Coronavirus

NYS Sanctions Inmates for Wearing Masks & Other Coronavirus-Related Stupidities

Sometimes, you just have to marvel at how bureaucracies work.

This is one of those times.

In the midst of the worst epidemic in more than a century – and with the country facing more deaths that it lost in total during its wars in Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan – the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) recently disciplined two state prisoners who were trying to protect themselves (and other prisoners) by wearing makeshift masks.

Masks

The first was a female prisoner at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility who had thoughtfully decided to cover her face while delivering food trays to other prisoners who had been quarantined because they had COVID-19 symptoms.

The second was a male prisoner at Shawangunk Correctional Facility who was suffering from COVID-19 symptoms – and wanted to minimize the chance that he would infect other prisoners at the facility.

According to the letter that the Legal Aid Society’s Prisoners Rights Project sent to Adam Silverman, the General Counsel for DOCCS on April 2nd, both prisoners had already been disciplined for violating the DOCCS rule that prohibits inmates from covering their faces.

“This is unconscionable” stated Stefen Short, a Legal Aid Society attorney, in the letter. “While we understand the rationale for the rule, there is no question it is dangerous and unreasonable to enforce the rule during this pandemic”.

But, true to form, DOCCS responded by defending its actions.

Per the statement that was released by DOCCS spokesperson Rachel Connors, “While there has been much discussion of the widespread use of face masks, our current policy follows CDC [Centers for Disease Control] and New York State Department of Health guidance as it pertains to their use”.

As of last Friday, DOCCS had confirmed 201 staff members and 36 prisoners who had contracted COVID-19.

NYS Prisons are disciplining inmates for wearing masks

The number of prisoners with the disease is likely much higher but because of the limited number of prisoners being tested, the number of confirmed cases for them is artificially low.

DOCCS has also logged three deaths that it believes are COVID-19-related: a civilian employee and two inmates. All three are awaiting confirmation by the County Medical Examiner.

The deceases prisoner is believed to be 55-year-old Juan Mosquero, who was serving his sentence at the infamous Sing Sing prison in Ossining, NY.

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Multiple Coronavirus Virus Patients Placed on Naval Hospital Ship by Mistake

You’ve all seen the stories about the USNS Comfort, the 1,000-bed Naval hospital ship that has docked in New York City to treat non-coronavirus cases – thereby freeing up an equal number of beds for the expected onslaught of coronavirus patients over the next couple of weeks.

Sounds like a pretty sound plan, right?

At least it was until the New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH) transferred about a dozen patients last Friday to the Comfort before it got back the results of their coronavirus tests.

And guess how that turned out?

Yep, when the test results came back the next morning, several of the transferred patients were found to be infected with the coronavirus.

And so it was on Saturday that the patients who had tested positive were transferred back to regular hospital beds – and the crew on the USNS Comfort set about trying to re-disinfect the ship.

A NYCDOH spokesperson said that despite the obvious fuck-up, the virus-stricken patients only represented a “low risk” to the crew of the USNS Comfort: “We were prepared with a contingency plan in case we received patients that later tested positive. Immediately upon arrival, the patients were isolated while awaiting the test results”.    

The people on the ship apparently thought it was a much bigger deal.

“We consider the USNS Comfort to be in a bubble”, said Medical Officer Captain Patrick Amersbach as he explained the procedures that the ship’s crew had followed in order to ensure it is not infected with the virus since it arrived in New York City.

Among other things, those procedures require the entire crew to remain on board throughout the ship’s deployment in New York City.

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Stupidity Is Apparently Immune to the Coronavirus

There are countless other tales of people doing stupid things during the current pandemic.

Like the crowds of people who came to greet the arrival of the USNS Comfort – and even brought their young children along for the historic event.

Or the people who think drinking bleach will make you immune to the disease.

Or the idiots who held coronavirus parties so they could contract the disease sooner and get over it.

Or the college kids who went ahead with their “Spring Break” plans and gathered together on beaches throughout Florida.

