South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday August 5, 2020

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May 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 11


The Health Care District of Palm Beach County is expanding its ongoing COVID-19 testing for residents in the Glades communities. Since March 16, the Health Care District has offered COVID-19 testing on a walk-up basis, without an appointment outside of the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinic at Lakeside Medical Center, located at 39200 Hooker Highway in Belle Glade. 

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has overwhelmed our healthcare system. In hotspots, healthcare workers continue to fight on the frontlines with limited resources and local governments lengthen stay-at-home orders to help flatten the curve.

A harsh reality has emerged as COVID-19 has spread around the globe. Several thousands of doctors, nurses and others caring for COVID-19 patients are dying from the virus. To alert providers in otolaryngology, one of the hardest hit medical specialties, about the high risk of transmission and how to avoid it, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers studied data from China.

Am I covered for Covid-19 now?

Yes, current life insurance policies do not include a pandemic exclusion.
Will I be able to get coverage for Covid-19 in the future?
Insurance companies are watching this closely to decide if future policies will exclude death from a pandemic event.

Cleveland Clinic is establishing the Center for Global and Emerging Pathogens Research to broaden understanding of emerging pathogens – ranging from Zika virus to SARS-CoV-2 (which causes COVID-19) – and to expedite critically needed treatments and vaccines.

Cleveland Clinic Florida has developed a program to support caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program includes services for all caregivers and some services are specific to caregivers working on the frontlines who are caring for patients. Cleveland Clinic Florida leaders believe that all caregivers play a critical role in ensuring quality patient care and want to support their mental and physical health and well-being during the pandemic.

Researchers and clinicians are scrambling to find ways to combat COVID-19, including new therapeutics and eventually a vaccine. In a commentary published in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, Miller School of Medicine professor and endocrinologist Gianluca Iacobellis, M.D., Ph.D., suggests the DPP4 enzyme presents an interesting target for further research, and DPP4 inhibitors could help some COVID-19 patients.

Vanessa Rojas, M.D., is a family physician and HIV specialist with Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center. The Broward Health Physician Group member completed her residency and HIV fellowship at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in New York.

As we work through the COVID-19 pandemic and the vulnerabilities of our Healthcare system becomes apparent, the design community must review the needs and expectations of our hospitals and rethink the design of healthcare facilities.

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the crisis of over-regulation in American medicine. These regulations inhibit the development of effective treatments for a variety of conditions without providing additional protection against harmful or ineffective treatments and inadequate care.

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