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After complaints by workers on the front lines, Amazon is going to give employees face masks and temperature checks at all warehouses in the U.S. and Europe. The safety measures will also be rolled out to Whole Foods stores, Reuters reported. The workplace adjustments will be in play by early next week, company officials said. Some workers in New York and Chicago held a strike saying they were not working in a safe environment, BuzzFeed News reported. One worker, who was told to stay home with pay, picketed outside a Staten Island location. The employee, Chris Smalls, was fired for not staying home, company officials said. Smalls said he ignored the quarantine order. “I stood with my co-workers because conditions at JFK8 are legitimately dangerous for workers and the public. We won’t stop until Amazon provides real protections for our health and safety and clarity for everybody about what it is doing to keep people safe in the middle of the worst pandemic in our lifetimes,” Smalls said via email, according to BuzzFeed News. New York City’s Commission on Human Rights is investigating Smalls’ firing. He also says he is playing on filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. The company will supply surgical masks early next week. N95 masks Amazon intended to use will be donated to medical workers or sold to the government at cost, the company said. The company is going to add software that will monitor cameras to make sure employees stay a safe distance from each other. Amazon officials said temperature checks have started at some facilities, checking more than 100,000 employees every day, the company said in a press release. More sites will start checking people for fevers of more than 100.4, sending those who register higher than that number home, according to Reuters.
Right now, it’s more important than ever to limit your exposure inside public places like grocery stores. But we still need essential items like toilet paper and cleaning supplies! The last thing you want to do is trek to Walmart—only to find the shelves empty. Check out InStok.org. You type in the search bar the item you’re looking for and your zipcode (to find the store nearest you.) There is a disclaimer saying, 'If an item is not on the shelf, it is possibly at the back or someone must've bought the item since inventory was last updated. This is just a tool to guide you in the right direction instead of randomly trying different stores. If you really need an item, call and speak to a store associate in advance. Please do not buy more than you need.' ABC News reports InStok was created by two teenage University of Austin students in March to help consumers find products nearby. You can compare prices from various stores, as well as get text alerts for when products are back in stock.
A former television meteorologist and mayor’s spokesman was arrested after sending threatening emails to a Nebraska county health official, investigators said. Ronald Penzkowski, also known by his on-air name Ron Gerard, sent 15 to 30 hostile emails to Dr. Adi Pour, director of the Douglas County Health Department from March 25 to March 31, investigators said Wednesday, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Douglas County Sheriff’s Capt. Wayne Hudson said Penzkowski attempted to conceal his identity while sending the “threatening and disturbing” emails, the World-Herald reported. The emails were directed at Pour’s response to the coronavirus and threatened to “lynch” and “slice her throat.” They would come from a new email address each time they were blocked. One of the emails was sent from the name Frank Gorshin, an actor who played the Riddler on the “Batman” television show, KETV reported. Investigators traced the emails back to Penzkowski. They are also looking to see if other emails can be traced to him. Penzkowski was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats and stalking, KETV reported. “They make those decisions with one common goal, and that’s to protect the public,” Hudson told the World-Herald. “If we get further reports of public officials being threatened, we’re going to take them seriously and we’re going to investigate them thoroughly.” Pour has worked as director of the health department since 2002, the World-Herald reported. Penzkowski worked as director of communications under Mayor Jim Suttle before resigning in 2010. Before that, he worked as a television meteorologist. There are 249 confirmed coronavirus cases and five deaths in Nebraska, The New York Times reported.