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The second installment of Whiskey Sour Happy Hour is this evening at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific) on TheBluegrassSituation.com and YouTube. The series continues each Wednesday at the same time through May 13th, and each episode is saved on both platforms so you can tune in whenever convenient.
Whiskey Sour Happy Hour is hosted by Ed Helms and today’s guests include Ben Harper, Rodney Crowell, Sierra Hull, Matt the Electrician, and many more.
April 28 – Stamen Design wrote about how they chose to display the mobility data being collected and analyzed by Facebook, Harvard University, Direct Relief.
April 26 – Happening today and tomorrow:
#GAMERSvsCOVID Fortnite tournament and charity stream-a-thon, featuring YouTube influencer Michelle Phan, former NBA star Nate Robinson, and top Twitch streamers.
April 25 – Latest shipment news:
499 shipments were generated by Direct Relief last week, bound for health care centers, hospitals, correctional facilities, and a Native American nation.
These shipments have gone/ will be going to locations in Connecticut, California, Texas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Louisiana, and the Navajo Nation.
April 24 – Be sure to check out the following events, which will support Direct Relief’s Coivd-19 response:
EDMTunes presents JADETOPIA music festival with all Asian DJ roster.
1 pm -1 am PST on Spotify, Facebook Live, and Twitch.
More info here.
Valorant Charity Invitational esports tournament featuring the Pittsburgh Knights, presented by Sheetz and G FUEL.
Streaming live on Twitch.
#GAMERSvsCOVID Fortnite tournament and charity stream-a-thon, featuring YouTube influencer Michelle Phan and more top Twitch streamers.
Starts at 8 am PST.
April 23 – Latest shipment totals:
Churchill Downs will host a “Virtual Kentucky Derby” with 13 digitally-created champion horses from yesteryear. The event aims to raise $2 million for Covid-19 relief. The real Derby has been rescheduled for September 5. Beneficiaries include Direct Relief and the Team Kentucky Fund.
April 22 – As Covid-19 testing continues to roll out across the United States, community health centers and free clinics, which together serve 31 million people in the U.S. annually, are helping with the effort.
“The zip code where our Queens Health Center is located is 12 percent higher for positive COVID-19 cases than the city average,” said Robert M. Hayes, President and CEO of Community Healthcare Network in a press release. “We are providing quality care to communities that are often forgotten and always most impacted.”
In Memphis, Tennessee, Church Health, a faith-based, privately funded health care organization which had 62,500 patient encounters last year, is now offering drive-thru testing by appointment.
Direct Relief’s Andrew Schroeder spoke with NBC News in the Bay Area to discuss how Direct Relief and Facebook have been collaborating to track the spread of Covid-19. See the clip here:
4/26 – #GAMERSvsCOVID – Fortnite tournament/charity stream-a-thon, featuring YouTube influencer Michelle Phan and top Twitch streamers. It starts at 8 am PST.
Latest shipment news:
Today, a total of 70 ICU kits were sent to Elmhurst Hospital Center and Bellevue Hospital in New York. Additional medicines and supplies were sent to three other facilities in California.
153 tent shipments, which are used for screening patients for Covid-19 outside of health centers and hospitals, are bound for 69 partners in California, one partner in Indiana, eight partners in Massachusetts, seven partners in New Jersey, 16 partners in New York, and 52 partners in Texas.
April 21 – Direct Relief CEO Thomas Tighe spoke to the New York Times about mask procurement:
Everyone seems to know a dude whose roommate in college has set up a factory in China, but you just don’t know who to trust. It’s just too easy to fake these things.
Shipments went out yesterday to community health centers and hospitals in San Diego, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Monroe (La.), Hyannis (Mass.), San Luis Obispo (Calif.), and Mattapan (Mass.).
Almost $650,000 was raised last weekend for Covid-19 response during two multi-day marathons organized by Games Done Quick (GDQ) and The Runaway Guys Colosseum, in coordination with Direct Relief Gaming.
Games Done Quick raised over $400,000 for Direct Relief through their video game marathon over the weekend.
April 19 – Shipment updates from last Friday:
Deliveries from the warehouse went to a range of government agencies, hospitals, jails, health clinics, and a research project.
