Covid Threatens People With Intellectual and Developmental Challenges

first_imgChronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, colorectal cancer, mobility impairment, epilepsy, heart failure, spinal cord injury and liver disease were also associated with an increased risk of death.The report is not the first to highlight the unique risks that individuals with developmental disorders and intellectual disabilities face in the pandemic. Scientists at Syracuse University reported in June that people with these disabilities who were living in group homes in New York State had far higher rates of Covid-19, compared with other state residents, and that their risk of dying was markedly higher, as well.The population is uniquely vulnerable for several reasons. Many live in group homes or receive care from aides, therapists or teachers who must maintain close physical proximity in order to assist them. Between 16 percent and 20 percent live in congregate settings, compared with only 6 percent of seniors, said Scott Landes, an associate professor of sociology at Syracuse University and an author of that study.- Advertisement – Many are medically frail to begin with, with high rates of underlying health conditions, particularly respiratory problems. That makes them susceptible to pneumonia, increasing the risk for severe illness if they become infected with Covid.Individuals with Down syndrome are more likely to have congenital heart defects; they may have less muscle tone around the neck and a larger tongue, increasing the risk of choking frequently and developing lung infections. Over all, the death rate among all patients with Covid-19 was 0.6 percent. By contrast, 1.22 percent of those with developmental disorders and Covid-19 died, as did 3.37 percent of those with intellectual disabilities.In addition to the high risk to people with developmental disorders, lung cancer and intellectual disabilities, people with spina bifida and other nervous system anomalies were twice as likely to die of Covid-19. So were patients with leukemia and lymphoma.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 84-73 loss to North Carolina

first_img Published on January 9, 2016 at 10:18 pm Syracuse again faltered late and fell to No. 6 North Carolina (15-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) 84-73 in the Carrier Dome on Saturday night. The Orange (10-7, 0-4) held onto an upset bid for most of the game, which was head coach Jim Boeheim’s return from a nine-game suspension.But the result was more of the same. Here are three quick reactions from the contest.1. Unraveling lateFourteen seconds after allowing Justin Jackson to hit a floater out of the high post, Michael Gbinije threw away a pass and Trevor Cooney was forced to foul North Carolina’s Joel Berry.After Berry hit two free throws, UNC’s lead stretched to nine points and the Orange was virtually out of the game.For nearly 38 minutes, SU went punch-for-punch with one of the country’s best teams. But it couldn’t get enough stops, or avoid enough late-game mistakes, to fully compete with the Tar Heels. After Brice Johnson laid in two with 43 seconds left, fans were filing out of the Carrier Dome as he celebrated in the corner across from UNC’s bench.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith its head coach back on the bench, the same late-game issues plagued the Orange and kept it from upsetting a conference opponent it wasn’t expected to beat. The result was a fourth straight ACC loss that looked a lot like the first three.2. Carrying (too much of) the loadCooney walked down the sideline toward the Syracuse bench and smirked at his teammates. On offense he was dominating, one away from a season-high 19 at that point. On defense he was pestering North Carolina’s guards into errant passes and heading an all-out effort to deny passes into the paint.A minute later, after he hit a mid-range jumper and the Tar Heels turned it over on the other end, Cooney walked the same trail along the sideline. Except now he was screaming, veins popping out of his arms and neck, and asking a sell-out crowd to pump more noise into the Carrier Dome.Then he hit a 3 from the top of the key and the crowd one-upped his request, one collective scream filling the stadium with deafening support.It was, by all accounts except the final scoreboard, Cooney’s night. UNC held Michael Gbinije, the Orange’s unquestioned offensive leader heading into the game, to just 10 points. Cooney responded with a season-high 27, shooting 10-for-21 from the field and 5-of-12 from 3.But even though Cooney was the best he’s been all his season, the Orange needed more. Not from him, necessarily. But from somewhere. From Gbinije, for starters.3. Anomaly to startSyracuse and North Carolina each scored 33 first-half points, but neither team received a single point from its best player in the opening frame.Gbinije went 0-for-5 from the field, all 3s, in the first 20 minutes. Tar Heels point guard Marcus Paige went scoreless shooting 0-for-4 from the field and 0-for-3 from beyond the arc. They were both, as evidenced by the halftime score, picked up by their teammates, SU riding 13 first-half points from Cooney and UNC dominating inside.On North Carolina’s first possession of the second half, Paige swished a 3 from the corner. It took Gbinije a little longer as he made his first dent on his box score with a pair of free throws with 13:26 left in the game. Those free throws put Syracuse up 47-46 and put the entire Carrier Dome crowd on its feet.Neither player had a particularly good game from there — Gbinije finishing with 10 points and Paige with three — but were able to one-up their first-half outputs and quarterback their teams in a tight-knit game. Comments Related Stories Dajuan Coleman plays season-high 27 minutes in loss to Tar HeelsTrevor Cooney shines and Michael Gbinije shrinks in Syracuse’s 84-73 loss to No. 6 North CarolinaWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s 84-73 loss to No. 6 North CarolinaSyracuse falters down the stretch, again, in Jim Boeheim’s return against No. 6 North CarolinaGrade Syracuse’s performance against UNC and vote for the player of the gamecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Get Excited for Olympia Family Theater’s 2016-17 Season

