On December 14, 2020 the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines were administered across the United States after months of hearing positive trial results. Sandra Lindsay, a nurse in the intensive care unit at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, was the first person to receive the vaccine outside the trial phase. Lindsay’s vaccination was televised in an effort to instill faith in the vaccine and its legitimacy. Lindsay stated, “I think also as a leader in the organization that I lead by example. I don’t ask people to do anything that I would not do myself”. New York felt the force of this virus heavily as it left over 35,000 people dead and dampened the economy quite a bit. With the COVID-19 related death count exceeding 300,000 nationwide, this vaccine has been highly anticipated.
The latest update on COVID-19 cases shows a trend of cases increasing in all states except for six. Question is, what are these states doing differently? Restrictions are rapidly changing by the day in many states and major cities, however that’s not the case in all states. Some states have not made any new restrictions and remain unchanged, some have eased and even have been lifted. To find the most updated restrictions for your state visit, https://www.usatoday.com/storytelling/coronavirus-reopening-america-map/.
On Tuesday November 17th, The Pennsylvania Department of Health rolled out further restrictions to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. These new restrictions are related to traveling and masking especially as cases in our area continue to rise.
The holiday shopping season is kicking off earlier than ever amid the pandemic, and retailers are shifting their approach to seasonal hiring in order to keep up with changing demand. Companies are looking for more warehouse and call center workers to meet their growing demands from online shoppers, opting for home delivery or curbside pick-up. New rules for in-store shopping are in place making employees and shoppers safe by sanitizing shelves and checking temperatures at the door. Some retailers are even boosting pay and offering perks like flexible hours and childcare to attract workers.
Last night marked the first presidential debate of 2020, and it was interesting to say the least. 69% of people in a CBS poll said they were “annoyed with the event”. During the debate both candidates threw insults and repeatedly interrupted each other while Chris Wallace tried to control the conversation.