The four latest recovered patients were the following: Villanueva stressed the importance of wearing facemasks, observing social distancing and frequent hand-washing to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. But there was good news, too – 70 of the cases have fully recovered, according to Dr. Ma. Julia Villanueva, assistant regional director. * Iloilo City – six These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. In DOH’s COVID-19 pandemic lingo, “healthcare worker” does not only refer to doctors, nurses and medical technologists. They also include drivers of ambulances, emergency responders and barangay health workers, said Villanueva. * Negros Occidental – one * Capiz – one The latest case was a 32-year-old male healthcare worker from Roxas City. He was on home quarantine. * Antique – four * Iloilo province – two The region’s number of COVID-19 deaths still stood at 10. People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. Nationwide, healthcare workers who have recovered from COVID-19 reached over 1,000 as of May 19, the DOH central office announced. It recorded 44 more medical frontliners who beat the deadly respiratory disease, raising the total to 1,018. * 50-year-old male from Molo, Iloilo City (Patient No. 94), repatriate * 30-year-old male from La Paz, Iloilo City (Patient No. 95), repatriate As of yesterday, May 20, Western Visayas had 25 remaining “active” COVID-19 cases. They were from the following areas: According to Villanueva, the 70 patients who recovered made up 67 percent of the region’s 105 COVID-19 cases. * 23-year-old male from City Proper, Iloilo City (Patient No. 96), repatriate On May 19 specimens were extracted from the healthcare worker for COVID-19 testing. The positive result was released yesterday. How the region’s Patient 105 got infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was unclear. He had no exposure to a COVID-19-positive patient, according to Villanueva. ILOILO City – Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Western Visayas rose to 105 yesterday, according to the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6. With this new case, the number of healthcare workers in Region 6 that became sick with COVID-19 rose to 11, said Villanueva. * 61-year-old female from La Paz, Iloilo City (Patient No. 55) * repatriates – 11 She also reminded the public to observe coughing and sneezing etiquette. The patient had fever on May 14 and had himself checked by a hospital the following day. Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. The World Health Organization is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19./PN As to Western Visayas’ COVID-19 patients who have recovered, DOH-6 recorded four more yesterday, bringing the number to 70.
Junior wide receiver Michael Pittman runs down the field during spring practice. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan) There are a handful of players who seem to have made strides from where they were last year and look poised to step up for the Trojans. Freshman defensive back Britton Allen has shown promise, offering impressive tenacity in the secondary with a penchant for stripping out the ball. Sophomore Devon Williams has been putting together his unique combination of top-end speed and incredible length at 6-foot-4 to become a dangerous receiving weapon. Besides tangible changes to the team’s offensive strategy, there’s been a concerted effort to change elements of the team philosophy as a whole with toughness and discipline at its core. The team as realized it needs to work on accountability after a 2018 season that saw them average almost 14 penalties per game, and the coaching staff is determined not to let that happen again. Former offensive coordinator Tee Martin has been replaced by former University of North Texas head coach Graham Harrell. Harrell brings with him the dynamic air-raid offense; a system that’s spread quickly across the college football landscape in recent years, yet has never appearing at USC until now. The Trojans have long maintained a traditional pro-style offense, built on deep drops from under center, long developing routes and multi-level reads. The air-raid, on the other hand, emphasizes stretching the field both horizontally and vertically, generally putting the quarterback in a shotgun alignment and allowing him to make quick and often simple reads. There are now live referees throwing flags on any penalties at every practice. It’s already seemed to have paid rapid dividends, as there’s been a