COVID-19 Updates: New York Comic Con To Be Held Virtually

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NEW YORK (WABC) – New York Comic Con is entering virtual reality this year. They are teaming up with YouTube to keep hosting the event, but bringing it to the fans. The annual convention is normally held at the Javits Center in October. The virtual New York Comic Con will take place October 8-11. Meanwhile, with a coronavirus vaccine months away, companies are rushing to test what may be the next best thing: drugs that deliver antibodies to fight the virus immediately, without having to train the immune system to make them.New York’s infection positivity rate increased slightly to 2%.

Here are some more titles from today:ANTIBODY TREATMENTS
Antibody treatment drugs are thought to last a month or more and could give quick and temporary immunity to people at high risk of infection, such as health workers and roommates of someone with COVID-19. If they prove to be effective and if a vaccine does not materialize or protect as hoped, the drugs could eventually be considered for wider use, perhaps for teachers or other groups. They are also being tested as treatments, to help the immune system and prevent severe symptoms or death.
One company, Eli Lilly, has already started manufacturing its antibody drug, betting that ongoing studies will yield positive results.
Another company that has developed a cocktail of antibody drugs against Ebola – Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. – is currently testing one for the coronavirus.
Others working on antibody-based drugs include Amgen and Adaptive Biotechnologies. Singaporean biotechnology company Tychan Pte Ltd. is also testing an antibody drug and has similar products in development for Zika virus and yellow fever.

NY SCHOOL SUCCESS WITH IN-PERSON LEARNING
Blythdale Children’s Hospital has recorded 0 cases of coronavirus since in-person learning began in early July

SUSPENSIONS OF LIQUID LICENSES
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state has suspended liquor licenses for 38 additional bars in New York and Long Island after finding flagrant violations of pandemic-related executive orders.

BIG TEN CANCEL FALL SPORTS
The Big Ten Conference announced the postponement of the fall sports season 2020-21, including all regular season contests and Big Ten championships and tournaments, due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-pandemic. 19.

STATES ADDED TO THE LIST OF QUARANTINE OF THE THREE STATES
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut added two states and one territory to the list of areas from which travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days, while four states have been removed.

NEW YORK JOBS CEO BOARD
Thirty of New York’s largest employers have pledged to hire 100,000 New Yorkers by 2030. 25,000 of them will be CUNY students. The program is in partnership with CUNY and NYC DOE.

HELP FOR NYC TENANTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES
New York City has unveiled the Tenant Protection Portal to help keep city residents in their homes who may be in danger of eviction. “If you need help, this is the place to go to get that help,” Mayor de Blasio said. You can visit https://www.nyc.gov/TenantResourcePortal or call 311. The city is also bringing back its commercial rental assistance program. Funding of $ 1.5 million was restored to help small businesses by providing free legal support.

RECOMMENDED CASES IN NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said authorities have found four cases of coronavirus in an Auckland outbreak from an unknown source, the first cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days. Ardern said Auckland, the country’s largest city, will be moved to Alert Level 3 from noon on Wednesday, meaning people will be urged to stay in their homes and many other businesses will be closed.

RUSSIA REGISTERS VACCINES
Russia on Tuesday became the first country to officially register a vaccine against the coronavirus and declare it ready for use, despite international skepticism. President Vladimir Putin said one of his daughters had already been vaccinated. Putin stressed that the vaccine has undergone the necessary tests and been found to be effective, providing long-lasting immunity against the coronavirus. However, scientists at home and abroad have sounded the alarm that the rush to start using the vaccine before Phase 3 trials – which normally last for months and involve thousands of people – could backfire.

HOW THE VIRUS SPREADS INSIDE
It’s a fierce debate going on right now in the tri-state region and nationwide over whether students and teachers should return to class and how it can be done safely. For the first time, we get a glimpse of what you can’t see in the air – how viruses spread indoors. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have performed a first-of-its-kind study showing how viruses can spread indoors and how germ filtering out of the room can be maximized depending on the location of the ventilation system.

NYC CHECKPOINTS LIST
New York City continues to hold checkpoints at various locations to try to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Hundreds of nursing homes still do not allow visits amid coronavirus pandemic

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