Arizona urges Thanksgiving precautions against virus spread

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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Saturday reported 3,628 additional COVID-19 cases and 30 more deaths amid increasing hospitalizations as health officials urged residents to take precautions during Thanksgiving gatherings to prevent infections.

The Department of Health Services recommended holding Thanksgiving celebrations outside along with masks, social distancing and staying home if sick.


“Don’t let down your guard, even around close friends and relatives who aren’t members of your household,” the department said on Twitter.

Arizona has been experiencing a rise in cases, hospitalizations and deaths since late September and early October. Officials have cited business and school reopenings and public weariness with COVID-19 precautions.



With the additional cases and deaths reported Saturday, the state’s totals rose to 295,334 cases and 6,457 deaths, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard.

Hospitalizations reached 1,916 as of Friday, with 435 of those patients in intensive care beds, for a total of 24,181 over the outbreak.

The number of reported infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.


For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

In other developments:


— The Navajo Nation, which stretches across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, reported 168 new coronavirus cases and three new virus-related deaths on Saturday. The huge reservation has had a total of 14,612 cases and 626 deaths.

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Workhuman Introduces a Charter of Workplace Rights; Urges Organizations to Advance Toward More Just, Inclusive, and Innovative Human Workplaces

Baystate Health, Cisco, and Schneider Electric announced as first Workhuman Certified Enterprises, sparking movement that is open to all progressive organizations and professionals committed to making work more human

Workhuman®, the world’s fastest-growing Social Recognition and Continuous Performance Management platform, today unveiled the Workhuman Charter of Workplace Rights and accompanying Workhuman® Certified program during the Workhuman Live Online broadcast. This new program provides a clear path of action for progressive companies and leaders who are pioneering effective ways to create more human workplaces, and Baystate Health, Cisco, and Schneider Electric are among the first Enterprises to be recognized for their commitment.

“We are in unprecedented times. The work environment has changed significantly, and today’s employees are demanding more. In fact, 88 percent would prefer to work for a company that has a clear policy on employee rights,” said Eric Mosley, Workhuman co-founder and CEO. “This is a wake-up call and a call-to-action for both organizations and professionals; an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and be celebrated as a positive disruptor. While today’s leaders and employees want to be forward thinking and are eager to help drive change, knowing where to start often plagues progress. Workhuman Certified gives HR leaders and practitioners a distinct next step.”

New data from Workhuman shows that employees are passionate about these issues. In fact, employees said being paid fairly is most important when it comes to being satisfied and happy at work, but a third (33.3%) of workers don’t feel they’re being paid fairly enough. While fair pay is an issue that organizations will need to overcome, employees are also fighting for the right to work-life harmony. According to the survey, less than 50% of remote employees say they feel a better balance between work life and personal life than when they were in the office.

Baystate Health, Cisco, and Schneider Electric are the First Enterprises to be Recognized

At today’s Workhuman Live Online event, thousands of HR leaders and professionals heard how Workhuman Certified Enterprises Baystate Health, Cisco, and Schneider Electric approach certain Workplace Rights:

Francine Katsoudas, EVP and Chief People Officer at Cisco, discussed pay equity: “We’ve been incredibly focused on pay parity for the last five years. What that means for us is that we really focus on ensuring that every employee, regardless of where they are in the world, is paid fairly. We look at their role. We look at location. We look at the amount of experience and ensure that no one has fallen behind. And I will tell you that as quickly as pay is changing, it requires a tremendous amount of work to really stay on top of that. And one of the things that we’ll always balance, as a company, is how do you pay for performance and ensure that no one is falling behind as well.”

Tina Kao Mylon, SVP of Talent and Diversity at Schneider Electric, discussed sustainability: “Our purpose is to empower all to make the most

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