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    Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is facing some criticism for suggesting hospitals should refuse to treat patients who have taken an anti-parasitic drug to treat COVID-19. The "Jimmy Kimmel! Live" star made the joke during the show's fall premiere on Tuesday. In his opening monologue, Kimmel referenced a statement from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute...
    By Rebecca Boone | Associated Press BOISE, Idaho — Amid the Idaho coronavirus surge that prompted officials to authorize hospitals to ration health care, Army soldiers sent to one hospital have traded their fatigues for personal protective equipment to help treat a flood of infected patients. The conference center at Kootenai Health hospital in the city Coeur d’Alene has...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials say some rural hospitals have reached their critical bed capacities as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to surge statewide. They are pleading with the public to avoid unnecessary ER visits to let hospitals focus their resources on treating COVID-19 patients. READ MORE: Remains Of Ohio Sailor Maxton Soviak Return To His Hometown...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – UPMC is warning that the delta variant is taking aim at unvaccinated people. Doctor Rachel Sackrowitz says the delta variant is spreading among people previously thought to be less vulnerable to the virus. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Surprised By Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Hamlets Resignation The average age of patients is now about 10...
    SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police and public health officials in North Macedonia say at least 10 people have died and many others have been injured by a fire at a makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients. The blaze occurred late Wednesday in the western city of Tetovo, where the facility was set up following a recent spike in infections in...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Researchers are strongly urging doctors to stop prescribing a drug that once held hope in treating patients with COVID-19. Hydroxychloroquine can be used safely to treat conditions like Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Early on, there was hope that it could help treat patients with COVID-19, but the evidence just hasn’t panned out. Despite that, this year alone,...
    MT. PLEASANT, Pa. (KDKA) — A surge in those needing medical care has a Pittsburgh-area hospital setting up a tent to deal with the problem. (Photo Credit: KDKA) Outside of the emergency room at Excela Health’s Frick Hospital, a yellow triage tent is set up and ready to treat people. Excela Health said it’s set up the tent to...
    HOUMA, La. (AP) — The wind ripped chunks off the hospital’s roof and the entire building rumbled. One nurse said the cement pounding into the walls sounded like the loudest bowling alley she could imagine. Another felt like she was inside a meteor shower. One of the most powerful hurricanes in the nation’s history was barreling into southern Louisiana....
    SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — At the University of California San Francisco Medical Center at Mount Zion, approximately 12 nurses are needed to staff two floors for one shift, according to Maxine Lorenzana, a nurse at UCSF. But several times in the past few weeks, only two have been scheduled to work, Lorenzana said. READ MORE: Sonoma County Health Order Requires...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois Department of Public Health officials reported 3,961 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 62 related deaths Wednesday.There have been 1,554,336 total COVID cases, including 24,194 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.Illinois COVID vaccine map shows how many residents vaccinated by countyThe preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Sept. 1-7 is at 5.1%.Within...
    Behar also said, "I have people in my family who say, 'I wanna get pregnant, and the vaccine could hurt my fertility.' No! There is no evidence of this. They are hearing things all over the place that are false. So now you have cancer, or you have to get a stent or what have you, and you are not...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After observing the holiday weekend, the Minnesota Department of Health has released updated COVID-19 data from the past several days, reporting 5,777 additional cases and nine more deaths Newly reported cases and deaths include data from Friday morning to Tuesday morning. The update brings the state up to 663,248 reported cases since the pandemic began, with 7,865...
    The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting staggering data on the state of coronavirus case. 4,391 additional positive COVID-19 cases were reported in 24 hours, as of Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 12 a.m. This brings the statewide total to 1,329,111. There are 2,010 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 and of that number, 496 patients are in the intensive care unit with...
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s move to “crisis standards of care” is allowing some hospitals to ration health care as they struggle with an onslaught of coronavirus patients, and officials are warning the procedures could spread statewide. But the main hospital affected by the designation was already operating under extreme conditions, officials said. “Unfortunately we haven’t been really at...
    The summer coronavirus surge caused by the highly contagious Delta variant is showing signs of slowing in some parts of California but worsening in others. The Central Valley is becoming California’s COVID-19 hot spot, with hospitals filling and health officials raising alarms, saying things could get worse before they get better. Here is an overview of what’s going on.What is...
    Since the nation first began responding to the novel coronavirus, we’ve known that some states have handled the public health crisis with much more diligence than others. Idaho, for example, has continued to trail behind other states when it comes to face masks and has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. Republican Gov. Brad Little already activated members...
