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    More than 1,500 more elderly residents of New York State adult-care facilities died from COVID-19 than health officials previously reported, a new report reveals. The number, accounting for an eight-fold leap over the 219 deaths reported earlier from the facilities, comes after state officials adjusted the figures to reflect adult-care patients who died in hospitals rather than the centers themselves, the Empire Center for Public Policy said Sunday. The revelation also comes one day after state health officials also quietly updated their statistics for nursing home deaths from the pandemic to reflect an additional 4,067 patients who died in hospitals. Unlike nursing homes, adult-care and assisted-living facilities do not typically have medical staff on-site, and residents who require medical care are routinely sent to hospitals. The combined updates from both nursing homes and other elderly care facilities brings the state toll for long-term facilities to nearly 15,000. But...
    Super Bowl LV was being slammed on social media even before the game got underway between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Viewers tweeted their frustration with how close fans were seated at Raymond James Stadium during the pregame festivities. Most of the fans pictured appeared to be wearing their masks. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE SUPER BOWL LV COVERAGE NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a news release last month that the health care workers will be guests of the league to thank them for their service during the coronavirus pandemic. The health care workers will come from hospitals in Tampa and other areas of Central Florida and will receive free tickets to the game. There were 14,500 additional fans allowed to attend the Super Bowl along with 7,500 health care workers who helped deal with the coronavirus pandemic. CHIEFS, BUCS PLAYERS LOCK ARMS DURING 'LIFT EV'RY...
    TAMPA (CBS) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft greeted 80 health care heroes in Tampa Sunday afternoon shortly after they landed in the Patriots team plane on a well-deserved trip to the Super Bowl. Their day started around 7:30 a.m. with a gathering at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro and a security check by the TSA. Four buses brought the workers directly to the tarmac at Logan Airport in Boston where the team jet was waiting. They were greeted by Gov. Charlie Baker and Patriots president Jonathan Kraft before boarding. A new decal was put on the plane ahead of the occasion. “When it’s your turn, take the shot. Get vaccinated,” it said. During the three-and-a-half hour flight to Florida, the health care workers were served breakfast and were interviewed by Dr. Mallika Marshall and WBZ-TV photographer Chris Gobeille. WBZ was the only station on board the Patriots plane for the...
    President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden delivered a taped, pregame message ahead of Super Bowl LV in Tampa on Sunday night thanking healthcare workers for their efforts fighting the coronavirus pandemic. In comments lasting approximately one minute, the Bidens saluted the nation’s healthcare workers — 7,500 of whom are on hand at Raymond James Stadium for the big game. “Before kickoff, we wanted to thank all the frontline healthcare heroes — both at the game and watching across the country,” the first lady said. “You’ve put yourself at risk to keep the rest of us safe.” The president took the opportunity to call for continued coronavirus mitigation measures. “As we thank you and all of our essential workers, let’s remember, we all can do our part to save lives,” the president said. “Wear masks, stay socially distanced. Get tested. Get vaccinated when it’s your...
    NORTHBROOK, Ill. (CBS) — The Northbrook Symphony Orchestra has been brightening up the winter during the coronavirus pandemic by offering complimentary broadcasts to Chicago area schoolchildren. Northbrook Symphony Orchestra Music Director Mina Zikri recorded two performances – one featuring Chicago Symphony Concertmaster Robert Chen, and the other to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the orchestra announced in a news release. The symphony offered broadcast performances not only for subscribers, patrons, and ticketholders who are at home, but also to area schools and to health care workers on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19. The “virtual field trips” for schools include performances of works by Mozart or Beethoven, and a live introduction and question-and-answer session by Maestro Zikri. More than 400 students have partaken so far this year, and more broadcasts are set for this month and next, and beyond. “This effort dovetails nicely with our mission of encouraging attendance...
    Miley Cyrus cranked out a sultry salute to health-care heroes ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl 2021. The “Party in the USA” singer, dressed in a black and pink leather cheerleading uniform was noddin’ her head and movin’ her hips for 7,500 vaccinated frontline workers at the livestreamed TikTok Tailgate pregame party at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The fired-up Cyrus, 28, launched into a gyration-filled lineup of her songs, including from her latest album “Plastic Hearts” as the masked invitees in attendance — all warriors of the coronavirus pandemic — bopped along. She was also joined by ’80s rock icon Billy Idol, singing hits including “White Wedding.” The two-hour event — a lead-up to the highly-anticipated Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show by chameleonlike The Weeknd — was hosted by multi-hyphenate Steve Harvey and NFL Network reporter MJ Acosta and was also set to include appearances by health-conscious...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The NFL has invited thousands of health care workers across the country to watch Super Bowl 55 inside Raymond James Stadium. The Denver Broncos selected four Colorado health care professionals to attend the big game. The Broncos are sending Children’s Hospital Colorado radiologic technologists Peter Stackhouse and Renee Guillet as well as UCHealth nurses Maxi Holcomb and Lauren Kass to Tampa Bay. (credit: CBS) “Never in a million years would I have thought I would have started nursing in a pandemic, let alone go on a Super Bowl trip,” said Lauren Kass, a Surgical Trauma ICU Nurse at UCHealth. The four guests will each receive one ticket to the game as well an all-expense trip to Tampa Bay. The NFL announced plans to have 22,000 fans at Raymond James Stadium for the big game on Sunday. Of that number, 7,500 will be health care workers. “I am excited to meet other health care workers from different states...
    (CNN)The New England Patriots team plane is ferrying dozens of vaccinated health care workers to the Super Bowl on Sunday with a message on its side: "Get vaccinated."The Patriots posted a photo of the plane with a new decal on its side encouraging others to get vaccinated against Covid-19."When it's your turn, take the shot. Get vaccinated," the decal reads, alongside an image of a Band-Aid.The plane also boasts its regular decals, including the "Patriots" team name in large font and the franchise's six Super Bowl trophies on its tail."When it's your turn, take the shot. Get vaccinated," the plane's decal reads.The private plane, which in the spring brought 1.2 million masks from China to the US, is now being used Sunday to shuttle 76 vaccinated health care workers to Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida. The NFL allowed 22,000 fans at the game, including 7,500 vaccinated health care workers.Read...
    The collapse in the care of patients with coronavirus in Spanish hospitals has reached worrying points that have put many health professionals to the limit. Rachel Romo, an emergency nurse at the Malaga Hospital, showed last week his exhaustion before the situation in statements to Antena 3. His words did not take long to go viral, to the point that the nurse she was interviewed live again this weekend by Mónica Carrillo and Matías Prats on Antena 3 Noticias. “When it doesn’t touch you, that doesn’t exist… I would like the people who say that to come inside where I am, and see that your father dies, your mother dies, a brother dies … When there are no more places you say: ‘ Where do I put it? ‘ There are times when you have to choose who lives, and that is very hard. Be very careful, the family...
    IRVINE, Calif. (KABC) -- A dozen football-loving health care workers from Orange County are among the lucky few who will be at Super Bowl 55 in Tampa, Florida.Salvador Pacheco is one of the lucky twelve nurses and respiratory therapists from the UCI Medical Center who will be watching the game from the stands Sunday."We were driving around the stadium just to take a look and it's a beautiful, big stadium. So we're definitely excited to be a part of it and, honestly, be a part of history in the Super Bowl," he said.Pacheco and his co-workers are football fanatics and part of the UCI crew fantasy football league.They were brought to tears when they learned the NFL had picked them as part of the 7,500 vaccinated health care workers who would be getting free tickets to the game, all part of a thank you for all their work during the...
