STATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 112 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Los Alamos County remains at 7 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.Today’s update includes 8 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases: 15 new cases in Bernalillo County3 new cases in Chaves County6 new cases in Cibola County4 new cases in Curry County10 new cases in Doña Ana County3 new cases in Hidalgo County3 new cases in Lea County3 new cases in Luna County22 new cases in McKinley County2 new cases in Otero County7 new cases in Rio Arriba County6 new cases in Sandoval County17 new cases in San Juan County4 new cases in Santa Fe County2 new cases in Valencia County5 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing CenterThe 8 additional deaths in New Mexico reported today include:A female in her 80s from Cibola County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society facility in Grants.A male in his 70s from Luna County. The individual was hospitalized and had no underlying conditions.A female in her 40s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A female in her 60s from McKinley County. A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.A male in his 60s in Otero County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Otero County Prison Facility.A female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had no underlying conditions.The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 464.Previously reported numbers included two cases that were determined to be out-of-state residents in Doña Ana County, two cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County and one in Doña Ana County), and one case in Bernalillo County that was not lab confirmed – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 10,260 positive tests for COVID-19:Bernalillo County: 1,777Catron County: 2Chaves County: 64Cibola County: 194Colfax County: 8Curry County: 101Doña Ana County: 692Eddy County: 49Grant County: 16Guadalupe County: 20Harding County: 1Hidalgo County: 26Lea County: 58Lincoln County: 7Los Alamos County: 7Luna County: 47McKinley County: 3,009Otero County: 32Quay County: 5Rio Arriba County: 73Roosevelt County: 54Sandoval County: 662San Juan County: 2,165San Miguel County: 18Santa Fe County: 188Sierra County: 5Socorro County: 55Taos County: 33Torrance County: 34Union County: 5Valencia County: 95County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:Cibola County Correctional Center: 2Luna County Detention Center: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 275Otero County Processing Center: 146Torrance County Detention Facility: 24The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 307Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1As of today, there are 147 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 4,512 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueArtesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in ArtesiaAvamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in AlbuquerqueBear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in AlbuquerqueBeeHive Homes of Farmington in FarmingtonBeeHive Homes of Gallup in GallupBelen Meadows in BelenBonney Family Home in GallupBrookdale Tramway Ridge in AlbuquerqueBrookdale Santa Fe in Santa FeCamino Healthcare in AlbuquerqueCamino Retirement Apartments in AlbuquerqueCasa De Oro Center in Las CrucesCasa Del Sol Center in Las CrucesCasa Maria Health Care Center in RoswellCedar Ridge Inn in FarmingtonCentral Desert Behavioral Health in AlbuquerqueClayton Nursing and Rehab in ClaytonDungarvin New Mexico, LLC in GallupGenesis Uptown Rehabilitation CenterGood Samaritan Society in GrantsHeartland Continuing Care Center in PortalesThe Jim Wood Home in HatchLaguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa BlancaLa Vida Llena in AlbuquerqueLegacy Santa Fe in Santa FeLife Care Center of Farmington in FarmingtonLittle Sisters of the Poor in GallupMcKinley Care Center in GallupMimbres Memorial Nursing Home in DemingMission Arch Center in RoswellMorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa FeNamaste House Assisted Living in FarmingtonPacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa FePrime Care Assisted Living in AlbuquerquePrinceton Place in AlbuquerqueRed Rocks Care Center in GallupRetirement Ranches, Inc. in ClovisRobin House Assisted Living Center in AlbuquerqueSan Juan Center in FarmingtonSouth Valley Care Center in AlbuquerqueSpanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in AlbuquerqueSundance Care Home in GallupTohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in TohatchiThe Village at Alameda in AlbuquerqueThe Village at Northrise in Las CrucesWellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in FarmingtonThe Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Get tested. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing: Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;Asymptomatic people who are currently working; andSymptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.
