Coronavirus Impact Reports: Week of November 2

November 5, 2020

An image from a PBS NewsHour segment on October 30, 2020.

THIRTEEN 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 News and Numbers

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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

Look up an address to see if it is in a New York COVID-19 Hot Spot Zone with restrictions. Maps of the cluster zones can be found here.

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.

We’re offering updates via email or mobile on the coronavirus now through the duration of the pandemic. Sign up for email alerts here, or text UPDATES to 30644 for mobile notifications.

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.

October 28: Master Virus Hunter “Deeply Concerned” About COVID’s Course in NYC

With new cases of COVID arising across the tri-state area, fears of a second wave of the virus may be rooted in scientific fact. But will be the infection be mutated and more dangerous or severe? Tonight, the preeminent epidemiologist at Columbia University Dr. Ian Lipkin, who consulted on the Steven Soderbergh movie Contagion and is known as the “master virus hunter,” shares his concerns about COVID’s trajectory in New York City.

PBS NewsHour Reports

PBS NewsHour is broadcast weeknights at 7 p.m. and weekends at 6 p.m. and streams live. Listen to half-hour broadcasts on 88.3 WLIW-FM weeknights at 6 p.m.

November 6: News Wrap: U.S. Sees Over 120,000 New COVID Cases in a Day

In our news wrap Friday, the U.S. wave of coronavirus infections is still building. More than 120,000 new cases were reported in the last day, pushing the national total past 9.6 million with more than 235,000 deaths. Also, remnants of Hurricane Eta moved across the Caribbean after ravaging Central America. Parts of Guatemala were underwater, and a landslide may have killed 100 people in one town.

November 5: Public Health Expert: ‘We Have a Pandemic Out of Control’

While the U.S. is focused on the pending outcome of the presidential election, the pandemic is not on hold. The country has now crossed another unwelcome threshold: more than 100,000 new coronavirus cases recorded in a single day. Sixteen states have reached high for hospitalizations related to COVID-19. Dr. Carlos del Rio of Emory University School of Medicine joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.

November 4: News Wrap: Coronavirus Infections Keep Climbing Across U.S.

In our news wrap Wednesday, COVID-19 continues its march across the U.S., with 92,000 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The United Kingdom is bracing for the start of a new lockdown, while Europe’s worst hot spot, Belgium, reported slowing hospitalizations for the first time in a month. Also, Central America has spent a long day in the grips of Tropical Storm Eta.

November 2: A Public Health Expert on How to Avoid a ‘Horrible December’

Several U.S. public health leaders warned this weekend that the coronavirus is spreading unchecked throughout the country — and likely to become significantly worse in the coming days and weeks. Unlike in the spring and summer, virus cases are rising in 49 of 50 states. William Brangham looks at the urgency of the situation with Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health.

November 2: How the Pandemic Could Cause Students Major ‘Learing Loss’

Paul Tough is the author of “Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why,” the October selection for the NewsHour-New York Times book club, Now Read This. The coronavirus pandemic has upended American life. What are its consequences for the education realm, which is already characterized by major inequalities? Tough joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss troubling trends in K-12 and higher education.

Amanpour and Company

Amanpour and Company

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

Amanpour and Company airs Monday – Friday at 11 p.m.; repeats at 4 p.m. Watch broadcast or livestream.

October 27: The Medical Community Braces for a Grueling Winter

Doctors on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic are bracing for a particularly intense winter, even as many of them cope with the post-traumatic stress of the spring. Dr. Syra Madad knows all too well the toll the pandemic has taken on the medical community. She joins the program to discuss the trajectory of the disease in the coming weeks.

NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi

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

November 6: Governor Ready to Take Action During SEcond Wave of COVID-19

Murphy allowed businesses to partially reopen over the summer, but now the second wave is ramping up daily caseloads.

November 6: For Dix Federal Prison Has a COVID-19 Outbreak

The Justice Department reported the Burlington County facility had no positive cases in early October. Now, the federal Bureau of Prisons reports Fort Dix has 214 COVID-19-infected inmates and 10 staff members infected as of Thursday.

November 5: Infectious Disease Specialist on Surge in COVID-19 Cases

Predictive models are still too preliminary to say how hard this round of COVID-19 infections will hit. Dr. Judith Lightfoot says COVID-19 trends need to be taken seriously and residents need to stay vigilant.

November 2: Epidemiologist on COVID-19 Second Wave and the Holidays

Gov. Phil Murphy says community spread is largely happening because of private indoor gatherings where people let their guards and masks down.

October 30: Second COVID-19 Wave Could Swamp N.J. Hospitals and Staff

An accurate Covid-19 model predicts a second surge could overwhelm the bed capacity at NJ hospitals and create a critical staff shortage. Experts predict we’ll see targeted shutdowns to help control the virus, and warn transit riders to keep their masks on tight.

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 6:30 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

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Government Sites and Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page includes links to national case reporting, symptom information, advisories by health condition and occupation, and more.

New York City

COVID Express sites throughout NYC offer free rapid COVID-19 virus tests, by scheduled appointment. Results are available within 24 hours. Learn more on

NYC’s official COVID-19 site with information on testing, resources for New Yorkers (including rent and housing and more) and business, and announcements:

For text updates from New York City, text COVID to 692-692. You will receive regular SMS texts with helpful behavior tips and news related to the coronavirus. Text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish.

NYC Workplace Laws and Protections
Employers and employees can visit or call 311 (212-NEW-YORK outside NYC) for labor law information and more.

New York City Public Schools and Learning
Parents can opt into blended learning (some in-school, some remote learning) for their child through Sunday, November 15. Click “get started” at the bottom of this NYC DOE page to submit your form.

Create a NYC Schools Account to sign up for Department of Education notifications and track your child’s education.

If your child attends a blended learning school in-person, please fill out the consent form to enable them to be part of random, monthly COVID-19 testing at school.

For free homework help from a teacher, K-12 students and their parents or caregivers can call 212-777-3380 or visit the Dial-A-Teacher website Mondays through Thursdays 4–7 p.m.

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.

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.

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 hub is

Remote Learning Resources from WNET Education

To better serve families during the COVID-19 pandemic, The WNET Group offers At Home Learning educational programming.

On WLIW21, Grades 3K-Grade 2 are served by Let’s Learn, NYC! at 8 and 9 a.m., followed by a NJTV Learning Live lesson for 3rd graders at 10 a.m., 4th graders at 11 a.m., and 5th graders at 12 p.m.

Broadcast schedules on WLIW21, WLIW World and PBS Kids were developed to help schools and districts bridge the digital divide and provide equitable access to learning for all students at home, regardless of access to the internet or computers. Each scheduled program includes links to online resources that can be accessed with any Internet connected device, including a smartphone.

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