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Quarantines won’t be enforced for travel to N.Y., Pa. and Ct. even though N.J. meets coronavirus criteria

New Jersey has not landed on its newest travel advisory for states even though it meets the criteria for a 14-day quarantine because of an uptick of coronavirus cases, officials said Tuesday.

New Jersey entered into the joint travel advisory with New York and Connecticut. But New York officials announced travel wouldn’t be restricted between Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania — all three of which meet the criteria as of Tuesday.

New York has not met the criteria.

Two states, meanwhile, were added to New Jersey’s travel advisory: Arizona and Maryland. There are currently 40 states on the list of the joint quarantine travel advisory with New York and Connecticut.

“Given interconnected nature of region a quarantine is not practically viable,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spokeswoman Caitlin Girouard said in a tweet.

She added New York discourages non-essential travel.

New Jersey has met the criteria used for the last four months to put states on its joint quarantine travel advisory with New York and Connecticut. The advisory applies to any state or territory with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or those with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

New Jersey’s seven-day rolling average hit 923 on Sunday, based on provisional numbers state health officials release each day. With the state’s 8.8 million population, anything over an average 888 new cases daily would push the state above the 10 cases per 100,000 threshold.

New York health officials, who collect the data and supply the list to all three states, use numbers from all 50 states’ COVID-19 data websites and check those against the COVID Tracking Project website, New York officials said. New Jersey met the criteria to be on the list on Sunday.

New Jersey reported 1,036 more positive tests and 13 additional deaths Tuesday, marking the third day in a row of more than 1,000 new cases.

Murphy has said he doesn’t think people should be traveling for leisure when he was asked about whether New York would put the Garden State on the travel advisory list.

“My takeaway is simple,” Murphy said Monday during his regular COVID-19 briefing. “My advice is to not travel, frankly.”

Cuomo, meanwhile, said early Tuesday afternoon he planned to speak with Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont later in the day to discuss the increases in both states. But he insisted New York wouldn’t try to restrict travel to its state from New Jersey or Connecticut.

“There is no practical way to quarantine New York from New Jersey and Connecticut. There are just too many interchanges. There are just too many interconnections,” Cuomo said during a telephone news conference.

“It would have a disastrous effect on the economy,” he said. “We’re going to be working with Connecticut and New Jersey to see how we can help them with their spikes.”

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Corporate travel won’t recover for years following coronavirus

  • A new Bank of America analysis found that business trips produced $334 billion in revenue in 2019 and won’t rebound until “late 2023 or in 2024.”
  • Other experts like travel managers and airline executives don’t expect corporate travel to recover for years either.
  • One hotelier has essentially written off the potential return of corporate travel, going as far as to modify his hotels to appeal to leisure travelers rather than business travelers.
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The hotel industry brings in $170 billion annually, and half of that comes from just one sector: corporate travel.

However, new Bank of America research shows that business trips disappearing overnight could cost hotels somewhere between $8 billion and $23 billion this year.

Americans went on over 400 million business trips in 2019. Those business trips contributed $334 billion to the entire travel industry’s $1.1 trillion in revenue last year, according to Bank of America researchers. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit and left the travel industry reeling.

According to analysts, it could be years before the industry rebounds.

The Bank of America analysis found that 75% of companies expect to be back in the office by mid-2021, and 83% of business travelers expect to travel at some point in 2021. But others — like hoteliers, airline executives, and travel managers — don’t believe corporate travel will snap right back to normal.

Industry revenues, Bank of America estimated, won’t fully recover until “late 2023 or in 2024,” even though the bank also estimated business trips could resume as soon as six months from now. The timeline hinges on the creation of a vaccine.

Judy Emma, senior manager of global travel at Twitter, anticipates corporate travel resuming at some level within the year.

“We started off in March thinking, by September, we’ll be back,” Emma told Skift recently. “Now we’re looking into next year, maybe by the middle of next year.” Twitter currently has a global travel ban, and Emma told Skift that the company return to travel depends on a vaccine.

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby echoed Emma’s sentiment. He does not expect air travel to spike until there is a vaccine, and he estimates that corporate travel will not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024.

“We’re anxiously watching, for example, the occupancy rate of New York City skyscrapers,” Kirby said during the airline’s third quarter earnings call, according to The Points Guy. “When that number starts to go up, I think you’re going to see business travel start to rebound because there’s a reason to travel.”

New York City hotels that see a significant amount of corporate travel revenue seem to fall in line with Kirby’s assessment.

For instance, Amar Lalvani, CEO of the parent company behind The Standard boutique hotel chain, told the Financial Times that his Meatpacking District hotel would typically rake in half of its $100 million revenue from business travelers, but “that’s not happening now.”

