The American death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic could reach nearly 300,000 by Dec 1, according to a new forecast by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. The institute has been the source of influential, though not always accurate, models for the American pandemic, and at times has been favored by the White House.The model shows 295,011 deaths by Dec 1, but says 70,000 of those could be prevented if 95% of Americans wore masks whenever they were outside their homes. The model also assumes some states will reissue stay-at-home orders and close nonessential businesses when the daily death rate in a state reaches 8 per million.”We’re seeing a rollercoaster in the United States,” said IHME Director Christopher Murray, MD, DPhil. “It appears that people are wearing masks and socially distancing more frequently as infections increase, then after a while as infections drop, people let their guard down and stop taking these measures to protect themselves and others—which, of course, leads to more infections. And the potentially deadly cycle starts over again.”Murray said IHME’s data show fewer new cases in Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas, but deaths in those states will be expected to rise for the next 2 weeks. Based on rolling case counts and data on hospitalizations and deaths, IHME expects Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Virginia to see the next major case increases.As of today, 32 states have passed mask mandates, as have Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.According to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker, the US today has 4,904,474 COVID-19 cases, and 160,437 fatalities.Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their composite forecasting site, and showed 175,000 to 190,000 total COVID-19 deaths will likely be reported by August 29.”State-level ensemble forecasts predict that the number of reported new deaths per week may increase over the next four weeks in Hawaii and Puerto Rico and may decrease in Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, the Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, and the Virgin Islands,” the CDC said.CDC lifts travel bans for AmericansYesterday the CDC, along with the State Department, also lifted global advisories recommending US citizens avoid all international travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, but an advisory against travel to Mexico remains in place. The State Department said the decision to continue the ban on travel to Mexico was made because of the pandemic, and an increased risk of kidnapping and crime.The decision removes a blanket recommendation of avoiding all international travel due to the pandemic, and returns to the previous recommendation system which lists countries by threat levels.According to Reuters, while the CDC dropped its global advisory recommending against all nonessential international travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries remain on its highest Level 3 advisory to avoid all nonessential travel.In related news, Governor David Ige of Hawaii reissued an inter-island travel ban after Oahu has seen a surge of new cases, CNN said. According to Bruce Anderson, director of Hawaii Department of Health, more than 53% of the ICU beds on Oahu are occupied.Senate leaders, White House, not close to pandemic relief packageSenate Democrats, Republicans, and the White House all remain at odds on what to include in a second relief package, with Democrats pushing for a $3 trillion bill, and Republicans holding firm on a budget of $1 trillion.In a press conference today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she offered to lower the size of the House-approved legislation to roughly $2 trillion, but Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called that offer “a non-starter,” according to the Associated Press.Democrats pointed to the July jobs report from the Department of Labor, which showed the US added only 1.8 million jobs in June, a much lower increase than in May or June, as proof that a bigger relief package is needed.New York schools can open, Americans reluctant to get vaccinatedIn other domestic COVID-19 news:New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said today that schools in the state can reopen for in-person instruction if community-infection rates are low. The current coronavirus infection rate in New York is 1%, and Cuomo said schools can open if the 14-day average positivity rate remains below 5%. The decision will ultimately be up to school districts.In a new Gallup survey, 35% of Americans said they would not get a Food and Drug Administration-approved COVID-19 vaccine if it were available today at no cost. Willingness to get vaccinated was lower in Republicans (47%) than Democrats (81%), and among middle-aged groups (59% among those between 50 and 64) compared with young adults (76% of adults ages 18 to 29) and senior citizens (70%).
Season Card Member Plus Best price guaranteed – prices will increase after early bird periodDolman Centre prices reduced by almost 25%All Adult season cards reduced from last year, available from just £10.64 per gameUnder-12s – £50 including FREE replica shirt New Under-25s category Under-19s season card from just £4 per gameExtended family section – Adult for £199 & U12 goes FREE (down from £275 last year)Download the full pricing list and purchasing options by clicking here.Following extensive fan consultation, including 2028 members and the biggest supporter survey undertaken in the club’s history, we have introduced another age category and offers to reward loyalty, including our new “Refer A Friend” scheme. This allows season card members to become the ultimate advocate for the club, and they’ll receive a £20 gift card* for every new supporter that signs up for the next campaign following their recommendation**.Last season’s sold out Family Corner area at Ashton Gate will now be extended by a further 1,000 seats and reduced to £199 (from £275 last year). For every adult that purchases a season card in