Day: November 14, 2020

Oregon, Washington, California issue travel advisories to slow the spread of coronavirus


Dr. Ann Thomas, public health physician with Oregon Health Authority, explains the differences between allergy and COVID-19 symptoms.

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The governors of Oregon, Washington and California issued travel advisories Friday morning urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine for 14 days, to slow the spread of coronavirus.

They also are urging people to avoid all non-essential out-of-state travel.

The advisories define essential travel as travel for work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care and security.

“As hospitals across the West are stretched to capacity, we must take steps to ensure travelers are not bringing this disease home with them,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said in a news release.

Brown is expected to announce further restrictions at a noon press conference.

States across the country are smashing records for daily case counts, positive tests, hospitalizations and deaths.

Oregon surpassed 1,000 daily cases for the first time Thursday, reporting 1,122.

California just surpassed a total of one million COVID-19 cases.

And cases have doubled in Washington over the past two weeks.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Tracy Loew is a reporter at the Statesman Journal. She can be reached at [email protected], 503-399-6779 or on Twitter at @Tracy_Loew. Support local journalism by subscribing to the Statesman Journal.

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As virus cases rise, Southwest sees slower travel recovery | National News

Southwest said in a regulatory filing that October revenue is down about 65% from a year ago, and that November and December revenue will be off 60% to 65%. It is unclear whether the weakening booking trends is directly related to the surge in virus cases. Other industry officials left little doubt, however.

“Demand is softening, and in the wake of the news, it’s probably not hard to figure out why,” said Nicholas Calio, president of the trade group Airlines for America.

Air travel remains deeply depressed — in the U.S., it’s down about 65% from a year ago. Although that is improvement over April’s 95% decline, Calio told reporters that U.S. airlines are still losing about $180 million a day.

Airlines have added more flights for Thanksgiving, but health officials are warning against big gatherings over the holiday. This week, New York limited private gatherings to 10 people, even for outdoor events.

In the early days of the pandemic, several airlines tried to reassure frightened travelers by blocking some seats to create more space between passengers. As flights have become more crowded in recent months, airlines are losing money by leaving seats empty.

JetBlue is the latest U.S. carrier to abandon seating limits. Southwest will stop blocking middle seats on Dec. 1. The last holdouts — Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines — plan to eliminate their seating limits early next year.

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Michael Palin set for new BBC travel special

Nov. 14 (UPI) — The BBC has announced plans to air another edition of Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime.

The 90-minute Christmas special will feature repackaged footage of the Monty Python troupe member’s trip to India and Pakistan in 2004, which he chronicled for the docu-series, Himalaya.

“For me, the word Himalaya evoked the spectacular, the beautiful and the downright dangerous,” Palin said in a statement.

“It’s a name everyone had heard of, but most people, myself included, didn’t really know. Since I was a boy reading about the adventures of Hillary and Tensing, the Himalaya had been one of those epic destinations that seemed more mythical than real,” he added.

“I wanted to find out about the people who lived in and around the roof of the world. To see how the mountains affected their lives, and shaped their cultures and beliefs. To discover the realities of life in lesser-known lands like Bhutan and Nepal. And to immerse myself in one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on Earth. In the end, the journey exceeded all my expectations. I’m greatly looking forward to revisiting it.”

Palin starred in an October special called Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime, which featured adventures from his various travel shows, including Around The World In 80 Days; Pole to Pole, Full Circle and Sahara.

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Relief, recreation and discovery in Ubin, ST Editorial News & Top Stories

New species of fauna are not something usually associated with urbanised Singapore. Yet the first comprehensive Ubin biodiversity survey on Pulau Ubin has discovered a spider species new to science, documented six animals not seen here before, and 13 others that are firsts for Ubin. The survey’s preliminary findings, released in September, are heartening for several reasons.

First, they are a vivid reminder of Mother Nature’s resilience. Pulau Ubin, despite its associations with rustic charms, has seen much human interference, primarily from granite mining. Its current abundance is a sign that nature can recover – and fairly rapidly. Second, Ubin’s success as a wildlife sanctuary is testament to how a civil society and government partnership can work for the benefit of all, as the example of preserving Chek Jawa in the early 2000s also showed. Third, the island is a capsule that offers ongoing lessons for Singapore as it strives to become a biophilic city under the National Parks Board’s 10-year vision, which entails not just a more intensive greening of this concrete jungle but also recognition on the part of citizens of the value of our natural environment.

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Tacoma hotel workers need COVID-19 job recall rights

Re: “Should laid-off Tacoma hotel workers automatically get their jobs back when COVID ends?” (TNT, 10/18).

To answer the question posed in this news article headline, let me simply say yes.

In my ministry as a Jesuit priest serving at St. Leo and Sacred Heart parishes, I have had the opportunity to meet with, and pray with, laid-off hotel workers here in our city.

