Illinois’ average daily COVID-19 caseload more than doubled over past month as ‘virus continues to ravage people of all ages’

Nurse practitioner Capri Reese talks to a patient and holds her hand while a doctor administers an IV at Roseland Community Hospital in April. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times file Downstate flare-ups have accounted for much of the Illinois escalation, but testing positivity rates have inflated across 10 of the 11 medical regions designated by […]

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Connie Culp, First Face Transplant Recipient in U.S., Dies at 57

Connie Culp, the first patient in the United States to receive a face transplant, died on Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic, which had performed her procedure in 2008. She was 57. She died of complications from an infection that was unrelated to her transplant, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. The clinic confirmed Ms. Culp’s […]

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Overwhelmed Southern California transferring coronavirus patients to Bay Area hospitals

The calls have been relentless. This patient needed to be flown by plane to the Bay Area for care — did he have a crew? That patient was awaiting transfer by helicopter to Santa Barbara for treatment. Could they swing it? “Everyone’s tired because this has been going on for so long,” said Sergio Cardenas, […]

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Illinois loses another 39 to COVID-19 as state advances to next phase of reopening

Nurse practitioner Capri Reese talks to a patient and holds her hand while a doctor administers an IV at Roseland Community Hospital in April. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times file Another 857 newly confirmed cases were also reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health. In total, the state has seen 140,291 positive cases. The […]

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64 more Illinois coronavirus deaths, 715 new cases

Nurse practitioner Capri Reese talks to a patient while a doctor administers an IV at Roseland Community Hospital on April 28. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times Wednesday’s tally marked the first time in two weeks that the state reported 700 or more cases in a single day, but it’s still been almost three weeks since the […]

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A Reminder That We Are Not Alone

Father Ryan Connors prayed over a Covid-19 patient while he administered a Catholic sacrament, the anointing of the sick, at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. For centuries, Catholic priests have anointed the dying with oil. The ritual has become extraordinarily difficult during the coronavirus pandemic. But in rare instances priests have still been able to offer […]

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Man, 20, arrested in nursing home assault captured on video

A 20-year-old Detroit nursing home patient has been arrested for assault and battery after a video shared on social media showed a 75-year-old patient in the same facility being punched By The Associated Press May 23, 2020, 5:17 PM 1 min read 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article DETROIT — A […]

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Doctors and Nurses Should Think More About Their Necks

Not long ago I asked a colleague to take my photo just before I was to see a patient who potentially had the novel coronavirus. Even though I had assured my 82-year-old mother every night that my hospital department has adequate supplies, she was worried and needed proof. “Make sure you get me from head-to-toe,” […]

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Rolling out contact tracing in Illinois a daunting task, but essential, expert says

Tracing the contacts of infected coronavirus patients can take a full day per patient, one expert says. | AP It takes about a day to trace the contacts of COVID-19 patients at the Howard Brown Health clinic in Hyde Park, its director says. About 2⁄3 of those contacts end up testing positive. Roughly a quarter […]

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Cleveland Browns select Jedrick Wills Jr. with No. 10 pick | 2020 NFL Draft

St. Jude’s Hospital patient Fletcher Rollinson introduces the Browns No. 10 overall pick, Alabama’s OT Jedrick Wills Jr. #NFL #Sports #NFLDraft ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔️ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoNBAonESPN ✔️ Watch ESPN on YouTube TV: http://es.pn/YouTubeTV ESPN on […]

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Spanish taxi drivers, chauffeurs go the extra distance to help amid coronavirus pandemic

MADRID – A Spanish chauffeur who thought he was just picking up another coronavirus patient from a local hospital was surprised when he was instead greeted by health care workers clapping for him. José María García has been taking patients to and from the hospital for free since the start of the coronavirus epidemic. This […]

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When Pet Owners Fall Ill With Coronavirus, What Happens Next?

