It started with Gobert, then it hit others hard

Girls on The Run Utah look at a nail biter in between Utah Jazz and Toronto Raptors. For International Women’s Day, for every shot he blocks, Rudy Gobert donates $ 1,000. & nbsp; “data-reactid =” 32 “> It is March 9 in the Vivint Smart Home Arena and a group of girls, parents, an employee, a volunteer and two board members of Girls on The Run Utah Watch a nail biter between the Utah Jazz and Toronto Raptors. For International Women’s Day, for every shot he blocks, Rudy Gobert donates $ 1,000.

Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake and asked if there would be any Native American children willing to come. & nbsp; “data-reactid =” 33 “> After the game, the girls tour the arena, venturing to court and taking in the magnetic appearance of an empty arena. Gobert emerges from the tunnel in a white hoodie and black sweat gives the girls a high five, feels sorry and takes selfies before posing behind a human-sized check.The Gobert foundation, Rudy’s Kids, reached out to Girls on the Run, who reached out to the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake and asked if there would be any Native American children.

The daughters of Samantha Eldridge, an Indian mother of two, belonged to the group that attended. “For many of these girls, they never get a chance to even go to a jazz game. That was huge,” said 40-year-old Eldridge. “It was even more exciting that they could go to the bottom, stand on the field And meet a player. I know they felt special. ”

The following afternoon, Eldridge tweeted a photo of the girls and Gobert, captioned, “Thank you so much to @ rudygobert27 @RudysFoundation for inviting the UICSL (Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake), Girls on the Run last night! We appreciate Rudy taking the time to meet the girls and for his generous donation to inspire the girls to continue pursuing their boundless potential. #NativeYouth #GoJazz. “

Two days later, the reports started to pile up.

Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. The game got cancelled. Shortly after, the NBA season was suspended. Jazz teammates and staff were trapped in the visitors’ locker room on behalf of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, which decided it was in the public interest to use 58 out of 100 daily tests on the Jazz’s travel party. Neither Jazz, Rudy Gobert, nor his foundation responded to requests for comment. In the aftermath, Gobert promised to donate $ 500,000 to Vivint Smart Home Arena part-time workers, as well as coronavirus emergency services in Utah, Oklahoma City and its home country of France. & nbsp; “data-reactid =” 37 “> In the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, the coronavirus collided with professional sports. Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. The game was canceled. Shortly after, the NBA season was suspended. Jazz teammates and staffers were trapped in the visitors’ locker room on behalf of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, who decided it was in the public interest to use 58 out of 100 daily tests on the Jazz tour group. Neither Rudy Gobert nor his foundation responded to requests for comment In the aftermath, Gobert pledged to donate $ 500,000 to Vivint Smart Home Arena part-time workers, as well as coronavirus relief efforts in Utah, Oklahoma City and his home country of France.

Hotline at the University of Utah Healthcare. Her 10-year-old met Gobert and feels fine. But her 12-year-old daughter is tired, her head hurts, her throat hurts. & Nbsp; “data-reactid =” 58 “> While workers in hazmat take disinfected chairs in the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Eldridge was waiting on the phone with the Hotline at the University of Utah Healthcare. Her 10-year-old met Gobert and feels fine. But her 12-year-old daughter is tired, her head hurts, her throat hurts.

Eldridge finds a comment under a photo of the girls with Gobert saying, “They’re already dead.” Another poster suggests that the girls “spread the corona virus.” Her girls wonder if that’s true.

Eldridge removes her message and advises the other girls who attended the game to remove theirs. “Knowing that some girls read this stuff online,” she said, “is just really terrifying to them.”

The next day, her daughters’ school district closes in Murray, just south of Salt Lake City. They wonder if it is because of them.

Even worse, can they infect their 68-year-old grandmother? “Like many indigenous communities, we live in elaborate households,” said Eldridge. “Many of us care for our elders in our community. We can’t send them anywhere. We are their main caregivers, so knowing whether someone is healthy or not is huge. “

Eldridge doesn’t get the answers she needs. Despite meeting both CDC guidelines – being exposed to a known carrier and showing symptoms – her daughter is denied a coronavirus test.

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celebrities are under attack for the use of a limited reserve of test kits that could better serve primary health care workers and patients at risk. An epidemiologist who prefers to remain anonymous told Yahoo Sports that it may be a public good for professional athletes to be tested. They travel, meet strangers, perform, sweat and mix in crowded stadiums. An athlete who tests positive for the coronavirus simultaneously shocks thousands of people with association anxiety. But as Steven Taylor, author of “The Psychology of Pandemics” writes, “A moderate level of anxiety or fear can motivate people to deal with health threats, but serious threats can be debilitating.” & Nbsp; “data-reactid =” 69 “> In the coming weeks, celebrities are under attack for the use of a limited reserve of test kits that could better serve primary health care workers and patients at risk. An epidemiologist who prefers to remain anonymous told Yahoo Sports that it may be a public good for professional athletes to be tested. They travel, meet strangers, perform, sweat and mix in crowded stadiums. An athlete who tests positive for the coronavirus simultaneously shocks thousands of people with association anxiety. But as Steven Taylor, author of “The Psychology of Pandemics” writes, “A moderate level of anxiety or fear can motivate people to deal with health threats, but serious threats can be debilitating.”