    Hospitals in California’s Central Valley are increasingly overwhelmed by the fourth surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, with officials scrambling to transfer some critically ill patients more than 100 miles away because local intensive care units are full. The San Joaquin Valley, the Sacramento area and rural Northern California are now the regions of the state being hit the hardest...
    Boise, Idaho — Idaho public health leaders announced Tuesday that they activated "crisis standards of care" allowing health care rationing for the state's northern hospitals because there are more coronavirus patients than the institutions can handle.   The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare quietly enacted the move Monday and publicly announced it in a statement Tuesday morning — warning residents...
    Boise, Idaho — Idaho public health leaders announced Tuesday that they activated "crisis standards of care" allowing health care rationing for the state's northern hospitals because there are more coronavirus patients than the institutions can handle.   The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare quietly enacted the move Monday and publicly announced it in a statement Tuesday morning — warning residents...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Next month, the Mission Of Mercy free dental clinic is returning to Pittsburgh and organizers say it’s more needed than ever. READ MORE: Tunch Ilkin Remembered For Dedication To Light Of Life Rescue Mission According to Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh, 28 million American adults delayed dental care during the pandemic – either...
    Breaking the Hippocratic Oath, a doctor in South Florida has vowed to turn away unvaccinated patients infected with the coronavirus. Speaking with NBC Miami, Dr. Linda Marraccini said that she will no longer treat unvaccinated coronavirus patients, arguing that their presence could potentially infect immunocompromised patients and hospital staff. “I understand that people are free to choose, but to me, it’s a...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – With North Texas hospitals struggling with capacity and 911 dispatchers fielding an unprecedented amount of calls for COVID-19, paramedics are choosing not to transport less serious cases to the emergency room. (credit: MedStar) MedStar crews are directing patients with minor symptoms to stay at home and seek care from their primary physician instead. READ MORE: Gov....
    An Ohio judge ruled on Monday that a hospital in the state is no longer bound to honor a woman’s request to treat her COVID-19-stricken husband with ivermectin, the anti-parasitic drug at the center of controversy over treatments for the disease. Judge Michael Oster reversed the decision of a previous judge who ordered the Ohio hospital, in which Jeffrey Smith...
    The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced on Tuesday a plan to ration healthcare to patients in a bid to help hospitals keep up with a surge in COVID-19 cases. With hospitals in the Idaho panhandle and in the north-central part of the state running out of both staff and hospital beds, the Crisis Standards of Care Plan,...
    After both a prior COVID-19 infection and two doses of Pfizer or Moderna's vaccine, some people's immune systems develop an incredible ability to respond to the virus. Researchers call this 'superhuman immunity' or 'hybrid immunity' - these patients' immune systems can produce a lot of antibodies able to respond to different variants, as documented in multiple studies in recent months....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – New figures show hospitalizations from the deadly coronavirus are down statewide and in South Florida. Carlos Migoya, the Chief Executive Officer of the Jackson Health System, tells CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “The reaction is that not only is the hospitalization rate down but the positivity rate in Miami-Dade is down. Statewide we are running at 15 percent. The...
    By Rebecca Boone | Associated Press BOISE, Idaho — Idaho public health leaders announced Tuesday that they activated “crisis standards of care” allowing health care rationing for the state’s northern hospitals because there are more coronavirus patients than the institutions can handle. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare quietly enacted the move Monday and publicly announced it in...
    PRIVATE hospitals and foreign doctors must be drafted in to rescue the NHS while current staff will work overtime for years, health experts warn. MPs were told the UK will have to “pull every lever” to stand a chance of getting the surgery waiting list – currently at a record 5.45million people in England – under control by 2025. 1Experts...
    An emergency room doctor in Texas recently shared a glimpse of the brutal reality he and other frontline workers have faced "for the past three weeks" as they continue battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking to CBS News, Dr. Hasan Kakli, a doctor in the emergency department at the El Campo Memorial Hospital in Rosenburg, Texas, detailed the challenges of...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois Department of Public Health officials reported 2,558 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and nine related deaths Tuesday.There have been 1,550,375 total COVID cases, including 24,133 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.Illinois COVID vaccine map shows how many residents vaccinated by countyThe preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Aug 31-Sept. 6 at 5.1%.Within...