In Tacoma, as in most parts of the country, hospitality and service workers have suffered tremendously from the crushing hardship of being laid off and without healthcare insurance during a worldwide public health crisis, through no fault of their own.

In the US, more than a million hotel workers have been laid off due to the pandemic.

Some among us may be blessed enough to only experience relatively minor inconveniences during the pandemic, either working from home or having the flexibility in our occupations to keep supporting ourselves and our families.

Now more than ever, we’re being made aware of the importance of our moral obligation to care for each other, to show solidarity, to act, and stand with our brothers, sisters, neighbors and friends who have been left vulnerable by the pandemic.

We need to consider who is most at risk. Recall rights for hotel workers are a racial equity issue. We know that service, hospitality and hotel workers in Tacoma comprise more women and men of color than our overall population.

Getting these hotel workers back to their jobs is just, is part of making sure every member of our community is part of our economic recovery and would be a tangible win for equity in Tacoma.

Recall rights for hotel workers also fight ageism. The median age for hotel workers at Tacoma’s biggest hotel is 44. One-third of the workers are in age groups which are at least four times more likely to be hospitalized and 30 times more likely to die due to COVID-19 compared to younger adults.

Some of these workers have devoted 20 or 30 years to their hotel jobs, to the point where it becomes more than a job; it becomes like family.

We can’t stand by and allow hotel owners to use the pandemic to disregard seniority when rehiring workers. This would potentially leave older workers without jobs and health insurance during a pandemic that is most dangerous for them.

Tacoma would not be the first place in the country to pass recall rights for hospitality workers. Los Angeles (City and County), Oakland, Long Beach, Glendale and San Diego have already passed such ordinances.

We have an opportunity and an obligation to act. Join me in calling on the Tacoma City Council to pass recall protections for hotel workers.

Father Matthew Holland is the pastor of two Tacoma Catholic parishes, where he’s served since 2018. Originally from Seattle, he’s a graduate of Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma and later taught social studies and religion there for three years. Reach him by email at [email protected]

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Incoming GOP lawmaker shares video of hotel room workout, citing ‘Democrat tyrannical control’

Incoming GOP Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) shared a video of herself working out in her hotel room, citing ‘Democrat tyrannical control’ in Washington, D.C.

a woman smiling for the camera: Incoming GOP lawmaker shares video of hotel room workout, citing 'Democrat tyrannical control'

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Incoming GOP lawmaker shares video of hotel room workout, citing ‘Democrat tyrannical control’

Greene shared the video on Twitter, and claimed that gyms and small businesses were closed in D.C. Her claim was quickly debunked by journalists and others.

“I work out everyday in a CrossFit gym that is open. With people. Gyms are small businesses that have been devastated by the government mandated shut downs,” Greene tweeted. “In DC, NOTHING is open bc of Democrat tyrannical control. So here’s my hotel room workout. We must FULLY reopen!”

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), quickly pointed out “there is literally a gym around the corner from the hotel she is staying at.”

The Washington, D.C. metro area – which includes D.C, Maryland and Virginia – recorded 3,514 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. DC alone saw 206 cases since Wednesday, the most in a single day since May.


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The rise in cases in the D.C. metro area follows a weekend of sudden outdoor celebrations and cheers outside of the White House after President-elect Joe Biden was projected to win the election on Saturday. May celebrated in the streets without wearing face masks, although there was little room for social distancing.

The District is currently in its phase two reopening protocols, and gyms are open as part of this phase. Individuals are required to wear a face covering when entering, exiting and while they’re inside gyms, including while exercising if it safe to do so.

On Friday, Greene tweeted that wearing a face mask was “oppressive” following calls to wear them as part of new member orientation. She herself was seen wearing a face mask.

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Developer buys remainder of site for planned 8-story LoDo project

T2 Hospitality bought the 0.22-acre parking lot at 1637 Blake St. in Denver for $3.55 million in 2018. Photo: BusinessDen

DENVER — The land has been secured for a hotel project planned in LoDo.

Newport Beach, California-based T2 Hospitality — which is currently constructing a hotel at the corner of 16th and Market — last week paid $3 million for the parking lot two blocks away at 1655 Blake St., according to public records.

The lot is 6,262 square feet, making the deal worth $479 square feet.

T2 did not respond to requests for comment. The lot represents about 40 percent of the site where the company has proposed an eight-story hotel. Materials submitted to the Lower Downtown Design Review Board in 2019 said the structure would have 177 rooms.

T2 purchased the remainder of the site — the 9,390-square-foot 1637 Blake St. parcel — back in 2018, paying $3.55 million. That site is also a parking lot.

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States are enacting restrictions because of surging coronavirus cases

As the US faces another surge in the number of positive coronavirus cases, several states are tightening restrictions in an attempt to curtail the spread.

