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Family sues Tyson Foods for negligence after employee dies of virus

The children of Pedro Cano claim the meatpacking facility their father worked at did not have appropriate precautions in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus

The family of a man who worked for Tyson Foods has pressed charges against the company after he died of coronavirus earlier this year.

Pedro Cano, 51, was a meatpacker working “elbow-to-elbow,” the suit claims, with fellow maskless and gloveless employees at a pork processing plant in eastern Iowa in April when he contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel virus that has thrown the world into a pandemic.

A lawsuit is accusing Tyson of “gross negligence” after not informing factory workers of proper safety precautions to prevent being exposed to the virus.

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The plant closed down in early April after more employees tested positive for the potentially deadly disease, as reported by the Des Moines Register.

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By April 10, Cano had to be hospitalized. He died from complications of coronavirus on April 14, according to Sioux City Journal.

According to the Des Moines Register, Tyson Foods had created a coronavirus taskforce back in January, and Tyson Foods posted a statement that corporate employees were to work from home as early at March 17.

However, plants and factories were deemed essential and remained open in order to send food to grocery stores.

The Columbus Junction, Iowa plant was the first in the state to report positive cases of coronavirus. Although Tyson implemented more safety precautions at other plants after the Columbus Junction factory shut down, coronavirus would spread to plants in the Iowa cities of Perry, Waterloo and Storm Lake.

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When the Columbus Junction plant closed on April 6, 24 Tyson employees of the Iowa plants tested positive, at first. That number later grew to 522.

Cano’s family is suing Tyson Foods because it failed to comply with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, which stated on March 9 that employers were to provide employees with protective equipment and education on how to prevent transmitting the virus.

The grievance states that Tyson Foods “had not provided adequate training or instruction” to Cano and his co-workers to “minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.” It also states Tyson failed to “provide reasonable screening of employees arriving for their shifts for symptoms of COVID-19.”

The lawsuit was issued by Cano’s three adult children, Jennifer, Kimberly and Peter.

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Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s Great-Granddaughter Dies of Breast Cancer at Age 31

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Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Sr.’s only great-granddaughter has died following a battle with stage 4 breast cancer. She was 31.

Desiree S. Anzalone died on Sept. 27 at Smilow Cancer Center in Connecticut, PEOPLE confirms.

Born Sept. 15, 1989 in Norwalk, Connecticut, Desiree was the daughter of Julia Arnaz and Mario Anzalone. Her maternal grandfather, Desi Arnaz Jr., was the son of late I love Lucy stars Desi Sr. and Ball. Desiree was the first great-grandchild of her famous grandparents.

Though her daughter died “peacefully,” Julia, 51, tells PEOPLE that “watching her slip away was just, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. No mother should have to watch that.”

“She was so special. All our children are special, but this little girl was something else,” she adds. “We were [best friends]. We are still,” Julia shares of her only child, who she calls “my mini me.”

“She was so beautiful, just so so beautiful inside and out,” Julia says. “She really, really reminded me a lot of my grandmother, more so than I.”

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Desiree was first diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 25. After undergoing chemotherapy, she ultimately decided to get a double mastectomy. Although she was in remission for a period of time, she learned two years ago that her cancer had returned as stage 4 and had spread to her liver, lungs and bones.

“She probably would have been with us for a few more years — it was starting to spread a lot more, and the tumors were getting bigger — but we expected her to stay at least through the holidays. What went wrong is she kept getting fluid around her heart and then they kept doing surgeries and it would come back like two weeks later. And this time, they did the surgery and came back 12 hours later and [said], ‘You’ve got days, if hours.’ So that was really tough,” Julia tells PEOPLE. “I was there before that happened. It was unimaginable.”

Desiree Anzalone/Instagram Desiree Anzalone with her mother, Julia Arnaz

Prior to her death Desiree, a photographer, was receiving hormonal chemotherapy.

She wanted to raise “awareness” for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Julia says, and “to give awareness for young girls her age because this does happen. It’s rare, but it does happen. And Desiree wanted to put awareness out for if you feel anything, just because you’re a certain age doesn’t mean that it can’t happen to somebody.”

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Julia says that while Desiree “was a rare case,” it “does happen.”

“It’s just not talked about a lot. It’s usually people in their late 30s, 40s, 50s — not somebody at this age,” Julia says. “So that was something that she really wanted — to help other women like her. A preventative, really.”

