Business group asks employees to model anti-virus measures

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A leading Ohio business group on Tuesday asked employees to model best practices for reducing the spread of the coronavirus as it warned of the impact the current spike in cases could have on the economy.

The Ohio Business Roundtable, a nonprofit organization of big economy chief executive officers, wants workers to encourage mask wearing at any gathering outside immediate family, avoid large gatherings such as game day celebrations, and reconsider indoor holiday parties.

“This is not a choice between our health and a strong economy; the two are strongly connected,” said Pat Tiberi, the roundtable’s president and CEO and a former longtime Republican congressman. The group dubbed the effort the Coalition to Stop the Spread.

The announcement came as Ohio’s economy continues to show signs of weakness. Last week, the state said 30,177 Ohioans filed initial claims for unemployment compensation, a 21% jump from the week before. The state also said 263,737 people filed claims for continued unemployment, a 4% increase from the previous week and a figure considered a better indicator of economic strength.

The 7-day rolling average of daily new cases in Ohio has risen over the past two weeks from 7,199 new cases per day on Nov. 16 to 8,251 new cases per day on Nov. 30, according to an Associated Press analysis of data provided by The COVID Tracking Project.

More than 5,200 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus on Tuesday, another record.

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Former first lady Laura Bush asks Texas, nation to ‘give the gift of hope’ after COVID-19

Former first lady Laura Bush is asking her fellow Texans and people across the country to help a little more than usual this holiday season following the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s clear this year the needs of Americans is great,” Bush said in taped comments posted on Thanksgiving to her social media accounts. “The pandemic of COVID-19 and its impact will be felt during the holiday season.”

Bush, a Dallas resident, made the appeal for The Salvation Army’s “Rescue Christmas” campaign. The Salvation Army expects to serve 155% more people this year with Christmas assistance — assuming the resources are available.

“This year, they need extra help to meet the extra need,” she said. “Together, we can bring joy to all Americans and those who need it the most.”

Since the start of the pandemic, the Salvation Army has served more than 100 million meals; distributed millions in financial assistance for rent/mortgage; provided 1.6 million nights of shelter; and offered emotional and spiritual care to more than 865,000 Americans, according to a news release coordinated with the release of Bush’s comments.

Bush isn’t the only Dallasite encouraging people to give to the Salvation Army this year. On Wednesday, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson shared on Twitter a photo of him and his son, William, donating to the nonprofit.

Donations to the Salvation Army will stay in the community, Bush said. Individuals can donate at rescuechristmas.org. North Texans needing assistance this year can contact the local Salvation Army at salvationarmyntx.org or by calling 214-424-7050.

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Gotcha Covered asks the community to donate new or gently-used clothing for individuals most in need

SAN ANTONIO – This holiday season, KSAT Community is partnering with local nonprofit, Gotcha Covered to invite the community to help those in need right here in San Antonio.

As individuals face hunger on a daily basis and with those without jobs due to COVID-19, now is the time to change lives and spread joy.

“There has never been a time that Gotcha Covered has been as desperately needed as it is right now,” said Howie Nestel, founder of Gotcha Covered, which is now in its 24th year.

On Sunday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can change lives with Gotcha Covered by donating new or gently-used clothing, personal hygiene products and non-perishable food items.

This one-day initiative collects items needed most for the most vulnerable in our community with donations benefitting San Antonio Food Bank, Haven for Hope and Battered Women and Children’s Shelter.

It is one of the longest-running, largest holiday collection drives in San Antonio.

“COVID is not going to stop us,” said Nestel. “We are going to mask up our volunteers. Adhere to social distancing guidelines. And we will remove your donations from your trunk for you. You never need to leave your driver’s seat.”

Gotcha Covered nonprofit partners are requesting donations including:

  • New and used clothing
  • Coats/shoes/blankets
  • Canned foods/peanut butter/tuna
  • Baby formula, diapers
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Towels, sheets
  • Paper goods
  • Car seats, strollers
  • New packages of socks and underwear for men, women and children

Trucks will be collecting the donations at Park North Shopping Center, 842 NW Loop 410 at Blanco Road (Behind Aloft Hotel, near Alamo Drafthouse) on the event day.

To learn more about Gotcha Covered, click here.

KSAT Community operates in partnership with University Health, Energy Transfer and Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union.

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