              K&L Gates LLP, the global law firm that employs former U.S. Representative Bart Gordon (D-TN-06), has opened a Nashville office. K&L Gates announced it has set up a Nashville law office with more than 25 lawyers handling health care, litigation, corporate, intellectual property, finance, and construction, and other specialties. The office is located on Second Avenue South. Mary Beth F. Johnston is the managing partner. She concentrates on health law, representing major academic medical centers, hospital and health systems, accountable care organizations and provider networks, and pharmacy and clinical laboratory providers. Johnston said, “Nashville’s status as a leading center for the health care industry of course creates significant and strategic synergies with our national health care practice. In this regard, we are thrilled to have added premier health care transactional and regulatory lawyers to this office at the start. But the city’s strong growth...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- There were plenty of doubters on if the NFL could pull of an entire season during a pandemic. No doubt it was a challenge, postponements and rescheduled games, this marked the first time in NFL history a regular season game was played on every day of the week.Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay will allow 25,000 fans with approximately 7,500 of those being vaccinated health care workers given a free ticket. It's a way for the NFL to give thanks to those working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. Really cool story, @49ers are sending 4 healthcare workers to #SuperBowl , including Bay Area native Dennis Ochoa who tells me attending the game is a "bucket list item." Video link coming soon. #ABC7Now cc @49ersCommunity pic.twitter.com/rvtJZcpjul— Chris Alvarez (@CAlvarezABC7) February 6, 2021Lifetime 49ers fan and Bay Area native Dennis Ochoa is a traveling dietary manager...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 3,930 more cases of Coronavirus and 157 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 865,604 since Friday’s report, according to the state’s data. There are 3,041 people across the state hospitalized with COVID-19 infections. Of those hospitalized, 644 patients are in the ICU. The statewide death toll has risen to 22,396 deaths. There are 3,688,185 residents across the state who have tested negative for the virus to date. The state Health Department numbers show there have been 64,192 cases of COVID-19 among residents in nursing and personal care homes across Pennsylvania. Among employees, there have been 12,468 diagnosed cases. This brings the total number of cases at long-term care facilities to 76,660. Out of total deaths, 11,706 have occurred in residents at nursing or personal care facilities. Residents and staff at long-term...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota hospitals are criticizing the state's coronavirus vaccine distribution system as inequitable, leaving some clinics and hospitals without doses for older, vulnerable patients. The Minnesota Hospital Association, in a letter to state Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, said some clinics haven't received vaccine doses in days. “Despite our ongoing partnership and our tireless efforts to work in concert with the state, we believe the vaccine allocation process has reached an untenable crossroads,” wrote the association’s President Dr. Rahul Koranne. Initially, the hospitals served as hubs for vaccine distribution, giving the majority of doses to give to staff and then to health care providers unaffiliated with a hospital system. In January, the state opened up vaccinations to people 65 and older with most Minnesota hospitals focusing on their most elderly patients first, leaving many people between 65 and 75 to rely exclusively on the state’s...
    This story was originally published on Feb. 5, 2021 MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two nurses who work in Minneapolis-area hospitals will be among the thousands of vaccinated health care workers at the Super Bowl on Sunday, after the NFL gifted free tickets as a token of appreciation. The NFL invited 7,500 vaccinated health care workers to be among the more than 20,000 fans in attendance at Sunday’s Super Bowl LV in Tampa, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Most of the doctors and nurses are from Tampa and central Florida, but all 32 NFL teams selected health care workers from their communities. Heidi Briski-Gainer and Kelly Culver, longtime friends and nurses, sent letters to the NFL commissioner and the Minnesota Vikings and were selected for a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” Both received their second vaccine dose in mid-January and they needed a signed letter...
    For MPR, Catherine Rickert says: “A coalition of Minnesota’s hospitals says the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution system is hurting patients, and is asking the state Health Department give more shots to health care providers. In a letter to Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, the Minnesota Hospital Association wrote that some clinics haven’t received doses in days, leaving them unable to vaccinate its oldest, most vulnerable patients. ‘Despite our ongoing partnership and our tireless efforts to work in concert with the state, we believe the vaccine allocation process has reached an untenable crossroads,’ wrote the association’s President Dr. Rahul Koranne. ‘The lottery system is hurting patients and communities and allocations to health care providers must increase.’” In the Pioneer Press, Nick Ferraro writes: “Gov. Tim Walz on Friday issued an executive order authorizing the Minnesota National Guard to provide public safety help to Minneapolis and St. Paul during the upcoming trials of...
    BURBANK (CBSLA) — Another family member was turned away from getting a coronavirus vaccine in Los Angeles County, after believing she would be eligible under caretaker rules that allow the parents of severely ill or children with disabilities to be vaccinated. Joel Trudgeon and his family aren’t mincing words. COVID-19 could be deadly for his daughter, who is medically fragile. The L.A. County Department of Public Health addressed the confusion in a briefing on Friday, claimed they were fixing the issue and re-training staff. “The vaccine is life and death,” said Trudgeon. “I think if anyone in our household contracted COVID, it could end in tragedy for our family.” Jo, as her family calls her, is a 23-year old woman with a heart as big as her smile, but Jo’s journey hasn’t been easy, for her or for her family. “She has congenital degenerative neuromuscular disease. She sleeps with a...
    A program that replaces police officers with health care workers on mental health and substance abuse calls in Denver, Colorado, is showing signs of success, according to a six-month progress report. Despite responding to hundreds of calls, the workers made no arrests, the report said — and the city's police chief told CBS News on Friday that he believes the program "saves lives."  Under the Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) program, health care workers are dispatched in lieu of police when responding to incidents involving issues with mental health, poverty, homelessness or substance abuse. STAR providers only respond to incidents in which there is no evidence of criminal activity, disturbance, weapons, threats, violence, injuries or "serious" medical needs.  During the first six months of the program, from June 1 to November 30, health professionals responded to 748 calls, including trespassing, welfare checks, narcotic incidents, and mental health episodes, according to...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NFL is honoring workers on the front lines of the pandemic with trips to Super Bowl LV. One of the honorees is a local hospital chaplain, CBS2’s Steve Overmyer reported Friday. All across the county, front line workers are being rewarded with tickets to the Super Bowl. One of them is Rocky Walker, Mount Sinai’s chaplain. “It’s unbelievable. After my entire life of struggling and being so close and just frustrating, it’s still surreal,” Walker said. For the past year, his days have been busy. “I start my day in the ICUs and actually spend most of my time in the ICU,” he said. MORE: Long Island Man Thanks Hospital That Saved His Life By Offering Free Super Bowl Tickets To Health Care Workers While Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes will be the stars on the field, the real heroes will be in the stands....
    MURRIETA, Calif. (KABC) -- The Pechanga Tribe is saying thank you to Riverside County frontline health care workers with free meals.Pechanga sent food trucks to four hospitals this week including Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta.Local food vendors went to sites for both morning and evening shifts.Pechanga's in-house bakery also provided freshly baked, oversized cookies and bottles of water.MORE: NFL gives free Super Bowl tickets to 7,500 health workersEMBED More News Videos The NFL announced Friday that 7,500 health care workers vaccinated for the coronavirus will be given free tickets to next month's Super Bowl to be played in Tampa, Florida. MORE: SoCal woman pays tribute to health care workers through musicEMBED More News VideosA Southern California woman used her musical talents to thank her uncle, a doctor, and his colleagues for all their hard work during the pandemic. MORE: Cerritos teen sends messages of hope to health care workersEMBED...
    Miami : Yankee Stadium, the home of the legendary New York Yankees, hosts from this Friday what may be their most important game: that of the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The venue, with a capacity that exceeds 47,000 spectators, It has been transformed into a macro vaccination center serving thousands of residents of the Bronx, the neighborhood that is located to the north of the New York geography. Thus the things, the bats and the races have been replaced by needles and pricks that are administered by an army of professionals. They all belong to Somos Community Care, a health care network that has 2,500 specialists spread throughout the city. “The health workers who administer the vaccines are our doctors and nurses”explained Ramón Tallaj, president of Somos Community Care. According to him, his staff is widely known in the Bronx, because a good part live and even work...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration underwent a major shake-up on Friday, with an announcement of the resignation of the secretary of the Department of Children and Families and the shuffling of two other top officials to lead DCF and the Agency for Health Care Administration. The moves could be a prelude to other changes shortly after the midpoint of DeSantis’ four-year gubernatorial term. The DeSantis administration announced that DCF Secretary Chad Poppell resigned, effective Feb. 19 and that Shevaun Harris will replace him at the agency in charge of Florida’s oft-beleaguered child welfare system. Harris has been serving as interim secretary at the Agency for Health Care Administration, where she has held a series of posts since 2005. DeSantis named Simone Marstiller, who headed the Department of Juvenile Justice, to become secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration, which oversees Florida’s $30 billion Medicaid program and is...
