Coronavirus Impact Reports: Week of June 29

Rachel Hollander | July 2, 2020

THIRTEEN and PBS offer regular, in-depth reporting on the coronavirus to help everyone understand the disease and emergency response measures, and the behaviors that are best for your – and others’ – health, as areas begin to reopen. Here is the latest from infectious disease doctors, medical professionals, officials and journalists who cover coronavirus news. This page will be updated as reporting continues.

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MetroFocus Interviews

MetroFocus hosts Rafael Pi Roman, Jenna Flanagan and Jack Ford.

MetroFocus hosts Rafael Pi Roman, Jenna Flanagan and Jack Ford.

MetroFocus airs weeknights at 6pm (see schedule for late-night and weekends) and livestreams; listen weeknights on 88.3 WLIW-FM at 11pm.

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 broadcast weeknights at 7pm and weekends at 6pm and streams live. Listen to half-hour broadcasts on 88.3 WLIW-FM 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.

Amanpour and Company

Amanpour and Company

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

Amanpour and Company airs Monday – Friday at 11pm; repeats at 4pm. 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.


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 29: Malls Reopen and Welcome Eager Shoppers

Indoor shopping malls opened in New Jersey Monday with new safety protocols, including mask wearing, social distancing and a lot of cleaning.

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

For now, testing is free at more than 250 sites in New Jersey. 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?

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, 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 10:30am or stream now.

June 27: 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.

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Government Sites and Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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New York City

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New York City Public Schools and Learning
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NYC Department of Education-specific instructional resources for students in grades Pre-K through 12, messages for families, and more are found at More information about Google classroom, iPads, meals, and other core services are posted at

New York State

NY State Hotline: 888-364-3065
For all New York State updates, and announcements from Governor Andrew Cuomo, see the state COVID site.

The New York State Department of Health posts a daily COVID 19 case tally by county.

New Jersey

NJ State Hotline: 1-800-962-1253
Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text updates.
The official State of New Jersey coronavirus hubis

Media and Independent Sources

The New York Times is providing free access to its most important updates and most useful guidance on the coronavirus.

NJTV News and NJ Spotlight provide daily reporting on the coronavirus in New Jersey, as well as newsletters.

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.

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.