COVID-19 has shelter providers scrambling to protect homeless people against the coming winter weather
SEATTLE — On any given day before the COVID-19 pandemic, Mary’s Place in Seattle had more families calling to ask for shelter than it had beds available.That changed after the outbreak hit and state and local eviction moratoriums went into place to help people struggling financially. This summer, Mary’s Place had space for any homeless family seeking help — even though it lost almost a quarter of its 675 beds after closing shelters where people couldn’t keep their distance.“They were able to stay in their homes … or they were finding other solutions,” said James Flynn, chief program officer at...
The Seattle Times
Florida to investigate all COVID-19 deaths after questions about 'integrity' of data
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida, which has reported the deaths of more than 16,400 people from COVID-19, now says the public may not be able to trust any of those numbers.The state Department of Health on Wednesday ordered an investigation of all pandemic fatalities, one week after House Speaker Jose Oliva slammed the death data from medical examiners as “often lacking in rigor” and undermining “the completeness and reliability of the death records.”House Democrats then blasted the House Republicans’ report as an insult to coronavirus victims and an attempt “to downplay the death toll.”The pol...
Dieter Kurtenbach: Sports just aren't the same without fans in the stands
There was an hour of gleeful bliss yesterday.The State of California announced on Tuesday that fans would be allowed to return to stadiums this season, with the 49ers, by virtue of Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 tier, allowed to fill Levi’s Stadium’s stands to 20% capacity.Seeing as it wasn’t long ago that there was a cottage industry of taking photos of the sparse crowds at the Santa Clara Sunbed, 20% capacity seemed like business as usual.We were back, baby!But not so fast. Santa Clara County came in and swiftly put the kibosh on the state and the Niners’ plans.“We want to make it clear that ...
The Mercury News
As Illinois reports 69 COVID-19-related deaths, the highest daily toll since June, state issues plan for vaccine distribution
CHICAGO — Illinois on Wednesday recorded its highest daily coronavirus-related death toll since June as state officials released an early version of its plan for how a vaccine will be distributed once one is approved and available.The plan “is designed to provide an equitable distribution across the state with priority access going to our most vulnerable populations, front-line health care workers and first responders who directly interact with and treat COVID patients, as well as staff and residents in long-term care facilities,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said during his daily coronavirus news brief...
Raiders' Trent Brown goes on COVID-19 list, fellow linemen sent home
The strange nature of playing football amid the coronavirus pandemic hit home for Raiders quarterback Derek Carr Wednesday as he lined up without any of his starting offensive linemen.When right tackle Trent Brown was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list and went into isolation, the rest of the offensive line starters were sent home as well as preparations began for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Allegiant Stadium.Center Rodney Hudson, guards Gabe Jackson and Denzelle Good and left tackle Kolton Miller were listed as non-participants in practice and none was injury related.“W...
The Mercury News
COVID-19 patients swamp rural hospitals
The nation’s pandemic hot spots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients.And in much of the Midwest and Great Plains, hospital workers are catching the virus at home and in their communities, seriously reducing already slim benches of doctors, nurses and other professionals needed to keep rural hospitals running.Nationwide, positive coronavirus cases started rising in mid-September as children and college students returned to school, more businesses reopened and ...
Homeless students face extra obstacles amid COVID-19
DETROIT — Fourth-grader Caron Lee-Clemons and first-grader Javerion Rouse are homeless and school-less.The brothers are staying with their mother and three siblings in a homeless shelter in Westland, Mich., where they occupy a single room with five twin beds and a crib for the youngest child.The closure of the boys’ elementary school, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, coincided with the loss of a place to live earlier this year, when they were staying with a friend and had to leave. They have been in the shelter for two months.Their mother, Valincea Clemons, says she is doing her best to s...
The Detroit News
Gators report 25 COVID-19 cases among football players during past week
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida reported 25 positive COVID-19 cases among the Gators football team during the past week as UF works to quash an outbreak within the program.The data is based on test results from Tuesday of last week through Monday, during which the school said 584 tests were performed.Elsewhere in the athletics department, UF reported one athlete in a sport other than football tested positive for COVID-19.It is unclear whether the numbers released Tuesday include follow-up testing of anyone who previously tested positive for COVID-19. If the school’s data only inc...
Jenice Armstrong: Deaths of a mother and son are reminders of the dangers of COVID, despite what Trump says
I see y’all not wearing face masks or social distancing.I know some of you are still congregating with friends and loved ones as if we weren’t in a pandemic.But I get it. “COVID fatigue” is real. You hardly know what to believe. So many conflicting messages.President Donald Trump, who reportedly recovered from COVID-19 after being given several experimental treatments, urged “don’t be afraid of it” and “don’t let it dominate your lives.”Supposedly we need, in Trump’s opinion, to develop herd immunity — a concept that infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci says is “dangerous.”Meanwhile, approx...
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Florida’s schools shouldn’t shut down because of COVID-19 infections, Gov. DeSantis saysFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Closing schools for months at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic was a mistake that won’t be repeated, and only students who develop symptoms should be isolated, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday.During a visit to a charter school in Jacksonville, the governor said over 60% of the state’s 2.8 million students in pre-K to 12th grade are getting in-person instruction, and it’s an increasingly popular option because infection risks are low.“Going forward, whatever the future ma...
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