Heartbreak after flowers laid in memory of dentist who died with Covid are removed by council

The partner of a much-loved dental surgeon who died after contracting coronavirus said he was left “heartbroken” when the council removed floral tributes laid outside the practice in her memory.

Dr Grazyna Pawlak had travelled to Poland for an operation on her shoulder in July, but ended up staying longer than anticipated to care for her elderly mother.

She had been due to return home to Prestatyn last month, but was unable to fly back due to covid restrictions.

The 69-year-old, who worked at My Dentist on Prestatyn High Street for 14 years, contracted coronavirus and passed away with breathing difficulties last week.

Her devastated partner Kev Thomas arranged for a small memorial to take place outside the practice, where her colleagues laid bunches of flowers on a nearby bench to pay their respects.



June Carter Cash et al. posing for the camera: Dr Grazyna Pawlak with partner Kev Thomas


© Kev Thomas
Dr Grazyna Pawlak with partner Kev Thomas

But they were removed on Tuesday by Denbighshire Council, who have since apologised for the “error” and pledged to replace them.

Kev, who lives on Anglesey said: “It broke my heart. I wanted to do something nice to pay tribute to Grazyna.

“I couldn’t believe it when I found out the council had removed the flowers. I was devastated, as were Grazyna’s colleagues.

“She was very highly thought of in the town and people just wanted to pay their respects as she’d worked in the practice for 14 years and had over 6,000 patients.

“It’s hard enough losing your partner, especially at this time of year, but not being able to go to her funeral and then having this happen too just set me back.”



a vase of flowers sitting on a bench: Floral tributes were laid outside the dental practice in Prestatyn


© Kev Thomas
Floral tributes were laid outside the dental practice in Prestatyn

Kev said he and Grazyna would video call each other every night since she left for Poland, but her health went downhill while she cared for her 94-year-old mother, who also caught coronavirus but recovered.

Sadly, Grazyna, who had one daughter and two grandchildren, died on November 25.

Kev described his partner of three years as someone who would “go out of her way for anyone” and “always put others first”.

She had been a dentist for over over 40 years, spending the first 28 years of her career in the city of Wroclaw.

Tributes have been paid to Grazyna on social media from members of the Prestatyn community.

One said: “Such a tragedy, lovely lady.”

Another wrote: “Very sorry for a big loss.”

One added: “May she rest now, lovely lady will be missed.”

One of Grazyna’s patients said: “Aw no, so sad she was my dentist, she was starting to teach me Polish. Love to all her friends and family.”

A Denbighshire Council spokesman said: “We would like to offer our condolences to Mr Thomas and all those affected.

“The flowers were removed in error.

“The council has spoken to Mr Thomas and apologised for the removal.

“A letter of apology will be written to staff at the dental practice and the council will replace the

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Council Post: Adapting To The Digitization Of Fitness: Part I

Fortune 100 VP | Silicon Valley Executive | Founder of BestBox.co | Growth Advisor | Author of The Digital Intrapreneur | CoachTony.ca

The way most people were exposed to or became involved in fitness in the past was pretty cut and dry. Physical gyms and classes were the primary drivers of the industry. Sure, there were niche apps and home programs that worked for some, but arguably only a fraction. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, however, I believe the industry has changed not only significantly but permanently. 

Earlier this year, I wrote an article titled “Putting Your Fitness Business On The Digital Road Map,” and over the last six months, there has been a veritable explosion of digital growth in this sector. From banner brands all the way down to small-town gyms, fitness professionals have had to get smarter and more agile to deliver the kind of digital fitness experience consumers are demanding during this unprecedented time in our global history.

Big Players Making Moves In The Digital Fitness Market

The way I see it, there is no bigger signal of this seismic shift than a company like Apple entering the marketplace. Apple is one of the largest companies in the world, and it carries on its back a metric ton of consumer influence, choice and perception. The company recently launched its virtual fitness application, Apple Fitness+, available on the Apple Watch and iPad products.

In a similar vein, Lululemon — a company that has largely operated as a clothing business — recently purchased the at-home fitness company Mirror, which sells smart mirrors that stream home workout classes. The company has already upped its projections for Mirror’s profits in this fiscal year, from $100 million to $150 million.

Spin giant Peloton has seen sales explode in the fourth quarter, 172% over last year, with subscriber numbers up 113%. Demand for at-home and digital-ready fitness is high, and its supply chain is struggling to keep up. When companies of this size are driving digital innovation at this level, it’s a clear signal that we’ve crossed into new territory.

Spikes In Mergers And Acquisitions

Anytime we see increased activity around mergers or acquisitions in an industry, it’s a sign that things are shifting. Perhaps it is consolidation because everyone is running out of money. Or, more likely to be the case right now, it’s the breakneck speed of growth — everyone is buying each other up in the hopes of being the one to lead the pack.

In 2019, Mindbody, a technology platform for health and fitness companies, was acquired for just under $2 billion. And earlier this year, Eric Roza, a tech entrepreneur with extensive experience in the software and digital space, acquired CrossFit. I believe this acquisition will bring a renewed focus on increasing digital developments in a company that was already trending up before the pandemic began.

Another company in this space, Zwift, allows runners and bikers to exercise in a simulated 3D world via its online

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Tucson City Council Tables Vote On UArizona Coronavirus Testing

TUCSON, AZ — Whether or not University of Arizona students will be forced to take a coronavirus test before the holidays remains up in the air following Tuesday’s meeting of the Tucson City Council.

A motion to table the vote for a later date passed 5-1. The resolution would have required the university to test all students prior to travel for Thanksgiving break and after returning as part of their enrollment. The school has over 40,000 students enrolled.

