Man's coronavirus death raised questions about care for disabled, advocates say
AUSTIN, Texas — Disability rights advocates on Saturday evening gathered in front of St. David’s South Austin Medical Center to remember a man whose coronavirus-related death has divided family members yet sparked a public conversation about care given to those with disabilities.Michael Hickson, 46, died June 11 at St. David’s after being admitted a week earlier. Hickson, who became quadriplegic after a heart attack three years ago, was transferred to St. David’s from another facility as he battled pneumonia in both lungs, a urinary tract infection and sepsis.He experienced multiple organ fail...
Why is COVID-19 so deadly to elders?
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Today, like every day, Eric Verdin will cycle the steep hills of Marin County. He’ll wait until noon to eat his first meal. He’ll wear a mask and stay socially distanced. He’ll be asleep no later than 11 p.m.Despite his excellent health, the 63-year-old scientist and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging knows he must do everything he can to protect himself from this hard truth: As we age, our body’s elegant symphony of immune cells turns dissonant. We may feel fine. But our hidden defenses no longer fully shield us — and may turn against us.As COVID-19’s case coun...
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Third highest single-day total, 10,059, pushes Florida past 200,000 COVID-19 cases
MIAMI — It took three months, from early March to June 22, for Florida to cross 100,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases.It took less than two weeks for the state to go from 100,000 to 200,000 cases — and the positive test rate keeps rising.The 10,059 confirmed new novel coronavirus cases from Sunday’s Florida Department of Health update, the third highest single day total, behind Saturday and Thursday, shot the state’s pandemic case number to 200,111.While there’s been an increase in testing over the last week, there’s also been a massive leap in the positive test rate. The average daily positive...
How COVID-19 in jails and prisons threatens nearby communities
WASHINGTON — COVID-19 has raged throughout U.S. jails and prisons, where people live together in close quarters and there is little opportunity for social distancing, a lack of basic sanitary supplies and high rates of chronic disease.While inmates mostly stay behind concrete walls and barbed wire, those barriers can’t contain an infectious disease like COVID-19. Not only can the virus be brought into jails and prisons, but it also can leave those facilities and spread widely into surrounding communities and beyond.The effect may be most pronounced in jails, which mainly house those who are aw...
Sideline Chatter: NBA fans might wonder why games aren't broadcast until an hour after tip-off
Commissioner Adam Silver says he’s considering tape-delayed telecasts when NBA games resume so that any inappropriate words — bound to be picked up by courtside microphones now that there will be no crowd noise from the stands to muffle them — can be dubbed out.Or, he could just go with the flow, have game cards printed up and let the folks watching at home play Curse Word Bingo.———Just say neighThe University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cut women’s equestrian and seven other varsity programs in a cost-cutting move.Six horses immediately jumped into the transfer portal.———Show of handsSunday’s ...
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Despite coronavirus fears, Austin's 'bat attitude' prevails
AUSTIN, Texas — As the sun sets over Lady Bird lake on a warm summer night, a stream of shadows begins to emerge from beneath the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. The shadows dart and dance across the orange sky like insects silhouetted by a flame.Tiffany Toronto, visiting family from her home in Maine, watched the display with her children Tuesday. “It’s really a cool thing to watch them all fly out. You look at it and you think, ‘Where are they?’ And then they fly out all at once.”This scene plays out nightly during the summer in Austin. Millions of bats depart their daytime roosts withi...
Padres' Tommy Pham tests positive for COVID-19
SAN DIEGO — The Padres were without one of their star players for the first full-squad workout of preseason summer camp Friday at Petco Park.Outfielder Tommy Pham tested positive for COVID-19. He is asymptomatic, and will need to test negative twice in a 24-hour period before he can take the field.Pham won’t be the last player to miss at least a day.“I think what we’re going to learn is this is going to be a very fluid process,” Padres general manager A.J. Preller said. “You might have a full camp one day and not the next, because there is so much testing going on. … It is literally going to b...
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Four Marlins players have tested positive for COVID-19, team confirms
MIAMI — The Miami Marlins have had four players in their 60-man roster pool test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Saturday.One result stems from Wednesday’s mandatory intake screening. Three more had previously tested positive within the past two weeks and have been in self-quarantine. The Marlins are not disclosing the names of those who tested positive because the players did not give permission to announce their names. Hill did not confirm if any of the four players were experiencing symptoms but d...
Texas sets coronavirus records: 8,258 new cases, numbers in hospital reach all-time highs
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas saw 8,258 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus Saturday and an additional 238 people who are hospitalized with the virus — the highest numbers in both categories to date.Texas coronavirus cases have spiked throughout June and into July, and the number of people hospitalized in Texas has risen nearly every day — compared with the previous day — since mid-June.Saturday's total of cases was 191,790 after Texas added 8,258 new cases, a record high, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.The number of statewide hospitalizations also continued to rise Satu...
Aaron Nola, two other Phillies players placed on COVID-19 injured list
PHILADELPHIA — Aaron Nola’s status for the start of the season is in question as the Phillies’ No. 1 starter was placed this week on the COVID-19 Injured List, according to a source.Joe Girardi said Saturday that Nola, center fielder Adam Haseley, and catcher Christian Bethancourt had yet to report to summer camp but declined to explain why. All three, a source said, have been placed on the COVID-19 list.Nola, Bethancourt, and Haseley join Scott Kingery, Tommy Hunter, Hector Neris, and Ranger Suarez on the list, which is for players who test positive for coronavirus, show symptoms, or come in ...
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