The “first time” she was diagnosed

More Nashua Church Coronavirus Infections; Another NH Woman Dies

CONCORD, NH — Both state and local health officials are requesting people come forward and get tested after more coronavirus cases were discovered connected to the Gate City Church in Nashua.

Nine positive test results of been identified as connected to parishioners who attended services between Sept. 19, and Sept. 28. Officials learned about the outbreak on Oct. 5, according to Bobbie Bagley, the director of the city’s public health department. Health officials are monitoring the situation and requesting anyone connected to the church at that time to be tested.

“We know that we can do this, Nashua,” she said. “We’ve had a low incident rate and a low percent positive rate for months. We also know that we can mitigate and work together to keep those numbers down.”

The department is hosting a free testing clinic from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the church parking lot on Franklin Street for anyone associated with the church. COVID-19 testing is also available at Southern NH Medical Center West Campus, St. Joseph Hospital Milford Medical Center, and the Lamprey Health Care on Prospect Street.

New Cases, Another Death In New Hampshire

Another fatality was reported in the state Thursday.

The woman, who lived in a long-term care facility in Hillsborough County, was 80 years of age or older. She became the 448th fatality in the state.

Public health officials also reported 79 new positive coronavirus test results with a positivity rate of 0.7 percent based on 5,582 specimens collected Wednesday with 1,337 tests pending. Tuesday’s specimen collections were also upgraded to 8,029 from 6,591.

There are 8,878 accumulative cases of COVID-19 in New Hampshire with 7,898 recoveries reported about 89 percent of all cases.

Of the new cases, 55 were polymerase chain reaction tests and 24 were antigen tests and their results boosted the state’s active cases to 531.

Fifteen of the new positive test results were children while 45 were female. Twenty live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, 19 reside in Rockingham County, 13 live in Nashua, and five live in Merrimack County.

Two of the 79 cases required hospitalization but only 14 people are currently receiving extended care in New Hampshire. The state said Thursday that 10 had no identified risk factors.

Approximately 2,850 people are under public health monitoring with 287,628 people tested via 482,118 PCR tests.

One Outbreak Closes

State health officials said Thursday that one of the state’s institutional associated outbreaks had been closed.

Mountain View Community in Ossipee was removed from the list Wednesday after eight residents and four staffers became infected. There were no deaths at the facility.

Three other outbreaks remain active: The Bedford Hills Center, where 55 residents and 15 staffers have become infected, leading to five deaths; Pine Rock Manor in Warner, a dementia facility, where four residents and one staffer are infected; and Warde Health Center in Windham, where three residents and one staffer have contracted COVID-19.

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North Carolina elementary school teacher dies days after testing positive for Covid-19

A third-grade teacher died in North Carolina days after testing positive for Covid-19 and while her students were quarantined as a result of the exposure.

a woman wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Julie Davis, a school teacher in North Carolina, died days after testing positive for Covid-19, the school district confirmed.

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Julie Davis, a school teacher in North Carolina, died days after testing positive for Covid-19, the school district confirmed.

Julie Davis, 49, who taught at Norwood Elementary School in Stanly County, died from Covid-19 related complications, according to Michelle Bailey, a spokeswoman for the Stanly County School District.

While the official cause of death hasn’t been released, Davis’ brother Stan Andrews told CNN that she died on Sunday, October 4.

“Julie’s always been an angel to our family and to everyone she’s ever come in contact with, and I’m just thankful that she now has her wings and can be a guardian angel for all of us,” Andrews told CNN.

“She was selfless, caring,” Davis’ daughter Leanna Richardson told CNN. “She loved. She loved deeply. She would give anything to anyone in need. She loved family. She loved my brother, she loved me. She loved her husband and she loved being a ‘Lollie.’ She couldn’t just be grandma, she was Lollie. She was lovely to my son Eli.”

Davis began experiencing symptoms on September 25 and immediately self-quarantined, Bailey said.

On September 29, the Stanly County Health Department notified parents of the teacher’s third-grade class that they were required to quarantine for 14 days after being exposed to a staff member who had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Bailey told CNN the staff member was indeed Davis. CNN reached out to the North Carolina Office of Medical Examiner for confirmation of cause of death but hasn’t heard back.

