COVID Updates: New York Officials End Illegal Party in Williamsburg, Brooklyn


NEW YORK (WABC) – Deputy New York sheriffs shut down an illegal bar and partied in a warehouse in Brooklyn. The rally at 23 Meadow Street in Williamsburg included more than 387 people who allegedly violated emergency orders .Nine organizers of the rally were charged with several offenses, including violations of the administrative code, the health code and the law on the control of alcoholic beverages.What to know about the coronavirus:
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UConn blocks students from attending off-campus events amid virus spike
The University of Connecticut on Friday ordered residence students at Storrs to stay away from all off-campus social gatherings until the middle of next week amid an increase in COVID-19 cases.

UConn reported 15 new positive tests for the new coronavirus on Friday, the highest number in a day since the end of September. Twelve of them were from students, nine of whom lived off campus.

United States surpasses 9 million COVID cases
The United States surpassed 9 million COVID-19 cases on Friday with a total of 9,007,298, according to Johns Hopkins. The deaths reached 229,293 people.

Cuomo says schools can reopen if everyone is tested
Governor Cuomo announced an agreement on a testing protocol that will allow schools in the red and orange micro-cluster areas to reopen: mass testing before the school reopens and then weekly surveillance testing.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said schools in the Red and Orange Zones can reopen to in-person learning if they agree to test all students and faculty. If someone tests positive, they cannot enter the school. If a child tests positive, the state will contact the trace with the family.

Cuomo says that permanently 25% of the population will be tested each week. The state will provide rapid-result test kits free of charge to schools wishing to participate.

CDC: cruises can restart after “simulated trips”
The CDC’s conditional navigation order issued on Friday says cruise lines can only apply for a “conditional sailing certificate” after making mock voyages with voluntary passengers with no pre-existing conditions, who agree to potentially endanger themselves .

All passengers must agree to pre and post cruise testing.

Cuomo speaks out on White House vaccination plan

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the White House vaccination plan is flawed. He said the distribution mechanism is too limited and relies mainly on distribution through private pharmacies. Cuomo made the comments after participating in a conference call with the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

New York rates drop, but mayor calls for vigilance
Mayor Bill de Blasio said COVID positivity rates in New York City had declined since Thursday, but said residents should still remain vigilant. The daily positivity rate is now 1.57% with a seven-day moving average of 1.87%. The seven-day average for reported cases is 514. The mayor says he wants the New Yorker to avoid new closures seen in Europe and other parts of the country due to peaks in coronavirus cases. He is also urging against vacation travel and against Halloween gatherings this weekend.

Stamford cancels reopening
In Connecticut, officials are very concerned about an alarming increase in coronavirus cases in the state. Stamford is canceling its reopening in Phase 2 due to the peak of COVID-19 in the region, which means restaurants and personal service businesses can only operate at 50% of their capacity. Indoor religious gatherings have returned to 25% capacity and indoor performing arts theaters are closed again. Stamford is on red alert, and the mayor says every indicator suggests the town is at the start of a second wave.

U.S. Governors Warn of Peak COVID-19
On Friday, there is a stern warning about the increase in COVID-19 cases from some governors in the United States. Hospitalizations are on the rise coast to coast, with at least 13 states seeing record numbers of patients. Now a new battle is brewing in one of the hardest hit areas. An El Paso judge has ordered the two-week shutdown of non-essential businesses in the county, taking effect overnight. But the Texas attorney general has said he could challenge the shutdown, saying it violates the governor’s executive order. Hospitals in Wisconsin are now two to six weeks away from running out of ICU beds, with 20% of hospitals reporting a critical staff shortage. In Utah, the governor warns that hospitals are too full to operate.

Second study testing anti-COVID-19 antibody has a setback
For the second time, a study testing an experimental antibody for COVID-19 has been suspended to investigate a possible safety issue in hospital patients. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. said on Friday that independent monitors had recommended halting recruitment of the most seriously ill patients – those who need intensive oxygen treatment or ventilators – due to a potential safety concern. and an unfavorable balance between risks and benefits. The study may continue to test the two-antibody drug combo in hospital patients who need little or no supplemental oxygen, the monitors said. Other studies on mild or moderately ill people are also continuing.

Open Storefronts program begins, aims to help small businesses in New York
There is some relief for small businesses in the five boroughs as New York’s Open Storefront program begins Friday. Under the new program:
– Companies can use the sidewalk directly in front of their window.
– Businesses located in existing open streets: restaurants can use the curb lane directly in front of the store.
– Businesses located on the same block can join together and apply for an Open Street.
In addition, there must be an 8 foot path for pedestrians to walk safely. For more information on how to apply, visit

CDC makes grim predictions
The CDC predicts 15,000 to 28,000 new deaths in the United States in the next three weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. That would mean a total of 243,000 to 256,000 American lives lost on November 21, days before the holidays. The CDC’s prediction is based on a weekly ensemble forecast, an average of 47 different models.

Cure of COVID patients struggling with long-term effects finds solace in the online community
While many people recover from the coronavirus, some face the lingering effects of the virus for months afterward. These so-called long haul routes share information and support each other in an online community.

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