COVID-19 cases in Florida edge closer to 1 million
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida reported 7,363 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, pushing the state’s pandemic total closer to 1 million.The state’s total tally of coronavirus cases now stands at 992,660.The Florida Department of Health also reported another 59 deaths over the past 24 hours. All together, 18,736 people have died from the coronavirus since the pandemic began, including 236 nonresidents.Most of the deaths happened in recent weeks but were just confirmed in the past day.Since the pandemic began, 54,706 residents have been hospitalized for the disease in Florida.On Sunday, the natio...
Michigan reports 8,080 new COVID-19 cases, 103 deaths
DETROIT — Michigan reported 8,080 new cases of COVID-19 and 103 new deaths Saturday, according to an update from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.Seventy of the 103 deaths were found in a records review to see if a COVID-19 infection contributed to one’s death.The state now has 9,036 confirmed deaths and 350,021 confirmed cases since March.As of Nov. 25, 165,269 cases have recovered.Michigan had a positivity rate of 11.7% Friday, reporting that 6,673 out of 57,033 diagnostic test results returned were positive.Michigan has a fatality rate of 2.6% among known cases.The state...
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Dave Hyde: He guarded Don Shula, married Jimmy Johnson and has 34 years of Dolphins stories from behind the curtain
For 34 years, he was the first phone call. He was called to be bodyguard for the Miami Dolphins coaches or to be a facilitator through red tape. He was the investigator of potential draft picks, the point man if a stranger appeared at practice or the first man up if a player needed legal help.Any legal help.“I married four players and (coach) Jimmy Johnson,” Stu Weinstein said.For 35 years until retiring in 2018, Weinstein was head of the Dolphins security staff — he was the staff, really, meaning from the time Don Shula offered him the job after the 1985 season he wasn’t just the man behind t...
Small businesses that took PPP aid may face a tax problem
A recent IRS ruling tying up a loose end in the 2020 economic-relief law could force many small businesses to pay taxes on government aid meant to help through the pandemic.The agency on Nov. 18 said the businesses cannot deduct expenses such as payroll and rent, paid for with money from the Paycheck Protection Program of the CARES Act. Such deductions are common when those expenses are paid for with revenue from running a business.The ruling hardened a divide between the Trump administration and the main tax writers in Congress, who have sought since the coronavirus outbreak produced an econ...
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CDC: US COVID-19 death toll could reach 321,000 by mid-DecemberATLANTA — A new report issued this week by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the coronavirus death toll could reach up to 321,000 by the middle of December.According to the CDC's "COVID-19 Forecasts: Deaths," models are predicting the number of coronavirus deaths will likely increase over the next four weeks, with between 10,600 and 21,400 new fatalities likely to be reported in the week ending Dec. 19, 2020.The model predicts between 294,000 and 321,000 total coronavirus deaths will have been report...
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CDC: US COVID-19 death toll could reach 321,000 by mid-December
ATLANTA — A new report issued this week by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the coronavirus death toll could reach up to 321,000 by the middle of December.According to the CDC’s “COVID-19 Forecasts: Deaths,” models are predicting the number of coronavirus deaths will likely increase over the next four weeks, with between 10,600 and 21,400 new fatalities likely to be reported in the week ending Dec. 19, 2020.The model predicts between 294,000 and 321,000 total coronavirus deaths will have been reported by that time.As of Friday afternoon, Johns Hopkins Universit...
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Biden expected to usher in an era of worker-friendly labor policies
Labor activists eager to capitalize on the pro-worker sentiment fueled by the pandemic will soon have a friend in the White House.President-elect Joe Biden is expected to push to make it easier for workers to unionize and hold employers accountable for working conditions, a sharp U-turn from the business-friendly employment policies pursued by President Donald Trump.Among the most immediate changes will be new leadership at the National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor, the latter of which is currently helmed by Eugene Scalia, a former corporate attorney who has been criticized by...
FDA gives emergency authorization to most precise coronavirus-antibody test yet
NEW YORK — A new, next-level coronavirus-antibody test that measures not just antibodies’ presence but also how much protection they afford are on the way.The test, which on Wednesday received emergency-use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, measures the number of neutralizing antibodies that the body’s immune system has produced after exposure, reported CNBC. While previous tests have measured antibody levels, this one zeroes in on the antibodies that attack two specific aspects of the novel coronavirus.This “new generation” of test, the COVID-SeroKlir, was developed by...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Flynn's free pass: Trump's pardon of his formal national security adviser is dastardly
Of course Donald Trump, who has repeatedly abused his boundless clemency power to reward friends and political allies and protect himself, pardoned Michael Flynn, his national security adviser who pleaded guilty in two separate court admissions to making false statements to the FBI. Expect enough dirty dealings on Trump’s way out to make the Marc Rich affair look as clean as a newly disinfected city subway car.But remember what Flynn did: During the presidential transition period, he had conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, discussing the relaxation of U.S. sanctions th...
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Michigan reports 4,273 new COVID-19 cases, 73 deaths
DETROIT — Michigan reported 4,273 new cases of COVID-19 and 73 new deaths Wednesday, according to an update from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.The state now has 8,761 confirmed deaths and 324,779 confirmed cases since March.Michigan had a positivity rate of 13.42% Tuesday, reporting that 8,087 out of 60,252 diagnostic test results returned were positive.Michigan has a fatality rate of 2.7% among known cases.The state has reported 409 probable COVID-19 deaths and 27,654 probable cases.The probable cases combined with the confirmed cases make for a cumulative total of 9,17...
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