Temperatures increase this week and it will turn much more humid by the end of the week. With the heat and humidity there will be daily storm chances. However, these will be pop-up in nature and not everyone will see rain every day.
A San Antonio doctor says a man in his 30s who thought the coronavirus was a “hoax” died from the disease after attending a COVID-19 party.
Dr. Jane Appleby, chief medical officer at San Antonio’s Methodist Hospital, says lately she’s been hearing about COVID-19 parties, which young people allegedly attend to see who gets infected first or who can survive the virus.
“Someone will be diagnosed with the disease, and they’ll have a party to invite their friends over to see if they can beat the disease,” Appleby said.
The doctor says a 30-year-old man recently died at the hospital after attending one of these parties.
“One of the things that was heart-wrenching that he said to his nurse was, ‘You know, I think I made a mistake.’ And this young man went to a COVID party,” she said. “He didn’t really believe. He thought the disease was a hoax. He thought he was young and invincible and wouldn’t get affected by the disease.”
Appleby says some young patients don’t know how sick they are.
“People will come in initially, and they don’t look so bad. They don’t look really sick. But when you check their oxygen levels and their lab tests, they’re really sicker than they appear on the surface,” she said.
The doctor says if you’re not feeling well, have a high fever, cough and severe muscle aches, you should get help.
The coronavirus has been keeping many kids and families home, but pediatricians are now sounding the alarm to remind everyone to stay up to date on vaccines.
“Offices tend to get very very busy in the several weeks before back to school, so it makes sense to call the office now,” PM Pediatrics Senior Medical Advisor Dr. Christina Johns said.
Dr. Johns is hoping parents will bring their kids to the doctor for routine visits, and not setback their physicals.
“The last thing that we want to do when we’re dealing with this pandemic is to inadvertently create another one by having a cohort of children who are delayed on their immunization,” Dr. Johns said.
The Vaccines for Children Program provides vaccines to 50% of children in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of vaccines ordered for the program dropped significantly.
“Initially in the pandemic when the states were all locked down there was significant concern amongst parents about going to in see their pediatrician,” Dr. Johns said. “I think now patients, parents, and families are starting to get back.”
If there's a little less jingle in your pocket, there's a reason for that.
The Federal Reserve says there's a coin shortage.
You may have seen signs at stores that ask you to use correct change or pay electronically.
The pandemic gets the blame.
It’s significantly disrupted the supply chain and the way our coins are circulated.
Coin deposits from financial institutions to the Fed have declined significantly in the past few months.
The U.S. mint says its production of coins has also decreased due to measures put in place to protect its employees from the coronavirus.
With Federal Reserve coin orders starting to increase as regions reopen, the coin inventory is below its normal levels.
Officials at the Fed say they're working to lessen the effects of the shortage, to minimize supply constraints and maximize production.
The agency is managing how it distributes the coins it does have and is encouraging institutions to only order enough coins to meet consumer demand.
Federal Reserve officials say they’re confident the coin shortage will sort itself out once more of the economy opens and coins go back to being circulated as usual.
The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) says two residents have escaped from Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center and are at large.
The agency says Jabar A. Taylor, 20, and Rashad E. Williams, 18, escaped in the early morning hours of Monday through a hole that had been cut in a security fence.
An investigation says the residents used a cord of undetermined origin to choke the security staff member, who briefly lost consciousness.
They took the staff member’s keys which they used to exit the unit and then escaped through a hole that had been cut in the facility’s perimeter security fence.
They then boarded and left in a vehicle that appears to have been waiting for them.
It was unclear whether the residents cut the hole in the fence, or whether the hole had been pre-cut, according to the investigation.
The staff was treated and released from a nearby hospital emergency room.
DJJ says Taylor is from Spotsylvania County and was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and aggravated malicious assault. Taylor is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 138 pounds.
Williams is from Washington, D.C. and the DJJ says Williams convicted of malicious wounding and robbery. Williams is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and 140 pounds.
Both residents were committed by courts in the Fredericksburg area, and both are due to transfer to an adult Department of Corrections facility upon reaching their 21st birthdays, according to the DJJ.
Virginia State Police responded to the scene to take evidence and statements from DJJ staff, and a search for the escapees has already begun.
DJJ’s internal investigation unit also will complete an investigation regarding what transpired.
The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday it is dropping the “Redskins” name and Indian head logo, bowing to recent pressure from sponsors and decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans.
A new name must still be selected for one of the oldest and most storied teams in the National Football League, and it was unclear how soon that will happen. But for now, arguably the most polarizing name in North American professional sports is gone at a time of reckoning over racial injustice, iconography and racism in the U.S.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Staunton High School construction project is on schedule, and on budget. For now, the school still looks and sounds like a busy construction site, but that’s all expected to change in the next few weeks.
"The floors are down, the windows are framed out, the door frames are in, all the glass is going in and those types of things," Dr. Garett Smith, superintendent of Staunton City Schools, said.
For the items still on the to-do list, like putting in ceiling panels and working on the exterior, work is well underway. Dr. Smith said the pandemic created a few bumps in the road, but nothing major.
They were also able to do more work on the school because students have been out of the space since March.
While they are still on track for the project, Dr. Smith said some projects will come down to the wire.
"The furniture installation, the technology installation, making sure that everything is safe and ready to go for students and staff to return," Dr. Smith said. "Especially staff because they're coming back a couple weeks before students."