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Upstate hospital leaders plead with community amidst COVID-19 surge – WYFF4 Greenville

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Upstate healthcare facility leaders plead with community in the middle of COVID-19 rise

Updated: 1:41 PM EST Dec 21, 2020

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LONG THIS MILD WEATHER WILL LAST AND YOUR CHRISTMAS FORECAST. THATS ALL COMING UP. GEOFF: PARELLA, THANK YOU WERE WORKING TO LEARN THE IDENTITY OF A 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL, LAURENS COUNTY GIRL, KILLED IN SUNDAY MORNING APARTMENT FIRE. DANA: WYFF NEWS 4S TAGGART HOUCK JOINS US LIVE FROM LANDAU APARTMENT COMPLEX IN CLINTON. TAG, WERE EXPECTED TO LEARN MORE TODAY, RIGHT? TAGGART: DANA, GEOFF, GOOD MORNING TO YOU BOTH. THE LAURENS COUNTY CORONER TELLING US THERE WILL BE AN AUTOPSY CONDUCTED TODAY ON THAT 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO PASSED AWAY IN THE COMMUNITY WHERE THIS FIRE STARTED. WISH TO GIVE YOU A LOOK HERE AT THE BUILDING. SO FAR FROM WHAT WE KNOW, EIGHT UNITS HAVE BEEN DESTROYED FROM THAT FIRE AND 15 PEOPLE NOW WITHOUT A HOME. KEEP IN MIND, THIS IS THE WEEK OF CHRISTMAS. THE CLINTON FIRE CHIEF TELLING United States THE FIRE STARTED ABOUT 5:45 SUNDAY MORNING, AND CREWS REALLY WERE ON SCENE INTO THE AFTERNOON. THE CAUSE YET IS NOT CLEAR. SLED A STATE FIRE ARE CONTINUING TO INVESTIGATE ALL OF THIS. A LOT OF PEOPLE STEPPING UP IN THE COMMUNITY. THE WAFFLE HOUSE ON SOU BROAD STREET STARTED COLLECTING CLOTHING AND TOYS FOR THE FAMILIES DISPLACED. THE AMERICAN RED CROSS SETTING UP A RELIEF EFFORT FOR THOSE FOLKS. WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON THOSE EFFORT ON OUR WEBSITE, WYFF4.COM. BUT AGAIN, FOR NOW, THE CAUSE OF THIS FIRE STILL VERY MUCH UNDER INVESTIGATION. WE WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP YOU UPDATED WITH MORE INFORMATION AS WE GET IT. In The Meantime IN CLINTON, TAGGART HOUCK, WYFF NEWS 4 DANA: BREAKING NEWS THIS MORNING– A VOLCANO ON HAWAIIS BIG ISLAND IS ERUPTING. THIS IS NEW VIDEO WE JUST GOT INTO THE NEWSROOM SHOWING THIS, SHOWING THE LAVA AND THE ASH THAT IS SPEWING FROM THIS CRATER. SO THIS IS THE KILAUEA VOLCANO ITS IN THE HAWAII VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK. ITS UNCLEAR IF ANY HOMES, BUILDINGS, WERE IN ANY DANGER, BUT WELL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS STORY. GEOFF: HOW ABOUT THAT. WELL, CONGRESS HAS FINALLY REACHED A AGREEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS RELIEF ENDING MONTHS OF PARTISAN GRIDLOCK ON CAPITOL HILL. DANA: MATT PRICHARD IS IN OUR WASHINGTON BUREAU WITH WHATS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL. MATT: GEOFF AND DANA, LAWMAKERS HOPE THIS IS A BRIDGE TO BETTER DAYS, LANDING ON A $900 BILLION STIMULUS PACKAGE THAT TARGETS SPECIFIC AREAS OF THE ECONOMY. INCLUDED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND DIRECT STIMULUS PAYMENTS WERE PRIORITIZED WITH FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS, CHILD CARE AND RENTAL ASSISTANCE ALSO INCLUDED. LEGISLATORS ENSURED THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM WOULD BE REVITALIZED AND THAT THEATERS AND LIVE VENUES WOULD ALSO RECEIVE SOME ASSISTANCE. THESE STEPS HAVE BOTH PARTIES PRAISING THEIR BIPARTISAN EFFORTS, BUT TALK IS ALREADY SHIFTING TO WHAT COMES NEXT IN 2021. >> > > THERELL BE ANOTHER MAJOR RESCUE PACKAGE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AS I SAID, AS WE CONTINUE BATTLING THIS CORONAVIRUS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, THEY WILL NOT BE FIGHTING ALONE. >> > > TONIGHT IS A GOOD NIGHT, BUT IT IS NOT THE END OF THE STORE. MATT: CONGRESS IS WORKING TO PASS A $1.4 TRILLION SPENDING PACKAGE. THESE TWO BILLS WOULD BE COMBINED AND VOTES ARE EXPECTED LATER TODAY. IN WASHINGTON, MATT PRICHARD, WYFF NEWS 4. GEOFF: THE FIRST SHOTS HERE OF THE MODERNA VACCINE EXPECTED TO BEGIN THIS MORNING. THIS IS THE SECOND CORONAVIRUS VACCINE APPROVED FOR DISTRIBUTION. THE U.S. WAS THE FIRST COUNTRY TO GREEN-LIGHT THE USE OF MODERNA VACCINE, WHICH DOES NOT NEED TO STORED AT ULTRA-COLD TEMPERATURES. DANA: PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN AND DR. JILL BIDEN WILL GET THE FIRST OF TWO DOSES O PFIZERS VACCINE. VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT KAMALA HARRIS AND HER HUSBAND, DOUG EMHOFF, WILL GET THE VACCINE NEXT WEEK. NOW, LAST FRIDAY, VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AND HIS WIFE, KAREN PENS, AND THE SURGEON GENERAL ALL RECEIVED THE VACCINE WITH CHRISTMAS THIS WEEK, HEALTH EXPERTS ARE WORRIED THAT MORE HOLIDAY TRAVEL COULD FURTHER SPREAD COVID-19. GEOFF: IN THE PAST WEEK, MORE THAN 18,000 AMERICANS HAVE DIED FROM COVID-19. IN TOTAL, MORE THAN 317,000 HAVE DIED WORLDWIDE. DEATHS ARE NEARING 1.7 MILLION. 