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– Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines cancel all Israel flights
UK – 115 new cases
has 21 more cases, shuts schools and bans public meetings
France – 100 new cases
Switzerland – first death
In Italy, where there have
been more than 2,000 cases, all schools and colleges are shut for 10 days
being produced in US – 4 million a month, ongoing
its first case
Massachusetts has its second
case – she had traveled to No. Italy – in her 60s, recovering at home
in county impacted – large meetings and events canceled
– using motels and now modular homes to quarantine people
Walmart has joined the
“no travel” group of companies, & canceled a conference
bans “non-critical” travel and shuts its doors to anyone who had been to the
handful of countries of concern.
will launch its testing service for coronavirus next week (payment issue
unclear – Quest & BCBS have both said they are working this out and will
get back to us) Meanwhile CIGNA steps forward first
to say it will waive co-pays and charges.
Next up – LABCORP & BioReference
Long Island, New York – has its first case – total NY now 22
Rabbi at Yeshiva University in NY tested positive.
Colorado has two people who are positive
Cruise Ship still marooned off the coast of California while testing takes place
Starbucks is pausing the use of personal cups and “for here” ware in our stores. We will continue to honor the 10-cent discount for anyone who brings in a personal cup or asks for “for here” ware. (also reducing corporate travel)
Business Task Force – CEOs from: Pfizer, JPMorgan Chase, NASDAQ, Johnson & Johnson, Stanley Black & Decker, The Home Depot, CVS Health, United Airlines, American Airlines, Steelcase, and Accenture have organized to confront business difficulties from the coronavirus.
Pawtucket – The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will go on on Saturday. The city will provide extra
sanitizing stations and RIEMA will distribute informational flyers. The City
asks that everyone wash hands frequently with soap and water or use an
alcohol-based hand sanitizer and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with
unwashed hands. Please also try to get at least 8 hours of sleep, stay
hydrated, try to avoid and reduce stress, eat lots of fresh food and
vegetables, and exercise daily.
Press conference 3/5: what’s new:
were given the go ahead to make their own sanitizers
120 proof vodka can work as a disinfectant – Vodka containing 60 percent of the total volume in alcohol is 120 proof. (Everclear 120 Proof Vodka is compared to homemade moonshine – so, put that in the desperate measures category).
To view updates from past dates – search under the word “Coronavirus Update” on our home page.