    Patients of two US hospital chains had their names, birthdays, and colonoscopy results posted on the dark web after a hack, reported NBC News. The tens of thousands of files released were from patients at Leon Medical Centers in Miami and Nocona General Hospital in Texas. The patient records posted in this hack also include letters to insurers. There does not appear to be ransomware locking up the systems at Nocona, and the organization did not open a ransomware demand, an attorney for the organization told NBC News. Cyberattacks on hospitals and health care organizations are increasingly common. These attacks doubled in the second half of 2020 compared to the first half. Two major attacks targeted US health care facilities in the fall. However, cybercriminals typically don’t post patient information publicly. It’s more common for them to introduce a bug that locks up computer systems until the facility pays...
    By The Associated Press Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: This line the Republican Party will not cross Feb. 4 The Lewiston Tribune One thing — and one thing only — will get you in hot water with the Republican Party. Eric Peterson of Lewiston knows that only too well. Peterson, currently the vice chairman — and former chairman — of the Nez Perce County Republican Central Committee, authored a letter to the Lewiston Tribune last week urging the U.S. Senate to hold former President Donald Trump accountable for inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. “Impeaching and disqualifying the president now will improve our national security, sending the world and our citizens a clear message that the constitutions of our nation and states and our rule of law have meaning and teeth,” Peterson wrote. “This message needs to be sent particularly to those other nations that are directly...
    Siegfried Modola/Getty Images Denver's Support Team Assisted Response program responds to nonviolent calls for help in the city. It sends health care workers in response to crisis calls, not police officers. In the first six months, the STAR team responded to 748 calls. No one they helped was arrested. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. During the first six months of the Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) program, Denver health professionals responded to 748 incidents. None of the calls required police assistance or ended in someone being arrested, according to a report published by the local news website, Denverite. The STAR program was created in 2020 as an alternative response team dedicated to assisting people who have mental-health issues. It also provides crisis help to those experiencing depression, poverty, homelessness, and substance abuse. Before the program, calls to 911 in Denver were directed to the police or...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 4,688 more cases of Coronavirus and 138 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 861,674 since Thursday’s report, according to the state’s data. There are 3,138 people across the state hospitalized with COVID-19 infections. Of those hospitalized, 653 patients are in the ICU. The statewide death toll has risen to 22,239 deaths. There are 3,678,224 residents across the state who have tested negative for the virus to date. #COVID19 Update (as of 2/5/21 at 12:00 am):• 4,688 additional positive cases of COVID-19• 861,674 total cases statewide • 22,239 deaths statewide• 1,164,600 doses of vaccine have been administered (through 2/4/21) More information: https://t.co/7pzosEXhEX — PA Department of Health (@PAHealthDept) February 5, 2021 The state Health Department numbers show there have been 63,968 cases of COVID-19 among residents in nursing and personal care homes...
    Congressional lawmakers are poised to reintroduce a sweeping package aimed at improving dismal maternal health outcomes in the U.S., particularly among Black mothers, with new proposals included to address the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and vaccines. Members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus are expected to reintroduce a package known as the Momnibus on Monday. The bipartisan caucus, led by Democratic Reps. Alma Adams of North Carolina and Lauren Underwood of Illinois, initially unveiled the package in March 2020, just days before the coronavirus pandemic would shut down much of the country.[ READ: Optimism on Maternal Health in 2021 ]The original package was never brought to a floor vote. Yet lawmakers and maternal health advocates are optimistic about the future of maternal health efforts this year with a Democrat-led Congress and White House. "As I've said since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the disproportionate rate of mortality and morbidity...
    NEW data reveals which parts of England are areas racing ahead to viccinate those in their 70s. While London is inviting more of those in their 70s for their jab, the South West is focused on making sure all over 80s are reached first. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates   This interactive map reveals the proportion of people who have been given their first dose in the age group 70 to 74 years old in your area. It also shows the rate for those 75 to 80, over 80, and how many over 80s have been given their second dose - which is needed in order to get the maximum level of protection against Covid. The data, from NHS England, is broken down into 40 different health board areas. The tool can be used to view the progress of the vaccine...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Super Bowl 55 is Sunday on CBS3, and a couple of Philadelphia-area natives will be in the stands. They’re getting a break from fighting on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. As a thank you for their incredibly hard work, the NFL is offering some 7,500 health care workers tickets to Super Bowl 55 in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday. Most of those 7,500 work on the frontlines near Tampa, but Eyewitness News caught up with a few of them who have direct connections to Philadelphia and are huge Eagles fans. When the Eagles won the Super Bowl in 2018, Luke O’Neill’s South Florida neighbors knew it. “I was the only person screaming at their television. I went outside. I set off both of our car alarms,” O’Neill said. The Haddonfield, New Jersey, native is a second-year resident at the University of South Florida, where he’s been on...
    OCEANSIDE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A grateful Long Island man has offered a supersized thank you to the hospital that saved his life. Four hardworking health care workers at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside are heading to Tampa. “We are going to the Super Bowl,” emergency department nurse Eileen Carolan said, laughing. “They said, do you want to go to the Super Bowl? I said, are you kidding? I said, yes, of course,” said Dr. Frank Coletta, chief of critical care. It’s all thanks to a former hospital patient, married father of three Larry Ferazani from Rockville Centre, who also happens to be a lawyer with the NFL. “I spoke to the powers that be here at the NFL, and obviously they’re very familiar with what happened to me, and I said, I got a group that really I need to thank and start to, and show a debt...
    As Bay Area residents over 65 face delays, long waits and even cancellations of COVID-19 vaccination appointments, Santa Clara County officials have moved to expand vaccine access across both public and private hospital systems to expedite the rollout. Effective Thursday, anyone in the age bracket who lives or works in the county may schedule a vaccination appointment with any provider, regardless of their primary health insurance or provider, Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said in a news conference. “Anyone who is 65 and up — doesn’t matter where you get your medical care — you can register and get care,” Cody said. “A Kaiser patient can come to the county. A Stanford patient can go to Kaiser. A county patient can go to Stanford. It doesn’t matter — if you’re 65 and up, we want you to get vaccinated.” The new policy aims to create a “no wrong door” system...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Mayor London Breed announced plans Thursday to open a mass COVID-19 vaccination site at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Over the last 24 hours, three large vaccination sites have been unveiled locally to handle the growing frenzy by those trying to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine shot. The other two will be a state-federal collaboration at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and a Berkeley Health Department site in the Golden Gate Fields parking lot. The San Francisco Department of Public Health Department will oversee the Moscone Center operation in partnership with a consortium of statewide health care organizations: Kaiser Permanente, Adventist Health, the California Medical Association, CommonSpirit/Dignity, and Futuro Health. It will open on Friday and initially serve health care workers and community members ages 65 and older by appointment only and in accordance with California’s prioritization plan. All vaccinations will be by appointment only on the state’s...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Caring for caregivers. COVID-19 has put a huge amount stress on health care workers. Now a concerned organization is stepping up to help. On Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital, the group called Caring for our Caregivers donated computer tablets. They’re pre-loaded with tools, techniques and resources to combat burnout, as healthcare workers treat COVID patients and administer vaccines. To honor those on the front line at Mount Sinai and other hospitals, Caring for our Caregivers is hosting a Healthcare Worker Appreciation Day on February 25th with online programs and celebrations to say thank you. Also From CBS Chicago: Woman Kept Being Sent Parking Tickets From City Of Chicago After Moving To North Carolina Chicago’s Ford Assembly Plant To Lay Off Workers South Suburban Man With COPD Hasn’t Left Home In A Year, And Now He Can’t Get A COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment
    HARVEY, Ill. (WLS) -- A local doctor strives to help Black women who need affordable health care while pregnant.Dr. Lisa Green joined ABC 7 Chicago Thursday to discuss Black maternal health.Studies have shown that Black women in Chicago have a maternal mortality rate that is six times higher than non-Black women, Green said.RELATED: Pregnant women encouraged to get COVID vaccine; here's whyA lack of resources for these women is part of the problem, she said. Those resources can include both health care and food access.Family Christian Health Center opened its Maternal Child Health and Wellness center this month at 15620 S. Wood St. in Harvey. It strives to provide holistic care for Black women and their children, Green said.Visit familychc.org for more information.
