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DoorDash will deliver food to NYC students who are dependent on school lunches

While most of us rely on DoorDash for a late-night snack, or when we’re just too lazy to leave the house for grub, the company has become a lifeline for underprivileged people in New York City.

With NYC schools closed, kids who are dependent on the free meals schools provide would have to do without if they can’t get to pre-determined “meal hub” locations. But in a new partnership with the NYC Department of Education, Door Dash will deliver meals to hundreds of “medically fragile” students.

The partnership will serve “students that have compromised immune systems or lack the mobility to access meals at meal hubs,” the company said.

According to a statement, DoorDash will take the meal hub school kitchen locations and recipient addresses, assigning students to schools in order to create the most efficient delivery routes, and each driver will complete anywhere between 10 and 20 drops between 11am and 1pm.

“Each drop consists of two meals: lunch for that day and breakfast for the next day. Additionally, dinner will be added in the near future. This approach helps drivers make deliveries as efficiently and safely as possible,” the company noted.

NYC Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza said, “During this difficult time, I’ve been so grateful to New Yorkers who are coming together to make sure our students are safe, healthy, and can continue to learn. Our partnership with DoorDash is a prime example of these efforts, bringing meals to our students who cannot leave their homes, and meeting a critical need during a crisis.”

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Amid COVID-19 employment downturn, LinkedIn ranks in-demand jobs

While millions are out of work because of lockdowns, shutdowns, and other results from the COVID-19 pandemic, LinkedIn is looking into hiring trends overseas to try to predict what could happen on our shores. The site has also posted a list of the most in-demand positions right now, along with a list of who’s hiring.

By looking at where the pandemic struck first, China, LinkedIn notes that the U.S. could expect to see a hiring downturn, “followed by a slow, but steady rebound as economies return to ‘business as usual.'”

With no further ado, here’s LinkedIn’s list of in-demand jobs, and who’s looking to get Americans back to work:

Store Associate
System Operator
Certified Public Accountant
Healthcare Specialist
Construction Worker
Warehouse Manager
Vehicle Mechanic
Academic Advisor
Delivery Driver

Companies with the most open jobs:

Army National Guard
HCA Healthcare
Whole Foods

LinkedIn also learned that certain companies are stepping up hiring to meet demand in these times, like as grocery chains and delivery services like Kroger, Walmart, Amazon, and CVS. They’ve all signaled they want to put hundreds of thousands of people to work right away.

For example:

CVS: Hiring 50,000 workers to meet exploding demand at its stores.
Pizza Hut: 30,000 permanent workers
Walmart: about 150,000 temporary workers by the end of May
Dollar Tree, which also owns Family Dollar, plans to hire 25,000 workers.
7-Eleven: 20,000 new store employees.
Amazon: 100,000 workers.
Domino’s: more than 10,000 workers.

As expected, the medical community is looking for as many health care providers as possible. New York City has even asked private and retired providers to help in hospitals. “More than 1,000 answered the call,” the website noted.

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“Smart” thermometer tech deployed to create fever maps in COVID-19 fight

St. Augustine, Florida, has a new weapon in the war against the COVID-19 pandemic: smart thermometers.

The city’s economy is dependent on visitors, from tourists to spring breakers, city manager John Regan tells ABC News, so when he started canceling events in the face of the health crisis, local business owners wanted to know why. At that time, his county had just 20 confirmed coronavirus cases.

“So we’re ruining businesses in this process to save lives,” he acknowledged, adding, “But how can you not default to the public health position?”

So Regan found a high-tech solution. Since a fever is usually one of tell-tale signs of the illness, he struck a deal with Kinsa, a Silicon Valley-based health technology firm. They sell Internet-connected personal thermometers that can create a crowd-sourced “fever map,” to track, in real-time, who is spiking a temperature and where.

The thermometers are matched with an app that not only lets users track trends in their own temperature, but the info then gets compiled — minus personal data — by the company to determine temperature trends.

ABC News reports Regan bought 600 thermometers from Kinsa to distribute throughout the city of 15,000.

Inder Singh, Kinsa’s founder and chief executive, tells ABC News that his company has more than one million thermometers in circulation; while most are sold on Amazon, the company has donated them to low-income schools.

Similarly, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital launched a website called for its own map. The University of California San Francisco also looked to another high-tech company, the fitness tracker Oura, to try to see if its data could also detect coronavirus trends.

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Tractor trailer spills hundreds of rolls of precious toilet paper on North Carolina highway

Toilet paper is worth its weight in gold lately, thanks to a run on the stuff by people afraid of running low while holed up in their houses during the COVID-19 pandemic — and now, North Carolina residents may have a real reason to worry.

WSOC-TV reported on Thursday that a tractor-trailer spilled hundreds of rolls of the precious supply all over Interstate 85 in Gaston County.

TV crews who arrived on the scene say they “could see could see the paper strewn across the roadway and along the side of the interstate,”

The TV station, which posted video of the scene on Twitter, reports there was no impact on traffic.

We’re sure the locals would be more than happy to help with cleanup.

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Clogged toilet? No problem, that’ll just cost $400,000

Houston, we have a problem!

Usually, the remedy for a clogged toilet involves a plunger, which typically costs less than $10, and a minute or two of plunging. That’s not exactly the case when it comes to two of the Navy’s newest aircraft carriers.

Bloomberg reported that a new congression audit revealed that their toilet system clogs so often that the ships’ sewage systems have to be cleared out with “specialized acids costing about $400,000 a flush.”

The hefty price tag on the plumbing issue makes you wonder exactly what kind of waste these sailors are getting rid of. According to Shelby Oakley, a director of the Government Accountability Office, the issue is with the structure of the system itself.

“The pipes are too narrow and when there are a bunch of sailors flushing the toilet at the same time, like in the morning, the suction doesn’t work,” she explained. “The Navy didn’t anticipate this problem.”

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Harrison Ford’s The Call of the Wild Out Today

One of the few positive effects of the coronavirus has been the early home video release of movies caught in the no man’s land of coming out in the weeks prior to pandemic’s disruption. One of those unlucky pictures was Harrison Ford’s The Call of the Wild. The film was released in theaters on February 21. The Call of the Wild is out today (March 27) in digital download format.