Sports Delayed Until 2021: IHSA Considering Possibility

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BLOOMINGTON, IL — For those getting excited about the start of the fall high school sports season in Illinois next month, it might be a good idea to check your emotions — at least until January. In an email to athletic directors across the state Wednesday, IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson hinted at the possibility of all sports being delayed until 2021.

In the email, Anderson said the IHSA is considering a schedule that would permit all three seasons of sport activity during the 2020-2021 school year. He states that his organization remains “limited in our ability to offer all of our fall sports this fall.”

Under the current structure, fall sports include: football, field hockey, boys soccer, cross-country, golf, girls tennis and girls volleyball. Virtual competitions are being considered for many of the activities, according to the IHSA.

Patch has reached out to Anderson and the IHSA for comment

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Fauci makes pitch for baseball’s return; ‘Cuomo Chips a hit in New York; jobless claims rise for first time since March

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The daily U.S. death toll surpassed 1,000 for the second straight day and hospitalizations were again peaking as the paralyzing coronavirus pandemic showed little sign of easing Thursday.

The Johns Hopkins University data dashboard reported 1,195 U.S. deaths Wednesday, high by standards of recent weeks but still only half of the daily toll during the outbreak’s deadly peak in the spring. The Covid Tracking Project, however, showed almost 60,000 people are currently hospitalized, less than 200 short of the highest totals from April. 

The Labor Department reported Thursday that 1.4 million people filed initial applications for unemployment benefits last week, the first weekly increase since March.

Major League Baseball was providing a silver lining, opening its season Thursday. The virus-shortened season comes almost four months late and minus fans in the stands. The Washington Nationals, last year’s World Series champs, were hosting the venerable New York Yankees – with the

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US deaths surpass 1,000 for second straight day, hospitalizations near record; baseball is back but not the fans

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The daily U.S. death toll surpassed 1,000 for the second straight day and hospitalizations were again peaking as the paralyzing coronavirus pandemic showed little sign of easing Thursday.

The Johns Hopkins University data dashboard reported 1,195 U.S. deaths Wednesday, high by standards of recent weeks but still only half of the daily toll during the outbreak’s deadly peak in the spring. The Covid Tracking Project, however, showed almost 60,000 people are currently hospitalized, less than 200 short of the highest totals from April. 

Major League Baseball was providing a silver lining, opening its season Thursday. The virus-shortened season comes almost four months late and minus fans in the stands. The Washington Nationals, last year’s World Series champs, were hosting the venerable New York Yankees – with the equally venerable Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, tossing out the ceremonial first pitch.

Here are some significant developments:

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Is it safe to stay in a hotel amid the coronavirus pandemic?

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As travelers slowly begin to get back on the road and in the air amid the coronavirus pandemic, they may be wondering if it’s safe to stay in a hotel. 

Hotels have rolled out a slew of cleaning and safety programs, and last week the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), the hotel industry’s major trade group, released a checklist for guests who plan to stay in hotels.

“Utilizing these best practices, including requiring face coverings and practicing social distancing in public spaces, will create an even safer environment for all our guests and employees,” Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA, said in a statement. “We applaud governors who have standardized the use of face coverings in all indoor public spaces and we urge all lawmakers to help make this a national standard by implementing this requirement in their states.” 

3 nights, 3 hotels: What it’s really like to

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3 More Dead, 672 New Cases

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SEATTLE, WA — State health officials confirmed three new deaths linked to COVID-19 in Washington and 672 new confirmed cases of the disease Wednesday, marking the lowest number of new case counts the state has seen in days as it endures a surge of new infections.

At the weekly Department of Health update Wednesday, health care officials expressed concern about the number of new infections. Washington is currently seeing roughly double the number of new cases as it saw in the first coronavirus peak in March.

“What’s so important right now is that we have fewer, shorter and safer interactions. That’s absolutely crucial to our moving forward,” said Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “If you go out, keep it quick, keep it distanced from others, and wear your face coverings.”

