States that reopened sooner, such as Texas, Arizona and Florida, experienced summer surges, report says — ScienceDaily

For every two deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the U.S., a third American dies as a result of the pandemic, according to new data publishing Oct. 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study, led by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, shows that deaths between March 1 and Aug. 1 increased 20% compared to previous years — maybe not surprising in a pandemic. But deaths attributed to COVID-19 only accounted for 67% of those deaths.

“Contrary to skeptics who claim that COVID-19 deaths are fake or that the numbers are much smaller than we hear on the news, our research and many other studies on the same subject show quite the opposite,” said lead author Steven Woolf, M.D., director emeritus of VCU’s Center on Society and Health.

The study also contains suggestive evidence that state policies on reopening early in April and May may have fueled the

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Governor Ducey Proclaims Arizona Health Information Exchange (HIE) Week, Oct. 11-17, 2020

PHOENIX, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Governor Ducey has proclaimed October 11-17, 2020 as Arizona Health Information Exchange (HIE) Week to reaffirm Arizona’s commitment to promoting the secure sharing of electronic health data across a broad spectrum of the state’s healthcare landscape, including health systems and hospitals, labs, community behavioral health and physical health providers, post-acute care and hospice providers, first responders, and many others.

“We’re thankful for this proclamation, as it’s an important recognition of Arizona’s significant efforts over the last 15 years. Ultimately, the success of the HIE reflects the collaborative environment of the state’s healthcare community,” said Melissa Kotrys, CEO of Health Current, Arizona’s designated HIE. “As a result, all healthcare providers have the ability to access more complete patient information for better coordinated care—which is especially important during times of crisis. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the HIE has played a key role in delivering

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