Spring Break crowds

Or the clowns who thought the disease was somehow related to Corona beer.

Or the pastors and parishioners who still defy “Stay-at-Home Orders” and continue to congregate together because they are confident that God will prevent them from getting infected.

Or the Arizona couple who decided to drink the liquid they used to clean their koi pond because it contained chloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that some – including President Trump – think may cure those who are infected with the coronavirus. The husband died the next day – but the wife recovered.

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What Stupid Things Have You Observed Out There?

It has well-documented that Frank Report readers are spread out all over the world.

So, I’m guessing that many of you have your own tales of people doing things in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

And I’m not talking about hoarding toilet paper (I’m already down to 23 rolls – and starting to wish I had gone back to Walmart one more time last month while they still had some).

Or stupidly posting comments that encourage Frank Report readers to ignore the advice of medical professionals – and go about their lives like all the warnings about the dangers of the coronavirus are “fake news”.

No, I’m talking about really stupid things.

Like punishing prisoners for trying to protect themselves – and other inmates – in environments that are perfectly set-up to cause large outbreaks of COVID-19.

Or transferring patients to a non-coronavirus treatment ship just hours before you get their test results.

C’mon, Frank Report readers…

Let’s hear what you got.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  • In related news:

    ‘We need help’: Inmates describe prison system unprepared for coronavirus

    ‘”This is going to drive the entire epidemic curve for this nation up, just when we’re trying to flatten it,” Dr. Homer Venters, an epidemiologist and former chief medical officer of the NYC Correctional Health Services told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

    The virus is spreading rapidly throughout the nation’s prisons.

    In the New York City correctional system, there is an emerging trend where the number of positive cases among city corrections staff has outpaced the number of infected inmates.’

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/inmates-describe-prison-system-unprepared-coronavirus/story?id=69980790

  • Just a few weeks ago, Boris Johnson proudly told the British people he went round a hospital and shook C-19 patients’ hands “I shook hands with everybody” he said. Wishing him a speedy recovery and who knows where he actually contracted it from, no doubt he had the personal protective equipment on but come on man. Definitely needs calling out for stupidity with this boast.

    • I didn’t vote for him. He needs calling out on all kinds of stupidness – When he is healed. Wishing Boris all the best, I know I’m not the only Labour voter to express respect for the way he has dealt with this global pandemic, at home.

  • You won’t believe this!

    NY Governor Cuomo caught in a 100% LIE —- while giving 2 separate quotes to 2 different media outlets which DIRECTLY CONTRADICT each other.

    https://twitter.com/RealJamesWoods/status/1246959832336224257/photo/1

    The dems are suffering from dementia.

    How can liberals like Claviger and AnonyFaker keep supporting these guys?

    Hey Claviger, where’s your self respect, sir?

    You need to stop supporting these lying democratic politicians.

    Have a nice day. 🙂

    • There you go again, Bagkok, with the delusional and fallacious strawmen arguments – have I ever said that I support Cuomo? No.

      But for what it’s worth, a quick fact-check shows that the tweet you cite also, typically, makes eggregious errors of fact and logic, conflating concern about unfortunate but mundane petty theft of supplies by individuals, with unfounded grand conspiracy-theory style claims of truckloads of equipment going missing.

      Rather than waste any more time – which is probably your twisted intent – let’s just cue up the PSA:

      Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists
      Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response.

      https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/your-online-secrets/201409/internet-trolls-are-narcissists-psychopaths-and-sadists

  • Holy mother of Mary and Joseph!

    Joe Biden’s senior COVID advisor (Ronald Klain) actually said that we have no ‘epidemic’ in the US, back in mid February. He then PRAISED Mayor De Blasio for not giving in to ‘fear’ by not taking any containment measures, LOL.

    https://twitter.com/MattWolking/status/1246598566711263233?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1246598566711263233&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.redstate.com%2Fnick-arama%2F2020%2F04%2F05%2Fbiden-virus-adviser-ron-klain-falsely-attacks-trump-on-the-response-but-he-should-check-out-his-own-tweets%2F

    Trump’s campaign is gonna have FIELD DAY with Joe Biden’s many contradictions and lies.

