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Couple becomes seriously ill with COVID-19 during vacation to southern Mexico

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A Chula Vista woman is keeping vigil after her parents holiday vacation turned into nightmare, when both become sick with COVID-19.

Jose and Gloria Arellano had a dilemma. Their daughter Joselyn says they had airfare credits from a postponed trip to southern Mexico but the deadline to use the credits was about the run out.

“They had their trip postpone the trip two or three times. They didn’t want to lose the money, so they decided to go this time.

On November 11, they flew out from Tijuana to Oaxaca for a two-week vacation. Apprehensive about rising COVID-19 rates, they went prepared with goggles and masks. Gloria also had a face shield. Once there, they did a little sightseeing. When they were near anybody, they wore masks.

“Their main thing is to try food. They were mostly at restaurants. They were also at the beach a lot,” said Joselyn.

About six days into their trip, Jose, 66, became sick.

“For him, it was coughing. He has asthma, and it just got into his lungs,” said Joselyn.

A few days later, Gloria, 64, also became ill. They went to a local hospital, received COVID-19 tests, and tested positive. Jose got sicker and the family contracted at air ambulance to fly him back to San Diego two days before Thanksgiving.

Jose, a former investigator with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and former Navy, is being treated at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla.

“He’s been stabile, on a ventilator and taking antibiotics,” said Joselyn.

Joselyn calls her father’s situation a helpless waiting game. Her mother ended up in a hospital in Oaxaca, intubated for several days, before being released Monday. Right now, she’s quarantining at an Airbnb in Oaxaca.

“It’s a vacation, for them, they’ll regret forever,” said Joselyn.

Joselyn is trying to stay optimistic with so much uncertainty about her father. She is certain about one thing. There will be no vacations in her family’s near future.

“It’s not worth it. It’s not worth the risk,” said Joselyn.

Joselyn’s brother flew to Oaxaca to help their mother. He also tested positive and is now in quarantine with her.

A Gofundme campaign has been set up the help the family with medical expenses.

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City employee at Minto Recreation Complex tests positive for COVID-19

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The City of Ottawa says an employee at the Minto Recreation Complex in Barrhaven has tested positive for COVID-19 and two additional employees are self-isolating.

In a memo sent Monday afternoon, General Manager of Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services Dan Chenier said the employee’s positive test result was confirmed on Saturday.

“The employee was last at work at Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven on November 24 and was asymptomatic at the time. On November 25, the employee did not attend work and presented for testing upon receiving news that a close contact had tested positive, as well as having developed symptoms. A positive test was confirmed on November 28 and the individual continues to self-isolate at home,” Chenier said.

Chenier noted that two employees at the complex were deemed to be close contacts of the employee who had tested positive and they are also self-isolating.

“We are working directly with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and are conducting contact tracing of individuals who have, or may have been, in close contact with the employee,” Chenier said.

Chenier did not say that any services at the complex would be affected.

“If customers have concerns of exposure, they can contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 to speak to a public health nurse or visit ottawapublichealth.ca,” Chenier said. 

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Did Thanksgiving Spread Covid-19? Here’s Why You Can’t Tell Yet.

That’s what happened after July 4, said Megan L. Ranney, an emergency physician and public health researcher at Brown University. She said a jump in positive tests began between two and four weeks after the holiday, suggesting that many were pass-along infections.

The American Automobile Association forecast that about 50 million people would travel for Thanksgiving. Even if only 1 percent caught the virus, Dr. Ranney said, “that’s an extra 500,000 infections in one day,” and they could infect untold thousands more before showing up in the statistics. “We are looking at an exponential effect,” she said, one that would only truly be seen around Christmas and New Year’s Eve. “It will be a double whammy.”

Lewis S. Nelson, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, said he was not certain that Thanksgiving travel and gatherings would create a widespread surge in new cases. The virus has been tricky, he said, and predicting the numbers can be extremely difficult.

“We keep saying we’ll see a bump, but most of these events don’t seem to really materialize into something really concerning,” Dr. Nelson said. “Sometimes what you expect to happen doesn’t happen.”

