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Nike SuperRep Cycle Indoor Cycling Shoe

We know just how important having the proper pair of training shoes is, no matter the modality, and when it comes to indoor cycling, we are loving the Nike SuperRep Cycle shoe ($120). (They’re selling out fast, and you can also find them at Nordstrom). There’s nothing wrong with renting shoes from a cycling studio, but you can’t go wrong with upgrading from the slightly sweaty and very stinky shoes that can be used both at home and in studio.

The SuperRep Cycle shoe is “sleek” and “ultra-breathable,” and we have a feeling indoor-cycling enthusiasts are going to love it. The mesh upper keeps the feet cool during intense rides, the two adjustable straps keep the feet feeling snug and supported throughout all movements, and the rubber studs near the toes prevent slipping while walking in the shoes.

There are a lot of great gift options for fitness-lovers, and in our opinion, these cycling shoes are high up on the list.

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The Best Indoor Fitness Bikes For At Home Workouts

Stationary bikes are among the best and most popular holiday gifts of 2020. Ever since the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19, sales of models from Peloton, Echelon, Nordic Track, Schwinn, Bowflex, Technogym and many more have been through the roof. Gyms, health clubs and fitness chains remain closed in many places, and in some spots they are closing yet again in the current wave of infection. The work from home (WFH) and stay at home lifestyle has made many people more aware of the advantages and conveniences of fitness gear in their home, with no commute, no strangers and an easy way to squeeze in a workout at lunch, before or after work, without going anywhere.

If you think it is too early to be holiday shopping for a bike, you are wrong, and delay may leave you empty handed. Industry leader Peloton is currently running 10 weeks on delivery for its hot new Peloton Bike+  model, though you can still get the original Peloton Bike faster or wrap a gift certificate for the new model and expect delivery around late January. In any case, there are plenty of great options at many different price points. There are basically two styles of stationary bikes, those that have followed the popular model invented by Peloton and offer a subscription to “live” and recorded classes, like being in an indoor cycling studio but at home, along with lots of other kinds of instructor led class workouts, and bikes aimed more at do it yourself rides, for those who prefer to just pedal to TV shows or read or do their own heartrate zone based workouts. I’ve rounded up the best examples of each kind for your holiday gift shopping.

Need a Holiday Gift for a Golfer? Check out the Best 2020 Golf Gear options here.

Peloton Bike & Bike+: Peloton revolutionized home fitness with its virtual cycling class participation model, which has since been expanded to over 10,000 classes (and growing daily) in nearly a dozen indoor and outdoor fitness disciplines including Bike Bootcamp (mixing cycling and strength training), yoga, strength training, indoor and outdoor running, and many more. While other manufacturers have replicated the hardware, and there are even more advanced bikes out there, Peloton is still far in the lead when it comes to the quality, variety and sheer quantity of class offerings. I’ve had a Peloton bike for years and love it – the instructors are great, the little bells and whistles like being able to search by playlists or even specific musicians is great, and innovations just keep coming. If having an endless choice

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No Indoor Dining, Drinking In Kendall Co. Amid Coronavirus Surge

KENDALL COUNTY, IL — Restaurants and bars in Illinois’ North Central region will be forced to suspend indoor service starting Wednesday after a surge in coronavirus cases in the region over the past few weeks.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced COVID-19 resurgence mitigations in Region 2 — Kendall County’s Restore Illinois region — beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday.

The region has seen a 7-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8 percent or above for three consecutive days, which exceeds the thresholds set for establishing mitigation measures under the state’s Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan. Region 2 includes Rock Island, Henry, Bureau, Putnam, Kendall, Grundy, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Warren, McDonough, Fulton, Stark, Marshall, Peoria, Tazwell, McLean, Woodford, Livingston, and Lasalle counties.

“Region 2 has now sustained an average positivity rate of 8 percent or higher for three consecutive days, meaning that now every region in Illinois will soon be operating under resurgence mitigations,” Pritzker said in a release. “I know that the vast majority of people in this state want to keep themselves safe, their families and children safe, their parents and neighbors and friends. I have always maintained enormous faith in the people of Illinois to do what’s right for each other. As cases, hospitalizations and deaths are rising across our state, across the Midwest and across the nation, we have to act responsibly and collectively to protect the people we love.”

