Hobby Lobby to Close All Stores, Furlough Employees With No Pay After Claiming To Be ‘Essential Business’

Hobby Lobby had attempted to remain open by labeling itself as an essential business, and therefore not under the prohibitions of the stay-at-home orders. Stores in Texas, Colorado, Ohio and Michigan were reopened despite the mandates.

“Hobby Lobby properly closed its stores during Ohio’s stay-home order,” tweeted Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost on Wednesday. “Now they’re open again — what’s changed? Neither the order, nor the seriousness of the health threat, for sure. I sent a cease & desist letter to their general counsel.”

Dave Yost

@Yost4Ohio

Hobby Lobby properly closed its stores during Ohio’s stay-home order.

Now they’re open again — what’s changed? Neither the order, nor the seriousness of the health threat, for sure.

I sent a cease & desist letter to their general counsel. https://images.app.goo.gl/qJmT2PL7nmehyPzQ6 

“We encourage furloughed employees to file their claims with their State’s unemployment commissions as soon as possible,” read a statement by Hobby Lobby on Friday.

Source: Hobby Lobby to Close All Stores, Furlough Employees With No Pay After Claiming To Be ‘Essential Business’

Pittsburgh closes playgrounds, could close parks if social distancing wanes | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh officials have not ruled out closing city parks if residents fail to heed social distancing guidelines as they did last weekend.

The city has already closed all playgrounds effective Friday, and basketball courts and the Mt. Washington overlooks have been closed since early this week.

Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said residents have, for the most part, done well at keeping their distance from one another.

“But last weekend was an exception within our city parks and public places,” Hissrich said Friday at an outdoor news conference on the North Shore. “They were packed, and there was no social distancing.”

He said now is a crucial time in the pandemic, and “we have to remain vigilant.”

Source: Pittsburgh closes playgrounds, could close parks if social distancing wanes | TribLIVE.com

Another Giant Eagle Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

PITTSBURGH, PA – A third Giant Eagle employee in the Pittsburgh area has tested positive for coronavirus, the grocery chain announced.

A worker at the Giant Eagle on Old William Penn Highway in Murrysville tested positive on April 1. The worker’s last day in the store was March 27. The store has been sanitized and remains open.

The other stores where an employee tested positive were on McKnight Road in McCandless and at Settler’s Ridge in Robinson. Those stores also were sanitized and remain open.

Source: Another Giant Eagle Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

Who’s Hiring: List Of Companies Currently Seeking Employees In Pennsylvania – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Thousands and thousands of Pennsylvanians are newly out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are some places that are still hiring, mainly in essential services such as grocery stores and supply delivery.

We’ve been compiling a list of the places seeking applicants, and will continue to update the list as more places announce they’re hiring.

NOTE: If you have a business in Pennsylvania and you’re currently seeking employees, click here to fill out our form and we’ll work to add you to the list.

NOW HIRING:

  • Cedar Creek Design: We’re in immediate need of an experienced hardscape/landscape construction crew leader. Minimum 3-5 years experienced preferred in a similar leadership position. Crew leader should be knowledgeable in all aspects of residential hardscape and landscape construction, leading a crew of 3-4 people, working within a deadline, etc. Valid PA drivers license required – CDL Class A is a plus but otherwise will train. This is a temporary position that could lead to a permanent one. Pay will be based on experience.
  • Citizen Care, Inc.: We are hiring for Direct Support Professionals to work in our Residential Group Homes (intellectual and developmental disabilities). Full Time opportunities are available on days, evenings and overnights. Additional professional and management opportunities are also available. Learn more and apply at PFQ.org/Careers.
  • Civil and Environmental Consultants Inc.: Numerous positions for Pittsburgh [Robsinon Twp] office.
  • Delta T Group: Residential aide to work with adults that have intellectual, developmental disabilities and or mental health diagnoses in a residential/group home setting.
  • FedEx Ground: FedEx Ground is an essential business that needs people to help us support the economy, handling life-saving medications and other items that keep our communities as prepared as possible during these uncertain times. FedEx Ground is hiring part-time and full-time individuals to load and unload packages in our fast-paced warehouse environment.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Plumbing, Heating & Cooling: Registered service plumber.
  • IPC Services, LLC: Harmony, PA – Environmental Service provider in need of dedicated and reliable field technicians / laborers are first line responders trained to provide countless services to various industries. These services can include emergency response, remediation and oil and gas services.
  • Magna Service Agency: We Pilot the water trucks and sand trucks on the lease roads for the oil and gas industry. No CDL required. These are all new 2019 standard trucks. Just need a clean driving record and 3 years of driving experience.
  • Milestone Centers, Inc.: We are hiring for Direct Support Professionals to work in our Residential Group Homes (intellectual / developmental disabilities and Community Residential Rehabilitation). Full Time opportunities are available on evenings and overnights. Additional professional and management opportunities are also available. Learn more and apply at milestonepa.org/careers.
  • Murray Avenue Kosher: Prep cook, dishwasher, deli counter and customer counter to help enforce social distancing. Email: aryehm21@yahoo.com
  • Sanel Inc: Parcel delivery positions.
  • Sierra Experts: A provider of Remote Systems Management, Remote Monitoring, Data Center Hosting, Telephony, and Application Development services is seeking an aggressive, career-focused individual to join our expanding team for the position of Server Operations – Tier II. This individual is responsible for the systems support as it pertains to the current client base of the company. This position must support active clients and work with future clients by developing a thorough understanding of their business needs as they relate to their Technology needs. This opportunity is ideal for individuals that excel at systems support with the goal of professional growth and broadening skillsets.
  • Summit Academy: Summit Academy is seeking individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of our young men through counseling, training, athletics and education!
  • The Academy Schools: If you feel that you have the character to make a difference and change the direction of a student’s life, we invite you to learn more about our unique career opportunities that we offer.
  • ZTRIP TAXI: zTrip is currently hiring candidates interested in an Independent Contractor position that would require on demand taxi driving services.

