Pritzker halts school mask mandate with arrival of new CDC guidance
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said new federal COVID-19 guidance unveiled Friday will allow the state of Illinois to remove its school mask mandate on Monday, coinciding with the halting of the hotly debated virus mitigation strategy for the general public.chicagotribune.com
US Navy appeals Hawaii order to drain military fuel tanks
Attorneys for the U.S. Navy on Wednesday appealed Hawaii's order that it drain massive tanks that store fuel in the hills above Pearl Harbor, saying the state wrongly concluded the tanks posed an imminent threat that requires immediate action. A complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Honolulu asks a judge to stop the order. The motion said the Navy hopes to resolve its differences with Hawaii through negotiation but filed a complaint anyway because of time restrictions under Hawaii law.news.yahoo.com
Florida judge won’t reconsider ruling on school mask mandates, leaves decision in place favoring DeSantis stance
Rejecting arguments by parents of children with disabilities, a federal judge has refused to reconsider a decision that backed Gov. Ron DeSantis in a battle about student mask requirements in schools.sun-sentinel.com
COVID-19 cases arise at John Knox Village although ‘lion’s share’ of residents are vaccinated
Gov. Ron DeSantis was on site at Pompano Beach’s John Knox Village a year ago as it became one of the first facilities to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to seniors and staff, but now the facility is seeing some COVID cases yet again.
Lawmakers: Parental OK needed for minors to get COVID shot
Two Tennessee Republican lawmakers said Wednesday they received assurances that the state's health agency won't vaccinate minors for COVID-19 without parental consent, doubling back on a decades-old provision about children's vaccination rights that was a lightning rod in the firing of the state's top vaccine official. The announcement came during a meeting of the same legislative panel that last month grilled Department of Health officials — among them, then-vaccine chief Michelle Fiscus. The state has since terminated Fiscus in what she contends was a move to appease some GOP lawmakers who fumed over state outreach for COVID-19 vaccinations to minors.news.yahoo.com
Tennessee pulls back vaccine outreach to children after GOP pressure, report says
The state's department of health is reportedly pulling back its vaccine outreach to children for all diseases, amid pressure from Republican lawmakers who say it has gone too far in its efforts to raise awareness about the COVID-19 shots.news.yahoo.com
New COVID cases up 35%; Delta variant now in 34 counties
The Delta variant, deadlier and more contagious than the original COVID strain, is making its way through Florida at a time when the number of new cases is rising. So far, Delta has infected 280 people across 34 Florida counties.sun-sentinel.com
Judge refuses to dismiss criminal charge against former COVID data analyst
Judge Francis Allman issued a one-page order denying former COVID data analyst Rebekah Jones’ motion to dismiss the criminal charge against her for allegedly hacking into a state database, but did not explain the decision.sun-sentinel.com
‘Fleeting’ Australian State Covid-19 Cases Ruled False Positives
MELBOURNE, Australia — Two suspected “fleeting” transmission cases of coronavirus used to justify Melbourne’s lockdown extension have been declared false positives. The Metricon display home and Brighton Beach Hotel remain linked to other confirmed cases and remain exposure sites. Covid-19 commander Jeroen Weimar cited up to five cases of suspected “stranger-to-stranger transmission” as evidence the Indian variant was more contagious and faster moving. “If we let this thing run its course, it will explode,” said Acting Premier James Merlino when announcing the lockdown extension on June 2. “If the basis for the lockdown extension turned out to be false, it should end.thewestsidegazette.com
Florida COVID update for Monday: 2,296 cases added, lowest recorded in nearly a month
Florida’s Department of Health on Monday announced 2,296 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the lowest recorded in nearly a month. The state also announced 53 new deaths. Of those who died, 52 were residents.news.yahoo.com
700-plus Naperville D203 students quarantined for having COVID-19 contact; number doubled in first 2 weeks of return to school
The number of Naperville School District 203 students forced to go into 14-day quarantine has doubled in the last two weeks, corresponding to the start of students returning to school on a full-time basis, data shows.chicagotribune.com
Lawmakers call for prompt payment of $1,400 stimulus checks to Social Security beneficiaries
As $1,400 stimulus checks go out, some lawmakers are expressing concern that recipients of Social Security and other federal benefits have yet to get the money to which they are entitled. Delays have been reported in sending $1,400 stimulus checks to Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement Board and Veterans Affairs beneficiaries who do not typically file tax returns, according to the lawmakers. More from Personal Finance:New batch of $1,400 stimulus payments coming Wednesday, IRS saysHow to make sure you don't miss $1,400 stimulus checks in the mail$1,400 stimulus checks could be garnished for unpaid private debtsThe IRS has not provided a timeline for those payments, according to the letter. The lawmakers asked both agencies to come up with a schedule by Friday, March 26, for when federal beneficiaries will receive the money. A second batch of those $1,400 checks is due to arrive via direct deposit by Wednesday, while more payments have also been sent by mail as a paper check or prepaid debit card.cnbc.com
