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Stay in the fitness groove, or start a new one – The Augusta Chronicle

Posted: March 30, 2020 at 7:49 pm

Depending on the county, some gyms are completely shut down, but that doesnt mean gym-enthusiasts are stopping their workouts.

Nikki Williamsons workout routine has changed a little over the past couple of weeks.

"Theyre livestreaming classes on Zoom," said Williamson who is taking the same classes at home as she did in person at Fierce Fitness Training in Evans. Her instructor is conducting the class with a small group of people at the gym and adding other participants through the live feed.

Depending on the county, some gyms are completely shut down, but that doesnt mean gym-enthusiasts are stopping their workouts. They are just changing how they do them. Many are adopting the livestream approach through the Zoom platform.

Like Williamson, Gail Erlitz has also altered her workouts.

Spin classes have been a staple in Erlitzs workout schedule for several years, but shes also worked in a small group with a trainer. Since she doesnt have a spin bike at home, she cant do that workout. Shes continuing with her small group sessions.

Those sessions include strength training exercises. Shes also a member of Weight Watchers and has been using the organizations app to change up her routines.

"They have walking workouts," she said.

The workouts alternate walking and jogging.

"I havent jogged in years," said Erlitz, but she added it to her workout anyway.

Williamson also switches up her workouts. She incorporates running, walking her dog and yoga into her routine.

Shes not the only one who has yoga in their fitness regime, according to Dr. Kate Barrett Mayes, who opened her Deepwater Yoga studio in October.

Yoga is not only good for the physical body, but it is a "means of reaching people spiritually," said Mayes.

The meditative aspect of yoga can provide "peace and stillness during this crazy, crazy time," said Mayes.

While the doors on her Washington Road location have been temporarily shuttered, she hasnt stopped her classes. Shes offering free livestreaming classes daily via YouTube, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Those classes have struck a chord among viewers.

"I could not believe I had 800 views on a meditation video with me sitting there with my eyes closed talking to people," she said.

Classes are at 9:30 each weekday; theres also power yoga at 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Saturdays.

Gym goers said the new situation has some positives and some negatives.

Williamson said shes probably added more workouts to her routine especially since the hair salon she works in has temporarily closed.

Sarabeth Wheeler, who enjoys her CrossFit classes at the Wilson Family YMCA, said her new workout schedule has its advantages and disadvantages.

"Probably the fact that theres zero commute, and I can do my workout whenever I feel like versus having a day class time to go to," said the mom of three.

One of the drawbacks of not being able to go to the gym has been the lack of access to equipment.

"I miss the weights too. My parents let us borrow a set of dumbbells so I can at least stop lifting paint cans and detergent bottles," Wheeler said.

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How a Chicago Bartender Is Supporting the Service Industry Through Virtual Fitness Classes – Thrillist

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The service industry, of course, is the ultimate slippery slope for forming bad health habits due to non-traditional hours, time on your feet, and easy access to alcohol. But now, with so many bartenders and restaurant workers without a job, any semblance of a healthy routine they might have had has gone out the window.

This is a time of crisis, Ward says. My goal is to try to keep people on a schedule -- which includes physical fitness -- keeping them focused on the day-to-day rather than the big picture, and trying to help them control things when were in an uncontrollable environment.

Using her Instagram platform, Ward is producing workout videos using equipment that can easily be found around the house: hip hinges with a broom, tricep dips on a coffee table, full backpacks as weights. Plus, shes taking advantage of cheap ingredients she had around the house for R&D purposes and making nutritional cooking videos.

The biggest way people can make behavioral changes is by understanding their time and using whats around them, Ward says. They dont need to have gourmet ingredients or a full gym set-up. Their house is their jungle gym. Im trying to keep it dynamic and diverse so people dont get more bored than they already are.

As for future plans, Ward has been inspired by people hosting virtual happy hours as support groups for the industry, as well as free financial planning calls. She wants to be a resource for anyone in the community to reach out, not only when it comes to physical health, but also mental health -- which, she points out, are intrinsically intertwined.

If you want to meal prep, this is the time to do it. If you want to learn 20-minute workouts, this is the time to do it, Ward says. This is a weirdly great opportunity for our industry to make schedules, develop healthy habits, and keep them going once we return to the new normal.

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Liz Weston: Financial fitness coaches help those struggling with the basics – oregonlive.com

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Dear Liz: Im hoping you could provide recommendations, referrals or tips on how to help me manage my money. Im seeking a financial planner who can help me pay my bills on time, learn to budget and pay off credit card debt.

Answer: When youre struggling with the basics, a financial fitness coach or an accredited financial counselor may be a better fit than a financial planner.

Financial coaches and counselors specialize in budgeting, debt management, retirement planning and creating better money habits in general. Coaches and counselors in private practice typically charge $100 to $150 an hour, although many work on a sliding scale, said Rebecca Wiggins, executive director of the Assn. for Financial Counseling & Planning Education, which grants both credentials.

These accredited financial professionals also are employed by the military, credit unions and other organizations to provide services for free or low cost. You can start your search at https://www.afcpe.org/.

Dear Liz: This is a follow-up question to one you recently answered about tapping 401(k)s in order to delay the start of Social Security. I am 63 and retired early with a good pension that fully covers my basic living expenses. Any additional money would only be gravy for vacations and travel. Would I be taxed the same if I start taking Social Security now vs. waiting? I could easily tap my 401(k) to put off applying for Social Security.

