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Nevada Lifts Block on Rapid Covid-19 Tests in Nursing Homes

The state of Nevada withdrew a directive that blocked nursing homes from using federally provided rapid coronavirus testing equipment late on Friday, in response to an order from the Trump administration.

Nevada told nursing homes on Oct. 2 to stop using the rapid-testing equipment, citing concerns about false-positive results. The back and forth highlights a debate over the proper use of the tests after reports of some false positives.

In a letter to state officials, Adm. Brett Giroir, the Department of Health and Human Services official who has overseen U.S. testing efforts, said the state’s action to ban use of the tests was “inconsistent with and preempted by federal law and, as such, must cease immediately or appropriate action will be taken against those involved.” The letter was dated Oct. 8 and made public Friday.

Adm. Giroir defended the performance of the federally supplied equipment on a call Friday with reporters, saying the false-positive rate was low and the issue could be managed by using proper procedures to confirm results. The state’s action wasn’t justified, he said. Adm. Giroir declined to say what enforcement action the federal government could take against Nevada, but said he expected the state to comply with the federal order.

“We are very disappointed by the letter received today from U.S. HHS Giroir, as our goal remains united in protecting those most vulnerable in our communities,” Ihsan Azzam, Nevada’s chief medical officer, said. “We too want more testing with rapid turnaround in Nevada, but the results of those tests must be accurate as they affect clinical care.”

“We are not saying the tests have no use, we are just saying pause for further review and additional training,” he added. The health department issued a new bulletin late on Friday, recommending that nursing facilities continue to perform

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Nine Home Renovation Superstars Sign on for Season Two of HGTV’s ROCK THE BLOCK

Nine Home Renovation Superstars Sign on for Season Two of HGTV's ROCK THE BLOCK

Let’s get ready to rock! HGTV has announced the challengers for the second season of its hit competition series Rock the Block. Set to premiere in early 2021, the new season, hosted by highly skilled carpenter, craftsman and designer, Ty Pennington, will have double the star power with eight of the network’s brightest home renovation and design experts pairing up to completely transform identical three-story suburban properties in just one month. The 2021 ROCK THE BLOCK partner teams are: home renovator and contractor Mike Holmes (Holmes On Homes) and Chicago’s fearless home reno and design expert Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab); designing dads Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent (Nate and Jeremiah: Save My House); HGTV’s first Design Star winner David Bromstad (My Lottery Dream Home) with the eighth Design Star winner Tiffany Brooks (50K Three Ways); and the couple who can build and design an entire home in 100 days, Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt (100 Day Dream Home.) With a $225,000 budget and a whole lot of teamwork, the dueling duos hope to win major bragging rights and their names on a street sign.

“Nothing says high stakes like double the stardom, double the personalities, and double the fun!” said Jane Latman, president, HGTV. “Expect to see impressive displays of strategy, creativity and incredible designs from these top stars in ROCK THE BLOCK – definitely bring the popcorn.”

The season also will boast bold build and design challenges; in-show surprises; and appearances from special guest judges.

Fans can access fun content from the first season of ROCK THE BLOCK on HGTV.com/RocktheBlock, including before and after photos and videos, as well as find loads of behind-the-scenes extras. Viewers also can interact via social media using #RocktheBlock and will be able to follow along on the @HGTV stars’ reno journeys on Instagram

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The Block 2020 recap: Upstairs bedroom and bathroom reveals

Upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms were unveiled on The Block this week, and while one team deserved first place, the remaining rankings were harder to digest than full cream milk.

Let’s process some of the major issues …

LUKE AND JASMIN CAME FIRST

Luke and Jasmin’s bedroom is the most clucky-inducing space I’ve ever encountered. It’s the sort of room that’d convince the Octomom to have another eight kids.

The wallpaper is everything. The lights are everything. And that hanging chair is everything. There’s nothing to fault here.

Luke and Jasmin's stunning bedroom bathroom reveal (The Block)

This kid-themed reveal from Luke and Jasmin is one to remember.

What’s not to love about this room? Picture: Channel 9
media_cameraWhat’s not to love about this room? Picture: Channel 9

The bathroom is equally delicious and speaks perfectly to the style of the other ensuites in this home. Luke and Jasmin have a consistent design scheme rolling out across the property that’ll see them win come auction day. Sadly the same can’t be said for the team that came second.

The couple are creating a consistent design theme throughout the house. Picture: Channel 9
media_cameraThe couple are creating a consistent design theme throughout the house. Picture: Channel 9

JIMMY AND TAM CAME JOINT SECOND

While Jimmy and Tam delivered a bedroom that was better than some of their others, it was filled with too much joinery.

The bench seat in particular, cutting across the window, looks odd. The top of it is so thin that I’d need to go on Michelle Bridges’ 12 Week Body Challenge just to be sure it’d hold me. Overall it’s a room that feels a bit busy.

Is that a shelf or a seat? Picture: Channel 9
media_cameraIs that a shelf or a seat? Picture: Channel 9

The bathroom walls are, in no uncertain terms, completely diabolical. I believe it’s a new paint colour called ‘Last at Auction’. Like most of the Bachelor in Paradise cast, it’s too loud and completely off-putting.

The advice from Shaynna around turning

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The Block judge Darren Palmer issues a SAVAGE assessment on bathrooms

He’s known to speak his mind when critiquing the room reveals on The Block.

And judge Darren Palmer issued a savage assessment of two bathrooms from competing teams on Sunday night’s episode.

The interior design guru found the wall structure of Harry and Tash’s bathroom to be concerning, before admitting to ‘not liking anything’ about Daniel and Jade’s tiling. 

'It's a screw up!' The Block judge Darren Palmer (far left) issued a SAVAGE assessment of Harry and Tash's bathroom - before screwing his nose up at Daniel and Jade's tiling choices (pictured) on Sunday night's episode

‘It’s a screw up!’ The Block judge Darren Palmer (far left) issued a SAVAGE assessment of Harry and Tash’s bathroom – before screwing his nose up at Daniel and Jade’s tiling choices (pictured) on Sunday night’s episode 

Sunday’s episode saw the five teams choosing to style two rooms, one of which had to be a bathroom.  

Harry and Tash’s 1920’s bedroom started off on a positive note with all three judges, however their ensuite was a very different story.  

While Darren, Shaynna Blaze and Neale Whitaker were in awe of the colour palette and basin choice, Darren noticed a structural nightmare in builders having erected a straight frame crooked.

Positive: Harry and Tash's 1920's bedroom (pictured) started off on a positive note with all three judges, however their ensuite was a very different story

Positive: Harry and Tash’s 1920’s bedroom (pictured) started off on a positive note with all three judges, however their ensuite was a very different story 

Structural nightmare: However, with their bathroom, Darren noticed a structural nightmare in builders having erected a straight frame crooked

Structural nightmare: However, with their bathroom, Darren noticed a structural nightmare in builders having erected a straight frame crooked 

Design issues: What resulted was uneven tiling, meaning the entire wall beam would have to be taken out and reinstalled. Pictured: Harry and Tash

Design issues: What resulted was uneven tiling, meaning the entire wall beam would have to be taken out and reinstalled. Pictured: Harry and Tash

What resulted was uneven tiling, meaning the entire wall beam would have to be taken out and reinstalled.  

‘It’s a screw up! It’s sad that an error like that can undo all of this hard work, especially in this stressful environment,’ he said. 

Darren was also vocal when it came to assessing Daniel and Jade’s 1930’s bathroom. 

He was in awe of both kids’

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