43 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE RECOVERED. DANA: RIGHT NOW IN NORTH CAROLINA, 2,748 PEOPLE ARE IN THE HOSPITAL FOR COVID. THE STATE REPORTED 6,900 NEW CASES. GEOFF: SOUTH CAROLINA REPORTING MORE THAN 2,500 NEW CASES. MORE THAN 500 WERE IN GREENVILLE COUNTY ALONE. THE PERCENT POSITIVITY RATE WAS HIGH. 22.4% OF RESULTS WERE POSITIVE. DANA: DHEC CONFIRMED 36 NEW DEATHS. 14 IN THE UPSTATE, DATING BACK TO DECEMBER 10. IT INCLUDES A MIDDLE-AGED PERSON IN GREENVILLE, LAURENS AND OWE– OCONEE COUNTIES. NORTH CAROLINA IS REPORTING 6,224 DEATHS GEORGIA, 9,437 PEOPLE HAVE DIED RIGHT NOW SEVERAL COUNTRIES ARE BLOCKING TRAVEL TO AND FROM THE U.K. AFTER THE DISCOVERY OF A NEW STRAIN OF CORONAVIRUS. GEOFF: THE COUNTRIES INCLUDE CANADA, THE NETHERLANDS AND ITALY. RESEARCHERS SAYING THAT THIS STRAIN SPREADS QUICKER THAN OTHERS. THE U.S. SURGEON GENERAL SPOKE ABOUT POTENTIAL IMPACT >> > > RIGHT NOW WE HAVE NO INDICATIONS THAT IT IS GOING TO HURT OUR ABILITY TO CONTINUE VACCINATING PEOPLE OR THAT IT IS ANY MORE DANGEROUS OR DEADLY THAN THE STRAINS THAT ARE CURRENTLY OUT THERE AND THAT WE KNOW ABOUT. IF THE APPROVED VACCINES MIGHT NOT WORK ON A MUTATED STRAIN WITHIN DAYS, GEOF SCIENTISTS AT THE WALTER REED ARMY INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH EXPECT TO KNOW. BOTH ITALY AND AUSTRALIA HAVE CONFIRMED CASES OF THE NEW STRAINS. CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM IS IN QUARANTINE AFTER ONE OF HIS STAFFERS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. THE GOVERNOR AND THE REST OF HIS STAFF TESTED NEGATIVE ON SUNDAY. THEY WILL QUARANTINE FOR 10 DAYS AND CONTINUE TO GET TESTED. DANA: IN ANDERSON COUNTY, DEPUTIES ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER A MAN WAS SHO AND KILLED AT AN APARTMENT COMPLEX. IT HAPPENED SUNDAY AT EDGEWOOD SQUARE APARTMENTS IN PENDLETON. AUTHORITIES SAY THE MAN OPENED HIS DOOR AND WAS SHOT IN THE CHEST WELL UPDATE YOU AS WE GET NEW DETAILS ON THIS STORY. GEOFF: TWO MEN HERE IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER AN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING AT THE GUN RANGE IN GREENVILLE COUNTY. IT HAPPENED AT CITY ARSENAL ON POINSETT HIGHWAY. DEPUTIES SAY A MAN ACCIDENTALLY HOT HIMSE– SHOT HIMSELF IN THE STAND. TONIGHT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO CATCH THE CHRISTMAS STAR. DANA: THE TWO LARGEST PLANETS, JUPITER AND SATURN, WILL LOOK LIKE A DOUBLE PLANET, THE CLOSEST THEY HAVE BEEN SINCE THE MIDDLE AGES. IT IS NICKNAMED THE CHRISTMAS STAR since OF THE TIMING. GEOFF: HOW ABOUT THAT? DANA: THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, WYFF NEWS 4 IS ASKING YOU TO CONSIDER DONATING T THE HOLIDAY SUNSHINE FUND. GEOFF: YOU CAN GO ONLINE TO WYFF4.COM OR MAIL A CHECK TO THE HOLIDAY SUNSHINE FUND CARE OF THE “GREENVILLE NEWS” OR TEXT HSF2020 TO 44222. DANA: WYFF NEWS 4 IS ALSO TEAMING UP WITH PRISMA HEALTH FOR THE SPIRIT OF GIVING CAMPAIGN. A $25 DONATION WILL GIVE A CHILD ONE OF THESE, A BUDDY BEAR, THAT HELPS COMFORT THEM WHILE THEYRE IN THE HOSPITAL. DONATIONS ALSO PROVIDE GAMES, BOOKS, ART SUPPLIES, AND THAT WILL HELP KEEP KIDS OCCUPIED. NOW, THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO DONATE. YOU CAN TEXT SPIRIT TO GIVE TO 41444 OR GO TO WYFF4.COM OR SPIRITOFGIVINGGVL.ORG. GEOFF: PASTOR GRANBURY START TRUE ROCK MINISTRIES 38 YEARS AGO WITH THE HELP OF SPONSORS and donors. HE SAYS HES BEEN TAKING HIS TRIP TO DELIVER HOPE AROUND THE WORLD. HES TRAVELING THROUGH CHICAGO AREA UNTIL CHRISTMAS EVE. YOU MAY SOON FIND AND YOU MAYBE WANT TO HEAR THIS, BUT THIS IS PYTHON MEAT ON THE MENU IN FLORIDA. SCIENTISTS ARE LOOKING AT MERCURY LEVELS IN THE SNAKES TO DETERMINE HOW SAFE THEY ARE TO EAT. BURMESE PYTHONS ARE EXTREME INVASIVE SPECIES. OFFICIALS SAY THE ABILITY TO EAT THE PYTHONS WOULD HELP CONTROL THE POPULATION YOU.

