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    More On: Coronavirus Idaho woman goes on bizarre rant, wears burka to ‘protest’ face mask mandate Hey, WHO! Do a real Wuhan probe: Devine Health workers stuck in snowstorm go car-to-car giving COVID-19 vaccine NJ hospital let wealthy donors, execs skip COVID-19 vaccine line: report A California X-ray technician died earlier this month, just four days after receiving his second dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, a report said. Tim Zook, 60, died at UC Irvine Medical Center on Jan. 9 after first falling ill at South Coast Global Medical Center — where he worked — hours after receiving the second jab, the Orange County Register reported. Zook, a married father of three, had shared his excitement on Facebook after completing the vaccination. “Never been so excited to get a shot before,” he wrote on Jan. 5, the report said. “I am now fully vaccinated after receiving my 2nd Pfizer...
    Getty Ralph Macchio and wife Phyllis Fierro pose together at the premiere of "Artie Lange's Beer League" in 2006. In both the Karate Kid film franchise and the acclaimed series Cobra Kai, Ralph Macchio’s character Daniel LaRusso is known for his heroic endeavors. It seems that the actor’s wife, Phyllis Fierro, shares the same trait.Macchio Has Recently Spoken About His Wife’s Career as Nurse Practitioner View this post on Instagram A post shared by ralph_macchio (@ralph_macchio) During a recent interview on The View, alongside his Cobra Kai costar William Zabka, Macchio discussed his wife working as a nurse practitioner during a global pandemic.  At the start of the interview, Whoopi Goldberg, who is a co-host on The View, made a point to acknowledge Macchio’s wife. “Before we talk about [Cobra Kai] I want to mention your amazing wife Phyllis. You’ve been married 33 years. She’s a nurse practitioner who’s...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff INDIANA, Pa. (KDKA) – Police are looking for a woman that is being accused of stealing more than $6,000 from a patient she was caring for. According to police, April Kovach was a home healthcare aide for a patient in Indiana County. They say Kovach wrote herself a check from the victim’s checkbook for $2,500 and then also used the victim’s card to withdraw more than $3,800 from an ATM.
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Nikkema Taylor was worried Thursday that she would not be able to get the second dose of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 within the recommended window. “I’m feeling so much frustration, and so much anxiety about this,” she said. The healthcare worker received her first shot Jan. 7 and said she has been trying to make an appointment for her second dose ever since but hasn’t been able to secure one because the county’s vaccination website has been overwhelmed with people trying to sign up. “When I got the first vaccine, they said, ‘don’t make it more than four days late,'” Taylor told CBSLA. “So I’m trying to go online and set my appointment for the second vaccine and there’s nothing available.” Health experts initially suggested people get their second dose between 21 and 28 days after receiving the first dose, though the Centers for Disease...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A fired radiologic technologist of Olympia Medical Center is suing her past employer, alleging she was wrongfully terminated after she could not return to work because the pandemic prevented her from finding child care as a single mother. Yuliya Lykhonosov’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges violations of the California Family Rights Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and wrongful termination. She seeks unspecified damages in the suit filed Wednesday. Lykyonosov, a single parent of two children, ages four and 17, was hired at the center in October 2017. Last May, she informed her manager she could not come to work because a teacher at her younger child’s daycare center tested positive for the coronavirus, which caused the entire facility to close indefinitely, according to her court papers. Lykyonosov was immediately asked to be placed on a waiting list for any available spot for child care for...
    A healthcare worker in Wisconsin was fired after admitting to purposefully spoiling 500 doses of the coronavirus vaccine, according to the former employer. The employee “acknowledged that they intentionally removed the vaccine from refrigeration," a statement released by Aurora Medical Center on Thursday said. The statement provided no motive for the action before suggesting that vaccines are the “way out” of continuing lockdowns around the world. “We continue to believe that vaccination is our way out of the pandemic,” the statement read. “We are more than disappointed that this individual’s actions will result in a delay of more than 500 people receiving their vaccine.” Local law enforcement officials confirmed they had been made aware of the incident but did not say whether they had arrested a suspect. More than 340,000 people have died in the United States from complications arising from COVID-19, according to the New York Times coronavirus tracker....
