Jimmy Carter joins other ex-presidents encouraging COVID vaccine use
ATLANTA — A day after America witnessed its worst day in coronavirus-related deaths, Jimmy Carter joined three other living former presidents Thursday in encouraging Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccination shot as soon as it becomes available. In a statement, Carter said that he and his wife, Rosalynn, “are in full support of COVID-19 vaccine efforts and encourage everyone who is eligible to get immunized as soon as it becomes available in their communities.” Carter’s office didn’t confirm whether he planned to get the vaccine. Carter is 96 years old. Rosalynn Carter, who is 93, was a staunch ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
San Diego ship captain orders crew sequestered over holidays; Navy reverses decision
SAN DIEGO — Crew members aboard the San Diego-based USS Rushmore say a quarantine to halt the spread of coronavirus while getting the ship ready for sea has led to a crisis in morale. Last Saturday, the crew of about 400 was ordered to return to the ship, despite being told they had the Thanksgiving weekend off, several sailors said. That night they were told they also were going to be sequestered on board the ship — while in port — for 28 days beginning last Monday, to prepare for a 7-day period at sea beginning at the end of December. The 28 days of isolation meant they would miss spending h...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Florida sees more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases and 98 deaths
MIAMI — Florida’s Department of Health on Thursday confirmed 10,870 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s known total to 1,029,030. Also, 98 new resident deaths were announced, bringing the resident toll to 18,874. The cumulative nonresident death toll increased by two to 238 deaths. Florida has the third highest number of total confirmed cases in the country after Texas and California, according to The New York Times COVID-19 database. Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in South Florida: — Miami-Dade County reported 2,254 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 and eight new deaths, accordi...
Giants star Saquon Barkley apologizes for letting 'our guard down' on maskless night in Manhattan
NEW YORK — Saquon Barkley was refreshingly accountable on Thursday morning for Giants players’ maskless Manhattan partying. The Daily News asked Barkley what he would say to people who may have concluded that Barkley, Daniel Jones and other Giants players do not take coronavirus seriously. “That’s a great question,” Barkley said. “I would say that I do take the virus seriously. I think that we let our guard down, to be completely honest. We were trying to do it the right way, and that little moment of whatever that was captured I guess just came off looking negatively. But we actually were try...
New York Daily News
Kyle Shanahan scoffs at county official Jeff Smith's pointed criticism of 49ers' 'values'
Kyle Shanahan afforded little time Thursday in responding to a Santa Clara County official’s pointed criticism about playing through the COVID-19 pandemic. “Someone who questions our values doesn’t know us,” Shanahan said. “It shows what we’re dealing with. That’ doesn’t matter.” Earlier this week, Santa Clara County executive Dr. Jeff Smith questioned the 49ers’ “values” and alleged they were putting players and the community in harm’s way. “Historically, sportsmanship has been about building a team and protecting that team. Coaches, managers and owners used to want to protect their players f...
The Mercury News
Researchers unveil data dashboard that aims to spot COVID-19 surges faster
CHICAGO — A Northwestern University-based research team has unveiled an online COVID-19 data dashboard that aims to show more quickly where infections are surging in states and across the world. The dashboard joins scores of others related to the pandemic that are hosted by governments, news media, nonprofits and universities. This one crunches the data in a new way that its creators say can flag surges faster and more precisely, before they become overwhelming. “Basically the whole idea for this is like an early warning system. What we would hope to do with this is to … be able to see when th...
'Shameless' executive producer John Wells shares memories of filming in Chicago as fans say goodbye to the series
The final season of “Shameless” kicks off Sunday with an episode called “This is Chicago!” The title is not quite accurate since the cast of the Showtime series did not film in Chicago this season because of the coronavirus pandemic — much to the chagrin of fans who travel here each year to spot a Gallagher. “Shameless,” which follows the exploits of a poor and dysfunctional Chicago family led by an alcoholic patriarch, is mostly filmed on a Warner Bros. back lot. But for a decade, cast members have braved the elements — including a particularly brutal winter in 2011 — to shoot exterior scenes...
Saying goodbye, from a distance: Mourners craft new and innovative funeral practices to honor the dead during pandemic
CHICAGO — Hours before the grandfather died on a COVID-19 hospital floor, his closest kin entered the room two at a time, all covered in protective gowns, gloves, masks and face shields . Barely breathing, the family patriarch pointed to each of his loved ones, then to his heart, and raised a fist in the air. This was not how relatives had envisioned their last moments with 68-year-old Rubén Beltrán of northwest suburban Hanover Park, one of more than 12,000 lives lost to the new virus in Illinois and 1.4 million worldwide. “But it was a blessing that we were able to say goodbye,” said grandda...
Exhausted health care workers 'scream into the abyss' about rising coronavirus cases
PHILADELPHIA — When Dr. Maura Sammon leaves work, no one is outside banging pots and pans, celebrating her and colleagues at Temple University Hospital as they fight to save the lives of coronavirus patients. At first, when she was working 16-hour days, seven days a week, people acted like she was a hero. But now, Philadelphia sidewalks are empty of color, the chalk messages of cheer and encouragement for her colleagues long gone. When she goes to the grocery store, no one tells first responders like her to skip the line. People no longer come up to thank her when they see her wearing scrubs. ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Raiders' Clelin Ferrell explains 'tough' 2 weeks after going on the COVID-19 list
Clelin Ferrell admits the past two weeks had been tough for him. The second-year Las Vegas Raiders defensive end tested positive for the coronavirus and was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Nov. 17. He had bigger worries when he found he was positive. “I was worried about the potential people I could’ve affected, like my teammates or whoever else could’ve had it,” Ferrell said Wednesday. “Thankfully me and LJ (safety Lamarcus Joyner) are the only ones who really had it. That was tough. Also, I had to deal with the symptoms. I wasn’t asymptomatic. I had the symptoms and was like, ‘Woo, th...
The Sacramento Bee