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Ohio health officials are monitoring review of death of college student who received Johnson & Johnson vaccin – cleveland.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health is monitoring the investigation into what may have caused a 21-year-old University of Cincinnati student to die suddenly last Sunday, around a day after he received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Alicia Shoults, a spokeswoman for the state health department, said the agency is waiting for the completion of a Hamilton County coroner’s report, and “if necessary,” further guidance from the CDC.

If an adverse effect from a vaccine is reported to the CDC, it then leads to a federal investigation into whether the negative effects were coincidental or somehow related to the vaccine, Shoults said.

The student, John Foley, died unexpectedly on Sunday, according to an obituary his family published through a Columbus funeral home. He was a junior studying medical sciences, and his mother, Mary Beth Foley, is an attorney with the state police and fire pension fund. A memorial service is planned on Friday.

There are few available details about Foley’s death. There’s no available evidence that suggests his death is related to the vaccine.

But his family issued a statement on Wednesday asking for patience and privacy after Alex Berenson, a writer who’s gained prominence for promoting fringe, skeptical views about the coronavirus pandemic, lockdown measures and vaccinations, used his social media account to share information about Foley’s death. That included publishing a private message from Foley’s mother sharing the news with friends that said the family suspected a “bad COVID vaccination reaction,” but wasn’t sure.

“We understand many want to know more about his death – we do, too – but we ask people to understand that this is the time for our family to grieve in private,” said the family’s public statement, shared by Mark Weaver, a crisis communications consultant who said the family isn’t granting media interviews.

Foley’s death comes amid heightened public concern about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Federal officials on Tuesday paused administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, citing concerns about a possible complication that in six documented instances – out of nearly 7 million people who were vaccinated – of people suffering dangerous blood clots after getting the vaccine.

Medical experts have said the pause is meant to make time to investigate the blood clots to see whether they are related to the vaccine. Public health officials and medical experts have said vaccines are a key part of ending the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the deaths of 18,917 Ohioans and more than 564,000 deaths nationally.

Foley’s medical profile doesn’t match the CDC’s documented instances of the blood clots. All six occurred in women, and the median age was 32 years old. The onset of the side effects came six to 13 days after they received Johnson & Johnson vaccines, according to federal officials. It’s also still unclear whether the blood clots are connected to the vaccines, or coincidental. Side effects, including extremely rare ones, are known to be associated with many vaccines, drugs and other common medical treatments.

An official at the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office said Wednesday that it could be days or weeks before an autopsy is complete. No additional information was available, he said.

But a log of emergency calls published by the Cincinnati Fire Department shows there was an emergency call at an address on Sunday night for a “possible DOA” that matched an address the coroner’s office had on file. Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer has issued a public-records request for information associated with the call, but that request has not yet been completed. A police spokesman said Thursday there is a backlog for fulfilling public records requests.

Officials with the University of Cincinnati and UC Health, the hospital system that administered a mass-vaccination site at the UC campus over the weekend, didn’t respond to requests for comment, nor did a spokesperson for the Hamilton County Health Department. Marla Fuller, a spokeswoman for the Cincinnati Health Department, said Thursday her agency has no information about the death.

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Ohio health officials are monitoring review of death of college student who received Johnson & Johnson vaccin – cleveland.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health is monitoring the investigation into what may have caused a 21-year-old University of Cincinnati student to die suddenly last Sunday, around a day after he received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Alicia Shoults, a spokeswoman for the state health department, said the agency is waiting for the completion of a Hamilton County coroner’s report, and “if necessary,” further guidance from the CDC.

If an adverse effect from a vaccine is reported to the CDC, it then leads to a federal investigation into whether the negative effects were coincidental or somehow related to the vaccine, Shoults said.

The student, John Foley, died unexpectedly on Sunday, according to an obituary his family published through a Columbus funeral home. He was a junior studying medical sciences, and his mother, Mary Beth Foley, is an attorney with the state police and fire pension fund. A memorial service is planned on Friday.

There are few available details about Foley’s death. There’s no available evidence that suggests his death is related to the vaccine.

