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Silofit Expands Network of Private, On-Demand Fitness Spaces with the Launch of Three Micro-Gyms in Toronto

TORONTO & MONTRÉAL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At a time when the out-of-home fitness industry is contracting amid the pandemic, Silofit is expanding its network of private fitness spaces. The company today announced it has launched three new micro-gyms in the downtown Toronto core to meet the growing demand for its fully equipped spaces. Silofit also announced that its seed funding round was extended and closed at CAD$3.5 million, up from the previously stated $1 million.

Silofit opened its first space (“Silo”) in Toronto last month, and two additional Silos opened today. Each space is operational daily from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and can accommodate 60 bookings / hours of training per week. The first space has been fully booked since it opened, and the two new spaces are already fully booked for the next two weeks. Given the demand for its private, on-demand fitness spaces, Silofit plans to open another 12 locations in Toronto in 2021 and will also expand to the U.S. market.

Silofit leases small, unused office spaces and turns them into private micro-gym studios that can be booked by fitness trainers for 1:1 client training or by individual gym-goers, on-demand, and by the hour, using the Silofit app. Each Silo features all the workout equipment anyone would expect of a traditional gym, including cardio equipment such as a bike and rower, and weight options including a squat rack, cable machine, dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, TRX, and more. The Silofit app is used to locate a space, and select the date, time, and duration for a fitness session. Ahead of the booked session, users receive instructions for using the Silo along with a unique access code to unlock the door. COVID-19 safety protocols are in place, including the sanitization of each space between users.

“We launched our business in 2018 with a view to disrupting the out-of-home fitness industry. And today, while most gyms are contracting because of the pandemic, we are accelerating our expansion plans given the demand we are seeing for our space,” said Wilfred Valenta, co-founder and CEO of Silofit. “In the past year, we have grown from two Silos to eight. And now, with the additional funding and strategic support from our investors – which are in the technology, sports, and real estate sectors – we are incredibly well positioned to continue on this path.”

Silofit now operates a total of eight Silos, including five in Montreal. Three of its Montreal Silos were launched in the past six months and two were operational this time last year.

Seed funding round extended, closing at $3.5 million

In November 2019, Silofit announced that it had raised $1 million in a seed funding round led by Whitecap Venture Partners and Courtside Ventures, with participation from NFL player, Ndamukong Suh. Given the growth potential for Silofit amid the pandemic, the round was extended earlier this year, bringing the total amount of seed funding raised to $3.5 million. The seed extension enabled the addition of Alate Partners as

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Coronavirus Testing Expands Across WI

ACROSS WISCONSIN— The expansion of coronavirus testing across Wisconsin was announced by Gov. Tony Evers along with Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm Thursday.

The expansion includes 71 new free community testing sites that will now be available in 56 counties and 7 tribal nations. These sites have the capacity to test approximately 48,000 people each week. Increasing access to testing for all individuals continues to be a major pillar of Wisconsin’s statewide response plan, and these efforts will help meet this goal.

“Testing is a critically important part of our state’s response to this pandemic, and we want to make it easier for those who need a test to get a test,” said Governor Evers. “Distance is one barrier that we can do something about, and one of the ways to address this issue is to offer testing in more places.”

Key information about the community testing sites:

  • 71 new community testing sites are opening in October and will be available through December 10.

  • 56 counties will host consistent COVID-19 testing sites.

  • 7 tribal nations will be either hosting or co-hosting community testing sites.

  • 35 testing sites will be available 1-3 days a week in 29 counties or tribal nations.

  • 31 testing sites will be available every other week in 27 counties or tribal nations.

  • 5 new sites will be available once a month in 3 counties.

The new sites are intended to ensure consistent access to testing in all regions of the state. Each of the sites uses COVID Connect, the state’s online testing registration and result system, and each has the capacity to collect 300-400 tests a day.

“Testing plays a critical role in protecting our friends and family from further spread of the virus and helps us to understand disease activity around the state,” said Secretary-designee Palm. “If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, we encourage you to visit one of these testing sites, isolate away from others, and let your close contacts know they may have been exposed. Your efforts to keep those around you safe will help stop the spread.”

Testing provides foundational information but is not enough to stop the spread. Actions taken after obtaining a test are the key to preventing further infections. These actions include quarantining while waiting for results, self-isolating and notifying contacts in the case of a positive result, and monitoring symptoms in the case of a negative result.

Each site represents a partnership between the State of Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center, the Wisconsin National Guard, local and tribal public health, and county and tribal emergency management. The Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition coordinators also played a key role in establishing sites across the state.

The community testing sites will be staffed by the Wisconsin National Guard citizen soldiers with one local site manager per site. In addition to the community testing sites, Wisconsin National Guard personnel may also provide testing support for

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Pittman Expands Financial Aid For Coronavirus Patients, Families

MILLERSVILLE, MD — Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman launched three initiatives Thursday to help locals weather the coronavirus fallout. The programs will help residents pay bills, find resources and cope with virus-related deaths.

