Heavy drinking is killing women in record numbers, and experts fear a COVID-related spike | Coronavirus

On her last day of consciousness, Misty Luminais Babin held onto hope. “I choose life,” the 38-year-old told her sister, husband and doctor from inside the Ochsner Medical Center ICU.

But her sister, Aimee Luminais Calamusa, knew it was a choice made too late. A former ICU nurse herself, she was trained to recognize signs of the end. Even after draining 3 liters of fluid from Babin’s abdomen, her liver — mottled and scarred by years of heavy drinking — couldn’t keep up. The fluid had started building up in her lungs and she gasped for air. Without oxygen, her other organs began to fail.

“When I left that day, I knew that would be the last time I talked to her, ever,” said Calamusa. “It was really hard to walk out that door.”

Babin died two days later, on June 14 of this year, after a long struggle with

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Another L.A. County child diagnosed with rare COVID-related syndrome

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04 , 2020 - L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer addresses a press conference held at the steps of Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration to declare a health emergency as the number of coronavirus cases increased to seven, with six new cases in Los Angeles County. None of the new cases are connected to "community spread," officials said. All individuals were exposed to COVID-19 through close contacts. The additional cases were confirmed Tuesday night. Officials said three of the new cases were travelers who had visited northern Italy, two were family members who had close contact with someone outside of the county who was infected, and one had a job that put them in contact with travelers. One person has been hospitalized, and the others are isolated at home. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County Department of Public Health director, speaks at a news conference earlier this year. (Irfan Khan/Irfan Khan/Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

Another Los Angeles County child has been diagnosed with a rare, potentially deadly syndrome believed to be related to the coronavirus, according to the county Health Department, bringing the total number of children with the ailment in the region to 41.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said all of the children in the county diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome since the beginning of the pandemic had been hospitalized. The department said in a written statement Friday that 70% of the children with MIS-C were Latino, reflecting the high incidence of COVID-19 among Latinos overall.

Although none of the children reported to have the condition in Los Angeles County have died, nearly half have been sick enough to be admitted to the intensive care unit.

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HUD Awards ICF COVID-related Community Development Work

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FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ICF (NASDAQ:ICFI), global consulting and digital services provider, was recently awarded three new three-year cooperative agreements and one new two-year agreement by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support state and local municipalities, housing authorities, tribes and nonprofits in their COVID-19 response efforts; secure stable transitional housing for individuals in recovery; and provide Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) expertise. The combined agreements have a multimillion-dollar value. 

The agreements, which were awarded in the second quarter of 2020, support the agency’s technical assistance and capacity building program Community Compass. Under two of them, which were awarded under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, ICF will provide training and technical assistance to strengthen community

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Montgomery County logs its 140th COVID-related death

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Montgomery County adds 137th COVID-related death

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