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City Council President Scott endorses Warren for Mayor

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City Council President Loretta Scott has endorsed Mayor Lovely Warren for re-election. Warren is facing Councilmember Malik Evans in the June 22 Democratic Primary. On Wednesday, Scott said that Warren has been her strongest partner, and said that she and Warren, “are reforming the police, protecting our families, and ensuring equity for everyone.” Warren said that she is, “grateful that she still believes in me and our city” and called Scott a “trailblazer and leader in our community for decades.” Scott announced in January she would not be running for re-election this year. Scott was first elected to Council in 2009, and is now in her third term. She was elected Council President in 2014. The endorsement by Scott came a day after a former top aide to Mayor Lovely Warren threw his support behind Malik Evans in the upcoming Democratic primary. Cedric Alexander, a former acting Rochester police chief who also served under Warren as deputy mayor for nearly two years at the outset of her

Your Pricey Peloton Has Another Problem For You To Sweat Over

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Peloton users have something new to worry about. In a new report , security company McAfee says hackers can gain remote access to a Peloton bike's camera and microphone and can monitor users. The attackers can also add apps disguised as Netflix and Spotify to encourage users to input login credentials for later malicious use. McAfee originally notified Peloton of the security issue in March. Peloton's head of global information security, Adrian Stone, said: "We pushed a mandatory update in early June." This is just the latest headache for Peloton users. Just last month, Peloton recalled some of its treadmills following reports of over 70 injuries and the death of a 6-year-old child. Around the same time, the company issued an update after another security company revealed that hackers can snoop on Peloton users and find out their age, gender, location and even workout stats. Pelotons have been one of the biggest fitness success stories of the pandemic. As gyms shuttered their doors and

'Forget The Alamo' Author Says We Have The Texas Origin Story All Wrong

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Remember the Alamo? According to Texas lore, it's the site in San Antonio where, in 1836, about 180 Texan rebels died defending the state during Texas' war for independence from Mexico. The siege of the Alamo was memorably depicted in a Walt Disney series and in a 1960 movie starring John Wayne . But three writers, all Texans, say the common narrative of the Texas revolt overlooks the fact that it was waged in part to ensure slavery would be preserved. "Slavery was the undeniable linchpin of all of this," author Bryan Burrough says. "It was the thing that the two sides had been arguing about and shooting about for going on 15 years. And yet it still surprises me that slavery went unexamined for so long." In their new book, Forget the Alamo , Burrough and co-writers Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stanford challenge common misconceptions surrounding the conflict — including the notion that Davy Crockett was a martyr who fought to the death rather than surrender. "Most academics now believe,

Unvaccinated, Homebound and Now Hospitalized With Covid in New York City

Dr. Leora Horwitz treats fewer and fewer covid patients at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Still, she thinks there are too many.

And they almost all have something in common.

“I’ve only had one patient who was vaccinated, and he was being treated for cancer with chemotherapy,” she said, reflecting recent research on the vaccines’ limited effectiveness for cancer patients. “Everyone else hasn’t been vaccinated.”

While taking care of those seriously ill with covid, she asks patients, with sympathy and respect: Why not get vaccinated? A few of them told the internist and hospital researcher that they’re concerned about vaccine safety. But mainly, she said, the responses break down into two groups: One comprises people who have been planning to get vaccinated but didn’t get around to it yet. The second highlights a disturbing deficiency in the pandemic response: those eager to get vaccinated but unable to do so because they are homebound.

“For many of the older people, the people with chronic diseases, it’s been very difficult for them to get out and get the vaccine,” she said. And, since many such patients receive home visits from health care providers, she wonders why the vaccine wasn’t brought to them.

“They’re already connected to a health care organization that’s coming to their home on a regular basis. It seems like that should be a strategy we should be using,” said Horwitz.

Doctors in Denver, Cleveland and other cities have noted the same trend: The covid wards are filled with unvaccinated people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 76% of Americans ages 65 and older have been fully vaccinated, and about 87% have had at least one dose. Cities and states have slowly been rolling out programs to reach some of the nation’s estimated 4 million homebound Americans, but the programs tend to have modest goals and target only a fraction of the people who likely need outreach.

To boost the financial incentives for vaccinating people in their homes, Medicare announced Wednesday it will be reimbursing shots delivered this way at $75 per shot instead of $40 per shot.

New York City in March launched a program for reaching the homebound by working with housing agencies, private health care providers, the city’s Department for the Aging and teams of nurses from the Fire Department. By the second week in June, the program had reached 11,000 people, according to a City Hall spokesperson.

Horwitz and others say the city’s program for reaching these people appears to be working, but not as quickly and efficiently as possible.

For instance, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, one of the area’s largest home care providers, has a contract with the city to vaccinate people in Queens. Anyone homebound in Queens is eligible, whether they’re a VNS client or not. But if you’re in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island or the Bronx and get home care from VNS, it won’t help you get vaccinated. You then must go through the central bureaucracy and get assigned to one of the other providers contracted to work in your area.

“The city and the providers we use are the primary entity for homebound vaccinations in the city,” said Avery Cohen, a spokesperson for the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This is a time-consuming and intricate operation, and we’re doing our best to reach as many people as quickly as we can.”

A spokesperson for the Visiting Nurse Service said that over the past 10 weeks its teams of nurses had administered 2,600 doses and vaccinated 1,700 Queens residents. The contract runs through the beginning of July.

About 75% of city residents 65 and up are partially or fully vaccinated, according to the city’s vaccine dashboard. That’s about 10 points lower than the national average. It’s difficult to say how many of the remaining 25% are homebound, but advocates say it’s surely many times larger than the 23,000 people the city is targeting in its homebound vaccination effort.

Defining and counting the “homebound” is problematic. Laird Gallagher, from the Center for an Urban Future, said there are 141,000 people 60 and older who live alone and report ambulatory difficulty in New York City. Susan Dooha, with the Center for Independence of the Disabled, using a broader standard for disability, estimates there are 422,000 city residents age 65 and up who are either fully homebound or significantly impaired, including 262,000 who are at least 75.

She said the city should cast a broader net in defining the homebound and then create a network of public and private care providers to meet the vaccination needs of this population. Some who remain unvaccinated despite a desire to get a shot may tend to some needs on their own. But they may be cognitively impaired and lack the organizational wherewithal to find a shot, Horwitz said.

After raising the issue for much of the past six months, Dooha was glad the mayor announced a program but was immediately dismayed by its boundaries. “I kept asking, What are the criteria?’” she recalled. “Under the [Americans with Disabilities Act], if you need a home visit — you don’t have to be absolutely homebound by a disability — you deserve an accommodation.”

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who sits on a panel overseeing the vaccine rollout in Manhattan, said she has not been able to get a straight answer from the city about how it defines “homebound” and then decides who gets targeted for home visits for vaccines.

“There’s been a lot of back-and-forth and confusion,” Brewer said. “It’s like, ‘Am I homebound if I go downstairs to get my mail, but don’t go out?’ The real issue is transparency, and we don’t know what the rules are, and we don’t have any data.”

Dr. Zenobia Brown, a physician and executive with Northwell Health, the state’s largest hospital network, anticipates a difficult slog getting the remaining New Yorkers vaccinated.

“What we find is that there’s not a single barrier, or even a simple set of barriers,” Brown said. “We’re to the point where this is hand-to-hand combat, to understand what the individual barriers are and then create solutions for them.”

For instance, the parents of a 22-year-old man with autism wanted to get their son vaccinated, but due to very fixed routines could make him available only at limited times. Another patient, in his 90s, didn’t want to trouble anyone to come to his sixth-floor walk-up apartment.

Robert Janz, 88, and his wife, Jennifer Kotter, 68, weren’t shy about seeking help. As soon as city plans were announced to serve the homebound, Kotter tried to get an appointment for her husband, an artist and a poet who’s bedridden due to what she describes as a “series of small medical failures,” including back injuries from falling.

It took months before she could book her husband’s vaccination — even though caregivers already come frequently to their fourth-floor walk-up apartment in Manhattan. One of them gave Kotter a phone number to call, which led to another phone number and then another, until she finally succeeded. On June 1, a nurse and an EMT arrived together and gave Janz the Johnson & Johnson single-injection vaccine.

Kotter has come to expect such delays as a caregiver. “When you’re caring for a patient, you have to be patient,” she said.

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Watch Live: Biden Is Holding His Own Press Conference After Meeting With Putin

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Updated June 16, 2021 at 1:44 PM ET President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Geneva Wednesday. Here's what you need to know: The closed-door meeting, which began at about 7:45 a.m. ET, lasted 3 hours, 21 minutes, shorter than the White House had projected. Putin addressed reporters on his own first; Biden is holding a separate press conference. Putin described the meeting as "constructive." Watch Biden's press conference live here. Biden Says He Confronted Putin on Human Rights Biden bounded onto a stage flanked by large American flags to tell U.S. journalists about his meeting with Putin, taking off his aviator sunglasses as he reached the lectern. "It was important to meet in person," Biden said. "I did what I came to do." He said his goal with the meeting was to establish a relationship that is "stable and predictable." But by Biden's telling, he raised uncomfortable topics including ransomware attacks emanating from Russia, the wrongful imprisonment of two

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, June 16

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New York City Has Been Slow To Vaccinate Homebound Elderly, Causing More Sickness

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Despite being hit hard early in the pandemic, New York City lags behind in vaccinating people 65 and older, and its efforts to reach the homebound and disabled have been disorganized.

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New York City Has Been Slow To Vaccinate Homebound Elderly, Causing More Sickness

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Despite being hit hard early in the pandemic, New York City lags behind in vaccinating people 65 and older, and its efforts to reach the homebound and disabled have been disorganized.

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New York City Has Been Slow To Vaccinate Homebound Elderly, Causing More Sickness

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Dr. Leora Horwitz treats fewer and fewer COVID-19 patients at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Still, she thinks there are too many. And, notably, the COVID-19 patients almost all have something in common. "I've only had one patient who was vaccinated, and he was being treated for cancer with chemotherapy," she says, alluding to recent research on the vaccines' limited effectiveness for cancer patients. But if you take that one patient out of the equation and look at the rest? "Everyone else hasn't been vaccinated," says Horwitz, an internist and hospital researcher. While taking care of those seriously ill with COVID-19, Horwitz asks those patients, with sympathy and respect: Why not get vaccinated? A few told her they're concerned about vaccine safety. But mainly, she says, the responses break down into two groups: One, people who have been planning to get vaccinated but didn't get around to it yet. The second group highlights a disturbing deficiency in the city's public

Recibir la ayuda de FEMA para funerales de covid requiere tenacidad… y ayuda

Jessica Rodríguez, directora de la funeraria Ingold Funeral and Cremation en Fontana, California, ayuda a las familias a despedirse de sus seres queridos. “Servimos sobre todo a familias latinas, la mayoría de ellas de segunda y tercera generación”, dijo Rodríguez. “Pero también tenemos bastantes que son de primera generación, y no hablan nada de inglés”.

Rodríguez dijo que la mayoría de ellos no saben que podrían acceder a hasta $9,000 de un programa federal que ayuda con los costos de los servicios fúnebres de víctimas de covid.

Pero incluso cuando conocen la ayuda de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA), el proceso es desalentador y la burocracia confusa. La falta de conocimiento del inglés impide a algunas familias de personas fallecidas aplicar para recibir el reembolso de FEMA. Por eso, la funeraria les ofrece ayuda en español.

La propia Rodríguez es una de las solicitantes. “Mi padre falleció de covid. Por eso quise impulsar el programa”, explicó. “Sé de primera mano lo que es tener que conseguir ese tipo de dinero si no se tiene previsto”.

Rodríguez dijo que su funeraria, en una ciudad en la que casi el 70% de sus 215,000 residentes son latinos, creó una lista actualizada desde el comienzo de la pandemia de todos los fallecidos a causa de covid cuyas familias solicitaron sus servicios.

“En principio, la razón por la que creamos una lista fue para ver el impacto”, señaló. “Pero cuando FEMA anunció por primera vez el programa de asistencia funeraria, nos propusimos llamar a todas las familias que estaban en esa lista y hacérselo saber”.

Hasta el 14 de junio, FEMA aprobó más de $278 millones para más de 41,000 solicitantes elegibles, con un monto promedio por solicitud de $6,756.  La agencia dijo que no considera el origen étnico al determinar la elegibilidad, por lo que no registra esos datos.

Ofrecer a los clientes ayuda para conseguir parte de ese dinero es importante porque los latinos de California sufrieron más muertes por covid que cualquier otra raza o grupo étnico, y la población latina se ha enfrentado a un mayor riesgo de exposición a covid-19, y se ha sometido a las pruebas en un porcentaje menor, según un estudio realizado por investigadores de la Universidad de Stanford.

Los latinos también son mucho más propensos que los blancos no hispanos a vivir en un hogar con un trabajador esencial, que podría no haber tenido el lujo de protegerse en casa durante los meses duros de la pandemia.

“Llevo 35 años en esta profesión, y nunca he visto una situación con tanta muerte”, comentó Rafael Rodríguez, director de la Funeraria del Ángel Bell, parte de Dignity Memorial, en la ciudad de Bell.

Rodríguez explicó que el costo de un funeral promedio puede ser de hasta $15,000; por lo que el programa de reembolso de FEMA ofrece un alivio financiero para muchos clientes. Pero no es fácil conseguir el dinero.

Rodríguez y la gerenta de la funeraria, Norma Huerta, dijeron que han estado recibiendo llamadas a diario de personas confundidas sobre cómo aplicar. “Son personas humildes que no tienen acceso a Internet ni saben usar una computadora”, dijo Huerta. “Confían en mí desde que les ayudé con el proceso funerario. No podía negarme a ayudarles”.

Aunque la línea de ayuda de FEMA ofrece instrucciones en español, subir los documentos necesarios, enviarlos por correo electrónico o incluso por fax, ha sido un reto, aseguró Huerta. “Puedo pasar de tres a cuatro horas al día ayudando a las familias con sus solicitudes”, y agregó que el mero hecho de enviar una hoja de presentación por fax es frustrante. “Les digo que lleva un tiempo, pero que tengan paciencia y les ayudaré a hacerlo”.

Las familias llaman para solicitar duplicados de contratos, recibos, y pedir aclaraciones sobre los certificados de defunción. Lo más difícil para algunos ha sido demostrar que la muerte de su familiar estaba relacionada con covid, dijo Huerta.

Si el certificado de defunción no lo indica específicamente, no tendrán derecho a la ayuda. Los certificados de defunción pueden modificarse para recibir el reembolso, pero ese proceso también es complicado y requiere mucho tiempo.

Manuela Gálvez, de 61 años y originaria de Sinaloa, México, es una de las solicitantes a las que Huerta ayudó. Su hijo, Luis Alberto Vásquez, murió de covid el 22 de abril de 2020. Vásquez, de 36 años, dirigía un equipo de limpieza que desinfectaba instalaciones de vida asistida, que es donde Gálvez cree que su hijo se contagió.

Gálvez dijo que se enteró de los cheques de FEMA a través de sus familiares, pero que no entendía el proceso. “Norma me hizo un gran favor llenando ese papeleo”, dijo Gálvez. “No habría sido capaz de hacerlo yo sola porque estoy completamente perdida en lo que es la tecnología”.

Los que más necesitan ayuda son los más desconectados, dijo Rafael Fernández de Castro, director del Centro de Estudios México-Estados Unidos de la Universidad de California-San Diego. “Muchas veces son personas que no sólo no hablan inglés, sino que a veces, ni siquiera hablan bien el español”, señaló Medina. “Como la gente que viene de Yucatán que hablan una lengua maya”.

Isaías Hernández, director ejecutivo del Centro Comunitario Eastmont en el Este de Los Angeles, dijo que muchas de las personas que le piden ayuda se sienten abrumadas por el proceso. “La mayoría nunca ha enterrado a un ser querido, así que están conmocionadas y todavía lidiando con el trauma”, explicó Hernández. “Sólo reunir los documentos les parece complicado”.

Los inmigrantes indocumentados y los que tienen visados temporales no son elegibles para la ayuda funeraria de FEMA, a pesar de que activistas como Hernández dicen que ellos son los que mantuvieron al país a flote durante la pandemia. “Trabajan en los supermercados, las guarderías y las escuelas”, dijo. “Son los trabajadores esenciales”. Hernández añadió que su oficina ha recibido pocas llamadas de personas que preguntan por el estatus legal.

Según Hernández, no se trata sólo de tener acceso a la tecnología, sino también de tener acceso a las personas que pueden apoyarlos. “La gente de nuestra comunidad depende en gran medida de la generación más joven, que puede ayudarles a manejar las funciones informáticas básicas”, dijo.

Para Gálvez, esa persona era su difunto hijo, Luis Alberto. “Él era el que tenía más paciencia conmigo”, comentó.

Gálvez está esperando la respuesta de FEMA para saber si tiene derecho a que le reembolsen los $5,400 que gastó en el funeral de su hijo. “Si no pueden darme el dinero, no pasa nada”, afirmó Gálvez. “Es una ayuda que me ofrecen y que de todas formas no esperaba recibir. Está en manos de Dios”.

Esta historia fue producida por KHN, que publica California Healthline, un servicio editorialmente independiente de la California Health Care Foundation.

KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation.


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Listen To NPR's Live Coverage And Analysis Of President Biden's Press Conference

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Royal Caribbean's Launch Of Its New Megaship Just Got Sidelined By COVID Cases

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Royal Caribbean's new megaship, Odyssey of the Seas, was supposed to hail the company's return to business as near-usual this summer. But the ship's launch is now delayed after eight crew members tested positive for the coronavirus. Its first scheduled trips are now canceled. The Odyssey of the Seas had been slated to make its debut sail with paying passengers on July 3 — more than a year after the pandemic hobbled the cruise ship industry. Its first voyage is now delayed for four weeks, until July 31. By then, summer will be nearly halfway over. "While disappointing, this is the right decision for the health and well-being of our crew and guests," Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley said as he announced the delay. The cruise line said it's contacting customers to discuss refunding tickets and rebooking their trips. All 1,400 crew members aboard the ship will now be quarantined. The entire crew had been vaccinated on June 4, the same day the ship arrived in Port Canaveral, Fla., Bayley

Irondequoit Supervisor to step down July 31

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A College Grad Honored Her Parents With A Photo Shoot In The Fields Where They Worked

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A New Lawsuit Aims To Stop Indiana From Pulling Unemployment Benefits Early

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Israel Hits Hamas Targets With The 1st Airstrikes Since Cease-Fire Deal

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