this area, an under-12 goes FREE!The Under-19s price category has also been reduced and will now be available in all areas of the stadium, as will the hugely-popular Under-12s offering for £50 with a free replica shirt.All season card renewals will include “Plus Member” status***. This gives added benefits, including away ticket priority and 15% discount on merchandise, food and drink at Ashton Gate (increased from 10%).The 2016/17 season will see the fully-redeveloped Ashton Gate opened with nearly 27,000 seats. Season cards in the new 10,500-seater West Stand will be available for the first time, with the lower section on sale during the early bird period. Should demand dictate, West Stand Upper seats will go on sale first to West Stand Lower season card members.Click here for a guide to the West Stand ahead of purchasing your tickets.Season Card Member Plus free upgradeSeason Card Member Plus includes 15% discount on food, drink and merchandise Buy a dual sport season card (City & Bristol Rugby) and save a further 10% discountBristol Sport chief executive Andrew Billingham said: “2016/17 will be an historic season with the stadium fully open and hopefully the return of Premiership rugby! We’re keen to have as many fans as possible inside Ashton Gate to support Bristol Rugby.“We’ve taken on board a lot of feedback from supporters, culminating in reduced season card prices, improved age categories, the new “Refer A Friend” scheme and the extended family section.“It’s important we attract the next generation of Bristol Rugby supporters to Ashton Gate, which is why we’re offering a host of concession rates from birth up until the age of 25, as well as reducing prices for our long-serving adults and senior citizens.”On top of that, to reward loyalty, we’re also giving everyone who renews the added benefits of Member Plus status.”Season cards will go on sale for an early bird period from March 29th until April 29th.Sales for season cards will be online (24/7) and by phone. There will be no in-person sales at Ashton Gate due to the ongoing redevelopment; however Bristol Sport will be operating extended phone line hours during the sales period.A direct debit option will be available, allowing supporters to spread the cost of a season card over ten months. Bristol Sport will be managing the direct debit scheme, which is subject to a £25 booking fee, split across the ten-month payment plan (maximum four supporters per application). 2016/17 SEASON CARD PRICES ATYEO STAND: Adult – £149, Senior Citizens (65+)/Young Adult (U25s)/Disabled & Carer –£112, Under-22 – £75, Under-19 – £60, Under-12 – £50.SOUTH STAND Category 6 (S19-S23): Adult – £199, Senior Citizens (65+)/Young Adult (U25s)/Disabled & Carer – £149, Under-22 – £100, Under-19 – £79, Under-12 – £50.FAMILY CORNER**** (Blocks S24-27): Junior FREE with full paying adult – £199.DOLMAN WINGS (E28-E29, E33-E34): Adult – £239, Senior Citizens (65+)/Young Adult (U25s)/Disabled & Carer – £179, Under-22 – £120, Under-19 – £79, Under-12 – £50. DOLMAN CENTRE (E30-E32): Adult – £260, Senior Citizens (65+)/Young Adult (U25s)/Disabled & Carer – £195, Under-22 – £130, Under-19 – £79, Under-12 – £50.WEST STAND LOWER WINGS (W10-W12, W16-W18): Adult – £290, Senior Citizens (65+)/Young Adult (U25s)/Disabled & Carer – £218, Under-22 – £145, Under-19 – £79, Under-12 – £50.WEST STAND LOWER CENTRE (Blocks W13-15): Adult – £345, Senior Citizens (65+) /Young Adult (U25s) / Disabled & Carer £259, Under-22 – £172, Under-19 – £79, Under-12 – £50. Please note for all age-based season card purchases, proof of age will be required.Seating plan based on current architect’s designs and could be subject to change.All season cards are subject to a £2 booking fee per card except if paying by direct debit.SALES PERIODSTuesday, March 22nd at 10amAll 2028 Members can telephone supporter services to secure their seat in advance.Tuesday, March 29th at 10amAll 2014/15 Williams Stand season card holders get the first chance to relocate back to the new West Stand Lower.Monday, April 4th at 10amAll Atyeo Stand, South Stand and Dolman Stand season card holders can renew their seat or move (including to any unsold West Stand Lower seats). Note: Supporters in the Family Corner (S24, S25, E26, E27) without an accompanying under-12 are required to move to a new seat elsewhere in the stadium.Monday, April 11th at 10am One final week for seat renewals for 2016/17. Supporters are also able to move seats during this period if they wish. Any non-renewed seats at the end of this period will then be released.Monday, April 18th at 10am & Tuesday, April 19th With reservations now lifted, season card holders who have already purchased will be able to move seats if they wish.Wednesday, April 20th at 10amForever Bristol members can purchase season cards. “Refer A Friend” supporters can purchase during this period. Seat moves remain available. Supporters can upgrade to Member Plus for £20.Monday, April 25th at 10am until Friday, April 29th at 5pmGeneral sale period, with no price increase. Supporters can upgrade to Member Plus for £20.BENEFITS GUIDE Level 1 Bristol Rugby benefit Away Ticket Priority Level 2 £5 off City, £3 off Flyers Merchandise/concession discount – One £10 guest Rugby home ticket £5 off City, £3 off Flyers Bristol Sport Clubs ticket discount Season Card Member One free City home ticket One £10 guest Rugby home ticket Bristol City benefit 15% off(20% off for dual sport season card holders) 10% off(20% off for dual sport season card holders) * £20 gift card can be spent at Ashton Gate, either in the Bristol Sport Shop or for food and drink purchases in the concourses or Sports Bar & Grill. **To qualify for “Refer A Friend”, new purchasing supporter must not have been a season card holder in 2015/16 and can only purchase Adult, Senior, Under-25s or Disabled category. *** Any new season card holders for 2016/17 will need to pay £20 to upgrade to season card member plus status. **** To purchase in the Family Corner, Under-12s must form part of the group. Any existing season card holders in this area will need to relocate.