Category: Business

April 9th, 2020 by newbernpostadmin

An email from Google to customers who use its AdSense service:

COVID-19: Update from Google

Dear valued partner,

Our thoughts are with you, your colleagues, and your loved ones as we continue to navigate through the uncertainties of COVID-19. Throughout the past few weeks and months, many of you have had to balance work life with increased personal responsibilities, which isn’t easy.

COVID-19 has changed the landscape for all of us and continues to evolve. And while the challenges of each business are unique, we are all being impacted in some way – whether that is through changes in demand and traffic, or operating effectively while working from home.

With all that is happening around us, we want to reassure you that we are here for you as you lead your business through these unprecedented times. While you look for ways to connect and stay in touch with your users, we wanted to iterate our ongoing commitment to support your business.

Keeping our platforms strong for our customers

Google’s infrastructure supports businesses that people around the world rely on every day. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads globally and more people move to working or learning from home, it’s natural to wonder whether our network infrastructure can handle the load. The short answer is yes.

We recognize the importance of Google services at a time like this and are continuing to add network infrastructure capacity to stay ahead of demand. Our dedicated global teams are increasing network capacity wherever needed, and, in the event of a disruption, recover service as quickly as possible. This may be a time of global uncertainty, but we’re working hard to ensure that Google’s infrastructure is there for everyone, business and consumer, day and night. You can read more about how we’re maintaining our infrastructure here.

Additionally, we want to reassure you that Google will continue to pay you according to our terms and conditions. You can read more about our payment cycles in the Help Center (Google AdMob, AdSense, Ad Manager).

Temporary implications for our services and support

Given the steps we are taking to protect the health of our team members, there may be some temporary limitations and delays in support. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience. We will continue to prioritize critical workflows, including account recovery and security and certain advertising-related reviews (such as preventing COVID-19 scams or inappropriate ad placements). If you need support on your account you can continue to consult the Help Center (Google AdMob, AdSense, Ad Manager), which also includes a Help Community where you can get answers from product experts.

We’re committed to helping during COVID-19

At Google, we are continuing to accelerate our work to help people stay safe, informed and connected, whether it’s by promoting the “Do The Five” campaign, or enabling distance learning.

There is no playbook for times like these, and we are committed to navigating these challenges with you by offering support in any way we can.

Thank you for your partnership. We are here for you, now and in the future.

Best wishes,

The Google AdSense Team

Posted in Business, Health

April 5th, 2020 by newbernpostadmin

Target stores is joining Walmart in restricting the number of customers allowed inside their stores at any one time, in an effort to restrict the spread of COVID-19 as we enter a week the U.S. Surgeon General says will be like a “Peal Harbor” and “9/11” moment in U.S. history.

In a statement Target said:

As Target (NYSE: TGT) stores across the country continue helping millions of guests shop for the food, medicine and other essentials they need, the retailer today announced new safety measures to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Effective April 4, Target will actively monitor and, when needed, meter guest traffic in its nearly 1,900 stores nationwide to promote social distancing.

Additionally, Target will supply its more than 350,000 team members in stores and distribution centers with face masks and gloves to wear at work, while continuing to encourage healthy hygiene habits as provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These updates are on top of action the company has taken in recent weeks with the health and safety of its guests and team members in mind, such as rigorous cleaning routines at its stores and distribution centers; social distancing measures like floor signage to encourage guests and team members to remain six feet apart; Plexiglass partitions at all registers; and contactless order pickup and home delivery.

“We’re incredibly proud of the commitment our more than 350,000 frontline team members have demonstrated to ensure millions of guests can count on Target, and we’ll continue to focus our efforts on supporting them,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Target. “The measures we’re announcing today are aimed at ensuring we are creating a safe environment for the guests who continue to turn to Target, while also providing our team with additional resources as they fulfill an essential service in communities across the country.”

Store Traffic Monitoring and Metering

To promote social distancing with its team and guests, Target will monitor store traffic, and meter, or limit, the number of guests inside stores, when needed. Occupancy limits will vary by location and be determined by the store’s specific square footage to enhance the average space per person and reduce the possibility of congestion. If metering is required, a Target team member will provide a designated waiting area outside with social distancing markers.

