Coronavirus Impact Reports: Week of July 13

Rachel Hollander | July 17, 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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COVID Rent Relief Program
Governor Cuomo announced this emergency assistance program which will provide direct aid for tenants who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The application period starts July 16, and will only be open for two weeks. More information, including qualifications and Frequently Asked Questions, is available here.

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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 15: Infertility & Conceiving During a Crisis

Lifestyle restrictions brought on by the pandemic have shifted many people’s focus towards loved ones and family. But what if your journey to create that family was suddenly put on hold? Fertility Specialist Tsao-Lin Moy discusses the physical, emotional and psychological toll of longing to create a family in a time when appreciating one is being so heavily emphasized.

July 14: Coronavirus, The Working Class and Our Country in Crisis – Part 2

Last night, Pulitzer prize winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn spoke about America’s social great depression — a phenomenon which has caused suffering and death among millions of working class Americans and which they explored in their most recent book “Tightrope.” Tonight we discuss potential solutions to these problems as well as critical issues related to the first amendment and freedom of speech.

July 13: Coronavirus, The Working Class and Our Country in Crisis

Before anyone had even heard of the coronavirus, our country was already experiencing a social great depression. That’s according to Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the first married couple to win a Pulitzer prize for journalism. Earlier this year we spoke with them about their most recent book “Tightrope,” which focuses on the millions of working-class Americans struggling to survive and often dying far too young. In part one of our conversation, they revisit their exploration of working-class America through the lens of how the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the crisis.

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 17: How Fauci Says the U.S. Can Get Control of the Pandemic

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is one of the country’s top public health experts. He was initially a prominent figure at Coronavirus Task Force briefings — but recently, he has been the target of White House criticism. Dr. Fauci joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his relationship with President Trump and recommendations for managing COVID-19.

July 16: Why COVID-19 is Disproportionately Killing Black People

The coronavirus pandemic has shed new light on racial disparities in American health outcomes. Economic disadvantage is one reason Black people in the United States are on average less healthy than white people — but there are other causes, including the ongoing stress of systemic racism.

July 15: The Economics Behind Racial Coronavirus Disparities

African Americans face immense disparities across a broad range of categories, including economic. That history of disadvantage is making the current problems of COVID-19 even worse. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.

July 14: Why CDC’s Politicization is Dangerous for the American Public

The CDC is traditionally seen as the leading government agency to monitor public health and communicate key information to the public. But according to four former heads of the agency, the Trump administration has been interfering in the CDC’s central role during this pandemic. Dr. Richard Besser, a former acting director, joins William Brangham to discuss what he argues is a dangerous shift.

July 10: States Return to Containment Measures as Virus Sets Records

The U.S. has set another record for daily new coronavirus infections — as it has on six out of the past 10 days. Texas logged 10,000 new cases Thursday, and hospitals in Florida are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. With no signs of improvement in infection rates, more states are again implementing restrictions such as mask requirements and business shutdowns.

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.

July 17: How to Keep Kids Healthy as the Country Reopens

The political fight over children returning to school this fall continues to rage, and now the medical community is weighing in, with the American Academy of Pediatrics issuing its own guidance. Dr. Sean O’Leary is vice chair of the organization’s committee on infectious diseases. He joins Hari Sreenivasan to explain how children are affected by the virus and the challenges of reopening schools.

July 16: Teachers Union Leader: Federal Government Gets an “F”

Major school districts like Los Angeles and San Diego will stay closed in the fall, despite pressure from the White House to reopen. Randi Weingarten is president of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the country’s biggest teaching unions, and she speaks with Hari Sreenivasan about the public school system’s urgent need for government assistance.

July 14: Epidemic Expert Discusses Govt. Mixed Messaging on COVID-19

As Europe exits lockdown, parts of the U.S. are in reverse gear, shutting down again amidst a vicious surge and record numbers of coronavirus cases. Anthony Fauci is warning that the nation’s public healthcare is “in tatters” and that doctors are “building the plane while they are flying it.” How close are we to a vaccine? Dr. Richard Hatchett joins the program to discuss.

July 13: The Atlantic’s Ed Young with the Latest on COVID-19

The latest COVID-19 research shows that coronavirus can damage major organs and ravage the body with blood clots, while a new study from King’s College London reports that any immunity earned from having the illness could be lost in months. Ed Yong, The Atlantic’s top science and health writer, joins the program to explain the latest on the virus.


July 17: Summer Food Programs Trying to Reach NJ Kids

New Jersey is projected to be fifth in the nation for childhood hunger during the pandemic, according to Feeding America. Organizations like Hunger Free New Jersey are pushing for more community involvement to get meals to kids. Efforts are popping up at the local level. Other efforts like the Bergen County Food Security Task Force are convening a range of experts to tackle the issue regionally.

July 16: Slow Testing and Cases in Young People Slow Contact Tracers

Contact tracers in towns like Westfield are trying to identify a newly-trending group of COVID cases — young adults who may not want to cooperate when tracers call. More trouble is a growing lag time on COVID test results. It means tracers must wait up to 10 days before reaching out to people who might’ve been exposed to the virus.

July 15: Newark Police and Ambassadors Urge Mask Wearing

Newark Police Division clergy and citizen patrol hit the streets to hand out face masks and encourage residents to practice safety. But, the public safety director says the Attorney General’s Office advised not to issue warnings or summonses for non-compliance. Wednesday, the governor said he wasn’t aware of any such advice.

July 13: NJ Hospitals Struggle to Obtain COVID Tests and PPE

NJ hospitals, while they’ve sent most patients home from their Covid-19 wards, still struggle to stockpile PPE and other supplies needed to fight an expected second surge of the coronavirus. As the virus burns through Sun Belt states, it’s creating a shortage of Covid testing materials, in particular and NJ residents must now wait up to five days for test results.

July 10: ‘Hot Spot’ Travelers Ignore NJ’s Quarantine Advisory

Many travelers arriving in New Jersey from so-called COVID-19 hot spot states mainly stay under the radar instead of staying in 14-day quarantine. Local health officials say they do have space available in local motels for quarantined travelers, but right now, they have no way to track down visitors who might be COVID-positive.

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.

July 11: The Politics of a Pandemic with Senator Chris Coons

Why isn’t Congress doing more to respond to the pandemic? Will Russia pay for putting bounties on the heads of American soldiers? What would a “Biden Doctrine” foreign policy look like? An interview with Delaware Senator Chris Coons. Then a Harvard epidemiologist takes stock of what we’ve learned about the coronavirus so far. And on Puppet Regime, Covid-19 rides the (second, or first?) wave.

Firing Line with Margaret Hoover

Firing Line is broadcast Fridays at 8:30pm and streams live.

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

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.