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Tue Jul 7, 2020, 12:57 PM

COVID-19 patients in Tucson being transferred to Phoenix, out of state

Source: Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)

When Wade McGee was diagnosed with COVID-19 at 3 a.m. Friday, there was nowhere in Tucson he could get treatment. So the next morning the 63-year-old mining retiree and former paramedic was taken by ambulance from Northwest Medical Center, 6200 N. La Cholla Blvd., to a hospital in Phoenix.

McGee’s wife, Wendy McGee, is finding it hard to get information on her husband, who is not doing well. She wishes he’d been able to get treatment here, but also said she’s glad he wasn’t transferred out of state — which is the fate some patients are facing as the health-care crisis worsens.

Pima County residents with COVID-19 are being treated in San Diego, Albuquerque or Las Vegas when shortages in staffing, equipment or bed space make it impossible for hospitals close to home to take them.

Others are being sent around the state, like to Wickenburg or, in the case of McGee, Phoenix.

Read more: https://tucson.com/news/local/covid-19-patients-in-tucson-being-transferred-to-phoenix-out-of-state/article_9eb4cfb1-a1cb-5466-82b3-e23829be35ff.html

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 01:12 PM

1. Tucson put out an urgent call for emergency staff last week

And I think I saw they ran out of beds yesterday. There's still about 10% total for the state, but Tucson is getting it extra bad.

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 01:36 PM

2. Governor Ducuy: Call Gov. Cuomo and ask for return of favor for the AZ medical personnel

you sent to NY in response of his urgent plea for help.

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 04:26 PM

3. I am verklempt

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 04:33 PM

4. KR

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 07:03 PM

5. Good thing all those bars and restaurants....

were open BEFORE the order was lifted. Yeah, they were packed in Chandler and elsewhere the Friday night BEFORE the close order was lifted last month.
Fucking imbeciles.

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:55 AM

6. Today in Home Depot (yes, I know...)

I got karma-ed for going in that trumpster-run place. In SW AZ, a COVID-19 hotspot, blood red and dumb as a box of rocks:

1. Signs on the doors saying masks are required. I think "OK, that's good, I'll go in."

2. Start shopping, immediately see 2 Covidiots without masks, talking away in loud voices, in the lumber aisle, right in front of HD staff. I start looking around, see many other idiots shopping, maskless.

3. I ask the HD employee why she isn't saying anything to them about their lack of masks. Turns out HD does nothing if shoppers choose to not wear masks. I ask what's the point of having signs saying masks are required if there's no enforcement. A supervisor tells me apologetically that it's store policy to say nothing.

4. I call HD "customer service" national number--get told that it's their policy, nationwide. They post signs but there's no enforcement.




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Response to not fooled (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 01:02 AM

7. It'd have to be pretty serious for me to have to go to Home Depot even if everyone was wearing masks

Edit: it's not worth the risk as anything one touches may have the virus so I buy on line or use curb side pickup.

When grocery shopping, I'll put the bags containing canned goods and other non-perishables down in the basement and leave them there for at least 3 days before putting them away. Items I do have to put away right off I disinfect.

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 01:14 AM

8. I was really disappointed at the veterinarian yesterday

3 customers of 4 seen wearing masks (and I am not sure the one that wasn't didn't have one, she was talking on the phone and the other lady that was with her did have one on) but nobody working there had one on. the receptionist, the tech, nor the vet.

sure, I don't expect Ed at the feed store to be wearing one, but medical people?

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Response to Kali (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:36 AM

9. At my vet's office

you call them when you arrive, and a masked technician comes out to your car to get your animal and you wait in the car. You pay over the phone. They are super careful, which I appreciate.

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Response to PasadenaTrudy (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:53 AM

10. I thought that is what these folks were doing

I read an article back in March in the local paper. I was kind of surprised when they called to confirm the appointment and they didn't give me "entry instructions," but thought at the time maybe they just assumed everybody knew. But when I got there no signs or anything outside, however I was the only one there so then I thought maybe they were just scheduling everybody well apart, but when I got into the building, the receptionist wasn't wearing a mask and you can see into the hallway from her counter area...no masks on anybody back there. (and no lexan over the opening either, which I am getting used to everywere).

Maybe that article was about another vet, I don't know now, but still kind of surprising even in this rural, not too affected, but maga-heavy area. I say not too affected but we went from less than 100 cases to over 800 in one month and doubled our (thankfully) small death rate. I put on the masks when we hit 1 or 2 hundred, wasn't too worried about it until then - and I know we aren't infected yet since we are normally isolated and basically homebound, but it was getting time to help shame the other locals and just join the rest of the sane world.

an interesting observation about the types of masks - we are in the middle of the household getting rabies vaccinations and we have to get them at the local hospital. they have a check in desk set up outside the building where a person does a temp check and asks about any symptoms, gives you a little sticker to wear and hands out masks if you don't have one. she gave us disposable surgical ones and said they were better than the cloth ones we had on...so that issue is still kind of in the air in terms of efficacy I guess.

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Response to PasadenaTrudy (Reply #9)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 03:16 PM

11. Ours do the same but they will take your credit card and bring it back to you

I always feel like I'm making a drug deal LOL.

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