Michigan health officials issue sweeping COVID-19 regulations


The governor unveiled a new TV ad in which Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo and other sports figures urge Michigan residents to mask up, July 15, 2020.


The leader of Michigan’s health department issued a sweeping order Friday that largely mirrors statewide mandates previously levied by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The newly instituted order requires masks at any public gathering with two or more people — including sporting events and schools — for much of the state and maintains restrictions on the number of people who may enter stores or restaurants. Unlike under Whitmer’s orders, bars are now allowed to operate but they may only serve alcohol to people who are sitting down and six feet apart. 

Robert Gordon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, addresses lawmaker questions on August 13, 2020.

Robert Gordon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, addresses lawmaker questions on August 13, 2020. (Photo:

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Baltimore officials fear the coronavirus pandemic will exacerbate another public health issue: STD rates

At first glance, the numbers look promising.

During the first seven months of 2020, according to preliminary data provided by the Baltimore Health Department, reports of sexually transmitted diseases were down in the city. Compared to last year, reports of chlamydia decreased by 20%. Reports of gonorrhea and HIV dropped, too.

But these numbers may be deceiving, thanks in large part to complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic, warned Dr. Adena Greenbaum, assistant commissioner of clinical services at the city’s health department. In fact, she and other sexual health experts are bracing for STD rates to get worse.

“That’s just STDs that were reported — it doesn’t mean that they weren’t there,” she said of the preliminary data, which has yet to be finalized. “I don’t think the actual decrease in STDs was that severe during that time. I just think it really shows what happens when the reporting system

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Roche blames supply chain issue for virus test kit delays

Swiss pharmaceutical firm Roche apologised on Wednesday for a supply chain failure that could delay the processing of coronavirus and other diagnostic tests across Britain.

The delays come against a backdrop of concern about rising numbers of Covid-19 cases and pressure on the government to introduce tougher restrictions to curb the spread.

The state-run National Health Service (NHS) is already struggling with the pandemic’s impact on waiting times and access to services such as cancer treatment and elective surgery.

Roche blamed the delay on “unforeseen issues” in its move to a new national UK distribution centre in southeast England last month.

“We deeply regret that there has been a delay in the dispatch of some products and apologise to any of our customers who have been impacted,” it said in a statement.

“The teams at the National Distribution Centre are working exceptionally hard, day and night, to resolve this issue

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Iconic SURFER magazine publishes last issue after 60 years

Generations of surfers grew up on their namesake magazine, pouring over pages of the latest edition as though it was the Holy Grail.

And, for their sport, it was. For years, SURFER was where you might first spot newly discovered breaks, the most innovative maneuvers and the latest in surfboard design — as well as contest highlights, pro rankings, reader polls and surf fashion.

“SURFER was the first mainstream surfing magazine and the largest,” Todd Prodanovich, the magazine’s last editor, said Monday.

“It mirrored the rise of surfing. It’s been a cornerstone of the culture. It’s crazy to think of a world where SURFER doesn’t exist.”

Prodanovich said he and the other four full-time staffers were called Friday, Oct. 2, and told by the parent company, A360 Media, that they were being furloughed from the 60-year-old magazine.

“But it was made clear that this was the closure of the title.

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Health departments issue public health emergency


Several health departments in the Brown County area issued a public health emergency as COVID-19 continues to spread in the region. 

Brown County Health and Human Services, De Pere Health Department and Oneida Nation Health Department followed in the footsteps of several Fox Valley health departments in declaring a public health emergency Saturday afternoon. The Fox Valley issued a public health emergency on Friday. 

Health department recommendations include closing indoor bars and only allowing take-out, curbside pickup and delivery at restaurants, limiting operations at salons and gyms and offering delivery and pick-up options for retail. Health officials recommend people refrain from gathering indoors. Outdoor gatherings should be limited to 10 people. 

“The recent surge in cases has diminished the ability of our collective public health agencies to notify positive cases and their close contacts in a timely manner and hampers our efforts to contain the spread of the virus,”

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Local health departments issue public health emergency


Several Fox Valley health departments issued a public health emergency Friday as a result of the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the area. 