Even so, he said, “my gut tells me we should remain concerned and attentive.”

Dr. Nelson said his hospital in Newark, N.J., was overwhelmed in April, but is manageable now, even though the state is reporting many more new cases. He said there were currently about 30 coronavirus patients, compared to more than 200 in April, a drop he and his colleagues were still puzzling over.

“Just the whole fact that we are not experiencing April right now is inexplicable at this point,” he said. “People haven’t changed. A lot of us believe maybe the virus has.”

Officials were trying to make sure that any Thanksgiving exposure would be reflected in the data. On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City urged residents who had ignored official guidance and attended Thanksgiving gatherings to get tested.

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49ers to travel 700 miles for home games as Covid-19 continues to hit NFL | San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers will play two home games in Arizona after new coronavirus regulations put in place by officials in northern California forced the team to find a temporary new home.

The news came as Covid-19 continues to ravage the NFL. The Denver Broncos were forced to play a back-up wide receiver at quarterback on Sunday after their regular signal-callers were affected by the virus, while the New Orleans Saints were fined heavily for failing to follow mask protocols. All NFL team facilities are closed on Monday and Tuesday because of the rise in Covid-19 cases across the United States, in addition to the “understanding that a number of players and staff celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with out-of-town guests,” according to a league statement released on Friday.

An outbreak in the Baltimore Ravens camp has led to their crucial game against their fierce rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers being delayed until Tuesday. There were 70 positive tests among NFL players and staff in the week ending 21 November, compared to seven in the first week of the season, at the start of September.

The US as a whole is expecting a further rise in Covid-19 cases in the next few weeks after people travelled to visit family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday. The virus has killed more than 265,000 people in America, the highest total for any country.

As for the 49ers, they will host the Buffalo Bills next Monday and Washington on 13 December at State Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, 700 miles from their base in Santa Clara county. The team said it will have information on practice arrangements later.

The AFC East-leading Bills will be returning to Arizona for the second time in a little over three weeks, following a 32-30 loss to the Cardinals on 15 November.

“The Cardinals organization, State Farm Stadium and League officials have been supportive and accommodating as we work through the many logistical issues involved in relocating NFL games,” the 49ers said in a statement.

Santa Clara county announced new rules on Saturday that include a three-week ban on practices and games for contact sports. The Niners were on a plane getting ready to travel to Los Angeles, where they beat the Rams 23-20 on Sunday, when the players and coaches heard about the rules.

The rules will also affect the San Jose Sharks of the NHL and college teams at Stanford and San Jose State. Along with the ban on contact sports, the new rules require anyone who has traveled more than 150 miles from the county to quarantine for 14 days.

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Ochsner LSU Health offers free COVID-19 testing at Shreveport recreation centers

SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport is offering free coronavirus testing this week at several recreation centers in Shreveport.

Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, it is encouraged that you get tested to know your COVID-19 status in order to prevent illness in others.

Coronavirus testing will be provided at the following locations:

Monday, Nov. 30

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Bill Cockrell Community Center – 4109 Pines Rd., Shreveport

Tuesday, Dec. 1

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Querbes Park Community Center – 3500 Beverly Place, Shreveport

Wednesday, Dec. 2

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Querbes Park Community Center – 3500 Beverly Place, Shreveport

Thursday, Dec. 3

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Billberry Park Community Center – 1902 Alabama Ave., Shreveport

Friday, Dec. 4

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Billberry Park Community Center – 1902 Alabama Ave., Shreveport

If you want to be tested please bring an ID and insurance card, if applicable. There are no out-of-pocket costs for those seeking a test and no one will be turned away based on their insurance status. Testing is available at the times listed or until all test kits have been utilized.

You will receive your test results within 3-4 days via the MyChart patient portal or by phone.

Those who test positive will have the opportunity to participate in Ochsner’s 14-day symptom tracker program designed for COVID-19 patients who do not require hospital care. Participants receive daily text messages to monitor symptoms and can be connected to our 24/7 nurse on-call line for additional support.