The restrictions come just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday season when millions of Americans typically travel and gather with their extended family members and friends. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, said late last month these gatherings are likely to easily spread the coronavirus. 

“If you have people like elderly or individuals who are compromised because of underlying conditions, you want to take a couple of steps back and say, is it worth it for this year to bring those people together when you don’t know what the status of everybody in that pod that you’ve created is?” Fauci said in conversation with peer-reviewed journal JAMA.

Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourage people to modify their holiday plans to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The agency has stressed these recommendations are meant to supplement local and state restrictions. 

Here are the states that have enacted tighter restrictions in response to surging cases that can affect holiday plans.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Shares Video of D.C. Hotel Workout Because of ‘Tyrannical’ Lockdowns From Democrats

Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted a video of her CrossFit workout in Washington, D.C., stating that she was forced to exercise in her hotel room due to lockdowns imposed by “Democrat tyrannical control.”

The recently elected Republican congresswoman from Georgia shared the video Saturday while visiting D.C. for a new House member orientation, and said that during her visit she’s been unable to complete her daily workout inside of a gym.

“I work out everyday in a CrossFit gym that is open. With people. Gyms are small businesses that have been devastated by the government mandated shut downs,” she wrote. “In DC, NOTHING is open bc of Democrat tyrannical control. So here’s my hotel room workout. We must FULLY reopen!”

But the GOP congresswomen exaggerated her claim that “nothing” is open.

Washington, D.C. is currently under Phase Two of reopening, which allows businesses including restaurants, retail, museums, and events to operate with limited capacity.

Under this phase, gyms and fitness centers are also able to open with limited access, allowing five people per 1,000 square feet. However, medium-to-high contact sports, communal swimming pools, hot yoga, and locker rooms remain closed.

Newsweek reached out to Greene for additional comment.

Greene has been an outspoken critic of numerous efforts to derail COVID-19. On Friday, she tweeted that “masks are oppressive” and proudly stated that “In GA we work out, shop, go to restaurants, go to work, and school without masks.”

According to a report by the Georgia Department of Public Health, there have been over 382,000 confirmed COVID cases, with 8,418 confirmed deaths and 33,809 hospitalizations.

Marjorie Taylor Greene
Marjorie Taylor Greene endorses Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) during a press conference on October 15, 2020 in Dallas, Georgia. On Saturday, Greene shared a video of her hotel room workout in D.C., accusing Democrats of initiating a “tyrannical” lockdown.
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But Greene is not the only GOP official to criticize Democratic efforts to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Earlier this week, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said that the state would refuse to participate in a national lockdown if President-elect Joe Biden proposes one next year.

In Oregon, state GOP leaders have criticized Democratic Governor Kate Brown for initiating a two-week long lockdown across the state, calling the order “Orwellian.”

But as COVID-19 continues to spread at rapid rates across the country, a number of states—including Illinois, Washington and New York—have begun initiating stricter measures.

Earlier this week, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued new travel advisories for people coming to and from the district. These new guidelines request that anyone visiting D.C. get tested within 72 hours of travel, and to stay home if the test comes back positive

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Fake posts promoting ‘free pancakes’ at Trump Hotel before DC rally spread on social media

Social media users on Saturday morning spread fake posts promoting “free” pancakes and breakfast at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., ahead of the pro-Trump “Million MAGA March.”

A pro-Trump group called “Women for America First” organized for the event, which has drawn large crowds of people from across the country to D.C., defending President Trump’s claims of voter fraud.

Ahead of the march, social media users touted false claims of free breakfast at Trump International with varying details; some said the free breakfast was only for those wearing pro-Trump gear while others said the food was free for all.

Twitter pancakes screenshot (FBN)

Twitter pancakes screenshot (FBN)

Twitter pancakes screenshot (FBN)

A representative for the Trump International Hotel confirmed to Fox News that the hotel was not serving any kind of free breakfast on Saturday.


Users also flooded TikTok, Instagram and Twitter with images of pancakes under the hashtag #MillionMAGAMarch and #TrumpRally in what appeared to be a group effort to deter attention from the rally itself.

Instagram pancakes screenshot (FBN)

The effort may have stemmed from TikTok users, who pulled a similar prank in June. Users claimed credit for inflated attendance expectations at a Trump rally in Tusla, Oklahoma, when they organized users to reserve tickets to the event and not show up.


An estimated 10,000 people were anticipated to attend the Women for America First rally on Saturday, according to the group’s park permit.

Speeches are expected from Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Penn.), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Rep. Louis Gohmert ( R-Texas) and others.


Counter-demonstrations are also planned, with protesters bashing Trump’s attempts to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Refuse Fascism is organizing near the White House to demand “The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go,” organizers said.


Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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