COVID-19 patients swamp rural hospitals
The nation’s pandemic hot spots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients.And in much of the Midwest and Great Plains, hospital workers are catching the virus at home and in their communities, seriously reducing already slim benches of doctors, nurses and other professionals needed to keep rural hospitals running.Nationwide, positive coronavirus cases started rising in mid-September as children and college students returned to school, more businesses reopened and ...
Sex, threats and retaliation: Fired California deputy files lawsuit against Yolo County
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A former Yolo County sheriff’s sergeant who claims he was fired for refusing to cover up sexual harassment and discrimination sued in federal court Friday, alleging his supervisor threatened to shoot him and drove a county vehicle while intoxicated, while another deputy allegedly had sex in a patrol car while on duty.The explosive allegations are contained in a federal employment retaliation and discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of Dean Nyland, a 14-year veteran of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office who says in the lawsuit that he was fired Sept. 3.“He was terminated in...
The Sacramento Bee
Seattle has seen 110 police officers depart this year, department says
SEATTLE — Seattle has had 110 officers leave the Police Department this year, including 39 officers last month, according to an update from the department.That’s more departures than in any year since at least 2012, according to the department. There were 92 last year, 109 in 2018 and 79 in 2017.The department made 51 hires earlier this year, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and Mayor Jenny Durkan implemented a temporary hiring freeze.The separation numbers may elicit mixed reactions and interpretations as city leaders and residents continue to debate whether Seattle’s police force should be r...
The Seattle Times
Supreme Court rejects S. Carolina governor's bid to stop money for Planned Parenthood
COLUMBIA, S.C. — In a blow to South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, the U.S. Supreme Court has dashed — at least for the time being — his yearslong legal effort to eliminate Medicaid funding for South Carolina’s Planned Parenthood clinics, which provide medical services for eligible needy people.“Petition denied,” said a two-word filing Tuesday by the nation’s highest court, killing the governor’s bid to win a hearing before the full U.S. Supreme Court about money going to Planned Parenthood’s two medical clinics in South Carolina, clinics that supporters say provide vital health care services t...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Stress from COVID-19 has led to a surge in teeth grinding, dentists say
PHILADELPHIA — When Kate Faith was laid off in March at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, her stress levels skyrocketed. She worried about making ends meet as a single parent to her 1-year-old daughter and about her family and friends catching the virus. The 37-year-old’s sleep worsened, and the additional stress caused Faith’s longtime habit of grinding her teeth and clenching her jaw to intensify.“I’ve been dealing with clenching my jaw and grinding my teeth on and off since college, but because I have a night guard, I usually just work through it,” said Faith, who lives in South Philad...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Gators pause football activities after 19 COVID-19 cases revealed; LSU game in jeopardy
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators are pausing team activities due to an outbreak in positive COVID-19 cases among players, putting Saturday’s game against LSU in jeopardy.Nineteen UF football players have tested positive for COVID-19, a source confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel.Five players tested positive during Sunday testing that the school announced at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The next wave of positive cases were turned up following tests administered Tuesday morning, a source confirmed.The Independent Alligator, the UF student newspaper, was the first to report 19 football players tested posit...
National Guard called in to help contain COVID-19 outbreak at Minn. nursing home
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota National Guard has been called in to provide emergency staffing support at a southern Minnesota nursing home that is struggling to contain a large and deadly outbreak of the novel coronavirus.Sacred Heart Care Center, a 59-bed nursing home in downtown Austin, Minn., requested help from the National Guard late last week to help contain a COVID-19 outbreak that has sickened nearly a third of its staff and about 60% of its residents. The nursing home late last month reported two dozen positive cases of the respiratory virus among its residents and staff as well as two ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Coronavirus: Stanford doctors among leaders of global anti-lockdown movement
Doctors at Stanford University are at the forefront of a global movement of health experts who are criticizing lockdowns to control COVID-19 and say schools and businesses should reopen, but with a focus on protecting the elderly and infirm who are most vulnerable to the virus.Called the Great Barrington Declaration after the western Massachusetts town where it was hatched this month at an economic policy think tank, their statement of purpose is the handiwork of three principal drafters who include Stanford medical professor Dr. Jay Bhattacharya.“As infectious disease epidemiologists and publ...
The Mercury News
Padres say Tommy Pham in 'good condition' after stabbing, surgery
SAN DIEGO — San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham was injured in an altercation Sunday night in San Diego and underwent surgery for a stab wound in his lower back, the team and player said Monday.No organs were damaged, and Pham received stitches to close the wound that pierced all three layers of skin.“I’d like to thank the incredible medical staff at UC San Diego Health for taking such great care of me last night,” Pham said in a statement released by the team. “I truly appreciate the hard work of the (San Diego Police Department) as well as they continue their search for the suspects. Whil...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Abortion pill now easier for women to get during pandemic, but not in some states
ST. LOUIS — A recent court ruling temporarily easing restrictions on medication abortions during the pandemic has some Missouri women traveling to Illinois, where they can take advantage of the state’s laws that allow telemedicine for abortion care.Right now, that means a Missouri woman can, if she wants, cross the state border, find a place to park and have a virtual visit with an Illinois doctor via her smartphone. If approved, she can pick up the package of abortion pills a couple of days later at a designated address in Illinois — perhaps at a friend’s or acquaintance’s home or a post offi...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch