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A Canadian spin studio followed public health guidelines. But 61 people still caught the covid-19.

Now, despite appearing to have complied with public health regulations, at least 61 people linked to the studio have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“They had done all sorts of things to remove the potential for spread,” Richardson told reporters. “Unfortunately, gyms are a higher-risk place because of the fact that generally people are taking off their masks, they’re breathing at a higher rate.”

Although Hamilton requires masks to be worn in most public settings, the law includes an exemption for anyone “actively engaged in an athletic or fitness activity.” In keeping with that policy, the studio, SPINCO, allowed riders to remove their masks once clipped into their bikes, and told them to cover up again before dismounting.

In a recent Instagram post, SPINCO’s owners said that they had been “hesitant” to reopen after getting the green light in July, and would not resume classes “until it is safe to do so.” Health officials have said that the studio is temporarily closed and cooperating fully with the investigation.

“We took all the measures public health offered, even added a few, and still the pandemic struck us again!’” the owners wrote. SPINCO has more than a dozen locations across Canada.

As of Tuesday, 44 cases linked to specific classes were detected, Richardson said. An additional 17 instances of “secondary cases” were found among other contacts.

The city will reexamine gym protocols, Richardson added Tuesday, but in the meantime, “what seems to be the case is that you need to wear that mask” even though government guidelines do not strictly require it.

“It’s still a good idea to do it, in terms of keeping others safe,” she said.

People should also avoid “classes where you’ve got that kind of yelling or coaching over music.”

She declined to use the term “superspreader” to describe the event but said it is a “very large outbreak.”

“It is concerning that it is extended beyond the initial cases who were related to the classes but gone into of course their household contacts and other contacts,” she said. “We continue to look at what does it mean, what do we need to understand about exercise classes?”

The outbreak offers further evidence of the dangers of people gathering indoors without masks, as health experts warn that cases could spike further in the coming months as winter weather sets in and outdoor gatherings and exercise classes will be harder to maintain.

In August, South Korea confirmed dozens of cases linked to a single Starbucks in the city of Paju where many customers did not wear masks. The store employees, who wore masks, were not infected. The outbreak prompted Starbucks to limit its indoor seating in the country and encourage masks among patrons.

In other instances, mask usage has been credited with preventing potential outbreaks. In May, after the reopening of a hair salon in Missouri that required masks, two stylists — who had worked with more than 100 clients — tested positive for the virus. But masks were

One client in one spin studio that followed all the rules triggers a coronavirus outbreak with at least 61 cases

SPINCO, in Hamilton, Ontario, just reopened in July and had all of the right protocols in place, including screening of staff and attendees, tracking all those in attendance at each class, masking before and after classes, laundering towels and cleaning the rooms within 30 minutes of a complete class, said Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Hamilton’s medical officer of health, in a statement.

But it still wasn’t enough.

Public health officials are very concerned about the number of cases and the size of the outbreak, especially because the city is not currently a hotspot and the facility was not ignoring health protocols, they said in a statement to CNN.

“They have also supported public health services in our investigation by sharing the messaging with all their members,” said Richardson.

There are currently 44 confirmed positive primary cases associated with SPINCO and 17 confirmed secondary cases. Exposure was linked to several classes held from September 28 to October 4.

The studio’s co-owners, Naz Zarezadegan and Ira Price, told The Hamilton Spectator on Monday that public health officials told them “patient zero displayed no symptoms.”

In a post to clients on Instagram, SPINCO exclaimed in frustration, “We took all the measures public health offered, even added a few, and still the pandemic struck us again!'”

SPINCO said it will stay closed pending further investigation by health officials.

City officials say SPINCO was operating at 50% capacity, with a 6-foot radius around each bike, and that this might raise questions about the safety of gyms and fitness studios during the pandemic.

“We continue to look at what does it mean, what do we need to understand about exercises classes,” Richardson said in a media briefing Tuesday.

Canada is reckoning with a second wave of the coronavirus which has been marked by a doubling of new, daily positive cases of Covid-19 within the past month. Targeted restrictions and closures are in place in many urban centers including Toronto and Montreal, but not in Hamilton.

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Vitalyc Medspa Acquires Unit Skin Studio

The Dallas Medspa Offers Non-Invasive Solutions for the FACE, BODY, & SKIN

Vitalyc Medspa, located at 6915 Preston Road in Dallas, has acquired Unit Skin Studio. The acquisition will absorb the Unit Skin Studio’s staff and clients into Vitalyc‘s Flagship location in University Park. Vitalyc offers solutions to help people age on their own terms using the latest non-invasive aesthetic treatments for both women and men.

Founder & CEO Amir Mortazavi created Vitalyc to provide both men and women with a direct path to anti-aging and has plans to open 25 locations in the next 5 years. While most of those will be new builds, Mortazavi affirms there are plenty of opportunities to acquire well-established business-like Unit Skin Studio and either rebrand or fold them into existing Vitalyc locations. Vitalyc blends the best treatment technology with the top aesthetic professionals to produce lasting results creating an UBER-like experience for consumers. Vitalyc uses app-based technology allowing clients to schedule appointments, monitor treatment progress, and check out using a contactless mobile experience.

“Our goal from the beginning was to provide our clients with an elevated experience which includes the latest technology and a dedicated team of experts,” says Unit Skin Studio Founder Lindsey Pinyero. “We are proud to transition our Unit family to Vitalyc to continue on their aesthetic journey and defy aging. Our passion has always been focused on service, experience, and results, Vitalyc delivers on all levels making the transition for our team simple!”