Pritzker expected to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility starting April 12 to all Illinois residents 16 and older, but Chicago will still set its own rules
The requirements for those with health conditions applies to Chicagoans 16 and older, and will follow the Illinois Department of Health’s guidelines that include cancer, lung disease, heart conditions and other ailments that put individuals at greater risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19. Unlike the rest of the state, however, Chicago will not include smokers in that category and will expand to additional conditions such as HIV/AIDS, liver disease and schizophrenia. Essential jobs will be defined as industries such as restaurants, construction, finance, media and other categories.chicagotribune.com
Extent of COVID-19 vaccine waste remains largely unknown
A woman arrives for her first dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine Friday, March 12, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. As millions continue to wait their turn for the COVID-19 vaccine, small but steady amounts of the precious doses have gone to waste across the country. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As millions continue to wait their turn for the COVID-19 vaccine, small but steady amounts of the precious doses have gone to waste across the country. AdBy comparison, waste of the COVID-19 vaccine appears to be quite small, though the U.S. government has yet to release numbers shedding insight on its extent. In Tennessee, wasted, spoiled or unused doses aren't publicly disclosed on the state's online COVID-19 vaccine dashboard. Ohio's health department reported 2,349 doses wasted or spoiled as of February.
COVID vaccines: All it takes is a doctor’s note and a Florida site with an open door
Since December, Florida had been vaccinating only people 65 and older. But last Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order to allow people under the age of 65 who are “extremely vulnerable” to COVID-19 to be eligible for the vaccine. Four days later, and only hours before the order went into effect, the Department of Health posted a form for physicians. The form does not require an explanation of the medical condition.sun-sentinel.com
The Latest: Oklahoma opens second phase of COVID-19 vaccines
(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)MEXICO CITY — Mexico has received its first shipment of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. ___WASHINGTON — The White House now says it expects to catch up by mid-week on deliveries of coronavirus vaccine doses that were delayed by severe weather. AdBeginning March 1, anyone aged 55 to 64 will be allowed to get a COVID-19 vaccine. ___OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma opened its second phase of coronavirus vaccinations on Monday, providing inoculations to public school teachers and staff and to adults of any age with illnesses that make them susceptible to the virus. There have been 419,853 coronavirus cases and 4,203 deaths due to COVID-19 in Oklahoma since the pandemic began, the state health department reported.
COVID vaccine deliveries delayed in South Florida by massive winter storm
Winn Dixie said like other retailers, severe weather conditions are impacting shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine to its pharmacies. Inventory is delayed, but those who already have appointments will get their shots, the grocer said. Customers can keep checking the website but will be unable to make future appointments at this time.sun-sentinel.com
Arkansas lawmakers OK bill requiring women to call a hotline before having an abortion
Little Rock, Arkansas — Arkansas lawmakers on Thursday voted to require women seeking an abortion to call a hotline before they can undergo the procedure. The Senate voted 28-5 for the measure, one of several abortion restrictions that have been filed in the majority-Republican Legislature. "The idea with this is that you're empowering women in order to be able to make the choice to not have an abortion," Republican Sen. Bob Ballinger said before the vote. Arkansas Republican state Representative Bob Ballinger at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock in July 2015. The proposal does not include additional funding for the hotline program, which would be required to be set up by 2023.cbsnews.com
UK tests house-to-house in hunt for new COVID-19 variant
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON – England has begun house-by-house COVID-19 testing in some communities as authorities try to snuff out a new variant of the coronavirus before it spreads widely and undermines a nationwide vaccination program. Public health officials are concerned about the variant first identified in South Africa because it contains a mutation of the virus’ characteristic spike protein that existing vaccines target. No conclusive evidence has emerged to show the Kent variant causes more serious COVID-19 cases or deaths. In recent weeks, scientists also identified new, more contagious variants in South Africa and Brazil, both of which contained the spike protein mutation. AdIn hopes of preventing those variants from becoming widespread in Britain, the government has barred travel from South Africa, South America and Portugal, a popular European transit point for travelers from South America.
