COVID Live Updates: SUNY Schools Purchase 5 Additional Saliva Testing Machines


NEW YORK (WABC) – SUNY Schools will increase testing at their 64 sites after receiving five additional COVID-19 testing machines. The machines cost $ 100,000 and will allow 15,000 additional saliva tests to be performed per week.This brings SUNY’s total weekly testing capacity to over 120,000 and comes after SUNY Oneonta sent students home due to a major outbreak.

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Here are some other headlines from today:

Positive case and contacts from Eastern Brunswick
The East Brunswick School District has been told that several students, representing several schools, were in ‘close contact’ with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 outside of EBPS and that they attended schools on September 8 , as part of hybrid cohorts. As a precaution, these students and their siblings will be quarantined for 14 days and participate virtually. They must remain symptom-free before returning to school, the district says.

Positive cases of COVID-19 in New York schools
Two New York public school teachers have tested positive in Brooklyn District 15, officials said on Wednesday.

They were only identified as a teacher at PS1 in Sunset Park and a teacher at MS 88 in Park Slope, and staff at those schools were notified.

“School staff have access to free and expedited testing, and we have encouraged all staff to get tested before returning to the buildings as we continue to navigate the realities of a pandemic,” said the Ministry of Education in a press release. “Our protocol is to notify staff immediately, and Test and Trace will begin an investigation to determine close contacts. We will demand that any staff identified as close contacts be quarantined and remain vigilant to prevent the spread.

A third possible case has been identified at PS 11 in District 13, but education officials said it has yet to be confirmed.

The United Federation of Teachers has issued the following statement:

“Until we have a vaccine in place, the most effective tactics against the spread of the coronavirus have been masks and social distancing, as well as testing and contract tracing. It’s all part of the city’s security plan. The plan provides that tests will sometimes show that asymptomatic people in schools have contracted the virus. Isolation and quarantine of these people, followed by aggressive contact tracing, are also key elements of the security plan. We will work with the city’s Department of Education and NYC Health + Hospitals to ensure all affected schools adhere to quarantine and contact tracing guidelines. ”

New York retirements increase as teachers grapple with COVID challenges
Despite a 28% drop in teacher retirements in New York in 2020, the number of New York teachers announcing their retirement in September, just before the start of the school year, jumped 28% from the same month. last year, according to the data obtained. by 7 Your Side Investigates New York’s Teacher Retirement System.

The rise in late retirement announcements follows a similar trend in the state as teachers grapple with the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Home sales in Nassau surge as millennials flee New York amid coronavirus pandemic
Thousands of residents fled New York City during the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s unclear how many movements are permanent compared to the number of return plans.

If it’s more than six months, the city will not collect its income tax above 4% and property values ​​will drop. But in the suburbs outside of New York City, there has been a real estate boom. In Nassau County on Long Island, home sales have increased by over 60%.

Dining resumes on September 30 in New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said that thanks to New Yorkers’ compliance, indoor dining could resume to 25% of capacity by the end of the month. He says meals inside will require temperature checks, part of each group should leave contact details for contact tracers, no bar service, masks should be worn until they are seated at a table and tables should be spaced six feet apart.

New York church parishioners called to quarantine after Monsignor is tested
Parishioners at a Bronx church are advised to self-quarantine and get tested after a Monsignor contracts COVID-19. Mgr. John Graham, of St. Francis de Chantel on Hollywood Avenue in the Throggs Neck section, hosted masses last week and tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“The health and safety of the parish community at Saint Frances de Chantal Church is our top priority,” Graham said in a statement. “Anyone who has attended the following church services AND is within 6 feet of me for more than 10 minutes should be tested for COVID-19 and should be quarantined, as required by the Department of New York Health, for 14 days from your last visit to church until negative test results are received. ”

These religious services include:
– September 3: 8 a.m. Mass in the morning
– September 5: 5 p.m. Masses
– September 6: All Masses

School bus service to resume in New York on September 21
There will be 100,000 bus seats available on the first day of school in New York City. Masks will be mandatory for adults and children, social distancing will be enforced, windows will be open and buses will be cleaned every night.

New York shopping malls and casinos may reopen
New York shopping malls and New York casinos are given the green light to reopen on Wednesday provided they have upgraded air filtration systems in place. New York City malls are allowed to reopen at 50% capacity and must follow strict security measures, including the application of face covers, social distancing and seating. Casinos can reopen in New York with a 25% capacity limit and must follow similar security measures.

Pope Francis resumes weekly public hearings
Pope Francis arrived at his weekly general audience on Wednesday with a face mask and hand sanitizer before calling on the faithful to watch over the health of others as well as themselves during the coronavirus pandemic. Francis removed the mask as his car parked in the courtyard of San Damaso inside the Apostolic Palace, where last week he resumed his weekly public hearings on Wednesday after a COVID-19 shutdown of nearly six month. As the chairs were spaced out in the courtyard, the small crowd gathered along the barriers as Francis passed and some lowered their masks to call out to him. During his remarks, Francois lamented that “partisan interests” are emerging in which some nations and groups seek to keep vaccines for themselves or promote their political or economic interests.

Amazon is recruiting
In the latest sign of how it is thriving as others falter during the pandemic, Amazon said on Wednesday it was looking to recruit 33,000 people for business and tech roles in the coming months. That’s the most jobs available at any given time, and the Seattle-based online giant said hiring wasn’t tied to the jobs it typically offers before the busy holiday shopping season. .

Outrage and relief over New York City’s decision to end Manhattan homeless hotel
Campaigners denounce mayor’s decision to remove homeless people from a hotel turned into a shelter on the Upper West Side, ending months of controversy. The city took over the Lucerne Hotel from 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue and converted it into a temporary shelter during the coronavirus pandemic, drawing complaints from residents of the area claiming that the new arrivals were decreasing their quality of life. Now, the homelessness services department has announced that it will transfer the 300 or so residents of Lucerne to other facilities by the end of next weekend.

New York Catholic Schools Welcomes Students Again on First Day of School
New York City public school students are still at least two weeks before they return to class, but Catholic school students are not. The in-person learning began on Wednesday and educators say they are confident in their safety plan. Things look very different, with social distancing markers, the wearing of masks, and reminders to stay safe at all schools. There will also be temperature controls and hand sanitizing stations. In Brooklyn and Queens, where there are 66 schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn, 95% will open under a full in-person model.

2,000 families receive fresh produce and groceries at the NJ event
The town of Passaic partnered with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and the North Bridge Foundation to provide fresh produce and groceries to 2,000 families in need at an event Wednesday. It was held in the Passaic City Hall employee parking lot, located at the corner of Passaic and State Streets in the presence of Mayor Hector Lora, as part of the city’s continued relief efforts to address food insecurity in the country. amid the coronavirus pandemic.

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine study halted after illness
Late-stage studies of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate are temporarily on hold while the company examines whether a report from a patient with a serious side effect is related to the injection. In a statement released Tuesday evening, the company said its “standard review process has triggered a pause in vaccination to allow review of safety data.”

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