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Newport Beach’s OASIS senior fitness center is reopening, albeit at limited capacities

It’s time to get physical again at the OASIS senior fitness center in Newport Beach.

City officials announced earlier in October that the fitness center would be reopening, along with other city facilities such as community centers for classes and City Hall. City officials said that this does not apply to the whole of the OASIS Senior Center.

“The city of Newport Beach has been determined to keep our community healthy and engaged in physical activity throughout the pandemic and access to our parks and facilities has been top priority for their wellbeing,” said Laura Detweiler, the director of recreation and senior services for the city.

“We have kept our parks open and have promptly opened amenities like the fitness center as soon as guidelines have been published by the state and county with safety measures in place,” Detweiler said. “Our fitness center members have been eager to get back into the gym and our staff was prepared for when the time came to open.”

The Orange County Health Care Agency on Friday reported a total of 1,167 cases and 25 deaths of COVID-19 in Newport Beach.

The fitness center will be reopening at a 10% capacity while Orange County remains in the red, second-most stringent tier for the state reopening guidelines. This means only six people will be allowed in the gym at a time, Detweiler said.

Gym users will need to make reservations before arriving and users are limited to three reservations a week for 45 minutes each.

Masks will be allowed to be removed while users are engaged in a workout on cardio machines, but otherwise will be required to enter or exit, use the restroom and move around the facility. Users will also be asked to social distance between equipment.

Staff will check for temperatures prior to entry and will clean equipment between reservations. Members are being asked to clean down machines before and after usage. Detweiler said that sharable equipment such as weights and exercise bands will not be available at this time. She added that all windows and doors will be open to introduce fresh air into the facility.

Staff will be required to undergo temperature and symptom checks. They will also be required to wear masks at all times in addition to increased hygiene requirements. The facility has also installed plexiglass along the counter of the front desk.

“Word has spread quickly among our members and they were elated to hear they could return to their gym,” Detweiler said. “Our staff has continued to work during the pandemic and were focused on many of our traditional social services to include meal delivery, transportation, wellness checks, virtual programming and much more.”

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Alabama nursing homes to allow limited in-person visits

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday the resumption on Oct. 2 of limited in-person visits to nursing homes more than six months after they locked down in response to coronavirus.

Each nursing home resident will be allowed one caregiver or visitor at a time. Nursing homes can only permit indoor visits if they have not had a positive coronavirus case in two weeks, according to the Alabama Nursing Home Association. Facilities can limit the total number of visitors at one time and masks and social distancing will be required.

The Alabama Nursing Home Association provided the following guidance to family members:

· Do schedule an appointment to visit with your loved one

· Do use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before, during and after your visit

· Do wear a mask covering your mouth and nose during your entire visit in the facility

· Do maintain social distance of at least six feet from staff and residents

· Do keep out of areas that are not designated for visitation

· Don’t remove your mask while in the facility

· Don’t leave the designated visitation area

· Don’t come to the facility without an appointment

· Don’t come to the facility if you have any symptoms – coughing, sore throat, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell – even if you attribute these symptoms to some other cause (allergies or cold).

More than 6,000 nursing home residents and 3,000 staff members in Alabama have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since March. The facilities often house sick and elderly people at high risk of complications and death from the virus. But families have become increasingly concerned that policies designed to protect vulnerable residents have caused cognitive and physical decline as they struggle with isolation and loneliness.

“It’s important for nursing home residents and their family members to be able to visit in person and this is another step toward returning life to normal in nursing homes,” said Brandon Farmer, President & CEO of the Alabama Nursing Home Association. “We are pleased [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] is moving in this direction and thankful Governor Kay Ivey and Dr. Scott Harris amended the state health order to accommodate this change.”

Some Alabama nursing homes have scheduled outdoor visits with family members. However, state regulators did not require outdoor visits or video calls with loved ones. The new guidelines require facilities to accommodate visits unless there are reasonable safety concerns.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said outdoor visits are preferable to indoor ones and should be encouraged whenever conditions allow.

Anna Braden of Huntsville joined the Alabama group Caregivers for Compromise to advocate for visits with nursing home residents, including her father, who lives in Madison. She said the announcement is a step in the right direction.

“This is the first time that Governor Ivey has ever said anything about the residents on lockdown in any of her press conferences,” Braden said. “I was excited about that. Now the next