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Brian Ortega dominates Korean Zombie at UFC Fight Island 6 to land title shot

In the fourth of its five-event stint on Fight Island, the UFC saw Brian Ortega dominate Korean Zombie (Chan Sung Jung) to earn a featherweight title shot.

Jessica Andrade may very well have punched her own ticket to a championship challenge in the flyweight division with her win over Katlyn Chookagian in the co-main event.

Brian Ortega puts on striking display to best Korean Zombie

After a short feeling out process, it was clear that Ortega was looking to employ his improved striking against Jung. He frequently landed leg kicks from the opening bell, as Jung was more intent on hanging back, looking for powerful counter shots.

Ortega stepped it up in the latter half of the first round, cracking Jung with hard punches and even sending him to the canvas at one point. Jung started swinging harder, but got caught with a head kick.

Round one was definitely a strong opener for Ortega.

Jung started quickly in the second frame, landing lots of punch combinations. The damage he was stealthily doing to Ortega’s lead leg with low kicks was also beginning to show.

But just as the momentum seemed to be in Jung’s favor, Ortega blasted him with a spinning elbow. Ortega stormed him, landing several more punches and put him on the canvas but couldn’t find the finish before the second round horn, although he stole the round.

Going into the third frame likely having won the first two, Ortega stayed at distance throughout the round, adding to his advantage. He remained out of Jung’s power range, slowly chipping away with an ever-more-effective jab and kicks that were keeping Jung from finding a rhythm.

Knowing he had to be down on the scorecards, Jung started pressing more in the fourth round. Ortega, however, didn’t let himself get overwhelmed, remained calm, and fended off the better part of Jung’s attacks.

Avoiding most of Jung’s punches, Ortega caught a kick and landed a punch as he drove Jung across the cage and to the canvas. He opened a cut over Jung’s left eye, though it wasn’t clear if it was the punch or an accidental clash of heads, but Jung quickly got up, eating another shot as he did. 

Ortega continued to look sharp, stinging Jung with his jab. Jung tried to find a way to land, but Ortega was so fluid at this point, Jung couldn’t find any openings.

Jung needed to overwhelm Ortega in the final frame, but he couldn’t. Ortega simply kept beating him to the punch and giving him different looks that kept Jung off kilter. Any time Jung moved forward to attack, Ortega nullified him with stinging punches, his jab in particular eating him alive.

Not one to give up, Jung kept moving forward, kept trying to find a home for that powerful blow that would steal the fight, but it wasn’t to be. Ortega was too elusive, his

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Broncos assistant coach tests positive for COVID-19, won’t travel with team for Patriots game


The Denver Broncos will likely have quarterback Drew Lock back in action when they visit the New England Patriots on Sunday, but thanks to the latest in a growing list of COVID-19 cases around the NFL, they will be down at least one assistant coach. A day before the team’s Week 6 showdown with the Pats, which is already delayed a week because of separate COVID issues, the Broncos announced that running backs coach Curtis Modkins has contracted COVID-19 and will not travel with the club for the game.

“Curtis is currently at home in self-isolation and experiencing no symptoms,” the Broncos said in a statement, adding that they learned of Modkins’ positive COVID-19 test early Saturday morning. “We have evaluated close contacts, administered necessary point-of-care testing (no positive COVID-19 results) and implemented additional health and safety measures at UCHealth Training Center.”

NFL Network’s James Palmer reports that Modkins recently learned of a family member who tested positive and immediately notified the Broncos, taking “extremely proactive” measures to follow NFL-NFLPA protocols for COVID cases and isolate from the rest of the team.

The status of Modkins, who oversees a running back unit that’ll be without starter Melvin Gordon (illness) against New England, isn’t expected to affect the Broncos-Patriots game on Sunday. New England had its own COVID-19 issue on Friday, cancelling practice because of an additional positive test, but all indications are that the NFL intends for the game to proceed as (re)scheduled.


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Covid-19 Third Wave Won’t End Until 2021

As the United States heads into the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, planning trips for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays is going to be much trickier this year. The most influential public health experts, Covid-19 trackers and models are all predicting that this surge will be bigger, longer and deadlier than the first two.

While President Trump continues to say that the country is “rounding the turn,” all the key metrics are going hard in the wrong direction.

The number of new daily cases is climbing at a dangerous pace. Just nine days ago, when the U.S. was reporting roughly 40,000 new coronavirus cases a day, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told MSNBC, “I would like to see that level, way, way down, well below 10,000.”

Yesterday, the United States recorded 63,610 new Covid-19 cases, according data from Johns Hopkins University. That number is on a similar level to what the country was seeing in mid-July as the country was climbing the second peak.

The U.S. recently surpassed 8 million Covid-19 cases and 218,000 deaths, but we’re nowhere near to being out of the woods. The death toll is projected to steadily rise throughout the fall and winter until it peaks in mid-January, according to the often-cited model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The same model predicts the illness will claim 171,000 additional fatalities — a whopping 78% increase — between now and February 1, 2021.