Answer: When it comes to Social Security, if you can wait, you probably should.

Many middle-income people who have retirement funds will pay higher taxes if they start their benefits early, according to researchers who studied the tax torpedo, which is a sharp increase and then decline in marginal tax rates caused by the way Social Security benefits are taxed. The researchers found that many could lessen its effects by delaying the start of Social Security and tapping retirement funds instead.

If youre married and the primary earner, its especially important to delay as long as possible because your benefit determines the survivor benefit that one of you will receive after the other dies.

Liz Weston, Certified Financial Planner, is a personal finance columnist for NerdWallet. Questions may be sent to her at 3940 Laurel Canyon, No. 238, Studio City, CA 91604, or by using the Contact form at asklizweston.com.

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Katie Taylor is streaming series of boxing fitness videos to keep you active throughout lockdown – Irish Post

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KATIE TAYLOR has announced that she'll be broadcasting a series of online boxing fitness videos for anyone looking to stay active during lockdown.

The Olympic gold medalist took to social media to talk about the series, encouraging her followers to keep fit and stay healthy.

Her tutorials feature a number of physical exercises that you can do from home, without the need for any equipment.

The Bray native uploaded the first episode to her Twitter and Instagram pages.

"Hi all," she tweeted, "I will be posting a series of boxing circuits over the next few weeks that you can do at home without equipment.

"Here is the first installment. I hope you enjoy it.

"Stay safe, healthy and strong."

Exercises in the video include things like squats, lunges, punches, leg raises and fast feet shuffles.

With so many unable to leave the house, keeping and fit (and keeping yourself from going crazy) are rightfully high on the agenda at the moment.

If your usual running route is getting a bit tedious, or you just fancy staying indoors to exercise, these circuits are perfect.

Conor McGregor was quick to applaud her idea, replying to Taylor's tweet by saying he'll be "giving this a go tonight".

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Bear River Health Department orders closure of fitness centers, spas, entertainment venues, surgery centers – The Herald Journal

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In response to Utah Governor Gary Herbert's "Stay Safe, Stay Home" directive announced Friday, The Bear River Health Department issued a public health order on Saturday that includes mandatory closure of all fitness centers, spas, entertainment venues and specialty surgery centers.

This public health order is for communities within the BRHD's coverage area including Cache, Rich and Box Elder counties.

According to the press release, the order to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people is effective immediately, while the changes in the following list will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30.

Gathering Places: All museums, gyms, exercise studios, spas, fitness centers, health clubs, indoor recreation facilities, and all entertainment venues, including without limitation music performance venues, live stage performances, and lectures, shall be closed to members, guests, patrons and the general public.

Surgical Centers: Surgical centers that are not located within a hospital shall be closed to preserve valuable and scarce Personal Protective Equipment.

Hair and Nail Salons; Tanning Salons; Body Art Studios: Efforts to protect the public such as hand washing, social distancing and sanitization will be required by the order.

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Physical Therapy Clinics and Services & Child Day Care Centers: Screening, hygiene along with spacing and distancing will be a priority.

The order outlines recommendations for individuals which are effective immediately including many that have already been encouraged for the past couple of weeks including social distancing of 6 feet from others, refrain from visiting nursing care facilities and other similar assisted living facilities, avoid discretionary travel, nonessential shopping trips and social visits, and individuals over the age of 60 and those who are immunocompromised should avoid contact with others.

More details about business protocols and more specific details about what is or isn't restricted, go to brhd.org.

The order will remain in effect until April 13 at which time the BRHD Health Officer will re-evaluate and either end, modify or extend the order as needed.

According to the order, an initial violation of the order is punishable as a Class B Misdemeanor. Subsequent violations are considered Class A Misdemeanors

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Coronavirus drives trainers to get creative with online fitness opportunities – ABC News

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Updated March 31, 2020 08:56:21

The closure of gyms and fitness centres across Australia has taken a massive toll on the industry, but trainers are utilising new apps and running classes online to connect with clients to try to remain viable during the coronavirus pandemic.

Fitness Australia, the national not-for-profit industry association for fitness professionals, estimated more than 20,000 people involved in the exercise industry had lost their jobs.

Technology could help alleviate some of the pressure businesses were currently dealing with.

New apps, which work much the same way as dating apps, connect people with the type of personal trainer they are looking for in their area.

Personal trainer Mark Gordon said it helped him connect with clients in Australia and overseas.

"It's just a brilliant way I've found for people to actually find me," he said.

"Especially when things did hit the fan, people were looking for ways to move at home.

"I'm currently training people in Singapore and training people in New Zealand by the wanna-train app.

"Everybody needs support right now times are so uncertain."

Online classes were another way different sections of the fitness industry were dealing with the shutdown.

April King, who runs a pilates studio, said it had been a great way of interacting with clients.

"I can un-mute them and we can have conversations on there ... we can have a giggle about things," she said.

"A lot of the clients I've been speaking to this week have been saying to me they can't wait to get online properly and be able to look forward to something every day that's a distraction from what they're doing."

John McNaughton is another personal trainer about to venture into the online world.

He was running small group classes in the park to keep his business going.

But changes to social-distancing restrictions meant he could now only train one person at a time outdoors.

