This Philly cop had the coronavirus and was on a ventilator for 20 days. Now, he's sharing his story of hope.
PHILADELPHIA — Bill Bolds knows what it’s like to fight for his life.He’s spent 25 years working narcotics on the Philadelphia police force — the kind of work that tests even a man of Bolds’ imposing size: 6-foot-8, 300 pounds.But in late March, Bolds was fighting something even his perilous job could not prepare him for: COVID-19. He lay in a bed too small for his frame in the intensive care unit of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The virus ravaging his lungs made every breath feel like a battle.Bolds, 53, was one of the first Philly cops to fall ill — and among the very first...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Maskless Trump tours plant, touts pharma production, slams mail-in balloting
YPSILANTI, Mich. — President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to make the United States the world’s “premier” pharmaceutical manufacturer and drug store, a bid to create American jobs and effectively reshore critical pharma and medical device products from overseas producers.Framed with his familiar “America First” riff and its “buy American, hire American” tagline, Trump’s comments came during his visit to Ford Motor Co.’s Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, where the automaker is producing ventilators to battle the COVID-19 pandemic even as its car and truck plants this week are restart...
The Detroit News
President Trump to visit Ford plant making PPE in Ypsilanti on Thursday
DETROIT — Ford Motor Company confirmed late Sunday that President Donald Trump will visit the automaker’s Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti on Thursday.It is part of a national tour meant to highlight the importance of companies producing personal protection equipment (PPE) and other medical equipment during the pandemic, Ford said in a news release.“We’re proud to assemble more vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker and welcome Thursday’s visit as part of Ford’s longstanding history of hosting sitting presidents and senior government leaders,” the company said.The Rawsonville p...
Detroit Free Press
Inmate with COVID-19 taken off ventilator, returned to virus-riddled Florida prison. He just died
MIAMI — About three weeks ago, Henry Camacho, an inmate at Sumter Correctional Institution, was removed from his dorm.He had chills, shortness of breath and had lost his sense of taste. Four days later, he was tested for COVID-19.Like 102 other men at the facility, he tested positive. His health was quickly declining and he was transported to the Bayfront Health hospital in Brooksville. There, he was put on a ventilator and his daughter, Crystal Camacho, was granted a “death bed visit” to say goodbye.Camacho drove nearly five hours to Bushnell from her home in Fort Lauderdale to say her goodby...
Governor: Fewest COVID-19 patients in Georgia hospitals since early April
ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp said Saturday that Georgia has its lowest number of hospitalized patients positive for the novel coronavirus since hospitals across the state started reporting the number in early April.In a tweet, Kemp said 1,203 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state. Georgia also has the lowest number of ventilators in use — a total of 897 out of 1,945 available respirators, the governor said.“We will win this fight together!” Kemp said in the tweet, which featured a photo of the governor, masked, with members of the Georgia Army and Air Force National Guard.Ge...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
With DACA down to the wire, immigrant health care workers fight the pandemic as possible deportation looms
PHILADELPHIA — When hospital CT technologist Louise Rogenski scans patients known or suspected to have COVID-19, she’s close enough to see the fear in their eyes.She never lets it show that she’s anxious too — and not only because of the coronavirus.In a matter of months, the Trump administration could end Rogenski’s work helping the sick, potentially deporting her and other immigrant health care providers to homelands they barely remember.Rogenski is a DACA recipient, one of about 700,000 who as children were illegally brought to the United States by their parents, then permitted to live, lea...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Patients struggle to get UW's touted test amid misinformation, suspicion about reliability of coronavirus antibody tests
SEATTLE — After a bout with COVID-19 a few weeks ago, Jim Parkes has been feeling better lately, but he wasn’t sure he had fully shaken the virus and worried he might still be contagious.So when Parkes, 74, a retired Mercer Island resident, heard that UW Medicine’s Virology Lab had started performing tests to check for coronavirus antibodies in blood, he jumped at the opportunity, he said.“I thought this could provide some reassurance that I was OK,” he said.But Parkes’ efforts to get the test were quickly doused.A Swedish Medical Center clinic didn’t respond to his repeated calls asking for a...
The Seattle Times
He's finally headed home after nearly three weeks on a ventilator
SAN DIEGO — When he awoke in a hospital bed on April 2, Don Udan immediately grabbed his smartphone to check what was going on in the world.Thirty-seven COVID-related deaths? More than 1,100 confirmed cases? And that was just in San Diego County. A deadly outbreak was growing in New York City.It was a shock, given that there were only 37 positive tests reported and no one had died in his home city when doctors put him on a ventilator on March 15.The 32-year-old certified nursing assistant, who worked at a local nursing home, said he started fighting a stubborn fever in early March, landing in ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
If you need a ventilator for COVID-19, odds are 50-50 you'll survive. But doctors are learning more every day
PHILADELPHIA — Mike DeWan, 43, of Worcester; Jim Cracas, 51, of Chester Springs; and Raveena Brown, 62, of Bear, Del., each had the bad luck to get a horrible case of the coronavirus, so bad that they needed to spend days — in DeWan’s case, weeks — on a ventilator, a machine that forced oxygen-rich air into their fluid-filled lungs.All strong and healthy before their illnesses, they also had the good luck to survive. About half of coronavirus patients who need ventilators die.They now have one more thing in common: None remembers anything about being on the machine that has been the focus of s...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'Outgunned, outmanned and underfunded': Inside a Chicago hospital's battle against the coronavirus
CHICAGO — Inside the Roseland Community Hospital intensive care unit, nurse Subu Kirugulige suctions secretions from the mouth of a COVID-19 patient, an unconscious middle-aged man who has been on a ventilator for several days.A television plays quietly in the background as Kirugulige goes about his work in the cramped room, a three-walled stall with a privacy curtain. The nurse never once glances at the screen, not even when a city public health official declares Chicago has begun to flatten the coronavirus curve.But Kirugulige’s brow — one of the few parts of his head not covered by a mask o...