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Posted by: thepinetree on 05/19/2020 08:38 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 05/19/2020 08:38 AM
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Shutdown Affecting Healthcare Systems as UW Medicine Furloughs of 1,500 Workers Due to COVID-19 Costs

Seattle, WA...UW Medicine announced temporary furloughs for approximately 1,500 professional and classified non-union staff to help address the financial challenges caused by COVID-19. Leadership also notified relevant unions of its intent to furlough represented classified staff and is actively negotiating the impacts of those plans. These actions are necessary to address the unprecedented estimated financial impact of approximately $500 million to UW Medicine due to COVID-19.




Impacted employees, including those who have volunteered to participate, will be furloughed from one-to-eight weeks and will maintain benefits, including health insurance, during the furlough period. UW Medicine executive leaders, directors and managers are participating in furloughs along with staff across UW Medicine, including Harborview Medical Center, the two University of Washington Medical Center campuses, UW Neighborhood Clinics, Faculty Practice Plan Services, UW Medicine shared services and Airlift Northwest. Valley Medical Center has already taken several actions, including furloughs and staffing changes related to low census. In addition, the UW School of Medicine is working to finalize expense reduction plans.

“Any actions that impact our workforce, even temporarily, are taken only when all other options have been exhausted,” said Dr. Paul Ramsey, UW Medicine CEO. “While there are still many unknowns ahead, we believe furloughs combined with the other steps we have taken will put us in the best position to preserve jobs and continue to support the excellence of UW Medicine’s clinical, research and education programs.”

The financial situation is the result of substantial lost clinical revenue since the start of the pandemic due to the cancellation or postponement of elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures and the high cost of treating patients with COVID-19, including diagnostic testing and high use of personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to safely care for patients.

UW Medicine announced last week a series of steps to increase revenue and reduce expenses to stabilize its financial foundation. In addition to seeking reimbursements under federal and state programs for some of the lost net revenue and costs associated with COVID-19, UW Medicine is gradually resuming a full range of clinical services and designing long-term changes in how it delivers high-quality, safe and cost-effective care. UW Medicine has also taken urgent actions to reduce expenses, including reductions in the salaries for senior leaders and tight controls on spending.

As a system at the forefront of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, UW Medicine has played and continues to play a critical role in responding to the pandemic, including: developing tools, policies and procedures to create and enforce safe work environments for both patients and staff and sharing those learnings worldwide; developing rapid screening and testing for active COVID-19 as well as antibody testing; outreach and testing to vulnerable populations including the homeless and high-risk populations; developing models and projections to guide clinical and public health responses to the pandemic; and leading research on potential treatments and vaccines for COVID-19.

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Save your money
Posted on: 2020-05-19 08:42:38   By: Anonymous
 
Poor sanctuary area, think before spending fool

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No worries
Posted on: 2020-05-19 08:48:25   By: Anonymous
 
No worries, wearing a face diaper solves everything, dontcha know?

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    Re: No worries
    Posted on: 2020-05-19 12:02:39   By: Anonymous
     
    Dunb Fukc don't '''''''''''''''''''''''''

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      Re: No worries
      Posted on: 2020-05-19 13:26:06   By: Anonymous
       
      I won't wear a freakin face diaper...just like I won't eat freakin bugs. If it makes you feel better, wear a full-on biohazard suit. They're available at Amazon. You're welcome.

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        Re: No worries
        Posted on: 2020-05-19 18:22:32   By: Anonymous
         
        Too bad. You're damn ugly. A face diaper would actually make looking at you much easier on the rest of us.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-05-19 08:48:59   By: Anonymous
 
This is about a hospital in Washington. How is this relevant?

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-05-19 09:38:47   By: Anonymous
     
    Shows unintended consequences of messing with a market economy. Thinking you are smarter than the market always makes things worse. Always

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      Posted on: 2020-05-19 09:52:19   By: Anonymous
       
      This press release is from University of Washington, stating that, due to Covid-19, their hospital has been performing less surgeries. And therefore, they have to furlough some employees.

      Please enlighten me, how does this have anything to do with being a sanctuary city?

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        Posted on: 2020-05-19 10:44:58   By: Anonymous
         
        Because sanctuary cities/states are run by liberals. Liberals want governmental control through their restrictive policies like continuing to keep the economy shut down.