For anyone planning a trip between now and early 2021, several Covid-19 tracking tools can help get a handle on how rampant the virus is in your destination.

If you’re traveling in the coming days, turn to the Covid-19 risk-assessment map run by Harvard Global Health Institute and Brown School of Public Health. The color-coded map provides an easy way to assess how quickly the disease is spreading in a state or county. Each community has a rating of green, yellow, orange or red, based upon the number of new daily cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people over a seven-day rolling average. The number of high-risk states has skyrocketed from four to 17 in the past month.

If your trip is further out, there is a better metric to look at. According to Dr. Fauci, the best predictor of the next hot spot is a rising positivity rate. You can consult Johns Hopkins University’s Covid-19 percent positive map to find out which states are most likely to turn into hot spots. Alarmingly, 29 states — more than half the country — have reported rising positivity rates for two consecutive weeks.


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Les Miles Cleared After Positive COVID-19 Test; Won’t Travel for Kansas vs. WVU | Bleacher Report

Kansas head coach Les Miles looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Kansas head football coach Les Miles said Friday that he has been cleared to return to work after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. 

According to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, Miles said that despite being cleared, he will not travel with the team for their game against West Virginia on Saturday. Tight ends coach Joshua Eargle will serve as the Jayhawks’ acting head coach for the game.

Miles said the following about his decision, per ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg“There is too much still unknown about this virus for me to feel 100 percent confident that I won’t transmit it to someone who comes into close contact with me on the team charter, hotel or at the game Saturday.”

According to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, the 66-year-old Miles said he entered into a 10-day quarantine at his home after announcing he tested positive Oct. 8. Miles handled his coaching duties remotely and didn’t attend any practices.

Miles is in the midst of his second season as the head coach at Kansas after previous stints with Oklahoma State and LSU.

Overall, Miles owns a 145-67 record and he led LSU to a national championship in 2007. In his first season as head coach of the Jayhawks in 2019, Miles went 3-9.

Kansas, which hasn’t won more than three games in a season since going 5-7 in 2009 and hasn’t had a winning record since going 8-5 in 2008, is off to an 0-3 start this season.

The Jayhawks fell to Sun Belt team Coastal Carolina in their first game this season and have since been blown out by Baylor and Oklahoma State.

WVU, which is hosting Kansas at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Saturday, is 2-1 on the season.

Last week, the Mountaineers beat Baylor 27-21 to improve to 2-1, making them a big favorite against Kansas since the Jayhawks struggled to hang with Baylor.

On Saturday, Kansas will look to score its first victory over West Virginia since beating the Mountaineers 31-19 in 2013.

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Les Miles won’t travel with Kansas for West Virginia game after being cleared from his positive COVID-19 test


Kansas coach Les Miles will not travel with his team for Saturday’s Week 7 game at West Virginia. In a Friday statement, Kansas said that Miles has been cleared to travel to Morgantown, but he’s opted not to out of caution. Miles just completed his 10-day isolation window after it was announced on Oct. 8 that he tested positive for COVID-19.

“While my 10-day isolation window was completed this morning, there is too much still unknown about this virus for me to feel 100 percent confident that I won’t transmit it to someone who comes into close contact with me on the team charter, hotel or at the game Saturday,” Miles said in a statement. “As we continue to work our way through this pandemic, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our players, coaches and staff that make up this great team. As the head coach, it is up to me to set the right example for our student-athletes, and that is what I am doing with this decision by not traveling with the team.”

Assistant coach Josh Eagle will coach the Jayhawks against the Mountaineers. 

Miles is the fifth coach to publicly test positive for the coronavirus since the season began. Alabama’s Nick Saban, Florida State’s Mike Norvell, Arkansas State’s Blake Anderson and Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin have all tested positive. Saban’s positive test comes ahead of the Crimson Tide’s prime time showdown with Georgia — by far carrying the biggest game implications since Week 1. 


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Les Miles won’t coach vs. West Virginia

Kansas coach Les Miles is able to travel with the Jayhawks to West Virginia for Saturday’s game but is choosing to stay in Lawrence.

Miles announced last week that he had tested positive for coronavirus. He’s been cleared to travel with the team but doesn’t want to take any chances with the virus.

“[Thursday] I received clearance from Kansas Team Health to travel with our football team to Morgantown,” Miles said in a statement. “I am very grateful for the high level of care that I have received throughout my time since I tested positive for COVID-19 early last week. I continue to feel healthy and strong, and was fortunate to only have mild symptoms.”

