Second New York firefighter tests positive for coronavirus

A second member of the New York Fire Department tested positive for COVID-19, the department said in a statement on Saturday. 

Due to the positive test results, “the member, and 33 additional Firefighters, will be self-quarantined and the firehouse will be decontaminated.” It was not immediately clear which firehouse was affected. 

The firefighter did not get exposed while on-duty, but through “community exposure” while off the clock, the statement said.

“While asymptomatic, this member worked three tours in the last week, but did not respond to any medical calls and had no contact with patients,” the department added.  

There are 99 members of the New York Fire Department who are currently self-quarantined. 

France gets ready to close all cafes, restaurants, clubs and cinemas

All restaurants, cafes, cinemas and clubs in France will close at midnight in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the French prime minister Édouard Philippe said in a press conference. 

He said the virus is spreading faster even though limitations on mass gatherings were imposed.

“People are still going to cafes and restaurants which is something that I would normally enjoy because this is the French way of living but not during these times,” he said.

Places of worship are expected to remain open but no ceremonies will be taking place.

Some stores, pharmacies, tobacco shops and public offices will remain open as well as.

Colorado shuts down drive-up testing site ‘due to high-volume’

About 200 cars were still in line when the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment decided to close a drive-up testing site in Denver “due to high-volume,” officials said in a statement.

The site will remain closed Saturday afternoon, but it’s expected to reopen next week.

Since “Colorado now has capacity for private labs to conduct testing,” officials are encouraging those who show symptoms or believe they might have been exposed to COVID-19 “to call or email their physician first for guidance.”

Colorado National Guard medical personnel perform coronavirus tests on a motorist at a drive-through testing site outside the Denver Coliseum on March 14, 2020.David Zalubowski / AP

Six feet of social distance? For hairdressers, that may not be possible.

A roadside barber wearing a protective face mask gives a haircut to a customer in Hanoi on Feb. 28, 2020.Manan Vatsyayana / AFP – Getty Images

Except for doctors, maybe no one comes as physically close to their clients as hairdressers and makeup artists.

They literally get in your space.

Now amid the coronavirus pandemic, how can personal groomers and stylists abide by one of the most fundamental means of protection — social distancing?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people keep a distance of six feet from others to avoid spreading or catching the virus.

Hard to do when you are trimming a person’s hair, applying their makeup or giving them a new ‘do.

Carly Silva, who manages a salon in Jersey City, New Jersey, for the Bishops Cuts/Color chain, like other stylists interviewed for this story, said her shop is sanitizing surfaces multiple times a day and urging employees who feel ill to stay home.

“We’re taking every precaution because this is definitely getting out of hand,” Silva said. “But we’re in an industry where we can’t work from home.”

Read the full story here.

New York Archdiocese cancels all Masses this weekend

The Archdiocese of New York has taken the extraordinary step of cancelling all Masses starting this weekend in light of coronavirus, the church announced Saturday.

This includes all of New York City and the southern tier of the state. Churches will remain open for private prayer, the archdiocese said in its statement. 

A private Mass will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Cathedral and livestreamed on the church’s website. 

This is what we’re reading elsewhere about the coronavirus

Here are some articles from other outlets that can help answers some of your most pressing questions.

How to avoid feeling isolated in the time of social distancing

According to The Washington Post’s The Lily, the first tip is “don’t wait until you feel lonely.

How much worse the coronavirus could get, in charts

How many people in the U.S. can become infected? How many might die? The New York Times answers your questions in numbers.

How you should get food during a pandemic

The Atlantic breaks down the pros and cons of ordering food in and cooking at home

As coronavirus anxieties rise, will audiences avoid movie theaters?

New movie releases in the U.S. face an unpredictable weekend following the sharp escalation of the coronavirus pandemic — even though moviegoers were still buying tickets as public spaces nationwide closed down, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Spain death toll now at 193

MADRID — Spain’s coronavirus death toll reached 193 on Saturday, up from 120 on Friday, public broadcaster TVE said.

There are just over 6,250 coronavirus cases across the country, TVE said, up from 4,209 on Friday and also up from 5,753 cases reported earlier in the day.

New Jersey reports more presumptive positive test results

‘Doing our best’ to meet toilet paper demands, major paper company says

Georgia Pacific, one of the largest paper companies in the world, said they’re operating as normally as possible to meet consumer demands for toilet paper. 

The Georgia-based company said that it had seen its retail demand grow significantly over the past week, as people stock up on rolls of toilet paper during the coronavirus pandemic. Orders for the product are as much as two times higher than normal during the same period, the company said.

But, Georgia-Pacific added, its manufacturing operations have managed to ship out approximately 120 percent of their normal capacity. Its mills and distribution centers “are currently operating normally and we are doing our best to meet consumer demand.”

“We’re doing this through our use of existing inventory, increasing our production, and using a managed distribution process to smartly manage through this unusual period,” the company said. 

Member of White House press corps turned away because temperature too high

One member of the White House press corps was turned away from Vice President Mike Pence’s coronavirus briefing on Saturday because his temperature was too high.

The White House Physician’s Office announced earlier in the day that they would take the temperatures of all people who come in contact with President Donald Trump, as well as the vice president, who is head of the administration’s task force addressing the pandemic. 

“The temperature was taken three times over a 15 minute period — all three registered above the @CDCgov 100.4 guidelines,” Katie Miller, the vice president’s press secretary, said in a tweet.

The member of the press would not share his name or outlet before he was led away by a White House official and the health care worker who had taken his temperature. 

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