COVID-19 News and Long Island Resources: September 14-18

hollanderr | September 18, 2020

An image from a PBS NewsHour segment on September 12, 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.

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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 p.m.


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.

September 18: NewsWrap: CDC Reverses Guidance About Virus Testing

In our news wrap Friday, the CDC rescinded guidance that discouraged coronavirus testing for people who have no symptoms. The New York Times reported officials at the Department of Health and Human Services had posted the language on the CDC website over scientists’ objections. Also, China stepped up military drills near Taiwan, in a major show of force against a U.S. envoy’s visit to Taipei.

September 17: Should Drug Companies Profit from Coronavirus Vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccine development continues to be the subject of political jostling, with President Trump contradicting top U.S. health officials regarding timeline and efficacy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they expect to distribute vaccines publicly at no cost to the patient. But what will the government pay, and how much could drug companies profit?

September 16: The Painful Process of Photographing NYC’s COVID-19 Crisis

How do you picture a pandemic? Photographer Philip Montgomery documented New York City funeral homes and health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis this past March. His images appeared in the New York Times Magazine, capturing the stark divide between “before COVID” and after. Montgomery shares his Brief But Spectacular take on covering the pandemic.

September 15: The Hopes, Fears and Reality as Schools Open Worldwide

After months of distance learning, students around the world are returning to the classroom — even though many countries are bracing themselves for a second wave of coronavirus infections. What does the pandemic mean for children, parents and teachers this academic year?

September 12: How Has COVID-19 Impacted Tennis?

Every year, hundreds of thousands of spectators attend the U.S. Open at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens. But like other sports, the men’s and women’s finals this weekend are being played without an audience. Michael Dawse, CEO of U.S. Tennis Association joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how the pandemic has hit the sport.

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 12 a.m.; repeats at 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. Watch broadcast or livestream.

September 15: Melinda Gates: COVID Has Set Back Global Development Goals

In a normal year, the United Nations would be celebrating progress toward its development goals in the realms of poverty, hunger, education, and gender equity. But there is no progress to show this year due to COVID-19. In response, Melinda Gates is sounding the alarm on what the Gates Foundation calls “mutually exacerbating catastrophes” that are unfolding before our eyes.

September 14: Are We Facing a Generational Wipeout of Working Mothers?

Covid lockdowns forced working parents to find a way to reconcile their jobs with running a household and home-schooling. And who is doing the lion’s share? Working moms, says Joan C. Williams. She is the founding director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, and she tells Michel Martin about the tough choices working moms are often forced to make.


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

September 18: Celebrating Rosh Hashanah in the Age of Coronavirus

Online and outdoor services have been prepared and will dominate this holiday season to mitigate COVID-19 risks.

September 18: NJIT Detects COVID-19 in Sewage, Quarantines Dorm

An entire dorm of students at the New Jersey Institute of Technology remains in lockdown after the engineering school detected high levels of the COVID-19 virus in its sewage. People shed the virus in urine and feces. NJIT started testing sewage for COVID-19 at seven campus sites in September. It’s an innovative surveillance program in use across the globe.

September 17: The Impact of COVID-19 on the State’s Agricultural Industry

Those that sold to supermarkets fared better than those that relied on restaurants and schools.

September 16: Big Ten Reverses Decision, Will Allow College Game Play

Big Ten schools backtracked on the decision to postpone the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns. Kickoff is set for Oct. 24.

September 15: New Law Will Help Essential Workers Who Get Sick with COVID

Essential workers in New Jersey who get infected with the coronavirus will now have an easier time qualifying for workers’ compensation. Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law a bill that would allow those workers to receive the benefit without having to prove they got sick while on the job. The bill’s sponsors say essential workers should have access to financial safeguards and quality medical care. Business groups argue the new law would place another financial burden on companies that are struggling to recover.

September 15: Up to 40,000 NJ Unemployment Claims Still Backlogged

New Jersey’s still dealing with backlogged unemployment claims, 30-40,000 of them, according to the state labor commissioner. He blames the problem on the sheer scale of the coronavirus pandemic, driven recession, complicated by stringent federal red tape that gums up claims with “arbitrary” requirements.

September 14: Undocumented Immigrants Rally for Pandemic Relief

A new report shows that a majority of undocumented immigrants are suffering financially during the pandemic, yet they’re getting no government assistance.

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 Saturdays at 6 p.m. or stream now.

September 20: Why We Still Need the United Nations

With climate change becoming a reality and a pandemic ravaging much of the world, the work of the United Nations might be as important today, and as unpopular, as any time in its history. This week: an interview with its Secretary-General, António Guterres.

September 13: College in the COVID Age

From UNC to Notre Dame, many universities have already tried to open in person this fall, only to close days later due to Covid outbreaks. How will higher education actually work during a pandemic? We put that question to Stanford’s president.

Hotlines and Information

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Nassau County

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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

WLIW21 is the home of a weekday broadcast block starting at 9 a.m. Grades 3K-Grade 2 are served by Let’s Learn, NYC!, followed by a NJTV Learning Live lesson for 3rd graders at 10 a.m. and one for 4th graders at 11 a.m. Learn more about the broadcast lineup on WLIW21.

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