What We're Talking About This Week - May 22nd

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How does coronavirus spread in cities? It's less a problem of density and more an issue of scale. FCC Grants will bolster telehealth expansion in Alabama, aimed at bolstering telemedicine capability in the state amid coronavirus related social distancing measures. Offices will have to adapt to the pandemic, rethinking conference rooms, air conditioning, and kitchenettes. Forbes compiled a guide for how hospitals can start accepting more non-coronavirus patients now that the curve has started to flatten and hospitals are opening more procedures. 

Key Points: 

  • One of the most important factors to encourage in-person non-coronavirus care is projecting a sense of safety and security. Hospitals will need to over-communicate and make highly visible what they are doing to ensure the safety of all patients.
  • Accommodating coronavirus and non-coronavirus patients in the same hospital requires thoughtfully planned and clearly delineated processing and treatment zones.  
  • Balancing care for coronavirus and non-coronavirus patients in parallel may require rethinking the traditional waiting room entirely. Hospitals are designing new patient experience systems to alleviate patients’ anxiety by limiting the amount of time in the hospital outside of direct appointments and treatment. 
  • All of these considerations will change as PPE supplies, Covid-19 screening, antibody testing, and tracing programs continue to evolve. 

This Week From The Rave Team 

Read some of the stories our writers were most excited to share with you this week. To access all of our stories, check out our blog

Will Summer Heatwaves Hurt Vulnerable Communities During COVID-19?

a summer heatwaveIn the United States, heat-related illness kills more people each year than any other weather-related event, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health officials are concerned the extreme temperatures of summer are about to be at odds with the coronavirus pandemic, which requires individuals to shelter at home, presenting the potential for millions of people to be forced to endure record-breaking heat in cramped apartments without air-conditioning. Many communities vulnerable to COVID-19 - the elderly, disabled, low-income, or homeless individuals - are also more susceptible to heat-related illness.

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This Week is EMS Week

ambulance ems weekNow, more than ever, we need to recognize and appreciate the dedication of first responders, in particular our emergency medical services (EMS). Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, EMS professionals have been responding to calls nonstop. They have been widely and rightfully hailed as heroes on the front lines.

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The CDC Released New Guidelines for Schools Reopening

schools reopening cdc back to schoolLast Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelinesto help K-12 schools, as well as restaurants, transit systems, and other businesses, decide whether or not it is safe to reopen. School districts across the United States remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, but many administrators are eager to start planning to reopen, especially with spikes of mental health concerns for isolate children and a rise in food insecurity.

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Rave In The News 

Civic tech startups are stepping up to serve local governments during coronavirus. Rave Mobile Safety, the 16-year old software company based in Framingham, has similarly been partnering with local governments to get out critical information to residents, particularly those who rely on social services.
COO Todd Miller points out that those services are under additional strain as a direct result of the pandemic. The number of new unemployment claims in the U.S. has now risen to more than 36 million in the last two months alone. SNAP programs, senior services and child services programs are all seeing new enrollees as well, Miller said. "We’re collaborating on how to do proactive outreach rather than waiting until your website is getting overwhelmed with requests," Miller told the publication. 

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Mary Kate McGrath

Written by Mary Kate McGrath

Mary Kate is a content specialist and social media manager for the Rave Mobile Safety team. She writes about public safety for the state & local and education spheres.

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