“We are committed to being good stewards of the businesses people put blood, sweat, and tears into,” says Mortazavi. “We believe through our technology, customer experience, and clinical excellence we can carry the torch for decades to come and are always looking for opportunities in Texas’s major suburban markets.”

The clinical team lead by facial plastic surgeon Demetri Arnaoutakis & Richard Moleno, took two years to curate the best equipment to treat conditions including unwanted fat, acne, enlarged pores, wrinkles, sagging skin, poor muscle definition, sun damage, volume loss, hormone imbalance, and dehydration.

“Our mission is restore confidence and defy aging,” says Mortazavi, whose state of the art treatment center boasts eight specialized rooms and a welcoming atmosphere whether you are a millennial or baby boomer.

To book your appointment, visit www.vitalyc.com or call (972) 994-9700.

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Tracy Anderson’s At-Home Workouts Just Got Easier With Her Online Studio

Tracy Anderson, fitness guru and trainer to stars like Jennifer Lopez and Gwenyth Paltrow, isn’t heading back to the gym IRL any time soon. “It’s just not a safe place for people to be right now,” she told STYLECASTER. “I was one of the first people to close mine and I’ll be one of the last people to open.” Her physical gym locations might be closed for the foreseeable future, but the Tracy Anderson Online Studio is revamped and better than ever.

Since going into quarantine with her family, Anderson has made sure that her workout routine is a priority in her daily life. “Showing up for your exercise routine is one of the best things you can do for your mood, for your happy hormones and for your health,” she explained. “It’s one of the best things you can do for your immune system.”

To help others bring more of those happy hormones into their lives, especially during the stressful year that has been 2020, Tracy re-launched her Tracy Anderson Online Studio with new features to help make the virtual experience feel more personal. “We launched it with the hashtag that staying in is the new going out for fitness way back in 2014,” Anderson reveals. And that messaging feels more relevant now than ever.

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“We’ve been living with the shock of COVID long enough now,” muses Anderson. “So I think the first step for people to [take back control of] their health is not be in denial,” she says firmly. “This is here to stay, so what are the things that I can do to make my quality of life better and still protect myself.”

The new online studio offers features like virtual and interactive classrooms and locker rooms, a prescription office with personalized body consultation programming, and of course, weekly fitness content from Anderson, filmed in real-time.

The best part? These workouts are perfect for any sized home, whether you’re in a house in the suburbs or a small apartment in New York City. “You just need to be able to lay your body on the ground and do a snow angel,” explained Anderson. “If you can do that, if you can find that space you can be really effective with your body.”

Of course, working out is one of the best ways to keep your brain and your body in tip top shape, but what you put into your body is just as important as keeping it moving. “I don’t take a lot of supplements but I do take MitoQ, which is a form of CoQ10 which is an antioxidant that the body actually makes.” MitoQ helps the body restore itself quicker, giving you more energy to get through the day. But at the end of the day, for Anderson, it all comes back to working out. “I’ll never let it go,” she says resolutely. “I think it’s been my biggest source of strength.”

Along with taking care of her physical health, Anderson

Fitness and nutrition studio is making most of telehealth boom, expanding operations

Since the coronavirus began threatening people’s health and wellness, Jim White has seen a boom in telehealth and fielded more clients than ever before.

In this down and up year, the founder of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios is celebrating its 20th anniversary and opening a new location on First Colonial Road in Virginia Beach.

The expansion — planned pre-COVID — will take care of the growing pains the business had over the last 10 to 15 years and enable White and his team to help more people.

“This gives us the opportunity to streamline our processes and recreate our brands,” White said.

Two of the Virginia Beach studios – Hilltop and Great Neck – will relocate to the new space which White said is geographically in the middle of both. The one in downtown Norfolk will remain and White said he’s looking at other areas of Hampton Roads to invest in.

“When we first started we only had one dietitian and now we’re employing up to eight,” he said. “We realized when they come back – maybe November or December – we needed to have a bigger space.”

In April, White bought the almost 8,000 square foot building for $1.175 million. Approximately half the space will be rented to an eye doctor’s office. That still will leave him with more space than the other two Beach studios had combined.

Located on “medical row,” the new location will enable the business to more easily connect with physicians to help clients through nutrition and fitness.

“It’s going to open up a lot of creativity,” White said of the space that will be outfitted with new equipment.

An accomplished fitness expert and leader in the field, White’s resume touts a lengthy list of credentials, awards and honors, interviews (print, television, web, and radio), and public speaking engagements.

And even during the pandemic, White has remained dedicated to helping clients through the difficult days.

After closing the doors to his facilities for 70 days at the start of the pandemic, he said they were forced to diversify very quickly.

“Our registered dietitians were approved with telehealth so they’ve been working at home since March,” White said. “It’s been really big because a lot of people feel safe in their homes.”

One-on-one and small group virtual trainings were enabled so people could be at home while the trainers were at home or in the studio.

Outdoor training was also incorporated in March, April and May.

In June, when the governor lifted some of the mandates, White said they picked up a record number of clients over the next two months.

The boutique fitness studio attracted more attention than they did before the virus because many people were apprehensive about going to the big box gyms.

“Our nutrition side hasn’t slowed down since we started telehealth, in fact, we’ve had less cancellations,” White said.

White employs 27 people, including certified fitness and nutrition experts that provide tailored personal training programs for individuals