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Daily Briefing – 116

Post: Jul. 27, 2020


Yesterday’s Daily Briefing mistakenly sent readers to the Arlington Virginia School district’s reopening page, not the Arlington New York District in Dutchess County.  We apologize for this mistake and the confusion it likely caused. 

Upon more careful searching we see that the Arlington NY district has not yet released its reopening plan. 

Cuomo: State’s Multi-Agency Task Force Issues 27 Violations In NYC Yesterday – 20 Businesses Receive ESD Funds to Make PPE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced that 27 additional establishments have been issued State Liquor Authority violations for a lack of compliance with New York State COVID-19 guidance on Sunday. SLA issued 105 violations on Friday and Saturday combined. Yesterday’s violations were issued in all five boroughs of New York City.

Governor Cuomo also announced that Empire State Development has identified 20 companies that will receive state investment to make supplies to address COVID-19. This program is designed to ensure that New York State’s health facilities will have access to PPE if and when they need it.  A list of the companies is expected today

COVID-19 data is available at Forward NY

Read the press release

Google Extending Remote Work Policy Through July 2021

Google will keep its employees at home until next July at least, a spokesperson for the search giant confirmed Monday.

“To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021 for roles that don’t need to be in the office,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a memo to employees. The extension of the company’s existing remote work policy will apply to roughly 200,000 full-time and contract employees at Google and its parent company Alphabet.

Read more at The Hill

A Guide to Covid-19 Vaccines in the Works – Q&A From the Wall Street Journal

Results from early studies offer promising signs that some coronavirus vaccines could work safely and might be ready for use before the end of the year

Researchers around the world have been racing to develop vaccines that can fight off the coronavirus. Now, a handful are starting the final stage of testing, or will soon. Depending on the results, some companies say their vaccines could be green-lighted for use as soon as this year. Here’s a look at some things to know:

Read more at the WSJ

Resources for Planning and Implementing Your Corporate Contract Tracing Strategy – 8 Steps

The widespread impact of Covid-19 and its high transmission rates mean contact tracing is now something that all individuals and businesses need to understand and participate in. Businesses need to ensure that all employees are safe and that their operations can continue as employees return to work. Whether you’re at the early stages of developing an approach or want to check your strategy against best practice, we’ve assembled a range of guides and reports to help inform you about employer-based contact tracing programs.

Read more at Domo

Monday Economic Report from NAM

The limited number of releases last week each highlighted the rebound in economic activity seen this summer following the sharp, unprecedented declines in the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is encouraging news, even as overall activity remains well below pre-recessionary levels.

Read the report

Commerce Dept.: Durable-Goods Orders Rise Again

Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods rose a solid 7.3% in June, the second big monthly gain as manufacturing tries to climb out of a spring slump triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Commerce Department said Monday that the June gain in durable goods orders, which was better than expected, followed an even bigger 15.1% increase in May. Those two increases came after sharp declines in March and April as factories shut down.

Read more at the Associate Press

US June Trailer Orders Surge 333%

U.S. trailer orders rose a head-snapping 333% in June over May as the improving freight market encouraged fleets to spend money on equipment. Orders of 13,441 units beat June 2019 by 112% after removing canceled orders, according to ACT Research.

“June was much better than previous months and July is shaping up to be even stronger,” said Sean Kenney, a spokesman for trailer builder Hyundai Translead. “Many customers have re-engaged and are responding to the current freight environment,” Kenney said of the No. 1 maker of dry vans. “While nobody is willing to say that this is behind us, there is growing optimism that things are improving for the better overall.”

Read more at Freight Waves

University of Houston Researchers Develop Air Filter that Kill SARS-CoV-2

Researchers from the University of Houston developed, in collaboration with others, an air filter that can kill SARS-CoV-2, commonly known as Coronavirus, or Covid-19.  The filter is made out of nickel foam, which is porous, electrically conductive, and flexible, heated at 200 degrees Centigrade. Tests have shown that 99.8% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was killed in a single run, and 99.9% of anthrax spores were killed too.

The development of this air filter was important, because SARS-CoV-2 can live around three hours in the air, and survive temperature up to 70 degrees Centigrade. The filter was made to heat the air at very high temperatures, resulting in destroying the virus almost instantly.  Researchers believe this air filter could be installed in airports, airplanes, buildings, and many other enclosed spaces to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

Read more at Interesting Engineering

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