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NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL
US now said to have more coronavirus cases than anywhere in the
France – Ambulances stand by to pick up patients aboard a high-speed
train in Strasbourg, France on Thursday after they were evacuated from
saturated hospitals elsewhere in the region.
death toll above 8,000 – funerals banned, cemeteries are full, bodies being cremated
at funeral homes
G20 leaders pledged $5Trillion to coronavirus cause
Hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer has shifted from making visors for helmets to medical visors for those fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Mormons – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said
Wednesday that all remaining open temples will temporarily close
Pornhub. The adult entertainment streaming
giant will donate 50,000 surgical masks to health care workers and first
responders in New York City. Will make its premium content free for users
worldwide for 30 days “to encourage people to stay home to flatten the curve,
and provide everyone with an enjoyable way to pass the time.”
votes remotely for the first time to allocate millions in assistance
China sees the second
wave of outbreak, resulting in closing of borders
than 3 million people filed for unemployment
New Jersey, the 2nd worst-hit state, declared major disasterby
President Trump as the number of coronavirus cases in the state soared to over
4,400. New Jersey reported 4,402 coronavirus cases as of Thursday,
the second highest number after New York, which has 32,741 cases.
US Legislators rushing back to DC to pass the $2Trillion package, having thought a voice vote
was sufficient, but now requiring an in-person vote – historic package to take
place this morning.
Russia to ground international flights
‘Most photographed’ Wall Street trader Peter
Tuchman has coronavirus
One hundred and fifty workers at Consomed, in Tunisia, have agreed to stay confined to
the facility and make masks and protective medical apparel and equipment..
New Zealand begins month long shutdown
4 Massachusetts medical schools allow early graduation so students
can help in hospitals
Crocs company giving away 10,000 pairs of shoes a day to medical
Texas Roadhouse CEO gives his salary to unemployed
Theodore Roosevelt Aircraft Carrier – 280 tested positive – all 5,000 sailors to be tested
UK PM Boris Johnson announces he has coronavirus
USNS Mercy to arrive in Los Angeles
Actor Marc Blum, Law & Order, etc. dies of
Texas orders quarantine for those coming in from NY and New
Orleans, with fines and jailtime for failing to comply
New Jersey nursing home evacuated as nearly all members, staff
Fort Campbell’s 531st Army Hospital Unit – will deploy to New York today
Select Michael’s stores are
delivering craft items to homes – contact individual stores
President’s Press Conference
10 major disaster declarations have
now been issued
Economic recovery legislation should
be voted on today mid-day – family of four $3400; small biz, payroll support
for months; $150B direct aid for states, more for hospitals – expansion of unemployment
Testing available in all 50 states,
in partnership with labs – 552,000 tests have been completed – data coming in
to CDC. Abbott Labs asking for approval for tests at your doctors with results
in 15 mins.
FDA says you can swab front of nose
testing – saving PPE.
Supplies – strategic stockpile
supplies going out. Working with manufacturers to build ventilators.
Anesthesiologists group showing how their devices can be easily adapted for use
as ventilators. 5 of 10 counties top area is in NY. If you traveled elsewhere,
self-isolate for 14 days.
Record unemployment – over 3
Walmart hiring 150,000 – Amazon
hiring 100,000 – CVS providing bonuses and 50,000. Pizza Hut hiring 30,000.
Abbvie donating $25M for AmeriCorps
Domestic data, 19 states have low
levels – 40% of country with low numbers, and they are testing. 55% come out of
NY/NJ area. Concerned about Wayne Co. Michigan and Cook Co., Chicago. All
hotspots are in urban areas.
Testing – 550,000 tests – 86% of
people with symptoms are negative.
UK has adjusted rates from ½ million
to 20,000. Data is showing some
anomalies in data and reality.
No discussion necessary about DNRs.
Data is not showing we will not be lacking in treatment.
No model shows 60-70% of Americans
will get infected. This is good news.
