COVID-19 News and Long Island Resources: October 5-9

Rachel Hollander | October 9, 2020

An image from a PBS NewsHour segment on October 4, 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

Click for Hotlines and Information Sources for Nassau and Suffolk Counties

On September 30, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo shared that some ZIP codes in Suffolk (11717, 11746) and Nassau (11580) counties are among the 20 ZIP codes where the average COVID-19 infection rate is 5.5 percent.

Areas with high positivity rates now have access to rapid testing machines. If you live or work in one of the following ZIP codes, the State recommends you get a test:

Rockland County (10952, 10977), Brooklyn (11230, 11204, 11219, 11223, 11229, 11210, 11234), the Bronx (10465, 10462), Manhattan (10040), Queens (11374), Staten Island (10306, 10304), Suffolk County (11717, 11746) and Nassau County (11580).

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 11 p.m. on broadcast and livestream; listen weeknights on 88.3 WLIW-FM at 11 p.m.

October 7: New Jersey’s Financial Future in Focus

One-on-One with Steve Adubato host Steve Adubato examines the state of New Jersey’s financial future, as so many Americans across the nation struggle to recover from the impact the pandemic has had on their financial well-being.

October 6: COVID, The President and a 2nd Wave

President Trump’s revelation that he tested positive for COVID has upended the 2020 race and put the national spotlight on his health. What did his medical care indicate about the nature and severity of his illness? What does the fact that the President of the United States can contract this virus say about its virulence? Viral pandemic threats expert Dr. Dena Grayson answers your questions.

PBS NewsHour Reports

PBS NewsHour is on weeknights at 6 p.m. and weekends at 6:30 p.m. on broadcast and livestream. Listen to half-hour broadcasts on 88.3 WPPB weeknights at 6 p.m.

October 8: Why Fauci Says the Pandemic ‘Didn’t Have to Be This Bad’

Cases of COVID-19 are continuing to climb in many parts of the country — including in Washington, D.C., where President Trump’s infection and those of numerous White House insiders have been a source of serious concern recently. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest on the pandemic.

October 7: Where Trump, Democrats Stand on Additional Pandemic Relief

Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris are preparing for the campaign’s only vice presidential debate Wednesday. The face-off comes as the Trump White House has evolved into a COVID-19 hot spot — and as the president has reversed course on negotiations over additional pandemic aid legislation. Yamiche Alcindor reports and joins Lisa Desjardins and Judy Woodruff to discuss.

October 6: America’s Hunger Crisis Grows More Severe Amid Pandemic

President Trump’s decision Tuesday to break off talks on a coronavirus relief bill affects millions of Americans who are finding it difficult to afford their basic needs. Nearly half of the 22 million jobs lost during the pandemic have yet to be recovered. Hunger, food insecurity and need remain constants as a result. Stephanie Sy reports and talks to Michael Ledger, CEO of Feeding the Gulf Coast.

October 6: How to Combat a Dangerous “Infodemic” About COVID-19

The United States’ experience with the coronavirus pandemic has been marked by misinformation and disagreement. What do we know for sure about the risks of COVID-19 — and where incorrect information is originating? Former CDC director Tom Frieden of Resolve to Save Lives and Graham Brookie, director of the Atlantic Council’s digital forensic research lab, join Judy Woodruff to discuss.

October 5: How Are White House Staffers Reacting to Trump’s Diagnosis?

After three nights at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, President Trump is preparing to return to the White House. His release comes after several days of inconsistent updates from the medical team caring for him, as well as news that he was given a steroid treatment usually reserved for severe cases of COVID-19. What happens now? Yamiche Alcindor joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.

October 5: News Wrap: NYC Schools in Coronavirus Hot Spots to Close

In our news wrap Monday, some New York City schools will close Tuesday in areas where COVID-19 infections are on the rise. Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an order affecting 100 public and 200 private schools, citing a lack of testing data. Also, a single fire north of San Francisco has charred 1 million acres, making it the state’s largest ever. Some two dozen blazes are still burning.

Amanpour and Company

Left to right: Walter Isaacson, Michel Martin, Christiane Amanpour, Hari Sreenivasan

Amanpour and Company is on Monday – Saturday at 12 a.m.; repeats at 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. Watch broadcast or livestream.