    Have a nice day. 🙂

  • Claviger is one of the liberals who believes in this model even though it’s wrong. Claviger has shamed himself.

    How can we listen to anything Claviger says?

    I don’t

    Government predictions for numbers as of today:

    – All beds needed: 179,267

    – ICU beds needed: 33,176

    – Invasive ventilators: 26,544

    Actual numbers as of Today:

    – Actual hospitalizations: 22,158

    – In ICU: 5,207

    – On ventilator: 656

  • Claviger,

    As always excellent article!!!! Thanks!
    *******
    I have know good Coronavirus stories….

    …..However…..

    My sister’s girlfriend who is a doctor working at New York Presbyterian hospital contracted Coronavirus.
    My sister’s friend has private practice, but came back recently to New York Presbyterian to help out.

    Previously she had been an instructor for Columbia Medical School students and graduates.

    My sister’s friend, who is 39, has made a full recovery, but is still quarantining herself. She had a fever and light breathing issues.

    The friends first symptom oddly enough was a sore throat.

    My main reason for writing this comment is inform everyone that a “sore throat” can be a symptom.

    Just a month ago sneezing and diarrhea were not considered symptoms of Coronavirus.

    The symptoms list keeps getting longer.

    I have personally met my sister’s friend on a number of occasions. This is the first person that I personally know has contracted Coronavirus and beaten it. She is 100% credible.

    The other two people(acquaintances) as I mentioned before did not do so well. The husband died at 65 and the wife is still in the hospital on a ventilator. The dark side of a ventilator is that afterwards you may have to re-learn how to swallow and you’re at risk of aspiration.
    *******

    Regarding the ventilator life-saving device….

    Bad news!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A number of complications can arise!!!!!!

    The hospital ventilator tube has to be intubated(inserted down your throat); this very action may cause damage to your throat. The ventilator tube causes a number of complications itself….

    One is you need to be tested too see if you can still swallow correctly after the ventilator is taken away.

    The hospital, after you have somewhat recover, assigns you a speech therapist to test your swallowing capabilities; if you fail the test the speech therapist works with you to help you swallow correctly again.

    lol Unfortunately you get about 24hrs with the speech therapist then if you still can’t swallow…. You have to hire an outside speech therapist.

    Some people have actually lost the ability to swallow for the rest of their lives. Then they have to have a feeding tube permanently put in.

    That’s something that the press has not actually spoken about because they probably don’t even know since they’re morons.

    Additionally your wind pipe may be damaged or get infected by bacteria; that travel along the intubated tube and then go into your lungs causing an incredible bad infection. This happens at hospitals all the time. Then you die.

    If the coronavirus does not kill you the complications which arise from being intubated can kill you as well. Have a great day!!!!

    If anybody still believes that the Coronavirus is some sort of joke or a liberal conspiracy guess again!!!!!!!

    Hope you all don’t get intubated because a life with a feeding tube means never eating again!!!!!!

    It’s not funny is it?

  • Holy shit.

    University of Washington ‘model’ has another VERY BAD DAY, lol.

    It’s predictions are TOTALLY WRONG yet again. 🙂

    Claviger is one of the liberals who believes in this model even though it’s wrong. Claviger has shamed himself.

    How can we listen to anything Claviger says?

    His credibility is now gone.

    He won’t acknowledge reality.

    Have a nice day. 🙂

      • The UW/IHME models may have been high regarding hospitalizations – but they were still fundamentally correct as far as that demand was heading towards outstripping capacity.