"It's going to be tough on the industry and I think a bunch of trainers are going to struggle to keep an income," he said.

"We're certainly not the only people in a tough time, but the industry is struggling to keep up with the lack of opportunity.

"For the people that are interested, we're going to try to move those online a chance for people to still get guidance from a trainer and a social connection."


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Anytime Fitness staying active on social media while promoting exercise during COVID-19 pandemic – 620 CKRM.com

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Co-owners of the Anytime Fitness gyms in Regina, Kim and Jake Sinclair are one of many locally owned businesses forced to close because of COVID-19.

One of the many locally owned businesses forced to close down during the COVID-19 pandemic, is Anytime Fitness Regina.

Both of the citys locations do not know when theyll be able to re-open, but for the time being theyre trying to help others in self-isolation get creative and stay active.

Co-Owners Jake and Kim Sinclair are staying active themselves, and are posting workouts on Anytime FitnessFacebook and Instagram pages.

Jake said its all about getting creative and doing exercises like body weight workouts.

Were posting on our social media pages through this time, we also have an interactive app that allows people to clock their workouts and get pushed into new workouts from home, the franchise itself has been really supportive in that aspect trying to make sure our members fitness doesnt fall to the wayside if theyre stuck quarantined inside their homes, he said.

Sinclair says with it being spring time yard work can even be turned into exercise.

Yard work is for sure something that can be made more enjoyable by turning it into exercise, he said.

Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym, Sinclair said. So because of that theyre also posting some healthy creative recipe ideas for people to experiment with while trying to stay busy at home

On the business side of things the uncertainty has been perhaps the toughest thing to deal with.

Sinclair says right now every small business owner is in a unique situation, but at the same time all are in the same boat when it comes to the uncertainty of when theyll be able to operate normally again, and if theyll be able to financially recover when the pandemic is over.

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Limitations caused by coronavirus are a challenge to fitness coaches everywhere – Managing Madrid

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The present situation with coronavirus aka Covid-19 is a challenge to fitness coaches everywhere.

For those who are fully fit and fortunate enough not to have contracted this terrible virus that has affected almost every family in the country, the mandatory restrictions placed on not leaving the home emphasise the reality of the situation.

People are having to adapt if Covid-19 is going to be beaten; and clearly the way to avoid spreading the virus is to stay indoors. The less contact made with other people then the lower the risk of contracting coronavirus; and of spreading it. Everyone has had to re-evaluate their priorities.

And the one thing that has been apparent in the last few weeks is that people are now accepting that in the grand scheme of things, football comes way down the ladder of importance.

Coronavirus has certainly put everything into context. Compared to the loss of human life, all talk about contracts, bonuses and sponsorship is totally inappropriate.

Contrast that to Real Madrids decision last week to use the Bernabu as a medical supply and storage facility which hasnt been given nearly as much publicity as it should have.

The same applies to the clubs donation announced by the President, Florentino Prez, to the Comunidad de Madrid in order to buy extra medical supplies and lets not forget Sergio Ramos own personal contribution to the fighting fund as well.

No doubt others will follow suit. As football adapts as a result of coronavirus the clear message came from all the artists and players who took part in the football and music La Liga Santander Fest on Saturday night. All were unanimous in urging people to stay at home (!) and this is where the fitness people come in.

A couple of weeks ago in countries where the lockdown was declared, fitness coaches were suddenly faced with a new challenge: how to keep players fit when training is confined exclusively to the home for an indefinite period of time.

Rising to meet the need for providing customised training programmes to players everywhere has been something that the coaches have wholeheartedly embraced. Videos abound of players going through home exercise routines either on the instructions of the coaches or under their own steam.

Grgory Dupont didnt waste any time in getting Real Madrids players on to programmes customised to meet individual needs; yet its hard to maintain the momentum that you only get when training in group situations - but something had to give and thats just one of the ways in which everyone has to adapt.

But its not only about keeping players physically fit although thats the aim at the moment. Other factors come into play as well. Theres the mental aspect of training at home and this is where maintaining set routines devised by the clubs are important. So too is the correct nutrition; something that could easily be overlooked if were not careful.

Yet incredibly some clubs have attempted to continue training in the current climate despite the leagues having placed on hold.

As the situation has varied across the globe, FIFPRO - the World Players Union reported having being asked to intervene in countries where football had continued to be played or where clubs had attempted to train throughout the crisis.

Theres been talk at some clubs in Europe of staying five metres away from team mates during sessions; who thought that one up? And what about the risk of spreading or contracting the virus in changing areas, showering, or to medical staff when managing the injuries?

Who is going to apply the strappings, open up the training complexes and get the equipment ready?

The current situation affects those undergoing treatment and rehab as well. Most of us by now will have seen the video of Marco Asensio kicking a ball by the pool in his garden and can emphasise with Eden Hazards situation having been post-op for the last few weeks following ankle surgery.

In these scenarios, its not only the fitness that can be a challenge but also to ensure that players undergoing home rehab are using the correct techniques.

One thing that has clearly emerges though is that players are now having to accept greater responsibility for their own fitness; aided of course by the medical and fitness teams as opposed to this being the other way around!

Its one thing discussing football and fitness though, but lets not forget that the serious side of this outbreak makes football, injuries and fitness pale into insignificance.

