Coronavirus Impact Reports: Week of September 7

Rachel Hollander | September 11, 2020

A still from a PBS NewsHour segment on September 4, 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 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

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On September 7, Governor Cuomo announced that New York State’s COVID-19 infection rate has remained below 1 percent for the past 31 days. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at

On September 9 the governor announced that indoor dining in New York City can resume on September 30 with a 25% occupancy limit. Restaurants that choose to reopen will be subject to safety protocols, including temperature checks, contact information for tracing, an face coverings. Business guidance for indoor dining in New York City 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.

September 9: MTA Warns of Doomsday Plan | Start of School Year and Anxiety

Without a new $12 billion Transit Relief package, the MTA will be forced to slash subway and bus service in NYC by 40%. New York Times Transit reporter Christina Goldbaum discusses the staggering financial crisis. Also, the Child Mind Institute’s Dr. Harold Koplowicz joins us with tips to help parents, children and educators cope with the anxiety as they head back to school.

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.

September 10: Did Trump Lull U.S. into ‘False Sense of Security’ on Virus? 

While the political fallout from President Trump’s coronavirus comments to Bob Woodward continues, what about the public health repercussions? Would America have fared better if Trump had treated the virus more seriously from the beginning? Ed Yong of The Atlantic, who has reported extensively on America’s pandemic response, joins William Brangham to discuss.

September 10: Could the Pandemic Change Addiction Medicine for the Better?

For many Americans facing addiction, the pandemic has made life significantly harder. Across the country, overdoses have soared, with more than 40 states reporting increases in opioid-related mortality. But the coronavirus is also changing how addiction medicine can be provided, and some experts are saying that could be a silver lining in a devastating public health crisis.

September 9: Economic Factors Put People of Color at Greater Virus Risk

Black and Latino Americans are suffering disproportionately from the novel coronavirus pandemic — both in terms of health and economic harm. These groups are three times as likely to contract the virus as white Americans and nearly twice as likely to die from it. Meanwhile, people of color are feeling the recession keenly, with many reporting job or income loss.

September 9: Trump Says He Misled Public on Virus Danger to Avoid ‘Panic’

A new political firestorm has engulfed the White House — this time over what President Trump knew about the pandemic vs. what he said publicly on the topic. The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward reports Trump privately acknowledged the seriousness of the virus in early February in recorded phone calls and later told Woodward that he was intentionally downplaying it to Americans.

September 8: Why Fauci Thinks a Vaccine by November is ‘Unlikely’

Millions of children returned to school Tuesday, many of them through virtual learning. At the same time, some colleges and universities are struggling with the consequences of reopening their campuses. And concerns over public trust in a potential coronavirus vaccine prompted a safety pledge from chief executives of nine drug companies. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the NIH joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.

September 8: How U.S. Can Get Coronavirus Testing Where it Needs to Be

As summer comes to a close, the United States is averaging about 830 coronavirus deaths per day, along with tens of thousands of new cases. Although testing for the virus has improved, problems with access and obtaining expedient results persist. But Dr. Atul Gawande of Brigham and Women’s Hospital has a plan for how testing can be improved. He joins Amna Nawaz to discuss.

September 7: Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on Vaccine Politics

NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Amna Nawaz to discuss the latest political news, including campaign messaging from President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden around the pandemic and the economy, whether Black voters could make the difference in key Midwestern states and the significance of voters casting ballots early by mail.

September 6: How Gleaning is Feeding People During the Pandemic

Food insecurity in the United States skyrocketed when the COVID-19 pandemic began, leaving emergency food distributors scrambling to provide enough to those in need. To help fill the gap, organizations around the country have doubled down on the age-old practice of gleaning: getting excess crops from farms to those in need.

September 5: The Show Goes on as States Ease Restrictions

For almost six months, the art world has been at a standstill as museums, galleries, and theaters have all been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But as some states begin to lift restrictions, the arts have also slowly started to return. In the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, both art museums and live theater have started to make a comeback—with limitations.

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.

September 11: The Case for Universal Healthcare

Coronavirus has killed 64 times more Americans than were lost on 9/11, and the pandemic is casting a particularly harsh light on America’s healthcare system. Indeed, its dysfunctions nearly cost historian Timothy Snyder his life. His new book takes the reader through his near-death experience and makes the case the universal healthcare is in fact key to American freedom.


NJTV News airs weekdays at 5:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN. See the NJTV News Coronavirus hub for coverage of the disease and its impact on New Jersey.

September 11: COVID-19 Spread a Bigger Challenge as Schools Reopen

According to the Department of Health, New Jersey’s population of 19 to 24 year olds now has the highest percent positivity in the state.

September 10: Poor Air Quality Pushed Many School Districts Remote

Many of the state’s school buildings are close to 100 years old and don’t have updated ventilation systems. It’s a major factor in the spread of a virus like COVID-19, and it led many districts to opt for remote learning plans. The Work Environment Council says the CDC hasn’t stressed the risk of the tiny droplets that can escape even when someone is wearing a mask.

September 9: Could Airlines Require Negative COVID-19 Tests to Fly? 

Air travelers can now get COVID-19 tests at Newark Airport, but an analyst predicts those tests could become mandatory. In order to make people feel safe enough to start flying again, the pandemic-shocked airline industry could require passengers in the future to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination, when one becomes available, to even get on the plane.

September 8: Restaurants Fear Change in Weather with Current Restrictions

Labor Day weekend was a success for Porta in Asbury Park. But restaurant spokesperson Dallas Hlatky says once outdoor dining becomes limited by the weather, 25% capacity for indoor dining isn’t going to cut it. She’s calling on local municipalities to give permits for heaters and tents now so they can prepare.

September 7: Workers Demand Governor Enforce COVID-19 Safety Standards

Some New Jersey workers marched in Elizabeth on Labor Day to demand that Gov. Phil Murphy enact and enforce safety standards to protect them against COVID-19 in the private workplace. Many spoke of being forced to choose between their jobs and their health. A new report shows low-income workers have seen their inflation-adjusted wages rise just 7% over the past 40 years.

September 7: State Issues Guidance for COVID Outbreaks as School Starts

As the new school year starts across the state, the Department of Health issued guidance for handling a COVID-19 outbreak. Local departments of health will work directly with districts to investigate each outbreak and determine if and when a school should shut down. But will schools be held liable if a student or family member gets sick or dies?

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 6:30 p.m. or stream now.

September 12: College in the COVID Age

From UNC to Notre Dame, many universities have already tried to open in person this fall, only to close days later due to Covid outbreaks. How will higher education actually work during a pandemic? We put that question to Stanford’s president.

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.

The return to school 2020-21 plan of the NYC Department of Education is here.

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

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

WLIW21 is the home of a broadcast block starting Tuesday, September 8 at 9 a.m. Grades 3K-Grade 2 are served by Let’s Learn, NYC!, followed by a NJTV Learning Live lesson for 3rd graders at 10 a.m. and one for 4th graders at 11 a.m. Learn more about the broadcast lineup on WLIW21.

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