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Adm. Brett Giroir: Unnecessary activity to be avoided for week after Thanksgiving travel

Americans who traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday are encouraged to stop unnecessary activity for a week in order to avoid spreading COVID-19, a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force said Sunday.

Adm. Brett Giroir of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps told CNN’s “State of the Union” that people shouldn’t avoid necessary appointments but they should avoid unnecessary outings for about one week.

Adm. Giroir also said they could get tested within three to five days of returning home if possible.

In order to stop the spread ahead of a vaccine being available for the public, which experts predict would happen within the next couple of months, Americans should wear masks, maintain social distance and wash their hands, Adm. Giroir said.

“We could really make a difference,” he added.

Dr. Deborah Birx, another member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, will begin briefing presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden and his team on Monday, she told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Experts say vaccines should be approved by the Food and Drug Administration shortly after Dec. 10, allowing the manufacturers to start shipping the vaccinations out to be first administered to vulnerable populations, which includes the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.

As of Sunday, the nation has 13.3 million COVID-19 cases and roughly 266,000 Americans have died from the pandemic.

Texas, California and Florida lead the nation in total case count, but New York has had the most deaths.

After New York, Texas and California come in second and third for the number of overall deaths broken down by state.


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‘It’s really tough to get any kind of physical activity’: Hamilton seniors respond to recreation closures

Gabe Szvoboda was a regular at the Sackville Hill Seniors Recreation Centre before the pandemic.

The 71-year-old would play table tennis, badminton, and bridge, and take yoga and painting classes.

He went back when the centre reopened on Oct. 5 with limited numbers. One of the table tennis players made a weekly schedule so everyone knew which days they could play.

They had three tables set up across the gym with two players each, for a maximum of six at a time.

Edwin Chong, the 75-year-old who created the schedule, said people enjoyed playing again. “Especially for seniors, it’s really tough to get any kind of physical activity,” he said.

But when the city announced late Nov. 15 that many recreational programs would be cancelled once Hamilton entered the province’s “red zone,” some of the seniors were “disappointed.”

“It came very sudden, so there was no indication whatsoever this might come,” Szvoboda said. “We heard of the problem over the weekend and suddenly Monday we could not register anymore.”

The city cancelled all fall registered recreation programs, including swimming lessons, fitness programs, sports, and general interest programs. The city also cancelled gym, sport, and fitness drop-in programs including table tennis, pickleball, badminton, basketball, and other activities.

“I felt there was no reason to do it because private facilities are open,” Szvoboda said. “We adhere to the rules and regulations and the protocols that they set.”

The provincial measures for the red zone allow for gyms and fitness studios to have up to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors, with sports and recreational programs in multiplexes restricted to 10 people per room indoors and 25 outdoors. Team sports are not allowed, except for training.

The results of a city survey released this week showed a drop in resident satisfaction for senior services.

Terry Quan, who’s 73 and another table tennis player, said the games were a way to stay active and connected.

“The wife and I are reluctant to go anywhere … We just end up staying home or I take the dog for a walk,” said Quan.



Maria Iqbal
Maria Iqbal’s reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. The funding allows her to report on stories focused on aging issues. Reach her via email: [email protected]

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Paranormal activity at historic Hotel Apache

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Down the long and narrow hallways of the Hotel Apache and up four flights you’ll land at room 400, once known as the penthouse of the historic downtown hotel.

Tony Cornero, one of the original owners, was a bootlegger and gambling entrepreneur and as Elizabeth Bristow explained, he wasn’t known for being a very up and up businessman.

“Sometimes with that type of business can come some interesting activity that happens around those people and it’s likely some of that activity found its way near this property, if not potentially on it,” said Bristow, who’s the social media manager for TLC Casinos.

And ever since, the property with its quirky rolling hallways and dusty secret rooms, has been known for paranormal activity. Employees and guests report hearing voices, seeing shadows and noticing objects have moved. Even Bristow herself has been caught dumbfounded.