noticeable drop in violations since the first day of practice. Whether or not it carries over to real games will remain to be seen, but it’s a promising start. Two weeks into Spring Football, it’s already clear that the Trojans will be doing things very differently this year. Looking to bounce back from their worst season in 19 years, head coach Clay Helton and his staff have are shaking things up across the board. The system encourages simplicity from players across the formation, allowing them to focus more directly on executing individual tasks without needing to process the entirety of the play. Multiple players have mentioned that the simplicity of the air raid allows them to “play fast,” relieving them of the weight of processing too many moving parts during each play. That difference has shown on the field, with the offense running a surprisingly high number of offensive plays in practice for this early in the offseason. Although a two-week sample size isn’t much to work with, a number of players already seem to be ready to serve as key contributors for the upcoming season. Some are unsurprising — veteran receivers Tyler Vaughns and Michael Pittman, linebacker John Houston and defensive tackle Jay Tufele have all shown up to work, picking up from where they left off. The shift to the air raid has been evident in almost every aspect of practice so far. There’s been an emphasis on letting the offense just run, even this early into training without the absorption of an entire pro-style playbook. Redshirt junior receiver Tyler Vaughns, now one of the team’s upperclassmen, commented on the benefits of that fact. Some of last year’s impact freshman also seem to be in their stride — linebacker Palaie Gaoteote has remained a standout and receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown has been as consistent as ever. Talanoa Hufanga had been looking even better at safety than he did last year, though an injury in Saturday’s practice makes his future status unclear. Hufanga had a fantastic freshman season until a collarbone injury took him out for the year. The same injury that seems to have been re-aggravated despite his non-contact designation in practice. “We’re getting more live reps which I like,” Vaughns said. “We’re getting more team reps and everything like that, so it’s really helping us as an offense.” Two sophomores who played a very limited role last year have stepped up in these two weeks. Running back Markese Stepp, buried on the depth chart for most of last year, has been a force on the practice field. Stepp is a runaway freight train at 235 pounds, bulldozing defenders with regularity. With the sidelining of Stephen Carr and Vavae Malepeai to the flu, Stepp has received many first team reps and shown showing ability to catch the ball out of the backfield along with being a punishing runner. On the other side of the ball, sophomore cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart missed most of last season due to injury after playing mostly special teams early in the year, never receiving an opportunity to play real game snaps on defense. Taylor-Stuart is tremendously gifted as an athlete, with blazing speed to go with his impressive frame of 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, but his lack of refined technique held him back in the early stages of his freshman year. However, he’s become one of the first-string corners and his continued improvement could be one of the most important factors in the success of the Trojan defense come fall.
Class 2A MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Despite his relative inexperience, Ryan Saunders has widespread respect within Minnesota’s organization as he becomes the Timberwolves interim coach. The 32-year-old is doing the job his late father, Flip Saunders, held longer than anyone else with the franchise. Ryan Saunders is taking over as the interim replacement for Tom Thibodeau, who was fired halfway through his third season with the team. DES MOINES — The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right: 9. Bishop Garrigan, Algona7-2178 Others receiving votes: West Branch 9. Dike-New Hartford 8. Regina, Iowa City 6. North Fayette, West Union 2. Albia 1. Denver 1. RecordPtsPrv 2. North Scott, Eldridge (3)9-0942 Others receiving votes: Glenwood 19. Wahlert, Dubuque 13. Ballard 7. Marion 6. Washington 4. Xavier, Cedar Rapids 4. Fairfield 1. 