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Quarantined Siena basketball teams locked down at Desmond Hotel

COLONIE — The Desmond Hotel in Latham has become home to many members of Siena College men’s and women’s basketball teams who are locked down after three people associated with the teams tested positive for COVID-19.

Siena now has 39 active on-campus cases, according to college and state COVID-19 data. Of 139 quarantined students, 43 students are housed on-campus or at the Desmond, a group that school officials confirm includes basketball players.

The college currently has 66 rooms set aside for quarantining students, according to the state’s COVID-19 Report Card for higher education institutions, marking a jump from the 16 available rooms listed on Oct. 2, when Siena was seeing a similar spike in cases.

Siena leaders on Friday told the Times Union that the expansion of its quarantine capacity was attributed to a change in the way college officials are reporting available rooms to the state: Now the Desmond rooms are counted among the college’s quarantine housing.

In early October, just five of 100 quarantined students and 23 who contracted the virus were staying on the Loudonville campus.

Siena College officials said last month that it was their policy to send most students who tested positive or were exposed to the coronavirus home because the campus lacked the capacity to quarantine all of them.


Exceptions continue to be made on a case-by-case basis for students who had difficulty getting home or had vulnerable family members, according to Siena spokesman Jason Rich.

Explaining the difference in occupancy, Rich said the Siena basketball teams have “a disproportionate number of students from out-of-state; that’s why you are seeing higher numbers in quarantine.”

“There’s no clean answer to any of this. You have a policy, but there are different factors,” he said.

Rich said the 66 rooms include 19 on-campus spaces, which are mostly reserved for infected students, and the rest are located at the Desmond.

For some members of the men’s basketball team, this is the third time they’ve had to quarantine since the pandemic began in March, on the eve of the NCAA tournament.

The men’s team is scheduled to begin the winter season after Thanksgiving. No decisions have been made about other winter sports, school officials say. Men’s basketball is Siena’s biggest revenue sport; it helps fund the entire athletic program.

Siena is also testing its athletes three times a week in accordance with guidelines set by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, although college leaders say the school does not have the capacity or funding to test its entire campus population on a regular basis.

Public health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, have advised colleges to keep ill students on-campus to prevent them from transmitting the disease to their families and home communities.

Sending infected students home is “the worst thing you could do,” Fauci has said.

In an email, Rich noted that Siena’s quarantine/isolation policy was reviewed by the Albany County Department of Health and approved by the state

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Parma Recreation Department delays fall/winter basketball rec program signups

PARMA, Ohio — Parma is currently employing a four corners or stall offense regarding its fall/winter basketball rec program.

“We haven’t officially opened up the registration yet,” Parma Parks & Recreation Director Mickey Vittardi said. “In a normal year, we generally have registration closed by the end of October.

“I met with the mayor earlier (last) week and also had conversations with the Parma City Schools, because we’re just a tenant at the schools. Wanting to have as much normalcy as possible for students, the school district said we could take our time to make sure we have safety protocols in place.”

In a normal year, Parma’s fall/winter basketball rec program includes more than 1,000 participants, including first through eighth graders, as well as a high school basketball program and a men’s league.

“Assuming everything improves or as least doesn’t get worse, we plan to have registration by mid-December, which allows us enough time to form teams and order uniforms,” Vittardi said.

“That way we can begin the program in the first of the year. The last thing we want to do is what we encountered with soccer earlier this year where we had to issue refunds.”

The city’s approach for its basketball rec program is basically the same Vittardi used last spring when he delayed a decision on the boys and girls youth baseball/softball programs, which ended up taking place over the summer without much of a hitch.

That included the rec director putting into place numerous safety protocols. The result was a successful season without any COVID-related team quarantines or forfeits.

“We hired what we called game managers to oversee all of the safety protocols that needed to be followed by the teams, the players and even the spectators,” Vittardi said.

“While we had concerns, the safety involved made us feel confident that we would have a successful season, which we did.”

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter commended the rec department for its summer season, which also included the opening of the splash pad.

“Obviously, the first thing is the safety of our residents and the children participating,” DeGeeter said. “If we can do it and we can do it safely, we want to offer these activities — especially for the kids.

“Not only is this pandemic tough on adults, but even more so you can see it with the children. So anything we can give them and they can do it safely, we want to be able to do that. Our rec department has a great track record managing through unmanageable times.”

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Suffolk Parks & Recreation to offer youth soccer, basketball clinics this winter

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Suffolk Parks & Recreation will be offering youth Soccer Skills Clinics and Basketball Skills Clinics this winter.

The clinics will be held in January and February at the recreation centers in Suffolk. Skills Clinics are a great way to keep your children active this season.

Youth Soccer Skills Clinics

The soccer clinics will be held at Oakland Recreation Center located at 5505 Godwin Boulevard. Registration begins October 21 and ends December 15. The cost of the program is $35 for residents and $40 for non-residents. Proof of age is required at registration. All participants will receive a t-shirt and water bottle.

Times and ages groups are as follows:

  • Session 1: January 9 through January 30, 2021
    • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (4-5 year olds)
    • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (6-7 year olds)
    • Noon to 1 p.m. (8-10 year olds)
  • Session 2: February 6 through February 27, 2021
    • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (4-5 year olds)
    • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (11-12 year olds)
    • Noon to 1 p.m. (13-15 year olds)

The clinics provide a fun, safe, and structured environment for participants to learn new skills, learn how to play soccer, and build friendships.

Youth Basketball Skills Clinics

The basketball clinics will be held at Kings Fork Recreation Center located at 350 Kings Fork Road. Registration begins October 21 and ends December 15. The cost of the program is $35 for residents and $40 for non-residents. Proof of age is required at registration. All participants will receive a t-shirt and water bottle.

Times and ages groups are as follows:

  • Session 1: January 9 through January 30, 2021
    • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (4-5 year olds)
    • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (6-7 year olds)
    • Noon to 1 p.m. (8-10 year olds)
  • Session 2: February 6 through February 27, 2021
    • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (4-5 year olds)
    • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (11-12 year olds)
    • Noon to 1 p.m. (13-15 year olds)

The clinics provide a fun, safe, and structured environment for participants to learn new skills, learn how to play basketball, and build friendships.

Safety Precautions & COVID-19 Information

To comply with the Governor’s Forward Virginia Phased Plan regarding recreational sports, city officials released information on the COVID-19 safety rules and procedures in place.

Adults accompanying minors should use the adult’s best judgment with respect to placing face coverings on a minor between the ages of two through nine while inside the clinic facility.

For all participants age 10 and up, masks must be worn when entering the facility but may be removed while participating.

Everyone entering the facility will be asked health screening questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms, and temporal no-touch body temperature scans will be taken. No one with a temperature at or above 100.4 degrees will be permitted in the clinic facility.

Everyone entering the clinic facility will be required to maintain 10 feet of social distancing between non-family members where practicable.

In order to reduce the number of people in the facility, participants and

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