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Rhode Island Governor Wants Police To Track Down New Yorkers Seeking Refuge Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

March 28, 2020

Rhode Island plans to send out the National Guard to go door-to-door in an attempt to hunt down anyone who has arrived in the tiny state from New York City for refuge amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to FOX, the Rhode Island State police have begun pulling over cars with New York state plates, under orders from the Governor.

Gov. Gina Raimondo called New York a “pinpointed risk” and declared that anyone traveling to their state, coming from New York, will be ordered to undergo a 14-day quarantine and could face fines or even jail time if they do not comply.

“Right now, we have a pinpointed risk,” Raimondo said at a news conference on Friday. “That risk is called New York City.”

Raimondo explained that she’s within her emergency powers to impose the aggressive measures and said she had consulted with state lawyers.

“I know it’s unusual. I know it’s extreme, and I know some people disagree with it,” she said.

“If you want to seek refuge in Rhode Island, you must be quarantined.”

Gov. Gina Raimondo

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Veteran Trauma Center Doctor Fired For Calling Out Hospital’s Lack Of Protective Measures For Hospital Staff

March 28, 2020

Bellingham, Washington’s PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center has fired an emergency room doctor who publicly called-out what he called a lack of protective measures against the coronavirus at the hospital.

Ming Lin, a 17-year veteran ER doctor at the hospital, has also worked ER at a trauma center near the World Trade Center during 9/11, became a local celebrity for voicing the concerns over the lack of urgent measures to protect the hospital’s staff.

Lin says he was informed of his termination as he was preparing to start his shift Friday afternoon.

”I got a message that said, ‘Your shift has been covered,’” Lin told The Seattle Times. After phoning his supervisor, Lin was officially told, he was terminated.

More than a week ago, Lin spoke to reporters and made social media posts accusing PeaceHealth that they lack the sense of urgency to protect the staff from the virus. In return for his outcry, Lin said supervisors made threats to his employment.

Going against the demands that he remove his social media post, Lin continued to regularly post updates on his Facebook account.

Lin had written that PeaceHealth St. Joseph refused to screen patients outside the hospital, and instead piled them into the waiting area where the virus could quickly spread.

Two anonymous emergency department workers told The Times they shared Lin’s concerns about the spread of infection because of that practice.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph is the only emergency facility for some 250,000 people in Washington’s northwest corner.

Numerous hospital staff has tested positive for the virus, the hospital’s chief executive, Charles Prosper, said earlier in the week but insisted that none of the cases were work-related.

Lin said he had gained an abundance of support from residents and health care workers in Bellingham.

I’ll be OK,” said Lin, ”It’s a blow to my ego more than anything.”

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101-Year-Old Italian Man Has ‘Truly Extraordinary’ Recovery From The Coronavirus

March 28, 2020

According to CNN, a 101-year-old man from Italy has made an incredible recovery from the coronavirus. Italy has the highest number of people getting infected by the novel virus, and the number of deaths is rising by the day.

The elderly man, known only as Mr. P, was admitted to a hospital in Rimini, Italy, after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. Although the elderly are high risk for the virus, Mr. P fully recovered on Thursday.

The Deputy Mayor of Rimini, Gloria Lisi, describes his recovery as “truly extraordinary” and has brought “hope for the future.” She added, “Mr. P made it. The family brought him home yesterday evening. To teach us that even at 101 years, the future is not written.” Mr. P also survived the Spanish Flu in 1919. The Spanish Flu caused between 30 million to 50 million deaths worldwide.

“At 101 years, he lived almost entirely through the past century and then had a glimpse of the new millennium. He has seen everything: war, hunger, pain, progress, crisis, and resurrections,” Lisi said about Mr. P. “And then at the age of over 100 years, fate brought him this new challenge, invisible and terrible at the same time. … When the tragic news reports tell us daily of a virus that is dangerous above all to the elderly, there is hope for all of us in the story of a person of this age.”

The city of Rimini reportedly has 1,189 confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of more than 80,000 in Italy as of Thursday. Italy has reportedly more deaths than any other country with an estimated total of 8,215 deaths. Spain is closest behind with an estimate of 64,059 confirmed cases and 4,858 deaths.

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Morgue capacity and bodies as sources of infection* a system in crisis

March 28, 2020



A system in crisis

The grim reckoning is a reminder that much of postcard-perfect New York is built on death and pestilence: Washington Square Park was originally a cemetery until it overflowed with corpses from a string of yellow fever epidemics, so much so that a new cemetery had to built in what is now Bryant Park. And, of course, Typhoid Mary was a New Yorker. “It appears as if God were punishing this land for its sins,” a Dutch pastor wrote of a dysentery outbreak in 1668.


It’s not just morgue capacity that’s in crisis. The entire apparatus of post-mortem care — or deathcare — has been upended. With scarce supplies, dwindling staff, and the need to avoid exposure to the virus, nurses can’t perform usual palliative care and linger with dying patients. Hospital chaplains are having to perform last rites outside patients’ doors or through video chat.

Funeral homes, responsible for moving bodies out of morgues, are also being overwhelmed. They have smaller morgues than hospitals, and families struggling with quarantine and financial hardship on top of grief sometimes can’t leave their homes to make timely arrangements.
As of last Sunday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) mandated that only “immediate family” attend funerals, a number that is further restricted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation against gatherings of more than 10 people. Funeral directors are generally asking that only one or two people come in to the home to make arrangements.



Joseph Neufeld, who’s running a funeral home he inherited from his father in Elmhurst, Queens, has had five or six coronavirus funerals. He said a grieving wife and son had to watch their loved one’s casket lowered from within their car because they couldn’t be near cemetery workers. Rabbi Hillel Fox, director of chaplaincy at Northshore University Hospital, said a Jewish woman whose dying wish was to be buried in Israel had to be buried by strangers because Israel’s borders are closed.
Already, some morgues are running out of space. Kilfeather’s hospital is using its morgue, plus the morgue of an adjoining nursing home, plus the refrigerated truck, which can hold up to 45 (once they put in shelves), plus a backup truck. They would never, “God forbid,” she said, “pile people on top of one another.”
Adding to the ethical questions are medical ones, namely if handling coronavirus-infected corpses is dangerous.
“We don’t know,” says Amy Rapkiewicz, chair of the pathology department at Long Island School of Medicine and autopsy director at NYU Winthrop Hospital. Because the coronavirus is transmitted through respiratory droplets, the risk is lower than Ebola, in which patients died from hemorrhaging and vomiting up blood, which turned funerals in Africa into a hotbed of transmission. But Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University, said residual virus could remain in the respiratory tract and the intestines — “so the risk isn’t zero.”
The current protocol is to treat the patient as having died from a better-known infectious disease, or Level 3 pathogen, like tuberculosis or hepatitis, where the virus may remain in secretions from the skin that could become aerosolized when the body is moved, and then splash on someone’s face or be breathed in through air. That means extra precautions (again, with scarce supplies) for all the front-line workers involved, including security guards and janitors. But the X-factor is how long the virus lives on skin. Rapkiewicz surmises that it might be in the realm of how long it lasts on plastic. According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, that’s up to 72 hours.
The only truly agreed-upon practice is that all body bags should be disinfected with bleach.




She’s the organized one in the morgue at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, the administrator who logs names and holds the hands of grieving family members. Now she’s had to join the burly “dieners,” or morgue technicians, whose job is transporting corpses and performing autopsies, just to keep her small team of four from getting overwhelmed. Every day there are more corpses than the day before.
“Right now, I would say it’s doubled,” she said, “and as everyone else is, we’re expecting that every week it’s going to get worse, especially here in New York City.”

Her co-worker Devon Betts, a 37-year-old diener, keeps using the word “surreal.”
“I’ve never been to war, but I feel like this is the closest I will ever get to it,” he says. “You walk into work every day and you’re battling what seems to be an enemy in this virus.”
On Thursday, the death toll in the United States topped 1,000. In New York City, the total deaths reached 385, with over 85 people dying in the city that day and about 135 deaths across New York state. The state is worried enough to have asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help in setting up emergency morgues. The Office of Chief Medical Examiner has deployed 45 refrigerated trucks to hospitals around the city, with more trucks in reserve. A giant refrigerated tent that will serve as a pop-up morgue sits outside Bellevue Hospital, empty for now — a stark symbol of the gravity of the pandemic in New York City.
Recent deaths have included Kious Kelly, a nurse at Mount Sinai West, who was in a Facebook photo with two of his co-workers wearing garbage bags because they’d run out of protective hospital gowns. On Thursday, two Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers died of the virus — Oliver Cyrus, a bus operator, and Peter Petrassi, a subway conductor — after weeks of complaints that front-line workers didn’t have proper protective equipment. Both had served for more than 20 years.


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Four People Have Died On Carnival-Owned Cruise Ship Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

March 28, 2020

Four passengers have died aboard Holland America’s “Zaandam” cruise ship off the coast of Panama, the company announced.

According to CNBC, there are more than 1,800 people aboard the ship, including four doctors and four nurses who are also on board. At last reporting, the company revealed that 53 passengers and 85 crew members are exhibiting symptoms consistent with the coronavirus, but they did not specify how many of the passengers and crew in total were tested.

The ship is now at least the third Carnival-owned ship to become the site of a coronavirus outbreak. 

The company shared in a statement that “four older guests have passed away on Zaandam,” but did not specify whether they died of COVID-19. “No one has been off the ship since March 14 in Punta Arenas, Chile.”

Another Holland America cruise ship, the “Rotterdam,” met the Zaandam at sea on Thursday. The company said it planned to transfer healthy patients from one ship to the other before they are exposed to COVID-19. All passengers and crew currently exhibiting symptoms will remain on the Zaandam.

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Future Donates Masks To Healthcare Workers and Coronavirus Patients

March 28, 2020

Atlanta rapper, Future, has stepped in to help the medical community during the coronavirus outbreak.

Future and his organization, Freewishes Foundation, has decided to collaborate with Atlanta Sewing Style to create and deliver masks to hospitals that are in need.

According to 11Alive News, the rapper sees how critical it is for medical personnel and patients to have masks during this time and wanted to step in.

Future’s mother, Stephanie Jester, released a statement on getting through this crisis together.

“There is so much that needs to be done during this crisis, and if everyone can step up in some way, we can all get through this together as we serve our community.”

Jester continued, ”I think that our healthcare professionals are the heroes in this situation, and they are risking their lives for everyone, so it is our responsibility to help protect them.”

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Georgia Mother Dies From The Coronavirus, Child Found In The Home With Mother’s Body

March 28, 2020

A Georgia healthcare worker was found dead in her home from the Coronavirus.

According to Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk, the 42-year-old mother was discovered deceased in her home after a welfare-check about 12 to 16 hours after her passing.

According to AJC, the woman’s child was found in the home with the body. The child is between 4 or 5-years-old.

Posthumous tests reportedly confirmed that she had COVID-19. 

The woman was one of two healthcare workers that have passed from COVID-19 in Georgia. A 48-year-old woman who worked at a hospital had also died. 

There are currently 2,366 cases, 69 deaths and 617 hospitalizations in Georgia, according to WSB-TV.

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Prince’s Family Claims That They Have Not Received Any Payments From His Estate; They Are Now Asking a Judge To Intervene

March 28, 2020

Prince’s siblings are claiming that despite lawyers and advisors being shelled out millions, they have not seen any money from the singer’s estate, and now, they are asking the courts to step in and approve “payment for services and efforts provided to the Estate.”

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Prince’s siblings, Sharon, Norrine, and John Nelson, have filed a petition for compensation in Prince’s estate.

While Prince left behind all his assets to his six siblings, the estate is run by Comerica Bank. The two parties have not agreed on many terms in the past. The siblings have accused Comerica of mismanaging money and leaving them out of the loop concerning major decisions regarding the estate. Comerica has denied these allegations.

Sharon, Norrine, and John say they want to continue helping out the estate but cannot continue without being compensated. The three siblings claim they have had to heavily depend on “solely on their pension, social security, personal savings and loans from friends to cover the costs needed to support the Prince Estate despite the millions paid to advisors, attorneys and others approved by the Court.”

The heirs also said that they have provided “considerable time and investment in business matters related to the Estate. Unlike others, who have performed services for the Prince Estate, the three have not received any financial sums for numerous and repeated services they have contributed to the Estate.”

A judge has not yet ruled in the case.

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31-year-old St. Louis Woman Died From The Coronavirus Two Days After Testing Positive

March 28, 2020

A 31-year-old St. Louis woman with no known underlying health conditions died from the coronavirus just two days after testing positive, according to family members.

Jazmond Dixon, with reportedly no pre-existing medical conditions, died on Sunday, March 21, from COVID-19 only two days after testing positive according to the New York Post.

Dixon is the first resident from St. Louis to die from the novel virus. Her family said Dixon was healthy and was shocked by the devastating news.

Dixon was experiencing flu-like symptoms and went to an urgent care facility on Tuesday, March 17, according to her cousin Belafae Johnson Jr. The staff from the urgent care insisted for her to go to an emergency room where she was admitted.

On Thursday, March 19, Dixon was placed on a ventilator shortly before testing positive for COVID-19 due to her oxygen levels dropping dangerously low. She died two days later that Sunday.

“Her lungs just continued to deteriorate,” Johnson said. “The information we got was like this was the worst case of pneumonia you could have.”

Dixon didn’t travel recently, according to city officials.

Dixon was buried on Tuesday morning, Johnson reported to a local news station News 4. Her family members had to watch the burial from a distance in their car and didn’t see the casket up close.

A Go Fund Me was set up to assist with the final expenses.

Dixon worked for the Red Cross. The organization reportedly said that another employee tested positive, and a third may have it. The Red Cross sent the following statement to News 4:

“We know this is an uncertain and trying time for many in St. Louis and in communities across the country. It’s important to know our affected staff members did not work in the blood donation center and did not come into contact with donors or other members of the public as part of their daily job duties. In the interest of remaining vigilant, the Red Cross implemented enhanced cleaning of the entire Lindell building last week, which included the regularly wiping down of common surfaces, such as doors, handrails, elevator buttons and countertops. This past weekend, following notification of an ill employee, we also completed an additional enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of the building, using CDC recommended chemicals.”

Missouri is reportedly experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases with 223 patients confirmed as of Tuesday.

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Spring Breakers Express Regret After Florida Cases Of Coronavirus Soar

March 28, 2020

The defiant spring breakers like Brady Sluder, who said things like, “If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not gonna let it stop me from partying,” last week are being to see the error of their ways.

According to NBC News, the United States is now at about 55,000 cases of the coronavirus, which includes more than 800 deaths. The country has fast become the new center of the pandemic. So naturally, Sluder has revised his original message: “Don’t be arrogant and think you’re invincible like myself.”

Sluder posted a lengthy apology on his Instagram saying.

“I would like to sincerely apologize for the insensitive comment I made in regards to COVID-19 while on spring break. I wasn’t aware of the severity of my actions and comments,” he began. “I’d like to take this time to own up to the mistakes I’ve made and apologize to the people I’ve offended.”

The 22-year-old revealed that he has elderly people in his life, whom he “adores.” He didn’t want to put anyone at risk. Now, he understands how serious the virus is and is encouraging people to follow the guidelines on how to stay safe and reduce risk. Most of all, he wanted to express how sorry he is.

“I will continue to reflect and learn from this and continue to pray for our well-being. I deeply apologize from the bottom of my heart for my insensitivity and unawareness of my actions,” Sluder said.

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