Thousands of mink die in Covid-19 outbreaks at US fur farms

Thousands of mink have died at fur farms in Utah and Wisconsin after a series of coronavirus outbreaks.



a small animal in a cage: There are dozens of mink farms like this near Medford, Wisconsin, where one such farm is experiencing an coronavirus outbreak among the animals.


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There are dozens of mink farms like this near Medford, Wisconsin, where one such farm is experiencing an coronavirus outbreak among the animals.

In Utah, ranchers have lost at least 8,000 mink to Covid-19 among the animals known for their silky, luxurious pelts.

The virus first appeared in the creatures in August, shortly after farmworkers fell ill in July, according to Dr. Dean Taylor, State Veterinarian of Utah. Initial research shows the virus was transmitted from humans to animals, and so far has not seen any cases of the opposite.

“Everything we’ve looked at here in Utah suggests its gone from the humans to the animals,” Taylor told CNN. “It feels like a unidirectional path,” he said, adding that testing is still underway. Utah’s was the first outbreak among

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Black children twice as likely to die after surgery than White children

Black children are more than twice as likely as White kids to die from surgical complications, and minority children are about half as likely to even have surgery as white children, two new studies show.

In one study, researchers found that of nearly 277,000 children who had inpatient surgery between 2012 and 2017, 10,425 suffered a complication that required follow-up surgery and 209 subsequently died.

Of those deaths, 135 patients were White — 1.6% of all White children who suffered a complication — and 74 were Black — 3.7% of all Black children who suffered a complication.

“We don’t fully understand all of the issues that place a Black child at greater risk and how all of these issues interact with each other,” said study author Dr. Brittany Willer, a pediatric anesthesiologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio.

“Our study gives physician anesthesiologists and surgeons insight into those at

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Maryland school board member resigns after wishing Trump would die from COVID

A Maryland educator is set to resign Tuesday from the Washington County Board of Education she wrote on her on her personal Facebook page that she wished President Trump dies from coronavirus.

Jacqueline Fischer, who was first elected to the Washington County School Board in 2002, wrote: “Since he has tested positive for COVID19, maybe the country will get lucky and he will die. Wouldn’t that be an act of karma!”

The post added: “He could care less how many Americans die from this even if he is the one who exposed them. I hope he dies from it. That would solve a lot of America’s problems.”

Fischer served on the board from 2002 to 2006 as well as in 2010, 2014, and 2018.; her current term, which began in 2018, was set to expire in 2022.

The school board nor Fischer returned Fox News’ request for comment.

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5 elitist food and drink “rules” that need to die now

In one of many roommate situations over the years, I found myself living with two cosmopolitan internationals, both fashionable, elegant, and health-conscious. They believed themselves to be enlightened in several arenas that I was not — one being the “rules” of food and drink. During our time living together, one of them would regularly side-eye my cooking, eating, and drinking habits.

As someone with Milky Way bars and Bugles handy in my night stand, I started thinking I was less cultured than them. It turns out my roommates in that tiny walk-up were just playing out a scenario colonizers have been for centuries. The elite have always consumed things that signify exclusivity and limited access to rare goods to feel superior while lower class groups consume foods that are readily available and cheaper. For example, when the British swept into India, societal habiture follows a pattern.

There’s somewhat of a

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7 more people die of COVID-19 complications, all elderly

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health said Wednesday it’s adjusting coronavirus testing and contract tracing to address a recent uptick in cases among residents and staff at long-term care facilities.

Health officials are prioritizing the testing of that population over all other testing with every effort to return the results of those tests within 24 hours to fast track potential isolation of positive residents and staff and quarantine close contacts.

The Department of Health said it plans to use emergency medical technicians, or EMTs, and others to administer the tests and will make about 200 nurses from its operations center available to staff long-term care facilities as needed.

“Protecting the most vulnerable is our top priority in North Dakota’s COVID-19 response, and since the beginning the state has taken proactive measures to safeguard residents and staff in long-term care facilities and other congregate settings,” State Health

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The Latest: at Least 2 Oklahoma Inmates Die of COVID-19 | Health News

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections on Tuesday reported that two inmates have died due to COVID-19 and seven other deaths are possibly the result of the disease, which is caused by the coronavirus.

The cause of the other seven deaths are pending autopsies by the state medical examiner, according to DOC.

Of the department’s nearly 25,000 inmates, 3,168 have tested positive for the virus and 1,398 cases are currently active, according to DOC Director Scott Crow, increases of 554 positive cases and 414 active cases from Monday.

Crow said difficulty in achieving social distancing within prisons has contributed to the increase in positive cases in recent weeks, in addition to resistance to wearing masks.

“Sometimes, just as we see in the public, especially with our inmate populations, they’re averse to actually wearing masks” Crow said.

Crow and interim state health commissioner Dr. Lance Frye announced plans to

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Good News: Tomorrow We Die

I used to assume that God owed me a long life—to pursue a vocation and family with full strength, to live long enough to become a grandparent. Then, at 39, I was diagnosed with incurable cancer. The expected storyline of my life was interrupted. Now, as a cancer patient, my expectations have changed. The cancer is likely to cut decades from my life; I experience daily pain and fatigue that drain my strength. While my former expectations of God may seem reasonable, I’ve come to see how I had unwittingly embraced a form of the prosperity gospel. I believed that God owed me a long life.

This assumption is widespread. Among those in the United States who believe in God, 56 percent think that “God will grant good health and relief from sickness to believers who have enough faith,” according to a recent Pew study. In other parts of the

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North Carolina husband and wife die of Covid-19 while holding hands

Johnny Lee Peoples, 67, and his wife Cathy “Darlene” Peoples, 65 started feeling symptoms at the beginning of August, but would not make it to see more than two days of September.

“Mom and Dad lived hand to hand for 50 years, they died hand to hand, now they’re walking in heaven hand to hand,” their son, Shane Peoples, told CNN.

“The message our family would like to convey is that Covid is real. It’s not a hoax or a joke. Our parents took the proper precautions but tragically still contracted the virus.”

North Carolina natives Jonny Lee Peoples and Cathy "Darlene" Peoples early on in their relationship. North Carolina natives Jonny Lee Peoples and Cathy "Darlene" Peoples early on in their relationship.

They were both North Carolina natives and lived in Salisbury.

Johnny served in the US Army for over 17 years and retired from the North Carolina Department of Correction a few years ago. Darlene worked at Rowan Family Physicians where she was employed by LabCorp and was supposed to retire on September 1, the day before she

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Is The Paper Money Going To Die?

If the figures all over the world are added together, there are about five billion mobile phones being used currently, and the number is sure going up. Sam Pitroda, the technology evangelist has predicted that the paper money would die within 30 years due to efforts being made by the banks, mobile companies and other stakeholders. He says the paper money would soon disappear due to digital transactions, thanks to the introduction of his latest innovation, the digital wallet. Sam Pitroda’s earlier innovation, the Casio digital diary was a runaway hit all over the world.

Paperless World Would Be a Better World

He asks if we can make our offices paperless, why not banks and our wallets? He predicts all the mobile service operators will adopt the technology sooner or later, especially due to declining revenue per user for the mobile companies. People are more like to pay for these … Read More

What Will The Coroner Write in the Blank for the Cause of Death When You Die? A Suggestion

Introduction: Global Health Trends

A research center at the University of Washington has found that, for perhaps the first time in human history, the obesity-related death rate is greater than the rate from malnutrition. Translation – more people are dying from obesity-related illnesses than from lack of food. In an editorial last month, a major newspaper proclaimed that this was good news. (Chicago Tribune, Living longer, with a catch: Rising life spans – despite some unhealthy choices, December 26, 2012.)

I may be overlooking something, but this does not seem news likely to set off a ticker tape parade celebrating human progress. The research group cited, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the state of Washington. Its mission is to improve population health by providing the best evidence possible to guide health policy. I think the next IHME … Read More