MADRID — The coronavirus strikes. The patient — at home, sometimes alone — becomes desperately ill. The ambulance finally arrives to take the person away. Then, a second team, clad in hazmat gear, follows to rescue a household member abandoned in the chaos and suddenly in need of a new caregiver: the patient’s pet. The […]

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Who’s getting millions from Chicago City Hall for massive temporary health, shelter system

Mayor Lori Lightfoot tours one of the patient rooms at the COVID-19 field hospital at McCormick Place on Friday. | Tyler LaRiviere / Sun-Times Faced with coronavirus emergency, city has budgeted $65 million for emergency deals for a McCormick Place field hospital, homeless shelters, masks, gowns, COVID-19 tests. Dr. Martin Lucenti once practiced in the […]

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Nurses weigh their principles vs safety in virus fight

Paramedics rushed another critical COVID-19 patient into the emergency room, and Chicago nurse Cynthia Riemer felt her adrenaline kick in. “Your heart starts racing,” she said. “You’re thinking, ‘How quickly and safely can we get them intubated?’ Because if we don’t, in the next five or 10 minutes, they could stop breathing. You’re thinking: ‘What’s […]

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Many Dermatology Practices Stay Open, Ignoring Public Health Pleas

Though public health officials are urging medical practices to use virtual patient visits to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, a surprising number of dermatology offices, many of them owned by private equity investment firms, remain open for in-person skin checks and other nonurgent services. Many dermatologists have closed their offices, instead examining rashes […]

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Spain’s Coronavirus Crisis Accelerated as Warnings Went Unheeded

MADRID — At the end of January, a German tourist became Spain’s first coronavirus patient. At the time, the health threat seemed for the nation as remote as the tiny Spanish island of La Gomera, where he was treated. Two weeks later, the German walked out of hospital, and Spain celebrated being again “virus free.” […]

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Coronavirus patients eagerly join Gilead Sciences drug study

The new coronavirus made Dr. Jag Singh a patient at his own hospital. His alarm grew as he saw an X-ray of his pneumonia-choked lungs and colleagues asked his wishes about life support while wheeling him into Massachusetts General’s intensive care unit. When they offered him a chance to help test remdesivir, an experimental drug […]

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Coronavirus patients rush to join studies of Gilead drug

The new coronavirus made Dr. Jag Singh a patient at his own hospital. His alarm grew as he saw an X-ray of his pneumonia-choked lungs and colleagues asked his wishes about life support while wheeling him into Massachusetts General’s intensive care unit. When they offered him a chance to help test remdesivir, an experimental drug […]

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Patients rush to join studies testing drug for coronavirus

The new coronavirus made Dr. Jag Singh a patient at his own hospital. His alarm grew as he saw an X-ray of his pneumonia-choked lungs and colleagues asked his wishes about life support while wheeling him into Massachusetts General’s intensive care unit. When they offered him a chance to help test remdesivir, an experimental drug […]

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‘Code Blue’: A Brooklyn I.C.U. Fights for Each Life in a Coronavirus Surge

The night had been particularly tough. Patient after patient had to be intubated and put on a ventilator to breathe. At one point, three “codes” — emergency interventions when someone is on the brink of death — occurred at once. Dr. Joshua Rosenberg, a critical care doctor, arrived the next morning at the Brooklyn Hospital […]

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A Heart Attack? No, It Was the Coronavirus

The 64-year-old patient arrived at a hospital in Brooklyn with symptoms looking like those seen in patients having a serious heart attack. An electrocardiogram revealed an ominous heart rhythm. The patient had high blood levels of a protein called troponin, a sign of damaged heart muscle. Doctors rushed to open the patient’s blocked arteries — […]

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Aetna waives patient payments for coronavirus hospital stays

One of the nation’s biggest health insures is waiving patient payments for hospital stays tied to the coronavirus By TOM MURPHY AP Health Writer March 25, 2020, 2:02 PM 1 min read One of the nation’s biggest health insures is waiving patient payments for hospital stays tied to the coronavirus. CVS Health’s insurer Aetna said […]

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Will Antiviral Drugs Save Us From Coronavirus?

On January 19, the first COVID-19 patient in the United States was diagnosed in an urgent care clinic in Snohomish County, Washington. The 35-year-old man, who had a cough and a fever, had recently visited family in Wuhan, China. He was admitted to the hospital and stable for the first few days, despite an intermittent […]

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Dip in Italy’s Cases Does Not Come Fast Enough for Swamped Hospitals

ROME — The patient had won national swimming championships in his youth but now had a lot going against him. As he waited for a kidney transplant, doctors in the northern Italian town of Brescia discovered he had heart disease and had contracted the coronavirus. But what ultimately killed him this month was the decision […]

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