Florida reports 3,377 new cases of COVID-19, 20 deaths
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida reported another 3,377 cases of COVID-19 Monday and 20 additional deaths, as the number of people hospitalized for the disease continued to rise.The number of new cases is not the highest in the past week, having been exceeded by the counts on three other days. But it still represents a higher number than most days in early October, and it comes as the experts say Florida could be experiencing a resurgence of the disease.The Florida Department of Health has said it will review death count accuracy, since some doctors are reporting them up to three months after t...
'Bored' Florida firefighter broke quarantine after getting positive COVID-19 test, going to party, agency says
ORLANDO, Fla. — A Seminole County firefighter broke his mandated, paid quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 this summer when he went out on his boat with friends and to a party, according to Seminole County Fire Department records.Firefighter Joseph Piambino was suspended for three days without pay last month after SCFD leaders determined he had ignored directives to quarantine for 14 days after he had symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19, according to records from his administrative investigation, obtained by the Orlando Sentinel in a public records request.“You were placed on ...
Manny Diaz hints Hurricanes' late scratches Saturday are 'reality of 2020'
The Miami Hurricanes, unlike other college football programs, are not revealing the number of COVID-19 cases on their team this season, but UM coach Manny Diaz hinted about as much as he could on Monday morning as to the nature of the six late scratches ahead of Saturday night’s 19-14 win over Virginia.“It’s just the reality of 2020,” Diaz called it in an interview with 560-AM.Postgame Saturday night, Diaz declined to comment, saying, “They were unavailable. That’s really all we can say about that.”For the 2020 season, Miami is announcing players as “unavailable” an hour before game kickoffs, ...
Susan Tompor: Social media scams skyrocket during the COVID-19 crisis
Social media is a great way to spot a sweet picture of your little niece getting a flu shot or your nephew scoring that big goal in hockey — especially as we try to embrace a new socially-distant lifestyle.But the scammers know exactly where to find you during the fight against the spread of COVID-19.Social media isn’t just for keeping up with family — or arguing about politics. You suddenly might be scrolling through Facebook one day and spot a way to track down a missing stimulus payment.Or find a new love of your life. Or a job. Or a great deal on a pair of designer shoes.And, you might los...
Detroit Free Press
Student lawsuits asking for COVID-19 refunds pile up against universities
SAN DIEGO — Hands-on learning. Face-to-face interactions. Study sessions in the student union. Workouts in the student gym.That’s what students said they signed up for — and were required to pay for — when they attended universities across the country last spring.But, they argue, it’s not what they got once the coronavirus drove them off campus. And now they want their money back.Class-action lawsuits calling for partial reimbursement of tuition and fees are continuing to amass nationwide — from Ivy League institutions to goliath state university systems to small private colleges — with potent...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Commentary: Elect Biden, then give him power
This January, if Biden enters the White House, he’ll inherit a humongous mess — and not just because the place is rife with the coronavirus.Many people worry that a Biden administration won’t accomplish much. At a time that cries out for systemic change, Biden is a longstanding centrist.Yet the two presidents who brought us the most important progressive legislation of the 20th century were also longstanding centrists who inherited giant messes. Critically, both of those presidents — Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson — faced pressure by mass movements shortly after they were elected....
Tribune News Service
How Silicon Valley coronavirus cases spread may surprise you
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Silicon Valley has contained coronavirus outbreaks more than most of urban California and the U.S., but still reports an average of more than 100 cases a day.So how are they getting sick?Recent data from Santa Clara County health officials suggests people here are catching the virus at work or in carpools and spreading it to others at home.That may be a bit surprising, Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said in an update this past week to county officials, given that scientific literature and reports across the country have highlighted large gatherings — a relig...
The Mercury News
Video dating can keep cuffing season alive this fall and winter as COVID-19 lingers
CHICAGO —The weather has turned cold, officially kicking off cuffing season, the time of year when singles look for short-term relationships to get through the chilly months.Chicago had a landscape ripe for cuffing season last fall, ranking fourth on the list of top 10 cities in the nation that were having the most sex and looking to casually date.But this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has tilted just about every aspect of life on its head, how will dating continue to be impacted, especially during a time when it typically soars?Bela Gandhi, founder and president of Smart Dating Academy in Ch...
'Superman' postponed his retirement so he could help save lives during the pandemic
When Mike Merlino ended his a 44-year career with the AtlantiCare health care system, well-wishers were there in force, sharing "amazing Mike stories,” including that he actually postponed his retirement to help his colleagues get over the COVID-19 hump. At his October 15 celebration, there was lots of laughter, and tears. And if not for the pandemic, there would have been hugs, too, for someone who’d come through so often for so many people.But Merlino wasn’t an ER doctor, a chief surgeon, or a nurse. His title was logistics supervisor for the AtlantiCare supply chain, working out of the syst...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Study helps predict which COVID-19 patients develop dangerous 'cytokine storm'
Some of those who get really sick with COVID-19 develop dangerous, systemic inflammation, triggered by an overactive immune response called a cytokine storm. But predicting who will go down that path, and how to prevent it, remains a challenge.A new Temple University study has identified a handful of chemical markers, easily measured with standard hospital blood tests, that may help.The authors started by measuring the levels of 62 such markers in hundreds of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, including proteins and other substances related to metabolism, the immune system, and other bodily funct...
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