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 3,370 more cases of Coronavirus and 146 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 856,986 since Wednesday’s report, according to the state’s data. There are currently 3,224 people across the state hospitalized with COVID-19 infections. Of those hospitalized, 657 patients are in the ICU. The Health Department says the statewide percent positivity for the week of Jan. 22 through Jan. 28 stood at 9.3%. The statewide death toll has risen to 21,955 deaths. There are 3,670,804 residents across the state who have tested negative for the virus to date. The state Health Department numbers show there have been 63,756 cases of COVID-19 among residents in nursing and personal care homes across Pennsylvania. Among employees, there have been 12,337 diagnosed cases. This brings the total number of cases at long-term care facilities to...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As Minnesota continues to expand its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, state health officials reported Thursday 1,410 new cases of the virus and 17 more deaths. The latest update from the Minnesota Department of Health shows the state’s cumulative case count stands at 465,176 while the death toll has reached 6,251. About 63% of the state’s deaths have been residents in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Of the most recent deaths reported, nine were residents in long-term care. Since December, the state has been working to inoculate residents in long-term care and frontline health care workers, the two top priority groups in the state’s vaccine rollout plan. Last month, the rollout expanded to include educators, child care workers and Minnesotans ages 65 and up. This week, the state said some 35,000 doses would go to seniors, who are now able to get shots...
    Driver stuck in snow burns to death after repeatedly revving SUVs engine Pro-Kabila senators in DR Congo lash dictatorial shift 23andMe Goes Public as $3.5 Billion Company With Branson Aid (Bloomberg) -- Consumer DNA-testing company 23andMe Inc. has entered into a deal to merge with VG Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company founded by billionaire Richard Branson. The agreement values the Silicon Valley company at $3.5 billion, with Chief Executive Officer Anne Wojcicki and Branson each investing $25 million into a $250 million private investment in public equity offering. Bloomberg News reported news of a potential deal last week. Other investors include Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC, Altimeter Capital, Casdin Capital and Foresite Capital. Current shareholders of 23andMe will own 81% of the combined company, with the deal expected to close in the second quarter of 2021. A merger with a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC,...
    YOUR teenage years are supposed to be full of fun and freedom but for one 19-year-old a cancer diagnosis left him wanting to take his own life. Jaymz Goodman was in one of the biggest transitional periods of his life when he was diagnosed with a type of Leukaemia that is usually more prevalent in children. 5Jaymz was diagnosed with a rare type of Leukaemia when he was 19-years-oldCredit: Jaymz Goodman Today is World Cancer Day - an international awareness day led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to raise awareness and inspire action for a cancer-free future. Now 24-years-old, Jaymz wants to help raise awareness of how cancer can have an impact on both your physical and mental health. Jaymz was diagnosed with T-Cell A.L.L (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) and said people need to understand the “burden” of a cancer survivor. Speaking to The Sun, Jaymz who lives in Telford, Shropshire, and who works...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Determination to get an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine is causing some people to do something that they’re actually being asked not to do. There are a lot of questions about what’s allowed when it comes to being able to get the show. Officials warn vaccine tourism, traveling for the shots, will only continue to surge as supplies run short. “There will be enough vaccine for all of us that want it, but there is not enough today,” Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh said. As frustration mounts over accessibility to the COVID-19 vaccine, a new trend is gaining momentum — vaccine tourism, crossing over county and even state lines to get the shot. “We know that Pennsylvanians are ready for the vaccine and we are working on ways to increase access,” Pennsylvania Department of Health Senior Advisor Lindsey Mauldin said. In late January, Gov. Tom Wolf...
    LONG ISLAND (WABC) -- The NFL is sending four healthcare workers from Nassau County to the Super Bowl for their tireless efforts during the COVID pandemic.The four selected employees are from Mount Sinai South Nassau.They include Emergency Department nurse Eileen Carolan, Director of Respiratory Therapy Isis Halem, Chief of Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine Frank Coletta and Chief Medical Officer Adhi Sharma.RELATED | Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman to recite poem at Super Bowl LV pregame showEMBED More News Videos This morning "Good Morning America" confirmed that inaugural poet Amanda Gorman will also be taking part in Super Bowl LV as part of the Super Bowl LV pregame show. "These four employees represent the very best of Mount Sinai South Nassau. They have been leaders in the fight against the virus since the start of the pandemic last February and we are proud they will be able to represent Mount Sinai...
    Miley Cyrus is prepping for her Super Bowl LV performance ahead of the big game on Sunday. The 28-year-old singer will take the stage at the NFL TikTok Tailgate in Tampa, Fla., but before she does, Cyrus provided her Instagram followers with a little sneak peek of her football-themed outfit. In the short video, Cyrus poses in front of a mirror in black bikini bottoms and a pink cheerleader-esque crop top featuring the slogan "FTW" (for the win). "MILEY: FOR THE WIN! ????????☠️ Join the tailgate at 2:30 PM ET FEBRUARY 7 on @TikTok! #SBLV," she captioned the video. WHO'S PERFORMING AT 2021 SUPER BOWL? FULL LIST OF CELEBRITY APPEARANCES The NFL recently announced that it has teamed up with the social media giant TikTok to deliver the TikTok Tailgate — a unique pregame experience for "7,500 vaccinated health care heroes" prior to the 2021 Super Bowl between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs.  Furthermore,...
    D.C. released early vaccine data on the race and ethnicity of residents who have received the coronavirus vaccine, but the District’s health officer said it is missing some key information — namely race and ethnicity. Health Officer Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt said the data is incomplete, because the race and ethnicity of vaccine recipients have not always been recorded. “If health care providers do not collect information on race and ethnicity in the immunization and information system, that data cannot be analyzed and provided to the public, and that data, more importantly, cannot help to drive the District’s plan for a safe and effective and equitable immunization program. That is why we are working with our health care providers, COVID-19 vaccine providers to make this data more complete and robust,” Nesbitt said. More than 11,000 data points are missing for race, and the other category is inconsistent with other race and...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA)  — A medical center expected to shut down next month is being urged by the Los Angeles City Council to reconsider closing as I.C.U. capacity continues to be low in the county. Two L.A. City Council members Wednesday urged the operators of Olympia Medical Center to delay its planned closure on March 31 by at least six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution, which was introduced by Councilwoman Nithya Raman and Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, urges Alecto Healthcare, which is selling the hospital to U.C.L.A. Health, to work with U.C.L.A. to ensure medical care at the hospital, located at 5900 W. Olympic Blvd in the Mid-Wilshire area, remains available during the pandemic. “There are only a few dozen I.C.U. beds currently available in Los Angeles County, and hospitals near Olympia Medical Center to which patients are being referred are already severely understaffed,” the resolution stated. Alecto Healthcare...
    A MENTAL health patient who battered a care worker to death was found dead in his jail cell. Michael Meanza’s body was discovered at Gartree Prison, Leics, where he was serving life for murder. 2Meanza was found dead in his cell at Gartree Prison, LeicsCredit: PA:Press Association 2Meanza, 51, bludgeoned Jenny Foote, 37, with a fire extinguisherCredit: Collect There were no suspicious circumstances. Meanza, 51, bludgeoned Jenny Foote, 37, with a fire extinguisher after she asked him to turn his music down at a mental health hostel in Acton, West London, in 2015. Most read in NewsTRAGIC ENDBody found in hunt for missing carer, 19, as brother says 'I loved her to bits'TAX RISE FEARSBrits 'set to be hit by huge tax rises to pay for Covid spending'FEELING LUCKY?Lotto results LIVE: National Lottery numbers tonight, February 3, 2021QuizKNOW WAY!Are you as smart as a four-year-old? Take our Mensa girl's...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon nears 2,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, with the Health Authority reporting 10 additional people who died from COVID-19 on Wednesday. The most recent deaths, include four men and six women, people ranging from 59 to 99 years old and residents of Clackamas, Multnomah and Umatilla. On Wednesday the health authority reported 649 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 144,605. The death toll is 1,991. Most of Wednesday's cases were in Marion, Washington and Multnomah counties. The number of people hospitalized due to the fatal virus is 266. Out of that, 63 are in intensive care unit beds. Currently health officials are working to vaccinate the remaining Phase 1A health care workers and educators. Beginning Feb. 8, people 80 years or older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The health authority reported that a cumulative total...
    By MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state judge ordered New York's Department of Health to release records about nursing home residents who died of COVID-19 in a Wednesday ruling that said the agency's failure to do so already was a “violation” of New York's open government law. Albany County Acting Supreme Court Justice Kimberly O'Connor also ordered Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration Wednesday to pay legal fees for The Empire Center for Public Policy, a conservative-leaning, nonprofit think tank that filed suit demanding the release of the records last fall. New York regularly releases the number of residents who died at individual nursing homes and assisted living homes after testing positive for COVID-19. But, unlike other states, it does not regularly give out that information for those residents who died at hospitals. The Empire Center filed an Aug. 3 request for records about all long-term care residents...
