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...
Canadian travel ban extended another month as US continues to wrestle pandemic
DETROIT — Border closures to Canada and Mexico were extended Friday for at least another month as a precaution aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus.As with previous bans, limits on nonessential travel do not cover trade or air travel.“We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19,” tweeted Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf. “Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of nonessential travel at our shared land ports of entry through September 21.”The restrictions initially were announced in mid-March and were...
Detroit Free Press
NJ will vote mostly by mail for 2020 election despite lingering post office concerns
New Jersey’s election in November will be mostly mail-in due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday on CNN.The state will follow the same approach it followed during its delayed primary July 7, Murphy said. Every registered voter in the state will be mailed a ballot, which they can either mail back or drop off in secure drop boxes across the state. A limited number of polling places will also be open to voters on Election Day.Murphy said there were small problems that occurred during a local May election in Patterson, where four men — including a city councilman — have ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Coronavirus and heart inflammation in athletes: What we know about myocarditis
A small but growing body of evidence shows that COVID-19 can damage the heart, sometimes fatally, even in a previously healthy young athlete.This frightening fact is shrouded in so many unknowns that even expert medical groups can offer only limited guidance. That’s why collegiate athletic conferences, professional sports leagues, and high school teams are debating what to do. The Big Ten Conference’s debate ended with a decision to err on the side of caution.“We just believed, collectively, there’s too much uncertainty,” Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren said Tuesday in explaining why the con...
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