twice as deadly for low-income communities. The wealthy are better equipped to work from home, to isolate socially and to slow down their spread. In marginalized communities, those changes are logistically complicated and economically crushing, with complicated solutions and fewer resources. & Nbsp; “data-reactid =” 70 “> The coronavirus itself does not distinguish between rich and poor, but the ripple effects do. York Times estimates that the coronavirus could be twice as deadly for low-income communities. The wealthy are better equipped to work from home, to isolate socially and to slow down their spread. In marginalized communities, those changes are logistically complicated and economically crushing, with complicated solutions and fewer resources.

those measured 5.7 on the Richter scale – the largest state in 28 years – these communities turn to each other for support. “This is what we’ve always done,” said Chelsie Acosta, a local activist and health teacher at Glendale Middle School. “We take care of each other. In the greatest times of crisis, our community emerges and cares for each other and the most marginalized within our group. “” Data-reactid = “71”> In Salt Lake County, during the coronavirus crisis, amid school closings and job losses, and after a March 18 earthquake those measured 5.7 on the Richter scale – the largest state in 28 years – these communities turn to each other for support. “This is what we’ve always done,” said Chelsie Acosta, a local activist and health teacher at Glendale Middle School. “We take care of each other. In the greatest times of crisis, our community rises and cares for one another and the most marginalized within our group. ”

“We know,” she continued, “we can’t rely on healthcare. We know that unless you’re white, wealthy and privileged, how this kind of rolls out. ‘

Chelsie Acosta supplies goods to Elizabeth Montoya, a resident of Salt Lake City. (Courtesy of Chelsie Acosta)

Chelsie Acosta supplies goods to Elizabeth Montoya, a resident of Salt Lake City. (Courtesy of Chelsie Acosta)

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Four miles away, on March 12 from Vivint Smart Home Arena, students at Glendale Middle School discovered that their classmates were part of the group Gobert met on behalf of the UICSL and Girls on the Run.

The combined grades of grades 7 and 8 had spent the past week learning about the coronavirus and watching Sanjay Gupta on CNN, Department of Health briefings, and videos of hospitals built at night in China. “That’s what I tried to show my kids: the helpers, the resilience,” said Acosta, who also taught English as a second language and led a Latinos in Action program that was discontinued last year.

So they are not surprised by the news. But knowledge does not minimize the moment when terms such as ‘being exposed’ – once the subject of distant news stories – are printed on sheets and distributed on desks.

Glendale is a Title 1 school that receives additional federal funding to meet the educational requirements of a high concentration of low-income students. The neighborhood is predominantly Latino and more than a quarter of the inhabitants live below the poverty line.

Acosta has a close relationship with its students. “I think as a health teacher I am lending to a very vulnerable, loving kind of safe space,” she says. In one class, Acosta draws a three-part graph on the whiteboard and divides the class into groups.

First they make a list of questions. Second, they write their fears, “Our communities have more children living with the elderly, which was a major concern,” said Acosta. The elderly are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus. As of 2016, one in five households – 84 percent non-white – in America is multigenerational.

while you are physically far away. When she gets home, the first thing she does is wipe and wash her clothes. She cleans her hands excessively. She washes towels and pillow cases daily. She wonders, “Am I thinking too much? Am I thinking? “” Data-reactid = “100”> Acosta’s mother, who was also a teacher, lost a seven-month battle with cancer in January. Her 70-year-old father has lived with her ever since. They use the same kitchen. They eat together, at a distance. They mourn together. She believes they will weather this crisis by staying socially close while you are physically far away. When she gets home, the first thing she does is wipe and wash her clothes. She cleans her hands excessively. She washes towels and pillow cases daily. She wonders, “Am I thinking too much? Am I thinking? ‘

In the final part of the exercise, students come up with a plan: talk to their families, find resources in different languages, prepare meals. “Do you have a plan if you get a fever? What is that? “Asked Acosta.” They felt safe [after the discussion]because we are all in the same boat. ”

But the next day at lunchtime, students panic into the office and demand to be seen by the nurse. That evening, the Governor of Utah announced the closure of all schools, from kindergarten to twelfth grade.

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Murray councilor Rosalba Dominguez returns from a conference in Washington, D.C., and hears from a school board colleague. He asks Dominguez if she checked in with her friend, Samantha Eldridge.

Eldridge is thinking about contacting herself, but she hesitates. She knows that Dominguez has been busy and she was just in D.C.

Dominguez calls on March 12, a day after Eldridge’s first attempt to get her daughter tested was rejected.

“I was like, Sam, whatever it is, you can always call me,” Dominguez said. “She didn’t want to be bothered.”

