As they focused on others with COVID-19 and refused to walk away, Illinois health care workers bore the brunt of pandemic's fury
CHICAGO — This past March, as the nurses in MacNeal Hospital’s intensive care unit were overwhelmed treating COVID-19 patients, Neuman Kiamco did not hesitate to join his colleagues.The nurse left his post in the Berwyn hospital’s gastrointestinal lab and confronted an invisible enemy in the ICU that many of his colleagues on the medical front line were calling “the beast” or “the killer.”His family is scattered across the world, including a father in the Philippines, and so Kiamco sent messages and the kind of photos of himself that have become ubiquitous in medicine’s global battle against t...
Florida reports 3,204 new COVID-19 cases, 140 more deaths
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida reported Friday that another 3,204 people have tested positive for COVID-19, and the state also confirmed another 140 deaths linked to the disease.The overall coronavirus pandemic totals for the state are 13,387 deaths, including 162 nonresidents, and at least 677,660 cases.The state’s daily statistical reports list newly confirmed deaths tied to COVID-19, but these are people who died over recent weeks not in the last 24 hours. Officials don’t disclose whether these people had underlying health conditions.The latest data from the state Department of Health is p...
Texas opening almost all businesses to 75% capacity except for 3 regions of state
FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas is allowing most of the state’s businesses, including restaurants, retail stores, gyms and office buildings currently open at 50% capacity to open to 75% capacity beginning Monday.Three regions excluded from this 75% capacity measure are the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, and Victoria, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.In those excluded regions, defined by Trauma Service Areas, COVID-19 hospitalizations remain higher than 15% of total hospitalizations.The 19 regions of the state allowed to open to 75%, including Fort Worth and Dallas, can also immediately resume elective medi...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Ann McFeatters: Climate change is manmade evil
SEATTLE – If you are at all claustrophobic, seeing nothing but white smoke from the windows is unsettling. If you go outside, even a precious N95 mask unearthed from a dusty pile of paint cans and brushes is insufficient. Your lungs hurt. Your eyes burn.Worse, just a few miles away, is the unending destruction. Houses evaporated, leaving asymmetrical piles of ash. Hulks of cars not yet paid off beyond salvage. The forlorn, black hulk of a child’s tricycle, seat gone, overturned on its side. The sounds of inconsolable sobbing from parents who shudder at what comes next. The horror as realizatio...
Tribune News Service
Florida tallies 98 deaths and 3,190 infections as COVID-19 data trends improve
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida heath officials on Saturday reported the deaths of 98 more people from COVID-19. The state also revealed that 3,190 more people have tested positive for the infectious disease for the first time.Both numbers are lower than Friday, and are well below the state’s coronavirus pandemic record totals of 277 deaths reported on Aug. 11 and 15,300 cases on July 12.Improving data trends, which include weeks of declines in testing positivity rates and hospitalizations for COVID-19, are fueling a reopening boom across the state and in hard-hit South Florida.As of Monday, t...
Preparing for the worst, health agencies mount unprecedented flu shot drives
WASHINGTON — If the United States has even a typical flu season that collides with a COVID-19 flare, the resulting public health nightmare could swamp the nation’s already strained health system.This year’s flu season could be milder than usual because of social distancing. And more Americans could decide to get a flu shot because of heightened health awareness spurred by the novel coronavirus.But it’s also possible that fewer people will be willing to go into a public setting to get a shot and that flu season will come roaring in by late October.“We are more concerned than usual — if that’s p...
Florida reports fewest new COVID-19 cases in nearly 3 months
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida’s coronavirus report for Tuesday showed promising trends continue even as the state officially surpassed 650,000 cases of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic.The state Department of Health reported 1,823 new infections of the disease, which is the second straight day with fewer than 2,000 new cases based on people testing positive for the first time.That hasn’t happened since June 11-12, which is when Florida was beginning a surge of COVID-19 cases following Memorial Day weekend outbreaks. Tuesday’s total also is the lowest daily new case total in nearly three mont...
COVID-19 is causing workers to reassess career choices: 'The pandemic has required people to do a lot of soul-searching'
SEATTLE — A layoff during a pandemic was something Alissa Berry was determined to turn into a positive.After more than 20 years in senior manager and director positions for mainly big technology firms, an unemployed Berry in April suddenly had loads of free time to reassess her career. For two months, she analyzed what she was passionate about before landing at a beverage company with fewer than 500 employees.“The biggest thing I did was that I allowed myself to take the time to really sit down and reflect,” the Seattle said. “For me, it was really reevaluating what I loved and the values I wa...
The Seattle Times
Will there be a coronavirus vaccine by Nov. 1?
The federal government has told states to be ready to distribute doses of a coronavirus vaccine by Nov. 1 — two days before the election.The move raises major questions we can’t answer yet. Is President Donald Trump exerting political pressure to make good on his promise of a vaccine “before the end of the year, or maybe even sooner”? Is it possible to bring vaccines to market that quickly without leaving doubts about safety and effectiveness that will discourage their use?Here are some facts to help make sense of the situation.Is there time for any vaccine to complete the standard three phase...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
COVID-19, a stigma to many, quietly taking toll on South Florida's Haitian community
MIAMI — Fritzner Fabre, a healthcare aide who cared for coronavirus patients, spent his final days holed up in a ramshackle North Miami-Dade efficiency, coughing and wheezing. He was 41 when he died at the hospital.Another Miami man, architect Pierre Martin, suffered from heart troubles and diabetes. Believing he’d simply caught a cold, Martin refused to go to the hospital until it was too late. He was 69 when COVID-19 killed him.Then there was Pastor Marcel Métayer, who kept his Fort Lauderdale Baptist church open as a spiritual haven for the local Haitian-American community, even as the coro...