Exhausted health care workers 'scream into the abyss' about rising coronavirus cases
PHILADELPHIA — When Dr. Maura Sammon leaves work, no one is outside banging pots and pans, celebrating her and colleagues at Temple University Hospital as they fight to save the lives of coronavirus patients. At first, when she was working 16-hour days, seven days a week, people acted like she was a hero. But now, Philadelphia sidewalks are empty of color, the chalk messages of cheer and encouragement for her colleagues long gone. When she goes to the grocery store, no one tells first responders like her to skip the line. People no longer come up to thank her when they see her wearing scrubs. ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
COVID-19 outbreak infects more than half of inmates at Pa. prison for elderly and infirm
PHILADELPHIA — The State Correctional Institution Laurel Highlands, housed in a former state psychiatric hospital, is part prison, part long-term-care facility for many of the oldest and sickest men in Pennsylvania’s prisons. Now, it’s the epicenter of a COVID-19 outbreak tearing across the state prison system.In the last month, 444 prisoners at Laurel Highlands — more than half its population — have tested positive. That’s in addition to 49 confirmed cases among staff. Eight men incarcerated there have died of COVID-19 just since mid-November.A spokesperson for the state Department of Correct...
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'76 Days' review: In early 2020, a virus spreads, and a riveting documentary examines the human factors of survival
In the years to come, filmmakers will create fuller, more politically contextualized documentaries about the COVID-19 outbreak, and how some nations handled it less tragically than others.But “76 Days” is the necessary and gripping place to begin. It’s a ground-level procedural, shot in four different hospitals in Wuhan, China, in the early months of 2020. And it is a reminder that the dedication of front-line workers, battling the novel coronavirus when it truly was new, transcends boundaries.“Your family is not here,” one medical worker tells a woman in the intensive care unit, gripping her ...
UOB secures more Asian investments for Vietnam as opportunities grow
By Celine Chen SINGAPORE, NNA - Singapore's UOB is accelerating efforts to help Asian companies seize opportunities in Vietnam after inking an expanded Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the country’s Foreign Investment Agency (FIA). Announced last Friday (Nov. 27), the agreement will see the global bank facilitating a new pipeline of more than $1.12 billion (SG$1.5 billion) in foreign direct investments (FDI) into Vietnam after having secured investments worth over $2.24 billion (SG$3 billion) for the country. It is their second MOU after the first was signed in 2015. The latest pact will...
NNA Business News
As NY's COVID-19 cases surge, Cuomo calls for vaccine plan that protects undocumented
ALBANY, N.Y. — A day after putting New York hospitals on notice, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state must brace for a year-end surge in coronavirus cases and voiced concerns about federal vaccination plans.The state reported Tuesday that 4.96% of 146,675 tests results recorded the previous day came back positive, a figure not seen since May, and another 66 New Yorkers died from the virus.“The numbers are going up,” the governor said during a call with reporters. “We expected the numbers to go up. My projection is that the numbers will continue to go up through the holiday season.”Another 242 COVI...
New York Daily News
Coronavirus cases are rising among the most vulnerable again. Now what?
Tamara Konetzka, a health economics and aging services expert at the University of Chicago, had reason to hope that a new surge of coronavirus would be kinder to nursing home residents than the first was.After all, testing, a key tool for curtailing transmission of the highly contagious disease, is much more available now. And long-term care providers know more about how to prevent spread, from what kind of protective gear staff should wear to how to group residents who do and don’t have the disease.But when Konetzka crunched the numbers recently for six Midwestern and Western states with espe...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
New York Gov. Cuomo details hospital-focused COVID-19 strategy as cases rise, warns of potential 'pause'
NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a revamped strategy to deal with New York’s surging coronavirus cases on Monday with a focus on avoiding an overwhelmed health care system.More than 3,500 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state, a growing number that the governor warned could lead to renewed shutdowns on a scale not seen since the spring.“We are now worried about overwhelming the hospital system … you will see serious stress on the hospital system,” Cuomo said during a press briefing in Manhattan.Likening the state’s efforts to war, the governor said part of the new s...
New York Daily News
Ken Griffey Jr., Jewell Loyd and Macklemore among stars who join patients in 'Seattle Children's Heroes' card set
SEATTLE — When Jake Gustafson, the senior director of operations and development at Seattle Children’s Hospital, approached a cross-section of local celebrities about participating in a Topps trading-card project he had brainstormed, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive.“I don’t know about you, but if someone asked me if I wanted my own baseball card, I would say yes,” Gustafson said with a laugh.And when that card is part of a one-of-a-kind charitable rollout that will net Seattle Children’s upward of $200,000 in proceeds, it was even more of a no-brainer. Which is how Sir Mix-a-Lot, Mack...
The Seattle Times
Texas reports 2,473 new coronavirus cases Friday
AUSTIN, Texas — State health officials on Friday reported 2,473 new coronavirus cases and 51 new deaths in Texas.The number of infections and hospitalizations in the state continues to climb, placing a growing strain on hospital capacity and staffing, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.Friday’s numbers depart from a sharp upward trend in newly reported infections. The state reported record-breaking infection numbers on two days within the last weekThe record for new daily cases — 14,648 — was set on Wednesday. Before that, the record, 13,998 cases, was set on Tuesday.On...
Dallas woman was reinfected with COVID-19 after 4 months. 'You're absolutely not immune'
FORT WORTH, Texas — Meredith McKee rushed to the hospital in June after taking her blood pressure at a CVS pharmacy and seeing it was dangerously high. The emergency room staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital admitted her but insisted on testing for COVID-19.“I laughed at the team and said I had already had it,” said McKee, a 45-year-old Dallas resident. “There’s no way I could have COVID again.”But the test proved her wrong.“I didn’t have any symptoms other than high blood pressure,” she said. “If it wasn’t for the second test, I would have never known.”McKee was first diagnosed with CO...
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