In addition to offering community testing, Ochsner LSU Health has the following resources available:

  • Call the free COVID-19 information line at 844-888-2772 for 24/7 advice.
  • Ochsner LSU Health patients can schedule a video visit with their provider and send secure messages via MyChart.
  • New patients can see a provider over video through ochsnerlsuhs.org/anywhere or via the Ochsner Anywhere Care app.

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EasyJet offers passengers cheaper COVID-19 tests to encourage travel

LONDON (Reuters) – UK airline EasyJet said it would partner with COVID-19 testing companies to offer passengers discounted tests to try to encourage more travel, following similar moves by Wizz Air and London’s Gatwick Airport.



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FILE PHOTO: EasyJet restarts its operations amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Gatwick Airport, in Gatwick

Travel rules in England will change from Dec. 15 so that if a traveller receives a negative test result from a self-funded test, they can reduce their quarantine from 14 to 5 days.

Desperate to stimulate the travel market after months of restrictions, airlines and airports are teaming up with testing firms to make it easier and cheaper to get a test.

EasyJet, whose finances have come under severe pressure during the pandemic, said on Monday that passengers will receive a reduced rate of 75 pounds per home test with Confirm Testing or with CityDoc, 100 pounds per home test or 150 pounds per in clinic test.



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FILE PHOTO: EasyJet restarts its operations amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Gatwick Airport, in Gatwick

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The 75 pound rate is cheaper than the 85 pound rate available to Wizz Air passengers. Both are more expensive than Gatwick Airport’s offer of 60 pounds per test for passengers who use its drive-through testing facility.

EasyJet said that the two companies it was working with aimed to provide results within 48 hours.

There is also demand for tests prior to travel as some popular destinations like Spain and Italy require passengers to show a negative test on arrival.

(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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Thinking about getting COVID-19 tested after Thanksgiving?

Tidelands Health medical professionals conduct a drive-through COVID-19 testing site in July at Myrtle Beach Pelicans Ballpark.

Tidelands Health medical professionals conduct a drive-through COVID-19 testing site in July at Myrtle Beach Pelicans Ballpark.

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On the Grand Strand, pleas from the health community for people to not travel for Thanksgiving went unheard.

The percentage of visitors skyrocketed far above last year’s as people flocked to the beach for Turkey Day even as coronavirus cases in the county soar. The area has not seen a positive test rate below 10% in weeks.

For Nov. 21-27, the Myrtle Beach area saw 65.2% of vacation rental properties booked, more than 20 points above the same time frame for 2019, according to Coastal Carolina University’s weekly lodging update.

If these visitors have any effect on the Myrtle Beach area’s coronavirus cases, it may not be seen for weeks, as the virus can take up to two weeks to show symptoms in some people.

Myrtle Beach’s airport also saw an expected a high number, though not higher than 2019, of departures for Thanksgiving as people left to visit family and friends for the holiday. Airports and planes have been identified as some of the most high-risk environments for exposure to the pandemic due to the lack of air circulation and close proximity to others.

The impact may be seen far beyond the Grand Strand as well. In June, when the region was labeled a pandemic hot spot by health experts and national media outlets, public health officials connected cases as far away as Ohio and Virginia to people visiting Horry County to hit the beach.

As for the current picture of the pandemic, Horry County added 45 new cases and one new death Sunday, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The county has is at 79.8% hospital occupancy with 132 beds available.

New Year’s Day may paint a similar picture for the tourism in the Myrtle Beach area. Reservations for the weekly vacation rental properties currently sit at 51.2% booked, up from 43% last year for that period, CCU’s data showed.

Anyone looking to get tested after traveling for the holiday is recommended to wait a seven days, Tidelands Health’s top doctor Gerald Harmon previously told The Sun News. People can be exposed but not test positive for four to seven days, he said, and a test immediately after getting back might create a false sense of security.

