Roy Exum: 12 Deaths? No, 2

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

Late Sunday afternoon I was cruising across the Internet, trying to get a pulse on the current state of the COVID pandemic, and I was thrilled to discover there is a noticeable lull in what has been a very aggressive onslaught of the coronavirus in Tennessee and in Hamilton County. For instance, in Hamilton County we have had a 37.55 % decrease in cases over the last seven days and a 71.4% decline in deaths, both figures per every 100,000 people

My figures are solid, both confirmed by the Centers for Communicable Diseases and Control (CDC) dashboard and the USA Today dashboard. But then I read a report generated by our Hamilton County Health Department that announced we had 12 more deaths on Sunday, “It was the most deaths in one day from COVID in Hamilton County since 12 died on Dec. 8.” I jumped to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Dashboard and … presto! … it perfectly illustrated that much of the confusion in dealing with the coronavirus is a lack of communication.

Eight of those deaths that were reported on Monday actually died during the first 10 days of January but because they passed away in an assisted living facility or in a private home, there deaths were not reported to the health department in a timely manner. This takes place in many cities as well as rural counties and, as well as in other areas of a pandemic we’ve never faced before, there are varying numbers based on the sources each “dashboard” uses.

Allow me to share some communication tips:

* * *

THE HAMILTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT WEBSITE

* -- For Hamilton County (TN), the best website is health.tnhamilton.org. (You need to remember “Hamilton County” is the name of ten counties in the United States of America, eight of them named for Alexander Hamilton, first United States Secretary of the Treasury.) The Health Department posts the number of positive, negative, and total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) test results for Hamilton County each day between 2-4 p.m..

Additionally, the website is updated throughout the day, particularly if vacancies become available at sites during the day.. Hamilton County now has a functional “hot line” call center at 423/209-8383. Due to a high demand of calls, there has Vaccination Appointment Call Center that is now available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The appointment number is 423-209-5399. If you hear a busy signal, hang up and call again. If there are no appointments available, you will hear a recording with further instructions.

* * *

THE STATE OF TENNESSEE CORONAVIRUS ‘DASHBOARD’

There is a wonderful website at www.COVID19.tn.gov that offers a wealth of information. For those wishing to make appointments to take the vaccine at any one of 95 Tennessee’s counties, please go to the website and the directions are easy to follow, virtually every question is answered, and at 7 p.m. last night, there had been 274,550 doses of the vaccine given. Of that number, 115,186 have been administered the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. It is believed that two weeks after the second dose is administered, the recipient has a 95 percent chance of shielding the disease.

* * *

THE USA TODAY CORONAS VIRUS DASHBOARD

The newspaper USA TODAY has a fabulous COVID Dashboard at www.usatoday.com. Due to their extensive network and eye to detail, this is a must stop every day. These folks do a great job with Washington logistics, exposing then flattening the bumps in the road, and presenting a clear picture of what is universally regarded as a mess.

* * *

THE MAYO CLINIC COVID-19 DASHBOARD

Mayo Clinic’s greatest gift – trust me, I know – is presenting any disease in a way that any of us can not only understand it but can face it and deal with it. This dashboard is a treasure. Look at https://www.mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-covid-19 Understand, Mayo’s gives a national view yet in reality the COVID-19 virus is the same in South Dakota, south Texas, and South Carolina.

* * *

“THE C.D.C.” Our nation’s prized Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered long ago that infectious disease could care less if you are male or female, the ethnicity, your social standing, your political beliefs, and your religious beliefs mean not a thing. Since March of last year --- call it ‘ten months’ if you will – the coronavirus has killed 425,036 Americans. By its one-year anniversary the thinking is 600,000 dead. My mercy. So, as we continue to mask, we keep our distance and wash our hands, we’ve never seen anything to this equal. The CDC dashboard has been triumphant in keeping the results from worse. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html

* * *

I AM A BIG BELIEVER in Johns Hopkins, the medical marvel of an oasis in Baltimore, and last spring, when the gravity of the pandemic, startled all of us, Johns Hopkins pulled the trigger on the greatest data site in American’s history. Their scientists and information engineers have proven to be a Godsend and the fact every country around the world focuses on www.coronavirus.jhu.edu is cause for a chest-beating prize.