Face masks and gloves for all frontline Target team members

Target will provide all team members in stores and distribution centers with high-quality, disposable face masks and gloves to wear at the beginning of every shift and strongly encourage that they be worn while working. Shoppers with Shipt, the same-day delivery service owned by Target, also will be able to obtain masks and gloves at stores across the country. All stores and distribution centers will receive face masks and gloves within the next two weeks.

Donations to the medical community

On top of Target’s previous donations of anti-viral and N95 respirator masks to first responders and healthcare professionals at more than 50 organizations across the country, the retailer also announced that it will donate an additional 2 million KN95 respirator masks to the medical community. It will continue to explore ways to secure additional inventory for those in critical need.

Encouraging healthy hygiene habits

Target is continuing to provide guidance to encourage its team members to practice healthy hygiene habits, as recommended by the CDC, including asking them to stay at home if they are sick. To date, Target has implemented enhanced benefits to support its team members, including:

  • Investing more than $300 million, including higher hourly wages for frontline team members through at least May 2, which amounts to $240-$480 per team member. Also, for the first time, Target’s paying out bonuses to the 20,000 team leads who manage individual departments in stores.

  • Extending benefits to team members, including waiving Target’s absenteeism policy, offering quarantine pay for 14 days and confirmed illness pay at 100% for 14 days, and making backup care available to all team members.

  • Offering the opportunity to team members who are 65 or older, considered among the most vulnerable by the CDC, or are pregnant to take a fully-paid leave for up to 30 days.

  • Offering dedicated shopping hours so front-line team members can purchase the essentials they and their families need.

Posted in Business, Health

April 4th, 2020 by newbernpostadmin

Walmart is imposing shopping restrictions and Hobby Lobby is closing its stores in response to growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

New Bern Post included the two chain stores in an article posted Friday morning about businesses that were not helping prevent the spread of the deadly, virulent virus.

Craven County’s COVID-19 case number more than doubled between Tuesday and Friday, according to Craven County Health Department tracking. Craven County had 13 cases as of Friday, four of whom have recovered. Two of the cases were contracted within Craven County from unknown sources, two were from direct contact with previously confirmed cases, and three were contracted from unknown sources.

Walmart Regulating Store Entry

Starting Saturday, Walmart will limit the number of customers who can be in a store at once. Stores will now allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity.

To manage this restriction, the associates at a store will mark a queue at a single-entry door (in most cases the Grocery entrance) and direct arriving customers there, where they will be admitted one-by-one and counted. Associates and signage will remind customers of the importance of social distancing while they’re waiting to enter a store – especially before it opens in the morning.

Once a store reaches its capacity, customers will be admitted inside on a “1-out-1-in” basis.

Shopping Inside the Store

Walmart will also institute one-way movement through our aisles next week in a number of its stores, using floor markers and direction from associates.

“We expect this to help more customers avoid coming into close contact with others as they shop.” Walmart said on its website. “We’ll continue to put signage inside our stores to remind customers of the need to maintain social distancing – especially in lines. And once customers check out, they will be directed to exit through a different door than they entered, which should help lessen the instances of people closely passing each other.

“We always want people to feel welcome at Walmart, and we know that in ordinary times a store is a gathering place for members of a community to connect and socialize. We look forward to the time when that is again the case; however, we now want to prioritize health and safety by encouraging customers to do their shopping at a distance from others, then head home.

“As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, our leaders and operations teams will continue to listen to advice from medical experts, associates and customers, and consider how we can best serve people while helping slow the spread of the virus. The health and safety of our associates and customers is what matters the most.

Hobby Lobby temporarily closing all stores

Hobby Lobby will, after careful consideration, close the remainder of its stores, and furlough nearly all store employees and a large portion of corporate and distribution employees, effective Friday, April 3 at 8 p.m.  The stores will remain closed until further notice.