    By CASEY SMITH, Associated Press/Report for America INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are seeking to change visitation restrictions at the state's health and residential care sites amid concerns about residents' declining interactions with loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic. A measure that advanced to the full House Wednesday after a unanimous committee vote would require health facilities to allow at least one caretaker to visit a resident during compassionate care situations. Those include if the resident is dying, grieving a recent death, experiencing emotional distress or needing encouragement to eat or drink. Under the bill, long-term care facilities would also be required to participate in the state health department's Essential Family Caregivers Program during a declared emergency, a public health emergency, or similar crisis. That program further designates at least two caregivers who can enter facilities and provide residents with support like meal set up, grooming and general companionship, even...
    Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during a White House press briefing, conducted by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House January 21, 2021 in Washington, DC.Alex Wong | Getty Images There have been "no red flags" seen in the more than 10,000 pregnant women who have received Covid-19 vaccine shots so far, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday. Pregnant women and young children were excluded from the original U.S. clinical trials of the vaccines, as is typical in experimental vaccine research. That's led to some concerns that there's not enough data to be sure that the vaccines are safe among pregnant women, but Fauci said the Food and Drug Administration has not seen reason to worry yet. "The FDA, as part of the typical follow up you have...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There won’t be many fans at the Super Bowl this year, but four people in the crowd will be UPMC health care workers. The Pittsburgh Steelers in partnership with the NFL picked the four vaccinated health care workers to be rewarded with an all-expense paid trip to Sunday’s game in Florida. These healthcare heroes came in for a meeting. They left with a trip to the #SuperBowl. pic.twitter.com/oAfy7x6LXg — Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) February 3, 2021 The Steelers shared a video of the workers being surprised with the news. “These healthcare heroes came in for a meeting. They left with a trip to the #SuperBowl,” the Steelers tweeted. UPMC Shady Side Director of Respiratory Care Services Breen Smith, one of the four health care workers selected, said the experience was humbling. Nearly 8,000 of the 25,000 fans at the...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, has some advice for those planning to throw large gatherings on Sunday to watch as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV: Don’t.  Fauci, who now serves as the Chief Medical Advisor to the President under the Biden Administration, told NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday that football fans should avoid large gatherings as the pandemic surges on.  ROB GRONKOWSKI REVEALS HOW HE FAKED WORKOUTS DURINNNG BUCS VIRTUAL OFFSEASON TRAINING "Enjoy the game, watch it on television but do it with the immediate members of your family, the people in your household," he said. "As much fun as it is to get together for a big Super Bowl party, now is not the time to do that." "Watch the game and enjoy but do it with your family or the...
    The Weeknd teamed up Monday with Postmates to deliver 150 meals to health care workers in honor of Black History Month. The delivery went to Tampa Bay health care workers ahead of Super Bowl LV on Sunday, according to an Instagram post shared Tuesday by Postmates. In honor of #BHM, @theweeknd partnered with Postmates to deliver 150 meals from a Black-owned restaurant. ????????❤️ More: https://t.co/1N3DTHCPF7 pic.twitter.com/zEw6ny0Bjv — Complex (@Complex) February 1, 2021 “It’s the first day of #BlackHistoryMonth and we’re kicking it off with @theweeknd and a surprise for the healthcare workers at @AdventHealth in Tampa Bay,” Postmates announced on Instagram. “We teamed up to deliver meals from local favorite Mama’s Southern Soul Food.” The Weeknd also curated a list of black-owned restaurants for users to choose from in the Postmates app in honor of Black History Month. (RELATED: The Weeknd Spent $7 Million Of His Own Money On...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 3,128 more cases of Coronavirus and 143 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 853,616 since Tuesday’s report, according to the state’s data. There are currently 3,281 people across the state hospitalized with COVID-19 infections. Of those hospitalized, 669 patients are in the ICU. The Health Department says the statewide percent positivity for the week of Jan. 22-28 stood at 9.3%. The statewide death toll has risen to 21,955 deaths. There are 3,662,502 residents across the state who have tested negative for the virus to date. The state Health Department numbers show there have been 63,621 cases of COVID-19 among residents in nursing and personal care homes across Pennsylvania. Among employees, there have been 12,250 diagnosed cases. This brings the total number of cases at long-term care facilities to 75,871. Out of...
    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is warning of China’s collection of health care data and DNA of Americans, warning that the efforts pose "serious risks" to the privacy of Americans and to U.S. economic and national security. The National Counterintelligence and Security Center within ODNI this week warned that the People’s Republic of China has collected large health care data sets from the U.S. and nations around the globe "through both legal and illegal means." DNI AVRIL HAINES SAYS AIM SHOULD BE TO 'OUT-COMPETE' CHINA The NCSC warned that China is prioritizing the collection of health care data, including genomic data — which it says the country views as a "strategic commodity" to be collected and used for its economic and national security priorities. NCSC defined genomic data as "a broad term referring to your entire genetic sequence—all your DNA." The collection efforts come as part of China’s efforts...
    By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A German army medical team flew into Lisbon on Wednesday to help Portugal cope with a pandemic surge that has made it the world’s worst-hit country by size of population. The eight doctors and 18 nurses arrived at the Figo Maduro military airport in the Portuguese capital aboard a Luftwaffe transport plane. Portuguese Health Minister Marta Temido said they would be deployed at an intensive care unit at Lisbon’s Hospital da Luz with eight beds. The unit had not been used so far because of a lack of medical staff. Temido said the deployment addresses an acute problem in Portugal: a shortage of human resources in the public health system, which has been stretched to the limit after a January spike fueled by a fast-spreading COVID-19 variant first identified in England. “It might not seem like much,” Temido said of the...
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A German army medical team flew into Lisbon on Wednesday to help Portugal cope with a pandemic surge that has made it the world’s worst-hit country by size of population. The eight doctors and 18 nurses arrived at the Figo Maduro military airport in the Portuguese capital aboard a Luftwaffe transport plane. Portuguese Health Minister Marta Temido said they would be deployed at an intensive care unit at Lisbon’s Hospital da Luz with eight beds. The unit had not been used so far because of a lack of medical staff. Temido said the deployment addresses an acute problem in Portugal: a shortage of human resources in the public health system, which has been stretched to the limit after a January spike fueled by a fast-spreading COVID-19 variant first identified in England. “It might not seem like much,” Temido said of the eight ICU beds,...
    Tennessee lawmakers are considering ways to provide financial incentives for nurses and health care staff to stay in the profession after medical staffing shortages highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Katrina Robinson, D-Memphis, has filed a bill that would provide one-time payments of $1,500 to nurses, paramedics and EMTs who provided health care services during the pandemic. Another bill filed by Robinson would waive state licensure fees for health care professionals for the next four years. Robinson, herself a registered nurse, said the goal of the legislation is to address the shortage of health care workers in the state. “The pandemic has shown us how strained and shorthanded our health care system really is,” Robinson said. “This shortage should be addressed urgently, and one way to fix it quickly is by incentivizing and rewarding the very people who choose to stay here to work in our hospitals...
    DENVER (CBS4) – A new Denver Health Outpatient Medical Center could be instrumental in the work to get thousands vaccinated against COVID-19. “Once we’re fully activated, this will be the site where the majority of patients whether they are Denver Health or the general public can come to Denver Health and receive their vaccine,” Wade Ebersole, Denver Health Chief Administrative Officer said. (credit: Denver Health) The outpatient center is 300,000-square-feet of space with the latest in health care technology, and it could not open at a better time. “One of the biggest limiting factors in our ability to deliver timely and good quality care is really a lack of space and this helps address that major issue,” he said. Patients will walk less around the campus to find services, more than 30 medical services will be housed in the OMC. The facility was built with team care in mind but...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Pandemic highlights health care inequities I recently received my first of two COVID-19 vaccinations. Since my “elder” demographic is at higher risk from this virus, I was, of course, relieved. However, I recognize there are those who are scrambling to secure a place in line for their vaccination. I’m thinking about the farmworkers, grocery clerks and assembly line workers who are considered “essential” and yet relegated to “the back of the line,” including people of color in the above groups who are more susceptible to contracting and dying from this virus. These workers don’t necessarily have the time, internet access and community connections to navigate within this process. This pandemic has illuminated many inequities. When this virus is finally behind us, I hope we’ll embrace the truths we’ve learned from this. Sharon Brown Walnut Creek...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Four West Virginia health clinics will receive federal funding aimed at helping residents diagnosed with high blood pressure. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito on Tuesday announced $630,000 in funding from the Department of Health and Human Services. According to a statement, the funding includes $225,180 for the Cabin Creek Health Center in Kanawha County, $145,080 for Valley Health Care in Randolph County, $137,460 for the Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center in Calhoun County, and $122,760 for Roane County Family Health Care. According to the American Heart Association, people with chronic high blood pressure could face an increased risk of severe complications if they contract COVID-19. Manchin said more than 1 in 3 West Virginia adults have hypertension, "making it essential for our healthcare providers to have the necessary resources to help control high blood pressure and improve COVID-19 outcomes in our state." Copyright...
