Coronavirus Impact Reports: Week of June 1

Rachel Hollander | June 3, 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. 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 WPPB at 11pm.

June 3: COVID Vaccines & Treatments: Separating Fact from Fiction


A vaccine could be ready by Fall pending FDA approval. Will it be safe and effective? Will it be made readily available to everyone? And who’ll decide who gets priority access? And will there be treatments for everyone else? While there are currently no approved therapies, there is plenty of controversy and misinformation surrounding drug therapies and treatment. Tonight, former FDA official Peter Pitts, named one of the 300 “most powerful people in American healthcare” by Modern Healthcare Magazine, weighs in on our safety as the city readies to reopen for business.

June 1: The Reopening of NYC


As Mayor de Blasio announces that the protests will not affect the city’s June 8 target to reopen, we examine what the reopening will look like. Will there be consequences amid the rise of demonstrations? And as officials look to control hot spots and prepare hospitals for new cases of coronavirus in New York City, how will the governor and the mayor lead the city from lockdown to lift-up? Guest: Ben Max, Executive Editor of the Gotham Gazette.

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.

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 WPPB weeknights at 6pm. See PBS NewsHour Essential Coronavirus FAQ.

June 1: Health Officials Fear Protests Will Spread Virus

U.S. health officials voiced fears that mass protests could fuel new COVID-19 infections. The warning came as deaths nationwide neared 105,000, including some 26,000 nursing home residents. Also, the artist Christo, known for his massive public art displays, has died in New York. He was 84 years old.

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.

May 30: Open Tables: COVID-19 Cripples the Restaurant Industry

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating economic impact globally, few industries have been as hard hit as restaurants and hospitality. In the U.S. alone, losses north of $225 billion are projected over the next three months. On the show today, Danny Meyer, who’s opened some of the most successful restaurants in New York City, and also founded Shake Shack, assesses the damage.

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 health information, resources for New Yorkers (including rent and housing and more) and business, and announcements: www.nyc.gov/coronavirus.

NYC Workplace Laws and Protections
Employers and employees can visit nyc.gov/workers 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 schools.nyc.gov/learnathome. More information about Google classroom, iPads, meals, and other core services are posted at schools.nyc.gov.

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 covid19.nj.gov.

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. Weekdays at 11am on THIRTEEN through the end of the school year. See program details and schedule information. You can also livestream episodes at thirteen.org/live.
  • 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 airs weekdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., featuring on-air classes taught by some of New Jersey’s finest public school teachers. NJTV’s on-air classroom lessons are livestreamed and archived on NJTVonline.org/learn.

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