Health news 27 Feb, 2021
Health advocates warn Minnesota's COVID-19 vaccine priorities ignore high-risk individuals - Minneapolis Star TribuneMinneapolis Star Tribune
New state vaccination guidelines leave off people with some chronic conditions and disabilities
Those who wear glasses less likely to get COVID, study says - WJXT News4JAXWJXT News4JAX
Can wearing glasses protect against COVID-19? A news study suggests the answer is yes.
Coronavirus New Jersey: Mom dies of COVID just days after giving birth to 3rd son - KABC-TVKABC-TV
Baby Ashton was born Feb. 13 - it was an emergency delivery because mom Joanna Jimenez was battling COVID. Joanna lost her battle, never having the chance to hold in her arms the baby she carried with care for nearly nine months.
Essential Workers In LA County Will Be Able To Make Vaccine Appointments As Soon As This Weekend - LAistLAist
If you work in education, childcare, food and agriculture or emergency services, you can finally make an appointment.
Petco Park COVID-19 vaccination super site closing again through Tuesday - fox5sandiego.comfox5sandiego.com
The Petco Park COVID-19 vaccination super station is closing again starting Saturday due to a shortage of the Moderna vaccine.
King County health officer: Region could see 'possible return to normalcy in a few months' - MyNorthwest.comMyNorthwest.com
Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin struck an optimistic tone Friday, predicting that King County could soon have the worst of the pandemic behind it.
Lem Turner Road Walmart’s switch from Moderna to Pfizer vaccine causes confusion for some seniors - WJXT News4JAXWJXT News4JAX
The Walmart store on Lem Turner Road on Jacksonville’s Northside will be administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, according to a statement the company sent Thursday to News4Jax.
Giant Eagle to host COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh - WTAE PittsburghWTAE Pittsburgh
Thousands of vaccination appointments will be made available at Heinz Field March 2-5
New Mexico COVID-19 update: 659 new cases, totaling 184,736 | NMDOH - Coronavirus Updates - NMDOH - Department of HealthNmhealth.org
Mutant coronavirus variants are a growing threat - Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times
While coronavirus variants remain a threat, health experts say they are hopeful that masks and rising vaccination rates can blunt potential new waves.
Americans Are Warming Up to Covid-19 Vaccines, Poll Finds - GizmodoGizmodo.com
More Americans are willing to get a covid-19 vaccine, new polling suggests. According to a survey run by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Americans are more likely to have been vaccinated or to want vaccination in February than they were a month ago, while the p…
Oregon reports 2 more COVID-19 deaths, 336 new cases - KTVZKTVZ
There are two new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,206, the Oregon Health Authority reported Friday.
There are now more people vaccinated than confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sonoma County - Santa Rosa Press DemocratSanta Rosa Press Democrat
About 32,777 people have received both doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines in Sonoma County as of Feb. 25, according to county data.
UK COVID-19 variant confirmed in Nebraska - KOLN1011now
The Department of Health and Human Services in Nebraksa has confirmed the first known case of the U.K. variant of COVID-19 in the state.
COVID-19 at the Gym: Every Single Participant in This Maskless Cycling Class Got Coronavirus - SelfSelf
New CDC research on COVID-19 and gyms reminds us that heavy breathing inside with unmasked strangers is a bad idea.
Smokers In Indiana Can Obtain COVID Vaccine Before Teachers Due to Change in State Guidelines - NewsweekNewsweek
Teachers trying to get on vaccine standby lists were suddenly bumped down, only to find that smokers took higher priority.
Health officials warn of possible COVID-19 exposure at Plattsburgh bar - WPTZWPTZ
Anyone experiencing these symptoms should contact their medical provider or visit an urgent care center, according to a release from health officials.
Glitches, errors, a nonworking number: D.C. residents still struggle to get vaccine appointments - The Washington PostThe Washington Post
For the second day in a row, D.C.’s registration website was full of glitches and error messages.
