COVID-19 News and Long Island Resources: June 1-5

hollanderr | June 3, 2020

WLIW21 and PBS offer regular, in-depth reporting on the coronavirus COVID-19 that addresses the disease, emergency response measures, thee economic impact and the behaviors and safety precautions that are best for your health. Here is the latest from medical professionals and experts, politicians and officials, and journalists who cover coronavirus news. This page will be updated as reporting continues.

Recent COVID-19 News and Numbers

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WLIW21 offers coronavirus coverage updates via email or mobile. Sign up for email alerts here, or text INFORMATION to 30644 for mobile notifications.

MetroFocus Interviews

(l to r): Hosts Rafael Pi Roman, Jenna Flanagan and Jack Ford.

MetroFocus is on weeknights at 5, 7 and 11pm on broadcast and livestream; listen weeknights on 88.3 WPPB at 11pm.

Tonight, June 3: COVID Vaccines & Treatments: Separating Fact from Fiction

A vaccine could be ready by Fall pending FDA approval. Will it be safe and effective? Will it be made readily available to everyone? And who’ll decide who gets priority access? And will there be treatments for everyone else? While there are currently no approved therapies, there is plenty of controversy and misinformation surrounding drug therapies and treatment. Tonight, former FDA official Peter Pitts, named one of the 300 “most powerful people in American healthcare” by Modern Healthcare Magazine, weighs in on our safety as the city readies to reopen for business.

June 1: The Reopening of NYC

As Mayor de Blasio announces that the protests will not affect the city’s June 8 target to reopen, we examine what the reopening will look like. Will there be consequences amid the rise of demonstrations? And as officials look to control hot spots and prepare hospitals for new cases of coronavirus in New York City, how will the governor and the mayor lead the city from lockdown to lift-up? Guest: Ben Max, Executive Editor of the Gotham Gazette.

Amanpour and Company

(l to r): Walter Isaacson, Michel Martin, Christiane Amanpour, Hari Sreenivasan.

Amanpour and Company is on Monday – Saturday at 12am; repeats at 5am and 3pm. Watch broadcast or livestream.

PBS NewsHour Reports

PBS NewsHour is on weeknights at 6pm and weekends at 6:30pm on broadcast and livestream. Listen to half-hour broadcasts on 88.3 WPPB weeknights at 6pm. See PBS NewsHour Essential Coronavirus FAQ.

June 1: Health Officials Fear Protests Will Spread Virus

U.S. health officials voiced fears that mass protests could fuel new COVID-19 infections. The warning came as deaths nationwide neared 105,000, including some 26,000 nursing home residents. Also, the artist Christo, known for his massive public art displays, has died in New York. He was 84 years old.

GZERO World with Ian Bremmer

Ian Bremmer, host of GZERO WORLD with Ian Bremmer. Photo: Richard Jopson.

Ian Bremmer. Photo: Richard Jopson.

Ian Bremmer, a renowned political scientist, entrepreneur and bestselling author, shares his perspective on recent global events and interviews the world leaders, experts and newsmakers. Watch Sundays at 10:30am or stream now.

May 31: Open Tables: COVID-19 Cripples the Restaurant Industry

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating economic impact globally, few industries have been as hard hit as restaurants and hospitality. In the U.S. alone, losses north of $225 billion are projected over the next three months. On the show today, Danny Meyer, who’s opened some of the most successful restaurants in New York City, and also founded Shake Shack, assesses the damage.

Firing Line with Margaret Hoover

Firing Line airs Saturdays at 7:30pm and streams live.

Hotlines and Information

NY State Hotline: 888-364-3065
See New York State coranavirus updates here.

Covid19.NYC is an independent website offering public health information to New Yorkers, aimed at centralizing and aggregating info from a range of medical authorities. All information is sourced from WHO, CDC, NYS Department of Health and NYC Department of Health websites and guidelines.

Nassau County

Text COVID19NC to 888777 to get updates on Coronavirus in Nassau County on your mobile device.

Nassau County Coronavirus Hotline: 516-227-9570

Nassau County COVID-19 information and resources. The site updates its data on cases, deaths, hospitalizations, number of ventilator patients and discharges daily at 5pm.

Suffolk County

Text COVIDSUFFOLK to 67283 to get updates on Coronavirus in Suffolk County on your cell phone.

Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions about travel and symptoms.

Suffolk County COVID-19 information and resources, including daily reports of deaths, cases, and cases by county.

Remote Learning Resources from WNET Education

Programs for remote learning air on THIRTEEN, WLIW21, WLIW WORLD and NJTV to better serve families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Let’s Learn NYC!, for children in grades 3K through second grade, offers lessons to supplement remote learning episodes. Weekdays at 11am on THIRTEEN through the end of the school year. See program details and schedule information. You can also livestream episodes at
  • WORLD at Home Learning for grades 6-12 airs Monday-Friday from 12 noon – 5 p.m. See program details and schedule information for science, history and English language arts programming.
  • WLIW21 at Home Learning for K-12 airs Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. -4 p.m., and focuses on all major school subjects, drawing from WNET’s vast archive of PBS and locally produced content. See schedule.
  • NJTV Learning Live airs weekdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., featuring on-air classes taught by some of New Jersey’s finest public school teachers. NJTV’s on-air classroom lessons are livestreamed and archived on

Help keep students learning at home with tools for parents and educators on WNET’s Education site. All resources are free and standards-aligned.