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Wellness Directory, Naked Doctors and 102-Year Story of Survival
Rico Albright wears a facemask while delivering two dozen pizzas. PHOTO: Warren Benjamin
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Sun Valley Wellness, the nonprofit that produces the Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference, has launched a new online Sun Valley Wellness Directory & Events Calendar.

The directory offers a catalog of wellness resources, detailed profiles of local community wellness organizations and practitioners and a calendar of wellness events.

Health officials subtracted one confirmed case of coronavirus from Blaine County's tally on Thursday, Paul Ries noted. It was a head scratcher, but we'll take it.

Those who wish to become part of the free directory can register at<

 "The intent of this new resource is to have a dynamic and vital wellness and lifestyle community online," noted Claudia Fiaschetti, board member and Community Outreach chair for Sun Valley Wellness. "During this time of Covid-19 isolation we can actually grow our connection with one another through this resource, and then continue to keep our wellness organizations and community connected long after this fragile crisis period has passed."

 The 23rd annual Wellness Festival & Conference has been moved from June to Aug. 21-24. Speakers will include Sleep Expert Matthew Walker, Dr. Zach Bush, Dr. Eben Alexander and others.


The Barkin’ will begin taking donations again from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

The Hailey thrift store, which benefits Mountain Humane, is accepting clothing, jewelry, art, collectables, household items and sporting equipment, including bikes.

Employees are asking that you bag or box your clothes, camping gear, home goods and sporting equipment. To schedule a free pick up of furniture or other heavy items, call 208-788-3854.

The Barkin’ will continue to accept donations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Proprietors have not determined when the store will reopen to shoppers.

The Gold Mine is also accepting donations on Friday as it prepares to reopen with its summer stock. Employees are currently rearranging the physical space to allow more physical distancing between shoppers and clerks.


For the second week in a row, Rico’s Authentic Italian Restaurant donated pizzas to The Hunger Coalition as part of its new Provide A Pie program. The Ketchum eatery doubled the number of pies it donated to 24.

Rico’s is donating a pie to feed people in crisis for every pizza pie purchased from Rico’s by the public.

“As the result of Rico’s generosity, we are able to feed more people in the community as the need continues to grow,” said Jeanne Liston, executive director for The Hunger Coalition.

Rico’s, at 200 Main St. N., in Ketchum, is providing pick-up service from 5 to 8 p.m. daily.


The state now has 2,015 confirmed and probably COVID-19 cases. And it has three more deaths, or 63 deaths all told, related to the coronavirus. Nez Perce County, which has has a large number of nursing home deaths, chalked up two more deaths and Canyon County one more.

Blaine County somehow lost a case, taking it back to 497.


Idaho now has 109.3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000. That makes it 15th lowest rate among states. Its death rate of 3.3 per 100,0000 is also 15th lowest. Its testing rate of 11.4 per 1,000 people is 10th lowest. And its positive test rate is 9.6 percent, 25th lowest. With 1.754 million people, its population density of 21.0 people per square mile is seventh lowest.

Doing even better was Montana with just 42.5 confirmed cases per 100,000 people and Oregon with 56.2, according to 24.7 Wall St.


Idahoans ages 18 to 29 have the highest number of cases at 401, while those age 80 and older have the fewest cases at 136. But those over 80 have the highest number of deaths with 38. There are no confirmed deaths under age 50.


A group of German doctors have posed naked save for stethoscopes to show how vulnerable they feel without adequate protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic. They call their protest “Naked Concerns,” and say the lack of PPE is placing their lives at risk.


A 102-year-old New York woman born during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1917-18 now has survived a second pandemic.

Angelina Friedman was Angelina Sciales when she arrived in the world in 1918 on a passenger ship bringing immigrants from Italy to New York. It was during the second wave of the Spanish influenza pandemic.

Now, 102 years later, she tested positive for COVID-19 on March 21 and spent a week in a hospital before returning to isolate at her nursing home. She tested negative on April 20 after running a fever on and off for a month.

Turns out she’s quite the survivor. She survived not only two pandemics but cancer, sepsis and miscarriages to outlive her husband and 10 siblings.


Avington Park Golf Course in Winchester, England, is using sheep to cut its grass since it had to furlough most of its staff.


Cleaner air resulting from the reduction of traffic emissions, and coal and oil burning has led to 11,000 few deaths in Europe over the past month.

  • The City of Los Angeles is now offering free coronavirus testing to all residents, whether or not they have had symptoms. People will be able to avail themselves of limitless tests.
  • Colorado and Nevada have joined California, Oregon and Washington in a five-state pact coordinating how to reopen.
  • An Italian company has started producing plexiglass beach boxes that would allow sunbathers to maintain social distancing on beaches.


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