* * *

DO NOT be bashful nor harbor any fears. Read from any of the aforementioned sites and you’ll find practical ideas that make sense.

* -- Wash your hands with soap and hot water

* -- Distance … always over 6 feet if you can.

* -- Mask so much so often you’ll want to brush your teeth 3 times a day.

And then, what I dare try to do, is “Let go and let God.”

I sleep like a champ.

royexum@aol.com

 

 

 


Kim White Is Good For Chattanooga

Supporting The Well-Being Of All Children

Tim Kelly Is Ultra-Liberal, Kim White Is Conservative, True American - And Response


I live in East Ridge, but I do business in all of Metro Chattanooga. I have a lot of love for the Scenic City (is it still called that? ... It should be). I conduct real estate transactions in ... (click for more)

Pediatricians commit themselves to supporting the health and well-being of all children and families so that the children they care for can thrive in all areas of life including athletics, access ... (click for more)

My fellow Chattanooga voters, Let’s talk about our mayoral run-off race on April 4. First of all, Tim Kelly is an ultra-liberal, who, freely admitted voting for Joe Biden. He showed his lack ... (click for more)



Opinion

Kim White Is Good For Chattanooga

I live in East Ridge, but I do business in all of Metro Chattanooga. I have a lot of love for the Scenic City (is it still called that? ... It should be). I conduct real estate transactions in Chattanooga. I play music in Chattanooga. I have a lot at stake in the city's future. As most know (who know me), I'm politically 'interested', and somewhat involved. I watched the campaigns ... (click for more)

Supporting The Well-Being Of All Children

Pediatricians commit themselves to supporting the health and well-being of all children and families so that the children they care for can thrive in all areas of life including athletics, access to accommodations and healthcare. Unfortunately, several bills currently working their way through the Tennessee state legislature would cause unnecessary harm to children and families ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Couple, 90 And 89, Die In House Fire In Rock Spring

A house fire at 491 Bicentennial Trail in Rock Spring on Monday morning claimed the lives of two people. Walker Fire Rescue responded to the structure fire at 9:44 a.m. The first unit to arrive reported heavy smoke and fire coming from the home. When they made entry, firefighters found the bodies of 90-year old Clifford William Cason, Sr. and his 89-year old wife Patricia. ... (click for more)

Hammond Says Sheriff's Office Staff Short By About 50; Cites Negative Perception Of Police, Daily Dangers They Face

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond said Monday the county is having difficulty hiring School Resource Officers amid what he calls negative public perception of law enforcement. He said overall, the Sheriff’s Office is short by about 50 staff. “We’re living in a time when police officers are seen in a negative fashion, more so than in the past,” Sheriff Hammond said. “There are ... (click for more)

Sports

Vols Beat Florida, 65-54, On Senior Day; Secure #4 Seed For SEC Tournament

A balanced offensive effort and a momentum-shifting, second-half run propelled the Tennessee basketball team past Florida, 65-54, on Senior Day inside Thompson-Boling Arena. The win secured the No. 4 seed and first-round bye for the Volunteers at next week's SEC Tournament. The Vols (17-7, 10-7 SEC) punished the Gators (13-8, 9-7 SEC) on the boards, out-rebounding Florida ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: A Cold, Heartless Business

I have debated for several days about whether or not I should jump into the fray so to speak about the recent layoffs, dismissals or whatever term you want to use regarding the termination of nine employees at WTVC-TV last week. Since I know as much as anyone about what happened to my friends Dave Staley, John Madewell and Erin Thomas, I have decided to give my perspective. You ... (click for more)