None of the quarantined students have developed any symptoms or tested positive, Bailey said. The health department told the administration it believed Davis did not contract the virus from the school.

“We are extending our deepest condolences to Mrs. Davis’ family,” the district said. “We were truly blessed by her professionalism and caring spirit. Her personality was infectious and she brought joy into the lives of the students, staff, and community.”

Davis taught at Norwood Elementary School for two years, and she had earned a reputation as an “inspirational teacher who was always seeking ways to support every student so that they were able to fulfill their potential,” the district said in a Facebook post.

“I don’t think we ever went out of the house, on vacation, anything without a teacher bag with her papers to grade lesson plans, her laptop, her planner,” Richardson said.

“She loved her students, she would never let a child go without. She cared about them far beyond the classroom.”

For the third time in less than a week, North Carolina is reporting more than 2,200 new Covid-19 cases, according to data released by the North Carolina Department of Health. On Monday, the state reported 2,258 additional infections related to the coronavirus, the department of health reported.

North Carolina currently has the eighth-highest number of cases

Merrimack County Woman Dies: New Hampshire Coronavirus Update

CONCORD, NH — Another elderly resident of New Hampshire has died due to complications of or due to COVID-19, according to state health officials.

The woman was 60 years of age or older and lived in Merrimack County but no other information was available at post time. The state updated yesterday’s information to report that the Hillsborough County man who died Sunday was 80 years of age or older and connected to a long-term care facility.

The state reported 35 new positive test results of the new coronavirus with the polymerase chain reaction tests showing a positivity rate of 0.4 percent. Thirty of the new cases were tested via PCR tests while five were antigen tests.

Of the new cases, one was a child while 21 were male. Seven live in Rockingham County, six live in Nashua, four live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, and two live in Merrimack County.

None of the new positive cases required hospitalization and only one had no identified risk factors.

Nearly 8,700 people have caught COVID-19 since March while 282,659 people have been tested and 465,878 PCR tests administered. On Sunday, 6,361 specimens were collected while results are pending for 1,207 tests.

About 2,750 people are under public health monitoring.

According to the latest data dashboard information, Nashua now has more cases than any other community in the state — 73. Bedford has 46 positive cases while Merrimack has 17 and Windham has 12. Salem has nine cases, Concord has eight, and Londonderry has seven. Exeter has five cases. Amherst, Hampton, Milford, and Portsmouth all have between one and four cases while North Hampton has no active cases.

A handful of K-12 schools reported new cases during the past couple of days: The Epping Elementary School has its first case while the Griffin Memorial School in Litchfield has a new infection and another active case. Merrimack High School has another active case — bringing its active count to four.

There are 28 active cases in K-12 schools in New Hampshire.


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Health officials emphasize residents should follow these recommendations:

  • Avoid any domestic and international travel, especially on public transportation such as buses, trains, and airplanes.

  • Practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from other people, including distancing while in waiting areas or lines.

  • When you can’t practice 6 feet of social distancing, wear a face covering.

  • Anyone who is told to self-quarantine and stay at home due to exposure to a person with confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 needs to stay home and not go out into public places.

  • If you are 60 years or older or have chronic and underlying health conditions, you need to stay home and not go out.

  • Avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.

  • Employers should work from home as much

A Student Dies, and a Campus Gets Serious About Coronavirus

BOONE, N.C. — Since last Monday, when a sophomore at his school died from suspected Covid-19 complications, Chase Sturgis says he has been thinking about his own bout with the coronavirus — and his own mortality.

Mr. Sturgis, 21, had been avoiding socializing over the summer, but as students at his school, Appalachian State University, began returning to campus in August, he yielded to temptation. “We went out to a bar,” he said. Within days he felt ill, and then tested positive for coronavirus: “To this day I have no sense of taste or smell.”

But even more unnerving is the “really, honestly scary” realization that he and the student who died, 19-year-old Chad Dorrill, were sick at about the same time, with similar symptoms and no known pre-existing conditions. “He died a week or two after he got the virus,” Mr. Sturgis said. “It has been about two weeks for me.”

Young people have generally been at lower risk of developing severe cases of Covid-19, and there have been only a few student deaths linked to the virus. But while that statistical advantage may have led to apathy about the pandemic at some institutions, Mr. Dorrill’s death has shaken the rural Appalachian State campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains, sparking questions about whether the college is doing enough to keep its students and faculty safe.

