Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon tests positive for COVID-19


Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has tested positive for COVID-19, the latest governor to test positive for the disease this year.

“Governor Mark Gordon received results today of a COVID-19 test that showed he is positive for the virus,” the governor’s office said in a statement. “He only has minor symptoms at this time and plans to continue working on behalf of Wyoming remotely.”

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine also announced this year that they had been infected with the virus.

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The announcement comes after new restrictions in the state limiting public gatherings as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths have surged in recent weeks. However, no statewide mask mandate has been approved, despite calls from health officers in the state. 

The Republican governor and state health officer Dr. Alexia Harrist said Thursday that public gatherings will be limited to 25 people or fewer without restrictions. Indoor gatherings will be limited to 25% capacity with social distancing, and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 50% capacity with social distancing. 

“These measures are intended to assist our healthcare system in meeting unprecedented demands for services, assure that in-classroom education can continue, and importantly keep Wyoming’s people working and her businesses open,” Gordon said.

The new order went into effect Nov. 24, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

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Overall, the state has confirmed 26,677 COVID-19 cases and documented 4,084 probable cases, according to the COVID Tracking Project. 

Wyoming’s death toll has reached 215 fatalities and there are currently 226 people hospitalized. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report



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Reigning league MVP Jackson tests positive for COVID-19: NFL report



FILE PHOTO: Nov 22, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) warms up prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

November 27, 2020

(Reuters) – Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson, the NFL’s reigning Most Valuable Player, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Ravens rescheduled game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, a report on the league’s website said.

The Ravens had been due to face the Steelers on Thursday but the game was postponed with several Baltimore players and staff members having tested positive this week or deemed to have been in close contact.

The report https://www.nfl.com/news/ravens-qb-lamar-jackson-tests-positive-for-covid-19 said the NFL would monitor developments but that there had been no change as yet to the status of Sunday’s game between the Ravens (6-4) and undefeated Steelers (10-0).

The latest outbreak has seen the Ravens place 10 players, including eight starters, on the reserve/COVID-19 list, it added.

ESPN on Thursday said Jackson was among four more Ravens players to test positive as part of one of the biggest outbreaks in the NFL and one that could threaten Sunday’s game.

“No way it can be played,” an unnamed source told ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

ESPN also said Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh confirmed he had told the team that players would not be allowed to go into the Ravens’ training facility until Monday at the earliest.

The Ravens did not immediately respond when asked to comment.

In a statement on Wednesday they said they had disciplined a staff member for conduct surrounding the recent COVID-19 cases that have affected the team.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Peter Rutherford)





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Cricket news: Pakistan players test positive for coronavirus in NZ, updates, quarantine, COVID-19,


Six Pakistan cricketers have tested positive for COVID-19 while the entire team has been given a “final warning” by the NZ Government for breaching rules while in managed isolation in Christchurch.

The development has thrown the team’s preparation for their upcoming Twenty20 and test series against the Black Caps into turmoil.

In a statement, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) confirmed the players had returned the positive tests while in managed isolation in Christchurch and will be moved into the quarantine arm of the facility – in line with Government protocol.

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Joe Joyce to be without trainer for Daniel Dubois clash after positive coronavirus test


Joe Joyce will be without trainer Ismael Salas for the toughest fight of his career against Daniel Dubois.

Salas tested positive for Covid-19 having spent the last few weeks in Las Vegas working with his other fighters.

He has not come into contact with Joyce however and so the heavyweight clash will go ahead as planned.

“We were concerned about Salas going back to Vegas,” Joyce’s layer Adam Morallee said.

“Being in a gym around other fighters we were concerned that he might contract coronavirus, it was a risk.




“We put measures in place to make sure that when he arrived back in the country, he was isolated from everyone.

“He has been away from everyone, especially Joe, he has been in a separate hotel, he got a separate taxi here, he was tested alone and went to his room.

“Then his test came back positive and he had to go straight home.”

Joyce will now be coached through the fight by the inexperienced Steve Broughton.

The Olympic silver medalist had been in Las Vegas earlier this year preparing for Dubois but the coronavirus lockdown changed his plans.

He spent the month of October with Salas in Lonson before the Cuban flew back to Sin City.

Morallee added: “Joe should have trained in Vegas with his coach but coronavirus has screwed everything up for everybody.

“Salas is a top coach with a lot of fighters and he tried to prioritise Joe Joyce, he did get over here, but he had to go back to Vegas because he is a loyal guy.

“Did we think about bringing in another trainer? Yes. But we believe that Steve Broughton is a world-class trainer and we have the experience of Jimmy Tibbs, who has been in the corner for every Joe Joyce UK fight.

“Joe is absolutely fine, Steve has been his main trainer since May. We wanted Salas with us the whole time but he had to work with his other fighters so he was unable to. We knew the risks.”





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Pakistan cricket squad members test positive for coronavirus in New Zealand as officials say team breached protocols


Six members of the Pakistan cricket squad have tested positive for COVID-19 in New Zealand and have been moved from managed isolation into quarantine.

Two of the cases were described as “historical” and four were new.

The Pakistan touring group, including 53 players and officials, was tested after arriving on Tuesday.

All six positive cases were being moved to the quarantine arm of their isolation facility. No members of the public were endangered.

New Zealand Cricket officials said closed-circuit television footage showed some members of the Pakistan squad breached protocols on the first day of managed isolation.

“We will be having discussions with the tourists to assist them in understanding the requirements,” New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said in a statement.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health said the breaches of isolation rules occurred “despite clear, consistent and detailed communication of expected behaviours while in the facility”.

