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Citrus Heights News Briefs: collision, school sports, coronavirus, obituary

Latest local news briefs include the death of a nine-year-old girl in a collision on Greenback Lane, a woman’s unusual diagnosis after feeling COVID-19 symptoms, school sports, and an obituary for a 70-year-old resident.

Citrus Heights woman discovers COVID-19 symptoms were actually bird allergen 
A May 20 article published by TODAY said a wildlife rescue volunteer in Citrus Heights came down with coronavirus-type symptoms, which ended up being a potentially life-threatening reaction to bird feathers in her home. The woman, Christy Berger, had 10 rescued birds in her home at the time of her diagnosis, which had contributed to “hypersensitivity pneumonitis,” also called bird fancier’s lung. She has since been treated and is recovering. (Read full story)

9-year-old girl from Citrus Heights dies in collision
Fox40 reported Thursday that a 9-year-old girl from Citrus Heights died after the vehicle she was travelling in struck a tree around 6:30 p.m. on Greenback Lane, in Folsom. The woman’s mother, Mariah Guthridge, told the television station she was thankful for the last text she had received from her daughter before the collision where she had said “I love you more than you know.” (See full story)

Citrus Heights athlete says school closure “robbed” her of senior season
The Sacramento Bee reported last weekend on the impact student athletes have faced during COVID-19, quoting one San Juan High School student who said she felt robbed of a chance to play on the girls varsity basketball team during her senior year. “I honestly feel like I was robbed of my senior season and I don’t think the right people care enough to do anything about it,” student Paris Burney told the paper. (Read more)

Obituary: Donald Hartin (1950-2021)
Citrus Heights resident Donald Thomas Hartin died on May 18 at the age of 70. According to an obituary published Saturday in The Sacramento Bee, Hartin graduated from Sacramento State University and later worked for the State Department of General Services Office of Local Assistance, until retiring from the position in 2009. He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren. (See full obituary)

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