Sunday, August 9, 2020
Kelly does not know how he contracted the virus, the people close to the team said. He was tested after experiencing mild symptoms and having followed all public health recommendations, including physical distancing, wearing a mask outside his home and not socializing or going anywhere except to obtain essentials such as groceries. His wife, Jill, also tested positive and recovered at home.
Kelly and UCLA athletic department officials declined to comment on his positive test.
The coach immediately informed athletic department officials, staff and coaches as well as players and their families of his positive test. No one associated with the team or athletic department had to quarantine as a result of Kelly’s positive test. UCLA held only four spring practices, including one indoors because of poor weather, before canceling the rest on March 12 as sports leagues across the country began to shut down.
Kelly shared his ordeal with his team to demonstrate how players should take the virus seriously.
Full story at https://www.latimes.com/sports/ucla/story/2020-08-06/ucla-chip-kelly-tested-positive-for-coronavirus-early-in-pandemic
Saturday, August 8, 2020
We posted yesterday about the new guidelines from the California Dept. of Public Health that run 34 pages.* Presumably, they have an impact on planning for fall semesters and quarters at UC. To yours truly, they look like a situation in which almost everything is online and those students allowed in dorms are isolated with few-to-none activities other than sitting in their rooms alone doing online courses. Not clear what the legal liability will be if someone gets sick and all 34 pages of rules haven't been followed to the letter.
Here is what UC has said so far in response:
Here is what UC has said so far in response:
New Flu Vaccination Requirement for UC Students, Faculty and Staff
To support the health and well-being of UC students, faculty and staff and our communities, the University of California, in consultation with UC Health leadership, has issued a systemwide executive order (PDF) requiring all members of the UC community to receive an influenza immunization before Nov. 1, 2020.
The executive order is an important proactive measure to help protect members of the UC community — and the public at large — and to ameliorate the severe burdens on health care systems anticipated during the coming fall and winter from influenza and COVID-19 illnesses.
In addition to protecting those on campuses and the surrounding communities, this requirement is designed to avoid a surge of flu cases at health care facilities across the state during the unprecedented public health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu vaccination is a safe and effective way to prevent millions of illnesses and thousands of related medical visits every year. In recent years, flu vaccinations have reduced the risk of flu-associated hospitalizations among older adults on average by about 40 percent. Flu vaccinations also protect those around us, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.
The executive order requires the vaccination for all faculty and staff who are working at a UC location. The university already has a clear policy on immunizations for students, and this action adds influenza to existing vaccination requirements for them, and extends the requirement to faculty and staff beyond those which presently exist for all UC health care workers.
A process will be put in place for faculty and staff to request medical exemptions. Requests for disability or religious accommodations will be handled through the interactive process consistent with existing location policies and procedures.
All UC medical plans which cover faculty, staff and students include coverage for flu vaccinations at no cost to those covered by the plan. In addition, for those without group health care coverage, all ACA-compliant health plans also cover flu vaccinations as part of a preventive care package that includes no copay.
The CDC is the best source for information on this year’s flu vaccinations and when it [sic] would be available.
More information about the implementation of UC’s requirement, and when the flu vaccination for 2020-21 is available, will be shared in the coming weeks.
Friday, August 7, 2020
Basically, the two surveys included - household (which produces the unemployment rate) and payroll - show the situation as somewhere between our stall and end-of-the-beginning statuses.
Unemployment dropped but remains very high. Employment rose but more slowly than before - likely a result of the spread of infection and varying degrees of lockdown or return to lockdown-type steps.
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The latest labor market release is at:
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Below are the latest charts:
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The latest release is always at https://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf.
From the Bruin, 8-5-20: At least eight UCLA football players have tested positive for COVID-19, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health director told reporters Wednesday. During her daily coronavirus briefing, Barbara Ferrer mentioned UCLA football as the source of one of the many coronavirus outbreaks at colleges and universities in LA.