The national COVID-19 task force has dismissed a proposal to redefine what constitutes a COVID-19 fatality, after it was suggested that deaths among people with comorbidities should be categorized separately in the official tally.Previously, East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa had suggested to Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto that COVID-19 deaths among patients with comorbidities – the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions in a patient – should be categorized differently to deaths among patients without comorbidities in the death toll.“As of now, the government has no plans to make the change proposed by the East Java governor,” task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said in a statement issued on Tuesday. The East Java administration, which had recorded 3,015 COVID-19 fatalities and more than 41,000 confirmed cases as of Tuesday, has claimed that 91.1 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the province are patients who had comorbidities.Khofifah has since clarified her intentions for sending the letter to the health minister, claiming she did not ask the government to redefine what constituted a COVID-19 death.“On the other hand, East Java encourages honesty and openness in the recording and reporting of all information related to COVID-19 in a manner that is more detailed than the WHO guidelines so this pandemic can be brought to an end quickly,” the governor wrote on her Instagram account, @khofifah.ip, on Tuesday. In August, the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report that said 94 percent of people recorded to have died from COVID-19 had comorbidities.Topics : He added that the government followed the World Health Organization’s guidelines in tallying COVID-19 deaths, which is to count all deaths of people with confirmed or probable cases of coronavirus infection, with exceptions made for unrelated causes of deaths, such as traffic accidents.Probable cases refer to people who had not received their test results before their deaths, but who suffered from upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which clinically suggest COVID-19 infection.Read also: 160 deaths in one day: Indonesia sets bleak virus recordAccording to the task force, other countries such as the United States followed similar guidelines for counting coronavirus fatalities.
2015 Batesville graduate, Bryan Hoeing, made his college baseball debut Friday night as the #6-ranked Louisville Cardinals defeated Alabama State in Clearwater, Florida by a 7-0 score.Bryan picked up the save for the Cardinals throwing three perfect innings of no run, no hit baseball and struck out 2.Photo courtesy of The University of Louisville Athletics.
After searching more than a year for a new police chief, Woodland Mayor Grover Laseke believes he’s finally found the right guy for the job.On Wednesday, Laseke told The Columbian he plans to hire Phillip Crochet, a longtime recruiting and training commander in Austin, Texas, to take the helm at what has been a tumultuous time for the Woodland Police Department. The announcement has been delayed nearly two months to wait out background checks after four finalists were interviewed for the position.Crochet, from Cedar Park, Texas, launched his career in law enforcement in the mid-1980s as a narcotics agent, going undercover as a high school student. Since 1991, he has worked for the Austin Police Department.Whether he’ll actually get the new job depends on confirmation from the Woodland City Council, which rejected the mayor’s previous pick in May. But Laseke feels confident in Crochet’s chances, saying he was the top choice of most everyone involved with the selection process. “I think the people involved with the testing liked the way Phillip handled himself and his many years of experience,” Laseke said in an email to The Columbian. “He has the experience to get the job done and has researched the city both before and after the interviews to become familiar with the community and the problems we faced.”