Coronavirus Impact Reports: Week of November 23

November 23, 2020

A man with dark hair and eyeglasses in a suit sits in front of a bookshelf.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla on Firing Line with Margaret Hoover.

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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New York City is close to the 3% threshold that triggers new restrictions based on New York State’s zone designations. New York State and New York City differ in how they record testing data and the state determines when a 3% coronavirus positivity rate is reached.

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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

The positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state’s Micro-Cluster strategy is 4.39%, and outside the focus zone areas is 2.29% as of November 22.

Look up an address to see if it is in a New York COVID-19 color-coded 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.

Firing Line with Margaret Hoover


Friday, November 20 at 8:30 p.m.: The CEO of Pfizer, Albert Bourla, speaks about the Pfizer vaccine and a distribution timetable. Firing Line with Margaret Hoover airs on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m.

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 23: Dr. Anthony Fauci: The Risk of Thanksgiving Gatherings


As hospitalization and death rates continue to rise due to COVID-19, millions of Americans across the country are preparing this week for the Thanksgiving holiday. Judy Woodruff speaks with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, to learn more about how families can celebrate the holidays safely amid the pandemic.

November 20: New Mexico Governor on Shut-Down


As case counts soar and hospitals near capacity in New Mexico, Amna Nawaz talks to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on her latest stay-at-home order, how officials and lawmakers are approaching record case counts and what she thinks her state and the country need to get a grip on 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 11 p.m.; repeats at 4 p.m. Watch broadcast or livestream.

November 20: The Moderna Vaccine


Last week Moderna announced preliminary results showing its vaccine to be nearly 95% effective at preventing COVID-19. Moderna co-founder and chairman Noubar Afeyan discusses these findings and how the vaccine might be distributed, with Walter Isaacson.

On November 16, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen outlined the differences between Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines. Watch now.

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

NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi

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

November 18: Johnson & Johnson in third phase COVID-19 vaccine trial


Johnson & Johnson is recruiting volunteers for its third phase COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial. The goal is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Johnson’s vaccine candidate.

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 offer free rapid COVID-19 virus PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests, by scheduled appointment. Results are available within 24 hours. Learn more on NYC.gov.

NYC is tracking positive COVID-19 cases by zip code; you can review a map reflecting cases in the past seven days on this page.

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

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.

Work and Assistance

Employers and employees can visit nyc.gov/workers or call 311 (212-NEW-YORK outside NYC) for labor law information and more.

The state has a web application to help struggling New Yorkers locate benefits they may qualify for. “Find Services” is an easy starting point for first-time users of social programs that relate to unemployment, food insecurity, and housing, among other services.

New York City Public Schools and Learning

NYC Schools are remote until further notice, as of November 16.

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

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 covid19.nj.gov.

Remote Learning Resources from WNET Education

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

Let’s Learn weekday lessons led by NYC DOE educators for grades 3K- 2 are broadcast at 11 a.m. on THIRTEEN and 9 a.m. on WLIW21, followed on WLIW21 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.