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Missouri Gov. Parson Issues Statewide Stay-At-Home Order

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson issued a statewide stay-at-home order on Friday to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The order goes into effect on Monday, April 6 and remains in place until Friday, April 24.

Parson, a Republican, experienced mounting pressure from top Democrats, local officials and medical groups throughout the state to put an order in place. Parson maintained for weeks that the decision should be left up to community leaders. At his press briefing Friday evening, he said the decision weighed heavily on his mind.

“It is having the power of governor to pick winners and losers,” he said. “And whether I feel it is appropriate for me to use the power by determining who is essential and who is not. This power is something I think should be rare for government.”


Governor Do-Nothing finally got up off his backside......

St. Louis County To Close All Parks Through April 22

St. Louis County will close all parks starting at 8 p.m. Friday in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Barricades will be placed at park entrances of Creve Coeur Lake Park, Jefferson Barracks Park, Lone Elk Park and Grant’s Trail.

St. Louis County Parks Director Tom Ott said in a statement that warmer weather is driving crowds to parks. “During this health crisis, we cannot allow large groups of people to be together in one place,” he said.

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said in a statement that the decision will help save lives.


Wakefern Donates Trailers to Move Medical Equipment

Wakefern Food Corp., the Keasbey, N.J.-based retailer cooperative whose members own and operate ShopRite and other supermarket banners, has donated 12 trailers to move hospital equipment to four pop-up field hospitals being set up around its home state, according to a published report.

“I want to give a shout out today, among others, to ShopRite and Wakefern Food Corp. for their help in securing trailers for the mobile field hospital equipment,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said during a March 25 daily briefing, as reported by NJ Advance. “We are preparing, based on what we see, in real time. We must be ready to ensure hospital capacity, and it is my fervent hope that these preparedness measures remain just that — measures of preparedness.”

The equipment has been received from the federal government and will be used to operate the pop-up facilities, a spokeswoman for the governor told the newspaper.

The 250-bed locations will be at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, in Secaucus; the New Jersey Convention Center and Exposition Center, in Edison; the Atlantic City Convention Center; and a state Urban Search and Rescue Facility that has yet to be determined. These overflow facilities will house critically ill patients who don’t have COVID-19, to alleviate stress placed on the state’s hospitals.


H-E-B Bringing Restaurant Meals In-Store

H-E-B is looking to help the hurting restaurant industry and tap pent-up demand for foodservice with an innovative new program.

The Texas-based grocery chain has teamed up with local restaurants to prepare meals-to-go for its Meal Simple program of chef-inspired grab-and-go meals.

Three restaurants in each city will prepare dishes for a limited number of stores as an effort by H-E-B to pump money into beloved Texas restaurants struggling to stay alive during the coronavirus pandemic which has devastated the state’s restaurant industry, according to the Houston Chronicle.


Whole Foods Market Workers Plan Walkout

Whole Foods Market employees are planning a "sick-out" in protest of a perceived lack of protections for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Vice.com, Whole Foods employees will call in sick on Tuesday to demand paid leave for all workers who stay home or self-quarantine during the crisis, free coronavirus testing for all employees, and hazard pay of double the current hourly wage for employees who show up to work during the pandemic.

"COVID-19 is a very real threat to the safety of our workforce and customers,” according to Whole Worker, the national worker group that is organizing the “sick out”. “We cannot wait for politicians, institutions, or our own management to step in to protect us.”


Rouses, Others Closing Stores for Easter Sunday

As part of a $1 million investment in its associates, which includes April bonuses for frontline associates and accelerated scheduled quarterly bonuses for store and department managers, Rouses Markets is one of several grocers that will close its stores on Easter Sunday, April 12, to give its 7,000 employees an additional paid holiday — and a well-deserved break.

Other retailers that will be closed on Easter Sunday include Costco, Target, Publix, Aldi, Sam's Club and Trader Joe's.

The company has also been providing store employees meals on their breaks since the COVID-19 outbreak began, and, through the end of May, is giving associates and their immediate family members free access to telehealth program Ochsner Anywhere Care, regardless of whether they have health insurance. Employees can connect to a licensed health care provider to receive a diagnosis and treatment plan, or speak with a licensed therapist without having to leave home.

In common with other grocers, Rouses has also boosted in-store protections to support associates and customers, including stringent cleaning routines, the ongoing installation of plexiglass partitions at checkout, floor markers at checkout lanes to aid social distancing, and having cashiers sanitize checkout areas after each customer transaction. Other retailers, notably Kroger, Walmart and Target, are also paying out bonuses to reward workers for their dedication in a time of crisis.


Email to Hobby Lobby (Looty Booty) regarding their decision to operate

in defiance of Stay at Home Orders.

Note that their website indicates that their stores are now closed but as we know several of them closed then reopened in areas where they were not supposed to.


Gentlemen: I am writing to express my absolute disgust with the decision by this company to operate stores in defiance of Stay at Home orders in several states requiring Non-Essential businesses such as yours to close. You may rest assured that I will never set foot in your stores again and I will share my feelings with others.

Most Sincerely,

Unintended consequences I've noted of late

sheltering in place and do what we can to mitigate Covid 19 I’ve noted a few things around the neighborhood.

The trash cans seem to be overflowing as folks are doing some probably overdue spring cleaning or are ordering more takeout.

Home Depot paint department is extra busy with folks buying interior and exterior paint for their houses.

Traffic is much lighter, it’s like a Sunday morning all the time.

The kids down the street are playing basketball and apparently still don’t get the whole physical distancing thing.

Schnucks grocery store employee tests positive for COVID-19

UNIVERSITY CITY — A Schnucks grocery store worker has tested positive for COVID-19, the company said on Tuesday, and five other employees are self-quarantined.

The St. Louis County Health Department confirmed on Monday that a worker at Schnucks' University City store, at 6920 Olive Boulevard, tested positive, Schnucks said in a statement. The employee, whose position was not identified by Schnucks for privacy reasons, last worked at the store on Thursday and is now quarantined at home.

"Our thoughts are with our teammate and we are sending best wishes for a full and speedy recovery," Schnucks said in a statement. The grocer said all the employees were being paid.

Schnucks said the store was deep-cleaned and sanitized, per guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is open.


It was just a matter of time...

'I Just Watched Him Cry' -- Family Of COVID-19 Victim Grieves From A Distance

Hours after Pete DaPrato died from COVID-19, members of his family gathered at his home in O’Fallon, Missouri.

But they didn’t go inside.

Pete’s widow, Jackie, was in quarantine. And the other mourners wanted to follow health guidelines and maintain a healthy distance.

So they pulled up chairs in the driveway, spaced six to 10 feet apart from each other.


This gent was related to a High School Classmate
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