        That's how it's relevant. . .

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          Posted on: 2020-05-19 11:06:15   By: Anonymous
           
          This virus is not liberal or conservative.

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            Posted on: 2020-05-19 11:08:13   By: Anonymous
             
            No, but the policies in place to deal with it in CA are. . .



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              Re:
              Posted on: 2020-05-19 11:22:54   By: Anonymous
               
              So why are we talking about Washington?

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                Re:
                Posted on: 2020-05-19 11:31:17   By: Anonymous
                 
                I'm not. I'm talking about CA

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2020-05-19 09:55:31   By: Anonymous
       
      And it's wrong that health care is a business anyway.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2020-05-19 13:32:37   By: Anonymous
         
        Better healthcare is business rather than a hobby.

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    Posted on: 2020-05-19 10:43:26   By: Anonymous
     
    Because our local hospitals are facing the same issues due to this scamdemic. . .

    And all you libs want to stay closed for another 3 months. You won't have any healthcare facilities to go to when this is all over.

    Hope you're happy. . .

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      Posted on: 2020-05-19 11:05:12   By: Anonymous
       
      To stop the virus, we either need to have a dramatic lockdown, a new effective treatment, have a vaccine, or achieve herd immunity.

      The current stay at home has dramatically slowed transmission of the virus, but not enough to eradicate it. This means we are stuck in a slow burn of deaths while we wait for treatment or a vaccine. Approximately 2 million Americans (at least) would need to die to get to herd immunity.

      So what is the answer? Public heath tells us it's testing, isolation of the infected, and tracing and testing those who came in contact with the infected, until a vaccine or treatment is found. Masks help, but only if 80% of the population wears them. We aren't there yet.




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        Posted on: 2020-05-19 11:09:59   By: Anonymous
         
        SIP was to "bend the curve" and keep the healthcare system from collapsing. We did that. Now the power-hungry liberal Governors are moving the goalposts and keeping things locked up. OPEN UP THE ECONOMY!!

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          Posted on: 2020-05-19 11:24:18   By: Anonymous
           
          The curve can unbend too. You get that, right?

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            Posted on: 2020-05-19 11:32:36   By: Anonymous
             
            Hospitals are empty, there is FAR more capacity available in hospitals then this virus will ever demand. We saw that through data collection. Seriously, you all can't do some research on your own? Gotta rely on CNN?

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              Posted on: 2020-05-19 12:06:28   By: Anonymous
               
              It's a good thing that our hospitals are not overwhelmed! That's due to the public health measures we have taken.

              For the record, I don't get my news from CNN.

              I hope the curve is permanently bent. I hope we never know anyone who has died of this, and it remains an abstract, averted threat. I want life to go back to normal too!

              But when I look at the science, I don't see any quick way for things to go back to normal..... If everyone wore masks, that looks like it would help dramatically. But now that a mask is some sort if political statement.... i just don't know.....

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                Posted on: 2020-05-19 12:49:56   By: Anonymous
                 
                Contrary to what you read on Facebook, face coverings don't do s h i t. . .

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                  Re:
                  Posted on: 2020-05-19 14:07:09   By: Anonymous
                   
                  Did you read that on Facebook?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-05-19 09:18:30   By: Anonymous
 
It’s part of America to start with, a sanctuary city and full of Libtards that migrated there in the in the 60’s you know, the trust fund so called hippies who have never worked because their stupid relatives gave them millions to lay around, smoke pot and live the groovy life!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-05-19 09:28:18   By: Anonymous
     
    You sound jealous.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2020-05-19 09:33:41   By: Anonymous
       
      You sound like a loser Hippie.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2020-05-19 10:21:41   By: Anonymous
         
        Yup, jealous.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-05-19 09:31:52   By: Anonymous
     
    ^ Well that's a very accurate description, good job.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2020-05-19 10:38:30   By: Anonymous
       
      Like the Coronavirus was supposed to infect millions of people and overcrowd our hospitals. That is what the Democrats said. Well that did not happen and won't happen. Now the health organizations are complaining of lack of income because the media and the Democrats have scared people by not visiting their physicians or Emergency Rooms because they might get the virus. This is such bullish*t. Start acting like Americans instead of little pussys.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2020-05-19 10:54:13   By: Anonymous
         
        This is one of the cause and effect situations. The virus didn't spread the way it was predicted *because* of the stay at home orders and limits of large gatherings.

        That's public health science working.

        If believing science is "liberal", then so it goes.

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          Posted on: 2020-05-19 11:33:41   By: Anonymous
           
          This virus was NEVER going to cause 2 million deaths in America.

          Medial hype and liberal scare tactics. . .

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2020-05-19 12:09:41   By: Anonymous
             
            Source please?

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              Re:
              Posted on: 2020-05-20 19:06:52   By: Anonymous
               
              It should have been left to run its course, just like the Hong Kong Flu of 1968 that no elected or medical people want to talk about.

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2020-05-19 12:18:04   By: Anonymous
             
            It's not the liberals claiming this, it's Trump himself. Trump recently said that up to 2.2 million people could have died had not preventative measures been put in place.

            So to be fair, blame Trump and your favorite hate, the liberals.

            Have fun. :)

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            Posted on: 2020-05-19 12:33:03   By: Anonymous
             
            There are approximately 328,200,000 million people in the US.

            COVID-19 is estimated to have a mortality rate if about 1-1.3% overall. (Remember, your actual risk varies based on your age and health).


            Just back-of-the-envelope this with me:

            Scientists say we need at least 60% herd immunity. That means at least 196,920,000 people need to catch the virus. That means 1,969,200- 2,559,960 people would die.

            https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality

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              Posted on: 2020-05-19 13:36:30   By: Anonymous
               
              Accept Jesus into your heart and take the big one for humanity. It's the right thing to do and we're all in this together.

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                Re:
                Posted on: 2020-05-19 14:07:58   By: Anonymous
                 
                🤣

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                Posted on: 2020-05-19 14:11:13   By: Anonymous
                 
                Accepting Jesus has nothing to do with a benefit for humanity. Let's not even get started with the numbers of people killed, abused and molested, all in the name of christianity.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-05-19 15:51:40   By: Anonymous
 
N95 masks allow the penetration of virions in the 10-80 nanometer range which is the size of the #covid19 virus
Very few people even have N95's. The vast majority are wearing scarf/bandanna/some-type-of-cloth or woodshop type masks. All they do is capture what they connect with, and bad stuff gets sucked into you every time you breath. Masks (real ones) are purposed for those wearing them to reduce the *spread* of whatever they have to others. If someone with the virus sneezes/coughs wildly you likely got it..even with an N95. Their cough stuff is all over your face, clothes AND your mask. Wearing a mask to "protect yourself" is not the purpose, and it doesn't work. If you have something, then you wear a mask (better yet, STAY the frak HOME!), but even then, it does NOT guarantee what you have won't get spread. Someone walking in the open with a scarf mask is ridiculous. Being out on a sunny (or even cloudy) beach is one of the safest places to be. No virus/bacteria lives more than a couple minutes in sunlight...UV-C light kills them. Be out side, let sunlight hit all your body. Masks won't help, but they will protect all the germs inside the mask you keep breathing in...even in the sun.

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    Posted on: 2020-05-19 16:22:06   By: Anonymous
     
    As far as we know, coronavirus is spread primarily through small respiratory droplets, especially when coughing, and even when someone speaks.

    A cloth mask on someone who has the virus stops most of the virus. If you have a cloth mask too, the risk goes down even further.

    You're totally right, being the only person wearing a cloth mask will not offer much protection. An N95 offers far more protection in that case.

    It's a public health measure, not a personal health measure.

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      Posted on: 2020-05-19 17:19:41   By: Anonymous
       
      If the virus is smaller than the holes in the mask/covering, then it does no good. Masks besides a N100 are Dumbo's feather.

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        Posted on: 2020-05-19 17:26:09   By: Anonymous
         
        N95 will trap 95% of small particles. It vastly reduces the risk, but doesn't completely eliminate it.

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          Posted on: 2020-05-20 19:16:17   By: Anonymous
           
          The N95's with the vented circles on them filter what you breathe in and just blow your virus germs out the vent at others. How are those masks that many are wearing helpful?

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