Coronavirus Impact Reports: Week of October 12

October 13, 2020

October 6, 2020 – Albany, NY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s coronavirus press conference at the State Capitol. (Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

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.

Looking ahead:
Dr. Fauci is the guest on Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, Friday, October 16 at 8:30 p.m. He will discuss the latest science on COVID-19 and the race to develop a vaccine. As new daily cases rise in more than a dozen states, Fauci explains what Americans should expect about living with the pandemic this winter.

Recent COVID News and Numbers

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There are new restrictions in six COVID-19 clusters in New York State that include Brooklyn and two parts of Queens in New York City, Rockland and Orange counties, and Broome County. Look up an address to see if it is in a 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. The restrictions depend on whether a zipcode is in a red, orange or yellow zone. See the New York State site for details.

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American Cities Rebuilding: Online Conference

Infrastructure: A Ticket to Ride in Post-COVID-19, and Healthcare: Flattening the Curve and Addressing the Disparities, are two of the panel conversations taking place October 14 to 16 during the free online conference American Cities Rebuilding, which focuses on healthcare, education and the economy in cities through the lenses of COVID-19 and social justice. Register for the free event, here.

The three-day conference is a collaboration between NJ Spotlight News, a leading source of digital public policy, environmental and education news in New Jersey and The WNET Group.

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 14: Tradition and COVID Clash

The episode looks at New York State’s new restrictions, the backlash and the intersection of safety and faith with Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt, Assistant Rabbi at Park East Synagogue and author of the Washington Post op-ed “Rabbis Need To Do Our Part To Help Keep The Coronavirus From Spreading” and Reuven Blau, Senior Reporter with THE 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.

October 14: Why herd immunity is ‘dangerous’ as a COVID-19 strategy

Governments and health officials are grappling with how to contain COVID-19 while keeping society open. One idea that has been raised is seeking widespread immunity by allowing a larger and healthier segment of the population to become infected with the virus. But many experts say that’s a dangerous path. Amna Nawaz talks to virologist Angela Rasmussen of Columbia Public Health.

October 13: Coronavirus surges: what countries have in common

The world is struggling to slow a new surge in the number of COVID-19 infections. The problem is especially pronounced in Europe, where France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom account for a large share of new cases. Amna Nawaz talks to global health expert Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown Law School about new hot spots and how to curb them.

October 11: Mobile outreach: A lifeline during COVID-19

For Preble Street Resource Center, a social services agency in Portland, Maine, adapting to the pandemic has meant the soup kitchen can’t serve indoor meals, social workers can’t meet clients in their offices, and limiting the number of people allowed in shelters — all at a time when these services are needed the most. Christopher Booker reports on how a truck has helped solve the problem.

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 14: Second Wave of COVID-19 Ravages Europe

In Europe, a Polish immunologist is warning “we are on the brink of disaster.” COVID-19 is raging through the continent again, with some 100,000 cases per day prompting new restrictions by governments from Paris to Prague. The World Health Organization’s Europe director Hans Kluge is deeply concerned about this second wave, but says another round of national lockdowns should only be a last resort.

October 14: National Urban League CEO: “Cities Will Bounce Back

Black and minority communities continue to bear the brunt of the pandemic in America and worldwide, further exacerbating existing inequalities in both health and wealth. Marc Morial says that reimagining urban centers could be the key to closing those gaps. He is president and CEO of the National Urban League and a former mayor of New Orleans. He joins Walter Isaacson to explain his vision.

NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi

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

October 12: COVID-19 Numbers Rollercoaster

The state Health Department reports 478 new cases, pushing the total to 214,097 with just one new death for a total of 14,387 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is 1.16. Anything above 1.0 indicates the outbreak may be expanding. It’s been above 1.0 for more than five weeks, which is well above where the governor wants it. COVID-19 hospitalizations are over 600 for the sixth straight day and are at their highest mark since early August.

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.

Saturday, October 10: How the Pandemic Has Upended Refugees

When the pandemic hit, refugees braced for the worst. And while it hasn’t yet turned out to be the public health crises many feared, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi (who recently contracted the virus himself) says it’s been disastrous all the same. He joins the show. Then, Ian discusses the latest on the Venezuelan refugee crisis with Colombian President Iván Duque.

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.

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.

See the entire WLIW21 and WLIW World October line-up, along with additional learning materials from WNET Education.

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.

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