WLIW21 and PBS offer regular, in-depth reporting on the coronavirus pandemic as an emergency health issue, and its repercussions on employment, social services, the economy and politics. Here is the latest from infectious disease doctors and medical professionals, government officials, and journalists who cover news about COVID-19 and its impacts. This page will be updated as reporting continues.
Recent COVID-19 News and Numbers
In terms of COVID-19 deaths tracked by Johns Hopkins University, Nassau and Suffolk County are among the top 20 deadliest counties in the U.S.
On November 11, Governor Cuomo announced new COVID-19 restrictions in New York State, to go into effect on Friday, November 13. Indoor and outdoor gatherings at private homes will be limited to 10 people and bars, restaurants, and gyms must close at 10 p.m. (restaurants can serve take-out food after 10 p.m.)
News on Monday, November 9 was dominated by Pfizer and Biontech’s joint announcement that their COVID-19 vaccine trial was 90% effective. The next step in November is to file for approval by the Food and Drug Administration to use the vaccine in the U.S. Also, President-elect Joe Biden announced his COVID-19 task force and plan.
Fall and winter bring both colder weather that ends gatherings that felt safe outdoors and an increase in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. From Diwali to Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, November and December are normally a time of group celebrations with family and friends – and travel to see loved ones at holidays. Now is the time to be increasingly vigilant about COVID-19 health precautions and safe behaviors.
New York State Travel Advisory
New York State has new quarantine rules for out-of-state travel: residents from most other states must obtain a test within three days of departure from their state, and upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days. On the fourth day, out-of-state travelers should get another COVID-19 test. Once negative, they can move freely in New York State. For more details on out-of-state travel, see the New York State Health Department site.
Micro-Cluster Hot Spots
The places and activities regulated are non-essential gatherings, houses of worship, businesses, dining, and schools. See the New York State site for details on how cluster zones are identified and implemented.
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PBS NewsHour Reports
November 13: Co-Chair of Biden’s COVID Task Force on Fighting Pandemic
This week, President-elect Biden announced a COVID-19 task force to prepare specific plans for the months ahead — and assess what can be done differently as coronavirus rages across the country. Dr. Vivek Murthy, a former U.S. surgeon general, is a co-chair of the group, and he joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the current surge, encouraging vaccine data and how Americans can keep coping.
November 13: In El Paso, Hospitals Rush to Accommodate COVID-19 Surge
The coronavirus set all kinds of records in the United States this week — none of them good. More than 67,000 people are hospitalized, and the country has averaged close to 1,000 deaths per day for the past week. In Texas, which has recorded a million cases itself, hospitals are adding tents for extra bed capacity. Amna Nawaz talks to Dr. Joel Hendryx of the University Medical Center in El Paso.
November 12: Even with Vaccine, COVID-19 Will Last for Years, Expert Says
While Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health and other health experts are hopeful vaccines will make a real difference in managing COVID-19, some of the pandemic’s challenges are likely to persist for a long time. Dr. Nicholas Christakis, a physician and sociologist at Yale University, has written a book about what the virus means for our lives.
November 12: How These Americans are Affected Daily by the COVID-19 Surge
The U.S. has hit another record for new daily cases of COVID-19, with more than 144,000 reported on Wednesday. Hospitalizations have topped 65,000 for the first time, and 22 states are reporting more hospitalizations than at any time since the pandemic began. With health care workers exhausted and no end in sight, we hear from Americans directly affected by the worsening coronavirus surge.
November 10: Why ACA is Back Before the Supreme Court, Amid a Pandemic
Health care policy was a major topic during the presidential campaign, and President Trump’s administration has long sought to invalidate the Affordable Care Act. But Obamacare, as it is popularly known, is now deeply woven into American health. With health insurance for tens of millions in the balance, the legislation was back before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.
November 9: The Science Behind Potential COVID-19 Vaccines
As drug companies around the world rush to develop candidates for coronavirus vaccines, Pfizer announced encouraging early data from its own trials Monday. What do the preliminary results show, and even if they are borne out, what challenges remain with regard to production and distribution of the vaccine?
November 9: Doctors Fear COVID-19 is Keeping Kids from Normal Vaccinations
Health experts in the U.S. are worried too many children are not receiving the standard childhood vaccinations they need. In the beginning of the pandemic, doctors’ offices told people to stay away in order to control the spread of the virus. Now, it’s possible parents listened too well, as standard vaccinations inch upward but remain below target levels.