In a statement, Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik said he recognized the short period of time between now and Thanksgiving break would make a rule like this difficult to implement but he still believes in the resolution’s importance to public health.

“Nobody disagrees with the goal,” he wrote. “The challenge is in how the policy is put into effect. Let’s begin work on the mandatory testing policy together now, and implement it as soon as the details can be developed. At the very least however I believe all students should be required to test negative prior to returning to Tucson and being readmitted to classes in January.”

The plan would require coordination between the city, the university and the Pima County Health Department. The university, for one, does not believe that requiring testing as a factor in enrollment is the way to go.

“Our primary goal is to minimize the impact of student travel on community spread of COVID-19,” President Robert C. Robbins said in a statement Monday.

To help battle a potential uptick in cases resulting from holiday breaks, the university is ramping up its testing as Thanksgiving break approaches in late November. Testing will be done on an appointment basis starting Nov. 9; it is still free and open to walk-ins currently.

The university has also opted to cancel spring break in 2021, instead offering five “reading days” so students can get some time off. The spring semester is still due to start Jan. 13 and end on May 5.

This article originally appeared on the Tucson Patch

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Wallingford Criticized For Resuming In-Person Council Meetings

WALLINGFORD, CT — A “large portion” of Wallingford’s coronavirus cases in October came from a single event in town, according to Health Director Stephen Civitelli.

In an update to the Town Council this week, Civitelli said health officials were able to contact trace the confirmed COVID-19 cases to the event and found there were relationships with multiple people that also ended up impacting schools.

Civitelli provided the update at Tuesday night’s meeting, which was the first in-person Town Council meeting since April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision to resume in-person council meetings was criticized by several people on the Wallingford Patch Neighbor Post page and a speaker at the meeting.

Coronavirus cases have been on the rise in Wallingford in October. There were 20 confirmed cases as of Oct. 13, compared to 33 cases in September, 24 in August and 18 in July.

There were 1,928 tests conducted from Sept. 26 to Oct. 3 with a positive test rate of .7 percent, according to Civitelli.

Phase 3 of the state’s reopening, which increased indoor restaurant and personal service capacity from 50 to 75 percent, began Oct. 8 and Civitelli said health officials are trying to monitor reopenings with the cases and “how we react to that as a community.”

“We’re trying to monitor everything as best we can to try and get a grasp on where cases are and get to those quickly, so that we can identify the situation and try to isolate the people before it becomes a greater issue,” Civitelli said.

Civitelli, who was appointed this week to Gov. Ned Lamont’s Vaccine Advisory Group, compared Wallingford’s case rate to two cities that were recently assigned a “Red” alert level for the state’s coronavirus warning system. Towns in the red threshold have the option to scale back to the state’s second reopening phase.

Based on a new case rate per 100,000 population, New London had a 14-day rolling average of 30.5, Norwich was 46.9 and Wallingford was at 3.7, according to Civitelli.

The school district notified parents several times within the past week of confirmed COVID-19 cases at five different schools. Councilor Chris Shortell asked Civitelli if there is a concern about the school system.

Civitelli said “not at this point” because contact tracing showed the cases originated from within the community and were not spread from students in the same cohort at school.

“If we’re identifying where everything is coming from, that’s a good thing,” Civitelli said. “It’s when I can’t wrap my arms around it, and there’s no way where I can trace it back, then that’s where we’re back in April and early May where it was just so widespread. At that point, then you have true community spread. As of right now, it seems like it’s fairly steady.”

In-person meetings resume in Wallingford

Council Chairman Vincent Cervoni opened the meeting saying it was “appropriate” for the council to resume in-person meetings.

“In the past month, children of Wallingford have returned

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Florida Cancer Specialists Oncologist Michael Diaz, MD Appointed to Florida Cancer Control & Research Advisory Council (CCRAB)

Council Advises State on Ways to Reduce the Burden of Cancer in Florida

Vice President & Assistant Managing Physician Michael Diaz, MD
Vice President & Assistant Managing Physician Michael Diaz, MD
Vice President & Assistant Managing Physician Michael Diaz, MD

Fort Myers, Fla., Oct. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Michael Diaz, MD, Assistant Managing Physician of Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), has been appointed to a two-year term on the prestigious Florida Cancer Control & Research Advisory Council (CCRAB). Established in 1979 by the Florida Legislature, CCRAB is an advisory body that concentrates on the study of cancer and advises the Legislature, Governor and Surgeon General on ways to reduce Florida’s cancer burden. There are 15 members of the Council, each representing a specific group of stakeholders. Dr. Diaz will serve as the new Association of Community Cancer Centers appointee.

“I am truly honored by this appointment,” Dr. Diaz said. “The Council has a significant leadership role in statewide efforts to improve patient participation in research and to reduce cancer health disparities, two objectives I consider vitally important. I look forward to working with the Council to reduce Florida’s cancer burden and promote healthier lives and communities across the state.”

CCRAB’s top goals for 2020 – 2025 include increasing collaboration among cancer control stakeholders, ensuring collection of comprehensive and high-quality cancer-related date, reducing the incidence and mortality from tobacco-related cancers, eliminating cervical cancer by increasing vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV), decreasing the incidence of skin cancer and increasing the use of genomic cancer risk assessments, including genetic counseling and appropriate genetic testing.

The Florida Cancer Control & Research Advisory Council traditionally meets twice a year and all meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be held virtually on Friday, October 23rd from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Additional meeting information will be posted online at CCRAB.org/events.

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