    The left-leaning British-based newspaper The Guardian is claiming more than 2,900 healthcare workers in the United States have died from COVID-19 or related causes, basing its number on an analysis it conducted with Kaiser Health News. The paper says the total is "far higher number than that reported by the government," but never cites a number of deaths publicized by any governmental agency. Its figure of 2,921 is published in "Lost on the Frontline," a nine-month data project the paper conducted with Kaiser Health News, the independent news arm of the Kaiser Family Foundation. KFF is a San Francisco-based non-profit, calling itself a non-partisan source for fact, polling and analysis on healthcare but has given overwhelmingly to Democratic candidates since 1992, according to OpenSecrets.org. The Guardian said nearly a quarter of the deaths (680) it calculated have occurred in New York and New Jersey, the states which also have the highest...
    More On: COVID vaccine AstraZeneca chief says new COVID-19 vaccine will fight UK mutation Brooklyn clinic says it returned COVID-19 vaccines amid probe Fauci defends COVID-19 herd immunity goals German pilot makes point with syringe in the sky A Disney worker in California bragged on Facebook about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine — saying she was able to jump the line because her in-law is a “big deal’’ at a local hospital. “When I woke up this morning, I didn’t think I would be getting the COVID-19 vaccine today. But here we are. I’m so very happy,” the 33-year-old Riverside woman crowed in a Facebook posting Dec. 20, according to the Orange County Register. “Science is basically my religion, so this was a big deal for me,’’ added the woman, who did not reveal she was anything less than healthy. When a commenter asked the unidentified lady how she was...
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- The vaccination of frontline healthcare workers in New Jersey is ramping up Wednesday.Governor Phil Murphy watched the first of two doses of the Moderna vaccine being given to employees at a drive-thru site in front of Ocean Health Initiatives Center in Toms River.After getting their vaccinations, the health care workers waited in a 15-minute observation area to make sure they did not suffer any adverse reactions.The center hopes to vaccinate 200 people after a trial run of more than 60 on Tuesday."I love it," Murphy said. "Well done everybody. So impressive."ALSO READ | New COVID quarantine compliance required for UK travelers in NYCEMBED More News Videos Mayor Bill de Blasio says those who do not comply will be fined $1,000 a day. Ocean Health Initiatives is a community based health system, operating seven centers in Monmouth and Ocean counties.So far, over 8,000 doses have been administered...
    A New York City healthcare worker has had a 'severe' allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine.  They are now the third known healthcare worker in the world to have a severe reaction to the shot, after two British healthcare workers who went into anaphylactic shock when they received it in the first week of it being given out.  More than 30,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been given out in New York City and they are the only known person to have had a reaction.  Pix 11 reports that the NYC healthcare worker is now in a 'stable condition' but that the reaction was 'severe'.  The NYC Health Department did not immediately respond to a request for more details.   There has been widespread skepticism of both Pfizer and Moderna's vaccines which were developed in record time.  All of the government experts say they are safe and many top officials have had the shot...
    The first Americans have received Moderna's coronavirus vaccine after it was approved for emergency use authorization. Just three days after being approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), initial shipments left a distribution center in the Memphis area.  Hartford Healthcare, the first healthcare system in Connecticut to get Moderna's vaccine, received 8,800 doses to give to frontline healthcare workers.  Within an hour of arriving, hundreds of physicians, nurses, security guards and custodians lined up to get the jab to applause from their colleagues. One man even raised his hands and cheered after he received the vaccine.  The very first hospital worker at Hartford Healthcare in Connecticut, and among the country, to receive Moderna's coronavirus vaccine was critical care nurse Mandy Delgado. Courtesy of NBC Connecticut Employee Wilfredo Rivera was captured raising his hands in cheers after he got the jab on Monday, December 21 (pictured) RELATED...
    Three healthcare workers in Alaska had adverse reactions to the coronavirus vaccine, bringing the total number of negatively affected healthcare workers in the state to five. One worker in Fairbanks, Alaska, was treated for a “probable” allergic reaction after taking the vaccine on Thursday, which was described as “serious,” according to the Anchorage Daily News. Two more healthcare workers in Providence, Alaska, reportedly experienced non-life-threatening minor reactions to the vaccine. All three healthcare workers are said to be healthy, and none of them are hospitalized. Hospital officials say the healthcare worker in Fairbanks experienced “traditional anaphylactic symptoms” such as tongue swelling, voice hoarseness, and breathing difficulties about 10 minutes after the vaccine was administered. Thousands of people in the United States received the coronavirus vaccination this week, and healthcare officials say that while allergic reactions are possible, they are rare. Earlier this week, a Tennessee healthcare worker went viral...
