The Health 202: Coronavirus relief proposal on Capitol Hill would put billions toward vaccine distribution

Of the $908 billion proposal, $16 billion would go toward vaccines, testing and contact tracing.

The package has a growing number of Democratic and Republican backers, after a bipartisan group led by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) rolled out the compromise measure earlier this week. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have both said it should be used as the basis for negotiations, renewing hopes for fresh aid for small businesses, state and local government, unemployment benefits, and dozens of other priorities. A number of Senate Republicans also signaled openness to the package yesterday.

But it’s far from final: “Although there has been a sudden burst of bipartisan momentum for the package since Tuesday, it remains an incomplete legislative proposal that has not been drafted as a formal piece of legislation yet,” Jeff Stein, Mike DeBonis and Seung Min Kim report. “Still, the rapid mobilization

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Fifth Whole Foods Worker In SoCal Tests Positive For Coronavirus

SANTA MONICA, CA — A fifth Whole Foods Market worker has tested positive for coronavirus at one of the grocery chain’s smallest locations in the U.S. as the pandemic rages on, a team member confirmed with Patch.

This is the fifth worker at 1425 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, to test positive for coronavirus, with the last reported case in early October. It’s unclear where the worker was exposed to the virus. Workers were notified via text last week.

Employees have complained that the location is small and makes it difficult to socially distance between customers and workers. The store is so tiny that the employees have a separate break room off-site, in an area separate from the store.

Essential workers have faced some of the greatest risks throughout the pandemic. Whole Foods workers are Amazon employees and have no union representation.

Patch reached out to Whole Foods Market for a

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Fitness execs hope Raleigh gym with coronavirus cluster doesn’t lead to another industry shutdown ::

— Frustration is growing in the local fitness community over a large coronavirus cluster at a north Raleigh gym, with competitors saying the gym didn’t do enough to protect its members.

At least 40 infections have been linked to Find a Way Fitness, at 3607 Falls River Ave.

Owners Kevin and Tasha Gidrey initially planned to close the gym from Nov. 21 through this Saturday, but they said Wednesday that the gym would remain closed through the end of the year.

The Gidreys, who are among those infected, said they don’t know the source of the outbreak, but they said a gym member who got a positive result on a recent precautionary test alerted them to it.

Some Find a Way Fitness members said very few people wore masks while working out. Videos posted on social media show people running past each

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University of Maryland student government offers $400,000 to support students during coronavirus pandemic

The money will support the school’s crisis fund, train students to respond to mental health emergencies, supply campus bathrooms with menstrual hygiene products and fight food insecurity.

“It’s going to affect hundreds of students, thousands over the years with some of these projects,” Alpert said. “We can utilize an unfortunate event like covid and turn it into a positive for students.”

The action is a first for the student-led organization, and made possible by unused student fees, Alpert said. Full-time undergraduates on the College Park campus pay $40 each semester — part-time students pay half — to support about 400 clubs. The money sends students to conferences, helps organizations host events and brings speakers to campus.

But during a pandemic, much of that is no longer happening.

Some of the redirected money will support initiatives that have already existed on campus, such as the Student Crisis Fund, which was created

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Lawrence Okolie’s world title fight against Krzysztof Glowacki CANCELLED after Pole tests positive for coronavirus

LAWRENCE OKOLIE’S first world title shot has been KO’d after Krzysztof Glowacki tested positive for coronavirus.

Okolie was meant to face the Pole for the vacant WBO cruiserweight world title on his manager Anthony Joshua’s undercard next weekend.

Lawrence Okolie's world title fight against Krzysztof Glowacki has been cancelled


Lawrence Okolie’s world title fight against Krzysztof Glowacki has been cancelled Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Former champion Glowacki tested positive for coronavirus


Former champion Glowacki tested positive for coronavirus Credit: Getty Images – Getty

But promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the fight will have to be rescheduled as his searches for a replacement opponent instead.

Hearn tweeted: “The search is on. Any top 10 cruiserweights slide into my DM’s.”

Okolie, 27, has been flawless in his 14-fight unbeaten career.