During that time, Harmon said it’s best to quarantine away from others to prevent the spread of the coronavirus should you test positive later on.

Chase Karacostas writes about tourism in Myrtle Beach and across South Carolina for McClatchy. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020 with degrees in Journalism and Political Communication. He began working for McClatchy in 2020 after growing up in Texas, where he has bylines in three of the state’s largest print media outlets as well as the Texas Tribune covering state politics, the environment, housing and the LGBTQ+ community.

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Southwest airlines COVID-19 coronavirus family upset BWI Airport

They had $1,600 in airline credits set to expire despite government warnings against holiday travel.

WASHINGTON — It was supposed to be a February getaway for Howard Van and his family to relax after the birth of his second son, Vincent. He bought airplane tickets for himself, his wife Yok, Vincent and his older son Jason, and his sisters-in-laws Amy and Yann Ly.

The family was supposed to fly on Southwest Airlines from BWI Airport to Tampa, Florida. But days before they were supposed to leave, and just as coronavirus was hitting the United States, Howard and his wife got sick with a fever and chills.

Van worried the couple might have contracted coronavirus, but said there was no way to know at the time.

“We had all the classic symptoms,” Van said. “But we will never know we had it or not because we there was no testing available to the general public at that time.”

Van says he was just trying to do the safe and responsible thing by canceling the trip.

“For us as a family and for other passengers on that flight,” he said.

Southwest issued the Van family travel credits for the cost of the plane tickets worth roughly $1,640. The travel credits were set to expire on December 20, 2020. 

But with COVID cases surging around the country, Howard said there was no way to use the travel credits, especially since his wife and sister in law Yann are both front line health care workers and have been asked by their employers not to travel.

So, Van called Southwest and asked for an extension to use the travel credits.

Because of their current policy, they were unable to grant me that request, which was very disappointing for us,” Van said. “And it became almost like a financial ticking time bomb as the deadline was approaching.”

That Southwest policy says only travel credits issued on or after March 1 of this year can be extended. Van asked customer service to make an exception, posting his appeal to Southwest Airline’s CEO, Gary Kelly, on the company website.

Van wrote, “The current Southwest policy is hurting front line medical professionals during a time when they are sacrificing the most to keep everyone safe.”

But according to a screenshot of that conversation provided by Van, Southwest wouldn’t budge. A customer service rep wrote back: “We’re sorry for any disappointment surrounding the fare rules…ya’ll choose to purchase.”

Van said the best Southwest told him they could do was charge him $100 per ticket to extend the travel credit deadline, meaning he could sink another $500 into a trip he didn’t know when his family could safely take. Or lose the $1640 in airfare altogether.

“And for our family, that’s a lot of money,” Van said. “That’s money we could use to buy groceries, invest in our college funds or buy Christmas presents for our kids.”

Howard wrote to WUSA9 and asked for help. So, Chief Investigative Reporter Eric Flack

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COVID-19 impact from Thanksgiving travel and gatherings could be ‘precursor’ for upcoming holidays

Fallout from Thanksgiving travel and festivities could intensify challenges Massachusetts will face as it continues to battle the pandemic through the December holidays, when officials will be navigating more uncertain terrain amid soaring numbers of cases.



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A passenger made a purchase Sunday from the PPE vending machine inside Terminal B at Logan Airport.

While more indications emerge that people are chafing under pandemic restrictions, those measures are vital to curb the spread and ease pressure on the state’s health care system, officials said.

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“Until we have a vaccine, we’re the vaccine,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. “Our behavior, and what we do, can help prevent the spread of this virus in our community.”

In the wake of Thanksgiving, public health officials will be closely monitoring state metrics to see what effect holiday travel and gatherings will have on the state’s COVID-19 levels. They will be looking at new cases, positivity test results, hospitalizations, and the presence of coronavirus in wastewater, which is seen as an early warning system.

Some experts, including Dr. Robert Horsburgh, a professor of epidemiology at Boston University, warn that in order to limit additional cases, Governor Charlie Baker will need to roll back the state’s economic reopening.

