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Life inside the American coronavirus quarantine for a professional football player

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Robert Wei/iStock(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) —  It’s day five for 195 Americans inside the quarantine zone at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California. Jarred Evans may be stuck, but he’s hardly taking it easy.

“No days off,” says Evans, 27.

The professional football player has good reason to stay in shape: after playing quarterback for the Wuhan Berserkers for two years, Evans is due to report to another pro team in Switzerland by Feb. 17.

Evans told ABC News he measured the distance around the courtyard at the base hotel where the group is staying so he could calculate how far he needs to run every day.

“I run around that multiple times until I reach, three, four miles,” Evans says.

Evans says every morning and evening, he and his fellow Americans that evacuated from Wuhan last week head to a special room where medical staff checks them for symptoms of novel coronavirus and takes their temperature.

“My temperature has been at a perfect 98.1 [degrees] or 97.9,” he chuckles. “I’m completely fine. I feel healthy. I feel great. I’m just taking my time and waiting to get out of here.”

Then it’s breakfast time. The food, he says, is decent.

“Today we got eggs, bacon and sausage,” he said.

Evans says he’s been told that test results from nasal and bowel swabs taken when the evacuees arrived in California should be known Sunday or Monday, but blood tests may take longer. Regardless of the results, however, everyone will have to stay in quarantine for a full two weeks.

“Everyone is very accepting toward what is going on,” Evans tells ABC News. “The CDC and State Department are doing a wonderful job of feeding us, keeping us busy, keeping the kids having fun with their parents. And you can’t go wrong with this beautiful California weather.”

A few guards are posted at the gate to the compound keep anyone from leaving, Evans says. On Wednesday night, authorities said one man was stopped when he tried to leave the quarantine area.

“I don’t think anyone is going to leave. I think we just had one situation where we had a guy who was like, ‘You all said I don’t have to stay, so I’m leaving,'” Evans said. “I think he just did it the wrong way.”

 Evans says there are approximately 14 kids in the quarantine group, ranging in age from about 11 months to about 13 years.

The shared, forced confinement means that people are beginning to forge new friendships, Evans says.

“We’re all getting to know each other,” he said. “There’s so many different types of people from all over America.”

Some people have stopped wearing protective gear, but not Evans.

“I’m still wearing my mask and gloves, because I want to make sure that I’m 100% clear of any kind of infection,” he said. “But people are really relaxed. I haven’t seen any kind of coughing, any people sick, or looking tired. Everyone is full of joy and energy.”

Evans says he speaks to his mother and father three to four times a day. He says he asked authorities to ship two things to the base: his laptop, so he can help his father with the family’s New York car service company, and some weight gain supplements.

On Sunday, he says he’s looking forward to a Super Bowl party and barbecue.

“They have four 86-inch televisions in the courtyard outside. A couple of us guys have a bet going on,” he laughs.

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Mother arrested after bedridden girl, 7, found dead during welfare check

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Bay City Police Department(BAY CITY, TX.) — A mother has been arrested after a 7-year-old bedridden girl was found dead inside her home when police were performing a welfare check.

The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on Friday when Bay City Police Officers in Bay City, Texas, were doing a welfare check at a residence in the area and found a 7-year-old girl who was bedridden due to medical conditions dead inside the home.

“There was all kinds of, you know, the police tape and police over there and people walking around and everything,” a female neighbor told ABC News’ Houston station KTRK-TV.

Two other children — a 5-year-old and a 3-month-old — were also on the premises along with the mother, 26-year-old Lauren Kay Dean, who was arrested by authorities after they discovered her dead daughter. It was unclear how long the 7-year-old had been deceased for.

Detectives and crime scene investigators were called to the scene and gathered evidence after police made the grisly discovery. The two other children were removed from the home.

Lauren Kay Dean was arrested and taken into custody at the Matagorda County Jail and charged with three second degree felony charges: abandonment, endangering a child and imminent danger bodily injury.

“That’s really sad because I have a 7-year-old right there so I wonder how that happened without anybody knowing, and especially if she had other kids too,” said Dean’s neighbor during an interview with KTRK.

Police are still investigating the causes of the 7-year-old’s death and anybody with any information in the case is encouraged to contact authorities.

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Demi Lovato warms up for Super Bowl anthem by joining Dan + Shay for "Speechless"

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Bud Light Super Bowl Music FestDemi Lovato and Dan + Shay are both managed by Scooter Braun, and that connection resulted in all three artists singing together on Saturday night.

Dan + Shay performed at the Bud Light Super Bowl Fest in Miami Saturday night, and ahead of that, they met up with Demi backstage, as Braun captured in an Instagram video.

In the video, Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney and Demi are seen rehearsing an acoustic performance of “Speechless.” Braun wrote, “Moments when my job allows me to see moments that are just amazing. @ddlovato came to see @danandshay last night and they started talking music and this happened backstage which led to an amazing surprise on stage. Wow.”

According to Billboard, that surprise came when Dan + Shay actually took the stage at the festival to sing the track, and Demi left her seat and came onstage to join them. You can watch fan-shot video of the performance now on YouTube.

Demi will sing the anthem tonight before the 49ers take on the Chiefs in Super Bowl 54.  The Jennifer Lopez/Shakira halftime show will also include J. Balvin, Bad Bunny and other surprise guests, according to reports.

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Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring after not seeing his shadow

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Jeff Swensen/Getty Images(PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa.) — Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, awoke this morning and did not see his shadow which means that — according to legend — an early spring is on the way.

Every Feb. 2, thousands of people gather in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to see whether or not the famous groundhog sees his shadow or not. Legend has it that if he sees his shadow then winter will continue for another six weeks but if Punxsutawney Phil does not see his shadow spring will come early.

Punxsutawney Phil’s top hat-wearing inner circle revealed the prediction at sunrise on Sunday morning.

While people gather in the town of Punxsutawney to hear the announcement, Phil’s actual prediction takes place ahead of time in a place called Gobbler’s Knob, a small hill just outside of the town. The formal declaration is made, however, with much pomp and circumstance in the town.

2020 marks the 134th time the event has occurred, according to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office.

Phil’s predictions have been fairly even over the past five years from 2015 to 2019 with the groundhog predicting a longer winter three times and an early spring twice.

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Pentagon to provide housing support to HHS for evacuees over coronavirus concerns

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jarun011/iStock(WASHINGTON ) — The Defense Department on Saturday approved housing support for up to 1,000 people should they need to be quarantined upon return from their overseas travel due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a statement.

Officials from the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) requested DOD to provide several facilities capable of housing at least 250 people in individual rooms through the end of the month.

“DOD personnel will not be directly in contact with the evacuees and evacuees will not have access to any base location other than their assigned housing,” the statement said. “In accordance with [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines, all evacuees will be monitored for a period of 14 days.”

As has been the case at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California — where the first planeload of evacuees were taken — the military will only provide housing support.

All care, transport and security will come directly from HHS, Jonathan Rath Hoffman, Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s assistant for public affairs, wrote on Twitter.

He added that the help will not negatively impact readiness or critical operations.

“Should routine monitoring of the evacuees identify ill individuals, HHS has procedures in place to transport them to a local civilian hospital,” the DOD statement said.

The four military installations that may be utilized by HHS are:

  • Centennial Regional Training Institute (168th regiment) in Fort Carson, Colorado
  • Travis Air Force Base near Fairfield, California
  • Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas
  • Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California

“The department’s primary responsibility is the safety of our force, our families and our base communities,” Hoffman wrote.

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