Dr. Fauci: Preparation for future –
rebound or cycling to next season. Vaccine development very important. Labs
will begin to make vaccine that looks like it would work, so they are ready if
it does work.
Therapies: whole menu in clinical
trial. We will have some sort of therapy.
USNS Comfort should arrive in NY Harbor on Monday – dispatched 3 wks
early – fully loaded with medical supplies
NIH & FDA continuing to test treatment and therapies.
stimulus package will be voted on
today: Most Americans will get a one-time payment of $1,200. An extra $500 per
child. If you make above $75k, you won’t get the full $1,200; above $99k won’t
qualify. The gov will decide how much to give you based on your gross income
from your latest tax. This new package lets more people qualify for unemployment.
Those who lost their jobs would get whatever their state usually provides for
unemployment, plus $600 per week for up to four months. And those who aren’t
typically eligible for benefits including gig workers and freelancers will be
covered. Checks and direct deposit in 3 weeks. $367 billion in aid for small
businesses; $130 billion for hospitals fighting the coronavirus. It is expected
there will be additional payout programs.
RHODE ISLAND & REGION
RI approves $300 million borrowing capability
RI has the highest unemployment claims of any state in the US
Stop & Shop looking to hire 5,000 part time workers in New England area
Boston – more than 160 hospital workers have contracted the virus
RI gun ranges can open up again, out of concern for so many new gun
owners without training
Veterinarians are still operating but picking up patients in the parking
lot, so parents of pets don’t have to come in the building
Caterers like Pranzi and Russell
Morin have seen events canceled, and rescheduled to next year – having had
to lay off employees.
ACLU says RI’s action to stop cars with NY plates is
Electric Boat going to two shifts.
Newton, MA will open program for homeless to provide housing – to be run by nonprofit group
Barrington, RI locks down city and imposes fines – all non-residents who come in must quarantine for 14 days – no groups of 2 or more – etc.
new cases – 165 total cases; 10 are in 50s; more cases in more populace
communities. More cases in Providence and Cranston and Warwick. We know that #
of cases being reported are not reflective of the numbers that are out there because
of selective testing. 23 hospitalized –
9 in ICUs (6 of the 9 are intubated).
Biz Owners: SBA loans expected to get out as soon as possible. State is
offering any business can access free tech support over teleconference or over phone
– coordinated by CommerceRI – staffed by tech company volunteers – help you set
up and buy equipment, get software, how to set up at home capabilities, etc.
521-HELP starting today.
York City travelers to RI: ½ of all
coronavirus cases in America are in NYC area. Restrictions: Executive order
mandating anyone who has traveled to RI from NY by any form of transportation
must self-quarantine for 14 days. Also applies to anyone who has been to NY in
the last 14 days. Enforcement: National Guard stationed at bus terminals, and train
stations. RI State Police will be flagging down passenger cars with NY State
license plates as they come into RI. You will have to provide your contact
information. All contact info will be given to the Dept. of Health to track you
and do contact tracing – no other reason. Will not have any effect on trucking,
By this time next week, RI will be able to running 1,000 tests a day with rapid
results. Today we are testing at about ½ of that. Should be moving to a 24-48
turnaround time for test results; not there yet.
staff: do whatever they can do be about 6 feet apart. All employees should be screened
for any sign of illness every day.
Network in RI – working with clothing manufacturers to coordinate making of
masks, etc. If you can help call 521-HELP.
– hardest piece to find. Anyone who can make them or have them in supply
chain/storage, RI could use them.
Events – questions about rescheduling events – weeks, not months. We are a year away from a vaccine. There will be a new normal for each type of event – screenings? Seating? Last events to open will be those that depend on large crowds – for many months to come.
Rhode Island COVID-19 data is available online.
Distribution of Rhode Island COVID-19 patients by sex:
Distribution of Rhode Island COVID-19 patients by age:
Distribution of Rhode Island COVID-19 patients by city/town of residence:
Number of Rhode Island COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized – 23