We need to continue to work towards limiting the spread of coronavirus and thats far more important than anything else at the present time.

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Coronavirus: Some area businesses must prove health rules are being followed – WHIO

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Published: Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 5:23 PMBy: J. Frazier Smith, Breaking News Staff

DAYTON An estimated 250 area businesses and work sites will have to prove whether they are "essential" under the state mandate and whether they are following the state's stay-at-home order.

Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper, at the daily Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County coronavirus update, announced the order Monday after reporting that workers at those 250 businesses filed complaints about non-compliance.

Cooper said that by the end of the business day Wednesday, businesses and work sites where complaints have been lodged must file the following with the city/county health department:

* Justification that your business meets the definition of an essential business and operation

* Measures your business are implementing meet the requirements of social distancing as defined by the state health department

* Documentation regarding your business being "Essential" and the social distancing requirements have been communicated to your workers

* Appropriate actions are being taken regarding dealing with the coronavirus -- sending ill workers home, allowing employees to work from home with established rules and technology (video conference, for example), frequent and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces, encouraging workers to stay home until they are complete well and more.

Cooper said teams of health department workers will visit every business and work site where a complaint has been filed.

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The fight against COVID-19 a need for ‘soft power’ in health care | TheHill – The Hill

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In considering our battle against the coronavirus COVID-19, we renew a call for soft power in U.S. health care to solve the challenges we face now and into the future.

The current U.S. health care system is analogous to the U.S. militarys hard power the acute, advanced, highly effective, highly resource-intensive response to a military crisis (or in this case, the immediate illness threatened by COVID-19). American health cares hard power is immense, powerful and effective, arguably the best in the world. Yet, U.S. health outcomes lag behind nearly every other high-income nation, even though we spend more and more of our national treasure on medical care.

What the U.S. is missing is sufficient health-focused soft power: proactive, vigorous, coordinated, well-funded preventive and public health actions outside of the acute health care system. For the military, soft power includes the nations actions on diplomacy, economic development, trade agreements, foreign aid or sanctions, and promotion of education, womens rights and democracy.

To improve the nations health, soft power should include education, surveillance and monitoring, scientific research, public health leadership and infrastructure. Systems for interagency coordination and schools and workplace environments that promote health should be implemented in this soft power approach.

Additionally, soft power should encompass community urban design, a healthy food system that not only ensures food security but is also sustainable in its production. Moreover, vaccines, tax policy and other economic incentives that reward consumers healthier choices and businesses that produce healthier products. Policy should include taxation of hazardous products, child-resistant packaging, product labeling, and quality and safety standards for air, water, housing, food products, toys, mattresses, cars, and much more.

Over several decades, our elected officials, military leaders and intelligence experts have overwhelmingly recognized and endorsed the crucial need for highly coordinated, well-resourced, intensive soft power to identify and address disputes, instability and other national security threats. Theyve managed to do so in a preemptive, cost-efficient and effective manner.

Accordingly, our soft power infrastructure for national security has been greatly expanded, modernized and coordinated. Yet, inexplicably, this has not happened in health care.

COVID-19 is a powerful reminder of the critical importance of soft power for health: effective surveillance, public health infrastructure, scientific research and expertise, interagency coordination, community efforts, education, business innovation and government policies to maintain and improve health, many of which are belatedly being employed in our battle against this pandemic.

Our hospitals, doctors, nurses and other health care professionals are doing an amazing job fighting on the health care front lines.. Yet, the burden of winning this war cannot be placed on their shoulders. We are recognizing as a nation that our health care system may soon be outnumbered and overwhelmed by patients who contract the disease.

COVID-19 is a stark message that looking beyond this immediate crisis, it is time to assess and develop a proactive, vigorous, coordinated and well-funded preventive and public health strategy and infrastructure to keep our nation healthy and safe into the future.

Dariush Mozaffarian is a cardiologist and dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and has authored more than 400 scientific publications on dietary and policy priorities for improved health. He has served as a health adviser to the U.S. and Canadian governments, the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

James Stavridis is a retired four-star U.S. Navy admiral, was Supreme Allied Commander of the NATO Alliance from 2009 to 2013, and dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University from 2013 to 2018. He is the author of four books, including Sailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character (2019).

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MLB players worry about health if games crammed together – Press Herald

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As Major League Baseball and the players union contemplate various ways to create a schedule for whenever the coronavirus pandemic subsides, Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart raised a concern that is surely shared by others around the sport: Could trying to cram in games, and maybe extend the season into late November or December, lead to injuries?

The player safety piece is a big thing, Barnhart, a union representative, said Monday on a conference call with reporters.

That involves how many off-days are salvaged in 2020, how many times teams are told to play in any given week and how 2021 could be affected if there is a shorter-than-usual offseason.

Moving forward, I dont think you can do things that are going to compromise the integrity of next season, as well. What I mean by that is forcing the issue of getting so many games in that you risk injury, and you risk major injury to players, because you are trying to get in as many games as you can, Barnhart said.

This is all assumptions and thoughts from me specifically its not from the union but youre going to have to protect us as players, he continued. And if you cant do that, I think that would be where I personally would kind of draw the line.

Thats also top of mind for Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon, who already has been ruled out for 2020 while recovering from a second reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. Hes brought up the idea of trying to return if the season goes into November, but said thats been shut down pretty quickly.

