COVID-19 News and Long Island Resources: June 29-July 3

Rachel Hollander | July 2, 2020

WLIW21 and PBS offer regular, in-depth reporting on the coronavirus COVID-19 that addresses the disease, emergency response measures, the economic impact and the 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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MetroFocus Interviews

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

MetroFocus is on weeknights at 5, 7 and 11 p.m. on broadcast and livestream; listen weeknights on 88.3 WLIW-FM at 11 pm.

July 1: As States Reopen and New Cases Soar

Dr. Erin Bromage joins MetroFocus for an eye-opening discussion. His blog about reducing personal risk for contracting COVID-19 has gone viral with more than 18 million views to date. As NYC and other cities across the country reopen, his concern turns to those who show no symptoms. He says, “The 20- to 40-year-olds appear to be spreading the infection unperceived. They are just as easily infected as the elderly, but much more likely to show no or mild symptoms. People in these age groups are the ones who have allowed the virus to smolder through our communities and erupt into flames when they make contact with a susceptible population.”

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.

July 2: How the Pandemic is Reshaping American Manufacturing

Long before the coronavirus pandemic, manufacturing in the U.S. was transformed — and with it, daily life. Now COVID-19 is delivering a new blow to the industry. But some companies are pivoting to create the personal protective equipment that the U.S. had previously outsourced overseas. Paul Solman reports on how a family textile business nearly 200 years old is adapting to this latest challenge.

July 1: What Health Experts Think About Having Kids in the Classroom

Millions of children and parents are desperate to know what the fall might look like in terms of school. Recently, a group of public health and pediatrics experts made the case that kids need to be in the classroom and not at home. William Brangham reports and talks to Sean O’Leary of the American Academy of Pediatrics about strategies for mitigating the risk of coronavirus spread in schools.

June 30: In States with Virus Surge, Reopening Plans Put on Hold

The U.S. is now averaging roughly 40,000 new confirmed infections of COVID-19 each day. The caseload has more than doubled this month in at least 10 states, mostly in the South and the West. As some states put their reopening plans on hold, the nation’s top health experts are sounding new warnings about the recent surge — and how it could grow even more severe.

June 29: Frieden on Alarming Spread of Coronavirus in 30 States

The United States is struggling to hold back the coronavirus. More than 30 states are reporting a rise in infections, and several are now reconsidering their plans to loosen restrictions and reopen economic activities. William Brangham talks to Dr. Tom Frieden, who previously led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and now heads a global health initiative called Resolve to Save Lives.

June 27: Why the Race for a COVID Vaccine is Complicated

Pharmaceutical companies and governments around the world are chasing a coronavirus vaccine, fast tracking the usually years-long vaccine development procedure to a few months. ProPublica reporter Caroline Chen joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the ambitious timeline and the unpredictability of the clinical trials.

June 26: What Happens if ACA is Struck Down During the Pandemic?

The fate of the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, is on the line again. The Trump administration has filed a brief with the Supreme Court arguing the law, through which 23 million Americans get health insurance, is unconstitutional. Judy Woodruff talks to Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about the law’s sweeping reach.


July 3: Dr. Lifshitz on COVID-19

On this week’s Chat Box, NJTV News Correspondent Michael Hill talks with New Jersey Department of Health’s Dr. Edward Lifshitz to discuss travel advisories, social distancing, vaccines and the latest in the battle against COVID-19

June 30: Restaurants Slam Postponed Reopening of Indoor Dining

Governor Phil Murphy says he postponed a reset on indoor dining after seeing too many videos showing crowded venues, mostly at big shore bars like Donovan’s Reef, with no social distancing and few, if any, visible masks. But Jersey diners and restaurants forced to subsist on meager incomes from just outdoor dining and take-out business felt wrongly targeted.

June 26: NJ Businesses Ask Governor on Guidance on Employee COVID Tests

For now, testing is free at more than 250 sites around the state. But for how long, and what about workers? The state provided initial testing for staff at health care facilities like nursing homes — where the virus spread rapidly with lethal consequences. But who will pick up the ongoing tab?

Amanpour and Company

Amanpour and Company

Left to right: 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.

June 25: Former US Chief Data Scientist: COVID Isn’t Going Away Soon

DJ Patil has written a report on necessary preparations for this next wave of COVID-19. Patil was America’s first Chief Data Scientist under President Obama. Currently head of technology for a healthcare company, he is taking unpaid leave to help California fight the pandemic. He tells Hari Sreenivasan how data science can help the U.S. mitigate the pandemic.

Firing Line with Margaret Hoover

Firing Line is broadcast Fridays at 8:30pm and streams live.

July 3: Sean Penn

Actor Sean Penn discusses his efforts to expand coronavirus testing access through his non-profit, CORE. The organization initially offered free drive-through tests in Penn’s hometown, Los Angeles, and is now in a dozen cities. Penn urges people to come together in this moment of crisis rather than focus on partisan politics.

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.

June 28: Data Privacy Before and After a Pandemic

Protecting data privacy was a growing concern among experts before anyone ever heard of Covid-19. The pandemic’s arrival has only made that conversation more urgent. Marietje Schaake, Stanford University, joins the program.

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. Stream episodes here.
  • 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 lessons are taught by some of New Jersey’s finest public school teachers. They are 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.