In Florida, unemployment benefits can be applied for online

MIAMI – The coronavirus pandemic is leading many companies to downsize, but there is hope for those who have been laid off.

“I think, many times, businesses look at their employees as a cost center to be minimized, when they should be looking at them as the only appreciating asset that they have,” said Mason Jackson with CareerSource Broward. “If you let them go, chances are, you’ll actually increase the recovery time as you try to hire and retrain new employees.”

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https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/03/24/in-florida-unemployment-benefits-can-be-applied-for-online/

Coronavirus Update: Broward County Closing All Non-Essential Businesses

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Broward County is closing all non-essential retail and commercial businesses in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The closure will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 23.

The Emergency Order goes into detail about which retail and commercial businesses are considered essential, and directed to remain open. They include, but are not limited to, healthcare providers and equipment suppliers, doctor’s offices and urgent care centers, mental health professionals, home health care service providers, grocery stores and pharmacies, businesses that provide food, shelter, social services and other necessities for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, banks, gas stations and media.

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https://miami.cbslocal.com/2020/03/22/coronavirus-update-broward-county-closing-all-non-essential-businesses/

Florida Opening Coronavirus Testing Facility At Hard Rock Stadium Monday

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) — A federally supported coronavirus testing facility is expected to open Monday in the parking lot of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, according to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

During a news conference Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee, DeSantis said more mobile testing sites are coming online including the one at Hard Rock Stadium. Another will open at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando on Wednesday and a third at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville opened on Saturday.

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https://miami.cbslocal.com/2020/03/21/florida-opening-coronavirus-testing-facility-at-hard-rock-stadium-monday/

A Letter from Whole Foods Market – Response to COVID-19

Dear Whole Foods Market Community,

First and foremost, I hope you are staying well. As a company, Whole Foods Market is adjusting to the current circumstances that all of us are facing during this unprecedented time. We believe that the service we provide as a grocer is an essential one, and we are committed to continuing to serve our customers in a safe and responsible manner, both in our stores and through delivery.

With information moving quickly, we think it’s important to keep you informed of the measures we’re taking to ensure the health of both our customers and our 95,000+ team members. As you’d expect, all decisions we’re making are being guided by the counsel of outside health and food safety experts, including the CDC and local health authorities.

Along with enhanced sanitation measures and social distancing practices in stores, here are the most recent operational changes we want you to be aware of:

  • We have adjusted hours, with stores closing up to two hours early to give our team members more time to restock shelves, sanitize our stores and rest in preparation for the next day.
  • We are inviting customers 60 and older into the store to shop one hour before it opens to the general public.
  • We have temporarily closed self-serve areas of the store, including our hot bars, salad bars and antipasti bars. Other seated venues in our stores will offer takeout only, and any indoor or outdoor café seating is closed.

If you’ve shopped our stores in recent weeks, you’ve experienced our team members’ dedication and diligence to serving your community during a time of uncertainty. None of this is lost on us, which is why in addition to the changes you’re seeing in our stores, we’re taking extra precautions to ensure our team member’s safety and well-being. That includes measures to compensate and further support them during this unprecedented time, including: •All part- and full-time hourly team members at Whole Foods Market stores and facilities will receive an additional $2 per hour as part of the announcement Amazon made this week.

  • Additionally, all part- and full-time hourly team members at Whole Foods Market stores and facilities will receive double their regular hourly base rate of pay for every overtime hour worked in a workweek from March 16 through May 3, 2020.
  • All Whole Foods Market team members who are placed in quarantine or have a confirmed case of COVID-19 have access to the two weeks’ paid time off related to coronavirus that was announced last week.

For more on how we’re taking care of our team members, customers and stores, follow the link below.
https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info/covid-19-response?ref_=pe_32710620_487862460

 

Thank you for your kindness and patience as our team continues to work hard to serve our customers and communities. Please take care.

Sincerely,
John Mackey

Shopping Hours for Seniors – Effective March 19, 2020

  • Publix: All stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. are designated for customers 65 and over.
  • Winn-Dixie: All stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. – only seniors and high-risk customers can shop
  • Walmart: All stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; every Tuesday, customers 60 and older can shop at the store from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Target: All stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The first hour of shopping each Wednesday is dedicated to vulnerable guests.
  • Whole Foods: All Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will service customers who are 60 and older one hour before opening to the general public, under the new adjusted hours posted on the store’s web page. (example: if a store’s new hours are 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., customers who are 60+ can shop starting at 8 a.m.).
  • Dollar General: The first hour of operations will be dedicated to senior shoppers. All stores will also close an hour earlier for employees to clean and restock shelves.

Watch for CoronaVirus symptoms

Covronavirus disease from the CDC

Call your doctor:  If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Watch for symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Visit the CDC:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Miami-Based Carnival Corp. Offers Cruise Ships as Temporary Hospitals

The world’s largest cruise line said its ships could serve mainly to treat non-coronavirus patients, freeing up beds in land-based hospitals. The company said ships can provide up to 1,000 hospital rooms and can be quickly provisioned with necessary medical equipment, including intensive care units.

 

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https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/miami-based-carnival-corp-offers-cruise-ships-as-temporary-hospitals/2208135/

Publix Supermarkets Add Senior Shopping Hours

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Publix Supermarkets announced Thursday they will be designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., as senior shopping hours for customers age 65 and over.

This change in hours will begin next week on Tuesday, March 24, and continue until further notice.

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https://miami.cbslocal.com/2020/03/19/public-supermarkets-add-senior-shopping-hours/

Dow tumbles nearly 3,000 points — worst point drop in history

It was another ugly day for US stocks. The Dow recorded its worst one-day point drop in history and its worst performance on a percentage basis since October 19, 1987, also known as “Black Monday.”

Stocks fell to session lows in the final hour of trading, as President Donald Trump said the outbreak could last until July or August. The Dow dropped more than 3,000 points at its worst.

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https://www.cnn.com/business/live-news/stock-market-news-today-031620/index.html

Coronavirus Concerns Causes Casino At Gulfstream Park To Close Until Further Notice

HALLANDALE BEACH (CBSMiami) – In an abundance of caution over the coronavirus, the Casino at Gulfstream Park is temporarily closing.

According to Gulfstream Park, the casino’s door will shut at 10 p.m. Monday and remain closed until further notice.

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https://miami.cbslocal.com/2020/03/16/coronavirus-casino-at-gulfstream-park-close/