MetroFocus: August 13, 2020

MetroFocus | August 13, 2020

Walking around New York these days, one may notice that while some parts of the city appear to be bouncing back – perhaps even thriving – others are not doing so great. In fact, 80 percent of bars and restaurants say they could not pay their full rent in July. And according to a recent  report, roughly one third of the city’s small businesses may never reopen even after the pandemic subsides. So what’s the financial reality facing the city and the state right now, and what’s the economic outlook in a post coronavirus world? Tonight, Senior Editor of City Journal and Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute Steve Malanga answers these questions and more.

When the COVID-19 crisis first hit the tri-state region, non-essential medical visits were put on hold to allow hospitals and doctors to cope with the crisis. As a result, a large number of patients postponed critical cancer screenings, diagnosis and treatment, indefinitely. Continuing fears over coronavirus also means that many patients are putting off these screenings even now, despite that fact that COVID cases in the region have dropped dramatically. That’s particularly serious in New York City, where every week hundreds of New Yorkers are diagnosed with cancer. Memorial Sloan Kettering Physician-In-Chief Dr. Lisa DeAngelis joins us to discuss this alarming trend.