Kelly Price turns to faith, music after enduring heartbreak in 2020
ATLANTA — Kelly Price endured immense heartache in 2020 but also a creative spurt that helped her maintain her faith and sanity. "Last year was a doozy," she said. "It was the longest, blurriest year ever. I can tell you how I made it through, but I can't at the same time. I happily told 2020 to kick rocks." The COVID-19 crisis entered her personal life when her grandfather, Jerome Norman Jr., former pastor at the Full Gospel Mission, Church of God in Christ in Queens, New York, was lost to the virus in April. Six months later, her beloved mother, Claudia Price-North, the former musical direct...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Commentary: The horrific attacks on Asian American elders cannot lead us to the same old solutions
The videos are horrifying to watch. Asian American elders — the very people we are taught to most respect and protect — shoved to the ground, with cavalier cruelty. Over the past few weeks, a spate of attacks on Asian American elders across the country led to desperate calls for the wider public to pay attention. One San Francisco man, 84, was violently pushed to the ground and later died. Another man, 91, was brutally attacked in Oakland, California. On Feb. 17 in New York City alone, three Asian American women over 50 were attacked in three separate incidents. Feeling that there was "very li...
The Seattle Times
Woman who died after transplant surgery got COVID-19 from donated lungs
A woman who died after undergoing a double lung transplant at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor is the first known person to contract COVID-19 from donor lungs, according to a new case report published in the American Journal of Transplantation. "To my knowledge, this is the first, and actually the only, documented transmission of COVID-19 to a recipient" from donated organs, said Bruce Nicely, chief clinical officer of Gift of Life Michigan, the state's federally designated organ and tissue recovery program. The case represents "the worst-possible scenario" to play out in...
Detroit Free Press
Balancing Act: A 14-year-old Chicago kid has connected more than 100 seniors to COVID-19 vaccines. ‘It’s completely beautiful’
Benjamin Kagan, 14, spent winter break remotely navigating the COVID-19 vaccine system in Florida, where his grandparents became eligible for their shots in early January. When his grandparents in Arizona became eligible for vaccines, he spent hours scouring that state’s various sites and systems for availability. He secured shots for those grandparents and his grandparents in Indiana. A few weeks later, when the employees at his parents’ wholesale food company, Good to Go Food, became eligible under Illinois’ group 1b, Kagan started tracking down vaccine appointments for them. “If you’re not ...
People who wear glasses less likely to catch COVID-19, new study suggests
People who wear glasses could be up to three times less likely to get coronavirus, according to a new study conducted in India. The preliminary study suggests that glass-wearers may have the extra protection because they tend to touch their eyes less frequently than most people. “Touching and rubbing of the eyes with contaminated hands may be a significant route of infection” for COVID-19, the authors wrote in a report published on medRxiv, a website that compiles medical studies before they are peer-reviewed. The new study found that the risk of infection was two to three times lower among th...
New York Daily News
Low coronavirus transmission rates show a pandemic in decline, but for how long?
SAN DIEGO — Estimates of coronavirus transmission across California and San Diego County reached new lows last week, providing a bit of good news after the deadly holiday surge, which continues to deliver deaths nearly a month after daily case totals started to fall. Those with their fingers closest to the pulse of this persistent pandemic, however, urge the public not to tear off their masks and gather for a round of victory celebrations. This particular virus, they warn, will surely respond to any such gaiety with a fresh attack. Overconfidence, especially among those now vaccinated, could q...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Waiting and hoping: COVID-19 vaccine chasers seek out leftover doses in Sacramento
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — About a dozen people lingered outside Sacramento State's University Union around 3 p.m. Tuesday, waiting not for Starbucks or a student government meeting but for a chance at COVID-19 immunity. The "vaccine chasers," as their counterparts in other cities have been dubbed, didn't have immunization appointments. Many of them wouldn't be eligible to make one anyway. They hoped to swoop in at the end of the day for expiring COVID-19 vaccines being administered at the University Union. The same scene plays out at virtually every Sacramento County clinic, from Jesuit High School...
The Sacramento Bee
3 Las Vegas MGM resorts to resume 24/7 operation, anticipating increased travel
They’re riding the hot hand. Three major MGM resorts in Las Vegas will resume normal 24/7 operations beginning March 3, the company announced Wednesday. Mandalay Bay, Park MGM and The Mirage have all been closing at times midweek because of limited demand during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The casinos briefly shut down back in March 2020 but have since reopened with limited capacity. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak recently rolled back some of those restrictions, with casino floor capacity increasing from 25% to 35% and outdoor dining operating with no capacity limit. “As we begin to see posit...
New York Daily News
California's coronavirus infections continue to decline, nearing pre-surge levels
With the coronavirus vaccine rollout underway, metrics suggest California may be nearly through the winter COVID-19 surge that ravaged the state early in the year. Daily infection reports continue to drop after seeing tens of thousands of new cases each day at the height of the surge in December and January. On Tuesday, the California Department of Public Health reported 4,090 new cases of coronavirus across the state, the lowest daily report in several months. The last time California saw such a low report was on Nov. 2, when 4,044 people were confirmed infected with the highly transmissible ...
The Sacramento Bee
Paul Sullivan: Can spring training still be fun — and filled with high jinks — with COVID-19 protocols in place?
CHICAGO — The dirty little secret about spring training no one wants you to know is it can get old in a hurry. It’s all good at the start of camp. Everything is fresh and everyone is in a good mood. The change of weather is a godsend. And the mere sight of green grass is enough to make you kiss the ground. But let’s face it — spring training is a six- to seven-week trek to opening day, and for players getting ready for the season it can be drudgery doing repetitive things over and over again to build muscle memory. That’s why spring high jinks are not only allowed but usually encouraged. Multi...