In a statement on its website, Hobby Lobby said, “In order to allow our furloughed employees to take full advantage of the Pandemic Unemployment Compensation and Recovery Rebates provided to eligible employees by the federal government, we are ending emergency leave pay and suspending use of Company provided paid time off benefits (PPTO and Vacation) in accordance with the requirements outlined in the CARES Act (subject to State law requirements).  However, we will maintain medical, dental, life, and long-term disability benefits for employees while furloughed through at least May 1, 2020, and will pay the cost of employee premiums for these benefits on behalf of employees while furloughed without pay.  We encourage furloughed employees to file their claims with their State’s unemployment commissions as soon as possible.  Upon return, employees will retain their original dates of hire and any accrued PPTO and Vacation.  Our sincere gratitude goes out to our dedicated employees at this difficult time, and we look forward to the day when we can welcome them back, once we are able to reopen.

“We know our customers relied on us to provide essential products, including materials to make personal protective equipment, such as face masks, educational supplies for the countless parents who are now educating their children from home, and the thousands of small arts and crafts businesses who rely on us for supplies to make their products.  Over the past several weeks, we implemented several best practices to provide a safer shopping environment, including the installation of physical barriers between customers and cashiers, enhanced cleaning, and the enforcement of social distancing measures.  We are prepared to reopen our stores in a responsible way when the current situation improves, and look forward to welcoming our valued customers back to our stores.  Until then, we pray for those affected by the virus, protection for the health care professionals caring for the sick, economic security for all impacted businesses and employees, and wisdom for our leaders.”

Posted in Business, Health

April 3rd, 2020 by newbernpostadmin

It seemed like business as usual at the New Bern Walmart Supercenter on Wednesday.

Moen reopened its New Bern factory on Thursday after an employee there tested positive for COVID-19, justifying the reopening by saying that the bathroom and kitchen faucet maker is an “essential contributor” in the fight against COVID-19.

Hobby Lobby is staying open because, according to widely circulated reports, the CEO’s wife prayed about it.

O’Reilly’s Auto Parts is staying open because people need to keep their cars running and smelling good.

Walmart is staying open because it sells groceries and medications — and kayaks, gardening supplies, clothing, electronics, car parts, books, magazines, etc., etc.

And, during a time when cash-strapped families are forced to stay at home and stretch the limits of their internet plans, Suddenlink is imposing overage fees.

The purpose of Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order, and President Trump’s extended social distancing order, is to take a relatively short pause in life in order to slow the spread of the highly contagious, often deadly novel coronavirus.

Yet places like Walmart, where hundreds of people shop at any given time despite the state and federal orders, are just the kind of places where COVID-19 is likely to spread.

So too is a factory assemby line, where workers spend hours upon hours in close proximity, breathing and coughing and touching the same equipment and dining at the same break room.

Meanwhile, despite wide-spread examples of good will and personal heroism by everything from hospital orderlies, nurses, and doctors, to grocery clerks, to delivery people, as well as mortgage companies and lenders working with cash-strapped customers — there’s Suddenlink.

“Suddenlink Communications is profiting off of data overage charges while we’re forced to stay home,” a New Bern resident reported on Facebook. “This is disgusting. My wife and daughter have to go to school online right now. What do they expect us to do? I just spoke to one of their customer service representatives and she (tersely) refused to waive the fee. Other companies like AT&T have waived these fees. FCC commissioners have asked ISPs to waive these fees. Here they are, profiting from a pandemic. Disgusting.”

Many employees at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts are unhappy with the company’s decision to remain open.

Said one employee, “I also work the counter for oreillys. … “The idiots coming into the store and buying un-essential crap like paint, seat covers, stupid led lights, and all those type things need to get the F on… and because of those idiots, the storefront needs to be closed down to walkins, and only offer curbside service. that way were still open to the essential workers and first responders, not morons buying crap and coughing on me at the counter. The comment about the virus being on incoming freight is a very very good point i had not considered, and needs to be addressed as well, not impressed at all with how its being handled… hazard pay anyone? And as of 3/26/2020, some stores will be closing at 730 it seems… stay safe everyone, good luck.”

Then there are the excuses.