Brazil neighbors limit travel to halt virus strain's spread
And Peru on Jan. 26 banned air traffic from Brazil; the governor of Peru’s Loreto department bordering Brazil called on the government to shut down land crossings, too. The clampdown comes as Manaus, the Amazon rainforest’s largest city and the site of the variant's outbreak, suffers a brutal second wave of infections. Other cities in Brazil’s Amazon region have been crushed since, including Porto Velho, capital of neighboring Rondonia state. Brazil’s former health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta told newspaper O Globo on Thursday that the new strain could cause a “mega-epidemic” across Brazil within 60 days. “There is no guarantee it won’t reach (Brazil’s) border with Venezuela, with Colombia, Suriname, Guyana,” Díaz Mirabal, who is of the Wakuenai Kurripako ethnicity, said in a Zoom call with reporters.
Florida unveils new registration website for COVID-19 vaccine
The state’s registration site is meant only for trying to get a spot in line at the state-run sites, such as those at Miami Marlins Stadium and Hard Rock Stadium in Miami-Dade County. In Broward County, it also will include the drive-thru sites supervised by the state Department of Health at county parks. Appointments are not available in Palm Beach County.sun-sentinel.com
VIRUS TODAY: Lawmakers call for race data on vaccine access
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photo, people line up for the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site outside St. Luke's Episcopal Church in the Bronx borough of New York. Data from some states has shown hard-hit nonwhite Americans who are eligible to get the vaccine are not receiving it in proportion to their share of the population. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, all of Massachusetts, say the agency must work with states, municipalities and private labs to collect and publish demographic data about vaccine recipients. Without that information, policymakers and health workers cannot efficiently identify vaccine disparities in the hardest-hit communities, the lawmakers say. Dr. Paul Offit of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a vaccine adviser to the U.S. government, on the slow and steady process of scaling up vaccine production.
NY data show nursing home deaths undercounted by thousands
Andrew Cuomo's administration confirmed Thursday that thousands more nursing home residents died of COVID-19 than the state's official tallies had previously acknowledged, dealing a potential blow to his image as a pandemic hero. “Families like mine knew these numbers were not correct.”Cuomo’s office referred all questions to the state health department. Zucker's figure of 12,743 nursing home resident deaths included for the first time 3,829 confirmed COVID-19 fatalities of those residents who had been transported to hospitals. Her investigators looked at a sample of 62 of the state’s roughly 600 nursing homes. They reported 1,914 deaths of residents from COVID-19, while the state Department of Health logged only 1,229 deaths at those same facilities.
Former DOH analyst Rebekah Jones under arrest after anonymous message investigation
Rebekah Jones turned herself in to police on Sunday after an investigation into an anonymous message sent to Department of Health employees. A raid on her home on Dec. 7, according to investigators, was regarding a message sent from a computer at her home address to health department employees. The anonymous alert, sent on Nov. 10 to workers at FDOH, read:“It’s time, to speak up before another 17,000 people are dead. Ron DeSantis said that Jones became known because she alleged a conspiracy theory at the Department of Health. Obviously, she has issues.”RELATED: Former data analyst home raidedBodycam video released of raid on COVID-19 data analyst’s homeRebekah Jones demands computers be returned
Fired DOH analyst Rebekah Jones says she’ll turn herself in to police Sunday night
Rebekah Jones says she was fired from the Florida Department of Health after she refused to "manipulate" COVID-19 data (Photo: Courtesy photo)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Former Florida Department of Health data analyst Rebekah Jones announced on Twitter that she will turn herself in to authorities on Sunday night. She has been vocal about her firing, saying that it was because she refused to go along with manipulating COVID-19 data. — Rebekah Jones (@GeoRebekah) January 16, 2021The raid was based on a lie. — Rebekah Jones (@GeoRebekah) January 16, 2021The search in early December, according to investigators, was regarding a message sent from a computer at her home address to health department employees. Obviously, she has issues.”RELATED: Former data analyst home raidedBodycam video released of raid on COVID-19 data analyst’s homeRebekah Jones demands computers be returned
Broward mayor says health department will vaccinate about 20,000 residents a week at 8 sites
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Broward County Mayor Steve Geller held a news conference Tuesday morning at the Broward Governmental Center to discuss the county health department’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts and the issues that have occurred with its website. The Department of Health in Broward County currently has three locations open where seniors 65 and older can receive the vaccine. According to the mayor, the health department plans to open eight locations and will be able to vaccinate about 20,000 people per week -- possibly more. “As each new Department of Health location opens, they will reopen the Broward County website for new reservations for the first three weeks at that location,” Geller said. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava is scheduled to provide an update on Miami-Dade’s vaccination plan at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
UK is first to authorize easy-to-handle AstraZeneca vaccine
Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.K. have already received at least one shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use, did not endorse one vaccine over the other. Britain’s action likely means the World Health Organization could soon clear the AstraZeneca vaccine for use in a global effort to help poor countries, called COVAX. The European Medicines Agency said it is still assessing the AstraZeneca vaccine and has asked the company for more information on its quality, safety and effectiveness. In addition to the Serum Institute, AstraZeneca has deals with vaccine makers in Brazil, South Africa and China.
