Yemen is divided between the internationally recognized government based in the south and the Iran-aligned Houthi movement headquartered in the north. The Houthis ousted the government from power in the capital, Sanaa, in late 2014.The World Health Organization says it fears COVID-19 could rip through Yemen as the population has some of the lowest levels of immunity to disease compared with other countries. Minimal testing capacity has added to concerns.The five-year war has shattered Yemen’s health system and left its population weakened by hunger and disease. Around 80% of the population, or 24 million people, rely on humanitarian aid and 10 million are at risk of starvation.The Aden government has now reported infections in seven provinces under its control, stretching from the Red Sea in the west to the Omani border in the country’s east. Yemen’s Saudi-backed government reported outbreaks of the new coronavirus in three more southern provinces on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases in areas under its control to 65, with 10 deaths.The Aden-based government’s coronavirus committee said nine new COVID-19 cases had been confirmed, including for the first time in the provinces of Abyan, al-Mahra and Shabwa, where one person died.Four more infections were reported in Aden, the government’s interim seat, taking the total there to 39. Topics : The Houthis have so far reported only two infections, with one death, from the novel coronavirus, both in Sanaa.The Aden government reported Yemen’s first case on April 10 in a southern port town and there have been almost daily announcements of new cases over the past 12 days.The United Nations said on Monday the recent sharp rise in cases indicated the virus had been circulating undetected for weeks, increasing the likelihood of a surge in cases.
To our valued patients, Facebook187Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Orthopaedic Associates Finally, we want toacknowledge that arranging for care and surgery is a big deal and we don’t takethe need to cancel lightly. We are inuncharted territory right now as a community and country. Oly Ortho would like to err on the side ofcaution. Our patients, staff, andcommunity are of utmost importance to us. Should you have questions, pleaserefer to our website at www.olyortho.com for updates on our COVID-19 response. It is clear that hospitalsare being taxed with critically ill patients, and this is only going toincrease in the near future. They arerunning out of space AND are tight on supplies. In addition, with school closures, many of our staff are unable to comeinto our facilities to work. In order tohelp keep the hospital focused on their priority and to help limit ourconsumption of necessary safety supplies, Oly Ortho will be taking thefollowing steps: William Peterson, M.D.,Managing Partner No doubt you are aware of the current situation in Washington state concerning the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic. As partners in this community, Oly Ortho feels it is vitally important to evaluate our operations in the best interest of our patients, our staff, and our community. Sincerely, All elective cases at the hospitalswill be cancelled, per their notification to us. Our surgeons will remain available to helpwith trauma and emergent cases in the hospital as those needs arise.At our surgery center, we will bemoving up urgent cases to high priority and getting them in as soon aspossible. This means that if you have anelective surgery scheduled in our surgery center, your case may be cancelleduntil we are able to reschedule to a later date.Our clinics will be ramping up ourcapability to do more telemedicine visits so that patients do not need tounnecessarily come into a busy clinic.Patients will be screened prior toentering the clinic to look for symptoms or COVID-19 risk factors, includingtaking of temperature.Our clinics will be triaging appointmentsto limit the number of patients coming into our clinics.Non-urgent new patient may be askedto wait until our resources have increased.Our Rapid Orthopaedic Clinic (ROC)will remain open to alleviate ortho patients needing to go to the Emergency Roomwhile they are already being stretched. If you have an acute injury that needs to be attended to, please call 360-754-7622to be triaged prior to coming in. Wealso may be able to treat some injuries via telemedicine. Ben Shah, CEO