Florida’s health administrators over the weekend released detailed information about new coronavirus deaths at elder care facilities around the state, after more than a month of refusing to address the issue.Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration released the information after several news organizations filed suit under the state’s public records law to force the release of the data.The document reveals that one in three coronavirus deaths in Florida have occurred at 152 of the state’s long-term care facilities.As of Friday, the state counted 1,314 deaths. Of those, 423 were in senior-care facilities, which includes both staff and resident deaths.Additionally, nearly half of the deaths in elder care facilities were right here in South Florida.However, the nursing homes that have suffered the greatest losses in the state are Braden River Rehabilitation Center in Bradenton, Suwannee Health and Rehabilitation Center in Live Oak, and Seminole Pavilion Rehabilitation and Nursing Services in Seminole.All three of those centers have reported 13 resident deaths and one staff member death, according to Friday’s release.The facility with the highest number of reported deaths in South Florida is Miami Jewish Health Systems, a 438-bed elder care facility. According to the state, eight residents have died there.
It was early in the second half, and USC was ahead by double-digits when the chants started at the Galen Center.“Overrated,” they bellowed, softly at first but soon turning into a stadium-wide jeer aimed at No. 8 UCLA, which USC took down on Wednesday in front of a sold-out, raucous crowd of 10,258 people.But the crowd wasn’t done having fun. They chanted, “Thank you, Lonzo” when Bruins freshman phenom Lonzo Ball missed a pair of free throws that gave all fans free Chick-Fil-A. Then, with five minutes to play, the “overrated” chants started again, sandwiched in between a high-flying putback jam by junior guard Elijah Stewart and an and-one dunk by sophomore forward Chimezie Metu.And, for good measure, with the game out of reach in the final minutes, “Just like football” rained down, a gleeful reference to the 36-14 beatdown that USC’s football team put on UCLA in Pasadena last November.Take a moment to appreciate what happened on Wednesday night at the Galen Center. There it was, a crowd actually getting into a non-football USC sport, the most excited a basketball home crowd has been in some time.While it’s unlikely that the energy for future games will eclipse that of a matchup against a crosstown rival, USC has to hope that what occurred both on the court and in the stands against UCLA serves as a blueprint for the remainder of the season.“It was great,” Metu said about the sellout crowd. “I just wish it was like that every game.”“That,” as in the line for students to enter the arena wrapping around the stadium, the usually half-empty section of the stadium filling up an hour before tip-off, tickets for the game selling out a month beforehand, the parking lots around Galen Center displaying “FULL” signs and traffic on the nearby surface streets slowing to an absolute crawl.Inside, it was just as spectacular. USC beat UCLA for the sixth straight time in men’s basketball or football — four in a row men’s hoops — and the Trojan faithful rubbed it in as much as they could. The capacity crowd cheered and chanted without being prompted by DJ Mal-ski, who typically has to encourage fans to make noise.“This was as good an atmosphere as I’ve seen,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “It was just a great college basketball environment … This atmosphere was just sensational.”On the court, it was like the teams switched jerseys. The Bruins and their high-powered offense — that ranks third in the NCAA in scoring at 92.2 points per game — were held to just 76. The Trojans, who have struggled shooting the ball early in conference play, drilled nine 3-pointers in the first half alone en route to dropping 50 on the Bruins at halftime.It didn’t start out that well. USC trailed 8-0 right off the bat, looking jumpy and over-amped, while an emphatic follow jam by Ball had the crowd oohing and aahing. But after going down 20-10, it was like a light switch went off for the Trojans. There were steals and dunks, alley-oops and hustle plays and a whole lot of the net swishing from long distance.Like that, the game was tied, and then USC went ahead. Before you knew it, Stewart drilled a deep 3-pointer at the first half buzzer to put the Trojans up by double-digits, sending a dejected Bruins team to the locker room.By the end of the game, USC had sent UCLA into low-key panic mode. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Bruins stayed in the locker room for nearly half an hour after the game, holding a lengthy team meeting.Maybe this UCLA team isn’t as good as everyone thought it would be (the Bruins also lost to Arizona last Saturday) when it was hyped as a national championship contender, and Ball — who scored 15 points but committed a whopping seven turnovers — still needs time to develop after being heralded as the next big thing. Perhaps he still is. And perhaps the Bruins simply had an off night.The Trojans can’t think about that, though. They have to take the momentum off this win against a top-10 opponent and hope that it translates to another win in Washington next week. Given their inconsistent conference play following a 13-0 start, this could potentially be a season-defining win that sparks a late-season push for a better Pac-12 and NCAA tournament seeding.And hopefully, went they return home on Feb. 9 to play Oregon State, the Galen Center will be just as energized as it was against UCLA. Both the team and the crowd — as the kids say — were absolutely “lit” on Wednesday. Now, it’s all about keeping the fuse burning.Eric He is a sophomore studying print and digital journalism. He is also the associate managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, Grinding Gears, runs on Fridays.
Liberty Professionals grabbed a late goal to rescue a point on opening day as they drew 2-2 with Legon Cities FC.Saddick Sulley scored the first goal of the game as he made the most of a defensive blunder by the Scientific Soccer Lads.He latched onto the ball following the error, run into the box, cut onto his left foot before placing his effort beyond the reach of the goalkeeper.Liberty Professionals dominated large chunks of the game but couldn’t finish off their chances in the first half.Kofi Baah, the Liberty goalie, had a game to forget as he twice gifted the ball to the away side with he being punished for his second error.He was punished for his miscalculated pass which fell to Degorl Jeffery.Degorl Jeffery was there to pick up the pieces and double the advantage of the visiting team.The home side pulled one back before the 70th minute after sustained pressure mounted on The Royals. Elvis Kyei Baffour tapped in from close range to reduce the deficit.With less than five minutes to go, Liberty Professionals grabbed the equalizer.Michael Ampadu picked up a pass from Elvis Kyei Baffour just outside the 18-yard box and fired in a powerful shot to level things for the home side.The game was far from over after the leveler as Legon Cities FC had their own late goal flagged for offside.Liberty Professionals also had some chances to grab the late winner to secure a comeback win but Gbevu Prosper was a safe pair of hands for The Royals.Lineups:Liberty Professionals:Baah Kofi (GK).Sefah Michael.Mwankurinah Ernest.Amoako George Kofi.Issaka Emmanuel.Mubashar Issah.Amofa Samuel.Danso Ernest.Ampadu Michael (C).Alhassan Mubarak.Elvis Kyei Baffour. Legon Cities FC:Gbevu Prosper (GK).Mohammed Suleman.Yussif Fadili.Muhammed Abdulai.Sulley Saddick.Papadopoulos Panayotis.Adams Misbawu.Oppong Eric.Bonney Stephen.Okine Benjamin Daddida.Degorl Jeffery (C).