Florida reports over 4,000 new COVID-19 cases for third straight day
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida health officials on Thursday said another 4,198 people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19, following the latest upward trend in the coronavirus pandemic.This follows a tally of 4,115 new cases Wednesday and 4,298 infections Tuesday. The state has had at least 794,624 COVID-19 cases since official counts began in March.While cases are up, testing positivity for new infections only dropped below 5%, according to the latest results for Florida residents. The 4.9% positivity reported Thursday followed three straight days above the level that experts say ...
COVID-19 is claiming more lives than the official data indicates
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Patrick Hidalgo died on the second day of March, in his apartment, at 41 years old, after complaining to his family of waking up in the middle of the night and gasping for breath.The Miami-Dade county medical examiner attributed the death of this former Obama staffer to heart disease.His family says it was COVID-19.Hidalgo isn’t counted as a virus death in Florida, but he illustrates that the pandemic has claimed far more people than the official death count indicates.Today, official coronavirus deaths stand at 16,505 in Florida. Yet the true number of dead from the pan...
How to host a safe outdoor Thanksgiving (and decide if you should)
Thanksgiving is usually a time we cozy up around the dinner table and share food and stories with those we love. But given the pandemic, experts are recommending a change in holiday plans this year.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers hosting people for a small outdoor dinner as moderately risky, as compared to low-risk activities like a virtual Thanksgiving or a dinner with only people who live in your household. And with rising coronavirus rates, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley advises families forego holiday gatherings altogether.But if you do plan to do s...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Delta has put 460 people on no-fly list for refusing mask requirement
Hundreds of people won’t be taking to the skies with Delta Air Lines after refusing to follow the airline’s mask policy.The company said in a memo to its staff that numerous passengers have been placed on the no-fly list since it instituted a rule on May 4 that requires people to wear masks during flights amid the coronavirus pandemic, CNN reported.“As of this week, we’ve added 460 people to our no-fly list for refusing to comply with our mask requirement,” reads the message,” reads the recent memo from CEO Ed Bastian.The mask requirement is one of several safety guidelines introduced by Delta...
New York Daily News
Carnival's plan to resume US cruises on Dec. 1 remains on track after judge's ruling
MIAMI — Carnival Corp. is still on track to resume cruises in the U.S. on Dec. 1 after a favorable ruling from a federal judge Wednesday.The company, on probation since 2017 after pleading guilty to dumping oil into the ocean for several years, will have to attest to the environmental protection status of each of the company’s cruise ships 30 days before they reenter U.S. waters to restart cruises, according to the order from U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida Patricia Seitz.Carnival Corp. successfully fended off a stricter order proposed by the judge at a hearing on Frid...
Movie review: 'Come Play' builds relatable horror via smartphone app
Note: We are continuing to review theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic, though please be aware that indoor moviegoing does carry risk during this time. Please follow every health and safety guideline outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as guidelines provided by local health officials in your area.These days, with the relentless crush of anxiety-inducing news, misinformation and bad takes just a thumb flick away on our ubiquitous screens, it really does feel like demons have possessed our smartphones. Mark my words, there will be a horror film tit...
Tribune News Service
Florida is on the verge of a COVID-19 resurgence
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida’s rising number of COVID-19 cases could be the leading edge of a dangerous spike that could continue for months as the state remains wide open for business, tourism and education, public health experts warn.A decline of cases since the summer surge is over, four weeks into the state’s Phase 3 reopening of bars and restaurants at full service, state and national data indicates.With Gov. Ron DeSantis promising there’s no chance of a return to lockdowns, no matter the severity of another surge, we can expect more people will need hospital treatment and more will di...
More than 77,000 new COVID cases reported in US on Thursday, breaking record
ATLANTA — The U.S. reported more than 77,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, breaking the previous record set in July.Nationwide, 77,640 cases were reported Thursday, exceeding the July 29 number of 75,723, according to NBC News.According to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, the U.S. continues to have the world’s highest number of confirmed cases — 8.4 million — and deaths, more than 223,000.Globally, almost 42 million coronavirus cases have been reported, with a worldwide death toll of more than 1.1 million.Seven-day rolling averages for daily new U.S. coronavirus cases have reached ne...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
As pandemic started, US fatal overdoses soared in the first quarter of 2020, new data show
PHILADELPHIA — In the first three months of 2020, fatal drug overdoses nationwide rose by about 16%, compared with the same period a year before, new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.The new figures cover preliminary reports of fatal overdoses around the country from January through March, the month when the first lockdowns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic began.Pennsylvania saw about a 4% increase in drug deaths in the 12-month period between March 2019 and March 2020, compared with the previous 12-month period. New Jersey’s figures jumped 2% in that time...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
A meat-lover's mask: Hormel is giving away bacon-scented face coverings
MINNEAPOLIS — Bacon lovers and the pandemic finally have found common ground: Hormel.The Minnesota-based is giving away face masks that smell like bacon.“Don’t just eat bacon,” the company’s website advises. “Inhale it.”The masks, which also are imprinted with images of bacon, supposedly feature “the latest in bacon-smell technology” in capturing the aroma of the company’s trademark “Black Label” premium bacon.“Finally, bacony-bliss can be with you always,” the website enthuses.The masks, made of a breathable, two-ply fabric, meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)