Upstate medical facility leaders plead with community amidst COVID-19 rise

Upgraded: 1:41 PM EST Dec 21, 2020

Upstate healthcare facility leaders plead with their communities to take steps to slow the spread of coronavirus cases in a news conference Monday afternoon.Officials from AnMed Health, Bon Secours St. Francis – Greenville, Prisma Health, Self-Regional Healthcare and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare held a virtual press conference at 1 p.m. Monday.The whole of the press conference will be viewable above shortly.Leaders at all 5 Upstate health care systems are “calling on the community to take immediate procedures to assist them in fighting the present COVID-19 rise,” said Jennifer Robinson, with Bon Secours St. Francis – Greenville.Sunday, DHEC reported 2,583 brand-new cases of the coronavirus, and 36 extra deaths.The officials revealed issue with the growing number of coronavirus infections after Thanksgiving, specifically because the next vacation season is upon us.AnMed Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Mock stated, “We are now well in the tenth month of the greatest public health crisis of our life time. “For the previous a number of weeks, Greenvilles COVID-19 trend has actually continued to head in the incorrect instructions,” stated Dr. Marcus Blackstone, of Bon Secours St. Francis – Greenville, “This current rise is threatening to overwhelm our health care systems, both in capacity and treatment capability. “The COVID-19 vaccines are simply now rolling out for frontline health care workers who deal straight with COVID-19 clients.

