Virginia Beach fitness celebrity works passion into every endeavor

Fitness model. Hybrid athlete. Entrepreneur. Mother.

Ashley Horner, 36, wears many different hats, and with them all one thing is consistent: her passion.

And add one other hat, philanthropist, for the woman who ran for 40 hours straight one weekend this month to raise money for an orphanage in Haiti.

Horner grew up on a ranch in Oklahoma and relocated to Virginia Beach five years ago.

“I always had an athletic background with gymnastics and playing soccer when I was younger,” Horner said. To satisfy her competitive nature, Horner got into fitness competitions, including ultra-events, which led to her modeling career.

“I just kept wanting to find something else that would challenge me,” she said.

But, through each professional experience — fitness celebrity, magazine covers, endorsement deals, and dealing with her finances — Horner said she was eager to dig deeper.

Horner is the mother of three sons, Tripp, 13, Cash, 11, and Otto, 5, runs three businesses and has a nonprofit organization.

She opened American Brew on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach in 2016, and relocated the coffee/whiskey bar and restaurant a year later to its current location on East Stratford Road, which is off Shore Drive near the Lynnhaven Inlet.

“I didn’t know anything about the restaurant industry. I’ve had to learn as I continued on,” Horner said. “It’s been a lot of fun and I’m actually looking to open up my second location early in 2021.”

Although times have been tough during the pandemic, Horner said that when it hit she quickly reevaluated the business’s operation system and kept the doors open.

“I knew that my staff depended on me for their income,” she said. “Within a matter of four days we flip-flopped operations. I did whatever I had to do to keep American Brew open.”

The restaurant’s team of 10 rallied and continues to thrive in the community-focused business.

“You talk about overcoming adversity — which is what I’m all about — they really did that and they did an outstanding job,” Horner said.

She also owns and operates Valkyrie Surf and Snow, a small online clothing company she opened in 2016 dedicated to the active female.

With two employees handling the sales, Horner said she might eventually move it to a brick-and-mortar business.

“My overall mission is to empower women. I think it’s really important for women to find beauty and strength within themselves,” she said.

Horner opened American Screen Printing in 2018 purely because she decided she wanted to eliminate the “middleman” and print her apparel herself.

Originally focused on printing for her companies, projects and events, the business has seen rapid growth and now prints for others in town.

She is getting ready to move the business to the Railroad District in Norfolk and will be hiring several more employees.

Eager to help others, Horner started the Unbroken Foundation in 2013. The organization helps battered women and children through its donation-based program.

In July, she started recording her own podcast, “Reborn.” The

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Virginia Coronavirus Case Average Reaches New High In Last Week

VIRGINIA — The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases has reached a new peak in Virginia as cases have been over 1,000 for six straight days.

Because the Virginia Department of Health coronavirus dashboard was down for maintenance for much of Saturday, we’re providing an update on the weekend. The month of October ended with 1,551 new cases on Saturday, and 1,202 were reported on Sunday. Cumulative cases total 182,392.

The seven-day case average is 1,289 and has been increasing in the last week. The highest new case count in October had been 1,844 on Oct. 8, but that was attributed to a backlog of cases from the previous day.

By region, the new cases on Sunday included 373 in the southwest region, 300 in the northern region, 186 in the central region, 180 in the northwest region and 163 in the eastern region. The southwest region also reported 582 new cases on Saturday, marking the highest daily cases to date for the region.

The statewide positive average is up to 5.7 percent with 2,647,659 PCR tests completed to date. Seven-day averages by region are 9.4 percent in the southwest region, 5.6 percent in the northern region, 5.4 percent in the central region, 4.3 percent in the eastern region, and 3.5 percent in the northwest region.

There was just one new death reported on Sunday and 11 on Saturday. Total deaths to date are up to 3,655. When looking at deaths by the date on death certificates, the highest seven-day average remains 40.1 deaths on May 5. Data may be incomplete for the last few weeks, but the average has been half of the May 5 peak or less in recent months.

Cumulative hospitalizations stand at 12,647, while the current patient count is 1,012. By region, that includes 284 in the southwest region, 242 in the northern region, 196 in the central region, 162 in the eastern region, and 128 in the northwest region.

The 1,012 statewide hospitalizations include 98 patients on ventilators and 228 in the intensive care units, according to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. Ventilator use among all hospital patients stands at 28 percent, and ICU occupancy is at 61 percent occupancy. No hospitals are reporting difficulty obtaining personal protective equipment or other medical supplies in the next 72 hours.

