Interfor’s Critical Covid19 Updates – March 30, 2020
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
- Total Reported Cases: 737,577 (142,793 in United States)
- Total Deaths: 35,000 (2,490 in United States)
- Total Recovered: 156,295
- President Trump extends social distancing guidelines to April 30th.
- New York Governor extends the stay-at-home order for two more weeks, keeping non-essential workers at home through April 15th.
- Based on cremation numbers detected in Wuhan, observers believe the true death toll in the city is 42,000, instead of the officially reported 2,000.
- Mayor De Blasio says that New Yorkers who break social distancing rules, congregate in public and refuse to disperse could face fines of up to $500.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci of the US NIH says the coronavirus could kill between 100,000-200,000 Americans while infecting millions.
- An emergency field hospital is being built in Central Park to provide care for coronavirus patients, in addition to the Javitz Convention Center field hospital to be opened today.
- Johnson & Johnson to begin human trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine by September.
- The death toll in Italy surpasses 10,000.
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is self-isolating after one of his aides tested positive for coronavirus.
- Amazon workers in Staten Island plan a strike after the company kept the location open despite a case of coronavirus.
- The Tokyo Olympics have been rescheduled to start in July 2021.
Scams related to the imminent bailout checks for individuals are already being detected in the form of fraudulent websites and phone calls. Interfor recommends companies educate their workforce on how to detect these scams so they and their loved ones can avoid further hardship.
Security companies are generally exempt from lockdown mandates. For companies with vacant real-estate (stand-alone, not a tenant of an office complex) Interfor recommends maintaining a small security presence as a deterrent. The threat of opportunistic crime continues to rise daily.
Companies should have a communication plan and an internal crisis team composed of an executive team, marketing, HR, IT, company’s attorney and PR. The team should continue to assess how the crisis is affecting their business and each team member should deliver the company’s message to their respective audience.
WARNING: Be sure to vet ALL information (including this update). Rumors and misinformation abound, the results of which can be as dangerous as the contagion itself. Screenshots of texts claiming to be from a contact with an ambiguous connection to you should be disregarded.
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.