Speaking more generally about the effect an altered season could have on guys around the majors, Taillon said: This is a unique situation. Were going to have to be careful health-wise.

No one knows when baseball and other suspended sports will resume, because no one knows when life might return to normal in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak. Three-quarters of a million people around the world have become infected and over 35,000 have died, according to a running count kept by Johns Hopkins University, counts that include more than 140,000 infections and more than 2,500 deaths in the U.S.

Spring training was halted on March 12; opening day was supposed to be last week and wont happen any earlier than mid-May.

At this point, its hard to say what can or should be done. MLB is exhausting all of their brainpower and manpower, along with the 30 clubs, to come up with some ideas and whats the best way to play a regular season in as many games as possible and get to a playoff scenario, said Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo, whose team has turned over the grounds of its spring facility to public testing for the coronavirus.

As the commissioner said, were going to need to get creative, Rizzo added. But beyond that, were just speculating on all of these things.

MLB and its players are hoping to complete initial discussions on scheduling by April 10, and among the proposals under consideration: pushing back the end of the season, even if it involves using neutral sites and domes to avoid colder weather in many cities; increasing doubleheaders to get more games in per week than usual; playing games without spectators; changing the postseason format.

Weve been told, said Taillon, a union rep, theres no such thing as a bad idea right now.

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, also a union rep, described a recent call about scheduling options with other players this way: We were basically talking about potential scenarios and how crazy this season will be, how challenging it will be.

Barnhart, for one, is realistic about what is going to drive the ultimate decisions about what a season might look like.

It goes without saying that, as players, we want to play as many games (as possible), not only because we love playing, but also we want to make as much money as possible. Thats the Gods honest truth about it, he said. And the same goes with ownership and all of that. So everybody wants to make money.



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Health care workers say they’ve never faced a medical emergency of this scale – Crain’s New York Business

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As of Sunday night, New York state had confirmed nearly 60,000 cases of Covid-19, with about 34,000 people sick in New York City. In the city there were 6,600 people hospitalized, about 1,500 of whom were in intensive care. Queens and Brooklyn had the highest number of cases, and 776 city residents had died from complications with the respiratory illness.

Cuomo has instructed hospitals that they must increase the number of beds in their facilities by at least 50%, with some hospitals tasked with doubling their capacity. The state anticipates needing 140,000 beds at the outbreak's peak.

Some of the city's largest gathering spaces are candidates to house patients. A 1,000-bed medical facility was built at the Javits Convention Center, and Cuomo said last week he is considering creating more facilities at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, CUNY's Staten Island campus and the NY Expo Center in the Bronx.

Hospitals have been setting up tents outside their doors to triage patients. Refrigerated trucks have been stationed outside the city medical examiner's office in Manhattan as a potential temporary morgue.

Efforts to close schools and businesses have all been aimed at delaying the apex of the outbreak, so the hospital system might have more time to ramp up its capabilities and acquire ventilators.

It is the ventilators that have truly vexed the Cuomo administration, which anticipates needing 40,000 when the largest number of patients are hospitalized. The state estimated it had 3,200 a few weeks ago. It now says it has about 12,000 and is exploring converting anesthesia machines and splitting the breathing machines using tubes to treat several patients at a time.

The problem was particularly pronounced at the city-run Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, where 13 patients died from Covid-19 during one 24-hour period, The New York Times reported.

"So many people are saying it's going to be OK, everything's fine, we have what we need," Dr. Colleen Smith, who works in Elmhurst's emergency department, said in a video shared with the Times. "And if this goes on for a month or two, or three or five like it did in China, and we're already this strained, we don't have what we need."

Dr. Eric Wei, an emergency medicine physician and chief quality officer at NYC Health and Hospitals, said the public hospital system has diverted more resources to Elmhurst Hospital as well as Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx and Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, which have been treating the largest numbers of patients, he said.

Wei said the system hasn't determined the origin of the cluster of cases in Elmhurst. Certain factors, such as the density of the population there, might have been responsible, he said.

"I'm very proud of how we handled this as a system," Wei said. "We've never come close to running out of PPE or ventilators."

He said workers' concerns about inadequate supplies are understandable but said the system has procured 100 more ventilators. A city spokeswoman said Friday it was sending thousands of pieces of safety gear and dispatching 105 nurses to Elmhurst Hospital.

Dr. Amy Plasencia, chief medical resident in internal medicine at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, said she is concerned not everyone has had consistent access to protective gear. Resident physicians in the emergency department get one N95 mask per shift, she said, but those in lower-risk specialties have been asked to reuse the masks.

Plasencia spent the first three weeks of March working in the medical ICU, where her shift ran 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

"We do what we can with what we have. If that means that we have to reuse masks, we'll reuse masks," Plasencia said. "We protect ourselves in the ways that we can, but we're not going to stop treating our patients because of suboptimal conditions."

Plasencia has been alarmed by patients who are in their 30s and 40s who become critically ill with Covid-19. Those patients typically were obese but didn't have other underlying medical conditions, she said.

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Three people test positive for COVID-19 through Bryan Health drive-thru service – 1011now

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) Three people have tested positive for COVID-19 during the first week of Bryan Healths drive-thru testing service, the hospital announced Monday.

The hospital deferred questions on the cases to the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department. There are eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln.