Outbreaks, defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed cases in a setting, account for 28,019 cases to date. There have been 12,608 cases and 1,782 deaths in long-term care facilities. K-12 settings account for 212 cases and no deaths, while colleges and universities have 2,466 outbreak-associated cases and no deaths.

Below are the latest coronavirus data updates for our coverage area from Friday to Sunday:

  • Alexandria: 4,349 cases, 325 hospitalizations, 74 deaths; increase of 46 cases and one hospitalization

  • Arlington County: 4,764 cases, 541 hospitalizations, 154 deaths; increase of 78 cases

  • Fairfax County: 24,233 cases, 2,287 hospitalizations, 605 deaths; increase of 289 cases and nine hospitalizations

  • Fairfax City: 164 cases, 14 hospitalizations, eight deaths;

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Rand Paul Makes False Comments About COVID-19 During Virginia Event

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Sunday made multiple false comments about COVID-19 during an event in Virginia. Paul was stumping for Republican congressional candidate Nick Freitas.

According to the Daily Beast, Paul told the crowd how he would run a restaurant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If I owned a restaurant, I’d have a whole wing for senior citizens or for anybody who is worried about getting sick, and I would say, ‘All my servers have already had it,'” Paul said. “If I had a cruise ship … everybody would have had the infection that works on the boat.”

Paul, who had previously tested positive for COVID-19, claimed he was now “immune” to the virus. 

“I’ve had it. I can’t get it again,” Paul said. “I can’t give it to you, and I can’t get it.”

Paul demonstrated a false understanding of how COVID-19 is spread. There have been multiple cases of former COVID-19 patients being reinfected. 

Paul also falsely claimed that cloth face masks do not work.

“I’m not telling you not to wear a mask,” Paul told rally-goers. “The cloth masks … I’m just telling you the truth, they don’t work. Ninety-seven percent of viruses go through a cloth mask.”

According to MIT Medical, there is steadily accumulating evidence that cloth face masks work to prevent the spread of COVID-19, by containing respiratory droplets. Masks, along with social distancing, are effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Paul has frequently argued against shutdown policies to combat the pandemic, due to the economy. He has also clashed with the nation’s top epidemiologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and criticized New York’s response to the pandemic.

On Twitter, Paul was ripped for his comments about restaurants as well as for his reputation.

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Coronavirus cases linked to live music event at Virginia restaurant, attendees asked to self-quarantine

A live music event at a restaurant in Henrico, Va., is linked to a “cluster” of cases of the novel coronavirus, local health officials said this week when encouraging residents who may have been exposed to self-quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 over the next 14 days. 

Anyone who attended the live music event on Oct. 9 at JJ’s Grille on Staples Mill Road may have been exposed to the coronavirus, said officials with the Henrico County Health Department (HCHD) in a news release posted to the Virginia Department of Health website. 

Dr. Danny Avula, the director of Richmond’s and Henrico’s health districts, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the restaurant voluntarily closed for a temporary period of time after the cases were identified. (iStock)

Dr. Danny Avula, the director of Richmond’s and Henrico’s health districts, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the restaurant voluntarily closed for a temporary period of time after the cases were identified. (iStock)

“While there have been no reported cases of exposure associated with live music or group events held on dates before October 9, HCHD is still evaluating the potential for further exposures and would recommend that individuals who have visited the establishment after October 9 monitor for symptoms and consider being tested for COVID-19 infection,” health officials said. 

Dr. Danny Avula, the director of Richmond’s and Henrico’s health districts, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the restaurant voluntarily closed for a temporary period of time after the cases were identified. 


“In an office setting, you know everybody who works in the office and spent 15 minutes within 6 feet of an affected individual, but at these types of settings, it’s harder to do that,” Avula said of why the health district publically announced the outbreak, as a “lack of cooperation with contact tracing efforts and delays in testing” impacted health official’s efforts to notify everyone who could have been exposed, the newspaper reported. 


Officials did not provide a number of people who have tested positive, but Avula said some 75 people, including staff and restaurant patrons, have been contacted. 


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Coronavirus shifts into growth mode throughout Virginia

If you’re watching the coronavirus pandemic by the numbers for signs of improvement, you could get whiplash from one week to the next.

