for a short visit. Everything seemed fine. And then he left. “I took him somewhere. Dropped him off. He had a drink in there and I took a drink of his drink,” Shirley said. Not long after he ca...
Health, Local News

Life Saving Reminder: Don’t Skip Annual Mammogram Because of Pandemic

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The first day of October marks the first day of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Intermountain Healthcare is reminding women just how important is to schedule a mammogram even as the pandemic continues. Health care systems across the country stopped mammography exams and other non-emergency procedures at the beginning of the pandemic to protect PPE supplies and ensure the availability of hospital rooms as experts warned COVID-19 could overwhelm the medical system. Now that hospitals are reopening, along with other parts of the economy, medical experts warn some women are skipping their annual mammograms. “Even though we took a pause in service, breast cancer didn’t take any such break,” said Brett Parkinson, MD, medical director of b...
Health, Local, Provincial

Ontario reviews COVID-19 screening guidelines in schools and child care centers – The Canadian News

Ontario is changing its COVID-19 symptom screening guide for schools and child care centers in the province. The province is now asking parents to keep their children at home without going to school for 24 hours if they have a runny nose or headache. If a child has both symptoms, they are asked to see a healthcare provider or get tested for COVID-19 before returning to school or child care. Previously, the government had asked that children with only one symptom stay home until they received a negative COVID-19 test or other medical diagnosis. Ontario is also removing abdominal pain or conjunctivitis from its watch list. Earlier this month, British Columbia removed 10 symptoms from its school score sheet, including a runny nose.
Coronavirus, Coronavirus Utah, Health, Local News

Utah Health Dept. Reports 1,008 New COVID-19 Cases

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health on Thursday reported 1,008 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths. The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 987 per day, and the rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 13.6%. The state has tested 836,218 people so far, and 74,050 of those tests returned positive. There have been 1,085,068 total tests reported.There are currently 201 patients hospitalized with the virus, 76 of which are in intensive care units. Another 58 patients are currently hospitalized as COVID-19 persons under investigation. UDOH reports 52.7% of all non-ICU beds and 69.9% of all ICU beds in Utah hospitals are occupied. A total of 459 Utahns have died from the virus. The state is considering 55,510 ca...
Coronavirus, Coronavirus Utah, Health, Local News

New Diagnostic Tool Helps Identify More Serious COVID-19 Cases

MURRAY, Utah – Researchers at Intermountain Healthcare have come up with a new diagnostic score to help identify COVID-19 patients who may end up with the worst cases of the virus. The new criteria should enable doctors to tailor treatments for specific patients, and save lives. Doctors have recently learned about an acute inflammatory syndrome that occurs in some COVID-19 patients. That inflammation can damage the lungs and other organs, and send the patient to the ICU. They now have a set of standardized criteria to identify that syndrome, before the illness worsens. Intermountain Healthcare researchers have developed an important new diagnostic tool to help clinicians diagnose hyperinflammatory syndrome.Researchers from Intermountain Healthcare have developed i...
Coronavirus, Coronavirus Utah, Health, Local News

Utah Health Dept. Reports 906 New COVID-19 Cases, 2 New Deaths

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health has reported 906 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths. The rolling seven day average for positive tests is 1,017 per day, and the rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 13.6%. The state has tested 829,970 people so far, and 73,042 of those tests returned positive. There have been a total of 1,074,530 tests reported. There are 203 patients currently hospitalized for the virus, which puts hospitalizations at approximately the same number as July, when Utah saw it’s highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations as well as deaths, according to coronavirus.utah.gov.Of those 203 patients, 75 are in intensive care units. Another 40 patients are currently hospitalized as COVID-19 pers...
Coronavirus, Coronavirus Utah, Health, Local News

Utah Reports 4 New Deaths, 694 New COVID-19 Cases

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health has reported four new deaths and 694 new COVID-19 cases. The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 1,012 per day, and the rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 13.7%. The state has tested 821,864 people so far, and 72,136 of those tests returned positive. There have been 1,062,240 total tests reported. There are currently 183 patients hospitalized with the virus, 71 of which are in intensive care units. An additional 12 patients are hospitalized as COVID-19 persons under investigation. According to coronavirus.utah.gov, 45.6% of all non-ICU beds and 60.8% of all ICU beds in Utah hospitals are occupied. A total of 457 Utahns have died from the virus. The following deaths we...
Back to School, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Utah, Health, Local News

Neighbors Concerned About U Of U Parties As University Goes Online

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The University of Utah is going online for two weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19, but neighbors are worried whether parties off campus were undermining those efforts. On Monday the university entered what it called the coronavirus circuit breaker. It’s a pause in in-person interactions on campus to slow the spread of COVID-19 as the school prepares for next week’s vice presidential debate. “We’re really cautiously optimistic,” said university spokesperson Chris Nelson. “Our students have done a really good job. Both our message to students and the surrounding neighborhood is we’re all in this together.” But just off campus, there are concerns that some students aren’t getting the message. “You’ve seen the numbers and you just feel like mayb...
Coronavirus, Coronavirus Utah, Health, Local News

Utah Health Dept. Reports 827 New COVID-19 Cases, No New Deaths

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health has reported 827 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths. There are currently 167 patients hospitalized with the virus. The latest report shows a decline in both new cases and hospitalizations. However, the rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests remains steady at 14%. The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 1,001 per day. The state has tested 817,461 people so far, and 71,442 of those tests returned positive. There have been a total of 1,055,359 tests administered. Currently, there are 167 patients hospitalized, 66 of which are in intensive care units. Another 66 patients are hospitalized as COVID-19 persons under investigation. According to coronavirus.utah.gov, 45.4% of al...
What Does It Mean To Move From Yellow Risk To Orange Risk?
Coronavirus, Coronavirus Utah, Health, Local News

What Does It Mean To Move From Yellow Risk To Orange Risk?

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health on Tuesday announced that the cities of Provo and Orem would be moved from yellow to orange following a spike in new COVID-19 cases in the area. That change, along with mask mandate for Utah County, went into effect Wednesday. Here’s what’s going to change for Provo and Orem as they move from the yellow, or low-risk, level back to orange, or moderate risk. The cap on social gatherings is 20, which is down from 50 in the yellow phase. Residents are asked to stay home more frequently and be vigilant about keeping a 6-foot distance from people in other households. Children should not have in-person playdates or activities where they will be in close contact with other children, and they should no play on public playg...
Health, National

Rebecca O’Toole tests positive for COVID-19 – The Canadian News

Following the news last week that conservative leader Erin O'Toole had tested positive for COVID-19, his wife, Rebecca, has now also confirmed that she has contracted the coronavirus. A statement from the Conservative Party confirmed that Rebecca O'Toole began presenting symptoms, including fever, on Sunday. She was tested later that night and tested positive Monday night. She is isolated at home and the couple are monitoring their two children, 14-year-old Mollie and 9-year-old Jack. "Many Canadian families are dealing with COVID-19 like we are today, and like them, our focus is ensuring our children stay healthy," Rebecca said in a statement. "I want to thank the amazing frontline healthcare workers across the country, but especially those at Brewer Park Arena who are so ki...