After family member's COVID-19 scare, Panthers' Christian Miller opts out of NFL season
Carolina Panthers edge rusher Christian Miller has elected to opt out of the 2020 NFL season.After not seeing much playing time in his rookie season last year as an outside linebacker, Miller, 24, had an opportunity to start over during this year’s training camp with a new coaching staff and revamped roster. He would have provided depth for the Panthers on the outside as they transition back to a 4-3 base defense from last year’s 3-4, but was not a lock to make the final roster.Miller, a fourth-round pick in 2019 out of Alabama, is considered a high-risk opt out and will earn $350,000 this sea...
The Charlotte Observer
Eagles coach Doug Pederson says he feels fine despite coronavirus, still believes in viability of NFL season
Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he continues to feel good about the team’s coronavirus precautions and the NFL’s chances of playing a full season, in the wake of the Sunday announcement of his two positive tests.“I feel very good about the safety of our building, the protocols that are in place,” said Pederson, 52, who is quarantined at home in Moorestown, N.J., away from other family members. “I have no symptoms whatsoever.”Pederson said he feels very fortunate to be asymptomatic, and he said that he can continue to perform most of his duties remotely, with the team not scheduled for a full p...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
To replace COVID-19 positive players, Marlins are making a lot of moves. Here they are.
BALTIMORE — The Miami Marlins, ahead of their four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles that starts Tuesday, have made known the roster moves to replace the 18 players who tested positive for COVID-19 over an eight-day stretch in Philadelphia.Fair warning: It’s a lot.The Marlins will be placing 14 players on the injured list Tuesday, officially for unspecified reasons because teams don’t have to directly say a player is out due to COVID-19. Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill did not name the players going on the IL yet.Those 14 join outfielder Harold Ramirez, first base...
Seven Cardinal players, 6 staffers positive for COVID-19; still quarantined in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE — After days of growing concern and uncertainty, the Cardinals learned Monday that an outbreak of COVID-19 had engulfed nearly a fourth of their roster and forced a majority to remain in Milwaukee, in quarantine.The Cardinals have 13 confirmed positives for the virus and have yet to go a day since arriving in Milwaukee without a new positive.Of those 13, seven are players and six are staff members. Eight of the 13 are experiencing some mild symptoms of the virus, ranging from headaches to low-grade fevers. All 13 members of the traveling party who tested positive have been removed fr...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
2 more Florida teens die of complications related to COVID-19, data show
MIAMI — Two more teenagers — a 16-year-old girl from Miami-Dade County and a 17-year-old boy from Manatee County — have died from COVID-related complications in Florida, according to health department data.Both deaths were added to Florida’s COVID-19 death toll on Monday, according to the Florida Department of Health. The state has now had seven children under age 18 confirmed to have died from the disease.Neither of the two teens is considered a travel-related case, and both had been hospitalized at some point during their illness, health records show.The 17-year-old boy is the first known pe...
Journalist who covered Trump in Tampa tests positive for COVID-19
BELLEAIR, Fla. — A member of the media who covered President Donald Trump’s trip to the Tampa Bay area Friday has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the White House Correspondents’ Association.The association’s president, Zeke Miller, a reporter for The Associated Press, wrote in a message to the group’s members Sunday about the member’s positive test.“We’ve already reached out to those who were in the pools with this individual, and the White House Medical Unit is conducting additional contact tracing and providing follow-on tests for those in the pools and potentially exposed,...
Henry Ford defends hydroxychloroquine study, 'saddened' by drug's politicization
DETROIT — Henry Ford Health System is defending a study that determined hydroxychloroquine was effective in lowering COVID-19 death rates but acknowledged the need for additional clinical trials.A statement Monday comes three days after the nation’s top infectious disease expert called the July 2 study results “flawed.”The Detroit-based health system agreed that the best study of the drug, as argued by Dr. Anthony Fauci on Friday, was a “double-blind, randomized clinical trial.”But “a whole scientific field exists in which scientists examine how a drug is working in the real world to get as be...
The Detroit News
Unclaimed property could spell relief for COVID-stressed Floridians
More people are applying for unclaimed funds from the state of Florida to get through COVID-19 financial troubles.Millions in bank accounts, inheritances, refunds and other property are all waiting to be retrieved by Florida residents at the state Department of Financial Services — if they would only file a claim, says Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Petronis.He said the agency he oversees has distributed $124 million in property to their owners since the pandemic hit in March.“We pushed out over $38 million just in the month of March. That’s the second highest month in the history of the progra...
Trump criticizes Dr. Birx for her comments about coronavirus resurgence
President Donald Trump took aim at the coronavirus task force’s coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, on Monday, slamming her as “pathetic” for raising alarm about coronavirus resurgences sweeping across most parts of the country.In a tweet, Trump suggested Birx is only voicing concern about the new outbreaks because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., recently criticized her for being overly optimistic about the pandemic’s trajectory.“So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the C...
New York Daily News
Patients fled primary care during coronavirus pandemic
WASHINGTON — If Dr. Erica Swegler, a solo primary care doctor in Austin, Texas, hadn’t gotten her bank to delay payments on one of the loans she had taken out to open her practice five years ago, she said, “I would have been out of business in April.”Likewise, she’s sure she would have had to close if she hadn’t also received a $36,000 federal Payment Protection Program coronavirus loan to carry her over a couple of months while her patients stayed away in droves. Ditto if Medicare and Medicaid hadn’t relaxed rules to allow for compensation and better reimbursement rates for telehealth visits ...