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi pharmacist was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for his role in a massive health care fraud involving pain cream and other medications. Marco Moran also was ordered to forfeit nearly $12.2 million in cash and pay restitution of around $22.1 million and a fine of $20,000, the Hattiesburg American reported. Moran, 47, was charged in September 2018 to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He pleaded guilty the same day. During his sentencing hearing Tuesday in federal district court in Hattiesburg, Moran apologized to the judge, the government, his children and a grandchild. “This is not in my character,” Moran said. “I’ve learned my lesson in this.” The scheme, which began in Mississippi, has defrauded TRICARE and other health care benefits providers of more than $1.5 billion nationwide, the government contends. At least 25 people have been charged,...
    New England Patriots surprised a group of vaccinated healthcare workers with tickets to Super Bowl LV along with a trip on the team’s plane to the big game. “As guests of the Kraft family, 76 healthcare Super heroes are Super Bowl bound,” a tweet from the Patriots read Tuesday, along with a clip of them learning the news. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) “Earlier this week, Robert Kraft called to personally invite some of these heroes and thank them for their work fighting COVID-19,” the post added. (RELATED: ‘THANK YOU TOM’: Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Takes Out Full-Page Ad To Praise Brady For ’20 Amazing Years’) As guests of the Kraft family, 76 healthcare Super heroes are Super Bowl bound. Earlier this week, Robert Kraft called to personally invite some of these heroes and thank them for their work fighting COVID-19. — New England Patriots...
    FOXBORO (CBS) — The Kraft family is once again putting the Patriots team plane to good use amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Boeing 767 jet that’s decked out in New England team colors will take 76 vaccinated health care workers from the region to Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida. The plane will take off from Logan Airport Sunday morning and fly back home after the game. All health care “superheroes” on board will have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks. Last year, team owner Robert Kraft sent the plane to China to pick up 1.2 million respirator masks. “Last April, when our plane returned with masks from China, we never could have imagined the devastation this pandemic would cause, nor could we have dreamed of the heroic stories and achievements that have come to be as a result, especially the dedication of healthcare workers on the front...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 4,410 more cases of Coronavirus and 125 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 850,488 since Monday’s report, according to the state’s data. There are currently 3,280 people across the state hospitalized with COVID-19 infections. Of those hospitalized, 650 patients are in the ICU. The Health Department say the statewide percent positivity for the week of Jan. 22-28 stood at 9.3%. The statewide death toll has risen to 21,812 deaths. There are 3,656,629 residents across the state who have tested negative for the virus to date. The state Health Department numbers show there have been 63,447 cases of COVID-19 among residents in nursing and personal care homes across Pennsylvania. Among employees, there have been 12,165 diagnosed cases. This brings the total number of cases at long-term care facilities to 75,612. Out of...
    Millions of Americans could lose their homes despite President Bidens eviction moratorium order Coalitions three critical priorities for environment scorned as shameful inaction and spin Super Bowl LV to have 25,000 fans, 30,000 cutouts Super Bowl LV will have 25,000 fans and 30,000 cutouts in attendance at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday in Tampa, the NFL announced Tuesday morning. © Reuters/CARLO ALLEGRI The NFL logo is pictured on a football at an event in the Manhattan borough of New York City That first number, which serves as the smallest audience in Super Bowl history, is still an increase over the 22,500 the league previously had stated would be in the stands. Among the crowd on hand will be 7,500 health-care workers who have received the vaccine for COVID-19 as guests of the NFL. The decision to allow fans to attend Super Bowl LV was made in accordance with public...
    Our thyroid is one of the most important parts of our endocrine system; this gland regulates everything from our mood, our weight, our body temperature, metabolism, and even digestion. The confusing part about understanding if you have a thyroid problem is also realizing that all of these health issues can be both a cause and effect on the thyroid. One of the most “testy” glands in the human body, it’s essential to our overall wellness and is constantly changing to adapt to our current state of health. It acts as a modulator but is also very susceptible to our actions and as a result, it can become out of balance quickly. What Our Thyroids Do on a Day to Day Basis Our thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is found in the front of our throats right below our Adam’s apple (the larynx). It’s responsible for regulating our thyroid hormones...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland health care systems have received less than half of their expected allocations of second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for frontline health workers this week, Maryland’s acting health secretary said Monday. Dennis Schrader made the comment in response to a question from Sen. Clarence Lam, a Johns Hopkins physician, who asked about availability of second doses during a virtual hearing on vaccine distribution in Maryland. Schrader attributed the discrepancy to the transition between presidential administrations in Washington. Lam said he had heard about multiple hospitals and health systems on Monday having difficulties in getting second doses for their health care workers. He said there were second doses that were supposed to delivered last week that are still missing, and now second doses for health care workers this week “are less than half of what hospitals are expecting.” “That is correct,” Schrader said. “We think that...
    In an effort to honour the first day of Black History month, singer-songwriter The Weeknd recently fed the frontline healthcare workers at a Black-owned restaurant in Tampa, Florida. According to Variety, the musician who will be headlining the halftime Super Bowl LV chose Mama’s Southern Soul Food to get the meals for the healthcare workers of AdventHealth Carrollwood. The hospital received around 150 meals which were delivered to them by Postmates in recognition of their efforts for standing in the front line and saving lives. The Weeknd Spends a Whopping USD 7 Million for His 2021 Super Bowl Performance The Weeknd in partnership with Postmates also launched a Black-Owned national merchant collection. The Super Bowl event which will see The Weeknd’s grand performance will take place on February 7. “We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in...
    (CNN)Essential workers have kept our nation running during the Covid-19 crisis at extraordinary personal cost, bearing the emotional burden and health risks of potential daily exposure to a deadly virus. Yet nearly a year into this crisis, frontline workers remain under protected and undercompensated -- especially the estimated more than 5 million undocumented workers in essential industries who have endured an additional fear: the possibility of deportation. The daily danger essential workers face during this pandemic is more than a public health failure -- it is a moral failure, and one we can finally address with a new president and Democratic majority in Congress. We must swiftly enact the full suite of rights, protections, and benefits all essential workers should have been guaranteed months ago, including by immediately acting to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented essential workers in the next Covid-19 relief package. By one estimate...
    Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose will continue to suspend its coronavirus vaccine clinic operations for now. The hospital, part of HCA Healthcare, notified Santa Clara County of its plans in a Jan. 28 letter that also contains steps it has taken to improve the way the clinic runs. The news comes more than a week after teachers in the Los Gatos Union School District were invited by the hospital to receive a coveted coronavirus vaccine there despite the fact that the county had said appointments should be limited to health care workers and the elderly. In response, the county’s testing and vaccine officer Marty Fenstersheib said that aside from providing enough doses to complete vaccinations the hospital had already started, it would withhold more vaccine until the hospital assured officials it would follow guidelines. “At this time Good Samaritan Hospital will continue suspension of the community clinic operations with...
    Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, accused Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, of attempting to "gaslight" the public after she referenced "white supremacist conspiracy theories" while reiterating her call for universal health care. Ocasio-Cortez is frequently identified among a group of young progressive Democratic lawmakers known as "The Squad." In a Jan. 30 tweet, the New York lawmaker argued that critics have established a false equivalency between progressive policies on the far left and "conspiracy theories" on the far right of the political spectrum. "Imagine thinking that ‘healthcare is a human right’ vs white supremacist conspiracy theories are two views 'just as extreme' as the other," Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a Jan. 30 tweet. The tweet drew a rebuke from Owens, a Black former NFL player who won a House seat last November. "Imagine growing up dealing with the horrors of actual white supremacists, only to eventually see that term just become a...