Water Shutoffs

The first initiative looks to help struggling families pay their water bills. Pittman announced the relief effort at a press conference in front of a Millersville water tower.

About 20,000 county residents are behind on their water payements, Pittman said. That’s up 19,000 from this time last year, the county executive added.

“If we don’t help these people, they could not only have their water cut off, but the liens that we are required to put on their homes, and the subsequent foreclosure proceedings could leave them homeless,” Pittman said in a press release after the conference. “Helping to pay their bills is essential.”

Pittman recently bought time for these families by signing Executive Order 30. The mandate prohibited water shutoffs for nonpayment until Nov. 16.

The county will mail applications for the Water Bill Relief Program to residents who qualify. Interested applicants may also dial (410) 222-1144 or email [email protected] TTY users should call Maryland Relay at 7-1-1.

Family Resources

Pittman also announced the COVID Care Coordination Program, an extension of the Department of Health’s contract tracing. The program’s case managers will reach out to people who test positive for coronavirus. The bilingual workers can help find food, shelter, housing, commodities and financial assistance.

The final initiative addresses the pandemic’s effects on mental health. This COVID Recovery and Grief Support Program will offer counseling to families who lost a loved one to coronavirus.

The extra money will bolster the mental health warm line, which has answered more calls during the pandemic. Residents can reach the line at (410) 768-5522.

“What we are experiencing is an increase in the number of individuals who are seeking additional mental health support, many of whom have financial barriers,” said Adrienne Mickler, the executive director of the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency. “These funds will support urgent care appointments and follow up treatment.”

CARES Act Check-In

Pittman will fund his $2 million plan with money from the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, better known as the CARES Act. Anne Arundel County got $101.1 million in CARES Act funding after Congress passed the stimulus package in March.

The county executive’s announcement came hours before Gov. Larry Hogan announced his $250 million plan to keep Maryland’s small businesses afloat. Hogan stressed the importance of spending CARES Act money soon, noting that it expires at the end of the year.

Pittman said that Anne Arundel County has about $25 million to $30 million left in its CARES Act account. Residents can track the county’s coronavirus spending and find resources at this link. The website shows that Anne Arundel has about $52.2 million of CARES Act money remaining, but Pittman noted that the portal needs to be updated with the county’s latest expenditures.

“Water bill

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Ehave Expands Its Psychedelic Mental Health Platform with Medchart, a Leader in Medical Record Software, as a Plugin to the Ehave Dashboard

Ehave partners with world-renowned tech platform, Medchart. The Medchart plugin will allow medical professionals using the Ehave Dashboard to easily transfer medical records, while allowing patients to own their own data and do what they want with it.

MIAMI, Oct. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ehave, Inc. (OTC Pink: EHVVF) (the “Company”), a provider of digital therapeutics delivering evidence-based therapeutic interventions to healthcare patients, announced today it has added Medchart, the only comprehensive solution for medical record exchange, as the first plugin to its Ehave Dashboard. This will not only allow patients to take more control over their psychedelic medical records, it will allow patients to access innovative treatments to mental health by providing clinicians and pharmaceutical companies with data that will make the provision of care more readily available. The combination of Medchart with the Ehave Dashboard will help provide a dataset that can be used to clinically validate some of these more experimental forms of therapy including psychedelics and ketamine treatment.

Personal Health Records (PHR) are a patient’s individualized collection of their health records. By allowing patients to own their own records, medical professionals and psychedelic researchers can begin working with patients to create biomarkers on the how they can live a longer healthier life, as well as what treatments are effective. Giving data to the PHR helps doctors who can prescribe medicine based on your data. As you add sensors into the dashboard you can add more data in your PHR. There are 11 million Americans who are resistant to most mental health therapies, and they can cost the healthcare system as much as $250 billion. Since major pharmaceutical companies don’t develop drugs for them, the Ehave Dashboard could potentially aggregate data from this patient population and provide that data to drug developers for clinical trials. This data could also help insurers route patients to the treatment providers who can help them the most.

Toronto-based Medchart, which enables the electronic transfer of medical records through express patient consent, simplifies the request of health information for patients. Medchart digitizes the exchange of health information between healthcare providers, attorneys, insurers, payers, researchers and patients while improving transfer speed, data quality, and business insights through artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company provides cloud based medical record solutions across North America with purpose-built solutions for personal injury and mass tort attorneys in the United States. Medchart complies with all federal and provincial privacy legislation including HIPAA, PIPEDA, PHIPA, PIPA, PHIA, HIA, and more.

The Ehave Dashboard is a data driven platform that has been strategically developed to provide better communication among medical practitioners and health care providers. The aggregation of data and information into one application has proven effective in streamlining the health process for both patients and providers. The Ehave Dashboard has been developed through years of testing with mental healthcare professionals at one of Canada’s largest hospitals, The Hospital for Sick Children in Ontario. In addition to providing better outcomes, the proprietary platform allows individuals to

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