first_imgFacebook161Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Family Theater Olympia Family Theater is so excited to share a preview of our 2016-17 Season of shows & events! We’ve got 5 Mainstage Shows, a Double Shot festival, and 10 Let’s Play Shows planned!Based in downtown Olympia, OFT is a nonprofit community theater that engages audiences of all ages in performances and programs that entertain and educate.Mainstage SeasonOur Mainstage season will feature five productions in our intimate 106-seat theater, including Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play!”, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Starry Messenger, Alice in Wonderland, and Fishnapped! We are proud to feature a few favorites, 1 south sound premiere and 2 world premiere originals. Each mainstage productions are recommended for all ages. Tickets and subscriptions for the 2016-17 season will go on sale in July 2016. Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play!”The Olympia Family Theater’s mainstage shows delight young and old like last year’s family favorite “Mercy Watson to the Rescue”. Photo courtesy: Olympia Family Theater.September 30 – October 23, 2016Directed by Kate AyersMusically Directed by Stephanie ClaireWatch Mo Willems’ unlikely duo spring to life on stage in this exciting new musical filled with song and dance, humor and friendship!Based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo WillemsPublished by Hyperion Books for ChildrenScript and Lyrics by Mo WillemsMusic by Deborah Wicks La PumaMusic Theatre InternationalThe Best Christmas Pageant EverNovember 25 – December 18, 2016Directed by Isaac Mckenzie SullivanA holiday play for your family featuring a multi-generational cast, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs! You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a family holiday favorite.By Barbara Robinson and Samuel FrenchStarry MessengerJanuary 27 – February 12, 2017Directed by Brian TyrrellThe story begins with Galileo as a young boy, inspired and awed by the heavens and it follows his incredible and visionary life. A magical production we hope will inspire great ideas and speak to the “Galileo” in all of us!By Kari Margolis, Plays for Young AudiencesAlice in WonderlandThe Olympia Family Theater is located on 4th Avenue in downtown Olympia.March 17 – April 2, 2017World Premiere Adaptation!Directed by Jen RyleAn original adaptation by Kate Ayers of the most famous and enduring children’s classic. It is full  to the brim with whimsical charm, and unsurpassed silliness. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole through a series of progressively “curiouser and curiouser” events.Original- World Premiere Adaptation by Kate AyersBased on the book by Lewis CarrollFishnapped!May 12 – June 4, 2017World Premiere Musical by Amy Shephard, Andrew Gordon, and Daven TillinghastDirected by Jeff PainterMusically Directed by Stephanie ClaireHelp! Claire’s beloved pet goldfish has been FISHNAPPED! We can’t solve the case ourselves – you have to help us find whodunit! Join us for this musical mystery about friendship and being true to yourself.Original- World Premiere Musical by Amy Shephard, Andrew Gordon, and Daven TillinghastDouble Shot – An Overnight Festival of Family TheaterNovember 6-7In collaboration with NW Playwrights Alliance, a festival of super fun, freshly written 10 minute plays! Plays will be written overnight and directed/rehearsed all day Saturday ready to perform for you Saturday and Sunday! BAM!Let’s Play 2016-2017 SeasonThe folks at Olympia Family Theater are always ready to put on an entertaining their daytime “Let’s Play” shows. Photo courtesy of Olympia Family TheaterLet’s Play shows are generally under 30 minutes long and are perfect for the very youngest of audience members— toddlers, preschoolers and up. Giggles guaranteed! All 2016-7 shows are adapted and directed by Kate Ayers and performed by beloved local actors. Tickets for the Let’s Play performances are sold at the door, the day of the show. No presale tickets. Detailed performance schedule available in July 2016.September…..Mother GooseOctober……..Snow WhiteNovember……Hansel & GretelDecember……Stone SoupJanuary……….The MittenFebruary…….The Golden GooseMarch…………The Emperor’s New ClothesApril………….Peter RabbitMay……………The Tortoise & The HareJune………….Jack & The Beanstalklast_img read more

Hawks extend lead in Murdoch Division, edge Leafs 4-3 at NDCC Arena

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs had the perfect opportunity to get back into the Neil Murdoch race.However, it was Beaver Valley proving to the rest of the division a title belt must go through Frutivale.Mason Spear scored twice leading the Hawks to a 4-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League road victory over the Nelson Leafs Friday at the NDCC Arena.The Hawks, losing just once to Nelson this season, increases its lead to 12 points over the third-place Leafs in the race for top spot in the division.“The last game against Nelson we were not very focused . . . it was our lowest point of the year,” Hawks coach Terry Jones told The Nelson Daily.“So we were looking tonight to bounce back, get our game back together and play focused and disciplined hockey.”Focused?Someone should have told the Leafs about starting focused.
The Hawks scored 38 seconds into the game on a shot Leaf goalie Andrew Walton would definitely love to have back.Spear raced into the Nelson zone and slid a low shot past a surprised Walton, along with every fan in the seat at the NDCC, giving the visitors the early lead.The margin stood until a crazy final seven minutes of the third period when the teams scored six times.Craig Martin gave Beaver Valley a 2-0 lead before James Sorrey cut the advantage to 2-1 on the power play.Spear, with his second of the game, increased the Beaver Valley lead to 3-1 shorthanded 22 seconds later.Less than a minute later Jacob Boyczuk made it 4-1 for the Hawks.But the Leafs were not done just yet.Two goals within 15 seconds — Matti Jmaeff on the power play and Nick Newman — pulled Nelson to within a goal.The Leafs pulled Walton for an extra attacker but could not find the equalizer.The Leafs, falling to 19-11-0-2, have little time to rest as Nelson travels to Castlegar Saturday to face the Rebels.Sunday Nelson finishes the home-and-home series weekend series with Beaver Valley with a date Sunday at 1 p.m. in Frutivale.NOTES: Beaver Valley, 26-5-0-0, keep pace with Kamloops Storm as the top teams in the KIJHL — both teams have 52 points. . . . Leaf forward Carsen Willans busted a skate during Friday’s game. . . .Beaver Valley netminder Mike Vlanich was hurt during Friday’s game but managed to rebound to finish the game. . . . Leaf forward Colton Malmsten did not play after suffering an upper body injury during practice this week.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more