“It’s not a hoax, that this virus really does exist,” said a classmate of Mr. Sturgis, Emma Crider. “Before this, the overall mentality was ‘out of sight, out of mind.’”

As if to underscore that point, cases at Appalachian State, part of North Carolina’s state university system, spiked sharply last week. On Thursday, the school canceled an upcoming football game and announced outbreaks in four residence halls, two fraternity houses, the volleyball team and the football program. The school’s dashboard shows more than 700 confirmed Covid-19 cases at the 20,000-student campus since early June.

Aside from athletes, who must be tested under N.C.A.A. rules, Appalachian State has not conducted the kind of costly, widespread mandatory testing and tracing of people with and without symptoms that has helped control the virus at some campuses. Rather, the school has offered voluntary testing at its student health center and at “pop-up” test sites where students can walk up and be tested twice weekly.

That approach, the school’s website says, is based on C.D.C. guidance, which has advised against testing all students upon arrival to campus. Health experts have criticized the C.D.C.’s guidance as weak and confusing, but many large public colleges have based their coronavirus health regimens on it.

Surrounding Watauga County also experienced its worst 7-day period in the pandemic this past week, according to data collected by The New York Times. Coronavirus cases in the county have more than doubled since Sept. 1, to more than 1,300, and an update last week found “the largest percentage of cases in the 18-24 old age group.”

Despite efforts by most colleges and universities to contain the virus

Woman Consumes 3-Day-Old Spring Rolls, Dies From Food Poisoning Hours Later


  • The woman and her husband were watching a television programme together after having food
  • Suddenly, the woman started experiencing severe stomach pain and rushed to the washroom
  • She was found unconscious on the washroom floor

A woman in Samut Prakan, Thailand, allegedly died from food poisoning hours after she ate a reheated spring roll that was refrigerated for three days.

The unidentified 40-year-old woman and her husband were watching a television programme together Monday afternoon after consuming the reheated spring rolls they purchased from a local street market three days ago. Suddenly, the woman started experiencing severe stomach pain and rushed to the washroom. When she did not return even after one hour, the husband knocked on the washroom door to know if she was doing fine.

However, when she did not respond, he broke open the door and found her unconscious on the floor with vomit all around her, local media reported.

He immediately called the ambulance and attempted CPR till the medics arrived. Unfortunately, the woman was declared dead on the scene by the medics.

Tests revealed the woman died from food poisoning. She was severely dehydrated due to excessive vomiting and diarrhea.

The doctor who conducted the tests told local media that food poisoning is common and the symptoms are usually not that severe. Patients are, however, urged to seek medical help immediately and keep themselves hydrated.

The symptoms of food poisoning include abdominal pain and cramps, diarrhea , nausea, vomiting and fever. If the person continues to suffer from diarrhea for more than three days, he/she is required to seek medical help immediately.

The incident comes weeks after five members of a family in Pakistan died of food poisoning after consuming a lizard in their meal. The family was admitted to the hospital after they showed symptoms of food poisoning. The same day, two children died. A day later, their father also died while receiving treatment. A few days later, his daughter and another four-year-old child, who were initially recovering, stopped responding to treatment and died. Two women remained hospitalized.

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North Carolina college student, seemingly otherwise healthy, dies of Covid-19 complications

A college student and former high school basketball player has died from Covid-19, highlighting the virus’s danger even toward the young and healthy.

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Chad Dorrill, a 19-year-old sophomore at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, died this week after complications from Covid-19, according to the university. He was diagnosed with the virus earlier in September.


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Dorrill lived off campus, and all of his classes were online. The university did not say how he contracted the virus.

“When he began feeling unwell earlier this month, his mother encouraged him to come home, quarantine, and be tested for COVID-19,” Sheri Everts, chancellor of App State, said in an announcement to the university community.

“After testing positive for COVID-19 in his home county, he followed isolation procedures and was cleared by his doctor to return to Boone.”

When he returned to school, Dorrill began experiencing further difficulties, Everts said. His family then picked him up, and he was hospitalized.

“Despite generally being at lower risk for severe illness, college-age adults can become seriously ill from COVID-19. As we approach the halfway mark to the last day of classes for the Fall semester, we are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases in students,” Everts warned.

Classes — a mix of online and in-person — began in August. Since March 27, more than 600 people at the university have contracted the virus, according to the school’s tally.

