Coronavirus Technology

The only two COVID-19 maps you need

If you live in Delaware County Pennsylvania, here’s your Delco COVID-19 map.

If you live anywhere else, here’s your world COVID-19 map.

This may be my shortest blog post ever.

Coronavirus Health

Milwaukee sites Black males lead COVID-19 deaths

It seemed like just a few weeks ago and there were rumors, posts, and Tweets alleging how Black folks may be immune to the coronavirus. What was actually occurring was the lack of news media presenting the Black victims to viewers.

When Idris Elba announced he had COVID-19, the tables turned. Some of the most notable Blacks to announce publicly their positive test result are 11-NBA players. The myth is now destroyed; Black people can, will, and have contracted COVID-19.

As the virus works its way across the country, we can expect low income communities, particularly Black ones, to be hit hard. We have the highest rate of chronic illnesses thanks in part to existing where polluters roam freely. Many children have consumed high levels of lead but have never been diagnosed as such. You are hard pressed to not find a young person who doesn’t have asthma. Infant mortality is high and life expectancy is low. Coronavirus seems to thrive in environments like this.
The City Health Commissioner of Milwaukee, Wisconsin,  Jeanette Kowalik announced on Monday…

…many of the new COVID-19 cases they were seeing for the coronavirus were in middle-aged African American men.
The first three Milwaukee patients reported to have died after contracting coronavirus were all African American men between the ages of 50 and 70.
All of the patients had underlying conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart problems.

Milwaukee also suffers from high infant mortality, and childhood lead poisoning which makes their population of Blacks so vulnerable.

Sound familiar, Chester?

Coronavirus Education

Teacher creates bedtimes stories to calm kids during stressful coronavirus

Voncile Campbell is a math teacher at Bow Elementary-Middle School in Detroit, and since the school shut down she’s created a new role for herself as a bedtime storyteller.
She says…

“I thought about how we have a low return of homework and students who say that there’s nobody reading to them at home,” she said. “And I really just wanted to do something to connect with my students by reading to them at night because I wanted to show them that I personally am still thinking about them.”

Read more HERE

Community News Coronavirus Health Opinion

Chester gets 2 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

Chester had a couple COVID-19 cases last week but they turned out the be bogus for some unexplained reason (or at least none I came across). Now, we have two new cases I don’t think are related to the last two cases. I’d love to research that more, but this is all the available information out there I know of.

The Delaware County COVID-19 map is on fire. On Tuesday when the county was at 84 cases, I asked if we’d get to 168 cases by Friday. Today is Thursday and we’re at 159. What do you think?

No signs of flattening the Delco curve, yet.


Business Coronavirus Opinion

What is an Essential Employee now that coronavirus is shutting everything down?

A couple people I know are asking what is an essential employee and who makes that determination?

During this coronavirus period, we are hearing the term essential apply to employees, industries, and job functions. They all have their own definition and no matter how they’re defined, it’s as ambiguous as the people who come up with what’s essential or not when they’re left to make that decision.

Community News Coronavirus

Who’s going to stop these funerals in Chester during coronavirus?

Black folks love a funeral. That’s not to say we welcome death or even desire to attend a funeral, but let there be a funeral of someone we may know just a little bit, there’s a chance it will draw a crowd around here. We even have a group of professional mourners who show up at every funeral and think nothing of being there for a complete stranger while staying all the way to the repast. 

I’m sure if I did a little research I’d find how our ancestors have done it big when it comes to sending off our loved ones in ceremonious style. It’s in our DNA to stage a funeral with as much of the best stuff we can afford like costly caskets, limonene processions, professionally designed programs printed on costly stock, flowers, rugs, video tributes, full choir ensembles, Stellar Award worthy soloists, fiery eulogists, and long readings of Hallmark cards and proclamations. If they’re affiliated with fraternities, sororities, or Masonic like organizations, expect a preamble to the regular service. 

Business Coronavirus

Atlanta entrepreneur creates fashion masks for coronavirus

Due to shortages of masks, my daughter has stepped up to create homemade masks for health care workers and regular everyday people trying to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus.

She specializes in creating fashions for women and has done work for celebrities, gospel music divas, reality TV stars, and R&B songstresses. She’s the go-to gal for Carnival costumes and prom dresses. She’s also won the top award for costume creation for high school plays in the entire state of Georgia.

Yesterday, we were having a FaceTime moment and she was wearing one of her latest creations – The Mask.

Never to be outdone, she has a line up of men and women’s masks that are high fashion.

They are built real filter material, washable, and very fashionable.
She cobbled together other family members to help in the production and can knock out about 25 mask a day if they can all get along all day (inside joke).

There’s already a demand for these masks at $19.95. If you want one, get in line. They are still trying to catch up to fill pre-orders.
Don’t you just love creative people?

The link to learn more and make an order:

Community News Coronavirus

The poor gets the short end of coronavirus relief bill

The U.S. government will be sending money to a lot of Americans in the next few weeks.

Those payments are expected to be $1,200 for individuals, or $2,400 for those who are married and file income taxes jointly. It also includes $500 per child.

What you received is based on your adjusted gross income in your latest tax returns. If you earn more than $75,000 as an individual, $112,500 as the head of household or $150,000 if you are married and filing jointly, the amount of those checks starts to get reduced.

Coronavirus Opinion

‘Black News Channel’ doing better with coronavirus coverage

Since I started subscribing to the new Black New Channel, I was curious where the rest of you get your news. I’m glad I procrastinated on doing this post because news watching has gone to a whole other level since the coronavirus landed.

I thought I’d do a piece on the new Black News Channel and see if I’m the only person watching. I figure I probably am the only one watching. I’ll get to my thoughts on the channel later.
According to Axios, a new survey from TV analysis company Magid finds 51% are increasing their consumption of news amid the coronavirus outbreak, with 49% checking on the news multiple times a day. Is that you?

Business Community News Coronavirus Politics

Laid off City workers applying for unemployment should be fully compensated

As the folks in Washington D.C. continue to squabble over the final details of the stimulus package, it appears they’re going to boost unemployment compensation to make everyone earning under $60,000 whole.
It goes something like this…

The deal also includes a massive expansion of unemployment insurance. Schumer called the agreement “unemployment compensation on steroids,” and said the maximum unemployment benefit will be increased by $600 per week to ensure “that laid-off workers, on average, will receive their full pay for four months.”

Expect to see a lot of people across all industries laid off real soon.
I imagine the unemployment office (PA CareerLink) is closed so all applications for unemployment will either have to be done by phone or online. If you’ve ever tried to reach them by phone during normal times, it’s a challenge. I hope the online experience is ready for a lot of traffic.