Mitigation measures taking effect include:

Bars

  • No indoor service

  • All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m.

  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside

  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)

  • Tables should be 6 feet apart

  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting

  • No dancing or standing indoors

  • Reservations required for each party

  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Restaurants

  • No indoor dining or bar service

  • All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m.

  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart

  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting

  • Reservations required for each party

  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity

  • No party buses

  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

The positivity rate in Region 2 has fluctuated in recent months, with the region currently seeing an 9.3 percent positivity rate as of Sunday, according to IDPH data. While the rate was 7.7 percent in early September, it dropped to 5 percent by early October and increased again to 7.2 percent in late October. Region 2 has also experienced a slight uptick in hospitalizations in October after leveling off the two months prior.

Restrictions will be lifted when the region records positivity rates under 6.5 percent for three days in a row,

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Coronavirus crowd study: German researchers find ‘glimmers of hope’ after inviting thousands to indoor concert in Leipzig

In one scenario modeled by the scientists, the infection risk for participants and their contacts was around 70 times lower when health and safety instructions were followed, compared with what it could have been under pre-pandemic behavior.

“A concert or handball game with a strictly enforced safety protocol is safer than the participation in a big wedding,” said Michael Gekle, the dean of the medical department at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, who was involved in the research.

The scientists’ conclusions are based on an experiment that drew around 1,400 people to an indoor concert simulation in August, hosted in one of the country’s largest venues in the eastern German city of Leipzig.

The researchers from the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, a public institution, used tracking devices to gather data on the movements and behavior of participants, all of whom had to test negative for the virus to be allowed to participate. Over the following two months, the data gathered during the day-long experiment in August was fed into a computer simulation to estimate the hypothetical spread of the coronavirus for varying safety protocols and infection rates.

Finding a balance between economic incentives to fill a venue as much as possible and safety constraints to limit the risks was the main goal of the experiment that looked at three scenarios.

In the first, participants — while still wearing masks — pretended that the pandemic did not exist, allowing the researchers to create a detailed computer simulation of a concert with no social distancing and with an auditorium at full capacity.

In the second scenario, organizers imposed light social distancing rules and reduced the number of participants. This scenario, the researchers said Thursday, would provide sufficient safety to hold indoor events up to an infection rate of 50 new cases per 100,000 people within a week. Germany deems regions that cross this threshold as risk areas.

Events could still be held with infection levels above that rate, the researchers found, but only if organizers were to follow stringent distancing, as modeled in a third scenario.

In all three scenarios, participants had assigned seats.

The researchers cautioned that participants’ safety largely depends on face masks and on indoor ventilation systems, which were both found to play a critical role in preventing infections.

Germany already approved a $580 million program last month to improve ventilation systems in museums, theaters and other spaces. As long as no effective vaccine has been widely distributed more funding for ventilation will be needed, said Stefan Moritz, who headed the experiment. “This pandemic won’t be over in a few months,” he said.

In the lead-up to the concert, the prospect of the experiment sparked hate mail and accusations that it would become a superspreader event, but the researchers said Thursday that the concert had resulted in no known infections.

The release of their findings Thursday came at a pivotal time in Germany, and one day after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a month-long partial national lockdown this

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Pritzker Defends Coronavirus Data Used To Ban Indoor Dining

CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker defended the metrics used to guide his regional COVID-19 resurgence mitigation plan, which have triggered restrictions on indoor service at restaurants and bars across most of the state.

Coronavirus positivity rates in all but one region of Illinois are above the 8 percent fail-safe threshold that leads to increased restrictions under the governor’s Restore Illinois plan and executive orders.

“Let’s be clear,” Pritzker said. “Well-meaning and reasonable people can have fair disagreements about how and where to draw lines and connect dots, but when every single metric in every single corner of our state is trending poorly, we have to take meaningful action to keep our people safe”

In addition to a positivity rate that has risen by 3.4 percentage points since Oct. 1, the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 rose by 73 percent, while the number of coronavirus patients in the state’s intensive care units is up by 61 percent this month, according to Illinois Department of Public Health data Pritzker shared at a briefing Thursday in Chicago.