Having won the British, Commonwealth and European titles, a shot at world glory was to follow.

And he planned on challenging for the vacant belt Mairis Briedis was stripped of.

But that will have to be shelved, following

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College basketball coronavirus updates: Pitino tweets about ‘mess’


Published 9:53 a.m. MT Dec. 3, 2020 | Updated 12:35 p.m. MT Dec. 3, 2020


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Iona men’s basketball fans learned Thursday morning that their team’s first home game had been canceled. The news came from a pretty reliable source: Rick Pitino.

The Gaels’ new coach broke the news on his Twitter account, @RealPitino, when he revealed that opponent Merrimack had a positive COVID-19 test within its program.

“Game tonight cancelled due to a positive in Merrimack’s program. What a mess. Hopefully, we’ll someday celebrate our freedom from this virus. Stay safe,” Pitino said.

Iona Gaels head coach Rick Pitino points during the second half against the Seton Hall Pirates at Prudential Center on Nov. 30, 2020 in Newark, N.J. (Photo: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

The Hall-of-Fame coach has been a proponent for months that the NCAA should delay

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Gym owner who supported Staten Island bar that defied coronavirus regulations calls lockdowns ‘nonsensical’

A New Jersey gym owner who attended a Staten Island rally in support of the bar proprietor arrested for defying the state’s coronavirus restrictions called the lockdowns “nonsensical” on Thursday.

Supporters of New York City bar owner Danny Presti gathered in front of the business to protest his arrest this week for flouting coronavirus restrictions and refusing to close down. Ian Smith, the owner of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, N.J., and co-owner Frank Trumbetti faced similar consequences for reopening in violation of state and local coronavirus guidelines. The defiances led to Smith getting arrested and his building being boarded up by local officials.

“I was there because [Frank Trumbetti] and I received an overwhelming amount of love and support and that really helped us stay strong and it helped us stay open. You know, we have been open ever since. So it’s my duty to return the favor and encourage

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Federal panel recommends initial coronavirus vaccine doses go to health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities

Romero, who is the secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, said his vote in favor was based on the principles of maximizing benefits, minimizing harms, promoting justice, and mitigating health inequalities.

Committee member Dr. Peter Szilagyi of the University of California Los Angeles said, “One of my favorite people, Mahatma Gandhi, says a nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members, and I feel prioritizing health care providers and prioritizing residents of long-term care facilities represents the right decision at this time.”

There have been at least 243,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases among health care workers, with 858 deaths, according to the CDC. And long-term care facility residents and staff have been decimated by the virus. They account for 6 percent of cases and 40 percent of all coronavirus deaths in the United States.

The two top-priority groups add up to about 24 million people, officials said.

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U.S. health agency shortens quarantine guidance following coronavirus exposure

(Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday said a shorter quarantine period of seven days with a negative COVID-19 test and 10 days without a test would work for individuals showing no symptoms after virus exposure, providing alternatives to the current 14-day standard.

The CDC said it still recommends a 14-day quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19 as the best way to reduce its spread, calling the shorter options alternatives it hopes will increase compliance.

“Reducing the length of quarantine may make it easier for people to follow critical public health action by reducing the economic hardship associated with a longer period, especially if they cannot work during that time,” CDC official Henry Walke told reporters on a conference call.

People must still watch for symptoms for 14 days, Walke said.

Last week, a top U.S. health official

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Coronavirus issues cancel Michigan vs. Maryland

The Michigan Wolverines will not play this weekend, as their contest against the Maryland Terrapins has been canceled after COVID-19 issues within the Michigan program, which will pause practices until Monday. 

College Football Playoff rankings 2.0: Will Ohio State hang on to final spot?



All of college football will now wait to see if the Wolverines will be healthy enough to play next weekend against the rival Ohio State Buckeyes, who need to play each remaining game on their schedule to reach the six-game minimum to be eligible for the Big Ten championship game. 

a stadium full of people with Michigan Stadium in the background: General view at Michigan Stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans.

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General view at Michigan Stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans.

The Buckeyes currently hold the No. 4 spot in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. 

This is the first cancellation for Michigan, but Big Ten teams that

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