Pandemic experts are starting to sound increasingly optimistic. Is it safe to make plans for a summer vacation? - Yahoo NewsYahoo Entertainment
Scientists say you can start getting optimistic about a summer with fewer pandemic restrictions — but maybe not too optimistic. A report in The Washington...
651 more COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths, 22092 vaccinations reported Friday in Utah - KSL.comKSL.com
The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 694, according to the health department.
Michigan reports 1,073 new coronavirus cases, 1 death Friday, Feb. 26 - MLive.commlive.com
The state is averaging 1,020 new COVID-19 cases per day and 23 new deaths per day over the last week.
COVID-19 vaccine slots added at NRG for those 50 years and older with chronic health conditions - KTRK-TVKTRK-TV
Those 50 years old and older with chronic health conditions can now join the COVID-19 vaccine waitlist at NRG Park, the Houston Health Department announced on Twitter.
COVID-19 in Wisconsin: Half of older adults 65+ get vaccine - WBAYWBAY
Thursday's surge in deaths, cases and testing was short-lived, as all three metrics fell Friday. The death count was in the single digits.
Florida COVID update for Friday: 5,922 new cases, 146 deaths as positivity dips - Miami HeraldGoogle News
‘I’m vaccinated, can I gather safely with others who are vaccinated?’: We’re answering more of your COVID-19 questions - 10TV10TV
Following 10TV’s special coverage on the COVID-19 vaccines, we continue to receive many questions from our viewers.
Ecuador's health minister resigns after vaccine access scandal - CNNCNN
Ecuador's health minister Juan Carlos Zevallos stepped down Friday, after his department allowed a university official receive a Covid-19 vaccine ahead of other priority groups.
SC reports 1,086 new COVID-19 cases, 27 more deaths Friday - WTOCWTOC
DHEC says the percent positive from the 32,875 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 5.1%.
Gov. Polis announces reconfigured COVID-19 vaccine Phases 1B.3 and 1B.4 - FOX 31 DenverFOX 31 Denver
So far, nearly 70% of people over the age of 70 have been vaccinated. They, along with moderate risk healthcare workers, make up Phase 1.b.1.
Residents of an Indian slum thought they were getting vaccinated like everyone else but were unknowingly part of a clinical trial - Yahoo NewsINSIDER
After a white van advertised COVID-19 vaccines to a central-Indian slum, many of its residents feel duped after finding out they were in a trial.
People are poisoning themselves trying to treat or prevent COVID-19 with a horse de-worming drug - Yahoo NewsBusiness Insider
Poison control is fielding calls from people using high doses of ivermectin obtained from veterinary offices in a flawed attempt to prevent COVID-19.
How Americans' Changed Behavior Helped Beat Back The Winter Surge : Shots - Health News - NPRNPR
The country has beat back the winter surge, and experts credit Americans' improved compliance with precautions like mask-wearing. But we could we still face a resurgence if we let up.
"it's making me register for One Medical? Does this seem right?" - PoPvillePoPville
Emma asks: "I got an appointment at one of the One Medical locations and it's making me register for One Medical? Does this seem right? anyone else having this problem?" For those who got in through One Medical were you prompted for a 90 day free trial or …
UW Sees Significant Drop in COVID-19 Cases from Fall Semester | News - University of Wyoming NewsUwyo.edu
COVID-19 in South Dakota: 143 total new cases; Death toll rises to 1,879; Active cases at 1,944 - KELOLAND.comKELOLAND.com
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Review new COVID-19 cases reported by the South Dakota Department of Health on Friday.
Woman gets liver transplant after $60 nose piercing goes horribly wrong - New York PostNew York Post
Queens woman Dana Smith, 37, nearly died after contracting an infection from a $60 nose piercing, was placed in a medically induced coma and got a liver transplant.