“We need to ratchet things down and get on top of things like transmission before hospitals fill up and we’re having the crises we had before,” Horsburgh said. “It’s definitely going in the wrong direction, and we can’t sit pat, because with more infections out there, the risk is increasing.”

Dr. Alessandro Vespignani, director of the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University, said public health results from those Thanksgiving activities could help officials project how upcoming holidays will affect coronavirus numbers.

“We need to be very careful. What happened during Thanksgiving could be a precursor of all the other many holidays,” Vespignani said. “So if we see a surge after Thanksgiving, then we have to think [about] and factor other possible surges for Christmas, for New Year’s Eve, et cetera.”

On Sunday, the state Department of Public Health reported 2,501 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, which brought the total to 217,163. The state’s death toll from confirmed cases reached 10,487, with 46 new deaths reported Sunday.

The state reported 43,709 people were estimated to have active cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday, up 1,160 from 42,549 reported Saturday.

A Baker spokesman said Sunday that the administration “is not considering changes to public health protocols at this time and will continue to monitor COVID-19 data.”

Dr. Mauricio Santillana, who is director of the Machine Intelligence Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital and is affiliated with Harvard Medical School, said adherence to some public health recommendations has fallen in Massachusetts.

Santillana was part of a group of researchers who reviewed survey data collected from respondents in the state that included questions on public health matters.

The findings from October showed that since April the number of people taking steps such as frequently washing hands, avoiding

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GovGuam still paying for unused hotel rooms for COVID-19 quarantine

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The government of Guam continued to use federal pandemic-related funds to pay for unoccupied rooms in hotels contracted to be quarantine and isolation facilities, at rates of $90 and $120 a day, purchase orders show.

The governor in May said the agreements in facilities were changed so only occupied rooms would be paid for. Purchase orders from May through October note hotels got different amounts for empty rooms.

Unused rooms are paid for to ensure rooms are available and is a protective measure, said Jenna Blas, acting administrator of the Office of Civil Defense.

“Securing the non-congregate shelter as a whole ensures there is availability when needed for COVID-19 positive persons. It is also a protective measure to ensure there are no other members of the community in that facility who are not either COVID-19 positive or assisting with the operations of the isolation facility in order to reduce exposure to others,” Blas said.

Blas also said this also applies to the quarantine facility.

The government of Guam continued to use federal pandemic-related funds to pay for unoccupied rooms in hotels such as The Bayview Hotel Guam and the Dusit Beach Resort. (Photo: Pacific Daily News)

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Dusit Beach Resort Guam is contracted to be the quarantine facility for incoming travelers. Core Tech Resort, which does business as Bayview Hotel Guam, is contracted to be the isolation facility for positive COVID-19 patients.

Dusit Beach Resort’s unoccupied room rate was $120 a day, according to an October purchase order. Bayview’s unoccupied room rate was $90 a day, purchase orders show.

When asked about the reasoning behind the different rates for unused rooms in the current facilities, at the Dusit Beach Resort and the Bayview, Blas said, “They’re two different locations.”

Purchase orders from May to October show $1.9 million was spent and allocated to Dusit Beach Resort, Bayview, Days Inn and Wyndham Garden hotels for quarantine and isolation facilities.

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When Days Inn was the isolation facility, the unoccupied room rate was $90 a day. When Wyndham Garden was the quarantine facility, the unoccupied room rate was $65 a day from May to mid-July and then after mid-July it was $66 a day, according to purchase orders.

GovGuam agreed to a definite use of 300 rooms at Dusit Beach Resort that were unoccupied and occupied with an agreement to use other rooms if necessary. At the Bayview, the purchase order noted 48 to 150 rooms would be needed for isolating COVID-19 positive patients. 

The occupied room rate at the Dusit Beach Resort is $159 a day for one room. At the Bayview, the occupied room rate is $175 a day for one room and $50 for an additional occupant, purchase orders from September and October show.

Blas said the total $175 a day rate is inclusive of three meals.

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