Cynthia M. Allen: Can college football settle debate on managing risk in coronavirus pandemic? Play ball.
FORT WORTH, Texas — At this point in the pandemic, there seem to be two primary sensibilities about how to approach the virus.The first says the threat of COVID-19 is so serious that strict personal and public safety measures need to continue indefinitely, or be reimposed, to ensure society’s safety. Let’s call this the Risk Averse Team.The other says that COVID-19 is serious but is only one risk factor among many that we face in everyday life and measures to mitigate, much less eliminate, that risk have often exceeded their cost. This is the Risk Management Team.The former tends to be left of...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Colleges pressing on with fall sports during COVID-19 feels like 'we have hit the iceberg and we're (deciding) what time the band plays'
CHICAGO — Infectious disease experts advising the NCAA sounded a cautionary note for the conferences proceeding with fall sports during the COVID-19 pandemic.“We have a serious problem,” said Dr. Carlos del Rio, a fellow with the Infectious Diseases Society of America and an associate dean at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. “I feel like the Titanic. We have hit the iceberg and we’re trying to make decisions of what time the band plays.”The Big Ten and Pac-12 postponed fall sports this week in hopes of playing those sports in the spring, but the other three Power Five conference...
Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett thought about opting out this season. What made him decide to play?
SEATTLE — Tyler Lockett’s elusiveness is one of his best traits on the football field.But when it came to one of the most sensitive questions facing NFL players these days — did he have any hesitation about playing this season as the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic? — Lockett addressed it head-on Friday.“Oh yeah, I definitely had a lot of hesitation,” said Lockett, who set a career-high with 1,057 receiving yards last season. He is entering the second year of a contract extension that runs through the 2021 season which will pay him $8.5 million in base salary this year.Lockett had tw...
The Seattle Times
NY police, firefighters save annual 9/11 Tribute in Light after cancellation by museum
NEW YORK — The city’s first responders came to the rescue again, saving New York’s annual 9/11 Tribute in Light from a coronavirus cancellation.The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will sponsor this year’s event, in which twin beams of light shine into the nighttime sky in memory of more than 2,600 people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York.“Because Tunnel to Towers is fully committed to the idea that we must never forget, the Foundation is doing everything in its power to make sure that the Towers of Light will once again be illuminated,” the Foundation said in a statement.Fr...
New York Daily News
In tiny California county, 13 have died of COVID-19 in past week, 12 at one nursing home
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento’s smallest neighboring county, rural Amador, has quickly become a hotbed for coronavirus activity, with health officials and the state reporting a rapid spike in new cases and a flood of more than a dozen deaths in the past week — nearly all of the fatalities at one nursing facility.Amador County, which has a population of about 38,500, on Aug. 7 reported its first two resident deaths from complications of COVID-19. Both were in their 80s and had existing health conditions, according to a news release.Then in an update this Tuesday, Amador’s County public health...
The Sacramento Bee
Joshua Cheptegei breaks 5000m world record in Monaco
Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda broke one of the most daunting world records in track and field on Friday, running 12:35.36 for 5,000 meters in Monaco. Kenesisa Bekele’s long-standing world record was 12:37.35, set in 2004.Cheptegei put on a metronomic performance, barely wavering from his 60-second-per-400-meter-lap average for over three miles. He ran 59.97 and 59.64 for his last two laps. His previous best was 12:57, set last year, but despite needing to cut 20 seconds from that, he said all summer that he was targeting a 5000m world record in Monaco. He did run a world-record 12:51 5K on the ro...
New York Daily News
What's slowing Miami's COVID spread? Partial 'herd immunity' may play a part
MIAMI — As a deadly summer wave of virus continues to recede, Miami-Dade County officials and scientists are trying to figure out what combination of factors may have contributed to slowing a surge of COVID cases that at one point threatened to topple South Florida’s healthcare infrastructure.Social distancing measures, face mask orders and curfews certainly helped, public health experts say, but so did other factors that they’re still working to understand — specifically, the seasonality of the virus and so-called herd immunity, which occurs when enough people in an area are infected with a v...
No shortfall in US supply of ventilators as GM, Ventec end contract
Five months ago, as the coronavirus pandemic surged across the nation, the urgency to build more critical care ventilators swelled to meet a shortage of the life saving machines.So General Motors and Ventec Life Systems teamed up to produce ventilators. In just two weeks, the companies will deliver the full 30,000 ventilators they owe the U.S. government, helping to bring the U.S. stockpile closer to an inventory level that positions the nation to withstand any near-term pandemic spikes.“While there is not currently a shortfall of ventilators in the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), the new ...
Detroit Free Press
For healthcare 'heroes,' death toll keeps rising
ATLANTA — David Plater knew all the risks and took every precaution.It wasn’t enough.The 45-year-old radiology technician at Emory Hillandale Hospital died June 9 from COVID-19, becoming one of the nearly 100 Georgia healthcare workers who have fallen to the coronavirus since March. The deaths call into question the ability of hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities to protect the workers they celebrate as heroes in the fight against an unrelenting plague.The toll may be much higher. An investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that Georgia officials have undercounted death...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Chicago restaurants sue for coronavirus insurance payouts, struggle to hang on. 'We're just hoping it's not too little too late.'
CHICAGO — Since suing his insurance carrier nearly five months ago, in hopes of recovering some of the money he’s lost during the pandemic, Ryan Marks has been doing what he can to keep his three restaurants afloat.Neither he nor his business partners are taking salaries. He moved to a smaller apartment that costs half as much. He has been negotiating his restaurants’ rent with his landlords, some of whom are more sympathetic than others, but worries even a deferral won’t help much in the long term.“There is not going to be a magic double year coming up where I can just make it up,” said Marks...