Of the two regions where restrictions have yet to be imposed: Region 6, the Champaign EMS region, is on track to see restrictions announced Friday, having already averaged two days above the 8 percent mark. And Region 2, the Peoria EMS region, saw its positivity rate rise to 7.9 percent on the most recent day for which data was available.

The restrictions can also be triggered by a period of seven out of 10 days with both increasing positivity rates and an increasing rounded rolling average number of new daily hospitalizations of people with coronavirus symptoms. That led to the first tier of mitigations in suburban Cook County and Chicago before the regions also triggered restrictions by spending three days above the 8-percent mark.

“Bars and restaurants are spreading locations,” Pritzker said. “We need to clamp down because we need to bring the numbers down. They’re headed in the wrong direction, and unfortunately bars and restaurants are the location — no fault of the people who own them or operate them or even people who visit them — but it is true that those are places where there is a higher transmission likelihood than other locations.”

Tiered mitigations restricting indoor dining and limiting the size of gatherings have been imposed on nine of the state’s 11 regions. Region 3, the Springfield emergency medical services region, Thursday became the latest to trigger the additional measures. One region — Region 1 in Northwest Illinois — has advanced to the second tier of mitigations. “Tier 2” includes a 10-person gathering size limit and a six-person limit at outdoor tables.

Pritzker was asked whether the first two tiers of limitations that be enough to curb the spread.

“I don’t know. I really would like to know the answer to that. This virus is unknowable, seemingly,” he said. “We didn’t know when we put the stay-at-home order back in March, we didn’t know if that was enough. We

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Masks Good, Ventilation Better at Cutting COVID Risk at Indoor Events: Study | Top News

BERLIN (Reuters) – Face masks and limits on numbers are important, but good ventilation technology is the most essential ingredient of all in reducing the risk of the coronavirus spreading at public events indoors, according to a German study.

And researchers say the study’s results have implications for containing the epidemic among the broader population too.

Around 1,500 volunteers with face masks, hand sanitiser and proximity trackers attended an indoor pop-concert in Leipzig in August to assess how the virus spreads in large gatherings.

Reseachers simulated three scenarios with varying numbers of spectators and social-distancing standards, and created a computer model of the arena to analyse the flow of aerosols from infected virtual spectators.

“The most important finding for us was understanding how crucial it is to have good ventilation technology. This is key to lowering the risk of infection,” said Stefan Moritz, leader of the RESTART-19 study at the University Medical School in Halle.

The study also found that reducing venue capacity, having multiple arena entrances and seating spectators can have a major impact on the number of contacts people accumulate.

Its recommendations include only allowing food to be eaten at seats, open-air waiting areas, mask-wearing for the concert’s duration and employing stewards to make sure people stick to hygiene rules.

Researchers also developed an epidemiological model to analyse the impact of staging an event on the spread of the virus among the broader population.

They found hygiene measures such as mask-wearing and social-distancing should remain in place as long as the pandemic persists, while seating plans and number of guests should be adjusted based on the incidence of the virus.

“Events have the potential to fuel the epidemic by spreading pathogens, but if a hygiene concept is stuck to then the risk is very low,” said Rafael Mikolajczyk, from Halle University’s Institute for Medical Epidemiology.

The study’s results have not yet been peer-reviewed.

(Reporting by Caroline Copley; editing by John Stonestreet)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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Governor bans indoor dining in Chicago as virus cases surge

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Surging COVID-19 cases in Chicago prompted Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday to ban indoor dining and bar services and limit the number of people gathering in one place.

The rules taking effect Friday will force diners and bar patrons outdoors and shut down service at 11 p.m. No more than 25 people may gather at one time, or fewer if that number would exceed 25% of room capacity.

“We can’t ignore what is happening around us, because without action, this could look worse than anything we saw in the spring,” Pritzker said, referring to the start of the pandemic, when health care resources were pushed to the limit because of the overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases.