4. Iowa City, West7-1614 1. Maquoketa (9)10-01072 1. Waukee (8)8-01061 6. Davenport, Central9-1533 IOWA CITY — The final Associated Press college football poll was released after last night’s national championship game, and the University of Iowa ends up in the #25 spot after their win over Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl last Tuesday. Iowa State fell out of the rankings after their loss to Washington State in the Alamo Bowl and finished 31st if you extend out the poll beyond the top 25. Big Ten teams finishing in the final poll include #3 Ohio State, #14 Michigan, #17 Penn State, and #21 Northwestern. Big 12 teams finishing in the poll were #4 Oklahoma, #9 Texas, #20 West Virginia 10. West Delaware, Manchester7-1203 10. Dubuque, Senior6-213NR Others receiving votes: Des Moines, North 9. Prairie, Cedar Rapids 7. Ankeny Centennial 4. Sioux City, West 3. Ankeny 1. Class 1A RecordPtsPrv Others receiving votes: Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids 17. Martensdale-St. Marys 15. Lynnville-Sully 13. Prince of Peace Prep, Clinton 11. South O’Brien, Paullina 5. Notre Dame, Burlington 4. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 2. Easton Valley 1. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, KGLO mobile app — Mason City High at Johnston — girls 6:15, boys follow 8. South Hamilton, Jewell10-1418 RecordPtsPrv 5. New London9-0674 6. Sergeant Bluff-Luton7-2478 — high school boys basketball last nightOsage 62, Hampton-Dumont 17 2. Montezuma (3)11-0872 5. Oskaloosa8-2621 Class 4A 1. North Linn, Troy Mills (8)9-01071 1. Grand View Christian (6)9-11021 5. Bettendorf8-1606 6. Calamus-Wheatland10-132NR 4. Pella7-26310 RecordPtsPrv (tie) West Sioux, Hawarden10-0636 10. Newman Catholic, Mason City7-116NR 3. Sioux City, East8-0737 7. Cedar Falls7-1469 9. Valley, West Des Moines9-2348 Class 3A 10. South Central Calhoun10-112NR 7. Norwalk8-335NR DES MOINES — Drake coach Darian DeVries says standout guard Nick Norton will undergo knee surgery on Tuesday. Norton suffered a torn ACL in their Missouri Valley opener last week and is lost for the season. DeVries says they will petition in hopes of getting Norton a sixth year.Norton was a graduate transfer from Alabama-Birmingham.With Norton out the primary point guard responsibilities will fall on sophomore Noah Thomas.Drake returns to action on Tuesday night by hosting a Southern Illinois team that is 2-0 in the Valley. 3. Treynor (2)10-0852 8. Ames8-141NR 4. Van Meter8-0635 2. Clear Lake (2)10-0995 9. Unity Christian, Orange City8-21510 2. Camanche (1)10-0864 3. Gilbert9-1657 7. Western Christian, Hull6-2453 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Megan Gustafson had 21 points and 12 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season, Kathleen Doyle added 15 points with seven assists and No. 19 Iowa beat Wisconsin 71-53 on Monday night for its 20th consecutive victory in the series.The last victory for Wisconsin in the series was 84-73 at home on Feb. 11, 2007 and its last win at Iowa was 88-78 on February 6, 2005.Mason City native Makenzie Meyer added 10 points and five assists for Iowa (11-3, 2-1 Big Ten). Gustafson entered leading the NCAA in scoring at 26.8 points per game and ranking fifth in rebounds per game at 12.9. She’s third in field goal percentage at 71.1.Gustafson had six points and seven rebounds in the first half to help Iowa build a 34-27 lead. The Hawkeyes made 5 of 12 3-pointers and held Wisconsin to 37.5 percent shooting. Gustafson finished 9-of-16 shooting from the field with three blocks.Imani Lewis paced Wisconsin (10-6, 1-3) with a career-high 22 points and 11 rebounds. 8. Carroll6-131NR AMES — The Iowa State Cyclones debut in the Associated Press Top 25 this week at number 20. The Cyclones are 2-0 in the Big-12 after a lopsided win over fifth ranked Kansas and they return to action tonight at Baylor.That’s Iowa State coach Steve Prohm who believes improved team defense has been a key.Prohm says the Cyclones have what it takes to be good on defense.Baylor is 8-5 overall and opened Big-12 play with a loss to TCU. 8. Ar-We-Va, Westside10-028NR MONTREAL (AP) — Mikael Granlund scored, Devan Dubnyk stopped 32 shots for his first shutout of the season and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 Monday night. Montreal lost Shea Weber to injury. The Canadiens’ captain was hit in the face by a puck while blocking a shot six minutes into the first period. — high school girls basketball last nightOsage 63, Hampton-Dumont 43Iowa Falls-Alden 70, Charles City 30 6. Boyden-Hull9-0617 4. Ankeny Christian Academy (1)9-0735 (tie) Stanton9-0327 3. George-Little Rock (1)10-1843 9. ADM, Adel7-2236