November 9, 2020

Around the nation: Alex Trebek, longtime 'Jeopardy!' host, passes away at 80

Daily Briefing

    While producers of the show did not disclose the cause of death, Alex Trebek's passing follows his announcement last year that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, in today's hospital and health industry news from California, Missouri, and Ohio.

    • California: Alex Trebek—the host of "Jeopardy!" for 37 years and more than 8,000 episodes—passed away on Sunday at the age of 80. While the cause of death was not immediately shared, his passing comes more than a year after he announced, in March 2019, that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Trebek is survived by his wife, Jean Currivan, and his three children. According to "Jeopardy!" producers, Trebek before his passing had filmed enough episodes of the show to run through Dec. 25; they said they have not made plans for a replacement (Seelye, New York Times, 11/8; Lowry/Andone, CNN, 11/9).
    • Missouri: A Missouri election judge supervisor who worked at a polling place on Election Day after testing positive for the novel coronavirus has died, the St. Charles County Department of Public Health announced Thursday. The department said the person, whose cause of death is not yet known, worked at the Blanchette Park Memorial Hall polling site in St. Charles after receiving a positive coronavirus test result on Oct. 30 and being advised to quarantine for 14 days. Because of the nature of the individual's role as supervisor, the person likely did not have direct contact with the more than 1,800 people who voted at the polling site on Election Day. However, local public health officials have recommended that people who were at the polling station closely monitor themselves for symptoms of Covid-19. In addition, officials have advised the nine poll workers who were at the polling site to get tested for the coronavirus, the department said (Salter, Associated Press, 11/5; Jones/Harlan, CNN, 11/5).
    • Ohio: OhioHealth has awarded bonuses to more than 23,270 employees in recognition of their work during America's coronavirus epidemic, Shereen Solaiman, the health system's SVP and chief human resources officer, told Becker's Hospital Review in an email. The bonuses, which were equivalent to the typical annual bonuses that OhioHealth employees receive, went to full-time and part-time employees who worked a specific number of hours between March and June, Solaiman said (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/5).
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