Coming off a brief period in which no health district was surging in new infections, Virginia’s caseload appeared to be receding while other states across the country were headed down the opposite path.

Now all but the northern part of the state is having an upward trajectory, based on data collected by the Virginia Department of Health. In Hampton Roads, slow growth was happening in Hampton, on the peninsula and in Western Tidewater.

Fresh off his own mild bout of the coronavirus, Gov. Ralph Northam returned to public business last week, with a reminder to Virginians to stay vigilant. At a press briefing Tuesday, he urged residents to continue wearing masks around other people, washing hands and avoiding crowds where people are closer than six feet apart.

“Now is not a time to get complacent,” Northam said.

Public health officials worry that as colder weather takes hold and the days get shorter, outdoor socializing will become more difficult and people will seek activities indoors.

“It’s going to feel hard to keep doing the right things, but I know that we can stay strong and get through this winter, continuing to make the right choices,” he said.

If the current trend continues, it could mean a peak in cases the week before Thanksgiving, according to a new analysis by The University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute, which is partnering with the health department to offer data-based COVID-19 projections.

But public health experts caution that these predictions are always changing with new information, and even slight differences in people’s behavior could alter the course of the pandemic.

In Hampton Roads, 16 people died last week, a 30% decline from the death tally reported the week prior. Of those fatalities, six were in Virginia Beach; two each were in Norfolk, Hampton and Isle of Wight; and one each was in Portsmouth, Gloucester, Chesapeake and Franklin.

As of Friday, there had been a total of 154,126 confirmed cases in Virginia and 3,408 deaths. Over the previous two weeks, nasal swab tests have come back positive at a rate of 4.8%. About 2.3 million tests have been given statewide.

The United States’ case tally rose to 8 million last week with 217,800 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In the world, nearly 1.1 million have died of the virus, and there have been 39 million cases.

The statewide weekly incidence of the virus rose from 9.8 out of 100,000 people to 12 out of 100,000 people, according to Virginia public health officials, though it remains below the national average, which currently sits at 19.6. The incidence rate is a measure of the frequency that a new illness occurs in a community over a period of time.

During the past week, Virginia Beach had the most new cases, with another 269 confirmed positive, according to the state

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How one Virginia doctor’s coronavirus infection led to 25 people in quarantine

A doctor in training who wasn’t feeling well went into work.

The attending physician who supervised the Eastern Virginia Medical School resident sent the new doctor home. A little later, the doctor started to feel better and went to a barbecue with about 25 people.

The next day, when that doctor returned to work, another supervisor noticed the resident wasn’t well and sent the employee home. But that didn’t stop the doctor from going to a wedding of about 75 guests.

When the doctor’s condition worsened, the resident finally reported to the health center and got tested for the coronavirus. The nasal swab sample came back positive, which triggered a series of contact-tracing interviews to determine who might have been exposed.

EVMS leaders say the incident, which happened in July during a surge in Hampton Roads, is an example of the cascading effect one person’s infection can have, and the daunting task public health officials, institutions and employers face in trying to contain the disease from spreading further.

It also highlights the risk health professionals face in transmitting COVID-19 in clinical settings. The school recently used the story to emphasize to its students, staff and faculty the importance of wearing masks and social distancing on and off campus.

“That one individual’s behavior had about five different points where a different decision could have been made,” said Donald Combs, vice president and dean of the School of Health Professions at EVMS.

The doctor-in-training was in touch with about 100 different people, 25 of whom met the criteria for close contact and had to be put in quarantine for two weeks. Combs put it another way: That’s the equivalent of one full-time physician missing a year of work, he said.

Health departments use case investigations and so-called “contact tracing” as tools to prevent the spread of contagious diseases. People who work as disease detectives interview sick people about their whereabouts and try to reach as many people as they can who could have been infected. Then, they give them tips on how to get tested and stop passing it on to others.

Virginia contact tracers were in touch with about 81% of cases within 24 hours of the diagnosis last week, according to Virginia Department of Health data, though the goal is to reach everyone. Close to 8,500 people are under public health monitoring based on those investigations.

Close contact is usually defined as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes or having exposure to the person’s coughs, sneezes or kisses while they were infectious. Research shows that a person’s contagious period could range from one to two days before a person noticed symptoms or tested positive to seven or eight days after. For mild cases of the coronavirus, the CDC is recommending that patients isolate for 10 days after their symptoms started.