The Pakistan team’s exemption to practice while in managed isolation will be withheld until an investigation has been completed.

All players were tested four times before their departure from Lahore to New Zealand and were negative on each occasion.

New Zealand Cricket said while the positive cases were disappointing, their early discovery showed New Zealand’s protocols around touring teams were working.



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New COVID drama as Adelaide schoolgirl tests positive


Health authorities have launched an urgent investigation after a new COVID-19 case emerged this evening – with a Woodville High School student testing positive.

SA Health tonight issued an alert advising anyone who attended the school on Monday November 23 to immediately isolate with all members of their household until further notice.

Contact tracing and genomic testing is underway to confirm if the new case is linked to the Parafield cluster, which earlier today stood at 29 cases.

SA Health said Woodville High School would be closed on Thursday “to undergo deep cleaning and to allow SA Health to conduct detailed contact tracing and risk assessment”.

The school is in the same area as the Woodville Pizza Bar, where at least two workers also connected to city medi-hotels have returned positive tests.

One of them, a Spanish man in SA on a graduate visa, was initially blamed by authorities for sparking last week’s three-day lockdown. Premier Steven Marshall said on Friday the man had “lied” to contact tracers about his work arrangements.

An SA Health spokesperson said it was unclear at this stage whether the schoolgirl had any connection to the pizza bar.

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False COVID-19 positive delays release of India cricket team’s unsung hero


Raghavendra, who India captain Kohli has publicly lavished praise upon for vastly improving their batsmen’s skills against fast bowling, tested positive for COVID-19 in Bangalore last month and as a result did not join the Indian squad and the Australians who played in the Indian Premier League on a charter flight from Dubai to Sydney two weeks ago.

Instead, the “wanger” thrower (a device used to simulate bowling in the nets), who had been with Team India for seven years, arrived on a commercial flight before being transported to a separate hotel in Sydney to serve his quarantine time.

India’s throwdown guru D Raghavendra.Credit:BCCI

Sources said he had tested negative upon arrival and was due to get out earlier this week, but that had been delayed by what turned out to be a false positive test.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age attempted to contact the Indian team’s media manager in Australia, Moulin Parikh, on Wednesday to ascertain when Raghavendra was being let out, but he did not return calls or a text message. Asked when Raghavendra would be permitted to join the rest of the India touring party, a NSW Health spokesperson said: “NSW Health does not comment on individual cases”.

India have brought another staff member with them to deliver throwdowns in the nets to batsmen but Raghavendra, called “Raghu” by the team, is a prized asset who can fling the ball at batsmen at more than 150km/h.

“I believe the improvement this team has shown while playing fast bowling since 2013 has been because of Raghu,” Kohli said in May.

Steve Smith faces throwdowns on the Ashes tour last year.

Steve Smith faces throwdowns on the Ashes tour last year.Credit:PA

“He has good concepts about footwork, bat movement of players. He has improved his skills so much that from sidearm he easily hurls the balls at 155km/h.

“After playing Raghu in nets, when you go into the match, you feel there is a lot of time.”

A slimmed-down Australian team staff doesn’t have its own specialist ball thrower, with head coach Justin Langer taking on some of those duties himself since batting coach Graeme Hick was among those made redundant at Cricket Australia in June.

Former captain Ricky Ponting has been hurling balls at the likes of Smith and Warner at Blacktown over the past two weeks, having been in quarantine at Homebush himself after coaching in the IPL.

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“That’s where we all have to muck in and help each other. Having been [Australia’s] batting coach 10 years ago or so, I did it for two or three years and it’s a really tough job,” Langer said on Wednesday.

“I know Ricky Ponting … I think his arm has fallen off from throwing to Steve Smith over the last 10 days. I always have a joke with ‘Punter’ over the last few weeks, what a job it is to throw to Steve Smith.

“Our boys love to hit balls, they only get better by practising. It’s one of the parts of our job, we have to keep preparing our guys as best as possible. We do that, whether it’s getting throwdown specialists in time will tell. We have a pretty good system at the moment. We have some good people helping out.”

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LIVE UPDATES: Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler tests positive for coronavirus amid runoff campaign


U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler will be quarantining after testing positive, negative and getting inconclusive results in three separate tests for COVID-19, the Georgia Republican’s campaign said Saturday.

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Loeffler initially tested negative Friday morning with a rapid-results test before two campaign events she held with Vice President Mike Pence.

She also took a PCR test Friday, which came back positive later in the day, campaign spokesman Stephen Lawson said, and a third test Saturday was inconclusive. 

“Senator Loeffler followed CDC guidelines by notifying those with whom she had sustained direct contact while she awaits further test results,” her campaign said. “She has no symptoms and she will continue to follow CDC guidelines by quarantining until retesting is conclusive and an update will be provided at that time.”

Loeffler is facing a runoff challenge from Democrat Raphael Warnock on Jan. 5, while her Senate colleague David Perdue, also from Georgia, faces Democrat Jon Ossoff on the same day. The two Georgia elections will determine control of the Senate in the next Congress.

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Brazil soccer star Marta tests positive for coronavirus


Brazil’s six-time world player of the year Marta has tested positive for COVID-19, the country’s soccer governing body said on Saturday.

Marta, 34, has been withdrawn from the national team that is set to face Ecuador in two friendly matches at home on November 27 and December 1.

Marta has tested positive for coronavirus.Credit:AP

The CBF did not give any details about the forward’s condition but they have informed her club, Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League, saying they would provide any assistance necessary.

Marta was the first player, male or female, to score in five World Cups with 17 strikes in total – also a record.

Her place in the squad will be taken by 19-year-old defender Camila Silva.

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