Together, Eldridge and Dominguez explore different avenues – the University of Utah Health clinic, the Salt Lake County Health Department – while Dominguez communicates Eldridge’s situation to a few colleagues. A friend who is involved in coronavirus policy-making gives her a tip: try a doctor’s office – they have more test kits.

child who received a signature from Gobert tests positive. “The nurse I spoke to was really empathetic,” she adds. The FDA has relaxed its restrictions. Test kits creep into greater availability. & Nbsp; “data-reactid =” 109 “> On March 13, after paying $ 59 to use a ConnectCare app, Eldridge waits over two hours on the phone to be screened by her daughter’s pediatrician. her daughter’s condition worsened since Wednesday, another one in Rhode Island child who received a signature from Gobert tests positive. “The nurse I spoke to was really empathetic,” she adds. The FDA has relaxed its restrictions. Test kits creep into greater availability.

Maybe that’s why her daughter is approved for a test the next morning.

“It just depends …” Eldridge walked away. “But that’s it. I still don’t know what it depends on. ”

Either way, she is relieved. The results are negative. She is concerned about the girls who have not been tested, including her other daughter.

“They are the ones who need to go back to the community and face peers, face the bullying that took place on social media, even just people wondering if they had it or not,” said Eldridge. “And I think it could at least give them something that could say,” I got tested. We were negative. ”

Murray councilor Rosalba Dominguez at her home. (Thanks to Rosalba Dominguez)

Murray councilor Rosalba Dominguez at her home. (Thanks to Rosalba Dominguez)

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Meanwhile, Dominguez is waiting.

She is quarantined at home on March 18 after the earthquake and spends the day talking to her 12-year-old stepdaughter.

Dominguez says their generation seems fatalistic. The children in school are convinced that the world will somehow end. She wonders if that’s because they’re hyper-aware of climate change. Either way, an earthquake on top of a pandemic reinforces the children’s cause.

“When we got into these roles, we didn’t get into thinking, ‘I’ll be able to help people in a pandemic,’ said Dominguez, who was elected to Murray City Council last fall. ‘But we’re here and we’re trying to ease people’s real feelings. “

The conversations she has with her family are the same as those she has with her constituents, shunning her fears to make way for others. ‘

Dominguez tries not to think about death and approaches him with a zen-like acceptance – your time to go is your time to go – trying to evoke the ancestral power of her mother and grandmother, both healers. In reality, she thinks a lot about it. Everyone does.

Dominguez suffers from asthma. She has had pneumonia several times. She is not feeling well. Chestpain. She tells her partner that when it comes down to it, she doesn’t want to be hooked to a ventilator. “I don’t want a tube pushed down my throat to survive this thing, because I already know my lungs won’t survive.”

who tested positive for COVID-19. She was also tested. She follows her steps. Did they shake hands at the conference they attended there? She does not remember. But they sat side by side. “I was just so paranoid at the conference and I had never felt this way before,” she said. That’s why she knew she had to call Eldridge. When she was scared, she can’t imagine what it would be like for Eldridge to worry about her mother and daughters. “Data-reactid =” 142 “> She took the same plane back from Washington as Councilor Ben Adams, who tested positive for COVID-19. She was also tested. She follows her steps. Did they shake hands at the conference they attended there? She does not remember. But they sat side by side. “I was just so paranoid at the conference and I had never felt this way before,” she said. That’s why she knew she had to call Eldridge. When she was scared, she can’t imagine what it would be like for Eldridge to worry about her mother and daughters.

Another councilor tested positive on March 20. Dominguez calls the clinic. Still no results. While she is quarantining, Acosta delivers groceries to the Dominguez family.

The next day Dominguez’s test comes back negative. Two days later she drops off a box of wine at Acosta’s door.

Acosta founded a Facebook group, Comunidad, to help the community deal with the coronavirus crisis, connecting community leaders from Black Lives Matter, Latino groups and the LGBTQ pride center.

Murray councilor Rosalba Dominguez works from home. (Courtesy of Rosalba Dominguez / Instagram)

Murray councilor Rosalba Dominguez works from home. (Courtesy of Rosalba Dominguez / Instagram)

On the morning of the earthquake, people check in online. A commentator says she’s fine, but it feels like a bad movie. Another advises people to prepare for power outages by filling containers and bathtubs with water and charging their appliances. “Random people have invited other people in and it’s really cool to look at the connections and the people,” said Acosta. Mutual aid organizations such as Comunidad are organically mobilized across the country.

Later that day, they distribute free medical supply kits to five of the six hubs they made around the valley for when the fever inevitably hits. Acosta supplies supplies to a physically disabled group trapped in an apartment complex on the fourth floor.

On March 23, Acosta decides to rest and isolate to keep her 70-year-old father safe. On the Comunidad Facebook group, she posts: ‘I want to avoid the shops and spaces where I could be exposed or exposed. I’m still here, we’re still doing this. Just switch and needs and run tighter. ”

The next morning, she texts a friend who organizes meals for a refugee community. She has rice and beans for them. But her friend has to work until night. By noon Acosta is back in her car.

She hopes that we will all come out of the wreck with a bigger heart. “I have a feeling that a lot of us will become much better people and I will remember what it is like to be a person who helps another person.”

Acosta’s students turned her into a Snapchat account. Sometimes they bombard her with stories. She records messages and tells them everything will be alright. Then she puts her phone down. “I’m like,” Oh God, I hope it works out. “

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