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VYPE Class 6A Helmet Stickers powered by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine: Week 9 (Nov. 19-21)

Welcome to a new VYPE feature for the 2020 football season – VYPE Helmet Stickers powered by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine! Every week, VYPE will scour the stat sheets of the previous week and find the top performers.


Class 6A teams went into Week 9 and wow there were some amazing performances! See who earned VYPE Helmet Stickers this week. Here are the selections

PREVIOUS HELMET STICKER SELECTIONS

– Week 1 (Sept. 24-27)
– Week 2 (Oct. 1-3)
– Week 3 (Oct. 8-10)
– Week 4 (Oct. 15-17)
– Week 5 (Oct. 22-24)
– Week 6 (Oct. 29-31)
– Week 7 (Nov. 3-5
– Week 8 (Nov. 12-14)

Carter Brown (@CarterABrown) – Pearland Dawson

Let’s lead this thing off with a kicker! In the epic District 23-6A showdown last week at Freedom Field, it went to overtime between Shadow Creek and Pearland Dawson. After a turnover on its first drive of overtime, Pearland Dawson had a chance to win the game. They got in field goal range and called on All-State kicker Carter Brown. He trotted out and nailed a 23-yard game-winning field goal to clinch the District 23-6A Championship for the Eagles and second-ever undefeated regular season. He also went 4 of 4 in extra point attempts in the game as well.

Daelyn Williams (@sirpaydae) – Dekaney 

Dekaney improved to 3-0 in district play after a 52-7 win over Eisenhower last week. The Wildcats’ offense was paced by Daelyn Williams finished 10 of 14 for 184 yards and three touchdowns. It was a nice win for Dekaney.

Charles Garrett (@3way_tank) – Klein Oak

In a tight 21-14 win over Klein last week, Klein Oak running back Charles Garrett had a nice afternoon. Garrett finished the game rushing for 143 yards and a score on 18 carries. Nice game for the junior back for the Panthers.

Colton Marwill (@CMarwill) – Tomball Memorial

It took a thrilling 49-48 overtime victory over Klein Collins to remain perfect but Tomball Memorial was able to do just that. Colton Marwill has returned at QB after being held out a few weeks due to injury. Marwill looks fully healthy again as he finished 20 of 32 for 328 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Marwill also rushed for another 37 yards.

Cy Park Team! 

We are giving a helmet sticker to the ENTIRE Cy Park football team!! That’s what you get when you make history. Last week a 42-29 win over Langham Creek punched the Tigers’ ticket to the 2020 playoffs. It is the first time in program history that Cy Park is heading to the playoffs. Some individual performances did stand out. The Tigers only had five yards passing for the game but then ran the ball for 475 yards. That’s

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VYPE Class 5A/6A Helmet Stickers powered by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine: Week 7 (Nov. 5-7)

Welcome to a new VYPE feature for the 2020 football season – VYPE Helmet Stickers powered by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine! Every week, VYPE will scour the stat sheets of the previous week and find the top performers.

Class 6A and 5A teams went into Week 7 and wow there were some amazing performances! See who earned VYPE Helmet Stickers this week. Here are the selections.


PREVIOUS HELMET STICKER SELECTIONS

– Week 1 (Sept. 24-27)
– Week 2 (Oct. 1-3)
– Week 3 (Oct. 8-10)
– Week 4 (Oct. 15-17)
– Week 5 (Oct. 22-24)
– Week 6 (Oct. 29-31)

Jaydon Tutwiler-Drew (@DrewJaydon) – New Caney 

In New Caney’s 48-40 win over Cleveland last week Jaydon Tutwiler-Drew was a key piece to the victory. The junior signal-caller went 3 of 4 for 70 yards and a touchdown through the air. Then he added 121 yards and a score on just six carries on the ground.

KeKe Davis (@jakenan23) – Baytown Lee

It was a thrilling 48-44 victory for Baytown Lee last week over Galveston Ball. The Ganders had a big performance from main back Keke Davis in the victory. Davis rushed for 142 yards and three scores on just 19 carries for the Ganders. Baytown Lee continues to play impressive football as they hold second place in district heading into this week’s showdown with undefeated Port Arthur Memorial.

