COVID-19 news, 30 March 2020

COVID-19 news blurbs from around the world, 30 March 2020.

COVID-19 news blurbs from around the world, 28 March 2020. Day 70.

On Monday, Johns Hopkins reported 164,603 (124,464) cases in the US and 3,170 (2,514) deaths, an increase of 32 and 45 percent, respectively, since Sunday. Our reported case rate is 50 per 100,000; our death rate is 9.58 per million.

The epicenter of the disease is in Europe, and in Europe, the epicenter is Italy. The Italian government has extended the national lockdown to at least Easter. It had been slated to end on Friday.

In the United States, Axios reported that 250 million Americans are now subject to ‘stay at home’ orders from 31 state governors (and the mayor of DC). Arizona, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia issued orders Monday. Three Republican governors of populous states are dragging their heels: Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas (43 million).

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Around the country

All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have identified COVID-19 cases. Today’s 2,981 known deaths are from 48 states plus the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. The only two states with no reported deaths are Hawaii and Wyoming.



Why can’t there be more businesses like Columbia Sportswear in Oregon?

Columbia Sportswear Company’s CEO has essentially eliminated his own salary while regular paychecks continue to go out to employees, including those who work at the company’s temporarily shuttered retail stores.

American retailers rely on part-time employees for a reason: no benefits or only those required by law. The New York Times took American business to task on 14 March. A sample:

The vast majority of workers at large restaurant chains report they do not get paid sick leave, except in the minority of states and cities where it is required by law. The list of malefactors includes the giants of fast food, like McDonald’s, Subway and Chick-fil-A, as well as sit-down restaurants like Cracker Barrel, Outback Steakhouse and the Cheesecake Factory.

And it’s not just restaurants. The data also shows most workers at the supermarket chains Wegmans, Kroger, Meijer and Giant Eagle reported that they did not get paid sick leave. So did workers at retailers including American Eagle, Victoria’s Secret and the Gap.

And it’s not just big business. More than half of faculty members at colleges and universities in America are part-time. And part-time there also means no benefits.


Global news

The number of affected countries/territories/areas jumped from 29 at the end of February to 198 today (unchanged).

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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