But his family issued a statement on Wednesday asking for patience and privacy after Alex Berenson, a writer who’s gained prominence for promoting fringe, skeptical views about the coronavirus pandemic, lockdown measures and vaccinations, used his social media account to share information about Foley’s death. That included publishing a private message from Foley’s mother sharing the news with friends that said the family suspected a “bad COVID vaccination reaction,” but wasn’t sure.

“We understand many want to know more about his death – we do, too – but we ask people to understand that this is the time for our family to grieve in private,” said the family’s public statement, shared by Mark Weaver, a crisis communications consultant who said the family isn’t granting media interviews.

Foley’s death comes amid heightened public concern about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Federal officials on Tuesday paused administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, citing concerns about a possible complication that in six documented instances – out of nearly 7 million people who were vaccinated – of people suffering dangerous blood clots after getting the vaccine.

Medical experts have said the pause is meant to make time to investigate the blood clots to see whether they are related to the vaccine. Public health officials and medical experts have said vaccines are a key part of ending the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the deaths of 18,917 Ohioans and more than 564,000 deaths nationally.

Foley’s medical profile doesn’t match the CDC’s documented instances of the blood clots. All six occurred in women, and the median age was 32 years old. The onset of the side effects came six to 13 days after they received Johnson & Johnson vaccines, according to federal officials. It’s also still unclear whether the blood clots are connected to the vaccines, or coincidental. Side effects, including extremely rare ones, are known to be associated with many vaccines, drugs and other common medical treatments.

An official at the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office said Wednesday that it could be days or weeks before an autopsy is complete. No additional information was available, he said.

But a log of emergency calls published by the Cincinnati Fire Department shows there was an emergency call at an address on Sunday night for a “possible DOA” that matched an address the coroner’s office had on file. Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer has issued a public-records request for information associated with the call, but that request has not yet been completed. A police spokesman said Thursday there is a backlog for fulfilling public records requests.

Officials with the University of Cincinnati and UC Health, the hospital system that administered a mass-vaccination site at the UC campus over the weekend, didn’t respond to requests for comment, nor did a spokesperson for the Hamilton County Health Department. Marla Fuller, a spokeswoman for the Cincinnati Health Department, said Thursday her agency has no information about the death.

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Ohio health officials are monitoring review of death of college student who received Johnson & Johnson vaccin – cleveland.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health is monitoring the investigation into what may have caused a 21-year-old University of Cincinnati student to die suddenly last Sunday, around a day after he received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Alicia Shoults, a spokeswoman for the state health department, said the agency is waiting for the completion of a Hamilton County coroner’s report, and “if necessary,” further guidance from the CDC.

If an adverse effect from a vaccine is reported to the CDC, it then leads to a federal investigation into whether the negative effects were coincidental or somehow related to the vaccine, Shoults said.

The student, John Foley, died unexpectedly on Sunday, according to an obituary his family published through a Columbus funeral home. He was a junior studying medical sciences, and his mother, Mary Beth Foley, is an attorney with the state police and fire pension fund. A memorial service is planned on Friday.

There are few available details about Foley’s death. There’s no available evidence that suggests his death is related to the vaccine.

But his family issued a statement on Wednesday asking for patience and privacy after Alex Berenson, a writer who’s gained prominence for promoting fringe, skeptical views about the coronavirus pandemic, lockdown measures and vaccinations, used his social media account to share information about Foley’s death. That included publishing a private message from Foley’s mother sharing the news with friends that said the family suspected a “bad COVID vaccination reaction,” but wasn’t sure.

“We understand many want to know more about his death – we do, too – but we ask people to understand that this is the time for our family to grieve in private,” said the family’s public statement, shared by Mark Weaver, a crisis communications consultant who said the family isn’t granting media interviews.

Foley’s death comes amid heightened public concern about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Federal officials on Tuesday paused administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, citing concerns about a possible complication that in six documented instances – out of nearly 7 million people who were vaccinated – of people suffering dangerous blood clots after getting the vaccine.

