Cadre of Chicago-area priests trained to minister to dying coronavirus patients
CHICAGO — He had done it hundreds of times, but this time was different.The Rev. Matt O’Donnell, pastor of St. Columbanus in Chicago’s Park Manor neighborhood, stepped inside the hospital room to perform last rites on a dying COVID-19 patient. But there was no family — only O’Donnell, the patient and a nurse. The patient was unresponsive.“I think that for individuals and families, it really gives the sense of comfort and peace to know in this moment they’re not alone,” O’Donnell said. “When the anointing of the sick is celebrated, the church is present to that person at that moment.”His cleric...
A sports broadcaster's life in 3 chapters: How the 'immature' Tim Doyle bottomed out, put the Kendall Gill fracas behind him and emerged a better man
Tim Doyle takes a break from cooking breakfast as he notices his 5-year-old son walking toward him. Joe, pretending it’s Halloween, is wearing a police officer’s uniform.“Are you a good cop, Joe?” Doyle asks. “Or do you take money from the mob?”Doyle laughs loudly enough to rattle the plates. He grins, devilishly.The sausage and eggs can wait. Laughter is the nourishment he craves, especially from others.Doyle is 6-foot-5 with an even bigger personality.His wife, Susie, works in radiation oncology at a cancer center in west suburban Warrenville.“Every time I see a patient,” she says, “I put on...
Wash. hospital confirms firing ER doctor who criticized its coronavirus response
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Escalating a global spat over workplace safety and the rights of health care workers during the coronavirus crisis, a top official of PeaceHealth has now confirmed the Washington-based company ousted emergency physician Ming Lin for allegedly inciting public fear by criticizing the hospital’s emergency precautions.In a lengthy interview on a YouTube video blog popular with medical professionals, Richard DeCarlo, chief operating officer of PeaceHealth, which operates Bellingham’s St. Joseph Medical Center, likened Lin’s public warnings about workplace coronavirus concerns to...
The Seattle Times
Coronavirus delaying nonurgent medical procedures, leaving some patients anxious and in pain
PHILADELPHIA — AnnaMarie Dunn thought her cancer-fighting days were behind her — she’d already lost one kidney in 2018. But in January, a routine scan found that her kidney cancer had spread to her adrenal gland, so her doctor scheduled surgery to have that removed, too.Dunn, a 68-year-old early-childhood teacher from Manahawkin, N.J., was eager to get the procedure over with and get back to normal. Then, a week and a half before her April 6 appointment at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, her doctor called to cancel.Hundreds of elective and nonurgent medical procedures have been postpo...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Nets owner Joe Tsai helps donate 1,000 ventilators to New York
Nets owner Joe Tsai is helping New York breathe easier.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Tsai and the Chinese government helped facilitate the donation of 1,000 ventilators that will arrive Saturday at JFK airport.It will provide much-needed relief for the suffocating hospitals and patients in New York, which is the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis with 113,704 confirmed cases.Tsai, the billionaire co-founder of Alibaba (which is the Chinese equivalent of Amazon), is reportedly worth $10.4 billion and has come through in a pinch. In addition to the ventilators, Tsai has pledged to pay all ho...
New York Daily News
Nearly two-thirds of Florida's ICU beds already taken
ORLANDO, Fla. — Data released this week by the White House paints a bleak portrait for Florida’s hospitals, which are already grappling with the biggest public health crisis in a century with the worst still yet to come.While the number of cases and deaths in Florida — 9,585 and 163 respectively as of Friday morning — get the most attention, hospitalizations are another important data point. Experts say that number is key to determining if hospitals are running out of beds, intensive-care units and essential equipment such as ventilators and N95 masks.The number of people who have at one point...
Philadelphia teen fires up his 3D printers to create face shields to donate to hospitals
PHILADELPHIA — Skiing season was over. Golf courses were closed. Baseball was on hold.Louie Beardell was feeling kind of bored, what with his school on spring break and no chance to get outside and play sports with his buddies.He decided to try to save the world.Or one person, anyway. Or maybe 50. Or 100.“My goal is to make 1,000,” said Beardell, 14, of the face shields for area hospital workers that he has been producing using 3D printers in the basement of his parents’ home in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.Beardell and his parents dropped off 25 face shields to Chestnut Hill Hosp...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'I tell my wife to get away.' Facing coronavirus fears, nurses and doctors try to protect their own families.
CHICAGO — Home should be a refuge. But for people reporting to a hospital during the coronavirus crisis, home is just one more place to dread.Doctors, nurses and others working at Illinois hospitals where COVID-19 patients are being treated fear returning to their families, who might be more at risk because of invisible dangers they unwittingly bring home.Each has a routine. It usually looks like this: Disrobe. Leave scrubs in the garage. Bleach shoes. Run to the shower. No hugs from the children, no welcome from a spouse. Shower, scrub.For Terence Yee, an intensive care unit nurse at the Univ...
Gov. Newsom: Nearly 2,000 COVID-19 patients in California hospitals, 800-plus in ICU beds
Gov. Gavin Newsom revealed Thursday that nearly 2,000 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state of California, including more than 800 who are in intensive-care unit beds.During a news briefing, Newsom said 1,922 people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus are currently hospitalized while 816 are in ICU beds, an increase of 5.4% from Wednesday.“Those are big numbers, but well within our modeling and well within our capacity to serve and meet this moment,” Newsom said.According to data compiled by the Bay Area News Group, the state has now recorded more than 10,000 positi...
The Mercury News
'We are excited to be home': Cruise ships dock at Port Everglades after coronavirus concerns
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It was, in the end, the only moral decision Broward County could make — allow the Holland America cruise ships Zaandam and Rotterdam to dock at Port Everglades while doing everything possible to make sure that their passengers, including scores who suffered coronavirus symptoms, would not burden the county’s hospitals at this critical time.Allowing the ships to dock showed “the good side of Broward County,” Mayor Dale Holness said.But reaching that conclusion was not without controversy.Four passengers on the Zaandam had died before Thursday afternoon, when the vessel f...