November 9: Pfizer’s CEO on Preliminary COVID-19 Vaccine Data
The drug company Pfizer announced Monday that early data indicates its COVID-19 vaccine could be highly effective. Their candidate is only one of a number in development, and it’s quite possible the world will ultimately need several vaccines made by different companies to bring the pandemic to an end. Pfizer CEO Dr. Albert Bourla joins William Brangham to discuss what comes next.
Amanpour and Company
November 12: Biden COVID Advisor: The Pandemic is Like a Forest Fire
Records numbers of COVID-19 patients are entering hospitals across the country for the second day in a row. Epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, an expert in infectious disease and public health, has been named to President-elect Biden’s COVID-19 task force. He speaks with Walter Isaacson about building community trust in vaccines.
November 10: Medical Expert Discusses Pfizer Vaccine
After a month-long spike, there are now over 10 million coronavirus cases in the U.S. and over 50 million globally. Despite these statistics, news of a promising vaccine is being greeted with cautious optimism. Christiane discusses the latest with Hugh Montgomery, chair of the National Emergency COVID Critical Care Committee.
November 9: U.S. Rep Pramila Jayapal Reacts to the Election
Early data shows that a COVID-19 vaccine developed by pharmaceutical company Pfizer is more than 90% effective. Although still in trials, Pfizer believes as many as 50 million doses could be made available this year. Rep. Pramila Jayapal just won her third term in Congress, and healthcare was one of the main focuses of her platform. She joins Christiane to discuss this and react to the election.
NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi
NJ Spotlight News provides daily reporting on the coronavirus in New Jersey, as well as newsletters.
November 12: Some Colleges and Universities Switch to All Remote Learning
With cases rising throughout New Jersey, and many college campuses seeing COVID-19 spikes, schools like Seton Hall University are going fully remote in an effort to protect students.
November 12: Newark Enacts 9 p.m. Curfew to Stop Rapid COVID-19 Spread
A 9 p.m. curfew to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Newark takes effect Thursday in the city’s north and east sections, including the Ironbound. A new executive order from Gov. Phil Murphy gives all local governments the power to regulate non-essential business operating hours after 8 p.m.
November 11: Fort Dix COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise
Lawmakers are calling on the federal Bureau of Prisons to stop inmate transfers until a better testing strategy is in place and there are no longer active cases.
November 10: How NJ Schools Are Dealing with COVID-19 Outbreaks
It’s been two months since the start of school and many districts have already experienced closures due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Adjusting to remote learning for two-week periods has proven to be a relatively smooth transition, according to some superintendents. But the rise in cases statewide has prompted the governor to prioritize distribution of PPE to high-need students and districts.
November 9: Gov. Murphy Sets New Restrictions on NJ Bars, Restaurants
Gov. Murphy set new restrictions including 10PM closing times on indoor service at NJ bars and restaurants, in an effort to stop the rising tide of Covid-19 cases in NJ. Murphy also banned sitting at the bar. More new restrictions will cancel indoor youth sport tournaments with out-of-state teams.
GZERO WORLD with Ian Bremmer
Ian Bremmer shares his perspective on recent global events and interviews the world leaders, experts and newsmakers. Watch Saturdays at 6 p.m. or stream now.
November 7: COVID-19 and The Dark Winter to Come
Election Day is over but the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. This week, public health expert Dr. Ashish Jha on the rough winter months ahead. And then to Brazil, where an indigenous nurse in the Amazon is doing everything she can to protect her community from the pandemic, against very high odds.
Hotlines and Information
COVID Alert NY is a voluntary, anonymous, exposure-notification smartphone app. You will get an alert if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Learn more about how it works and download it to your mobile phone.
Text COVID19NC to 888777 to get updates on Coronavirus in Nassau County on your mobile device.
Nassau County Coronavirus Hotline: 516-227-9570
Hear from state legislators from Nassau County on November 19, 10-11 a.m. in the free webinar: Suffolk County Virtual State Legislative Forum, organized by City & State New York.
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.
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.
Hear from state legislators from Suffolk County on November 12, 10-11 a.m. in the free webinar: Suffolk County Virtual State Legislative Forum, organized by City & State New York.
Suffolk County COVID-19 information and resources, including daily reports of deaths, cases, and cases by county.
Remote Learning Resources from WNET Education
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