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Mysterious coronavirus illness claims 3 children in New York, says Cuomo - Boston.com
The syndrome — a toxic-shock inflammation that affects the skin, the eyes, blood vessels and the heart — can leave children seriously ill, with some patients requiring mechanical ventilation.
NEW YORK A mysterious syndrome has killed three young children in New York and sickened 73 others, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday, an alarming rise in a phenomenon that was first publicly identified earlier this week. The syndrome a toxic-shock inflammation that affects the skin, the eyes, blood vessels and the heart can leave children seriously ill, with some patients requiring mechanical ventilation. Many of the symptoms bear some resemblance to a rare childhood illness called Kawasaki disease, which can lead to inflammation of the blood vessels, especially the coronary arteries. Until now, parents and public health experts had found some solace in the notion that the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, largely spared children. But any sense of relief was shattered this week when a 5-year-old in New York City died from the syndrome. A handful of cases have been reported in other states, including Louisiana, Mississippi and California. At least 50 cases have been reported in European countries, including Britain, France, Switzerland, Spain and Italy. Cuomo said that many of the children had not shown respiratory symptoms commonly associated with the coronavirus when they arrived at the hospital but that all of them had tested positive for COVID-19 or its antibodies. While some of the symptoms are similar to Kawasaki disease including fever, abdominal pain and sometimes a raised rash doctors who have treated hospitalized children in recent weeks said there appeared to be differences in how the coronavirus-related condition affects the heart. Toxic shock is a rare complication of Kawasaki disease, but many of the children affected with the coronavirus-related syndrome were in shock with very low blood pressure and an impaired ability to circulate oxygen and nutrients to vital organs. Whereas Kawasaki disease can produce coronary aneurysms when left untreated, the new syndrome seems to mostly involve inflammation of coronary arteries and other blood vessels. Doctors in New York have noted that cases of the new syndrome began to appear a month or so after a surge of COVID-19 in the region. That timing, experts say, suggests that the illness may be a post-infectious immune response to infection with the virus. Treatments have included steroids, intravenous immunoglobulin, high-dose aspirin and antibiotics as well as supportive oxygen through the nose, a mask or, in the most serious cases, a ventilator.
Not so magical: Man arrested trying to quarantine on private Disney island - Boston.com
The man told the deputy he didn't know it was a restricted area, despite there being numerous “no trespassing” signs. “Richard stated that he was unaware of that and that it looked like a tropical paradise,” according to the arrest report.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Florida deputies arrested a man who had been living out his quarantine on a shuttered Disney World island, telling authorities it felt like a tropical paradise. Orange County Sheriffs deputies found Richard McGuire on Disneys Discovery Island on Thursday. He said hed been there since Monday or Tuesday and had planned to camp there for a week, according to an arrest report. The 42-year-old said he didnt hear numerous deputies searching the private island for him on foot, by boat and by air because he was asleep in a building. He told the deputy he didnt know it was a restricted area, despite there being numerous no trespassing signs. Richard stated that he was unaware of that and that it looked like a tropical paradise, according to the arrest report. Orange County Marine deputies on Bay Lake used a public address system to tell McGuire he was not allowed to be on the property, but he remained on the island, anyway, according to the arrest report. A security representative for Disney said she saw McGuire using a company boat Thursday, noting that the area had several no trespassing signs and two closed gates. She asked the agency to press charges. McGuire was arrested on a trespassing charge and taken to jail without incident. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could comment. Previously called Treasure Island, Discovery Island had been the site of a zoological park before the island was closed to the public in 1999.
The Patriots didn’t draft a quarterback, but they addressed several other needs - Boston.com
The team selected 10 players.
BOSTON (AP) The Patriots didnt find a replacement for Tom Brady in the draft, if that was even possible. But they did address almost every other one of their needs. New England entered the draft with 12 picks and after making several trades over three days wound up selecting 10 players. Patriots coach Bill Belichick acknowledged the team made an attempt to add a third quarterback, but it simply didnt work out. The bottom line is were evaluating the position along with all the other ones, he said. If we feel like we find the right situation, we certainly draft them. Weve drafted them in multiple years in multiple points in the draft. It didnt work out the last three days. It wasnt by design. It could have, but it didnt. Belichick said the Patriots would address the position via the undrafted free agent market. JMar Smith of Louisiana Tech is a possibility. Weve talked to JMar, no question, Belichick said. For now, second-year player Jarrett Stidham and former Brady backup Brian Hoyer remain the only quarterbacks on the roster. I like both those players, Belichick said. I have confidence in both of them. New England made four picks on defense, which was hit hard in free agency by the departures of linebackers Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Elandon Roberts, safety Duron Harmon and defensive tackle Danny Shelton. The Patriots began by selecting safety Kyle Dugger from Division II Lenoir-Rhyne and added three linebackers with various skill sets in Michigans John Uche, Alabamas Anfernee Jennings, and Wyomings Cassh Maluia. The remaining picks were used to target offensive needs, with three used to bolster the offensive line. The line will get some size with the selection of 340-pound guard Michael Onwenu (Michigan) and guard Justin Herron (Wake Forest) in the sixth round. New England also took Memphis center Dustin Woodard in the seventh round with its final pick. Woodward has a great shot to make the team. He played in every game during his time at Memphis, including 52 consecutive starts. Ted Karras, New Englands starter at center last season, left in free agency. David Andrews, who has started 57 games since being drafted in 2015, says he is ready to return after missing last season with blood clots in his lungs. But its unclear how durable he will be. The tight end position fell off significantly last season following the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, who came out of retirement before the draft to rejoin Brady in Tampa Bay. New England hopes Devin Asiasi (UCLA) and Dalton Keene (Virginia Tech) can provide a longer-term solution after Matt LaCosse, Ben Watson and Ryan Izzo combined for 36 catches and two touchdowns last season. While questions remain at quarterback, the Patriots did identify the man they hope will be Stephen Gostkowskis successor at kicker. New England selected Marshalls Justin Rohrwasser in the fifth round (159th overall), just the third kicker drafted during Belichicks tenure. The last kicker the Patriots drafted was Gostkowski in the fourth round in 2006. He was released last month. Rohrwasser is beefy for a kicker at 6-3 and 230 pounds. He played his first two college seasons at Rhode Island, then transferred to Marshall, where he made 32 of 42 field goals, including a Conference USA-best 18 of 21 (85.7%) as a senior. He was 35 of 36 (97.2%) on extra points. Rohrwasser also performed well under pressure, connecting on a 53-yard, game-winning field goal against Western Kentucky last season. The Patriots used three different kickers after Gostkowski the franchises all-time leading scorer went on injured reserve last October with a hip injury.