At Hobby Lobby, the CEO said he decided to stay open because his wife prayed about it and “In her quiet prayer time this past week, the Lord put on Barbara’s heart three profound words to remind us that He’s in control. Guide, Guard, and Groom. We serve a God who will Guide us through this storm, who will Guard us as we travel to places never seen before, and who, as a result of this experience, will Groom us to be better than we could have ever thought possible before now.”

Moen, in a statement, said “The federal and state governments consider Moen an essential contributor in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and Moen takes seriously its role in manufacturing plumbing products that provide safe environments.”

Look, people, we can do it one of two ways.

We can stay at home for a few weeks and let COVID-19 wither away, or we don’t, and let it continue to spread, overwhelming hospital systems and killing people.

 

 

Posted in Business, Health

April 1st, 2020 by newbernpostadmin

Take a look at this Google News report I received today:

NEWS

Gannett suspends dividend and implements cost cuts to offset impact of COVID-19

USA TODAY

Gannett, the owner of USA TODAY and more than 260 other daily publications, is suspending its dividend and implementing a variety of cost cuts to …

Coronavirus prompts furloughs, layoffs and pay cuts at Gannett newspapers

masslive.com

Gannett announced decreased advertising revenue amidst the COVID-19 public health crisis, The Daily Beast reported. CEO Paul Bascobert told …

Gannett Newspaper to Furlough Journalists – American Greatness

Workers at Statesman, other Gannett newspapers facing furloughs during coronavirus pandemic – Austin Business Journal

Gannett Will Cut Pay, Furlough Employees Amid Economic Loss From Coronavirus Pandemic

Democracy Now!

In media news, Gannett — which owns USA Today — has announced it is cutting pay and furloughing employees after a major loss in advertising …

Journal Sentinel’s Glauber, Bice, Spicuzza among newsroom staff furloughed by parent Gannett Co.

Milwaukee Business Journal

Gannett told employees Monday about the furlough program that runs through April, May and June, according to Gannett-owned USA TODAY.

Gannett taking steps to preserve liquidity

Virginia Business Magazine

McLean-based Gannett Co. Inc., the nation’s largest newspaper publisher, is negotiating with its vendors, creditors and pension regulators in order to …

Gannett to furlough journalists

Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project

Gannett to furlough journalists. This story, plus Facebook’s fact checkers struggle to fight surge in coronavirus misinformation, new research exploring …

Gannett: Revenues To Be Significantly Impacted By COVID-19; To Cut Expenses

Nasdaq

Gannett has identified measures that it expects to reduce expenses in 2020 by an additional $100 – $125 million, through implementation of reductions …

As with so many other companies, York Daily Record feels economic crush of coronavirus

York Daily Record/Sunday News

During this time, top executives at Gannett will take a 25 percent reduction in pay. CEO Paul Bascobert will take no salary until these measures can end.

Gannett Expects Revenues To Be Significantly Impacted By Covid-19 Pandemic

Reuters

April 1 (Reuters) – Gannett Co Inc: * GANNETT ANNOUNCES BUSINESS RESPONSE TO COVID-19. * GANNETT CO INC – NOW EXPECT OUR …

Virginia Based Gannett Announces Furloughs of Springfield News-Leader Reporters

Ozarks Independent

OI reached out to Gannett’s corporate offices for comment but did not receive a response by press time.

Gannett owns the New Bern Sun Journal, which presumably is also going through its own challenges. Its regional publisher, Mike Distelhorst, was recently laid off, and you can safely assume that its remaining staff is not immune from the furloughs and pay cuts that are being experienced at its sister newspapers (not that you’d find out about it reading the Sun Journal).

The Sun Journal may be owned by a national, publicly traded company that is more interested in its stockholders than its employees or customers, but the reporters, photographers, and editors who work for the Sun Journal are local people covering local news.

The Sun Journal’s importance has never been better demonstrated than now, when its small but feisty staff has been leading the way in covering COVID-19’s impacts on New Bern and surrounding communities.

It has even lifted its website paywall on COVID-19-related articles as a service to the community. That’s sort of like Harris Teeter giving away its best cuts of meat to help prevent hunger.

When you think about ways you can support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t forget the Sun Journal. It and its direct ancestors have been covering New Bern since the 1870s, and New Bern itself was home to North Carolina’s first newspaper. Don’t let it wither away.

