Some COVID-19 patients have reported kidney damage. Here’s what you need to know about that and chronic kidney disease. | Focus

Stages of chronic kidney disease

Stage 1

» GFR of 90 or greater.

» Kidneys are healthy and working well but have other signs of damage like protein in urine or physical damage.

» Ways to slow damage: control blood sugar if you have diabetes; control blood pressure; eat a healthy diet; don’t smoke; be active for 30 min a day, 5 days a week; stay at healthy weight; ask doctor about medicines that could help protect kidneys; make an appointment to see nephrologist.

Stage 2

» GFR between 60 and 89.

» Kidneys are healthy and working well but have other signs of damage like protein in urine or physical damage.

» Ways to slow damage: control blood sugar if you have diabetes; control blood pressure; eat a healthy diet; don’t smoke; be active for 30 min a day, 5 days a week; stay at healthy weight; ask doctor

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COVID-19 outbreaks in WV public schools to be reported on Department of Education website | Education

The West Virginia Department of Education will begin identifying any public school in the state with a reported COVID-19 outbreak on its website, Gov. Jim Justice announced at his tri-weekly COVID-19 news briefing Friday.

An outbreak at a school is considered to be any two or more COVID-19 cases that, through contact tracing, are believed to be related, Justice said.

The website lists the name of the school, how many cases are linked to the outbreak and if the school has implemented virtual learning because of it. Since the reports are for outbreaks only, there could be more COVID-19 cases at a school or facility that are not part of the outbreak but could contribute to school closures, according to state schools Superintendent Clayton Burch.

As of Friday afternoon, eight schools in Putnam, Kanawha, Raleigh, Monongalia, Grant and Marshall counties were reporting outbreaks, all of which included less than five

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