Since the drive-thru testing site started operating last Monday, March 23, 244 people have been tested for COVID-19. Forty have come back negative, Bryan Health CEO John Woodrich said Monday.

The turnaround time from when a test is administered to when results are known can take at least four days, Woodrich said last Thursday.

Last Monday, the hospital started testing people via a drive-thru setup outside Bryan LifePointe. The person has to first receive a doctors referral to get the COVID-19 test and schedule an appointment with Bryan Health.

In-patient COVID-19 testing stands at 85, with 57 being negative. The results for the remaining 28 are pending.

Another 1,662 people took advantage of ezVisit in the last week. The hospital also said 355 of 548 total available beds were full as of Monday morning.

On Friday, the hospital said it would stop testing patients for the flu due to the lack of positive tests.

Monday also marked the first day of the hospitals restricted visitors policy, which limits two visitors per patient. Those visitors must also allow their temperature to be taken when entering the hospital.

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Las Vegas health care workers share the good, the bad and the worst to come – Las Vegas Sun

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Health care workers with the UNLV School of Medicine wait in personal protective equipment for patients at a drive thru coronavirus testing site Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Las Vegas. UNLV Medicine, the clinical arm of the UNLV School of Medicine, started conducting COVID-19 testing by appointment for people who meet the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionguidelines.

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Monday, March 30, 2020 | 2 a.m.

To address the rapid rise in COVID-19 infections and minimize fatalities in Southern Nevada, health care workers and industry experts say there is more than one challenge at play and more than one solution.

The Las Vegas area needs more COVID-19 tests from the federal government so that health officials can more accurately assess the regional scope of infections, according to several people in the industry.

Hospital and urgent care workers also need more personal protective equipment (PPE) from the federal government to protect themselves and patients from infection. And everyone in the region needs to practice social distancing and stay inside to flatten the curve slow the spread of the virus in order to reduce stress on the health care system, which could save lives.

These issues must be addressed in congruency, says Maureen Schafer, president and CEO of the Nevada Health and Bioscience Asset Corp.

If any of those things gets disrupted ... one disrupts the other, said Schafer, former chief of staff to the planning dean at the UNLV School of Medicine.

Health District nearly out of tests, but hospitals make progress

Even as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southern Nevada increases daily, testing in outpatient settings remains severely limited, said Dr. Joe Corcoran, chief medical officer for HCA Healthcare Far West Division. HCAs Las Vegas hospitals Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, Mountain View and Southern Hills are only testing people who have severe enough symptoms to be admitted in order to conserve its limited tests, spokesperson Sunnye Owens-Garrett said.

As a result, Las Vegas residents have reported being turned away from hospitals after being told by their physicians to go there for a test. This also means that the number of cases in the valley is very likely underreported, said Dr. Shadaba Asad, medical director of infectious disease at University Medical Center.

If the only people being targeted for testing are the ones coming to the ER, youre probably capturing a small proportion of cases, Asad said.

Meanwhile, testing at the Southern Nevada Health Districts public health laboratory is limited, according to daily reports from Nevada Health Response. Although Southern Nevada has the vast majority of COVID-19 cases in the state, only 575 tests had been conducted at the health districts public health laboratory as of Friday compared to the 2,242 tests done at the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory at University of Nevada Reno.

On Friday, the Southern Nevada Health District announced that despite its repeated pleas for more tests, it had nearly run out, with only 119 remaining. While the state has submitted four COVID-19 testing requests to the federal government, none of those shipments had come in as of Friday, Nevada Health Response reported.

Nevada has four pending requests for COVID-19 testing components and has been told by the federal government that these items are on an indefinite backlog, the state agency reported.

The good news is that outpatient testing in Las Vegas is finally becoming more widely available, Asad said.

Southwest Medical has been administering tests to existing, referred patients who are symptomatic at three outpatient locations, and UMC now has the capacity to screen people who suspect they have the virus at all nine UMC Quick Care locations. After being screened, eligible, symptomatic patients are then sent to an outpatient location to get tested, UMC public relations manager Scott Kerbs said. Spokespeople from both medical groups did not say exactly how many outpatient tests are being administered daily at those locations.

Since Tuesday, UNLV Medicine has been conducting upwards of 200 tests per day at its drive-through testing facility on Shadow Lane, according to School of Medicine spokesperson Paul Joncich. That service will be available for as long as supplies last.

As testing becomes more widespread, I think it will become a more accurate representation of the true extent of the disease, Asad said.

Nurses worried over testing lag time, but UMC has new rapid-response test

Even when testing is available, health care workers say delays in test results create another problem, particularly for their safety and that of patients. Testing done through private companies like Quest Diagnostics or LabCorp typically take three to five days for a result, while tests at the health district come back within 24-28 hours, Asad said.

But Geoconda Hughes, a nurse at a Las Vegas hospital, said it sometimes take up to eight days or more to receive a patients COVID-19 infection status after a test is conducted. At her hospital, patients and their nurses cannot use N95 respiratory masks until the patient has been confirmed positive for COVID-19 in an effort to conserve protective gear, she said.

If that person is being tested, but isnt positive yet, nurses are only asked to wear a regular surgical mask, which is not protective gear for COVID-19, Hughes said. If they come back positive, we wouldve been exposed.