Subscribe to the Sun Journal. Advertise in the Sun Journal. Regularly visit its website, newbernsj.com. Send news tips to Sun Journal reporters. When you see Sun Journal journalists in the community, let them interview you and take your picture.

Information is everything, and without a robust, local newspaper, we all pay a steep price.

— Randy Foster / New Bern Post

Note: I was editor of the Sun Journal from 2009 to 2017. I resigned over differences with regional management. This is an unsolicited, uncompensated article.

Posted in Business, Community, Health, Journalism, New Bern

April 1st, 2020 by newbernpostadmin

Take a look at this Google News report I received today:

NEWS

Gannett suspends dividend and implements cost cuts to offset impact of COVID-19

USA TODAY

Gannett, the owner of USA TODAY and more than 260 other daily publications, is suspending its dividend and implementing a variety of cost cuts to …

Coronavirus prompts furloughs, layoffs and pay cuts at Gannett newspapers

masslive.com

Gannett announced decreased advertising revenue amidst the COVID-19 public health crisis, The Daily Beast reported. CEO Paul Bascobert told …

Gannett Newspaper to Furlough Journalists – American Greatness

Workers at Statesman, other Gannett newspapers facing furloughs during coronavirus pandemic – Austin Business Journal

Gannett Will Cut Pay, Furlough Employees Amid Economic Loss From Coronavirus Pandemic

Democracy Now!

In media news, Gannett — which owns USA Today — has announced it is cutting pay and furloughing employees after a major loss in advertising …

Journal Sentinel’s Glauber, Bice, Spicuzza among newsroom staff furloughed by parent Gannett Co.

Milwaukee Business Journal

Gannett told employees Monday about the furlough program that runs through April, May and June, according to Gannett-owned USA TODAY.

Gannett taking steps to preserve liquidity

Virginia Business Magazine

McLean-based Gannett Co. Inc., the nation’s largest newspaper publisher, is negotiating with its vendors, creditors and pension regulators in order to …

Gannett to furlough journalists

Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project

Gannett to furlough journalists. This story, plus Facebook’s fact checkers struggle to fight surge in coronavirus misinformation, new research exploring …

Gannett: Revenues To Be Significantly Impacted By COVID-19; To Cut Expenses

Nasdaq

Gannett has identified measures that it expects to reduce expenses in 2020 by an additional $100 – $125 million, through implementation of reductions …

As with so many other companies, York Daily Record feels economic crush of coronavirus

York Daily Record/Sunday News

During this time, top executives at Gannett will take a 25 percent reduction in pay. CEO Paul Bascobert will take no salary until these measures can end.

Gannett Expects Revenues To Be Significantly Impacted By Covid-19 Pandemic

Reuters

April 1 (Reuters) – Gannett Co Inc: * GANNETT ANNOUNCES BUSINESS RESPONSE TO COVID-19. * GANNETT CO INC – NOW EXPECT OUR …

Virginia Based Gannett Announces Furloughs of Springfield News-Leader Reporters

Ozarks Independent

OI reached out to Gannett’s corporate offices for comment but did not receive a response by press time.

Gannett owns the New Bern Sun Journal, which presumably is also going through its own challenges. Its regional publisher, Mike Distelhorst, was recently laid off, and you can safely assume that its remaining staff is not immune from the furloughs and pay cuts that are being experienced at its sister newspapers (not that you’d find out about it reading the Sun Journal).

The Sun Journal may be owned by a national, publicly traded company that is more interested in its stockholders than its employees or customers, but the reporters, photographers, and editors who work for the Sun Journal are local people covering local news.

The Sun Journal’s importance has never been better demonstrated than now, when its small but feisty staff has been leading the way in covering COVID-19’s impacts on New Bern and surrounding communities.

It has even lifted its website paywall on COVID-19-related articles as a service to the community. That’s sort of like Harris Teeter giving away its best cuts of meat to help prevent hunger.

When you think about ways you can support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t forget the Sun Journal. It and its direct ancestors have been covering New Bern since the 1870s, and New Bern itself was home to North Carolina’s first newspaper. Don’t let it wither away.

