COVID updates: Coronavirus not spreading inside schools, study finds


NEW YORK (WABC) – Some encouraging news for parents as children return to school A new report suggests the coronavirus is not spreading inside school buildings.That’s according to a study published in the Washington Post. Public health experts have found that unlike college students, there have been few outbreaks in young children.

Most schools are only open a few days a week. And besides New York, the largest districts in the country have all embraced distance learning.

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Here are other headlines from today:

Governor Cuomo announces investigation into Trump administration
Governor Cuomo and Michigan Governor Whitmer are calling for congressional inquiries into the alleged politicization of the pandemic response by the Trump administration.

The mayor of Blasio pushes the tests and the new laboratory
Mayor Bill de Blasio held his daily press conference outside the city’s new pandemic response lab. The lab is dedicated to processing COVID-19 tests within 24-48 hours for NYC Health + hospitals.

Based at the Alexandria Center for Life Science in Manhattan, the lab is now operational. The mayor also announced a rapid test design competition to try to get the fastest and most accurate tests for New York City.

Missouri governor tests positive for COVID-19
Missouri Governor Mike Parson, a Republican who has firmly refused to require residents to wear masks, has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday.

Broadway fiddler and partner continue to perform during COVID pandemic
When Broadway closed in March, hundreds of musicians found themselves out of work – with everyone else involved in dozens of shows. The musical “Come From Away” turned dark in the middle of a long run, but a violinist continued to play.

New York State’s COVID-19 Saliva Swab Test Gets FDA Approval
Governor Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced Wednesday that the Personal Saliva Swab Diagnostic Test for COVID-19 developed by SUNY Upstate Medical University and Quadrant Biosciences has been granted emergency use authorization by the United States Food and Drug Administration. While this test has been used to date to support widespread testing of SUNY on students on campuses, emergency use authorization will help other labs start using this test, helping to identify and contain the virus and to protect New Yorkers.

Times Square New Years Eve will be ‘virtually improved’, ‘very different’
With 100 days to January 1, 2021, the organizers of the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square have announced that they are planning “a virtually enhanced celebration that will digitally bring you Times Square and the famous ball, wherever you are, to scale. small and socially-distanced living elements yet to be determined, and an extremely limited group of in-person, socially distanced winners who will reflect the themes, challenges and inspirations of 2020. ”

The Met cancels the entire 2020-21 season

The Metropolitan Opera announced on Wednesday that it is canceling the entire 2020-2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials said the decision was based on advice from health officials who advise the Met and Lincoln Center.

Johnson & Johnson begins final study of first COVID-19 single shot vaccine
Johnson & Johnson is starting a huge final study to try to prove whether a single dose COVID-19 vaccine can protect against the virus. The study that begins on Wednesday will be one of the largest coronavirus vaccine studies in the world to date, testing the vaccine on 60,000 volunteers in the United States, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile. , Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

NYC Considering Outdoor Dining Law Amid Restaurant Hardship
As New York restaurants grapple with ongoing pandemic restrictions, there is pressure to make alfresco dining permanent in the city’s five boroughs. Hearings are scheduled to begin Wednesday at New York City Council. Although indoor catering is set to reopen next week in the city at 25% capacity, struggling restaurants are wondering how long they can last.

UFT Says New York City Needs 6-7,000 More Teachers Due to Distance Learning Demands
The teachers’ union estimates that New York City needs to hire between 6,000 and 7,000 more teachers. The United Teachers’ Federation says these are the numbers needed to safely open middle and secondary schools next week. So far, the city has pledged to hire 4,500 people.

The mayor of Blasio will put more than 9000 municipal directors on leave for 1 week
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday that he had been forced to take further action due to the lack of additional funding from the federal government. The mayor said executives and underrepresented employees in New York City agencies would be fired for five days. The days would take place between October and March.

6 New York City neighborhoods see increase in COVID cases, city to step up testing
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is targeting six neighborhoods that have seen a recent increase in coronavirus cases, with a focus on extensive testing and contact tracing. As part of its “Get Tested Tuesday” initiative, the city is now focusing its hyperlocal response on Borough Park, Kew Gardens, Midwood, Far Rockaway, Flatbush and Williamsburg.
“We have other areas that we really need to focus more on, and we’re going to see expanded community outreach efforts in some neighborhoods where we’re seeing increases,” de Blasio said. “We have to apply a lot of energy and focus on these areas. You’re going to see a lot of activity in the community to remind people of the basics how important it is to what we call the Four Essential Things You Can Do. It makes such a difference, wear a mask, get away socially, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick. ”

US death toll exceeds 200,000
The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has surpassed 200,000 in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, and some public health experts fear infections could climb this fall and winter, possibly even doubling the number of deaths by the end of the year. The dark milestone, by far the highest number of confirmed deaths from the virus in the world, has been reported by Johns Hopkins, based on figures provided by state health officials. But the actual toll is believed to be much higher, in part because many deaths from COVID-19 have likely been attributed to other causes, especially early on, before widespread testing.

Stay informed with ABC7’s NYC COVID-19 Positivity Rate Tracker
As public schools in New York City move closer to reopening in-person learning, much of the success will largely depend on how schools contain the rate of COVID infection. According to the city, public schools can only remain open if the COVID positivity rate remains below 3%. To stay informed, you can follow ABC7’s NYC COVID-19 Positivity Rate Tracker.

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