Thanks for subscribing! Please check your email for further instructions.
Israel demanding Parliament reopen – Supreme Court will rule
The Olympics will be postponed to 2021.
South Africa to go into nationwide lockdown
UK PM is ordering all UK residents to stay at home,
except for basic necessities, one form of exercise per day, or a medical need.
Police will enforce using fines. All shops closing, libraries, playgrounds,
places of worship.
The View’s Meghan McCain is pregnant, and self-isolating; Joy
Bahar & Whoopi Goldberg are also self-isolating and doing The View
Plumbers are warning not to flush toilet paper substitutes
(paper towels, napkins, baby wipes) or disinfectant wipes down the toilet.
Across US it’s #WipesClogPipes
Stocks sink again, after emergency fiscal stimulus package fails for second time, down about 600 points
Virginia schools close for rest of school year
Las Vegas‘ neon lights go dark as outbreak leaves thousands unemployed
Hawaii and Alaska close businesses, tell residents to stay home
NASA halts work on James Webb Space Telescope
Five University of Tampa
students are recovering after testing positive for COVID-19 during spring break
– the university would not say where they traveled
first Michigan prisoner has tested positive for coronavirus
NYC Jacob Javits convention center becomes field hospital
Amy Klobuchar’s husband has coronavirus.
NYC police officers infected number in the 70s; NYFD in
the high 40s
Union for New York City’s
UPS workers pleads for cleaning
Instacart to add 300,000 gig workers in coronavirus-driven hiring
New York first state to test treatment with blood from recovered patients
President’s Press Conference
Breakthrough with self-swab testing which will be available soon
Federal payments should be about $3000 for family of four
New rules on hoarding and price gouging of supplies
103 Americans have been returned from Brazil
Real ID will be delayed for some time
Fake websites & cures are being shut down
TY to truckers, healthcare workers and grocery store & restaurant workers
If you don’t have symptoms, don’t request a test.
All commercial labs will prioritize testing for hospitalized patients
All hospital labs must report to CDC test results
New supply chain task force working: 3M delivering 500,000K masks – several hundred thousand from Facebook; companies repurposing manufacturing companies to make ventilators, equipment. PPE and ventilator focus.
Ventilators – more available from outpatient surgi centers and ORs. Can be easily converted and used in hospitals.
Antibody testing and plasma foresis – couple of weeks out –
8 Days into #15DaysToSlowTheSpread
Experts agree that “It’s going to be bad”.
Workers at Stop & Shop, Star Market, and Shaw’s are getting temporary rasises
Rhode Island College has a student testing positive living in dorm that is still open
RITBA will change its call center hours to Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stop & Shop to Donate One Million Dollars to Support its Regional Food Bank Partners
Rhode Island postponing presidential primary until June 2
CCRI remote learning continues for rest of year – graduation canceled
New Policy for those who are sick but do not have a primary care physician – do not call the RI Dept. of Health – find an urgent care center near you and call them. Note: For profit urgent care centers do not accept patients without health insurance. They would refer you to an emergency room.
Bermuda-Newport race for 2020 canceled
Contech Medical in Providence is preparing 60,000 nasopharyngeal swabs
marijuana facilities are open – recreational
marijuana facilities are closed.
Roger Williams University will temporarily lay off about 170 dining services
and 12 shuttle personnel starting April 4 – however, hot required to work –
health insurance will continue
Shaws is hiring now: https://www.albertsonscompanies.com/careers.html?deeplinkuid=KDY4/IKzQ2UPkF+8vb9yAA==&cmpid=em_shw_shw_cb__ahoc__20200323&HHID=990015758820&Theme=NowHiring
23 new cases – 106 total. Ages 20-90s – none from nursing homes. New ones: Travel to NJ, NY, Utah. No int’l travel. 4 people are hospitalized.
Distribution by county:
Distribution by age:
Supplies – 204 companies
have offered to donate product – go to: www.bit.ly/covid19-msd if
you have items to donate
Businesses – by 5pm all close
contact businesses – hair salons, etc. will close. Gov. acknowledges innovation
– generosity in tipping for restaurant pickup – please shop local online before
going to Amazon, etc, state is hoping to help local businesses with online
Domestic Travel – ½ cases
of virus in RI have involved travel outside of RI. Order: 7am tomorrow – anyone
flying into RI must quarantine 14 days. Staff (National Guard) will be at TF
Green to greet you, ask you for contact info. Does not apply to healthcare
workers, public health workers, public safety professionals. Commuters: Train,
bus, cars – people who commute outside of RI should try to work from home. RI
Business owners with out of state workers – make every provision for them to
work remotely. Provide laptops, etc. 521-HELP. 10am today – MA ordered closure
of all non-essential businesses. Knowing that, RI will not have to shut down
borders at this time.
Supplies – PPE, etc.
Supply chain systems getting stronger.
RI College – cafeteria
serving 70 students – grab and go only, no gathering
RI first responders –
police, EMS, etc – who are also Nat’l
Guard – will not be called
Special Ed students, DD
community, English Language Learners, etc. – working on special plans
Reopening businesses –
when that happens it will be a new normal – health screenings for returning
workers, remote working, etc.
Self-employed – says
federal govt should focus on that. Nothing in RI govt. Directing to social
services. 521-HELP, etc. to sell wares online.
Testing – to reopen economy, would like to see 7-800 tests/day – hopefully in a week. Plan is to test all who need to be tested; identify positives; and then “put them into effective quarantine or isolation”. Want to test everyone with symptoms. Hospitalized. Congregate Settings (nursing homes). Healthcare workers.
Hospitals – only 4 in
hospital now. Monitoring capacity now.
If you are sick with fever,
look to urgent care centers around you – the state is also looking to set up
Childcare – detailed
Next press conference –