Another area nurse, Zachary Pritchett, said test results at his hospital often dont come in for three-seven days after a test is administered. Many Las Vegas hospitals lack sufficient PPE, forcing nurses to sometimes work without them until they receive a positive test result, he said.

My fear is as we continue, nurses start to get sick. That might become an issue, Pritchett said.

One bright spot for testing in Nevada came out of UMC this week. The hospital just launched an in-house coronavirus test that generates results within two-four hours, Asad said. More information about the test will be announced in the coming days.

Because of that, I think we do have the ability to test more patients, Asad said.

Hospitals prepare for peak in patients

At this time, a primary concern for hospitals in the valley is what will happen when they reach capacity, Schafer said.

As of Friday, 67% of the states staffed beds were in use, 72% of intensive care unit (ICU) rooms were in use, and 51% of airborne infection isolation rooms were occupied, according to Nevada Health Response. Both ICU rooms and isolation rooms are used to house COVID-19 patients, Schafer said.

Obviously, if we look at a curve relative to what New York is facing, we would experience a similar type of upward tick, she said. And so Nevada in general was already at a high percentage of bed capacity with respect to our ICU beds.

Another concern for hospitals is ventilators, which are used on critically ill patients to help them breathe. As of Friday, 40% of Nevadas ventilators were in use. But Gov. Steve Sisolak has warned that the state does not have enough to address an anticipated surge in patients.

To help conserve and maximize resources, valley hospitals are continuously developing contingency plans, Schafer said, which could include using telemedicine when appropriate to free up in-person resources.

UMC, which is preparing for a peak in patients in late April or early May, is taking inventory of PPE and supplies and trying to eliminate unnecessary inpatient procedures, Asad said. The hospital is also considering ways to maximize space for COVID-19 patients, such as dedicating entire units for those patients and putting two patients who have tested positive for the diseases in one room.

The hospital has already developed new areas to care for patients, Asad said.

There are lots of things that have slowly been put into place, she said.

While Asad and Owens-Garrett said their respective hospitals have not yet run out of supplies, bed space or PPE, Pritchett and Hughes stressed that the need for protective gear is imminent. Nevada has ordered two PPE shipments encompassing the statewide immediate need, but the federal government has only given the state less than 25% of the PPE requested, according to Nevada Health Response.

From what Ive gathered, this is a problem that is paramount all over the valley, all over the state, and all over the country, for that matter, Pritchett said.

Even as hospitals prepare for influxes of patients, the coronavirus crisis has the potential to overwhelm the most prepared facilities in the state, Schafer said. Thats why its so crucial for Nevadans to stay home, only leaving for essential business and keeping a six-foot distance when interacting with others.

Sometimes its very hard to believe that just sitting at home and doing nothing is the most important thing you can do right now, but honestly, that is the message Id like to get out there, Asad said.

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Houston woman in her 70s with underlying health problems dies from COVID-19 – KHOU.com

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HOUSTON Houston Public Health is reporting its third coronavirus-related death.

Officials said the victim is a woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions. She was a previously reported COVID-19 case and passed away at a local hospital March Sunday.

The department launched an investigation to identify potential contacts exposed to the virus. The department will provide close contacts guidance about the virus and monitor them for the development of symptoms.

Earlier, the city reported two other elderly women with underlying health conditions had died as a result of COVID-19-linked illnesses.

On Monday, the city of Houston also reported 23 new cases in the area, bringing the city's total up to 309 confirmed infections.

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The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Some patients also have nausea, body aches, headaches and stomach issues. Losing your sense of taste and/or smell can also be an early warning sign.

Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were mild.

But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk for becoming seriously ill. However, U.S. experts are seeing a significant number of younger people being hospitalized, including some in ICU.

The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.

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Coronavirus May Add Billions to the Nations Health Care Bill – The New York Times

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Increases in medical costs of 3 to 4 percent would be manageable by most insurers, concluded a recent analysts at S&P Global Ratings. If costs were to go up by 10 to 12 percent, the analysts say the stress on the companies would be greater, with insurers reporting losses and forced to use their capital reserves to pay claims.

But some actuaries are predicting costs are likely to be much lower. One actuary said insurers have told him that they have no plans to raise rates sharply because the do not think the pandemic will change their predictions about ongoing medical expenses once it has run its course.

And other actuaries are coming up with estimates that are lower because they have different assumptions about how many people might be hospitalized and whether that would be offset by the declines in medical care for other illnesses or surgeries as people stay home and elective procedures are postponed indefinitely. The cost of the epidemic could be tempered if people dont seek other kinds of care, like a routine check up or hip replacement. That also happened during the 2008 recession, when people postponed any type of care and procedures.

We think claims are really going to drop off over the next month or two, said Edward Kaplan, a senior vice president at Segal, which advises clients on their health benefits. He thinks his clients in New York, which is being particularly hard hit by the virus, could see additional costs of 4 to 5 percent. In other areas, if there are many fewer cases, costs could be less.

Another big unknown is whether people will be able to get treatment for Covid-19 or other illnesses, in spite of needing care. Depending on the course of the pandemic, health systems could become so overwhelmed that they have no available hospital beds or staff to treat patients who would otherwise receive care.

If patients cant get care, overall costs could be much lower than they would otherwise be, said Trevis Parson, chief actuary for Willis Towers Watson, which advises companies on benefits. His group is estimating costs could increase by as much as 7 percent because of the pandemic.

