In Florida, over 40 hospitals max out ICU capacity amid coronavirus surge

A surge of coronavirus cases in Florida has maxed out dozens of intensive care units (ICUs) at hospitals around the state, following an attempt by local officials to institute a phased reopening of the economy. Over 40 hospitals are now hitting their limit with regard to ICU capacity, according to a CNBC News report. This news comes on the same day that Florida reportedly announced its second-highest one-day COVID-19 infection rate. “We’re putting ourselves at risk and other people aren’t willing to do anything and in fact go the other way and be aggressive to promote the disease,” Dr. Andrew…

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Electric scooters, mopeds causing more ER injuries in NYC

Angelo Mascia, DO, and Daniel G. Murphy, MD, work in the Department of Emergency Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in The Bronx. They write to The Post about the latest increase in business — electric scooters:  The growing use of private and pay-per-use bicycles in New York City is a worthy and convenient transportation solution that is environmentally friendly. The prevention of injuries and deaths among bicyclists requires ongoing innovation and civil-engineering solutions. Bicyclists, pedestrians and vehicles should safely coexist. Our emergency department has noticed a concerning and dangerous transportation…

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150 Minneapolis police officers seek ‘duty disability’ for PTSD following protests

More than 150 Minneapolis police officers have filed for disability claims, with many claiming post-traumatic stress disorder for their departures following weeks of soaring crime and unrest following the death of George Floyd, an attorney for the officers said Friday. The claims come as the city experiences an increase in crime and elected leaders attempt to dismantle the police department and create a new public safety apparatus. Attorney Ron Meuser didn’t mention the death of George Floyd and the unrest that followed as the cause of the surge in disability requests but said the…

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Gov. Cuomo predicts COVID-19 bump for NY amid surge in other states

Gov. Andrew Cuomo predicted New York will see another bump in coronavirus cases because of the pandemic’s surge in many southern and western states — and admitted the quarantine he imposed on visitors from hotspots areas will be unable to stop it. “Look, we’re doing everything we can. The quarantine, we have an enforcement mechanism. But, you know, how do you catch somebody driving in, right? I mean, it’s very very difficult, it’s trying to catch water in a screen,” Cuomo said Friday on WAMC radio. Cuomo imposed a travel…

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Chicago grandfather, 80, robbed, beaten on grocery trip

An 80-year-old man was the victim of a brutal attack at a grocery store that left him in the ICU. Roberto Lopez Flores, the grandfather of 17, was hospitalized Wednesday with severe facial injuries and broken ribs after he was robbed and beaten at Superior Grocers around 8:30 a.m. in Chicago’s Lancaster area. According to ABC7, Lopez Flores would frequently escort his wife to the store to make sure she was safe. After stepping out of the checkout line to use the restroom, he was repeatedly punched and kicked in…

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California could release up to 8,000 prisoners to prevent coronavirus spread, officials say

California will release around 8,000 prison inmates early in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus in state correctional facilities, with more than half expected to return to society by the end of July, officials said Friday. The move will allow prisons to use the extra space to impose social distancing rules, isolation and quarantine measures, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. “These actions are taken to provide for the health and safety of the incarcerated population and staff,” CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz said.…

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President Trump commutes Roger Stone’s sentence

President Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime adviser Roger Stone, a senior administration official told Politico. The commutation comes just days before Stone was due to report to prison Tuesday to serve a 40-month sentence after he was found guilty on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and lying to Congress. Stone had appealed the ruling and maintains his innocence. Trump hinted earlier Friday that he was considering a presidential pardon for Stone. “I’ll be looking at it. I think Roger Stone was very unfairly treated, as were…

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DOJ: 10-year prison sentence for Maryland man who had enough fentanyl to kill over 1.5M people

A 26-year-old Maryland man received a 10-year prison sentence Thursday after being convicted of possessing enough fentanyl to kill more than 1.5 million people, according to the Justice Department. Devon Denzel Thompson allegedly had 3 kilograms, or more than 6.6 pounds, stashed in his home when police executed a search warrant there in 2018. “Law enforcement partners are working together to arrest and prosecute those who peddle deadly fentanyl on our streets and in our neighborhoods,” Robert Hur, U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland, said in a statement. ‘FLASH’…

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Six U.S. states see record surges in COVID-19 cases, Florida becomes epicenter

Six U.S. states suffered record spikes in new COVID-19 cases on Friday and Florida, an epicenter of the pandemic, saw infections rise sharply for the second day in a row as the Walt Disney Co. stuck to its plans to reopen its flagship theme park in Orlando. The surges in Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin put the United States on a pace to once again set a single-day record for new coronavirus cases as Walt Disney World became the latest flash point in a national debate over access…

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Six US states see record surges in COVID-19 cases, Florida becomes epicenter

Six U.S. states suffered record spikes in new COVID-19 cases on Friday and Florida, an epicenter of the pandemic, saw infections rise sharply for the second day in a row as the Walt Disney Co. stuck to its plans to reopen its flagship theme park in Orlando. The surges in Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin put the United States on a pace to once again set a single-day record for new coronavirus cases as Walt Disney World became the latest flash point in a national debate over access…

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