Marshalltown’s Lennox shuts down for cleaning after report of COVID-19
Marshalltown Times-Republican: The Lennox plant in Marshalltown halted production Thursday after learning an employee tested positive for COVID-19, according to Lennox employees. The plant is on an emergency shutdown of all shifts with hopes of resuming production on Sunday. Several Lennox employees said they were sent home around 12:30 p.m. after being told an employee had tested positive for COVID-19.
House vote on $2 trillion in relief faces delay
New York Times: Representative Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said today in a series of tweets that he would insist on a recorded vote on the $2 trillion stimulus package, delaying its passage. Earlier today, President Donald Trump attacked Massie for threatening to hold up passage of the stimulus package, which had been scheduled for a House vote at noon EDT. Calling Massie, a member of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus, a “third rate Grandstander,” Trump defended the economic stabilization bill passed unanimously in the Senate on Wednesday, and said Massie should be booted from the Republican Party. Leaders had hoped to pass the bill without a recorded vote, so that lawmakers would not be required to return to Washington.
Condom shortage looms after coronavirus lockdown shuts world’s top producer
Reuters: A global shortage of condoms is looming, the world’s biggest producer said, after a coronavirus lockdown forced it to shut down production. Malaysia’s Karex Bhd. makes one in every five condoms globally. It has not produced a single condom from its three Malaysian factories in the past 10 days due to a lockdown imposed by the government to halt the spread of the virus. “We are going to see a global shortage of condoms everywhere, which is going to be scary,” Karex Chief Executive Goh Miah Kiat said.
– Wall Street drops after three-day surge as virus threat intensifies (Reuters)