COVID Updates: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Says Tests Show COVID Cluster Positivity ‘Stands’


NEW YORK (WABC) – Mayor Bill de Blasio began his daily briefing with good news for New York City, saying, “We are now seeing a plateau in test results. He said he felt the increased testing efforts had really helped in areas of the COVID cluster in Brooklyn and Queens.”We can stop it in these areas of Brooklyn and Queens and therefore protect the whole city,” de Blasio said. He urged everyone to remain vigilant in their social distancing and mask-wearing efforts to help prevent a second wave peak.

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LIU Post goes remote
LIU Post in Nassau County walks away after an increase in COVID-19 cases. School officials say the move will take at least two weeks out of caution. The teaching staff will also work remotely.

Only the veterinary graduate program will continue in Perison.

Murphy protects public services and internet for NJ residents
Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order extending the moratorium on utility shutdowns. No New Jersey household can have their electricity, gas or water cut for non-payment until March 15, 2021. Service must be restored if it was disconnected during the public health emergency.

There is also now a moratorium against disconnecting Internet or voice services extended until November 15, 2020. Households with school-aged children who require an Internet connection for distance learning will be extended until November 15, 2020. until March 15, 2021.

Rising COVID-19 count of growing concern in New Jersey
New Jersey’s positivity rate would now put the state on its own quarantine list after seeing 953 positive tests statewide on Wednesday.

It is a growing concern in New Jersey as the number of COVID-19 continues to rise. With that in mind, the Paterson School Board made the decision to extend distance learning until January 19.

Thanksgiving gatherings pose high risk of COVID, says Dr Fauci
There’s a warning about Thanksgiving from the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, Anthony Fauci. He says family vacations pose a huge health risk, especially for people who are older or have underlying health issues.

Risk of COVID-19 transmission on airplanes “virtually non-existent” when passengers wear masks
A new study released Thursday shows that the risk of COVID-19 transmission is “virtually non-existent” during air travel when passengers wear masks.

The study, conducted by the Department of Defense in partnership with United Airlines, found that when they were seated with a mask, “only 0.003% of particles actually entered the breathing zone of another passenger.” The results have not yet been peer reviewed.

Governor Cuomo, other governors send letter to president on vaccine

Governor Cuomo said the expected coronavirus vaccine will require a plan to deliver it when ready in states across the country. He and other governors sent President Trump a letter requesting a meeting to determine how this will work. “It’s a massive undertaking,” Cuomo said. “And I tell you that there is no simple answer and that it is very expensive and complicated. ”

Fears of a second wave spread to Europe
Fears grew on Thursday that Europe will lack a chance to control its coronavirus outbreak in the fall, as infections hit record daily highs in Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy and Poland. France has imposed a 9 p.m. curfew on many of its largest cities and Londoners have faced new travel restrictions as governments impose increasingly tough measures. New infections have surged across Europe in recent weeks as fall entered, prompting authorities to resume imposing loosened restrictions over the summer. The Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, France and Great Britain are among the countries of particular concern.

The head of the European office of the World Health Organization urged governments to be “intransigent” in controlling the virus. “These steps are aimed at keeping us all ahead of the curve and flattening its course,” said Dr Hans Kluge, while wearing a mask. “So it’s up to us to accept them when they are still relatively easy to follow instead of following the path of severity. ”

His. Kamala Harris stops the trip for good reason
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign said Thursday that running mate Kamala Harris would suspend in-person events until Monday after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for the coronavirus. The campaign said Biden had no exposure, although he and Harris spent several hours campaigning together in Arizona on October 8.

New York City posts tips on winter al fresco dining
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday signed an executive order allowing the use of temporary outdoor heaters to extend alfresco dining during the winter months in New York City due to COVID-19. Participants in the Open Restaurants program will have three options to provide comfort heating to their customers. Options include: electric heaters, natural gas heaters, and portable propane heaters.

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