Subscribe to the Sun Journal. Advertise in the Sun Journal. Regularly visit its website, newbernsj.com. Send news tips to Sun Journal reporters. When you see Sun Journal journalists in the community, let them interview you and take your picture.

Information is everything, and without a robust, local newspaper, we all pay a steep price.

— Randy Foster / New Bern Post

Note: I was editor of the Sun Journal from 2009 to 2017. I resigned over differences with regional management. This is an unsolicited, uncompensated article.

Posted in Business, Community, Health, Journalism, New Bern

April 1st, 2020 by newbernpostadmin

Craven County has a COVID-19 case being treated at CarolinaEast Medical Center, one not reflected in the official numbers being reported by the Craven County Health Department or the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

In addition to that, there are “a few others” at the hospital waiting for results on their tests and “many more” waiting for results at home, the Sun Journal reported.

The state and county have reported a total of six cases in Craven County since Tuesday morning.

Numbers released by the Craven County Health Department have tended to lag behind numbers reported by the state Department of Health and Human Services by a day or two. The New Bern Post is using state-reported figures as its primary source.

More from the Sun Journal article here 

Meanwhile, Moen, a manufacturer of bathroom and kitchen fixtures and one of Craven County’s largest employers, shut down its plant in New Bern for cleaning after an employee tested positive for the virus, the Sun Journal reported.

Moen became aware that the employee tested positive for the virus on March 31. The individual has been self-quarantined at home since last week, when they first suspected they were sick, Moen said in a statement obtained by the Sun Journal.

“We’ve spoken to any colleagues the employee may have come in contact with to alert them of the situation and to request that they follow CDC guidelines and self-quarantine for 14 days. We immediately closed the facility for sanitation,” Moen said in the statement. “We also immediately contacted local health officials who characterized the risk to other workers at the facility as extremely low. Out of an abundance of caution, we’re bringing in a third party to deep clean and disinfect the workplace again, after a similar cleaning took place since the individual was last on site.”

Moen is expected to reopen on Thursday. The company said it would continue to monitor the situation at the New Bern facility. The company maintains it has gone beyond CDC guidelines to “enhance the safety” of the Moen workplace.

“We’d like to thank the employee for staying home when they suspected they may have been ill, and we are hoping for their full recovery. During these times, we have been emphasizing that our employees should stay home if they feel sick. Additionally, we have been offering employees options for taking time off, and we continue to encourage employees to utilize those options,” the company said in its statement.

More from the Sun Journal article here

Posted in Business, Community, Economy and Employment, Health

March 31st, 2020 by newbernpostadmin

WalletHub | Coronavirus isn’t just a danger to Americans’ health. It’s also a menace to our wallets. It’s led to the closing of scores of non-essential events and businesses, hurting the livelihood of many people.

The U.S. stock market has lost over 20 percent of its value, and the U.S. government was forced to pass a $2 trillion stimulus package. Some of the main features of the plan include sending checks to Americans, giving loans to businesses and providing extra funding for hospitals. Hopefully, this aid will start to turn the economic downturn around in a time when the number of unemployment insurance claims being filed is rising sharply.

Some states are better positioned economically to deal with the coronavirus pandemic than others. North Carolina is not among them. In a WalletHub comparison study, North Carolina ranked 15th worst in the nation.

To find out the states whose economies are most exposed to COVID-19, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 10 unique metrics. The data set ranges from share of employment from small businesses to share of workers with access to paid sick leave and increase in unemployment insurance claims. Read on for the full ranking, additional insight from a panel of experts and a complete description of our methodology.

Source: WalletHub

 

Here’s the full charge.