Chicago, which comprises Region 11 of the state’s 11 COVID-19 monitoring regions, joins six other regions subject to what the Pritzker administration calls “resurgence mitigations.” A day earlier, Pritzker imposed the restrictions on Region 10, Cook County outside of Chicago and Lake County to the north.

After a summer of declining case numbers — Illinois fared better than many other states, particularly in the South and West — they began climbing again in August and jumped precipitously this month. There were 4,000 new infections and 46 additional deaths Tuesday, bringing total cases to 382,985 with 9,568 deaths.

There were 2,758 hospitalized, an 86% increase from a month ago, and both intensive care patients at 595 and the 241 on ventilators represented increases in the 70% range.

Other regions which hit the mitigation bar did so when positive rates of COVD-19 test results topped 8% for three consecutive days. Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the state public health director, said the latest additions, Cook County on Monday and Chicago on Tuesday, have seen the troubling rise in numbers of sick people requiring inpatient treatment as well as a jump in positive test results.

“Based on current trends, we soon could face reduced hospital bed availability and overwhelming our health care systems,” Ezike said.

Earlier Tuesday, Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, predicted the action taken by the governor, pointing out that while COVID-19 is not as prevalent in Chicago as during the pandemic’s early days in March, the number of confirmed cases is doubling every nine days.

“COVID is widespread here in Chicago, and we need you to double down on the things that you know work,” Arwady said. “Please as much as you can, if there are interactions you’re having that are not essential, back off on those.”

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Associated Press writer Kathleen Foody contributed from Chicago.

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No Indoor Dining In Northbrook Under New Coronavirus Restrictions

NORTHBROOK, IL — Indoor dining at Northbrook restaurants will be forbidden starting Wednesday, as state public health officials announced new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. All service inside bars and restaurants in suburban Cook County will be off-limits, all outdoor eating or drinking has to stop by 11 p.m. and gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 25 people.

It marks the first time the additional mitigation measures will be applied to Arlington Heights and the rest of the Cook County suburbs, although similar restrictions are already in place in Regions 7 and 8, including DuPage, Kane, Kankakee and Will counties.

According to data from the Cook County Department of Public Health, the average number of new confirmed cases rose by 75.9 percent from Oct. 7 through Wednesday, the most recent day where data is available, compared to the prior two weeks.

As of Monday, there have been 742 confirmed coronavirus-related cases in Arlington Heights, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health with 56 new cases last week. That marks an 119 percent increase in confirmed cases over the last 14 days.

(Cook County Department of Public Health)
(Cook County Department of Public Health)

In suburban Cook County overall, the positivity rate and the rate of hospital admissions has been rising sharply. As of Thursday, the most recent day when data is available from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the rounded rolling average of daily new hospital admissions of people with symptoms of COVID-19 had risen to 49 — more than doubling since the start of October.

“We are seeing test positivity across the state increase, but for Region 10, Suburban Cook County, we are also seeing a steady increase in hospitalizations for COVID-like illness,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in a statement announcing the new restrictions. “At the beginning of the pandemic, we were concerned about overwhelming our hospitals, and we must take action now to prevent that possibility.”

RELATED: 1 Coronavirus Death, 61 New Cases Since Last Week In Northbrook

With Monday’s announcement of new measures in suburban Cook County, Region 10, and the re-imposition of restrictions on the Metro East region, Region 4, more than half of the state’s 11 COVID-19 resurgence mitigation regions will be under some form of additional resurgence mitigation.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 28, the following rules take effect in Northbrook and other Cook County suburbs:

Bars/Restaurants

  • No indoor service

  • All outside service closes at 11:00 p.m.

  • All patrons should be seated at tables outside

  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bars — bar stools should be removed

  • Tables should be 6 feet apart

  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting

  • No dancing or standing indoors

  • Reservations required for each party

  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity

  • No party buses

  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to

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Coronavirus Restrictions Halt Indoor Dining In Winnetka, Glencoe

WINNETKA, IL — Indoor dining at restaurants in Winnetka and Glencoe will be forbidden starting Wednesday, as state public health officials announced new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. All service inside bars and restaurants in suburban Cook County will be off-limits, all outdoor eating or drinking has to stop by 11 p.m. and gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 25 people.

