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Rep. Huizenga tests positive for COVID-19

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Following the surge of officials in Washington, DC contracting the novel coronavirus over the past couple of weeks, Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) added his name to the growing list, announcing on Wednesday that he has tested positive.

“Earlier today, I was expected to appear with the Vice President,” wrote Rep. Huizenga. “While taking part in offsite testing protocols, I took a rapid test that came back positive for COVID-19.”

“I am awaiting the results of a PCR test,” he added, “and I am self isolating until I have confirmed results.”

After President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and advisor Hope Hicks announced in recent weeks that they had tested positive, a tsunami of officials in the nation’s capital reported that they had also contracted the virus. President Trump was forced to quarantine himself, taking up much-needed time away from the 2020 campaign trail, where every single day and event are critical to him and his re-election effort.

As of last Friday, the White House doctor reported that the president is “no longer considered a transmission risk to others.” He is now conducting in-person campaign events and rallies again.

Many experts have theorized that the event they’ve dubbed a “superspreader” which caused this outbreak was likely the Saturday, September 26 White House ceremony where the president announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Many of those who later revealed that they caught the virus attended this event.

Just a sliver of the list of those in D.C. who were infected include Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany; Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel; Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.); multiple national security officials; and among dozens more officials and staffers. Significant figures such as Vice President Mike Pence, Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is Biden’s running mate, tested negative for the virus.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Health Industry Distributors’ Association: Supply Chain Delays ‘A Healthcare Issue’

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The Health Industry Distributors’ Association (HIDA) released harrowing data stating “Transportation Delays Are A Healthcare Issue.” HIDA’s December release states, “research estimates that approximately 8,000-12,000 containers of critical medical supplies are delayed an average of up to 37 days throughout the transportation system.”

The statement continues, “The West Coast port with the greatest number of delayed medical containers are the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The most congested East Coast port is the Port of Savannah.”

An infographic is accompanied with the statement which breaks down the crisis further. 17 is the average number of days the shipments are delayed at the Port. There’s an 11 day average delay by rail, and a 9 day average delay by truck.

In those shipping containers, the infographic states 187,000 gowns, 360,000 syringes and 3.5 million surgical gloves are held. The ports with the most medical delayed supplies are Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah, New York/New Jersey, Charleston, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Baltimore and Houston.

Axios reports under a “Why it matters” headline, that “Per their projections, medical supplies arriving at a U.S. port on Christmas Day won’t be delivered to hospitals and other care settings until February 2022.”

As a result, “that could delay critical supplies at a time when health care is already expected to most need them due to surges from Delta and Omicron.”

Additionally, “The supply chain problems can compound, starting with medical supplies languishing in U.S. ports for an average of 17 days, officials said.”

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