The Latest: South Korea enforces tough measures in prisons
The others are the lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, insurance commissioner and Kansas Supreme Court chief justice and four Republican leaders in the GOP-controlled Legislature. The legislative leaders and the state’s Republican attorney general passed, for now, because not all health care workers and nursing home residents have received theirs. The governor also said Wednesday that “hundreds” of other, non-elected state officials have been made eligible for early vaccines by their agencies. The others are the lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, insurance commissioner and Kansas Supreme Court chief justice and four Republican leaders in the GOP-controlled Legislature. Most of those Republicans said they didn’t want to jump in line ahead of health care workers, nursing home residents or other vulnerable Kansans.
Lava lake forms as Hawaii volcano erupts after 2-year break
A plume rises near active fissures in the crater of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. A spokeswoman for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park says the volcanic activity is a risk to people in the park Monday and that caution is needed. Geological Survey via AP)HONOLULU – Lava was rising more than 3 feet (1 meter) per hour in the deep crater of a Hawaii volcano that began erupting over the weekend after a two-year break, scientists said Tuesday. Kilauea volcano within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island was gushing molten rock from at least two vents inside its summit crater, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It had a lava lake in its crater for the last decade of that eruption.
Gov. Ron DeSantis defends search of ex-state worker’s home
Ron DeSantis is vigorously defending law enforcement officers on how they served a search warrant at the home of a former Department of Health employee being investigated for unauthorized use of an emergency alert system. DeSantis spoke Friday, addressing the search warrant served at the home of Rebekah Jones on Monday. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released bodycam footage from the incident on Thursday. “Search warrants are one of the most dangerous events a law enforcement officer will engage in, and many officers are killed each year during the execution of search warrants,” he continued. Why did they do a search warrant on the house?
The Latest: Australia leader to go slow on Pfizer vaccine
If approved, shots could begin within days for health care workers and people in nursing homes. Shots would then begin for health care workers and nursing home residents. ___CANBERRA, Australia — Australian researchers say they have abandoned development of a potential coronavirus vaccine because it produced false positive results on HIV tests. A health ministry statement says the government will first vaccinate health care workers, particularly those who deal with COVID-19 cases. ___HONOLULU — Hawaii expects to receive 80,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine in December for health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.
DeSantis appointee quits over raid on ex-state worker’s home
Ron DeSantis is resigning because of a search warrant served on a former Department of Health employee who has criticized the state’s COVID-19 data. Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement served the search warrant Monday, saying a computer at Jones’s home was used to hack the Department of Health. At 8:30 am this morning, state police came into my house and took all my hardware and tech. “Agents knocked and called Ms. Jones both announcing the search warrant and encouraging her to cooperate. Ms. Jones refused to come to the door for 20 minutes and hung-up on agents.
UK stocks up on vaccines, hopes to start virus shots in days
It now hopes to hit a more positive milestone by becoming one of the first countries in the world to start vaccinating its population against COVID-19. The U.K. government has agreed to buy more than 350 million doses of vaccines from seven different producers, should they prove effective, as it prepares to vaccinate as many of the country’s 67 million people as possible. The Moderna vaccine is expected to be referred soon to the U.K.'s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, to see if it is safe and effective. Britain has ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and 100 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. The Moderna vaccine, which also needs to be stored at freezer temperatures, was also about 95% effective in clinical trials, the company said.
Miami-Dade County public school was operating without clean running water
UPDATE: On Friday, a Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokeswoman said running water was back at Carol City Middle School. “The Department of Health rescinded the boil water notice for Carol City Middle School, following the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer work done to one of their water lines,” District Director of Communications Natalia Zea wrote in an email. Again, at no time were students without clean, bottled water for drinking and handwashing.”ORIGINAL STORY: Carol City Middle School students in Miami Gardens haven’t had clean running water since Tuesday. The problem at the school began with a damaged pipe, and the Miami-Dade County Water & Sewer Department issued a boil-water notice that also affected neighboring properties. Having access to clean running water is more than a basic human right, and the children in the neighborhood really need a safe and welcoming school to stay on the right path.
The Latest: Italy imposing night curfew, other restrictions
Spain has a national 14-day cumulative number of 527 coronavirus cases per 100,000 population, one of the highest in Europe. The rolling average of daily deaths rose from 10.1 to 15.3 and the positivity average increased from 8.9% to 11.8%. ___THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Netherlands reported coronavirus cases fell by 5%, the first decrease in weeks. Dutch public health institute says confirmed coronavirus cases in the past seven days went from 67,542 to 64,087. It lays out new rules for what are considered “essential” items during a monthlong lockdown effort to slow coronavirus infections.
The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster
(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections related to a new cluster centered on a garment factory. — Boston schools will switch to all-remote learning in response to rising coronavirus cases in the city. Kelly said Wednesday that two-thirds of the state’s confirmed cases now are outside the Wichita and Kansas City region. On Wednesday, the state reported its first patient to the field hospital on the state fairgrounds in West Allis outside of Milwaukee. ___ROME — The Italian region of Lazio, which includes Rome, is imposing an overnight curfew to combat surging coronavirus infections.
DC faults White House over Rose Garden event, urges testing
Bowser said earlier this week that repeated attempts to contact the White House over the outbreak had received a “very cursory” response but that she believed the necessary steps were being taken. “There are established public health protocols at the White House that are federal in nature,” Bowser said on Monday. The Trump White House has operated for months in open violation of several D.C. virus regulations, hosting multiple gatherings that exceeded the local 50-person limit and in which many participants didn’t wear masks. Washington’s local virus regulations don’t apply on federal property, but the current outbreak has blurred those distinctions. White House spokesman Judd Deere said Monday that the White House “has established a robust contact tracing program led by the White House Medical Unit with CDC integration to provide appropriate recommendations.”On Wednesday, White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern detailed the in-house contact tracing regime to reporters.
Coronavirus: Florida reports 8 deaths, 2431 new cases
Florida reported 2,431 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday along with 8 deaths. The positivity rate from yesterday’s tests was 4.26%, down from 4.42% from Sunday. The new deaths reported over the past 24 hours include 1 in Broward and 0 in Palm Beach. The statewide positivity rate over the past seven days is 4.93% and the two-week positivity rate is 4.95%. Worldwide, the number of COVID-19 cases reported has surpassed 28.8 million.
The Latest: India's virus cases jump by another 28,000
(AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)Indias number of coronavirus cases jumped by another 28,000 on Tuesday and are fast approaching 1 million. The 28,498 cases reported in the past 24 hours took the national total to 906,752. Eight of Indias 28 states, including the worst-hit Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and New Delhi, account for nearly 90% of cases. ___HERES WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: The legions of small businesses that employee most of the world's workers are struggling; whether they survive will have reverberations in whole communities New York Gov. The rebels have acknowledged just four virus cases, leaving aid workers, local health officials and doctors to warn the outbreak was far worse than authorities would admit.
Quarantine loopholes bring fresh efforts to fight outbreaks
The city of Melbourne in Victoria recorded 270 new coronavirus infections overnight, with more than 4,000 cases now active across the state. India, which has the third-most cases, was rapidly nearing 1 million cases with a jump of more than 28,000 reported Tuesday. The ebb and flow of the pandemic has governments scrambling to quash fresh outbreaks while attempting to salvage economies from the devastation of long shutdowns and travel restrictions. Hawaiis governor pushed back by another month plans to waive a 14-day quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers who test negative for COVID-19. He cited rising numbers of local cases, uncontrolled outbreaks in several U.S. mainland states and a shortage of testing supplies.