OSDH: 867 new COVID-19 cases reported in Oklahoma - KFOR Oklahoma CityKFOR Oklahoma City
Health officials are reporting 18 additional deaths connected to COVID-19 in Oklahoma, but say most of those deaths occurred last year.
Outgoing Springfield-Greene County Health Department director sounds off on COVID-19 politicization in final briefing - KYTVKY3
Goddard announced in January he would retire from the post on February 28. His final briefing took place at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Springfield.
CDC scientist says the U.S. is 'nowhere close' to herd immunity - CNBCCNBC
The presence of more transmissible coronavirus variants requires a higher proportion of the population to be immune to achieve the benchmark.
UPDATE 2-'Things are tenuous,' U.S. CDC says as downward trend in COVID-19 cases stalls - ReutersReuters
The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that a recent decline in COVID-19 cases may be stalling, a development she described as concerning while urging that safeguards to fight the virus remain in place.
Iowa COVID-19 hospitalizations drop below 200 for first time since July 2020 - KCRGKCRG
COVID-19 hospitalizations declined in Iowa on Friday, with the state reporting a total of 196 people hospitalized with the virus.
"Things are tenuous," U.S. CDC says as downward trend in COVID-19 cases stalls - Yahoo NewsYahoo Entertainment
The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that a recent decline in COVID-19 cases may be stalling, a development she...
Coronavirus: California models project record lows this time next month - The Mercury NewsThe Mercury News
COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continued to tumble Thursday in California, and state models are increasingly bullish on its outlook in the pandemic.
State launches new website to help Iowans get COVID-19 vaccine - KCCI Des MoinesKCCI Des Moines
The state of Iowa launched a new website Friday that provides information about COVID-19 vaccines.
Sun Metro bus crashes into east El Paso home - KVIA El PasoKVIA El Paso
EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- A Sun Metro bus crashed into an east El Paso home early Friday morning, causing significant damage and sending the bus driver to the hospital. It happened around 6:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of Anise Drive. Officials said the bus drive…
Maryland middle school teacher’s aide will not face charges after being seen masturbating during Zoom lesson - The IndependentIndependent
‘I had no clue that Zoom was still on,’ claims Marc Schack
COVID & preps: Santa Clara County allows kids to play multiple sports, but not without more confusion - The Mercury NewsThe Mercury News
Santa Clara County health officer Dr. Sara Cody says kids can play on high school and club teams this spring but the updated guidelines suggest otherwise.
COVID-19 cases and deaths are starting to rise again. How worried should we be? - Yahoo! VoicesYahoo Entertainment
For two weeks, COVID-19 cases and deaths have dropped steadily from the alarmingly high peak of America's third wave of the pandemic. Vaccination rates are...
New coronavirus variant in New York spurs caution, concern - The Times of IsraelThe Times of Israel
Significant number of recent cases contain mutation that could potentially weaken the effectiveness of existing vaccines
SARS-CoV-2 spike D614G change enhances replication and transmission - Nature.comNature.com
During the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 in humans a D614G substitution in the spike (S) protein emerged and became the predominant circulating variant (S-614G) of the COVID-19 pandemic1. However, whether the increasing prevalence of the S-614G variant represents a…
NC coronavirus update February 26: Gov. Cooper ease of COVID-19 restrictions now in effect for NC - WTVD-TVWTVD-TV
Some COVID-19 restrictions in North Carolina will be lifted at 5 p.m. today.
The Latest: Nevada new virus case count lowest since Sept. - Yahoo FinanceYahoo Entertainment
The Navajo Nation has continued on a downward trend in the number of daily coronavirus cases. Tribal health officials on Friday reported 23 new cases of...
San Francisco-based One Medical loses COVID-19 vaccine partnerships with 5 Bay Area counties after letting patients skip line - KGO-TVKGO-TV
Vaccine supply has been cut off to all One Medical practices in five Bay Area counties following complaints alleging ineligible employees and members got to jump the line, the ABC7 I-Team confirmed Thursday.