For years, the state health department has conducted case investigations for other infectious diseases, like measles and tuberculosis. But the

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Southwest Virginia Coronavirus Hospitalizations Climb Past NoVA

VIRGINIA — Southwest Virginia has surpassed population centers in Northern Virginia and the Tidewater area in the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19.

Statewide, cumulative hospitalizations stood at 11,831 as of Saturday, while current patient numbers totaled 993, according to the Virginia Department of Health. That includes 218 hospitalizations in the state’s southwest region, compared to 216 in the northern region and 187 in the eastern region. The central region led the state with 238 hospitalizations on Saturday and the northwest region had the fewest hospitalizations at 134.

The seven-day moving average of hospitalizations in the southwest region has grown from 161.7 a month ago on Sept. 17 to an average of 204.6 hospitalizations on Saturday. In Northern Virginia, the seven-day moving average of hospitalizations has dropped from 237.7 on Sept. 17 to 221.7 on Oct. 17.

Southwest Virginia also has seen a growing number of positive coronavirus cases since July 1. The region was reporting a seven-day moving average of 79.6 positive cases on July 1 compared to an average of 292.4 on Oct. 17.

The VDH reported 1,114 additional coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the cumulative total to 165,238 cases. Saturday’s new cases included 348 in the southwest region, 273 in the central region, 216 in the northern region, 152 in the eastern region, and 125 in the northwest region.

Health officials had viewed the rise in cases in southwest Virginia since August as predominantly student-related, with students at Virginia Tech, Radford University and other colleges returning to school.

But an increase in hospitalizations in southwest Virginia may indicate the disease is spreading to older populations in the region.

At a news conference last month, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said the state needs to keep an eye on the southwest region due to its high positivity rate. “Since Southwest Virginia has fewer people and fewer hospitals with fewer ICU beds and capabilities, this continues to be concerning to us,” the governor said at the time.

The latest statewide seven-day average is 4.9 percent on Oct. 13, with the southwest region still far above the rest of the state at a 7.2 percent average. The rest of the state is in the 4-percent range: central region at 4.7 percent, eastern region at 4.5 percent, northwest region at 4.3 percent and northern region at 4.1 percent.

According to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, there are 100 COVID-19 patients on ventilators and 219 in the intensive care units. Ventilator use among all hospital patients is at 23 percent of capacity as of Friday, while ICU occupancy stands at 82 percent. No hospitals are reporting difficulty obtaining personal protective equipment or other medical supplies in the next 72 hours.

As for the positive rate of PCR tests, the latest statewide seven-day average is 4.9 percent on Oct. 13. Regions in the 4-percent range are the central region (4.7 percent), eastern region (4.5 percent), northwest region (4.3 percent) and northern region (4.1 percent). The southwest region’s average is 7.2 percent.

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Take Care New York (TCNY) 2020 is the City’s blueprint for providing each and every New Yorker the possibility to reside a healthier life. I have to admit that there is one thing compelling about the conservative vision of a portable health insurance coverage product that folks purchase and carry with them wherever they go. Naturally health insurance that is intended to serve folks from cradle to grave cannot be a game of Russian roulette with covered positive aspects, or as Mr. Ryan refers to it, patient-centered” insurance coverage.

We try not to take as well firm a stand on goods we do not sell, and of course a wholesome skepticism is always in order for non-insurance items that claim to spend for health care. National Institutes of Health (funded by means of Health and Human Services Agency) underwrites international analysis on health issues, which includes the H5N1 influenza virus.

CONGRATULATIONS to every blogger that has made this Leading Healthcare blogs list! For example, healthcare regulations necessary encryption of mobile devices just before any laptop or phone operating technique supported encryption. The query is not how we give access” to some fuzzy notion of health insurance to everyone.

Now, it is feasible, that as soon as all Obamacare protections are removed, trashy tiny health plans, priced precisely the identical as the tax credits, will return to the marketplace, but I seriously doubt that anything will be left more than for HSA deposits.

In the US, frequent examples are the “pill mills” and numerous cheats of government and private insurance programs by practitioners and individuals that lately have been decried as a trigger of the narcotics crisis (e.g., look here ). (In contrast, the US government has been much less inclined to address the activities of the leaders of the pharmaceutical firms who have pushed legal narcotics, e.g., see this post ).…

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