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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Clay Bennett)

In other news, the United States has crossed 180,000 coronavirus deaths. Projections from earlier in the summer said we would hit that number by October, but it's not even September yet.

Meanwhile, a federal judge has temporarily blocked federal executions while the legal case against lethal injection drugs proceeds.

Finally, Bloomberg reports that employees at many large companies have been told to hide their coronavirus symptoms or positive test results.

Hundreds of U.S. employers across a wide range of industries have told workers not to share information about Covid-19 cases or even raise concerns about the virus, or have retaliated against workers for doing those things, according to workplace complaints filed with the NLRB and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Workers at, Cargill, McDonald’s, and Target say they were told to keep Covid cases quiet. The same sort of gagging has been alleged in OSHA complaints against Smithfield Foods, Urban Outfitters, and General Electric. In an email viewed by Bloomberg Businessweek, Delta Air Lines told its 25,000 flight attendants to “please refrain from notifying other crew members on your own” about any Covid symptoms or diagnoses. At Recreational Equipment Inc., an employee texted colleagues to say he’d tested positive and that “I was told not to tell anybody” and “to not post or say anything on social media.”

Some of these companies are straight up denying the report, but I'm skeptical. It may not be their official company policy, but it's probably happening at the local level with local managers doing the silencing.

Programming note... I'm signing off early today because I had a breakdown last night and I need a mental health break. Everything -- gestures wildly -- is just a bit much sometimes. I'm also having some work done in my apartment tomorrow so I may be offline. I don't know what's going to happen with that because property management is just straight up useless sometimes. If i don't make it on, have a good weekend.

  • katanahamon

    Well..great. Now the Rump appointee that heads election security issues has decided that in person briefings to Congress on security issues will be stopped. You know,’s not important. They’ll just send a memo from now on. Biden has slipped in polls after the RNC, gee, things are looking great. Rump is fomenting as much violence as possible, then telling the country that the violence is all coming from the left wing. Arkansas sheriff of twenty six years was terminated because a racist rant went viral..really appalling stuff. We are really in great shape now. Happy Sunday everybody!!

  • katanahamon

    Before having work done, read your lease and any community standards could face all kinds of things for doing work yourself including eviction, fines, restitution, legal hassles etc. Before I was a pro classical musician I worked in the corporate headquarters of a savings and loan, was facilities manager for forty branches. We would run into problems when the ladies at certain branches would pay for repairs or make modifications, then the actual owners of the buildings the non freestanding branches were in would freak out. Not to mention they incurred charges we had to pay that were the responsibility of the landlords. But like you probably, things like broken AC, clogged pipes etc become intolerable in the long run.

  • KanaW

    Take care of yourself, Jordan, we’ll all be here when you get back. *g* I’ll second muselet’s comment about not maiming the property management people, though!

  • Draxiar

    Just in case anyone doubted as to whether or not companies cared about their people that hush policy should clear up any questions.

    Was the “no liability” law passed? Y’know, that legislation that would prevent employees from suing their employers if they got Covid at work?

    I hope your time off finds you well on the other side, Ashby.

  • Aynwrong

    I’m guessing we hit 300,000 by December Hillary Clinton couldn’t have fucked up the response to the pandemic this bad if she tried. This took talent.

    The kind of mood we all need to be in on election day.

  • muselet

    • And Larry Kudlow has the brass to speak of Covid-19 in the past tense. Wanker.

    Justice Department lawyers asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn [District Judge Tanya] Chutkan’s ruling.

    Of course they did. This administration is bound and determined to kill prisoners, dammit, come what may, and I’m afraid there are five votes on the Supreme Court to let them.

    • If not reporting Covid-19 cases isn’t official policy at those and other companies, then it’s unofficial, wink-and-nod policy.

    • Sometimes the universe conspires against us. Take the break, try not to injure anyone from the property management company, and come back fresh when you feel better.

    • In case this is the end of the week, here’s some serious (!) Tim Minchin.

    Have a safe weekend, all.