Coronavirus deaths at Connecticut nursing homes continue to escalate amid second wave

The coronavirus onslaught in Connecticut nursing homes continued with an additional 75 deaths this week, leaving providers, families and state officials looking toward the tantalizingly close approval and dissemination of a COVID-19 vaccine.



a person riding on the back of a car: Norman Swady, with Charter Oak Health Center, swabs a community member as the Xfinity Theatre hosted free COVID-19 drive-thru testing in the parking lot Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Hartford, to help meet the needs of testing around the city.


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Norman Swady, with Charter Oak Health Center, swabs a community member as the Xfinity Theatre hosted free COVID-19 drive-thru testing in the parking lot Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Hartford, to help meet the needs of testing around the city.

During the week of Nov. 25-Dec. 1 there were a total of 159 COVID deaths in the state, with about 66% of the total among nursing home residents, according to state Department of Public Health data released Thursday.

The increases in both infections and deaths continues a troubling trend that began several weeks ago and shows no signs of abating. As the virus has spread through communities across the state, it

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Vaccine rollouts offer dose of hope for Houston-area nursing homes hit hard by COVID-19

Melinda Hicks has seen her 75-year-old mother just once in the last eight months, a brief visit in late October to the Alzheimer’s unit at a Texas City nursing home, before a recent spike in COVID-19 cases again restricted in-person visits to residents.

When Hicks heard that Texas would be receiving millions of doses of a recently authorized COVID-19 vaccine that prioritizes nursing home residents, she was hopeful that she might be able to hold her mom’s hand again, maybe even before the holidays.

“I’m not an anti-vaccine person,” Hicks said, noting that as her mother’s medical power of attorney, she would have to sign off on her getting a dose. “I get my flu shot every year. I make sure (my mom) gets hers. I wouldn’t have a problem with her taking the vaccine.”

While COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Texas, there is renewed optimism that this latest

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Committee calls for investigation into ‘missing’ $67 billion, which may be stashed in homes, according to UK ministers

The Bank of England and Royal Exchange in London.
  • About $67 billion in cash is missing, according to the Public Accounts Committee, a group of UK ministers.
  • The PAC in a Friday statement accused the Bank of England of not knowing where the money was, saying it might be used in the shadow economy. 
  • The Bank of England denied that the money is missing, but a Labour minister said it has been “stashed somewhere.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

About $67 billion in cash is “missing,” possibly stashed in homes or used in the “shadow” economy, a group of UK ministers said Friday. 

Nobody at the Bank of England seems to care too much about where the $67 billion in banknotes has gone. This was the view expressed on Friday by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which is responsible for overseeing government expenditures.

The committee accused

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Vaccine rollouts offer glimmer of hope for Houston-area nursing homes hit hard by COVID-19

Melinda Hicks has seen her 75-year-old mother just once in the last eight months, a brief visit in late October to the Alzheimer’s unit at a Texas City nursing home, before a recent spike in COVID-19 cases again restricted in-person visits to residents.

When Hicks heard that Texas would be receiving millions of doses of a recently authorized COVID-19 vaccine that prioritizes nursing home residents, she was hopeful that she might be able to hold her mom’s hand again, maybe even before the holidays.

“I’m not an anti-vaccine person,” Hicks said, noting that as her mother’s medical power of attorney, she would have to sign off on her getting a dose. “I get my flu shot every year. I make sure (my mom) gets hers. I wouldn’t have a problem with her taking the vaccine.”

While COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Texas, there is renewed optimism that this latest

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Nursing homes to get first COVID vaccinations in Sweden

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Around 600,000 residents of nursing homes for the elderly as well as staff and residents’ relatives will be the first in Sweden to be vaccinated against the new coronavirus, the government said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: A member of nursing staff vaccinates a person against influenza as vaccination to high risk group patients is administered outdoors to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Trelleborg, southern Sweden November 19, 2020. TT News Agency/Johan Nilsson via REUTERS

Sweden has signed up to receive five of the six vaccines to be purchased through the European Union’s common procurement scheme; the first, from Pfizer and BioNTech’s, could be approved by the European Medicines Agency in late December.

“First, we need to protect the most vulnerable, then vaccinate the whole population so the pandemic slows and then is stopped,” Johan Carlson, head of the Public Health Agency, told a

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Two People Still Missing, At Least Four Homes Destroyed

KEY POINTS

  • Landslides and floods hit Alaska’s Haines Borough

  • Mayor Douglas Olerud declared a state of emergency in the town

  • Battery Hill is one of the areas hit hardest 

Two people were still unaccounted for on Friday after six went missing following major landsides in Haines Borough, Alaska, on Dec. 2.

Many houses situated on a hillside are now unhabitable because of the disaster, Haines Borough Interim Manager Alerkka Fullerton told CNN. “The whole side of the hill has come down.”

An Alaska government Facebook post stated: “The potential for additional debris flows and landslides over the next 24 hours is high.”

Haines Borough Mayor Douglas Olerud said that several slides struck the area, including one on Battery Hill that was estimated to be around 600 feet wide. Thirty people initially thought to be trapped when that slide occurred have reportedly been evacuated.  The mayor also said Haines Borough has

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Homes for the Holidays: A Personal Note from Tom and Julia Ranello

At the beginning of 2020, I knew this would be another record-setting year in Maine real estate, but I could not have predicted anything that has happened since March.

Julia and I are incredibly grateful for our success this year. Thank you to all of our clients for generating so much positivity during a uniquely stressful time. More than anything, this year reminded us of just how connected we all are, because during a time of stability for us, many of our neighbors have faced new and continued hardships.

As we look at the coming months, our biggest priority is keeping our community strong, healthy and safe from the spread of COVID-19. Because of that, this holiday season will harder than most, but we believe in everyone’s ability to get through this together.

Be patient. A vaccine is on the way, but the safest place to be is at home

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Rains in western Indonesia leave 2 dead, 2,700 homes flooded

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Torrential rains in Indonesia’s third largest city caused four rivers to overflow, flooding thousands of homes and killing at least two people, officials said Friday.



A young girl washes a pillow in flood water near ruins of houses at a neighborhood affected by the flood in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Torrential rains in the country's third largest city swelled rivers and flooded thousands of homes leaving a number of people killed and missing. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)


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A young girl washes a pillow in flood water near ruins of houses at a neighborhood affected by the flood in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Torrential rains in the country’s third largest city swelled rivers and flooded thousands of homes leaving a number of people killed and missing. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

The local disaster mitigation agency said rescuers were searching for six missing people, including a toddler, after the heavy rains in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province.



People walk past the wreckage of a car swept away by a flood at a neighborhood in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Torrential rains in the country's third largest city swelled rivers and flooded thousands of homes leaving a number of people killed and missing. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)


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People walk past the wreckage of a car swept away by a flood at a neighborhood in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Torrential rains in

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Spectacular Homes: America’s Most Famous Modern Home Is For Sale

POMPANO BEACH, Fla., Dec. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — “Palm Springs’ Desert House”

Edgar J. Kaufmann made architectural history twice. First when he hired Frank Lloyd Wright to design his home, Fallingwater, in Pennsylvania in 1935 and again in 1946 when he commissioned Richard Neutra to create his famed Desert House in Palm Springs. After undergoing a five-year restoration by Marmol Radziner, the Desert House is on the market at $25 million.

Kaufmann, owner of Kaufmann’s department store in Pittsburgh, which later became Macy’s, was a patron of the arts in the Steel City and contributed heavily toward their advancement. A prominent leader in the retail world, Kaufmann took over the family business at age 28 and quickly tripled the flagship store’s sales, eventually expanding the number of stores to 59 across five Midwestern states. Kaufmann led the good life of great wealth which allowed

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M/I Homes: Building A Brighter Future (NYSE:MHO)

The major fortunes in America have been made in land. – John D. Rockefeller

Residential real estate has emerged as a brighter trend during the pandemic as many people who are stuck at home decide they want a different home. Homebuilders are capitalizing on that trend, booking orders for new homes at a record pace. I looked across the homebuilders and found one attractive way to benefit from this trend is to buy M/I Homes, Inc. (NYSE:MHO).

M/I Homes, Inc. builds single-family homes in 10 states and 15 markets, including Houston, Dallas Fort Worth, Austin, Charlotte, Orlando, Raleigh, Tampa, Minneapolis, San Antonio, and Indianapolis. The company is in the top five builders in seven markets and the top 10 in 11 markets. MHO earns additional revenues from buying undeveloped land to develop and by originating and selling mortgages.

Trends in MHO’s markets are currently extremely favorable. Consumers spending more

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