    A Texas doctor who works in his hospital’s emergency department said COVID-19 is “kicking humanity’s a--,” as the state and nation continue to struggle with spiking cases amid a summer surge. Dr. Hasan Kakli, who works at the El Campo Memorial Hospital Emergency Department in Texas, told CBS News he was racing against time when trying to treat patients who...
    The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) on Tuesday announced it has implemented a hospital care rationing program due to a "massive increase" in coronavirus patients in the northern part of the state that is causing a "severe shortage of staffing and available beds." The goal is to "save as many lives as possible," suggesting a rationing of resources...
    BOISE, Idaho – Idaho public health leaders on Tuesday activated "crisis standards of care" for the state's northern hospitals because there are more coronavirus patients than the institutions can handle. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare quietly enacted the move Monday and publicly announced it in a statement Tuesday morning — warning residents that they may get the care...
    When the first results for COVID-19 vaccines emerged from Phase 3 trials in the fall of 2020, they were so good that health care professionals practically wept. The official goal for Project Warp Speed set a minimum of 50% efficacy, but the numbers coming off Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech trials were so good that when Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine turned out to be only...
    More than 5.3 million travelers were screened by TSA over Labor Day weekend. The alarming number has experts worried that this could lead to a new spike in COVID cases and deaths, just as hospital staff across the country are struggling to keep up. Dr. Hasan Kakli, who works at El Campo Memorial Hospital Emergency Department in Texas, is in...
    JERUSALEM—As the hours clicked down towards Sept. 1, when Israel embarked on a risky experiment of opening the school year while COVID-19 infections spike to unprecedented levels, the country’s COVID czar, Salman Zarka, gloomily acknowledged to a local radio station that “the picture is very disturbing, and regarding morbidity, the situation is really not good. Looking at the rise in...
    In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has forbidden government agencies, schools, and private businesses from requiring proof of vaccination. This applies even to cruise ships. It all seems to be part of DeSantis’ pro-virus platform that puts him at the extreme edge—which is the only edge that matters—of candidates eyeing the 2024 nomination. (Never mind that they’ll likely end up sitting on their...
    Dr. Linda Marraccini (pictured) says starting September 15 she will no longer treat unvaccinated patients in person  A Florida doctor says she will no longer treat patients in person if they are unvaccinated against Covid-19.  Dr. Linda Marraccini said the decision was intended to protect her immunocompromised patients, such as those undergoing chemotherapy, and who are at a greater...
    by Montse Reyes This story was originally published at Prism. Michigan’s largest insurance companies have announced they will stop free treatments for patients diagnosed with COVID-19 starting Sept. 30, joining other states across the country who have sunsetted their fee waiver programs. Vaccines and booster shots will remain free. The announcement comes as more vaccines have been made available,...
    JACKSON, MISS. - As patients stream into Mississippi hospitals one after another, doctors and nurses have become all too accustomed to the rampant denial and misinformation about COVID-19 in the nation's least vaccinated state. People in denial about the severity of their own illness or the virus itself; visitors frequently trying to enter hospitals without masks. The painful look of...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The long Labor Day weekend traditionally is a time for travel, festivals, football and overall getting together one more time before winter rolls around. This year, despite a pandemic, seems to be no different. That’s why doctors and health care professionals are bracing for a spike in COVID-19 cases. READ MORE: I-70 Exits Reopened After Brief Closure...
    New Zealand reported its first coronavirus death in more than six months on Saturday, while the number of new cases continued to trend downward. Health authorities said the woman who died was in her 90s and had underlying health problems. Authorities reported 20 new community cases, all in the largest city of Auckland. New Zealand remains in lockdown as it...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As patients stream into Mississippi hospitals one after another, doctors and nurses have become all too accustomed to the rampant denial and misinformation about COVID-19 in the nation’s least vaccinated state. People in denial about the severity of their own illness or the virus itself, with visitors frequently trying to enter hospitals without masks. The painful...
    (CNN)With the more contagious Delta variant of Covid-19 sweeping across the country this summer, health care workers and officials are finding themselves returning to a crisis experienced last year when hospitals struggled to handle an influx of patients. In the Southeast, Georgia is now seeing its highest number of hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic, matching peaks experienced in...
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Leaders at a Massachusetts hospital group swamped by a new wave of COVID-19 patients are appealing to the public to help handle the latest outbreak. Springfield-based Baystate Health has 18% of the state’s cases but just 5.5% of the state’s hospital beds, leadership said Thursday. READ MORE: Early Voting Begins In Bostons Preliminary Mayoral Election There...