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“Right before we reopened the hotel after remodeling it, the employees got to stay to do a test run, make sure everything was working the way it was supposed to work,” she said.

Bristow arrived early in the afternoon before her friend was to join her. She began to hear noise in the next room, like someone was moving furniture and even trying to open the windows…which had just been sealed.

“My concern was someone in the room not knowing that things had been sealed would accidentally break it not knowing so I called down to our front desk.” she recounted. “She goes, ‘hold on for a second. There’s no one in that room and there’s no one staying in that room and there’s no one going to be in that room.’ Like, oh okay everything’s fine,” Bristow said with a laugh.

Bristow said that experience made all the other reports feel very real.

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And for someone who believes in that kind of thing, she said it was not only interesting but great!

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Recreation Activity Center (RAC) | Recreation Facilities

At 215,000 square feet, the RAC among the best recreation facilities in the country.

At 215,000 square feet, the RAC is one of the best recreation facilities in the country.

The Recreation Activity Center, or RAC, is a state of the art recreation center and the center of campus life for many Georgia Southern students. Originally opened in 1998 with 80,000 square feet, the facility was expanded in 2006 to its present size of 215,000 square feet. The expansion also achieved LEED certification, the first building to do so at Georgia Southern, which reflected Georgia Southern’s culture of sustainability. Each day the RAC welcomes over 5,500 visitors!

Highlights include:

  • Aquatics Center
  • Eight indoor basketball courts
  • Group Fitness studios
  • Two indoor soccer courts
  • 45’ rock-climbing wall, modeled from an actual rock.
  • Outdoor Recreation Center
  • Wellness Center
  • Three smart meeting spaces
  • Indoor track
  • 18,000 square foot fitness center

In addition to informal recreation, the RAC is home to Campus Recreation & Intramurals (CRI), which offers progressive programs from its nine program areas including Aquatics, Club Sports, Fitness, Golf, Intramural Sports, Shooting Sports Education Center, Southern Adventures and the University Wellness Program.

Aside from traditional recreation the RAC plays host to a wide array of special events including University Open House, Career Fairs and a variety of events for student organizations.

The RAC is located inside the 70 acre M.C. Anderson Park, which is comprised of lighted playing fields,  walking trails, high & low challenge course, large pavilion and amphitheater. The facilities host state, regional and national tournaments ranging from archery to flag football to ultimate Frisbee. This outdoor space also provides the university community with a place to relax outside as well as host numerous concerts from national touring artists such as Young Joc, O.A.R. and Dashboard Confessional to name a few.

At approximately 215,000 square feet., the Recreation Activity Center at Georgia Southern has a vast array of activities for students to engage in. In order to appreciate what we have to offer, tours are provided at your convenience.

What We Have to Offer!

  • Main Gymnasium
  • Conditioning Room
  • Spinning Studio
  • Auxiliary Gym
  • Multipurpose Room
  • Indoor Track
  • Group Fitness Room
  • Aquatic Center
  • Fitness Center
  • MAC Gymnasium
  • Southern Adventures
  • Multiplex Pavilion
  • Wellness Wing
  • Lobby
  • Member Services and Main Office
  • Outdoor Pool & Plaza

Click here for reservation information and forms.

Facility Address for GPS Navigation Devices:
2687 Bunny Akins Blvd
Statesboro, GA 30458

From I-75 South/I-16 East/Highway 301 North (Atlanta/Macon):

Take I-16 East to exit 116 (Statesboro and Georgia Southern University exit). Take a left onto Highway 301. Drive approximately 9 miles. Make a right onto Veterans Memorial Parkway. Continue until you reach the next light. Turn left onto Akins Blvd. Take 1st left onto Malecki Drive and this will lead you into the RAC parking lot.

From I-95 North/I-16 West/GA 67 North (Savannah/Florida):

Take I-16 West to exit 127 (Statesboro and Georgia Southern University exit). Take a right onto Highway 67 North. Drive approximately 10 miles. Turn left onto Veterans Memorial Parkway. Turn right onto Akins Blvd. Take 1st left onto

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