    A second healthcare worker in Alaska has suffered an allergic reaction after receiving Pfizer Inc's coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday. The man, a staff member at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, started experiencing eye puffiness, light headedness and a scratchy throat 10 minutes after being injected, a statement from the hospital read. Doctors determined he was not going into anaphylactic shock and he was given epinephrine - a hormone that opens the airways - Pepcid and Benadryl.  Hospital officials say his symptoms resolved within an hour and he was released from the emergency department. It is unknown if the man has any history of allergies, either to food or medications.  The news comes just one day after another worker at the same hospital experienced an allergic reaction to the immunization, but needed to be hospitalized. DailyMail.com has reached out to Bartlett Regional Hospital for a request for comment.  Currently, Alaska is...
    By BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Health officials in Alaska reported Wednesday that a health care worker had a severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine within 10 minutes of receiving a shot. U.S. health authorities warned doctors to watch for rare allergic reactions when they rolled out the first vaccine, made by Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech. Britain reported a few similar cases a week earlier. That’s why vaccine recipients are supposed to be observed after getting the shot, in case they need immediate treatment. The Juneau health worker was following those rules Tuesday when she began feeling flushed and short of breath, said Dr. Lindy Jones, emergency room medical director at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She was treated with epinephrine and other medicines for what officials ultimately determined was anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction. She was kept overnight but has recovered, Jones said. Unlike the British cases,...
    (CNN)An Alaska healthcare worker who suffered an allergic reaction to Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday felt flushed within the first 10 minutes of receiving the vaccine, and later reported symptoms including shortness of breath and elevated heart rate, doctors said Wednesday.The case is the first allergic reaction to the vaccine to be reported in the US, although health officials said they are expecting the occasional allergic reaction -- and are prepared to treat anyone suffering from one."We expected that a side effect like this could occur after reports of anaphylaxis were made in England after people there received the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine," said Alaska's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink. "All sites that are approved to provide vaccinations in Alaska must have medications on hand to deal with an allergic reaction and that was the case in Juneau." The coronavirus vaccine rollout will be messy. People will have to deal...
    An Alaska healthcare worker suffered a serious allergic reaction after receiving Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday, a new report claims. Three people familiar with the matter told The New York Times that the person was hospitalized and still being treated as of Wednesday morning. The worker allegedly had no history of allergies to any medication but it's unknown if he or she had any other allergies. The allergic reaction is believed to be similar to the anaphylactic-like reactions suffered by two healthcare workers in Great Britain, both whom have since recovered, after they were given the Pfizer-BioNTech SE vaccine. With hundreds of thousands of Americans expected to be dosed in the U.S. over the next few weeks, health officials will be on the watch to see if any other recipients experience severe reactions. A representative for Pfizer did not immediately reply to the Times' request for comment.  A healthcare...
    University Hospital nurse Maritza Beniquez beamed and clapped her hands, as she became the first healthcare worker in New Jersey to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday morning. On her 56th birthday.  "This is the best birthday present ever!" the frontline nurse said with state officials by her side. "I couldn't wait for this moment to hit New Jersey. I couldn't wait for this moment to hit the U.S... to have this vaccine." University Hospital was one of six in the state to receive the vaccines Monday, and an additional 53 hospitals in New Jersey were expected theirs later this week.  The shipments were part of the first wave Operation Warp Speed, a a federal partnership that helped bring the vaccines to healthcare facilities across the U.S. in record time. Benitez's immunization marks the first of millions to come in the next six months for New Jerseyans, starting with healthcare workers. "This...
    Sandra Lindsay gets Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. The first COVID-19 vaccinations were administered Monday, in a true cause for celebration. “I feel like healing is coming,” said Sandra Lindsay, the critical care nurse who became New York’s first person vaccinated. “I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history.”  But put the emphasis on beginning of the end, because while we mark this holiday season with real hope, this is going to take a while. And there are some don'ts involved. Unless you’re a frontline healthcare worker, you’re probably not at the front of the line for a vaccination—and that’s how it should be. Be patient. Wait your turn, and then get vaccinated when your turn comes. For healthy adults, that may be in April or May. And when you do get vaccinated—especially if you are one of the early ones—don’t immediately start acting like there’s...
    Suspected Texas serial killer Billy Chemirmir, 48, on Tuesday was indicted by a grand jury on three additional counts of capital murder stemming from the deaths of three women, bringing his total to 17 A suspected Texas serial killer has been indicted on three additional counts of capital murder after previously being charged with smothering 14 elderly women to death and stealing their valuables. A Dallas County Grand Jury on Tuesday indicted healthcare worker Billy Chemirmir, 48, on murder charges in the deaths of Joyce Abramowitz, 82; Doris Wasserman, 90, and Margaret White, 86, who were all killed at The Tradition-Prestonwood senior living community in Dallas between July 2016 and December 2017. Chemirmir, a Kenyan national living in the US illegally, now faces a total of 17 capital murder charges and two counts of attempted capital murder stemming from similar attacks. Medical examiner reports and civil lawsuits have also linked...
    A Paterson woman assaulted a nurse working at a COVID-19 testing site, said city police who arrested her. The nurse had approached Ayxa Roldan, 19, and asked whether she was ill after spotting her covered in a blanket on line at the testing site off the corner of Madison Avenue and Ellison Street, authorities said. Roldan said she wasn't, argued with her, then smacked her in the back of the head with an open palm when the nurse turned around, according to the police report. Responding police charged Roldan with aggravated assault on a healthcare worker and released her pending a court hearing. The nurse reportedly declined medical attention and continued working. Protocols at COVID-19 testing sites include testing those who are ill separately to protect healthy people on line from exposure, thereby, reduce the risk of spreading the virus. City Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale said that there's "just...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, some children of healthcare workers asked the public to scale back their holiday plans this year.Beds at Illinois hospitals continue to fill up as the battle against COVID-19 continues, and healthcare workers are stretched to their limits caring for the patients fighting to recover alone. These workers repeated their pleas for help ahead of the holidays."Even though I am pregnant, I have been on the front lines standing here, asking you all to do your part and stay home this Thanksgiving," said Nemi, a Cook County Healthcare worker.Children of exhausted healthcare workers are also asking people to listen.RELATED: Thanksgiving travel: Many still heading to Chicago airports despite COVID-19 warning from CDC"I know we all want to celebrate the holidays, but please stay home so we can stop spread of COVID, said 7-year-old Nathan who is the son of a healthcare worker."My...
    Statewide, the current acceleration in coronavirus cases is the fastest on record, with cases in the first week of November climbing by 51%, California’s fastest increase yet. We want to hear from healthcare workers in California currently dealing with the latest surge in coronavirus cases. California Why the third wave of coronavirus could be the most difficult for California California Why the third wave of coronavirus could be the most difficult for California As holidays approach and COVID-19 figures rise, California shows the danger of a lack of discipline and a yearning to get back to normal.
    LONDON (Reuters) - A British female healthworker has been charged with the murder of eight babies and trying to murder 10 others at a hospital in northern England, police said on Wednesday. Lucy Letby, 30, was charged over the deaths and "non-fatal collapses" at the neonatal unit at The Countess of Chester Hospital between June 2015 and June 2016. Letby was first arrested in July 2018 was part of an inquiry but was later released. "The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Cheshire Police to charge a healthcare professional with murder in connection with an ongoing investigation into a number of baby deaths," the police said in a statement. Letby, from Hereford, faces eight charges of murder and 10 of attempted murder. She is due to appear before a magistrates' court on Thursday. (Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Nick Macfie) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: crime, United Kingdom, Europe
    ANDY Cohen posted two sexy shirtless photos of his best friend Anderson Cooper on Instagram "without asking" for permission to "piss him off." The first photo showed a shirtless Anderson staring seriously at the camera with a yellow buttercup weed tucked behind his ear. 11 Andy shared shirtless snaps of Anderson on InstagramCredit: Instagram 11 The Bravo host said that photos would 'piss' off AndersonCredit: Instagram 11 Andy said that he posted the snaps without permissionCredit: Instagram 11 He called his friend a 'silver fox' in the captionCredit: Instagram The second shot showed the Anderson Cooper 360 host wearing a bathing suit and holding a white towel as he stood on the deck of a boat. The Watch What Happens Live host captioned the post: "If it were a normal year, I’d be on vacation with my pal...threatening to post shirtless pics of him. Well, it’s 2020 and I’m sitting...
    A Florida healthcare worker may lose her hands after a long and arduous five-month battle against the novel coronavirus. Rose Felipe, 41, an EEG technician of more than 15 years at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, contacted the virus in early March. Her condition quickly deteriorated and she was hospitalized, spending two months on a ventilator. The ventilator saved her life but, during this period, Felipe suffered extensive tissue and muscle damage that had made her fingers go necrotic and turn black. Doctors say she will likely have to lose most of her fingers or, in the worst case, both of her hands. Rosa Felipe, 41 (left and right), a technician at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, tested positive for coronavirus on March 9. Her condition deteriorated due to underlying health conditions and she needed to be hospitalized and placed on a ventilator Doctors believe Felipe...
    The expiration of weekly stipends for health care workers late last month has stoked fears of widespread staffing shortages in New Hampshire. The Concord Monitor reported that a lack of federal support for New Hampshire’s budget prompted Gov. Chris Sununu to not extend the Long Term Stabilization program, which previously provided stipends to 23,000 frontline workers. The state implemented the program during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. in early April. Under the program, full-time front-line health care workers received $300 weekly stipends, while $150 went to part-time workers. The program’s expiration and Sununu’s decision to not extend it comes just as New Hampshire grapples with staffing shortages in long-term care facilities dating back to before the coronavirus outbreak. Brendan Williams, the president of the New Hampshire Health Care Association, told the Monitor the move would exacerbate the shortages as many frontline...
    The daughter of a Texas heathcare worker who died from COVID-19 says her mom's life could have been saved if Gov. Greg Abbott had issued his mask-wearing mandate sooner.  In a stinging op-ed for The Statesman, Fiana Tulip says Abbott's 'poor policy and terrible leadership' are responsible for the death of her mother, respiratory therapist Isabelle Papadimitriou.  Papadimitriou, 64, succumbed to the novel coronavirus at a Dallas hospital on July 4, despite having no underlying conditions.  In late April, Gov. Abbott defend an individual's right to refuse to wear a mask by  issuing an executive order which stated 'no jurisdiction could impose a civil or criminal penalty for failure to wear a face covering',.  However, he abruptly reversed course on July 2 as coronavirus cases soared across the state. In a new executive order, Gov. Abbott instructed Texans in almost all counties to wear masks in public spaces.  In her...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- A respiratory therapist who came to New York City from Nashville to help out during the height of the coronavirus pandemic says a misleading listing on Airbnb left her with one big surprise when she arrived in the Big Apple."I was like no way, I am not going to stay here," Adetola Folaranmi said. "It was unclean, and it was unsafe too."Folaranmi said she booked the listing after receiving an email from Airbnb about a program the company had created called "Frontline Stays" to help traveling healthcare workers responding to the pandemic find free and reduced cost listings."The caption on the listing was, 'Lovely apartment in the heart of Park Slope,'" Folaranmi said. "I was like, OK, this is a place I would like to come back to when I go home and I am so tired. There are a lot of free hotels for...
    A Florida worker has come down with coronavirus along with 15 of her friends after the group all got together and went out to a bar ten days ago. Erika Crisp, 40, has revealed that she had been suffering from some of the classic symptoms of the disease including shortness of breath before testing positive for COVID-19.  Crisp was able to identify where and when she caught the virus after she went out for a drink to Lynch's Irish Pub in Jacksonville Beach along with more than a dozen of her friends on June 6. Erika Crisp, 40, says she stayed at home for months adhering to lockdown rules When Florida reopened she headed out to a Jacksonville bar with 15 friends. She posted about her experience and apparent regret in several Facebook postings She has been sick for well over a week now after falling ill just three...
    A Mayo Clinic worker who stayed indoors for months in Florida to avoid getting the coronavirus says she finally broke quarantine to go to a bar with pals earlier this month — leaving her and 15 of her friends with the contagion. “The first night we go out — Murphy’s Law, I guess,” Erika Crisp, a 40-year-old healthcare worker from Jacksonville, told local WJXT TV. “The only thing we have in common is that one night at that one bar,” Crisp said of herself and her sick pals. “I think we were careless, and we went out into a public place when we should not have,” she said of the group’s excursion to the popular Lynch’s Irish Pub in Jacksonville Beach on June 6 — a day after most of Florida entered Phase Two of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ start-up plan, which included the reopening of bars. After several months of...
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