Jawonio in New City is fighting thousands of dollars in fines by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for reported COVID violations. OSHA says Jawonio failed to implement a written respiratory protection program after an inspection in April. Jawonio’s Chief Communications Officer Diana Hess says they’ve asked OSHA for a meeting and hope to review the citations next week…
The fines thus far for Jawonio total $13,494. Since the pandemic began, OSHA has cited 112 establishments across the country for COVID violations totaling more than $1.6 million dollars in proposed penalties.
In other COVID-19 news, A Valley Cottage company got part of a nearly $5 million grant from the state to produce COVID-related equipment. The governor’s office says Altor Safety got $800,000 to produce and distribute FDA-approved, 3-ply disposable face masks. At full production, they’ll be making three million units each month.
COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we’ve got two in the hospital being examined, another 19 have been confirmed with coronavirus, and a total of 1,008 active cases. The state says since the crisis began, we’ve had a total of 17,581 reported cases, 57 more than Friday. The total number of deaths since the pandemic began remains at 683.