Covid Resilience Ranking: The Best and Worst Places in the Coronavirus Era - Bloomberg Quicktake: NowGoogle News
More than a dozen slum residents in an Indian city say they thought they were being vaccinated. They were part of clinical trials - CNNCNN
Experts argue that the experience of some participants in a Phase 3 clinical trial in India appear to violate the country's clinical trial rules that require informed consent.
Queen Elizabeth Says Covid Jab "Didn't Hurt At All" - NDTVNDTV News
Queen Elizabeth II said on Thursday that her coronavirus jab "didn't hurt at all" and urged those wary of receiving the vaccine to "think about other people".
Health care provider loses COVID vaccines after reportedly vaccinating ineligible people - WJW FOX 8 News Clevelandfox8.com
Concierge health care provider One Medical is being penalized by California and Washington state for reportedly vaccinating ineligible people, including those with connections to company leaders.
Brazil to buy 20 million COVID-19 vaccines from India's Bharat Biotech - Yahoo NewsYahoo Entertainment
Brazil's Health Ministry on Thursday signed a contract to purchase 20 million doses of Covaxin, the COVID-19 vaccine made by India's Bharat Biotech, for...
U.S. administers 68.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines: CDC - INQUIRER.netInquirer.net
The United States has administered 68,274,117 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the country as of Thursday morning and distributed 91,673,010 doses. The tally of vaccine doses are for both
Publix to offer coronavirus vaccine in all Florida stores - Yahoo NewsTampa Bay Times
All of Publix’s 730 store pharmacies will have vaccination appointment slots available starting Friday.
10-year-old boy has hands, legs amputated after MIS-C, COVID-19 diagnosis - WFTV OrlandoWFTV Orlando
A 10-year-old boy has undergone four amputations after developing a condition related to COVID-19 found in children called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children or MIS-C.
Amid COVID pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US - New York PostNew York Post
NEW YORK — February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors’ offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not this year. Flu has virtually disappeared from the U.S., with repor…
Suncoast Vaccine Tracker: Growing list of pharmacies offering the COVID-19 vaccine - WWSBWWSB
Across the Suncoast and the state, here are the pharmacies distributing COVID-19 vaccine
'Be Skeptical:' NYC Health Officials Race to Quell Concerns After NYT Variant Report - NBC New YorkNBC New York
A New York Times report on a possible new COVID variant spreading in New York City is making waves, but scientists and City Hall were quick to criticize what…
Effective Immediately: Utahns Ages 16+ With Certain Health Conditions Can Get Vaccine - ksltv.comksltv.com
Gov. Spencer Cox announced that Utahns who are 16 and older who have certain underlying health conditions are now eligible to receive the vaccine.
Illinois COVID Update Today: IL reports 1,884 new coronavirus cases, 32 deaths; United Center to host mass vaccination site: sources - WLS-TVWLS-TV
In an Illinois COVID update, local leaders announced Friday that United Center will host a mass vaccination site. IL reported 2,441 new coronavirus cases and 55 deaths Friday.
COVID-19 VACCINE SIGNUP: Walmart begins offering COVID-19 vaccines in Springfield - KYTVKY3
Walmart hosted its first mass vaccine clinic in Springfield, offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by appointment only. And it is just a start.
Walgreens vaccine slots fill up for Vermonters - WCAXWCAX
As of Friday morning, the Walgreens website says there aren’t any more available appointments, at least for the next two days.
Debilitating 'long-COVID' may have severe health, social impacts: WHO - ReutersReuters
Thousands of COVID-19 patients continue to suffer serious, debilitating and lingering symptoms many months after their initial bout of infection, with major social, health and economic consequences, European health experts said on Thursday.
GSK' Covid-19 drug falls short in trial, but may benefit older patients - STATSTAT
Patients older than 70 were more likely to be free of respiratory failure, a result that GSK plans to test in a new cohort of the study.