    By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland health care systems have received less than half of their expected allocations of second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for frontline health workers this week, Maryland's acting health secretary said Monday. Dennis Schrader made the comment in response to a question from Sen. Clarence Lam, a Johns Hopkins physician, who asked about availability of second doses during a virtual hearing on vaccine distribution in Maryland. Schrader attributed the discrepancy to the transition between presidential administrations in Washington. Lam said he had heard about multiple hospitals and health systems on Monday having difficulties in getting second doses for their health care workers. He said there were second doses that were supposed to delivered last week that are still missing, and now second doses for health care workers this week “are less than half of what hospitals are expecting.” “That is correct,"...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from February 1, 2021: 462,528 cases; 6,202 deaths Minnesota will vaccinate more seniors through providers 462,528 cases; 6,202 deaths Two more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Monday, for a total of 6,202. Article continues after advertisement Of the people whose deaths were announced Monday, one was in their 90s and one was in their 50s. One of the two people whose deaths announced Monday was a resident of a...
    The COVID-19 outbreak at California’s San Quentin State Prison last summer was a catastrophe of epic proportions. Twenty-eight people serving prison sentences and one correctional officer died. Nearly 2 in 3 prisoners tested positive over three months; many were transferred out for treatment, straining San Francisco Bay Area hospitals. “It’s like a horror movie,” one San Quentin prisoner told me at the time.  Now California’s Office of the Inspector General is out with a scathing new report that lays the blame for the outbreak squarely at the feet of the state corrections department and its health care division. The report confirms the findings of an investigation by the San Francisco Chronicle that attributed the outbreak to officials’ decision to bring in people with outdated coronavirus tests from the COVID-stricken California Institution for Men to San Quentin at the end of May. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and its...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, while still high, is finally moving in the right direction in Los Angeles County.Hospital intensive-care units in the Los Angeles area were filled to capacity for weeks, with health-care workers struggling to treat overwhelming numbers of COVID-19 patients.The holiday season, with its travel and gatherings, was seen as a major contributor to the early January surge.That surge is now leveling off, though cases, deaths and hospitalizations remain higher than they were during last summer's surge.Health experts are expressing cautious optimism - noting that the public still has to take major precautions to prevent the spread of the virus."We're at a really good point right now," said Dr. Anthony Cardillo, CEO of Mend Urgent Care. "We don't want to see an inflection going in the wrong direction."Vaccine distribution is likely also starting to help with the drop in new infections....
    The Biden administration has issued a mask mandate, requiring individuals to wear masks on federal property, and he's encouraging all Americans to wear them in public for 100 days. Face coverings are also required on planes, trains, buses and at airports, renewing questions about which kinds of masks provide the best protection against COVID-19, as well as where to find them.  The goal of the "100 Days Masking Challenge" is to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus, which has already claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Americans. Indeed, a study published on January 19 in the Lancet Digital Health journal Studies found that increasing mask-wearing across the U.S. by just 10% would significantly curb the transmission of the coronavirus.  Mask-wearing is even more effective when the face coverings fit properly and efficiently filter aerosol particles, according to medical experts.  "In addition to filtration, fit is the most important factor,"...
    DENVER (CBS4) — The Denver Broncos have selected four local health care professionals to attend Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay, Florida, on Sunday. The Broncos will be sending Children’s Hospital Colorado Radiologic Technologists Peter Stackhouse and Renee Guillet as well as UCHealth nurses Maxi Holcomb and Lauren Kass to Super Bowl LV. Children’s Colorado team members and UCHealth nurses were randomly selected from all employees who care for patients, as part of the NFL’s celebration of frontline medical heroes. The four guests will each receive one ticket to the game as well an all-expense trip to Tampa Bay. All healthcare workers attending Super Bowl LV will have completed their COVID-19 vaccination prior to traveling.
    Two Massachusetts women were arrested on Sunday, Jan. 31, in connection to a $100 million home health care fraud. The government is seeking to recoup funds as well as five properties allegedly bought with stolen funds. On Monday, Feb. 1, Faith Newton, 52, of Westford, and Winnie Waruru, 41, of Lowell, were each indicted on counts of conspiracy to commit health care fraud; health care fraud - aiding and abetting; and conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts. Newton was also charged with money laundering conspiracy and seven counts of money laundering. Waruru was also charged with two counts of making false statements and making a false statement in a health care matter, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. According to court documents, from January 2013 through January 2017 (when Arbor went out of business), Newton was part owner and operator of Arbor...
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski brought some smiles to Tampa area health care workers, in a video message announcing that they were being given free tickets to the Super Bowl this Sunday. Super Bowl LV will essentially be a home game for the Bucs, with them facing off against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, the first time that a Super Bowl team will play in their own stadium. Attendance will be limited t0 22,000 out of the stadium’s 75,000 max capacity due to the pandemic, and 7,500 of those seats will be given to local health care workers who have received the coronavirus vaccine. Gronkowski, who came out of a one-year retirement to rejoin his former New England Patriots teammate Tom Brady with the Bucs for the 2020 season, served as the enthusiastic spokesman for the ticket giveaway. “This is champion Rob Gronkowski —...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting a two-day total of 6,839 new cases of Coronavirus and 85 additional deaths. These new numbers come as the state has reached more than 1 million vaccinations. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 846,078 since Saturday’s report, according to the state’s data. There are currently 3,370 people across the state hospitalized with COVID-19 infections. Of those hospitalized, 695 patients are in the ICU. Statewide percent positivity for the week of Jan. 22-28 dropped to 9.3% The statewide death toll has risen to 21,687 deaths. Through Jan. 31, more than one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to over 811,000 people. More than 615,000 people have gotten their first dose and more than 196,000 have gotten both. There are 3,646,648 residents across the state who have tested negative for the virus...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden and a group of 10 Republican senators have very different ideas for the next coronavirus relief bill. Stimulus checks, unemployment and more: Heres the aid thats coming from Washington -- and what might be coming soonThe President last month outlined a $1.9 trillion package that included a wide range of immediate assistance for struggling families, such as $1,400 stimulus checks and extended unemployment, nutrition and eviction aid, and longer-term changes, such as a $15 hourly minimum wage.But the measure immediately ran into resistance from Republicans on Capitol Hill. In response, a group of 10 senators on Sunday released their own roughly $618 billion relief proposal -- less than one-third the size of the President's. They provided a chart detailing the cost of their plan on Monday morning.The senators are scheduled to meet with Biden on Monday afternoon to discuss their plan.Meanwhile, Democratic Senate leaders are preparing to...
    As this fall’s COVID surge took hold, staff at CentraCare – Long Prairie Care Center, a nursing home and long-term care center in the central Minnesota town of Long Prairie, began to show clear signs of strain. “They were getting overwhelmed with small things,” said Jodi Hillmer, director of patient care services and interim director of long-term care. “Something small would happen and quickly it would start to seem really big.” In the scheme of things, Hillmer explained, these were mostly little incidents, but for staff, the strain was building and they’d blow up at the slightest provocation: “People were getting stressed out about things they wouldn’t normally get stressed out about. They were having a hard time letting things go.” These overreactions to small incidents were a symptom that the cumulative stressors of fighting a contagious and sometimes deadly virus were adding up, Hillmer said. Working in this kind...