The cities of Appleton and Menasha, as well as Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago counties, joined to send a news release for the alert. It recommends closing indoor bars, limiting restaurants to delivery and takeout only, canceling indoor gatherings and limiting outdoor gatherings to 10 people and a variety of other strategies to stop uncontrolled spread of the virus.  

The rapid escalation in cases has overwhelmed local public health departments and made it impossible for contact tracers to reach people in a timely manner, a key tool to slow down spread, the release said. 

Local hospitals are also sounding the alarm that bed capacity could be overwhelmed in a matter of weeks. 

A microscopic image from the first U.S. case of COVID-19.

A microscopic image from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. (Photo: U.S. Centers for Disease

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Knorr and Dascha Polanco Launch #FeedTheVote to Elevate Access to Nutritious Food as an Issue This Voting Season

Dascha Polanco Partners with Knorr to Encourage Americans to Register to Vote

This election season, a record 54 million people living in America face food insecurity*. Today, Knorr, in partnership with Dascha Polanco – an actress who has formerly experienced food insecurity and was a recipient of SNAP benefits – is launching #FeedTheVote. This partnership will work to drive voter registration across the US to ensure people experiencing food insecurity can make their voices heard where it matters most – at the ballot box. Through social media and on-site locations throughout the country, Knorr will provide education, resources, and access to nutritious food to encourage voter registration and advocacy for millions of Americans experiencing food insecurity.

Since 1979 Knorr has worked closely with Feeding America, The Food Trust, and other partners to provide families with consistent access to nutritious food. The brand is now advocating for wider systemic change with

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Spring into the season of renewal with the latest issue of IOL Health’s digital magazine

By Viwe Ndongeni-Ntlebi Time of article published26m ago

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Finally, warmer weather is here, as a nation we can finally say that spring has officially sprung.

Besides good weather, spring gives us the opportunity to spring clean our lives, our health, and our skin.

It’s also the perfect time to get rid of the extra kilograms from winter and let’s be honest, the weight that was gained during the lockdown.

In our latest health digital magazine, we talk all things spring -from skin to diet and exercise. We help you with a skincare routine that will prepare you for the harsh weather that is sure to come in the next few weeks.

We also help you take your exercise outside. After all the home training videos that everyone has been doing, it will be refreshing to train outdoors while you get fresh air to

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Poor Mental Health For Executives Isn’t Just A Work-Life Balance Issue

Part of Kathy Caprino’s series “Supporting Today’s Workforce”

 As we’ve read in so many headlines in the past several months, the mental health of professionals and executives has taken a strong hit since the pandemic began. In one recent study by health insurer Bupa Global, for instance, nearly eight out of 10 corporate executives have experienced poor mental health during the coronavirus crisis, prompting a number of them to re-evaluate and improve work-life balance.

But is work-life imbalance alone that the culprit? In my career, executive and leadership coaching work, I am seeing so many professionals who are struggling emotionally, physically and mentally in new ways that they are unsure how to address. While some of these challenges are indeed related to work-life balance difficulties, much of what is being experienced emotionally is about more than “balance.” It’s about fear,

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UIC study finds both Biden, Trump likely to be ‘Super-Agers’; Researchers say age shouldn’t be an issue for voters

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Trump and Biden campaigns are raising questions about whether the other is fit enough to be president, but a new report said they’re both likely to be healthy through the next term.

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Joe Biden and President Donald Trump

In a paper published in the Journal on Active Aging, University of Illinois Chicago longevity researcher S. Jay Olshansky and his colleagues conclude that both 2020 presidential candidates — former Vice President Joe Biden, 77, and President Donald Trump, 74 — are likely to maintain their health beyond the end of the next presidential term.

As a result, they say that chronological age and fitness should not be factors in the 2020 election.

“It is our conclusion that chronological age is not a relevant factor for either candidate running for President of the United States,” the authors wrote. “Both candidates face a

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