Interfor’s Critical Covid19 Updates – March 26, 2020
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 488,289 (68,594 in United States)
Total Deaths: 22,069 (1,039 in United States)
Total Recovered: 117,608
- Interfor’s sources report that plans are being drawn up to significantly restrict domestic air travel should infection numbers rise. NY-area airports would be the first to restrict flights. This would include JFK, LGA, EWR.
- The US Senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill. The bill now goes to the House where it will be voted on this Friday.
- US weekly jobless claims top 3 million, a record number compared to the 1.5 million estimated.
- The US Army is calling on retired medical personnel to assist in coronavirus response efforts “should their skills and expertise be required”.
- As NYC hospitals already report “apocalyptic” conditions, Mayor DeBlasio states half of all city residents may contract the virus.
- More than 100 employees in Boston area hospitals have tested positive for COVID19.
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the government may have to “impose a complete lockdown, except for essential needs such as food and medicine.”
- An entire nursing home in New Jersey – 94 residents – is presumed to be infected with coronavirus forcing everyone in the facility to be evacuated.
- In Missouri, a man suspected of plotting to blow up a hospital was killed in a shootout after FBI agents attempted to arrest him.
- In California, a man was arrested by the FBI in a scheme to defraud investors. He allegedly claimed to have personally developed “a patent-pending cure” and a treatment that prevents coronavirus infection.
- Companies should proactively keep staff informed and relay trustworthy information. Lack of accurate information can cause morale and productivity problems, as well as an escalation of employee anxiety.
- While employees are using their home devices in lieu of their work PCs or work laptops, companies should ensure they have enough bandwidth to handle the traffic. Rolling internet outages are reported across the nation.
- Company leadership should verify that systems administrators are prepared to remotely respond to hacks and that there is a clear cybersecurity protocol for the newly remote workforce. Interfor is tracking a significant increase in attempts to penetrate corporate systems.
- Companies are reviewing their insurance policies to determine whether losses and expenses incurred and/or anticipated might be covered, and to identify any notification requirements that must be satisfied.
- Helpful how-to video on safely shopping for groceries and receiving food delivery
WARNING: Interfor continues to see misinformation and rumors spread around the world as clients attempt to vet information they are receiving. Be sure to vet ALL information (including this update).
Outside of the spread of the virus itself, Interfor continues to monitor for evidence of systemic breakdowns which will adversely affect security and safety.
For additional resources and guidance, the Interfor team is here to help.