Xavier Smallwood (@xavier25zay) – Foster

It was a big showdown for Foster last week as they faced off against Katy Paetow. The Falcons ended up winning the meeting 28-10 and a key factor was the running of Xavier Smallwood. The back busted off 117 yards and one score on 16 carries for the Falcons.

 Brock Bolfing (@BrockBolfing) – Montgomery 

There is being efficient and then there is was Brock Bolfing did for Montgomery last week in a 49-22 victory over Bryan Rudder. The junior finished the game 13 of 15 for 244 yards and four touchdowns. Bolfing completed 86% of his passes and had zero turnovers. On the season, Bolfing has passed for 1,512 yards and 16 scores with just three interceptions. He has helped guide the Bears to a 4-2 record through six games.

Roland Harvey (@rh_era1) – Fort Bend Marshall 

Fort Bend Marshall has it rolling and quarterback Roland Harvey is a big reason why. Against Houston Austin last week in a 63-6 victory, Harvey went 8 of 15 for 197 yards and four scores passing. He added 99 yards rushing and a score on just five carries. Five total touchdowns for Harvey and the Buffs offense look like they haven’t missed a beat.

Cardell Williams (@staywokee2) – Westfield 

The

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CIAC meets with sports medicine committee, will decide winter sports start date on Nov. 17

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference met with its sports medicine committee on Wednesday night to discuss guidance on winter sports passed down by the state Department of Public Health, new sports sector rules announced by Gov. Ned Lamont last week, and a start date for the winter high school sports season, which will be approved at the Nov. 17 CIAC board of control meeting.

CIAC executive director Glenn Lungarini declined to comment on the meeting.

The CIAC had previously established a Nov. 21 start date for winter sports practices, but postponed that last week. Multiple sources confirmed to The Courant that the CIAC met with athletic directors on Friday to answer questions and discuss a potential start date, though no official proposal was drafted.

“The CIAC understands that, upon approval of its winter sports plan, each member school will need some time to review that document with its local health department,” Lungarini wrote in an email to member athletic directors on Thursday. “Therefore, the CIAC is postponing the November 21 winter sports start date.”

The board of control had planned to meet on Nov. 10 to finalize a plan for all winter sports, though Lungarini told The Courant that rising COVID-19 numbers in Connecticut could force a delay in the decision. The state announced a positivity rate of 4.8% on Wednesday, and has posted a 4.2% positivity rate over the last seven days.

Gov. Lamont announced sector rules for sports, which included a mask mandate for all moderate-risk indoor sports, and the postponment of all high-risk sports competitions until at least 2021 last Thursday. On Monday, the state DPH unveiled updated youth and amateur sports guidelines, which largely mirrored the state’s sector rules for sports. Among them, the DPH recommends that high-risk sports postpone team practices and scrimmages until spring of 2021.

Wrestling is the only high-risk sport sanctioned by the CIAC in the winter. Lungarini told The Courant that wrestling will be a “key discussion point” in both the CIAC’s meeting with its sports medicine committee and at the board of control meeting.

Shawn McFarland can be reached at [email protected]

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Specialdocs Informs and Inspires at Concierge Medicine Industry’s Signature Event Nov. 12th

“This year has exposed the vulnerabilities of traditional fee-for-service practices in ways we could never have foreseen,” says Bauer. “And 2020 has also underscored the resilience and rewards of the Specialdocs model of personalized medicine and inspired rising numbers of physicians to consider this beneficial alternative for themselves and their patients. At this pivotal point in American healthcare, we are privileged to share with Concierge Medicine Forum attendees our collective experience and first-person stories of transformation from our network of dedicated doctors.”

Michael Tetreault, CMF organizer and editor of Concierge Medicine Today, says: “The virtual format enables us to host a more diverse gathering of healthcare professionals than ever before, and offer 24/7 on-demand access to insights from the industry’s most creative minds. We’re thrilled to feature groups like Specialdocs, pioneers and continual innovators in the concierge medicine space.”  