Shipments went to New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Charlotte, Oakland, Austin, West Palm Beach, Roanoke (Va.), San Luis Obispo (Calif.), Santa Barbara, Bayamón (PR), Ponce (PR), Burlington (Mass.), Santa Clara (Calif.), Oxnard (Calif.), and Fort Myers (Fl.)
For the Southern Easter Tornado Response, Direct Relief shipped personal care products to Outreach Health Services FQHC in Shubuta, MS., and Primary Health Services Center in Monroe, LA.
Stay updated on the latest Direct Relief shipment info here:
April 15 – Direct Relief’s Research and Analysis team has released a United States social vulnerability map that provides data down to the county level.
The mapping application, which was produced with Esri’s ArcGIS system, allows user to see data such as the number of people with a disability, who don’t have a vehicle, median age, and the number of hospital beds.
The win netted him $100,000 for charity, which he donated to Direct Relief and the Arizona Food Bank Network.
April 5 –
Looking at today’s daily growth rate in #COVID19 US cases –> notice how many places on here are scarcely to be found in the news: Idaho is a huge problem – Navajo Nation – the Mariana Islands – & all through the central plains and the South. This is the next phase. @DirectReliefpic.twitter.com/bJLmGolVvD
If we look at this map from the Times on the areas that have been slowest to comply with social distancing orders and measure it against the growth rate (daily and rolling), plus cases per million, from the Qlik dashboard, it’s pretty clear to see that whereas the last 10 days has been dominated by the events in New York, Washington, Massachusetts and California, the NEXT 10 days may be likely to be dominated by the emerging pace of events in the South.
States and counties in the South have been extremely slow (based on the Times analysis) to comply with social distancing orders – FAR more so than most of the rest of the country – while also being easily the most at risk in terms of age, co-morbidities and other aspects of social vulnerability, which can include lack of cars by income group, lack of easy walking distance to food, high rates of diabetes, hypertension and asthma, high rates of obesity, and disproportionate numbers of elderly people. Those are some of the things that makes this such a significant issue. We should also look then at counties likely to be most at risk but also lacking ICU beds – there are many of them.
Louisiana is the leading edge of this development, with a worrisome uptick in activity happening as of the past 24-72 hours in Oklahoma and Nebraska. Florida, Georgia, Kentucky … these may all be significant hotspots very soon. And when you dig into the issue of ICU access in these areas you tend to find, with a few notable exceptions, that the situation is dire.
Here’s this interesting cluster in southwest Georgia – quite rural area – on the other side of the state from Atlanta – 711 total cases so far here – 480 of those are in the dark blue area.
The outbreak epicenter for this area is Doherty County – the deep blue area above. Doherty has about 91,000 people. They have 50 ICU beds. In addition their diabetes rate is 14% — and 14.5% of the county is over the age of 65. Georgia has also been very slow in social distancing compliance.
April 1 – A new report from Direct Relief, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Institute for Disease Modeling found that residents in Seattle have largely engaged in social distancing over the past few weeks, though there have been lapses on weekends.
The authors emphasized that they were not measuring social contact directly, and that their focuses were on changes in how people were moving around (or not) as well as the locations where people spent their time.
Some selections from the report, which was co-authored by Andrew Schroeder, Direct Relief’s Vice President of Research and Analytics:
… though while the data are encouraging, we also see some evidence of fluctuating adherence to social distancing policies, emphasizing that we remain in a precarious position. For social distancing to be effective in restricting COVID-19 transmission, widespread adherence over the coming weeks is critical.
Movement during daytime (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) from other regions to Seattle and to the Eastside had declined from about 40% below baseline on March 5 after Public Health Seattle and King County recommended a work from home policy, to over 60% on March 12 when Gov. Inslee banned gatherings of over 250 people and closed K-12 schools through April 27th, to about 90% on March 28, the last day for which we have data.
…mobility increases over the past three weekends highlight a potential difficulty in maintaining widespread adherence to social-distancing policies.
As noted by the authors, data for the study were, “collected from mobile users with location services enabled and aggregated to coarse geographic levels as anonymous counts of users; individual users cannot be identified.”
On a typical day, data are captured from around 230,000 people across the Puget Sound region
For more on the Direct Relief x Facebook collaboration, check Facebook’s Data for Good/ Disaster Maps page: