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  • A Michigan nurse called it “a quick little Molly rant.” But Molly Lixey of Saginaw demonstrated in a video how quickly germs can spread, a valuable piece of information during the coronavirus pandemic. Lixey, a former emergency room nurse who now works in a doctor’s office, went to the grocery store recently and saw many people wearing gloves, CNN reported. But what disturbed her was cross-contamination. So, Lixey took some paint and created a nearly three-and-a-half-minute video on Facebook to show how quickly germs can be passed along. She simulates going to the grocery store and puts gloves on. She puts her fingers in a plate of paint to show the germs on her hands as she takes products off shelves, talks on her cellphone and touches her face. “I was doing some painting around the house and it hit me that paint would be a perfect medium to use to explain this (cross contamination),” Lixey told CNN. “It terrifies me to think people believe they’re safe only because they are wearing gloves and not have them be aware that they could still be harming themselves or others.' Lixey’s face and hands are smudged with paint as she continues her video. She talks about getting a text message from her husband and a telephone call from her mother, and then criticizes people who do not properly dispose of their gloves after using them in the store.
  • An Arizona hospital employee is accused of stealing personal protective equipment and housekeeping supplies, authorities said. Keith Brown, 49, of Prescott, was arrested Friday and charged with one count of felony theft and one count of fraud, KNXV reported. Brown, who was an employee at Yavapai Regional Medical Center West Campus in Prescott, was fired from his position in the housekeeping department, the television station reported. According to an arrest report, Brown was questioned by police after the hospital staff members noticed items missing from their supplies, KTVK reported. Police said Brown admitted to stealing items over the last three weeks, including gloves, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, surgical scrubs, washcloths, masks, paper towels, bleach cleaner and an automatic hand sanitizer, the television station reported. Detectives found the items, worth approximately $1,700, in Brown’s car and home, KNXV reported.
  • Nearly two dozen families were displaced when a large fire broke out at a DeKalb County apartment complex and damaged a 20-unit building, officials said.  The fire broke out at the Belle Vista Apartments on Camelia Lane in Lithonia Saturday evening, according to the American Red Cross of Georgia.  DeKalb firefighters arrived at the scene about 6 p.m. and saw heavy flames and smoke coming from a unit on the third floor, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Fire officials told the news station the blaze started in one unit and spread to the roof. “Most of the damage was to the roof,” DeKalb County fire spokesman Capt. Dion Bentley said. “We had one apartment involved heavily with fire which we were able to take care of that.”  Nobody was hurt in the incident, but 75 people from 23 families were forced from their homes, according to the Red Cross. Spokeswoman Sherry Nicholson said the building suffered fire and water damage and the power was shut off.  Red Cross volunteers met with families to provide assistance such as lodging, clothing, food and health services, Nicholson said. 
  • Residents of nursing homes nationwide are feeling pangs of separation as the coronavirus pandemic has forced them to be isolated from their families. But residents at one South Texas facility have come up with a creative way to connect with loved ones. Staff members at Texan Nursing Rehab of Gonzales, located east of San Antonio, posted photographs of residents holding up signs with messages to their families, KSAT reported. Nursing home staffers posted the photographs on Facebook, with messages such as “I am doing alright (sic) and I will be happy when I can see you again.' Another resident posted this plea: “When this is all over come and see me and bring me the Lone Star Light. I only have one left!” One woman bragged about her prowess at games, posting, 'I’m still beating them all at Wahoo and Bingo.” 'We have to get creative in ways to continue to give families insight into our daily activities,” Wendy Moore, regional director of marketing for the facility, told KSAT. “Our team continues to go above and beyond utilizing the social platform to give our families peace of mind during this time.”
  • Former NFL placekicker Tom Dempsey, who set an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal in 1970, died Saturday from complications from the coronavirus, his family said. He was 73. Dempsey contracted COVID-19 in March during an outbreak at a New Orleans retirement home, NOLA.com reported. He is one of 15 residents at the home to die from the virus. Dempsey, who was born without fingers on his right hand, wore a small, flat shoe on his kicking foot, the website reported. That shoe is now on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Dempsey’s record-setting field goal, on the last play of the game against the Detroit Lions on Nov. 8, 1970, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, helped the Saints rally to a 19-17 victory. His field goal beat the previous mark by seven yards. “They called down and said, ‘Tell Stumpy (his nickname) to get ready. We’re going to kick a long field goal.’ I don’t think they planned on making it a 63-yard field goal,” Dempsey told WWL-TV in a 2010 interview. “I had confidence I could kick the ball 62 yards,” Dempsey said after the game in 1970, “But I was wondering whether I could kick it straight 62 or 63 yards, whatever it was. You have to kick the ball as hard as you possibly can, but yet try to hit it square and that’s kind of a hard job really.” The kick stood as an NFL record for 43 years. It was tied in 1998 by Jason Elam and also equaled in 2011 by Sebastian Janikowski and David Akers in 2012. It was broken in December 2013 by Matt Prater, who booted a 64-yarder for the Denver Broncos, the Saints said on their website. >> Coronavirus: Can the government make you stay home if you are sick? Prater’s kick came in the thin air of Denver, in 14-degree weather, WWL reported. When his daughter, Ashley Dempsey, told Dempsey that his record had finally been eclipsed, the former kicker noted that it “Must have been a heckuva kick,' NOLA.com reported. Dempsey played 11 seasons in the NFL, joining the Saints in 1969. He also played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1971-1974), Los Angeles Rams (1975-1976), Houston Oilers (1977) and Buffalo Bills (1978-1979). He made 159 out of 258 field goals attempted during his career. He was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame in 1989. Funeral arrangements are pending, WVUE reported.
  • More than 1.2 million people worldwide – including more than 312,000 people in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. Officials are attempting to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. as hospitals brace for unprecedented patient surges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the U.S. here. Live updates for Saturday, April 5, continue below:  Legendary NFL kicker Tom Dempsey dies from complications Update 8:42 a.m. EDT April 5: Former NFL placekicker Tom Dempsey, who set an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal in 1970, died Saturday from complications from the coronavirus, his family said. He was 73. Dempsey contracted COVID-19 in March during an outbreak at a New Orleans retirement home, NOLA.com reported. He is one of 15 residents at the home to die from the virus. Dempsey was born without fingers on his right hand and wore a small, flat shoe on his kicking foot, the website reported. His record-setting field goal, on the last play of the game against the Detroit Lions on Nov. 8, 1970, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, helped the Saints rally to a 19-17 victory. His field goal beat the previous mark by seven yards. NBA, Knicks, Nets work with Chinese official to donate 1M surgical masks to New York Update 7:50 a.m. EDT April 5: The NBA and two professional basketball teams are working with a Chinese official to provide 1 million surgical masks to “essential workers” in New York. According to Reuters, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the donation – a collaborative effort involving the league, the New York Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets and Chinese Consul General Huang Ping – Saturday on social media. “New York thanks you,” Cuomo tweeted Saturday afternoon. “We are beyond grateful for this gift of critically needed PPE.” >> See the tweet here As of Sunday morning, New York had reported at least 114,174 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 3,565 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass without public Update 6:52 a.m. EDT April 5: Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis took a different approach to his Palm Sunday Mass, typically celebrated outside in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City with tens of thousands of people looking on. According to The Associated Press, the pope celebrated the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Only a few prelates, nuns and guests were invited to attend, the AP reported. As of Sunday morning, Italy had reported 124,632 COVID-19 cases – the third-highest in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. Italy also had logged at least 15,362 deaths, more than any other country. Oprah Winfrey donating $10 million to relief efforts Update 5:45 a.m. EDT April 5: Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is donating $10 million amid the coronavirus pandemic, she said last week. In an Instagram post Thursday, Winfrey praised America’s Food Fund, a donation drive started by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple and the Ford Foundation. According to the initiative’s GoFundMe page, it is currently benefiting two food charities: Feeding America and World Central Kitchen, founded by celebrity chef José Andrés. “I was struck by the work these organizations are doing, and while everyone’s priority right now is to stay safer at home, I know there are many of us looking for ways to help,” Winfrey wrote. “I believe that America’s Food Fund will be a powerful way to make a difference for our neighbors in need and am committing $1 million to this fund to support those facing food insecurity.” She added that she is “donating $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up.” >> See the post here As of Sunday morning, America’s Food Fund’s crowdfunding campaign had raised more than $13 million toward its $15 million goal. Tokyo to report 143 new cases, breaking city’s single-day record Update 4:43 a.m. EDT April 5: Tokyo on Sunday will report 143 new coronavirus cases, topping the city’s single-day record, the Japan Times is reporting. Japan’s capital city has reported more than 1,000 cases of the virus, according to the newspaper. On Sunday morning, Johns Hopkins University reported 3,139 confirmed coronavirus cases and 77 deaths in Japan. BBB warns of fake coronavirus stimulus check, other scams Update 3:40 a.m. EDT April 5: Scammers across the United States continue to trick people in an attempt to steal their money or information, WHBQ-TV is reporting. The Better Business Bureau said that most of the recent scams reported involves the stimulus checks that the government will be sending out to citizens. Here are some of the scams reported to the BBB this week: A phone call saying that student loans qualify you for immediate COVID-19 relief. The woman who reported this scam said she doesn’t have any student loans. Two Facebook messages from someone posing as a government official that that says you qualify for an immediate COVID-19 grant. Both targets were offered grants of $50,000 to $300,000 if they paid an upfront fee by gift cards or wire. One victim said the person communicating with her was posing as William Barr, U.S. Attorney General. A Facebook message from a “friend” that asks you to call a specified number and give your Social Security Number so you can find out when you’ll get your government relief check. The woman who reported this scam said several of her church members had told her about it thinking it was real. A text message asking for your Social Security Number to see if you qualified for $50,000 from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The money was for seniors affected by coronavirus. A text message stating that if you confirmed your bank account information and paid $50, you could get your stimulus check immediately. The FBI has warned of a text message scam that appears to be from Costco offering you $100 to spend there. The FBI says if you click on the link, malware will be downloaded to your device. The Better Business Bureau said to remember: The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get the stimulus money. No fees. No charges. No nothing. The government does not need you to provide your personal information in order to receive your payment. They will deposit money into the account you gave on your tax return last year or send you a check. Anyone asking for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number is a scammer. The checks are not in the mail … yet. Anyone who tells you they can expedite your check for a fee is a scammer. Never give your bank account information to someone you don’t know. Scammers will call and pressure you to divulge your bank account information so they can steal the money in the account. Look-alikes and sound-alikes aren’t the real thing. Just because the a caller claims to be with the government doesn’t mean he is. Scammers make up official-sounding names to fool you. Phone numbers can deceive. Con artists “spoof” their phone numbers to change what you see in caller ID. They could be calling from anywhere. If you spot a scam, please report it to the Better Business Bureau at bbb.org/scamtracker. HIV drug showing signs of successfully treating coronavirus patients Update 1:44 a.m. EDT April 5: A drug used to treat HIV and cancer patients has shown success in treating some of the most severe coronavirus patients and was just cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to start a phase two clinical trial. Much of the work behind the drug is happening in Washington state. The drug was developed by a company called CytoDyn in Vancouver, Washington. It is manufactured by a company in Bothell, Washington, AGC Biologics, which makes a special molecule that is the key ingredient in the drug, KIRO-TV reported. Scientists at CytoDyn figured out it could work to treat COVID-19, and the first severely sick patients who’ve tried it have shown improvement. The drug is called leronlimab, comes in a vial and is a two-shot-per-week dose over two weeks. It is being tried on 10 of the most critically ill COVID-19 patients at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The patients are on ventilators, and some are barely conscious. “The first four patients who were intubated, two were extubated. One of them self-extubated and became alert,” said Nader Pourhassan, the CEO of CytoDyn. Now the two patients are out of the intensive care unit. Pourhassan said when he heard the results, he had to stop what he was doing. “And cried for about five minutes. It was very, very emotional,” Pourhassan said. He said studies show that in the U.S., 85% of COVID-19 patients who end up needing ventilators will die. But the patients who’ve gotten shots of this drug have shown strong results. “All eight patients we’ve analyzed so far – the first eight patients – saw immunological benefits. The FDA immediately allowed us to have a phase two randomized trial. We are initiating that today,” Pourhassan said Friday. He said the results were even seen in COVID patients who only got the shots three days, though it takes two weeks for the drugs to take full effect. Read more here. U.S. cases soar past 312,000, including nearly 8,500 deaths Update 12:53 a.m. EDT April 5: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States soared past 312,000 across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands early Sunday. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, there are at least 312,146 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 8,496 deaths. Worldwide, there are 1,203,099 confirmed cases and 64,774 deaths from the virus. U.S. cases outnumber those in any other nation, including the 126,168 reported in Spain and the 124,632 confirmed in Italy. Of the confirmed deaths in the U.S., 3,565 have occurred in New York, 846 in New Jersey, 540 in Michigan and 409 in Louisiana. In terms of diagnosed cases, New York remains the hardest-hit with at least 114,174 confirmed cases, followed by New Jersey with 34,124, Michigan with 14,225 and California with 13,878. Five other states have each confirmed at least 10,000 novel coronavirus cases, including: • Louisiana: 12,496, including 409 deaths • Massachusetts: 11,736, including 216 deaths • Florida: 11,545, including 195 deaths • Pennsylvania: 10,444, including 139 deaths • Illinois: 10,359, including 244 deaths Meanwhile, Washington state has confirmed at least 7,500 novel coronavirus infections, while Texas and Georgia have confirmed at least 6,000 cases each. – The Associated Press contributed to this report.