“We have seen eight days of increases in test positivity and hospital admissions,” said Dr. Rachel Rubin, senior medical officer at the Cook County Department of Public Health. “The positivity rate is now 7.7%, up from 7.2% last week. Metrics like these prompted the state to mandate Tier 1 Resurgence Mitigations, similar to other counties with increased transmission.”

It marks the first time the additional mitigation measures will be applied to New Trier Township communities and the rest of the Cook County suburbs, although similar restrictions are already in place in Regions 7 and 8, including DuPage, Kane, Kankakee and Will counties.

“Our mitigation measures are responsive to the data, which is showing higher rates among people under age 30,” Rubin said. “Everyone is at risk, including young people. While they tend not to get as sick from COVID-19, they can still become seriously ill and spread the infection to their grandparents, co-workers, family, and friends.”

According to data from the Cook County Department of Public Health, the average number of new confirmed cases in both Winnetka and Glencoe had fallen from the start of September through Wednesday, the most recent day where data is available — dropping by nearly 50 percent in Winnetka and 30 percent in Glencoe compared to the prior two weeks.

For the week ending Oct. 17, there were 5 new cases reported in Winnetka and fewer than five in Glencoe. Winnetka’s per capita rate was 1,608 confirmed cases per 100,000 people, while Glencoe’s was 1,123 per 100,000 people.

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During that same period, neighboring communities have seen significant growth. Northbrook’s rose by 138 percent to 2,159 confirmed cases per 100,000 people, Glenview’s count rose by 116 percent to 2,636 cases per 100,000, Wilmette’s was up by 76 percent with a rate of 1,469 cases per 100,000 people and ZIP codes in Highland Park had a seven-day rolling average of 2,240 new cases per 100,000 residents.

(Cook County Department of Public Health)
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RELATED: Glencoe To Allow Igloos, Greenhouses For Outdoor Dining In Winter

In suburban Cook County overall, the positivity rate and the rate of hospital admissions has been rising sharply. As of Thursday, the most recent day when data is available from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the rounded rolling average of daily new hospital admissions of people with symptoms of COVID-19 had risen to 49 — more than doubling since the start of October.

“We are seeing test positivity across the state increase, but for Region 10, Suburban Cook County, we are also seeing a steady increase in

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No Indoor Dining, Drinking In Kane-DuPage Amid Coronavirus Surge

KANE COUNTY, IL — Restaurants and bars in Kane and DuPage counties will be forced to suspend indoor service starting Friday after a surge in coronavirus cases in the region over the past few weeks.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday that Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties) and Region 7 (Will and Kankakee counties) will face enhanced coronavirus restrictions after positivity rates there surpassed 8 percent for three consecutive days.

Restrictions Near As Positivity Rate Tops 8% In Kane-DuPage

Those restrictions include a ban on indoor service at restaurants and bars, as well as a 25-person limit on any gatherings in those four counties, Pritzker said.

Restrictions will be lifted when the region records positivity rates under 6.5 percent for three days in a row, while public health officials will add more restrictions if the regional positivity rate remains above 8 percent for 14 days in a row.

Kane County Back On Watch List As Positivity Rate Tops 11%

Pritzker said his administration will give priority consideration to businesses in regions facing new restrictions through its $220 million Business Interruption Grants program.

“The new wave of the virus is disrupting small businesses in these regions,” Pritzker said.

Pritzker urged residents to wear masks, wash their hands and keep their distance as flu season starts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Late-Night Liquor Ban Lifted Despite Surge In Coronavirus Cases

“As cold weather approaches and flu season is upon us, we’re going to see the rippling effects of these current unfortunate trends,” Pritzker said, warning that “the massive surge of cases in our neighboring states will continue to have a spillover effect.”

“There is no easy fix for the effects of this virus on our economy and on our public health.” Pritzker continued. “But we can, and we will, manage through this.”

Check back to Patch.com for updates to this developing story.

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