Coronavirus Impact Reports: Week of August 3

Rachel Hollander | August 7, 2020

A PBS NewsHour segment from August 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.

Recent COVID News and Numbers

Click for Hotlines and Information Sources

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.

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.

August 7: ‘We All Wish We Had More Testing,’ Says Ohio’s DeWine

Although the economy has regained some ground since the pandemic sent it reeling, millions of Americans are still jobless and struggling. Meanwhile, the coronavirus continues to spread across the country. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, who recently tested positive on one test and then negative on a second, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss unemployment aid, virus testing and long-term lessons for the U.S.

August 6: Congress Stuck in ‘Staring Contest’ Over Pandemic Aid Deal

A deal on a new coronavirus relief package seems distant and elusive, as congressional Democrats and Republicans remain at an impasse on key issues. Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff to discuss where negotiations stand and how far apart the two sides are both in terms of dollar figures and philosophy of funding distribution.

August 6: Teachers and Administrators Scramble to Adapt School Plans

U.S. schools are still struggling with questions about how to open for the new academic year. In some cases, districts have reversed course in just the past few weeks, based on changing coronavirus circumstances. How are teachers enduring this uncertainty — and their own fear? We hear from some of them, and William Brangham talks to Aleesia Johnson, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools.

August 4: How 1 College is Adapting to Pandemic — and Cutting Tuition

U.S. colleges have struggled with how to conduct the upcoming academic year amid the coronavirus pandemic. With many schools deciding to offer only remote classes but still charging full tuition, the pandemic has added a new urgency to questions about the cost and value of higher education. Hari Sreenivasan reports on one school that is cutting tuition — and planning to maintain the reduction.

August 3: What Kids Are Losing as Coronavirus Cancels Camp

Summer means swimming, crafts and camaraderie for the roughly 26 million children who attend camp in the U.S. But the pandemic has closed an estimated 82 percent of the country’s overnight camps and many more daytime programs, causing layoffs and lost revenue. And for parents and children, the absence of community and activity is yielding a summer they don’t want to repeat.

August 2: The Safety Concerns for Teachers Before Schools Reopen

The largest teacher’s union in the U.S., the American Federation of Teachers, announced recently it would support any local chapters that strike due to their school’s reopening without any safety measures in place. Randi Weingarten, the union’s president, spoke with Hari Sreenivasan about safety concerns for teachers and what should be done about them.

August 2: America’s COVID-19 Economy Struggles as Cases Climb

As the emergency $600-per-week unemployment benefit expired on July 31, officials expressed optimism for another relief package. The bill, being negotiated right now, would be the fifth since the pandemic hit and likely the last before the November elections. Diane Swonk, Chief Economist with Grant Thorton joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the economic effect of the pandemic.

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.

August 5: Dr. Fauci: I Won’t Be Distracted By Death Threats

Global pandemic notwithstanding, President Trump has launched an on-again-off-again verbal war against America’s leading infectious disease expert: his task force adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci. The president recently tweeted that Fauci was “wrong” that the surge in cases is due to the country’s failure to shut down properly. Fauci joins Walter Isaacson to discuss the challenges facing the U.S.

August 4: NIH Director — “We Have a Very Tough Several months Ahead”

Dr. Francis Collins has led public health research in the United States for 20 years. As Director of the National Institutes of Health, he is the supervisor of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top expert on infectious disease. Collins joins Walter Isaacson to offer perspective on current vaccine trials, and to discuss how his faith sustains him during this pandemic.

August 4: A U.S. Superintendent on Reopening His District’s Schools

In Mississippi, which is on track to be the top state for coronavirus infection, the school district in the city of Corinth re-opened its doors last week. Dr. Edward Lee Childress is Superintendent in Corinth. After reopening schools in his district, positive cases of COVID-19 emerged immediately. He speaks to Christiane about how his district is managing.

July 31: Will Colleges Survive COVID-19?

The next COVID-related dilemma is the re-opening of schools and colleges. Eduardo Padrón is President Emeritus of Miami Dade College in Florida, a state that set records the last week of July for single-day COVID deaths. His college enrolls more minority students than any other in the U.S. He joins Walter Isaacson to explain why he thinks higher education should be more affordable and accessible.


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

August 7: Why COVID Hospitalization are Down, But Cases Are Up

Health officials say a shift in the demographic of people getting infected could be why coronavirus hospitalizations are down despite an increasing number of positive cases. One doctor says another possibility is that this could be the early stages of the beginnings of the next wave of infections.

August 6: In-Person Jury Trials to Resume Mid-September

With mounting criminal and civil cases, New Jersey courts hope to restart in-person jury trials in September, but with strict rules in place for everyone from the judges to the juries.

August 6: Doctor Discusses the Evolution of COVID in Hospitals

Once overrun with COVID patients, Christ Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tucker Woods joins NJTV News Correspondent Michael Hill to share what the picture looks like now inside the state’s hospitals.

August 5: Gyms, Indoor Diner, Risk Fines to Keep Businesses Afloat

The co-owner of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr says he’s received 18 citations and is receiving a $10,000 fine a day for keeping his doors open and defying Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order to stay closed.

August 4: Why a Leading Pediatrician Supports School Reopening

Dr. Margaret Fisher, a world-renowned pediatric infectious disease specialist, spoke with Correspondent Michael Hill and said it’s critical for certain age groups to socialize.

August 4: At NJ Parties, Coronavirus Spikes

A big pool party in Alpine is the latest bash to draw criticism from Gov. Phil Murphy. The behavior is pushing New Jersey’s rate of virus transmission to levels not seen since mid-April. The Alpine event’s now under investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office. But contact tracers say parties make it almost impossible to track down people who might be at risk of infection.

August 3: Restaurants Reinvent as Indoor Dining Remains Closed

With indoor dining put on hold, the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association resubmitted a safe dining plan to the Governor’s Office with changes, like eliminating bar seating, with the hope that it will help struggling businesses impacted by the coronavirus.

Firing Line with Margaret Hoover

Firing Line with Margaret Hoover airs on Fridays at 8:30pm with a repeat on Saturdays at 10am.

August 7: Larry Kudlow

President Trump’s top economic advisor Larry Kudlow discusses COVID-19’s impact on the economy, jobs and businesses. He talks about what is next for federal stimulus spending, the massive deficit levels and his assessment of recovery.

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.

August 8: Flying Blind: The U.S. Government’s Pandemic Response

Five months into the Covid-19 pandemic, the United States federal government still lacks the crucial data needed to control its spread. That’s according to Dr. Tom Frieden, the former head of the CDC. He’ll explain how to fix that, fast.

Hotlines and Information

Stay-in-the-know about what’s on-air and online at THIRTEEN. Sign-up for free weekly eNewsletters, including on coronavirus reports.

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

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

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

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. Watch weekdays on THIRTEEN at noon or stream episodes here.
  • Camp TV is a day camp experience in your living room. An enthusiastic head counselor, played by Zachary Noah Piser, guides “campers” as they learn through play. Content partners include the New York Public Library, the New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Bedtime Math, Wildlife Conservation Society, and more. Watch weekdays on THIRTEEN at 11am or 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.

Get a roundup of broadcast and digital premieres, special offers, and events with our weekly newsletter.