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Health Highlights: March 23, 2020


Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Harvey Weinstein Has Coronavirus

Sex criminal and former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has the new coronavirus, according to a New York state corrections official.

Less than a week after he arrived at a maximum security prison in upstate New York, the 68-year-old Weinstein was placed in isolation, Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, told NBC News on Monday.

He also said that seven staff members at the Wende Correctional Facility who came into contact with Weinstein have been quarantined.

There are two confirmed cases of coronavirus at Wende, according to a person familiar with the matter who didn't want to be named, NBC News reported.

Earlier this month, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault.

New York Department of Corrections spokesman Thomas Mailey would not comment on Weinstein's health, and Arthur Aidala, an attorney for Weinstein, said Sunday night that he did not know if Weinstein had tested positive for the coronavirus, NBC News reported.

After his conviction in February, Weinstein was rushed to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital for a heart procedure to clear a heart blockage. He then spent time at the Rikers Island jail complex before being moved to Wende.

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Kenny Rogers Dead at Age 81

Country music superstar Kenny Rogers died Friday of natural causes at age 81.

His family plans a small, private service out of concern for the coronavirus pandemic, and they will celebrate Rogers' life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date, his publicist said, CNN reported.

Rogers' music career spanned six decades and he had 24 No. 1 hits. He was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and announced his retirement in 2015.

"Country Music has lost the great Kenny Rogers, who has forever left a mark on Country Music's history," the Country Music Association said in a statement, CNN reported. "His family and friends are in our thoughts during this difficult time."

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky went into quarantine Sunday after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, triggering fears that other politicians at the Capitol may have been exposed.

Paul, the first coronavirus case in the Senate, said he was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person, the Associated Press reported.

After his announcement, Utah's two GOP senators -- Mike Lee and Mitt Romney -- placed themselves into quarantine. At least five senators, including Paul, were in self-quarantine Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

Paul, an eye surgeon, was criticized on Twitter by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona. Sinema said the Republican's decision to return to the Capitol after he was tested -- but before he learned the results -- was "absolutely irresponsible," the AP reported.

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Placido Domingo Has Coronavirus

Opera singer Placido Domingo said Sunday that he's tested positive for the coronavirus.

The 79-year-old Spaniard said in a Facebook post that "I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive," the Associated Press reported.

The tenor said he has a fever and cough, but is feeling well, and that he and his family are in self-isolation.

"I beg everyone to be extremely careful, follow the basic guidelines by washing your hands frequently, keeping at least a 6 foot distance from others, doing everything you can to stop the virus from spreading and please above all stay home if you can!" he said, the AP reported.

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