Nigeria Football Federation president Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has cast doubt about this season’s AITEO Cup taking place amid the disruption to the domestic football calendar by the coronavirus pandemic.The federal government ordered a halt to all sporting activities three weeks ago as the spread of the virus escalated in Nigeria where the number of infected people has crossed the 200 mark at present.Appearing on a breakfast programme on Arise TV on Monday, Pinnick praised the government’s response in tackling the global pandemic.The NFF president noted that the timely strategies deployed by the federal government ensured Nigeria has been spared the sort of impact currently being witnessed in many Western countries.“I want to commend the Federal Government for the efforts so far in tackling this pandemic. The Government’s strategy across all the States of the Federation has paid off and it is incumbent on all of us citizens to join the global army to fight this virus off the planet Earth,” Pinnick said.“On our part at the NFF. We are working with stakeholders, taking a cue from (world football–governing body) FIFA to intervene in certain areas.”Highlighting the impact of the pandemic on the domestic football sector which has been shut down since 19 March, Pinnick stated that there is some uncertainty about whether the 2019/2020 Federation Cup would hold.He suggested that an abridged version competition could be staged but that a final decision will be reached after consultations with the competition’s sponsors.“We will sit down with our (official premium) partners AITEO with regards to the AITEO Cup competition, to see how we can still put this year’s edition together,” Pinnick said.“We don’t know if we can still hold it this year or maybe we will do an abridged competition.“There is also the AITEO/NFF Awards (in its third edition). This year’s edition is meant to celebrate the Super Falcons. We have plans to celebrate them and the FIFA president was supposed to attend but we don’t know how to go about it. So, we will sit down with our sponsors to figure things out.”Kano Pillars and Nasarawa Amazons are the current holders of the men’s and women’s AITEO Cup.RelatedCoronavirus: NFF To Make “Impossible Decisions” On Domestic Football, National Teams – PinnickApril 13, 2020In “Featured”Chineme Martins: Deceased Footballer’s Family Refuse NFF Autopsy RequestApril 7, 2020In “Featured”Amaju Pinnick Is Doing Something Right In Leadership [Part 2]June 11, 2020In “Featured”
TOP PHOTO: Family and friends are coming together in support of Coach Kurt Owens (top right, back row).Julia and Jeremiah are Susan and Kurt Owens children.JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Kurt Owens has been there for the youth of our community, and his friends and family are asking you to be there for Kurt as he battles liver cancer. The hardworking husband and father of two was recently diagnosed with the disease and is making weekly trips to Nashville for treatment.To help off set expenses, a benefit fishing tournament is scheduled in Owens honor to help him and his family. The tourney is this weekend, Sat. Mar. 14, at the White Bridge. There’s also still time to become a sponsor. Jack Faulkner has details on how you can be a part of the event at 423.494.8093.Julia and Jeremiah with their father, Coach Kurt Owens.(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/11/2020-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitter
Tyson Gay handed Usain Bolt only his second professional 100m defeat as the American stormed to victory at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm.Gay clocked 9.84 seconds to beat the fit-again 23-year-old Jamaican by 0.13s and record his first ever win over the World and Olympic champion over 100m.In a race missing injured Asafa Powell, Richard Thompson was third in 10.10s.Britain’s Michael Rimmer impressed in the 800m but was again edged out by European champion Marcin Lewandowski.Rimmer’s defeat came just a week after being agonisingly denied European gold following a late dip by the Pole in Barcelona.With perfect conditions in Sweden for sprinting, Bolt and Gay – the world’s two fastest 100m runners in history – exchanged a touch of hands as they prepared to face each other over this distance for only the third time. Despite the Jamaican having struggled this season with an Achilles tendon injury, few would have expected the manner in which the 27-year-old from Kentucky cruised through in Sweden’s 1912 Olympic stadium.Gay, who impressed out of the blocks and dominated his fierce rival from the halfway stage, said: “It feels great to beat Usain but deep down inside I know he is not 100%. I look forward to beating him when he is 100%.“Usain knows what his limitations are. His goal this year was to go undefeated, not set world records. He has plenty left in the tank.“It was very important to beat someone like that for the fans and the sport. My body worked well today, I was excited and motivated.”Bolt, who admitted before this race that he had “slacked off” in training earlier in the season, said: “You can get beat any day. You have good days and bad days. “I still need to work on my strength. The first 10 metres was rubbish. I had no power, no nothing. I have tried to work on it but it didn’t work out.“I was ready but the two stand-ups annoyed me. But Tyson was in better shape than me and was better prepared.”Powell, unable to race on Friday because of ongoing back problems, was the last man to beat Bolt over 100m, two years ago in the same Swedish city.Since that defeat, the world record holder had enjoyed 14 successive wins, including the last time he clashed with Gay, at last summer’s World Championships in Berlin.It was in that race that Bolt set the current 100m world record of 9.58s and was the last time he defeated Gay, one year after their first head-to-head in New York in 2008. Gay’s Diamond League winning time was only two hundredths of a second slower than the season’s best of 9.82s – a time run by both Bolt and Powell.Powell, Gay and Bolt are scheduled to face each other at the final Diamond League meeting of the year in Brussels on 27 August.Britain’s Marlon Devonish failed to make the 100m final after finishing only fifth (10.32s) in the first heat, while GB duo Steph Twell and Hannah England were ninth and 14th in a 1500m race won by Nancy Jebet Langat.In other events, Russian Darya Klishna won the women’s long jump with 6.78m, Croatian superstar Blanka Vlasic won the high jump with 2.02m andAllyson Felix came through the 200m in 22.41s.In the men’s events, a 84.41m throw by Finland’s Tero Pitkamaki produced a shocked defeat over World, Olympic and European champion Andreas Thorkildsen, while American Bershawn Jackson clocked 47.65 to take the honours in the 400m hurdles. Credit: BBC