Specialdocs will be featured at events including: (all ET)

Thursday, Nov. 12th Pre-conference workshop

  • Concierge Medicine: is it right for you, your patients, and your market?” T Bauer 10:40 – 11:35 AM 
  • Physician Perspectives Panel. Special Doc Morris Hasson, MD, California, discusses the rewards and challenges of his transition to concierge medicine. 2:40-3:40 PM
  • “Group Concierge Medicine: Does it Work?” Special Docs Natasha Beauvais, MD; Cecily Havert, MD; Ken Zweig, MD, Northern Virginia Family Practice Associates. 2 PM

Friday, Nov. 13th

  • “Cutting Through the Fog: What a Medical Practice Will Look Like for Traditional Fee-for-Service and Concierge Physicians for the Foreseeable Future” T Bauer. 2-3 PM
  • “Social Media for Doctors Made Simple: What are You Putting into the World” Special Doc Uday Jani, MD, integrative concierge medicine, Shoreview Personalized Care, Delaware. 4-5 pm

After 2 pm

  • “Lifestyle Medicine in a Concierge Practice” Special Doc Dorothy Serna, MD, North Cypress Internal Medicine & Wellness, Texas
  • “Lessons Learned: Challenges and Physician Satisfaction Years Later” Special Doc Dominick Curatola, MD, cardiac concierge medicine, California

Saturday, Nov. 14th

  • “Concierge Physician Lifecycle: From Exhaustion to Exhilaration to Exit” T Bauer  2 PM
  • “Restoring the Balance: Physician’s Guide to the New World Ahead of Us” Uday Jani, MD  3-4 pm

Since 2002, concierge medicine transition and management experts Specialdocs Consultants have helped physicians nationwide transform their practices with a uniquely customized and sustainable concierge model.

Contact: Mindy Kolof, [email protected]

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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened Nov. 2 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

Illinois public health officials Monday reported 6,222 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19. There were also 20 additional deaths reported.

The statewide positivity rate for cases as a percent of total test for the past 7 days is 8.1%. There were 68,118 tests reported in the prior 24 hours. The state has now reported 423,502 cases since the pandemic began, and 9,810 fatalities.

Meanwhile, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike had a message for voters going to the polls in person on Tuesday, as COVID-19 continues to surge statewide.

“Please make sure that your mask is securely fitted over both your nose and your mouth, and please make your selections before you get to the polling booth so you can get in and out as quickly as possible,” she said.

Here’s what’s happening Monday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:

5:50 p.m.: Pritzker urges patience with election results, has National Guard ‘in a state of readiness’ in event of unrest

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday urged patience in the coming days as election authorities grapple with historic levels of mail-in ballots, and said the Illinois National Guard is in a “state of readiness,” amid the possibility of election-related unrest.

“It will possibly take until Wednesday, or Thursday, or even Friday to get results for some races in Illinois and in states across the country,” Pritzker said at his daily coronavirus news briefing. “Every vote must be counted, particularly on the national level. It is very important that we are patient with the presidential election. We may very well not know who won the election on Wednesday, let alone Tuesday night.”

Pritzker likened the National Guard’s “state of readiness” leading into Election Day to the action his administration took in September to ensure members were available before the Kentucky attorney general announced charges in the controversial police killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville. Taylor’s killing sparked protests against police brutality earlier this year.

“We want to make sure that the cities, counties that call upon us for help, from the state of Illinois, that we have those resources available to them,” Pritzker said.

Pritzker also warned against sourcing election information solely from social media sites expressing concerns about “foreign actors, specifically Russia, Iran and others, who intend to promote misinformation throughout Election Day, and in the days after.”

“They would like nothing more than to promote conspiracy theories and sow discontent,” Pritzker said.

4:35 p.m.: Park Ridge restaurants fined for defying Pritzker’s order and continuing indoor dining amid soaring rates of COVID-19

Park Ridge restaurants that defy the governor’s indoor dining ban and continue to serve customers inside are being fined daily, a city official said.

Between Thursday and Saturday of last week, the city issued three restaurants a total of $750 in fines for continued non-compliance with the governor’s order, said Jim Brown, director of community preservation and development.

The restaurants were fined $250 for the first violation and $500 for a subsequent violation, Brown

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States say they lack federal funds to distribute coronavirus vaccines as CDC tells them to be ready by Nov. 15

State officials have been planning in earnest in recent weeks to get shots into arms even though no one knows which vaccine will be authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, what special storage and handling may be required and how many doses each state will receive.

