On PR Newswire: CDC 2019 AR Threats Report, Amtrak Reports Record Riders, Kaiser Mourns Death of CEO
With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2019 AR Threats Report shows that antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi cause more than 2.8 million infections and 35,000 deaths in the U.S. each year — that’s at least one infection every 11 seconds and one death from antibiotic resistance every 15 minutes. The new report shows that there were nearly twice as many annual deaths from antibiotic resistance as CDC originally reported in 2013. Since then, prevention efforts have reduced deaths by 18% overall and by nearly 30% in hospitals. Without continued vigilance, this progress may be challenged by the increasing burden of some infections.
Through continued investment in safety and the customer experience, Amtrak delivered its best operating performance in company history this past fiscal year. The company set new records for ridership, revenue, and financial performance on its path to achieve operational breakeven in fiscal year 2020.
On Nov. 10, Kaiser Permanente released the following: “It is with profound sadness that we announce that Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, unexpectedly passed away early today in his sleep. On behalf of our board of directors, employees and physicians, we extend our deepest sympathies to Bernard’s family during this very difficult time. An outstanding leader, visionary and champion for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans, Bernard was a tireless advocate for Kaiser Permanente, our members and the communities we serve. Most importantly, Bernard was a devoted husband, father and friend. We all will miss his tremendous presence in our lives.”
The U.S. Postal Service reported operating revenue of $71.1 billion for fiscal year 2019 (Oct. 1, 2018 – Sept. 30, 2019), an increase of $514 million compared to the prior year. The higher revenues were driven largely by price increases and continued growth in the shipping and packages business, where revenue increased $1.3 billion, or 6.1%, which more than offset revenue declines in first-class and marketing mail as a result of declining volumes in that segment of its business.
Miami Beach, Fla., welcomes once again Art Basel, the largest art fair in the world. Art Basel offers visitors from across the globe access to galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, showing noteworthy work from modern masters of contemporary art, as well as a new generation of emerging stars. Visitors immerse themselves in exhibitions of paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works. Art Basel also ushers in Miami Art Week where visitors can enjoy hundreds of cultural events around Miami Beach and visit the dozens of satellite fairs that orbit around Basel.
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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.