The strain of COVID-19 infection, which eventually killed four supportive residents of the Alder Bay settlement, is said to have started as a methamphetamine distributor who rejected public health advice and refused to isolate himself. penning column Bloomberg.
Lewis’s California COVID Nurse Confessions focuses on Dykehouse contact tracking research, in which she works backwards from a positive COVID-19 test in an attempt to find all new positive cases that may have been affected by a deadly virus. It provides some enlightening insights into the work and details of cases that local officials have so far refused to offer.
“It simply came to our notice then. One was a 70-year-old couple, both possibly contagious. She found them, ordered them to be quarantined, they turned right and held a large steak on the fourth of July. When trying to contact guests who may have been infected, she noticed that they were repulsive or completely rude. “You have these little social networks that are hostile,” she said. “They’re usually polite enough to just disengage. But I’m trying to create thick skin. “
Another case stuck in her mind was a methylman. Public health nurses approached him shortly after he was infected and, despite their advice, said he would isolate himself. Erica suspected he was still spying at night, and her suspicion was confirmed when he infected his friend, who in turn infected his mother-in-law. A buddy buddy with no symptoms went to work at Alder Bay Assisted Living, a nursing home in Eureka. Infect more than a dozen workers and residents. Four died. “
Heather Muller, chief outreach officer at Humboldt County Joint Information Center, declined to approve specific cases involving Lewis reports.
“Some information has been shared with the journalist that could compromise the privacy of those involved,” Muller wrote in an email. Magazine. “As a result, the Joint Information Center cannot validate this information.”
Elsewhere, the column quotes Dykehouse’s statement that although the criteria changed many times during the pandemic, since June, her contact research has mostly focused on one question: who were you in 6 feet for more than 15 minutes? Except in specific cases, the biggest removal from the column is Dykhouse, which says more and more people are no longer collaborating with contact inquiries and instead of being tied to themselves, they don’t return calls or withdraw.
They had collaborated in the past. While no one was happy to hear that they had COVID-19, people respected its authority. They behaved similarly to people before the pandemic when she said she needed to distance herself. … And they did everything in their power to comply with them – at least until mid-May, immediately after the abolition of the state asylum system. Since then, her blog has been talking about unpleasant changes. People became less and less interested in what she had to say: they seemed to know everything they needed to know. “A lot of these people get their medical information on Facebook,” Erica said. People stopped returning her calls. People hung on it. People even scared her. “This is the first time in this job that I have experienced people clinging to me other than sexually transmitted diseases,” Erica said. “Usually you call and say,‘ I’m a public health nurse, ’and they talk to you or call you back. We are used to people trusting us. Now they don’t. That was very strange. ” … But in late June, Erica and her colleagues felt that things were moving in the wrong direction. “We feel that we are losing control of the situation,” said one of the county’s health officials. “People get it and we don’t know where.”
Your email In the letter MagazineMuller argued that Dykehouse’s approach did not necessarily reflect the county’s view.
“The interview reflects the impressions and experiences of the employee involved and does not necessarily reflect the broader experience of public health professionals or the condition of the operation being performed,” she wrote before emphasizing the importance of timely testing. “When there is a particularly large group of cases in a small county, we run the risk of over-exploiting our resources. That’s why testing and contact tracking is so important. “
As of July 1, Humboldt County has confirmed 95 new cases of COVID-19, or 42 percent of all cases received in the county to date.
Lewis has more than a dozen books, including Liar poker, Moneyball, The invisible side, The big short and Flash Boys. Its full Bloomberg the column is worth reading and you can find it here.