Communications Platform Experiencing Connection, ‘Degraded’ Performance Issues

With the start of the workweek underway, many at-home workers woke up to a Slack (WORK) outage that has made it difficult to send messages or use the platform at all.

Customers reported on Twitter that they were having problems with the communications site on Monday. The program’s name even trended on the social media platform nationwide with many users saying that “If Slack isn’t working today neither are we.”

Slack updated its status site multiple times on Monday, noting the issues.

The status site said there are issues with the platform which is preventing some users

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Increase of 123 percent occurred during a time when VCU Medical Center was experiencing a lower-than-average number of overall visits — ScienceDaily

In a paper published Friday by the Journal of the American Medical Association, Virginia Commonwealth University researchers released data showing an alarming surge in opioid-related overdoses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nonfatal opioid overdose visits to the VCU Medical Center emergency department in Richmond increased from 102 between March and June 2019 to 227 between March and June 2020. That’s an increase of 123%.

The overdose increase occurred during a time when the emergency room was experiencing a lower-than-average number of visits overall. March through June visits in 2020 were down 29% from the same time last year.

The study’s lead author, Taylor Ochalek, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow at the VCU C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, analyzed the 2019 and 2020 data from VCU Medical Center’s emergency department.

“Social isolation, job loss, the inaccessibility of community resources — these could all contribute to

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