COVID Updates: US Nears 200,000 Dead, Some Connecticut Universities Cancel Spring Break


NEW YORK (WABC) – The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic approaches 200,000 in the United States. Some public health experts fear infections could soar this fall and winter, possibly even doubling the number of deaths by the end of the year. Meanwhile, spring break at the four universities of State of Connecticut were canceled and several public schools in the state were closed Monday due to the coronavirus resurgence.Leigh Appleby, spokesperson for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System, said Monday that spring break, originally scheduled for March 15-21, had been canceled at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, in the west of the country. Connecticut State University in Danbury and Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic. The start date for the spring semester at all four universities was also pushed back a week later to January 26.

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Get tested on Tuesday in New York
Mayor de Blasio said it was “Get tested Tuesday” in New York City. Residents can call 212-COVID-19 to find a testing center near them. The city is now focusing its hyperlocal response on Ozone Park. They also plan to step up testing at Borough Park, Kew Gardens, Midwood, Far Rockaway, Flatbush and Williamsburg.

1st day of distance learning in New York
About 90,000 students from New York City schools returned to the classroom for in-person learning on Monday, but for everyone it was a distance learning experience.

Childcare assistance NJ
The New Jersey Department of Human Services has opened the window for a new COVID-19 child care tuition assistance program. Families with children aged 5 to 13 and with incomes of up to $ 75,000 per year can apply online at

CDC Removes Airborne COVID Transmission Report, Cites Error
The Centers for Disease Control updated a low-fanfare document on Friday that updates the agency’s position on how the virus is spread, then removed the new guidelines on Monday saying they were issued in error. The document states that person-to-person and coughing / sneezing / breathing are the primary means of droplet transmission of the virus, but the agency then said there was growing evidence of airborne droplets. in the air after a sneeze or cough – droplets that linger in the air – are cause for concern.

Returning to low-risk sports in high school in New York City
Low-risk sports in New York City high schools resumed on Monday, including field hockey, tennis, soccer, cross country and swimming. They can train and start playing. During this time, high-risk sports like football, wrestling, rugby and hockey are allowed to play, but cannot start competition.

Majority of Americans Don’t Trust Trump Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine Safety
A poll by ABC News / Ipsos shows that the majority of Americans do not trust President Donald Trump to confirm the safety of a potential COVID-19 vaccine. In total, 69% of those polled did not trust the president to vouch for the safety of a vaccine. Sixteen percent of them said their level of confidence was “not so much”; while 53 percent said it was “not at all”.

Some New York students are going back to school
The first day of school is face-to-face for only 90,000 students in New York City’s Pre-K, 3K, and Special Education schools. According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, a total of 734 schools are opening their doors for in-person learning this week. 1,050 community-based early childhood education programs are also starting. The learning bridges also started on Monday. That involves 3,600 preschoolers in the program early on, and families can continue to apply as seats open.
“These 90,000 and more students still represent the largest number of students starting in person in the country,” Chancellor of Schools Richard Carranza told Eyewitness News Monday morning. “So it’s important for us to do it right. And it’s important for us to make sure everyone is safe when they start learning in person. ”

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 depend heavily on schools getting the COVID infection rate under control. 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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