Despite those uncertainties, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking states to be prepared to “preposition” doses in key locations throughout the country. Officials want to move quickly once the FDA authorizes a vaccine and a CDC advisory panel issues recommendations on which populations should be vaccinated, according to a letter the CDC sent Monday to state preparedness and immunization officials.

As part of that effort, the CDC is asking states to provide by Tuesday critical information, including a list of each jurisdiction’s top five sites capable of receiving and administering a vaccine that must be stored at ultracold temperatures of minus-70 Celsius (minus-94 Fahrenheit). The letter refers to the vaccine only as Vaccine A, but industry and health officials have identified it as Pfizer’s candidate.

Pfizer chief executive Albert Bourla said Tuesday that “hundreds of thousands” of doses had already been produced and that a first look at the data would occur soon. Pfizer will not apply for any authorization of its vaccine sooner than the third week of November, when it will have sufficient safety data.

“We acknowledge that you are being asked to do unprecedented work,” wrote Nancy Messonnier, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, which is leading the CDC’s role in vaccine distribution. She added: “This is a new planning ask.”

State officials say they have been trying to raise the issue with federal officials but have received little response.

“It is absolutely ridiculous that the administration, after spending $10 billion for a Warp Speed effort to develop a vaccine, has no interest in a similar investment in a Warp Speed campaign to get the vaccine to every American as quickly as possible after it is approved,” said Michael Fraser, executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

Operation Warp Speed is the federal initiative, funded by more than $10 billion of taxpayer money, to fast-track development of coronavirus countermeasures.

“The now accelerated timeline underscores the need to address the issue of funding for state and territorial health agencies to make this all work,” Fraser said. “There are many other costs that have no clear way to be paid for at this point.”

Local officials still need to recruit thousands of people to staff vaccine clinics and enroll and train providers. They also have to ramp up information technology and data systems to track vaccine inventory and ordering to ensure people get the correct doses at the right times — most vaccines will require two shots — and to monitor for adverse events. They will need to develop locally tailored vaccination communications campaigns, too.

“States have received some funding, but it’s not nearly enough” to support the scale, scope and

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Obamacare Open Enrollment Starts Nov 1. Here’s What’s Changing This Year : Shots

Open enrollment is about to start for those buying private insurance off state or federal exchanges.

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Facing a pandemic, record unemployment and unknown future costs for COVID-19 treatments, health insurers selling Affordable Care Act plans to individuals reacted by lowering rates in some areas and, overall, issuing only modest premium increases for 2021.

“What’s been fascinating is that carriers in general are not projecting much impact from the pandemic for their 2021 premium rates,” said Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Although final rates have yet to be analyzed in all states, those who study the market say the premium increases they have seen to date will be in the low single digits — and decreases are not uncommon.

That’s good news for the more than 10 million Americans who purchase their own ACA health insurance through federal and state marketplaces. The federal market, which serves 36 states, opens for 2021 enrollment Nov. 1, with sign-up season ending Dec. 15. Some of the 14 states and the District of Columbia that operate their own markets have longer enrollment periods.

The flip side of flat or declining premiums is that some consumers who qualify for subsidies to help them purchase coverage may also see a reduction in that aid. Subsidies are determined by a mix of a consumer’s income and the cost of a benchmark plan.

Here are a few things to know about 2021 coverage:

It might cost about the same this year — or even less.

Despite the ongoing debate about the ACA — compounded by a Supreme Court challenge brought by 20 Republican states and supported by the Trump administration — enrollment and premium prices are not forecast to shift much.

“It’s the third year in a row with premiums staying pretty stable,” said Louise Norris, an insurance broker in Colorado who follows rates nationwide and writes about insurance trends. “We’ve seen modest rate changes and influx of new insurers.”

That relative stability followed ups and downs, with the last big increases coming in 2018, partly in response to the Trump administration cutting some payments to insurers.

Those increases priced out some enrollees, particularly people who don’t qualify for subsidies, which are tied both to income and the cost of premiums. ACA enrollment has fallen since its peak in 2016.

Charles Gaba, a web developer who has since late 2013 tracked enrollment data in the ACA on his ACASignups.net website, follows premium changes based on filings with state regulators. Each summer, insurers must file their proposed rates for the following year with states, which have varying oversight powers.

Gaba said the average requested increase next year nationwide is 2.1%. When he looked at 18 states for which regulators have approved insurers’ requested rates, the percentage is lower

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