Medical experts have said the pause is meant to make time to investigate the blood clots to see whether they are related to the vaccine. Public health officials and medical experts have said vaccines are a key part of ending the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the deaths of 18,917 Ohioans and more than 564,000 deaths nationally.

Foley’s medical profile doesn’t match the CDC’s documented instances of the blood clots. All six occurred in women, and the median age was 32 years old. The onset of the side effects came six to 13 days after they received Johnson & Johnson vaccines, according to federal officials. It’s also still unclear whether the blood clots are connected to the vaccines, or coincidental. Side effects, including extremely rare ones, are known to be associated with many vaccines, drugs and other common medical treatments.

An official at the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office said Wednesday that it could be days or weeks before an autopsy is complete. No additional information was available, he said.

But a log of emergency calls published by the Cincinnati Fire Department shows there was an emergency call at an address on Sunday night for a “possible DOA” that matched an address the coroner’s office had on file. Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer has issued a public-records request for information associated with the call, but that request has not yet been completed. A police spokesman said Thursday there is a backlog for fulfilling public records requests.

Officials with the University of Cincinnati and UC Health, the hospital system that administered a mass-vaccination site at the UC campus over the weekend, didn’t respond to requests for comment, nor did a spokesperson for the Hamilton County Health Department. Marla Fuller, a spokeswoman for the Cincinnati Health Department, said Thursday her agency has no information about the death.

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Tenants can apply Monday for some of Onondaga County’s $23 million in rent relief – syracuse.com

Syracuse, N.Y. – Onondaga County will begin taking applications Monday from tenants who need help making up rent payments they missed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The county has $23 million in federal money to give out as rent relief.

Tenants and their landlords are encouraged to apply promptly, because the money likely will not cover everyone who is eligible. County Executive Ryan McMahon today estimated that the money would cover only about one-third to one-half of the need.

The tenant and the landlord from a given property must both apply to receive the benefit. The payments will go directly to landlords.

McMahon said the county will give priority to small landlords who own roughly 20 units or less, but he encouraged all landlords to apply. County officials say the owners of larger apartment complexes are better able to absorb lost rent payments, so they will get a lower priority for assistance payments.

“We’re going to try to address the issue with the smaller landlords first and then address it for the larger landlords second,’’ McMahon said. “Everyone should apply.”

Beginning Monday, the county will post a form on its website, which can be filled out and submitted online.

From two recent federal stimulus bills, Onondaga County received a total of $23 million to distribute as rent relief through the program that will open Monday. The county was able to organize its own program for distributing the funds. In addition, the county also has begun distributing about $4 million received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under more complex rules that have slowed the distribution.

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Ohio health officials are monitoring review of death of college student who received Johnson & Johnson vaccin – cleveland.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health is monitoring the investigation into what may have caused a 21-year-old University of Cincinnati student to die suddenly last Sunday, around a day after he received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Alicia Shoults, a spokeswoman for the state health department, said the agency is waiting for the completion of a Hamilton County coroner’s report, and “if necessary,” further guidance from the CDC.

If an adverse effect from a vaccine is reported to the CDC, it then leads to a federal investigation into whether the negative effects were coincidental or somehow related to the vaccine, Shoults said.

The student, John Foley, died unexpectedly on Sunday, according to an obituary his family published through a Columbus funeral home. He was a junior studying medical sciences, and his mother, Mary Beth Foley, is an attorney with the state police and fire pension fund. A memorial service is planned on Friday.

There are few available details about Foley’s death. There’s no available evidence that suggests his death is related to the vaccine.

But his family issued a statement on Wednesday asking for patience and privacy after Alex Berenson, a writer who’s gained prominence for promoting fringe, skeptical views about the coronavirus pandemic, lockdown measures and vaccinations, used his social media account to share information about Foley’s death. That included publishing a private message from Foley’s mother sharing the news with friends that said the family suspected a “bad COVID vaccination reaction,” but wasn’t sure.

“We understand many want to know more about his death – we do, too – but we ask people to understand that this is the time for our family to grieve in private,” said the family’s public statement, shared by Mark Weaver, a crisis communications consultant who said the family isn’t granting media interviews.

Foley’s death comes amid heightened public concern about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Federal officials on Tuesday paused administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, citing concerns about a possible complication that in six documented instances – out of nearly 7 million people who were vaccinated – of people suffering dangerous blood clots after getting the vaccine.

Medical experts have said the pause is meant to make time to investigate the blood clots to see whether they are related to the vaccine. Public health officials and medical experts have said vaccines are a key part of ending the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the deaths of 18,917 Ohioans and more than 564,000 deaths nationally.

Foley’s medical profile doesn’t match the CDC’s documented instances of the blood clots. All six occurred in women, and the median age was 32 years old. The onset of the side effects came six to 13 days after they received Johnson & Johnson vaccines, according to federal officials. It’s also still unclear whether the blood clots are connected to the vaccines, or coincidental. Side effects, including extremely rare ones, are known to be associated with many vaccines, drugs and other common medical treatments.

An official at the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office said Wednesday that it could be days or weeks before an autopsy is complete. No additional information was available, he said.

But a log of emergency calls published by the Cincinnati Fire Department shows there was an emergency call at an address on Sunday night for a “possible DOA” that matched an address the coroner’s office had on file. Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer has issued a public-records request for information associated with the call, but that request has not yet been completed. A police spokesman said Thursday there is a backlog for fulfilling public records requests.

Officials with the University of Cincinnati and UC Health, the hospital system that administered a mass-vaccination site at the UC campus over the weekend, didn’t respond to requests for comment, nor did a spokesperson for the Hamilton County Health Department. Marla Fuller, a spokeswoman for the Cincinnati Health Department, said Thursday her agency has no information about the death.

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Coronavirus in Oregon: 733 cases, 6 deaths, 44,971 vaccines administered – OregonLive

The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday reported six COVID-19 deaths and 733 coronavirus cases, sending the state’s case trajectory higher.

Oregon is now averaging about 600 cases a day over the past week, up more than 50% from two weeks ago. Thursday’s reported test positivity rate hit 4.1%, slightly below the weekly average.

More than 1.5 million Oregonians are now partially or fully vaccinated against COVID-19. But state officials have identified more variants of the coronavirus, setting up a race to inoculate residents before more contagious infections spread.

Vaccines: Oregon reported 44,971 newly administered doses, which includes 29,445 Wednesday and the remainder from previous days.

Where the new cases are by county: Baker (16), Benton (18), Clackamas (63), Clatsop (3), Columbia (10), Coos (9), Crook (5), Curry (3), Deschutes (53), Douglas (10), Grant (1), Hood River (6), Jackson (34), Jefferson (5), Josephine (13), Klamath (46), Lane (74), Lincoln (6), Linn (23), Malheur (2), Marion (56), Morrow (1), Multnomah (120), Polk (22), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (9), Union (3), Wasco (8), Washington (98) and Yamhill (13).

Who died: Oregon’s 2,450th COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old Clackamas County woman who tested positive Jan. 14 and died April 9 at her residence. Her death certificate listed COVID-19 as a cause or significant condition contributing to death.

The 2,451st fatality is a 71-year-old Baker County woman who tested positive April 7 and died April 14 at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

Oregon’s 2,452nd death is a 62-year-old Clackamas County man who tested positive March 22 and died April 5 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

The 2,453rd fatality is a 52-year-old Jackson County man who tested positive March 24 and died April 14 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

Oregon’s 2,454th death is an 82-year-old Linn County man who tested positive March 24 and died April 8 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend.

The 2,455th fatality is an 89-year-old Polk County man who tested positive March 31 and died April 13 at Salem Hospital.

Each person had underlying medical conditions or officials were working to determine if the person had health conditions.

Hospitalizations: 195 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized, down five from Wednesday. That includes 53 people in intensive care, up one from Wednesday.

Since it began: Oregon has reported 172,931 confirmed or presumed infections and 2,455 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. To date, the state has reported 2,399,856 vaccine doses administered, fully vaccinating 966,834 people and partially vaccinating 549,755 people.

To see more data and trends, visit https://projects.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/

— Brad Schmidt; bschmidt@oregonian.com; 503-294-7628; @_brad_schmidt

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Brazils hospitals running out of sedatives as COVID-19 rages – Reuters

Medical workers take care of patients in the emergency room of the Nossa Senhora da Conceicao hospital that is overcrowding because of the coronavirus outbreak, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, March 11, 2021.  REUTERS/Diego Vara

Brazil’s hospitals were running out of drugs needed to sedate COVID-19 patients on Thursday, with the government urgently seeking to import supplies amid reports of the seriously ill being tied down and intubated without effective sedatives.

Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga said Brazil was in talks with Spain and other countries to secure the emergency drugs. Hospitals, he added, were also struggling to get enough oxygen.

The scenes playing out across Brazil, one of the countries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, are placing growing international pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro.

Aid group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said Brazil’s “failed response” had led to thousands of avoidable deaths and created a humanitarian catastrophe that could still get worse.

Brazil has recorded a total of 361,884 coronavirus deaths – only the United States has more – and 13,673,507 confirmed cases.

More Brazilians are currently dying of the virus each day than anywhere else in the world, with South America’s largest country reporting another 3,560 deaths on Thursday. Bolsonaro has opposed lockdowns and held large events in which he often does not wear a mask. He has only recently embraced vaccines as a possible solution.

Brazil’s hospitals are struggling to cope.

Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo have both sounded the alarm over shortages of sedatives, with Sao Paulo’s Health Secretary saying the city’s ability to care for seriously ill COVID-19 patients is on the verge of collapse.

“I never thought that I would be living through something like this after 20 years working in intensive care,” Aureo do Carmo Filho, an ICU doctor in Rio, told Reuters.

“Using mechanical restraints without sedatives is bad practice … the patient is submitted to a form of torture,” he said.

Seriously ill COVID-19 patients struggling for breath are sedated in order to put them on ventilators, an intrusive practice the body can naturally resist.

With ICU beds at or near capacity across the country, hospitals are being forced to create improvised intensive care beds which often lack equipment or professional expertise.

Globo television network on Wednesday reported cases from a Rio hospital in which patients were intubated with a lack of sedatives, tied to beds.

The Albert Schweitzer hospital, through the press office of the city of Rio which runs it, said there was a shortage of intubation drugs but that substitutes were being used to ensure medical assistance was not compromised. It said mechanical restraints were only used when prescribed by a doctor.

The city of Rio added that a batch of intubation drugs was set to arrive on Thursday.

Sao Paulo blamed the shortage on the federal government.

“The irresponsibility and neglect of Brazilian lives is unbelievable,” Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria said on Twitter.

“FAILED RESPONSE”

Médecins Sans Frontières said Bolsonaro’s government had not done enough to prevent the tragedy.

“More than one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the failed response in Brazil has caused a humanitarian catastrophe,” said Christos Christou, a medical doctor and president of MSF, called Doctors Without Borders in English.

“Each week there is a grim new record of deaths and infections – the hospitals are overflowing and yet there is still no coordinated centralized response,” Christou said in a briefing with reporters, adding that the situation was expected to become even worse in the weeks ahead.

Bolsonaro has openly fought against state and local governments seeking to institute lockdowns, saying Brazilians need to get on with normal life and that job losses are more dangerous than the virus.

MSF Director-General Meinie Nicolai said the surge in cases cannot be blamed only on the contagious Brazilian COVID-19 variant, known as P.1.

“The P.1 variant is certainly a problem, but this doesn’t explain the situation in Brazil,” she said.

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When to anticipate Pfizer, Moderna booster shots – 13WHAM-TV

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Health anxiety: The fear of illness making people quit jobs and move home – BBC News

While we all sometimes worry about our health, or google symptoms, health anxiety is a recognised condition where obsessive fears about health become excessive. It is defined by compulsively checking for symptoms, researching diseases, obsessing over normal bodily sensations or avoiding anything that could potentially lead to you being exposed to disease.

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First known case of Brazils P.1 variant found in Davis – KCRA Sacramento

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