Coronavirus Latest News
Instead of blasting you with coronavirus (COVID-19) news every hour, I’m putting together a roundup of news that I come across during the day. Here you can read about hospitals threatening to fire workers for speaking out about shortages, Miami balcony parties, Vermont closes all hotels, vacation rentals and campgrounds, US Open stadium complex in Queens to be turned into hospital, Amazon fires warehouse worker who led warehouse walkout and crowds watch US Navy hospital ship arrive in NYC.
At least two health care workers have been fired after speaking out about the need for more coronavirus tests and protective equipment as hospitals across the country warn doctors and nurses not to publicize pandemic-fueled shortages of medical supplies.
It all started with the balcony raves on March 21st to celebrate what would’ve been the 21st edition of Ultra Music Festival. Then this past Friday, folks in Brickell took to their balconies with strobe lights and more EDM tunes for the first night of curfew in the City of Miami.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott ordered all lodging, including hotels, Airbnb and campgrounds, to suspend operations on Monday. Scott said the new order further clarified the types of lodging that he suspended last week. The order suspending lodging applies to hotels, bed and breakfasts, as well as short-term rentals such as Airbnb and campgrounds, Scott said. That includes online advertising and booking, he said.
Part of the Queens stadium complex that’s home to the U.S. Open will be transformed into a temporary hospital to aid in the fight against the coronavirus. An indoor training area at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is expected to be turned into a 350-bed medical facility beginning on Tuesday, USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier confirmed.
Amazon has terminated an employee based in the company’s Staten Island, New York, warehouse after he participated in a worker walkout protesting the company’s response to the novel coronavirus. Amazon confirmed the firing Monday night, telling CNN Business in a statement that the employee, Christian Smalls, was supposed to be under quarantine.
Crowds of gawkers ignored New York’s social-distance regulations and packed the west side of Manhattan on Monday to watch a US Navy hospital ship arrive to give badly needed coronavirus aid. The throngs of people stood shoulder to shoulder and took photos of the USNS Comfort as it pulled into Pier 90 near West 50th Street at about 10:40 a.m., photos of the scene show.
And here is a screenshot of the latest numbers in the United States and how it compares to other countries around the world.