Dr. Fauci, Two More Members of COVID-19 Task Force in Quarantine

first_imgStephen Hahn, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, and Robert Redfield, who serves as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will also self-quarantine after possibly be exposed to someone who has the virus.Redfield and Hahn will testify by video conference, the committee’s chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander, said on Saturday.Additionally, the White House sent out an email to all staff on Friday titled, “Strong Precautions We Are Taking,” about the measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 there in the wake of Miller’s positive test, an official said.The note discusses maintaining maximum telework for staff, reporting travel and monitoring one’s own symptoms, according to a copy obtained by CNN.The memo also states that “high-touch points” in the White House and Eisenhower Executive Office Building, an office building near the White House where many staffers work, will receive “heightened levels of cleaning.”Last Thursday, White House staff reportedly received another memo, telling them that they would be asked about their symptoms and would have their temperatures checked before being allowed to enter the White House complex. Any person who acknowledges having symptoms may be pulled for further screening or may be denied entry.Neither memo addresses face masks. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert who has been serving on the White House coronavirus task force, told multiple media outlets over the weekend that he will go into a “modified” self-quarantine.The decision to self-quarantine comes after two White House staffers, an unidentified valet to President Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, both tested positive for coronavirus late last week. Miller is the wife of White House adviser Stephen Miller.Meanwhile, Dr. Fauci says his reasoning for doing a modified self-quarantine is that he had a “low-risk” contact with the White House staff member who tested positive.In that regard, he will mostly work from home, and would wear a mask and take necessary precautions if he is requested to go to the White House or Capitol Hill, Fauci told CNN. He is expected to testify this week in person at a Senate hearing on the coronavirus.Fauci says tested negative for the virus on Friday.America’s doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers are heroes! pic.twitter.com/tbSKbBoqHi— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 9, 2020last_img read more

Essequibo, Lower Corentyne in tight race for title

first_imgESSEQUIBO could face stiff competition from Lower Corentyne who trail them by five points as they seek to retain their title come today when the 7th and final round bowls off.It has been a reasonably competitive tournament this year as a number of new faces have managed to put themselves on the radar, as senior players have also found form this season while players who made their comebacks also managed to wow watchers.Defending champions Essequibo have 5 wins from six rounds played; most notably their last victory which saw them mow down East Coast for 59 runs after making 283. After winning rounds one to four with relative ease, Essequibo lost their first game to the Lower Corentyne side in the 5th round but bounced back tremendously to win the penultimate round.In order to retain their title, Essequibo will need to dispose of their opponents today – East Bank. The in-form Jonathan Foo, skipper Veerasammy Permaul, Nial Smith and others will need to come big for Lower Corentyne, who are in second place on the points table with a tally of 20.Should the Berbice side continue their fiery form the Berbice franchise could sneak-snatch the title if they beat opponents Upper Corentyne – securing bonus points from a possible outright win.Permaul and his men have managed to secure four wins from the six games played which makes an interesting end to the final round should they win. Also, individual players who have commanded the limelight include; Kevin Sinclair, Kandasammy Surujnarine, Ashmead Nedd, Kemol Savory, Smith, Steven Sankar and Ricardo Adams, Trevon Griffith, Ricardo Adams.last_img read more

Father of Aston Villa manager dies after contracting COVID-19

first_imgThe father of Aston Villa manager, Dean Smith, has died after contracting coronavirus.The Premier League club announced in a statement that Ron Smith, 79, had been living in a care home since he was diagnosed with dementia in 2014.Villa said Ron contracted COVID-19 four weeks ago and died in hospital.Ron, the club said, was a lifelong fan of Villa and also served as a steward who “passed on his love for the club to his children.”“As well as being a regular at home games, Ron was also there to witness that greatest of days in May 1982 when Villa lifted the European Cup in Rotterdam,” Villa said in their statement.“The thoughts of everyone at the football club are currently with Dean and his family at this most distressing of times and would kindly ask for the family’s privacy to be respected.”The Premier League is set to resume in June after being suspended following the coronavirus pandemic with Villa set to face Sheffield Utd in the first game back.In April Manchester City announced that the mother of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had died after contracting coronavirus.The club announced 82-year-old Dolors Sala Carrió’s death in a tweet, adding that she had passed on in Manresa, Barcelona.last_img read more