        The reality-check is still that regardless of armchair quarterbacking over details, they’re still right in warning that the healthcare system is headed into a dangerous level of overload that demands action:

        * Over a thousand doctors, nurses heading to New York City to fight coronavirus: Esper
        https://nypost.com/2020/04/05/over-a-thousand-doctors-nurses-heading-to-new-york-city-to-fight-coronavirus/

        If you think the Defense Secretary is overreacting based on nothing, then your real issue is with the White House, not Claviger.

        And they’ve been pretty accurate in predicting deaths:

        ‘At the national level, our model has done well in predicting daily deaths a week later. You can see this by comparing the black line (reported COVID-19 deaths) to the blue line (predictions from our initial projections released on March 26) – these closely overlap. Predictions of the peak in daily COVID-19 deaths have increased: our March 26 release (blue) was lower than what our current release projects (red). Our estimates’ uncertainty intervals (the dashed lines) show that while our projections have changed over the last week, changes in our mean predictions are relatively small compared with uncertainty associated with them. Our projections on the cumulative total COVID-19 deaths in the US also increased: our March 26 release estimated 81,114 deaths (uncertainty interval 38,242 to 162,106) through the first wave, while today’s release estimates 93,531 deaths (range of 39,966 to 177,866) through the first wave.’

        http://www.healthdata.org/covid/updates

    • That’s another of your delusional, fallacious strawman arguments – Claviger isn’t even citing that one model that you and your Twitter guru are so obsessed with (which has actually been pretty accurate with respect to deaths – see subsequent comment – despite your cherry-picking).

      But if you want to play that game, let’s turn it around and consider what predictions have been MASSIVELY WRONG:

      “Now, the virus that we’re talking about having to do — you know, a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat — as the heat comes in. Typically, that will go away in April. We’re in great shape though. We have 12 cases — 11 cases, and many of them are in good shape now.”

      April 1: 215,000 cases, 5,102 deaths (now increasing by over 1,000 per day)

  • Thanks for the article. Frank has readers all over the world, including NYC. I am not surprised by the actions of NY legislators. Here in NY it is cool to flout laws and some people openly hate the military – we all know how liberals in NY feel about Trump.
    The placing if coronavirus patients on the ship I doubt was an accident, but a malicious act to thwart anything Trump does.
    If he put a red light on a street they might just run it and kill pedestrians to show how cool they are.
    If he advised using chloroquine, and if that advice came with positive date, the governor might just deny access to chloroquine. In fact that’s what he did.
    If people like myself urged that hospitals stay open, guess what; they closed two: St. Vincent’s and Goldwater. They being the Dem establishment, aka Tammany Hall.
    The same guys who kept the rinks closed in Central Park while taking millions of $ to allegedly ‘work on them’ till Trump came along
    and did the job for half a million in 2 weeks.
    The same pols who stifle any debate about China’s role in this, and would gladly spend our money there; including the 32 Humpty Dumpty congressmen who are on board with Jeffrey Epstein’s brother Mark – and have ties to Chinese agents, Ghislaine Maxwell, etc.
    The Humpty Dumpty Institute is what that refers to, founded here in NY by Constance Millstein. Adam Schiff is on board, with NYC
    reps Meeks and Maloney.
    The perception exists that this is germ warfare – waged with help from within the US gov, the likes of Diane Feinstein aiding and abetting by giving info to her driver; who just happened to be a Chinese spy.
    The perception is based on a lot of facts, like those that appear on the front page of the NYT today – in an article that feebly attempts to be anti-Trump but in reality backs up the president’s decision to ban travel from China in January.
    It notes that 430,000 people from China were allowed to enter since then, in direct contradiction to an executive order – many from Wuhan. The people who defied Trump on this would be executed in many nations. Even people who did not vote for Trump can see the evil in their act – some call it treason.
    But in NY they think these idiots are heroes, along with Cuomo and others who allowed the closing of NYC hospitals.
    So no wonder the politicians of NY will ban the wearing of masks by prisoners.
    Thank you for speaking up for them, by doing so you speak for all of us.
    NYers who aren’t rabid Trump haters thank you,
    God bless and stay safe.

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