Over the past few weeks Washington has seen a spike in younger coronavirus patients. At the time, officials

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More Wells Fargo customers say the bank decided to pause their mortgage payments without asking

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In March, Tammi Wilson was checking on her family’s mortgage online at Wells Fargo, when she saw a link to information about COVID-19 on the bank’s website. After clicking through, she provided contact information so she could receive materials on programs at the bank. Days later, she said she returned to the payment page to transmit what she and her husband David owed on their loan. A message popped up saying she had no active accounts and she could not make the payment.

Wilson later learned what had happened. Without her knowledge, the bank had put her into a program that suspended payments on her federally backed loan. Known as forbearance, it is a CARES Act program that aims to help borrowers who are having trouble making their payments because they’ve been hurt by COVID.

Because she had not asked for the bank’s help, Wilson continued to make all her

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Systemic racism still exists in dermatology

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Photo credit: Jonathan Storey - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jonathan Storey – Getty Images

From Harper’s BAZAAR

This year’s Black Lives Matter movement against racial inequality has rightfully ricocheted throughout the world. There’s work to be done across the board, of course, but the beauty industry is beginning to recognise just how much it still has to do to affect meaningful change within its ranks, to tackle its historical lack of diversity and the huge part it has played in systemic racism.

Scrutiny has, in recent years, lasered in on such issues as Caucasian-focused foundation shade ranges, a lack of diverse representation within ad campaigns, and a consistent dismissal of black-owned brands by larger retailers. But, somehow, skincare hasn’t been so under the microscope.

And racism spreads far beyond simply the products we see on the shelves. Skincare routines are more often than not founded on the recommendations, for example, of clinical trials that included only white

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‘We’re forced to choose between our livelihoods and our lives’

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Designed to measure fitness, character and competence, the bar exam is a grueling 12-hour test typically administered over a two-day period to thousands of recent law school graduates.

But with coronavirus cases still surging in many parts of the nation, some law school graduates view this communal experience not as a shared rite of passage but as a potentially life-threatening risk.

One person worried about the uncertainties of the in-person bar exam is aspiring child protection lawyer Mollie McGuire of Chicago.

McGuire, along with Dalton Hughes and Steven Tinetti, formally filed a legal petition with the Illinois Supreme Court, asking the state’s highest court to grant 2020 law school graduates diploma privilege, meaning they could practice law without sitting for the bar exam. Nearly 1,400 law school graduates, faculty members, lawyers and health care workers signed on to support the effort.

In its response, the Illinois Board of Admissions to

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Safe-injection sites should be allowed to protect drug users

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The connection between stress and drug use is well established — and few would argue that living with the uncertainty, fear and loss brought by the COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful. As a result, it’s not a surprise that drug use and overdose, including overdose deaths, have spiked.

Based on data from emergency responders, hospitals and police, the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program has tracked a sharp and steady rise in overdoses. In March, when the nation’s first shelter-in-place order was instituted, the overdose rate increased 18%. It was up 29% in April. In May – the most recent numbers available – there were 42% more overdoses. According to the American Medical Association’s Advocacy Resource Center, more than 35 states have reported increases in overdose deaths on opioids alone. 

There are many reasons behind the escalating numbers. Besides increased stress, the pandemic has made it more difficult to access treatment

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Daycares welcome mask-wearing toddlers as parents struggle to ‘make best decision’ in COVID-19 world

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Sam DeRoze is almost 4 years old. After years of nanny care, he’s supposed to dive into his first organized school experience this fall. But the coronavirus pandemic has his mother mulling.

“I’ll need to see the plan from his pre-school before I decide,” says Dianne DeRoze, a business consultant in Leesburg, Virginia. “If it’s safe and a positive experience, that’s valuable. What I don’t want is for him to have a knee-jerk reaction that school is this scary place you get dumped.”

DeRoze is among millions of parents grappling with the pros and cons of sending their children to preschool and babies to day care as cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, spike nationally.

The debate continues to rage between politicians and school officials on fall re-opening plans, while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the city would be providing day care

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