Dallas woman was reinfected with COVID-19 after 4 months. 'You're absolutely not immune'
FORT WORTH, Texas — Meredith McKee rushed to the hospital in June after taking her blood pressure at a CVS pharmacy and seeing it was dangerously high. The emergency room staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital admitted her but insisted on testing for COVID-19.“I laughed at the team and said I had already had it,” said McKee, a 45-year-old Dallas resident. “There’s no way I could have COVID again.”But the test proved her wrong.“I didn’t have any symptoms other than high blood pressure,” she said. “If it wasn’t for the second test, I would have never known.”McKee was first diagnosed with CO...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Mark Bradley: College hoops is starting again. It faces an uphill slog.
I packed for five nights in Nashville. I included items not usually in my travel gear — surgical gloves, Purell and a small barrel of wet wipes. I stopped just beyond Monteagle to get gas. It was March 11, 2020.We in sports media already had begun to wonder how/if COVID-19 might change March Madness. One week earlier, I’d written a little something about how the NCAA tournament might get canceled, though — full disclosure — the pragmatist in me figured the games would go on no matter what.I finished filling up. I saw an alert on my phone. The World Health Organization had declared this a globa...
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Commentary: Gray wolf population in peril unless Biden restores 'endangered species' protections
After decades of bitter legal feuds and culture war skirmishes over the fate of wild wolves in the United States, the Trump administration has tried to put a point at the end of the sentence. In stripping gray wolves of their Endangered Species Act protection across the country, the responsible federal agency went against both science and public opinion, and declared the species “biologically recovered.”But this delisting rule won’t stand up to scrutiny. More wolves will die as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service squares off, once again, in court against conservationists with strong arguments t...
Commentary: Immigration is the story of our families
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to restore protection to “Dreamers,” provide a pathway to citizenship for other immigrants, rescind his predecessor’s travel bans and allow in more refugees. It is a welcome break from the cruelty of his predecessor, who separated children from their parents and put them in cages.Immigration is often discussed as an abstract political concept. But for so many of us, it’s the story of our family.My mother, Violetta Tironi, born in Milan, Italy, in 1931, was a studious girl who liked sports. Her father, Sergio, was a police officer. Her mother, Giuseppina, w...
Tribune News Service
Twins drop Rochester as AAA affiliate, eye St. Paul as replacement
The Twins are looking for a new top farm team, and the St. Paul Saints are front and center in the discussion.The Twins officially informed the owner of the Rochester Red Wings that the New York site will no longer be their Class AAA affiliate. It’s a move that is part of a massive overhaul of minor league baseball.Red Wings President/CEO and COO Naomi Silver, on the team’s website, said Twins President Dave St. Peter “stressed the deep appreciation the Twins have had for our relationship, and gratitude for our partnership. We will always have fond memories of our time spent as a Twins affilia...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Texas coronavirus cases exceed 10,000 for second day; state's total surpasses 1 million
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 10,097 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, the second day in a row new cases surpassed 10,000.The last time the daily virus toll exceeded 10,000 new cases was in July.New cases and hospitalizations have climbed in recent weeks, and the latest numbers come months after Texas saw a summer spike in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.The state’s high for new cases recorded in a single day was 10,791 on July 15, and state health officials initially reported 10,865 cases Tuesday. However, they corrected the figure after realizing th...
Record 56 COVID-19 deaths reported Wednesday in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS — A single-day record 56 COVID-19 deaths were reported by state authorities on Wednesday in Minnesota, where new early bar closing times and caps on receptions, parties and social gatherings will seek to slow the spread of the infectious disease.Minnesota has reported 2,754 deaths due to COVID-19, an infectious disease caused by a novel coronavirus.Accelerated spread of the virus is reflected by the increase in the positivity rate of diagnostic testing from 5% a month ago to more than 12%. More than 194,000 infections have been verified through testing, including 4,900 reported on ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota hit record as positivity rate jumps to 12%
MINNEAPOLIS — More than 1,200 people with COVID-19 are in hospital beds in Minnesota, which is facing an escalating surge of the pandemic.Rising infection numbers have increased the pressure on hospitals, with the Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday reporting 23 new deaths and 4,906 new infections with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Totals in the pandemic are 2,698 deaths and 189,681 confirmed and probable infections.Diagnostic testing has increased, with Minnesota adding its latest free saliva testing sites at the Minneapolis Convention Center and the MSP Airport. However, the po...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Masks, plexiglass on tap for upcoming legislative sessions
Lawmaking during a pandemic is a challenge.The coronavirus is raging out of control in many parts of the country, and most state legislatures will reconvene in a few short months. To do it safely, they are weighing a variety of potential changes, from sometimes contentious mask requirements to plexiglass partitions to mandatory health screenings for anybody entering the statehouse.One state even considered — and dismissed — creating an NBA-style “bubble” for lawmakers.Much is at stake. At least 162 state legislators nationwide have tested positive for the virus, according to numbers compiled b...
New Jersey has legalized weed. Here's why Pa. may take a different path.
New Jersey voters this week legalized cannabis. Without Republican support, it’s unlikely that the Keystone State will follow anytime soon.“As long as we’re in the middle of a declared opioid emergency, we shouldn’t be legalizing another drug,” said Jason Gottesman, spokesman for Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R.-171. “On top of that, revenue projections are that it will only bring in about $200 million a year and that money would only go to new spending.”Gottesman said there is “no serious discussion” among GOP legislators for a measure similar to the Garden State’s or ...
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