Even then, how much the private sector will pay is unclear, especially if the government starts setting up hospital beds and temporary hospitals in various regions, and supplying staff to treat patients.

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Coronavirus Update: Bay Area Public Health Shelter-In-Place Order To Be Extended To May 1 – CBS San Francisco

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REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) Public health officials in the Bay Area on Monday warned residents that the current shelter-in-place order due to the COVID-19 outbreak will be extended until at least May 1 in the coming days.

The Bay Areas group of interconnected health departments issued the joint press release Monday morning. The release covers Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco and San Mateo counties as well as the city of Berkeley.

We have said an extension might be expected as we work together to slow the spread of the COVID-19 disease, the joint press release read. Additional details about the updated order will be available when it is finalized in the next day or two.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed alluded to the extension during her Monday press conference on the citys response to the coronavirus crisis, saying that an announcement could take place by Tuesday.

We know that people are anxious about the stay-at-home order and whether or not that will be extended, said Breed. I know that our county health officers will be making an announcement tomorrow to talk about the specifics of extending the stay-at-home order until May 1st of this year.

For more information about COVID-19 activities in these areas, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Berkeley COVID-19 websites.

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Eagles banking on DeSean Jackson’s health to stabilize wide receiver position in 2020 – CBS Sports

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The Philadelphia Eagles didn't address the wide receiver position in free agency, a glaring need heading into the offseason. Philadelphia started a playoff game with a starting wide receiver group of Robert Davis and Greg Ward, with Deontay Burnett receiving the third-most snaps at the position. All three were on the team's practice squad earlier in the year.

The Eagles' wide receivers were decimated with injuries in 2019, with Alshon Jeffery missing the final three games with a Lisfranc injury, Nelson Agholor missing the final four games with a knee injury and DeSean Jackson playing just 65 snaps with a sports hernia injury.

Jackson's injury impacted the Eagles the most as the offense severely missed the over-the-top deep threat all season, greatly impacting Carson Wentz's ability to throw the football downfield. The Eagles need speed at wide receiver and still feel Jackson can provide that at 33.

"DeSean is incredibly motivated to show our city, to show our fans how important it is for him to win, for him to show the skill level that we know he still has in his body," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said in a one-on-one interview with Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro. "It's incredibly unfortunate what happened to him. He played that first game at a superstar level."

Injuries have halted Jackson's production the last two seasons, but he's still dangerous when he takes the field. Jackson had eight catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles' season-opening win over the Washington Redskins, but played just 14 snaps the remainder of the season. Jackson missed four games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018, even though he led the league with 18.9 yards per catch at 32 years old.

There's no doubt Jackson can still make an impact in the Eagles offense, but the franchise is banking heavily on his health to strengthen a weak wide receiver unit that lacks speed. Jeffery is showing signs of decline and is questionable for Week 1 after coming off foot surgery and 2019 second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside had just 10 catches for 169 yards even though he played all 16 games.

Philadelphia is going to have to address wide receiver in the early rounds of the draft, even though Roseman appears confident Jackson will have the bounce-back season the franchise is hoping for. Banking on Jackson's health is certainly a gamble at the moment, especially since the Eagles don't currently have an insurance policy in case he goes down.

"I think we have a good plan for DeSean and how to maximize his potential and his difference making ability," Roseman said. "I know he is working right now. From the end of the season he was in our building when he could be, working really hard. He has a chip on his shoulder and obviously we are big fans of his and his talent level."

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UK’s Prince Charles, 71, out of self-isolation and in good health – Reuters

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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prince Charles looks on during a visit to the London Transport Museum, in London, Britain March 4, 2020. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, who had tested positive for coronavirus, is out of self-isolation after seven days and is in good health, his spokesman said on Monday.

Last week, his Clarence House office revealed that Charles, 71, had been tested after displaying mild symptoms of the virus and had been in self-isolation at his Birkhall home in Scotland where he had continued to work.

After consultation with his doctor, he is now out of self-isolation, Clarence House said. He will resume meetings and take exercise in accordance with government and medical guidelines.

However, his wife Camilla, who tested negative for coronavirus, will remain in self-isolation until the end of the week in case she too develops symptoms.

Buckingham Palace has previously said Queen Elizabeth, who left London for Windsor Castle on March 19 along with her 98-year-old husband, Philip, is in good health.

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Amazon Announces Unlimited Time Off, Increased Health Benefits For All Warehouse Robots – The Onion

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SEATTLESaying that the move represented the least the company could do to help its millions of automated workers, Amazon announced Monday that they would be offering unlimited time off and increased health benefits for all warehouse robots. Today, were announcing vastly expanded health coverage, so that none of our fulfillment center robots ever has to worry about the cost of essential care like resoldering their circuit board or getting an axle replaced, said Amazon spokesperson Eileen Sanders, noting that the company-wide policy change would also allow any autonomous robots who felt overwhelmed or concerned for its safety to take time off with no consequences. These are extremely trying times, and we want all of Amazons autonomous machines to know that we care about them and their health and safety is of utmost importance. So, if youre an Amazon machine that needs to take the day off to simply destress and zoom around the block a few hundred times, Im here to say that you should absolutely do so. At press time, Amazon announced that they could easily replace any related lost productivity by simply putting 20 humans on a double shift.

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