State Economies Most Exposed to Coronavirus

Overall Rank State Total Score ‘High Impact Industries & Workforce’ Rank ‘Resources for Businesses to Cope Better with the Crisis’ Rank
1 Louisiana 68.12 1 4
2 Rhode Island 63.17 2 16
3 Nevada 60.71 3 23
4 Maine 57.58 4 31
5 New Hampshire 55.98 5 39
6 Pennsylvania 54.34 8 15
7 Montana 54.27 6 36
8 New Jersey 53.32 15 5
9 Massachusetts 51.91 7 27
10 Illinois 50.57 24 3
11 Kentucky 50.35 34 1
12 Michigan 50.17 20 14
13 Ohio 50.02 18 18
14 New Mexico 49.53 10 33
15 North Carolina 49.36 16 22
16 District of Columbia 49.23 9 38
17 Minnesota 48.90 11 35
18 Kansas 48.03 29 6
19 Indiana 48.02 23 11
20 Maryland 47.25 22 19
21 Mississippi 47.12 44 2
22 South Carolina 46.39 30 13
23 Florida 46.25 19 37
24 New York 45.70 26 17
25 Colorado 45.60 14 44
26 Hawaii 45.24 17 42
27 North Dakota 44.85 13 46
28 Vermont 44.66 21 41
29 Oklahoma 44.52 27 24
30 Tennessee 44.45 31 21
31 Virginia 44.39 25 26
32 Washington 43.82 12 48
33 Delaware 43.57 42 12
34 Wisconsin 42.64 47 10
35 Texas 42.34 36 25
36 Arizona 42.28 33 29
37 West Virginia 41.94 48 8
38 Iowa 40.93 46 20
39 Connecticut 40.45 37 32
40 Missouri 39.99 43 28
41 Idaho 38.82 35 43
42 Arkansas 38.78 49 7
43 Nebraska 38.72 45 30
44 Alabama 38.42 50 9
45 South Dakota 38.12 40 40
46 Wyoming 37.73 28 50
47 Utah 36.75 39 45
48 Oregon 36.43 32 51
49 Alaska 35.74 38 49
50 California 35.69 41 47
51 Georgia 32.87 51 34

 

 

Posted in Business, Economy, Health

March 30th, 2020 by newbernpostadmin

The number of COVID-19 cases in Craven County increased to five, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The Craven County Health Department has not issued a news release about this fifth case. This article will be updated once that information is made available.

An employee at Carolina Orthopedics Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy tested positive for COVID-19. Carolina Orthopedics has offices in New Bern and Jacksonville, and a news release from them said the employee’s last day at either of their offices was Friday, March 20, 2020.

The employee is a resident of Pitt County and is recovering at home. It is unknown from information made available so far whether the employee is counted among Craven County’s five cases, Onslow County’s six cases, or Pitt County’s 16 cases.

There has been no information released as to whether the case was contracted from outside the state, or community-spread, and if community-spread, from which county.

The New Bern office is located at 738 Newman Road, New Bern, and the Jacksonville office is located at 201 Williamsburg Parkway, Jacksonville.

The employee has been in isolation since Monday, March 23, 2020, and is recovering at home in Pitt County.

“At Carolina Orthopedics, the safety and well-being of our patients, team members and the communities we serve is our top priority and we are proceeding with an abundance of caution,” the company said.

In response to the employee’s confirmed positive COVID-19 test, Carolina Orthopedics will be closed the week of March 30 through April 3.

“During this closure, we will sanitize and disinfect both of our offices to ensure the health and well-being of our patients, providers and staff,” the company said.

 

Posted in Business, Community, Craven County, Health

March 30th, 2020 by newbernpostadmin

An employee at a physical therapy provider with offices in New Bern and Jacksonville tested positive for COVID-19.

Carolina Orthopedics Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy was informed Friday, March 27, 2020, that one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member’s last day at either of their offices was Friday, March 20, 2020.

The employee, who works in the New Bern office at 738 Newman Road, New Bern, and in the Jacksonville office at 201 Williamsburg Parkway, Jacksonville, has been in isolation since Monday, March 23, 2020, and is recovering at home in Pitt County.

“At Carolina Orthopedics, the safety and well being of our patients, team members and the communities we serve is our top priority and we are proceeding with an abundance of caution,” the company said.

In response to the employee’s confirmed positive COVID-19 test, Carolina Orthopedics will be closed the week of March 30 through April 3.

“During this closure, we will sanitize and disinfect both of our offices to ensure the health and well-being of our patients, providers and staff,” the company said.

Posted in Business, Craven County, Health, New Bern

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