Tennessee to halt sharing COVID-19 patient data
The data sharing will stop at the end of the month. Earlier this year, the Department of Health had originally declined to hand over the COVID-19 patient data, warning that wearing protective equipment only in those cases of confirmed illness is unlikely to guarantee their protection. Lee later told reporters that the patient data sharing policy would be temporary and could change when more information and protection equipment became available. The American Civil Liberties Union, Tennessee Black Caucus and others had all called for a stop to the sharing of data with law enforcement. In Tennessee, law enforcement officials have been instructed to delete and/or shred the patient data provided by the state within 30 days, according to Skelton's email.
Military veteran is 6th VA nursing home resident in Broward to die of coronavirus
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs announced Wednesday afternoon a sixth resident of the Alexander Nininger State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Pembroke Pines has died of complications with the new coronavirus disease. According to retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. R. Steven Murray, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the military veteran had underlying health conditions and was hospitalized when he died. “Our condolences go to his family and friends,” Murray wrote. Murray said they are awaiting the results of recent testing by the Broward County Department of Health. According to the latest Florida Department of Health report, 577 people have died of the coronavirus disease at long-term care facilities in the state.
Police called after NYC funeral home puts bodies in trucks
The New York Police Department notified the state Department of Health, which oversees funeral homes. The coronavirus pandemic has overrun most funeral homes and morgues in New York City. Workers suited up in protective gear could be seen in the afternoon transferring bodies into the refrigerated truck. New York City funeral homes have struggled in the city since late March. The NYPD notified the state Department of Health, which oversees funeral homes, about the situation at the Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Home.
Tracking coronavirus cases: Hillcrest Healthcare Rehab
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – The coronavirus pandemic is impacting Hillcrest Healthcare Rehab in Broward County. Both tested positive for COVID-19, the infectious respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus. We can confirm that 2 patients, who were sent to Hillcrest from a local hospital, tested positive for COVID-19 after being returned to the hospital for changes in their medical condition. Upon being notified by the Department of Health that they had tested positive, we immediately contacted the appropriate local and state agencies. We have not been notified of any employee testing positive for COVID-19.
New York raises age to buy tobacco, e-cigarette products
(CNN) - As of Wednesday, anyone looking to purchase tobacco and e-cigarette products in New York must be 21 years old. Andrew Cuomo this summer signed the legislation in a bid to combat health threats stemming from the use of these products. New York State Police is partnering with the Department of Health to conduct undercover investigations on retailers selling vaping products to underage youth, according to a press release. "We are taking aggressive action to make sure the decades of progress we've made to combat tobacco addiction is not undone by a sharp rise in e-cigarette use among younger New Yorkers." New York is the 18th state to raise the age to buy tobacco and e-cigarette products to 21, according to the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation, an advocacy group.
Scandal over cervical checks is sign of bigger problem in Ireland
In April, after first contacting CervicalCheck, the screening program, she sent a series of emails to Ireland's Department of Health outlining her concerns regarding the significant delay. The revelations have marked yet the latest chapter in a years-long controversy over cervical screenings that has rocked the country. Phelan's doctor told her that it was terminal and that she had a year or two to live. The government soon established a "scoping inquiry" into the screening program. In a statement to CNN, the HSE said that it is "absolutely focused on improving women's health and working with women in doing so."
Minnesota reports patients with severe lung disease after vaping
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CNN) - Minnesota health officials have identified four cases of severe lung injury that could be connected to vaping, similar to what could be dozens more cases in nearby Wisconsin and Illinois. While officials said they don't yet know the exact products used, both nicotine and marijuana products have been reported. "We are encouraging providers and parents to be on the look-out for vaping as a cause for unexplained breathing problems and lung injury and disease." Cases in Wisconsin and IllinoisIn Wisconsin, health officials are still investigating increasing reports of people with severe lung disease who say they've recently vaped or "dabbed," which involves inhaling marijuana products. "The products used could include a number of substances, including nicotine, THC, synthetic cannabinoids, or a combination of these."