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August 10, Meeting Minutes
Submitted by Ski
President Good opened the meeting with a warm welcome at 12:02 p.m.
Vladimir Beaufils, CRS, CGS, OWDS, provided a thoughtful invocation.
Rotary Club of Harrisburg Rotarian, Nate Hartwig, provided a recorded version of his rendition
of “This Land is Your Land” after which we all recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Rotary
Four-Way Test.
President Good then thanked Cap Blue Cross, Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC,
Highmark, Hospice of Central PA and UPMC for being corporate members.
In other announcements, our esteemed president reminded us that our lunch money today was
being donated to YWCA-Greater Harrisburg and that we could donate additional dollars by clicking on the following link addition, he reminded us of two events occurring tonight: (1) District 7390 district development event and (2) a service project at Central PA Food Bank.  If attending the service project, it was strongly encouraged to wear Rotary and not HACC attire!   He also encouraged us to attend Rotary Means Business on August 20, 2020, attend a Happy Hour at West Shore Country Club on Aug. 26 from 5-7pm and share a Rotary story on social media by tagging all stories with #RotaryClub23 or email them to
Soon after the announcements, Sheldon Jones, an honorary member of Rotary, provided us with his abbreviated biography and then proceeded to inform us about the production of the second annual Joy to the Burg ‘event’, a gift of music to help the homeless.  The first concert, which was produced with the assistance of infamous HACC alumnus, Steve Schwartz, was held last year at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, and raised over $24,000 for the homeless. The monies raised established a new winter walk-in shelter for women.  For 2020, 18 artists are currently recording for the second annual virtual event and many more are encouraged to record.
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President Good asked Rotarian John Hickey to introduce his UPMC colleague, John Goldman, M.D., epidemiologist, who provided us with the following information about COVID-19:
  1. Overview of Coronavirus
    1. Coronavirus has been around for a while; however, the difference is that this strain of the virus easily spreads from person to person and is widespread. For example, one person can transmit the flu 1:1; COVID 1:2.68 and measles 1:14.
      1. Global: 20 million cases with 722,000 deaths (as of August 10, 2020)
      2. US: 5 million with 160,000 deaths (as of August 10, 2020)
      3. PA: 114,000 with 7,000 deaths (as of August 10, 2020)
      4. Dauphin County: 20 cases identified, daily
  2. Symptoms of Coronavirus
    1. Incubation occurs between two to 14 days (average four to five days)
    2. Common: Fever, cough and shortness of breath
    3. Uncommon: diarrhea, loss of taste, COVID toes (red)
    4. Majority of the symptoms are mild; 14% severe; 5% critical with 2.5% dying
    5. Case Fatality Rate: 60-70 = 3-4%; 70-79 = 10%; and 80+ = 17%
    6. Additional risk characteristics include: heart disease, diabetes, respiratory-related illness, high blood pressure, cancer
    7. Young children don’t seem to be greatly impacted after studying China and Italy data; however, they can be carriers that may infect older relatives
  3. Testing for Coronavirus
    1. Nasopharyngeal swab is seeming to be most accurate, at this time
    2. Antibody tests are not as accurate with up to one-half of the results invalid
    3. Unanswered questions remain: How long does the virus stick around?  Can you get the disease repeatedly?
  4. Prevention Measures
    1. Wear a face mask (good data confirms that this is a sensible prevention measure)
    2. Eye protection (may be helpful)
    3. Frequent hand washing
    4. Outdoors less risk than indoors
  5. Treatment/Vaccines for Coronavirus
    1. Preliminary drugs like Remdesivir, which is in short supply, and Dexamethasone seem to work well together; however, this data is preliminary
    2. Vitamin D seem to help bolster the immune system if one is deficient in this mineral
    3. Several vaccines are currently in development, including phase three
    4. Two doses in each individual will be needed (at this time) to combat the virus – that equals 600,000,000 doses with those in ‘vulnerable’ classes getting the vaccine first (e.g., nursing home populations, first-responders, etc.)
  6. Conclusions
    1. The virus is increasing nationally in various ‘hot’ spots in the South and now the Midwest.  The virus seems to be increasing slower in PA than in many states throughout the country
    2. It has been proven that social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands is effective in minimizing the transmission of the virus
    3. The goal to have national testing remains strong; however, currently, the demands exceed the capacity
    4. The virus will be with us for 18-24 months or until we get a vaccine or herd immunity develops quicker than expected
After answering several questions, we gave him a sitting ovation and verbally expressed appreciation for his time and insights.
After a reminder of upcoming speakers, President Good concluded the meeting at 1:01 p.m.
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