October 8: Journalists Discuss COVID Chaos at the White House

Today President Trump said he would not take part in any virtual debate, then suggested doing it in-person a week later—something the Biden campaign has rejected. Meanwhile, the White House COVID hotspot gets hotter, with at least one military aide who carries the nuclear code briefcase now infected. Veteran journalists Susan Glasser and Peter Baker weigh in on this fraught situation.

October 7: The Mental Health Fall Out of COVID-19

Mental health issues have skyrocketed around the world, and the WHO says COVID has disrupted mental health services in over 90% of the world’s nations. The crisis is particularly urgent for young people who may be living in isolation and struggling with the stress of remote learning. Laurie Santos is a professor of psychology at Yale and host of hit podcast “The Happiness Lab.”

October 6: Devi Sridhar: It’s Too Soon to Tell if Trump’s in the Clear

President Trump, still sick with COVID-19, is back at work in the White House with a skeleton crew. The virus has now infected at least 11 members of the White House staff, and most observers are shocked by the president’s continuing disregard for coronavirus protocols. For a reality check on the virus and on governmental responses, Christiane speaks with public health expert Devi Sridhar.

October 5: National Security in the Wake of Trump’s Diagnosis

Reports on the state of President Trump’s health have been conflicting and confounding, with profound implications for national security. To discuss this and to talk substance on foreign policy, Christiane speaks with Elliott Abrams, the State Department’s Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela.

October 2: The Science Behind the Spread of COVID-19

When it comes to understanding how coronavirus spreads, most of us have heard about the R number – the average reproduction number of people infected by one other person. But Zeynep Tufekci says it’s more telling to look at a different letter: K. It’s the subject of her latest prescient article in The Atlantic, and she joins Christiane to explain.

NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi

See the NJTV News Coronavirus hub for coverage of the disease and its impact on New Jersey.

October 8: COVID-19 Survival Kits Help Former Inmates with Basic Needs

For those recently released from prison, securing food, shelter, medicine and addiction treatment is harder than ever.

October 8: NJ COVID-19 Cases Spiking Again as Some Fear Virus

NJ’s latest positive COVID-19 case count topped 1,300 Thursday and its rate of transmission exceeded 1.2 which shows the virus is spreading. Meanwhile, a new study shows 83% of Jersey residents avoid treatment at hospitals and clinics because they’re afraid of catching COVID-19. Delayed treatment hurts patients and hospitals that are hemorrhaging revenues.

October 6: Experts Fear COVID-19 Hotspots Will Fuel “Twindemic”

Infectious disease experts are advising New Jersey residents to get a flu shot now, before the flu season ramps up and possibly coincides with a second surge of COVID-19.

October 5: When Will the Show Go On for New Jersey’s Arts Sector?

For many arts institutions, the pandemic has meant the show, sadly, could not go on. With no support from ticket sales, and with grants and donations on the decline, the industry was among the first to close when the outbreak took hold of New Jersey. And, as Correspondent Leah Mishkin reports, it will likely be among the last to reopen.

October 2: NJ Officials Work to Quash Lakewood COVID-19 Hotspot

Facing a spiking COVID-19 rate in Lakewood and Ocean County, NJ health officials met at a roundtable to discuss how best to quash this latest flare-up of the virus. It’s possibly the result of large religious observances or social events with lax safety measures like mask wearing. Rabbis in the predominantly Orthodox Jewish community said they’ve implored people to wear masks and social distance.

GZERO WORLD with Ian Bremmer

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 Saturdays at 6 p.m. or stream now.

Saturday, October 10: How the Pandemic Has Upended Refugees

When the pandemic hit, refugees braced for the worst. And while it hasn’t turned out to be the public health crises they feared, UN Refugee High Commissioner Filippo Grandi (who contracted the virus himself) says it’s been disastrous all the same.

October 3: Greece’s Unlikely COVID Success Story

When the coronavirus came to Greece, the country was only beginning to emerge from a decades-long financial crisis that had brought it to its knees and citizens feared the worst. Instead, the country responded swiftly and has kept cases down.

Hotlines and Information

On October 1, the New York State Department of Health released COVID Alert NY — the official Exposure Notification App created by in partnership with Google and Apple. Learn more about how it works and download it to your mobile phone.

NY State Hotline: 888-364-3065
See New York State coronavirus updates here. Sign up for Governor Cuomo’s daily emails 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

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See the entire WLIW21 and WLIW World October line-up, along with additional learning materials from WNET Education.

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