The whole of the press conference will be viewable above soon.
Leaders at all five Upstate health care systems are “calling on the neighborhood to take immediate procedures to help them in fighting the present COVID-19 surge,” said Jennifer Robinson, with Bon Secours St. Francis – Greenville.
Sunday, DHEC reported 2,583 brand-new cases of the coronavirus, and 36 additional deaths.
The authorities revealed interest in the growing variety of coronavirus infections after Thanksgiving, specifically since the next vacation season is upon us.
AnMed Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Mock said, “We are now well in the tenth month of the biggest public health crisis of our life time. We are in an intensifying pandemic in the Upstate and throughout the country.
” For the previous several weeks, Greenvilles COVID-19 pattern has continued to head in the incorrect instructions,” stated Dr. Marcus Blackstone, of Bon Secours St. Francis – Greenville, “This recent rise is threatening to overwhelm our health care systems, both in capacity and treatment capability. In addition, health care personnel arent immune to this virus, and we are seeing more of them get sick from neighborhood spread.
Far, 4,566 South Carolinians have died as an outcome of a COVID-19 infection.
” The COVID-19 vaccines are recently rolling out for frontline health care employees who deal directly with COVID-19 clients. It will be a few months before it can broadly assist even those with high co-morbidities who are at specifically high threat of issues. It will be spring/summer prior to it makes its way to the broad population. We can ideally anticipate a more typical vacation season next year, but this year, we ask our communities take the extra steps to keep everyone safe– not simply themselves and their households however our workers as well,” stated Prisma Health Chief Clinical Officer for the Upstate, Dr. Wendell James.
” We understand the general public is tired of living in this pandemic. Our health care group is likewise tired,” Dr. Christopher Lombardozzi, with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System stated.”
Self Regional Healthcare President and Chief Executive Officer James Pfeiffer motivated anyone who is symptomatic or who has actually been exposed to somebody with COVID-19 to get tested themselves.

Upstate hospital leaders plead with their neighborhoods to take steps to slow the spread of coronavirus cases in a news conference Monday afternoon.
Officials from AnMed Health, Bon Secours St. Francis – Greenville, Prisma Health, Self-Regional Healthcare and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare held a virtual press conference at 1 p.m. Monday.

Upstate medical facility leaders plead with their communities to take actions to slow the spread of coronavirus cases in a news conference Monday afternoon.Officials from AnMed Health, Bon Secours St. Francis – Greenville, Prisma Health, Self-Regional Healthcare and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare held a virtual press conference at 1 p.m. Monday.The entirety of the press conference will be viewable above shortly.Leaders at all 5 Upstate health care systems are “calling on the community to take immediate measures to help them in fighting the current COVID-19 surge,” said Jennifer Robinson, with Bon Secours St. Francis – Greenville.Sunday, DHEC reported 2,583 brand-new cases of the coronavirus, and 36 additional deaths.The authorities revealed concern with the growing number of coronavirus infections after Thanksgiving, specifically due to the fact that the next vacation season is upon us.AnMed Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Mock said, “We are now well in the tenth month of the biggest public health crisis of our life time. “For the past a number of weeks, Greenvilles COVID-19 pattern has actually continued to head in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Marcus Blackstone, of Bon Secours St. Francis – Greenville, “This current surge is threatening to overwhelm our health care systems, both in capability and treatment ability. “The COVID-19 vaccines are simply now rolling out for frontline healthcare workers who deal straight with COVID-19 patients.” For the past a number of weeks, Greenvilles COVID-19 pattern has actually continued to head in the wrong direction,” stated Dr. Marcus Blackstone, of Bon Secours St. Francis – Greenville, “This recent rise is threatening to overwhelm our health care systems, both in capability and treatment capability.” The COVID-19 vaccines are just now rolling out for frontline healthcare workers who deal directly with COVID-19 patients.

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