Dorrill is not the first undergraduate student to die from Covid-19, but his death raises even more urgent questions around the safety of college campuses, even as universities urge safety measures amidst reopening.

CNN reached out to Dorrill’s family for comment, but has not immediately received a response.

Liam Dunman, a student at App State, said the death “definitely resonated” with him.

“You don’t hear about people our age dying from it at all, so it definitely got a little bit more real for me,” he told CNN affiliate WSOC.

In the state of North Carolina, there have only been five reported deaths from Covid-19 in people ages 24 and under and more than 56,000 confirmed cases, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.

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Timothy Ray Brown, First Patient Cured of H.I.V., Dies at 54

Next, to accommodate the donor’s immune cells, they had to wipe out Mr. Brown’s own immune system by bombarding him with chemotherapy and radiation. Next came the transplant procedure itself. On that same February day, Mr. Brown stopped taking his antiretroviral medication. Three months later, after a grueling recovery in which he almost died, he was H.I.V.-free.

For Mr. Brown, the epiphany came one day in the gym, when he found that he was developing muscles again after years of wasting away. “That was kind of my proof that it was gone,” he said.

Many hurdles remained. A recurrence of leukemia required a second transplant a year later. A brain biopsy left Mr. Brown temporarily paralyzed and nearly blind. He had to be taught how to walk and talk again. His recovery, complicated by injuries from a 2009 mugging in Berlin, left him with a stiff shoulder, limited vision and neurological damage, which prevented him from resuming his work as a translator.

“My life is far from perfect,” he said in 2015, “but it is still my life.”

He was living in Nevada in 2013 when he met Mr. Hoeffgen on the Scruff dating app. They moved to Southern California in 2015. In April, Mr. Brown was admitted to a cancer hospital; his leukemia, unrelated to H.I.V., had returned. Covid-19 restrictions kept the couple together on the medical campus for weeks.

This month, Mr. Hoeffgen told Mark S. King, a blogger and AIDS activist, that Mr. Brown had terminal cancer and had been receiving home hospice care. Mr. Brown was aware that he was dying.

“I have asked him what he wants me to tell people when we make his situation public,” Mr. Hoeffgen said. “He said: ‘Tell people to keep fighting. Fight for a cure for H.I.V. that works for everyone. I never wanted to be the only one.’”

In addition to Mr. Hoeffgen, Mr. Brown is survived by his mother.

One researcher asked whether the couple would consider donating Mr. Brown’s body to science.

“I said, ‘Thank you, but no,’” Mr. Hoeffgen said. “‘I think he’s done enough.’”

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Timothy Ray Brown, 1st person cured of HIV, dies after cancer relapse

Timothy Ray Brown, famous for being the first person to be cured of HIV, has died from cancer at age 54.

Known as the “Berlin patient,” Brown was diagnosed with both HIV and acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells, while living in Berlin more than a decade ago, according to Reuters. After his cancer diagnosis in 2006, Brown received radiation therapy and a bone marrow transplant in 2007; the goal of the treatment was to kill the existing cancer in his body and jumpstart production of healthy white blood cells, which are generated in the bone marrow. 

But the physician who led the procedure, Dr. Gero Huetter, aimed to treat both Brown’s leukemia and his HIV using the same operation, according to The Associated Press

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Huetter sought out a bone marrow donor with a rare genetic mutation that provides natural resistance against HIV infection. The virus normally targets white blood cells called CD4-T cells, which it infiltrates through a specific receptor on the cells’ surfaces; people with the genetic mutation have an altered version of this receptor, so the virus can’t slip inside, Live Science previously reported.

After his initial bone marrow transplant in 2007, Brown was cleared of HIV and remained free of the virus until his death, The Associated Press reported. He required a second transplant in 2008 to eliminate his leukemia, but after years in remission, the cancer returned last year and spread to his spine and brain, Reuters reported.

“I’m heartbroken that my hero is now gone. Tim was truly the sweetest person in the world,” Brown’s partner Tim Hoeffgen wrote in a Facebook post, according to Reuters.

“We owe Timothy and his doctor, Gero Huetter, a great deal of gratitude for opening the door for scientists to explore the concept that a cure for HIV is possible,” Adeeba Kamarulzaman, president of the International AIDS Society, told Reuters.

Originally published on Live Science. 

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