    Palm Beach County, FL (CNN)Evelyn Aub is a spunky senior who doesn't reveal her age to anyone. But she admits that she qualifies to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Florida, which means she's at least 65 years young."I'm completely independent," Aub said. "Happy as a lark."Aub says her home in Palm Beach County, Florida, is her safe haven. Her car is her freedom and the Covid-19 vaccine is hope. And while getting an appointment for the vaccine online seemed "impossible," her son, using multiple devices, managed to secure her an appointment for the vaccine at a Publix supermarket near her home.It's an appointment she attended alone, driving her sedan with license plates that bear her name and call for protecting Florida's reefs."Not nervous at all," Aub said.Read MoreAub is one of more than 1.2 million seniors 65 or over who have received one or both doses of the vaccine in...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s government has proposed to increase spending on health care in a $477 billion budget for 2021-22 that promises extra help for weathering the coronavirus pandemic. India is in its worst economic slowdown in a decade. The budget proposal presented to parliament by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday also focuses on developing financial institutions and shoring up of infrastructure to get the pandemic-ravaged nation back on track as the world’s fastest-growing major economy. “India is well well-poised to be the land of promise and hope,” she said in explaining the budget for the fiscal year that begins April 1. Contrary to expectations, the proposed budget did not promise extra support for the country’s farmers who have been protesting for more than two months against new agricultural laws which they say will favor large agribusiness and corporations. Those protests have posed the...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, while still high, is finally moving in the right direction in Los Angeles County.Hospital intensive-care units in the Los Angeles area were filled to capacity for weeks, with health-care workers struggling to treat overwhelming numbers of COVID-19 patients.The holiday season, with its travel and gatherings, was seen as a major contributor to the early January surge.That surge is now leveling off, though cases, deaths and hospitalizations remain higher than they were during last summer's surge.Health experts are expressing cautious optimism - noting that the public still has to take major precautions to prevent the spread of the virus."We're at a really good point right now," said Dr. Anthony Cardillo, CEO of Mend Urgent Care. "We don't want to see an inflection going in the wrong direction."Vaccine distribution is likely also starting to help with the drop in new infections....
    Last week, President Joe Biden signed executive orders that will re-open ObamaCare's insurance exchanges from Feb. 15 through May 15 and direct federal agencies to re-examine some of the health care rules enacted by the Trump administration.  There's a limit to what Biden can accomplish by executive action. But with narrow control of Congress, there's still plenty Democrats can do on health care. Unfortunately, the changes they have in mind won't make health care more affordable, even as they command huge sums of taxpayer money.  Near the top of Biden's agenda are more generous subsidies for coverage sold on the exchanges. Currently, ObamaCare provides premium tax credits to Americans earning between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level, or between about $26,000 and $105,000 for a family of four.   JANICE DEAN: COVID NURSING HOME DEATHS, CUOMO AND THE TRUTH – MY LATE IN-LAWS GAVE ME STRENGTH TO KEEP GOING Biden would like to make all Americans eligible for subsidies, regardless of income. No one...
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra scoffs at critics who claim he’s unqualified to be U.S. health secretary — and help vaccinate America — because he’s not a medical professional. He’s merely a politician. And he’s right. The Department of Health and Human Services is loaded with doctors and medical experts. What’s most needed to head the sprawling agency with 80,000 employees is a strong leader who can organize and achieve. Based on Becerra’s history, President Joe Biden chose the right man. Becerra, 63, is Washington-ready, not a naive newcomer to D.C.’s hardball, unforgiving politics. He previously served 12 terms as a U.S. House member, representing Central Los Angeles. Becerra was chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and helped jockey Obamacare through the House. He also headed the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He was California’s first Latino state attorney general and, if confirmed as expected, will be the first Latino U.S. Health...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The pending Supreme Court case on the fate of the Affordable Care Act could give the Biden administration its first opportunity to chart a new course in front of the justices. The health care case, argued a week after the election in November, is one of several matters, along with immigration and a separate case on Medicaid work requirements, where the new administration could take a different position from the Trump administration at the high court. While a shift would be in line with President Joe Biden’s political preferences, it could prompt consternation at the court. Justices and former officials in Democratic and Republican administrations routinely caution that new administrations should generally be reluctant to change positions before the court. Justice Elena Kagan, who as solicitor general was the top Supreme Court lawyer for President Barack Obama before he appointed her to the court, said in a...
    NEW ORLEANS - Ian Farrell was just two days away from getting the first of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. He was looking forward, he said, to a major step toward life returning to normal. So he admitted it was frustrating when he learned, without warning, that his appointment had been pushed back to March. “Part of it was that I was so close,” Farrell told VOA, explaining his frustration, “and part of it is that my coworkers and I do work that’s not safe for us to do without being vaccinated.” A 44-year-old social worker focused on community mental health, Farrell must go out and visit patients in their homes, a risky undertaking during a pandemic. Social workers are renowned for their patience and understanding, and Farrell considers himself a nice guy. “But, yeah, I kind of snapped when this poor woman called and told me my vaccination...
    Some of Contra Costa County’s communities hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic have been receiving vaccine doses at a slower pace than less-impacted cities, and white residents are getting inoculated disproportionately more than other races, according to per county data. Richmond, Antioch and Bay Point have seen about 5% of their residents receive the first dose of the vaccine through Thursday. All three have thousands more COVID-19 positive cases per 100,000 residents than cities like Walnut Creek, Lafayette and Danville, where between 13% and 16% of residents have received their first dose. White residents of Contra Costa County have received more than 39,000 first and second doses of vaccine through Thursday, while “Hispanic or Latino” residents have received about 12,000 doses, according to county data. Those numbers underscore the disparity when compared with who is getting COVID-19. The data shows that although Hispanic or Latino residents account for 32% of...
    SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) – Samia Dridi, who was born, raised and works as a nurse in Saint-Denis, fears for her impoverished town, recalling how the coronavirus cut an especially deadly path through the diverse area north of Paris, a burial place for French kings entombed in a majestic basilica. Dridi and her sister accompanied their frail 92-year-old Algerian-born mother to a vaccination center for the first of two shots to protect against COVID-19 days after it opened last week for people over the age of 75. While red tape, consent requirements and supply issues have slowed France’s vaccination rollout nationwide, the Seine-Saint-Denis region faces special challenges in warding off the virus, and getting people vaccinated when their turn comes. It is the poorest region in mainland France and had the highest rise in mortality in the country last spring, largely due to COVID-19. Up to 75 percent of the population...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 5,191 more cases of Coronavirus and 140 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 839,239 since Friday’s report, according to the state’s data. There are currently 3,586 people across the state hospitalized with COVID-19 infections. Of those hospitalized, 699 patients are in the ICU. The statewide death toll has risen to 21,602 deaths. There are 3,181,266 residents across the state who have tested negative for the virus to date. The state Health Department numbers show there have been 63,059 cases of COVID-19 among residents in nursing and personal care homes across Pennsylvania. Among employees, there have been 12,015 diagnosed cases. This brings the total number of cases at long-term care facilities to 75,074. Out of total deaths, 11,363 have occurred in residents at nursing or personal care facilities. Residents and staff at...
    (CNN)Mechanical breakdowns. Bad weather. Expiration deadlines. The earliest phases of Covid-19 vaccine distribution in some instances have left doctors, nurses, and health officials scrambling to inoculate Americans. In the worst cases, valuable doses have been wasted or thrown out. However, quick thinking by practitioners mixed with a bit of luck have found them administering vaccines in unique circumstances.CDC says travelers must wear masks on all forms of public transportation On Thursday night, after a freezer containing vaccine doses malfunctioned in Seattle, a nearby hospital had less than nine hours to administer more than 800 vaccinations before they spoiled. Vaccines from Pfizer-BioTech and Moderna require certain low temperatures for storage and have a limited shelf life when exposed to room temperature. Swedish Health Services told CNN it quickly signed up eligible recipients on short notice via social media. Clinical and non-clinical hospital volunteers convened to run the site."No vaccine went to...
    SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Samia Dridi, who was born, raised and works as a nurse in Saint-Denis, fears for her impoverished town, recalling how the coronavirus cut an especially deadly path through the diverse area north of Paris, a burial place for French kings entombed in a majestic basilica. Dridi and her sister accompanied their frail 92-year-old Algerian-born mother to a vaccination center for the first of two shots to protect against COVID-19 days after it opened last week for people over the age of 75. While red tape, consent requirements and supply issues have slowed France’s vaccination rollout nationwide, the Seine-Saint-Denis region faces special challenges in warding off the virus, and getting people vaccinated when their turn comes. It is the poorest region in mainland France and had the highest rise in mortality in the country last spring, largely due to COVID-19. Up to 75 percent of the population...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago couple had appointments to get their COVID-19 vaccines, until the city cut them off. They are not alone as the city was forced to cancel many shots. David Williams and his wife are eligible for the vaccine, and they’ve spent hours trying to secure a spot to get it, so when a friend shared a code that helped them get into the system, they went for it. But they ended up playing the waiting game all over again. “I get yelled at by my wife all the time for going out once a week to grocery shop,” David said. A weekly trip to grocery store is what pandemic life has been like for the 73-year-old and his wife. They are a former professor and a substitute teacher with pre-existing conditions that force them to take every precaution possible. “We double mask,”he said. “We’ve gone through every flavor of...