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Around the US & the World…
AAA is still
providing roadside assistance – but not all offices are open – call ahead
Dollar General will hire up to 50,000
workers in the coming weeks. Papa John’s is hiring up to 20,000 as
demand for pizza goes up. CVS Health is looking to fill tens of
thousands of jobs across the country. And companies (like Walmart, Amazon,
Kroger, and Trader Joe’s) are also hiring
Sewing masks – members of Broadway show’s fabric/costume designers are sewing
Americans stock up on Campbell’s pantry staples
fly into Florida you will have to quarantine for 14 days
SAT tests canceled. College tours on hold.
Fact checker Snopes says it’s overwhelmed by coronavirus misinformation
Los Angeles County sheriff urges social distancing at strip clubs
Washington, DC will close all non-essential businesses
1,000 Inmates Will Be Released From New Jersey to Curb Coronavirus Risk
Warwick Beacon, will publish now once a week, on Thursday, not twice a week.
New York doubling every 3
days – desperate for ventilators now – needs 30,000 – wants national stockpile
to release them now – Clinical trials started here today – purchased thousands
of drugs – anti-malarial, lupus drug, Z Pack meds – released for off-label use.
70 medicines identified
for temporary “vaccine cocktails” until one can be found
New York Presbyterian Hospital –
restricting no birth partners in labor/delivery
Rikers Island needs testing so
they can isolate prisoners from one another
President said he would like the country to be open
for business by Easter, though that may be revisited.
Apple may open some stores
in April – but not in the US yet.
Greta Thunberg self-isolates after experiencing coronavirus-like
symptoms, and has recovered, but was not tested.
allow doctors to treat coronavirus patients with blood from survivors
Liberty University welcomed 1,000 students back after spring break in
Virginia, against criticism
2 Trillion relief bill agreed to – vote expected today (details to follow)
President’s News Conference
Accelerating testing; over 300,000 done now. Working on making the test easier (front of nose) so only gloves will be needed to do.
Encouraging news coming from Italy now.
Our new cases will continue to surge.
Remain deeply concerned about New York.
Seems that many have left NYC and gone to Long Island and Florida – if you have done this, self-quarantining for 14 days is very important, so the hot spot does not travel with you. Keep doctors informed if you are sick.
More testing needs to be done in non-hotspot locations so we know the trajectory prior to opening the country in any way,
Infection rates in NYC are 1 per 1,000 – very high.
Treatment trials are ongoing – trying to determine their effectiveness and safety. Many clinical trials are in pipeline.
Legislative relief is coming – hopefully by today. This will bolster the financial markets around the world as it injects stability.
VP Pence reviewed inspiring response from businesses, healthcare groups, and individuals throughout US who are “answering the call”.
McDonald’s providing curbside pickup of food for truckers throughout US
Apple donating 9 Million masks
RHODE ISLAND & REGION
Tufts is ramping up dorm
rooms for use with patient overflow. Housing the homeless strategies also under
Harvard president & wife
both test positive – recovering at home right now
Providence Business News moves to online only – no paper
Lifespan now acknowledges that a small percentage of employees have been exposed to the virus – none have been hospitalized, all have recovered at home. The hospital group did not say which of their hospital(s) are involved – WPRI secured this information
Eleanor Slater Hospital worker tests positive – 25 patients put in quarantine
Brown University will postpone commencement
Ocean State Job Lot is pledging $250,000 to
find and purchase vital supplies like gloves, masks, disinfectants, sanitizers,
eye protection and more. It is also asking customers to donate at the register
to maximize purchasing power and get supplies to local municipalities and
health care facilities as quickly as possible.
Rhode Island College cancels graduation
Block Island restricts travel to island with a Shelter in Place
Shelter in Place also for Narragansett, Newport, Westerly and Middletown. – If you come into these locations you must shelter in place for 14 days.
live commencement – will look to alternatives
look to reduce numbers amidst virus scare
commits $5 Million for small business and community
Governor’s Press Conference
Data – Rhode Island COVID-19 data:
Childcare & Eldercare – RI announces a
partnership with Care.com. They will provide 90 days of free, premium access to
their site, starting today, for eldercare and childcare (Care.com/Rimed) –
primarily for those who must work – healthcare, etc. and need care – there WILL
BE a charge for services.
Also – if you are out of work and would
consider working WITH Care.com get in touch with them for possible work.
Volunteers – people are offering how they can
help – Care.com will also be able to provide opportunities for volunteers in
babysitting and eldercare.
Childcare facilities that can stay open –
Boys & Girls Club, Children’s Workshop, Learning Curve, Children’s Friend,
and Greater Providence YMCA will offer onsite childcare for essential
hospital/healthcare workers. Other
childcare guidelines have been developed through DHS – if you want to stay open
you must follow them – including surprise visits.
Distance learning – early reports are that it
is going well.
UI claims higher than anything seen before –
people should not call, just use the internet – unless they don’t have a computer
– then call.
Convening the Disaster Funding Board at the
RI Legislature to be able to secure a line of credit of $300M
Stress – don’t get isolated, talk facts with
Hair salons inside facilities should shut down – such as in nursing homes.
Wednesday’s press conference with the Governor will be at a new time – 2:30pm