“However, after much consideration and several in-depth conversations with the medical team, our coaching staff, and Kansas Athletics administration, I have made the difficult decision to not make the trip to West Virginia. While my 10-day isolation window was completed this morning, there is too much still unknown about this virus for me to feel 100 percent confident that I won’t transmit it to someone who comes into close contact with me on the team charter, hotel or at the game Saturday.”

Miles, 66, was the fourth coach to publicly reveal an in-season positive COVID-19 test when he said he had tested positive. Alabama coach Nick Saban became the fifth on Wednesday when he said that he had tested positive for the virus. Saban is set to be at home for No. 2 Alabama’s game vs. No. 3 Georgia on Saturday.

Kansas said that assistant coach Josh Eargle would coach the Jayhawks in Miles’ absence. Kansas team doctor Larry Magee said in a statement that Miles would be rejoining the team on Sunday.

Miles is in his second season coaching the Jayhawks. Kansas is 0-3 in 2020 and is a three-touchdown underdog to the Mountaineers.

In addition to Miles and Saban, Florida State’s Mike Norvell, Arkansas State’s Blake Anderson and Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin have said they tested positive for the virus since the 2020 college football season began over Labor Day weekend. Norvell has been the only coach to miss a game because of a coronavirus diagnosis, though that will change on Saturday.

Kansas head coach Les Miles will miss Saturday’s game. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Kansas Jayhawks coach Les Miles won’t travel to West Virginia Mountaineers game

Kansas Jayhawks coach Les Miles, who announced on Oct. 8 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, will not travel with the team to West Virginia for Saturday’s game, it was announced Friday.

Miles, 66, said he was cleared to travel, but “after much consideration and several in-depth conversations with the medical team, our coaching staff, and Kansas Athletics administration,” he made the decision not to make the trip.

Joshua Eargle will serve as the Jayhawks’ interim coach against the Mountaineers.

Miles, who continued to handle his head-coaching responsibilities remotely while isolating at home, said his 10-day quarantine ended Friday morning. The university said Miles experienced only minor symptoms during that time.

“There is too much still unknown about this virus for me to feel 100% confident that I won’t transmit it to someone who comes into close contact with me on the team charter, hotel or at the game Saturday,” Miles said in his statement.

“As we continue to work our way through this pandemic, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our players, coaches and staff that make up this great team. As the head coach, it is up to me to set the right example for our student-athletes, and that is what I am doing with this decision by not traveling with the team.”

Miles told his coaching staff and players of his decision Friday morning.

Eargle has previous head coaching experience at East Texas Baptist University. He’s currently the Jayhawks’ tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.

ESPN’s Chris Low contributed to this report.

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United CEO: Business demand for air travel won’t return until 2024

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby on Thursday said that he doesn’t expect the demand for business travel to return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024.

Kirby said in a holdings call that in his personal opinion, which he acknowledged is not the consensus generally, business travel will make a full comeback.

“We are, as you and me, we are social creatures and I think business demand is going to come back. I don’t think it’s coming back immediately. I think demand sort of starts to recover in earnest end of next year, beginning in 2022, and business demand getting back to normal is, I would guess, 2024. But I think it will come back to normal,” he said. 

He remained hopeful that business travel can be a driving revenue stream for the airline in the future. 

“Business travel is incredibly important to United. And it was our bread and butter before. I think it will be our bread and butter in the future. It’s going to be a few years before it comes back in earnest” he said.

United, which has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, lost $1.8 billion in the third quarter. Delta Air Lines reported earlier this week that it lost $5.4 billion in the third quarter.

Kirby also said, expressing hope that business travel will rebound, that it’s human nature to want to connect with others in person. 

“I’ve been fond of saying the first time someone loses a sale to a competitor who showed up in person is the last time they try to make a sales call on Zoom,” he said. 

Airlines for America, the industry group that represents the major U.S. airlines, also warned in September that the industry won’t fully rebound to pre-pandemic levels until 2024.

Kirby told employees on Oct. 1 that the company is moving forward with furloughing about 13,000 people but left the door open to reversing the process if Congress and the administration can reach a deal on a coronavirus relief package.

The airline industry has lobbied for a $25 billion injection from Congress to extend the Payroll Support Program. The program, which prohibited airlines from laying off employees until Oct. 1, allocated $25 billion in aid as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act passed in March.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO calls blocking New York Post article without explanation ‘unacceptable’ Michael Cohen writing second book on Trump administration’s Justice Department As Trump downplayed the virus publicly, memo based on private briefings sparked stock sell-offs: NYT MORE indicated last week, after halting coronavirus relief talks until after the election, that he wants to help the airlines, but negotiations are stalled between Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Mnuchin says COVID-19 relief before election ‘would be difficult’ | Gender employment gap widens with start of virtual school year | Warren rips Disney over layoffs, executive pay Videos show conservative activists discussing limiting mail-in voting: report Michigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test MORE (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary

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