Source: Who’s Hiring: List Of Companies Currently Seeking Employees In Pennsylvania – CBS Pittsburgh

University of Wisconsin-Madison doctor, husband found dead

A University of Wisconsin-Madison doctor and her husband have been found dead in what cops are calling a targeted double homicide.

A jogger discovered the bodies of Dr. Beth Potter, 52, and Robin Carre, 57, in a ditch at the campus arboretum — a popular research and recreation area with more than 1,200 acres of forests and prairies — around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

Carre was pronounced dead at the scene, while Potter was transported to a local hospital, where she also died, according to police.

Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison doctor, husband found dead

US employers shed 701,000 jobs in March, unemployment jumped to 4.4%, as coronavirus ravages economy | Fox Business

In the final two weeks of the month, 10 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits, a stunning sign of the scope of the economic crash.

Source: US employers shed 701,000 jobs in March, unemployment jumped to 4.4%, as coronavirus ravages economy | Fox Business

Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Health Network Creating Thousands Of Test Kits – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Allegheny Health Network is creating thousands of test kits in preparation for a possible surge of coronavirus cases.

“The people you have on site today include nurses, include physicians, include other clinical people, include data analytics and project managers,” said Kelly Glass, the vice president of Strategy, Operations, and Shared Services at AGH.

It’s a critical time for Allegheny County.

With more and more people testing positive for coronavirus, additional testing is essential.

The assembling of the kits is happening inside the Highmark Health Penn Avenue Plaza.

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

“This is in response to a shortage of commercially available specimen collection kits,” said Glass.

“And so rather than waiting to see whether or not these vendors, through supply chain, can bring these items to us, we started to take items individually and putting them together,” said Dr. Brian Parker, chief quality & learning officer for AHN.

Doctors say it’s important for those experiencing symptoms, such as a fever or shortness of breath, to get tested.

The last thing they want is to waste test kits.

“Because right now, the big shortage in the country is the swabs that use to get the sample to send to the lab,” said Parker.

KDKA learned workers will be putting these kits together all next week, as well.

Source: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Health Network Creating Thousands Of Test Kits – CBS Pittsburgh

Group disinfects Lawrence Avenue in Ellwood City – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

ELLWOOD CITY — Business has declined at Alborn Tires, as it has for many businesses during the coronavirus crisis. So owner Justin Neupauer decided to put the slow time to good use this week.

On Tuesday, Neupauer, three of his employees and a group of about 20 volunteers worked to disinfect and clean up Lawrence Avenue and surrounding areas where there are businesses.

“I just wanted to do something positive for our town because it just such an amazing place,” he said.

The volunteers, keeping all the social distancing rules, spread out over Lawrence Avenue, picking up trash, spraying weeds, disinfecting parking meters, crosswalk buttons, benches and anything the public would touch. Using gloves and protective gear the volunteers disinfected the community plaza tables and the Seventh Street Park.

Source: Group disinfects Lawrence Avenue in Ellwood City – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA