Coronavirus News: NYC Heading For More Restrictions, Gov. Cuomo Warns


NEW YORK (WABC) – If New York’s COVID-19 positivity rate exceeds 3%, the city would become an orange zone under the state’s COVID-19 micro-cluster strategy, Governor Cuomo said on Wednesday. This would mean that the city’s schools would be closed to in-person learning.If that happens, schools would have to close for at least four days and Cuomo said officials would have to design a “different formula” for schools in the city to “test” and reopen because of the number of students that would have to be. tested.What to know about the coronavirus:
Where to get tested in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
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How the coronavirus changed the New York area
Do you have symptoms of coronavirus?
NYC COVID-19 Positivity Rate Tracking

Here are other headlines from today:

A member of Governor Lamont’s security service tests positive
A member of Governor Ned Lamont’s security team has tested positive for COVID-19, according to test results released Wednesday. The member of the security service immediately entered self-isolation.

Lamont remains in self-quarantine at his private residence after being exposed to a member of his senior staff last week.

Regional governors encourage students to get tested
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Delaware Governor John Carney, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker announced today that they will encourage residential colleges and universities in their respective states to provide testing to all students returning home for the Thanksgiving vacation whenever possible before leaving campus . Any student who tests positive will be encouraged to self-isolate on campus before they can travel or itemize their safe travel arrangements at home with the local health department.

United States surpasses 250,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths
The United States surpassed 250,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday night, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

Cuomo’s Thanksgiving Warning
Governor Andrew Cuomo offers personal advice to all New Yorkers for Thanksgiving: don’t be a turkey. Cuomo on Wednesday warned that his personal theory is that there will be a “huge spike” in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving. He said it was not based on scientific data, but that it was his personal theory. He urged families to show their love this holiday season by not seeing each other.

New York schools will close on Thursday
New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza issued a letter announcing the school closings on Thursday. “From Thursday, November 19, all school buildings will be closed and all learning will be done remotely for all students, until further notice,” reads the letter. “You will soon hear from your principal on the next steps for you and your student. Please note that this is a temporary closure and the school buildings will reopen as soon as it is safe. New York has met the 7-day mean positivity test threshold of 3%.

The pandemic won’t stop NORAD from tracking Santa Claus
The children of the world can be at ease. The global pandemic won’t stop them from tracking the progress of Santa Claus as he delivers gifts around the world on Christmas Eve. The North American Aerospace Defense Command has announced that NORAD will follow Santa on December 24, as it has for 65 years. But there will be changes: Not all children will be able to contact a NORAD call center volunteer to verify Santa’s whereabouts, as they did years ago.

Delta Air Lines will continue to block middle seats until March 2021
Delta Air Lines said on Wednesday it would keep the middle seats empty on its flights until March, an extension of the social distancing policy it put in place at the start of the pandemic. Delta says it is the only US airline to continue blocking the middle seats on its flights. The move comes as other airlines end similar policies, bracing for a potential attack from air travelers during the holiday rush.

Demand for testing increases ahead of Thanksgiving
Hospitals across the country are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, as testing centers are also seeing an influx of people seeking testing before the holidays. Dr Anthony Fauci says it’s important to get tested, he urges Americans to forgo coming together for Thanksgiving this year to stop the spread. More than 2 million Americans have tested positive this month, making November the worst month for the pandemic to date. More and more states are now imposing restrictions. Los Angeles has implemented a 10 p.m. curfew, while Montana and Iowa now have mask warrants. It is a movement that at least a dozen states resist.

Hospitals across the United States lack beds or equipment to treat patients with COVID-19
More Americans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 than ever before. As more than 73,000 people across the country are hospitalized with the virus, medical professionals say they are on the brink, with no beds or equipment to handle the massive influx of patients.

United States records highest daily death toll from COVID-19 in 6 months
At least 1,707 new deaths from COVID-19 were reported Tuesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. This is the highest daily death toll since May 14.

Europe has half of 4 million new COVID cases worldwide but sees hope
Europe accounted for almost half of the 4 million new cases of coronavirus worldwide last week, but saw an almost 10% drop in infections from the previous week, in part thanks to lockdown measures stringent government policies that have stoked some discontent, the World Health Organization reported on Wednesday. .

Pfizer Releases New Results on COVID-19 Effectiveness
Pfizer is taking the next step with its vaccine seeking emergency FDA approval. The final results of their Phase 3 analysis revealed that the Pfizer vaccine is 95% effective. The pharmaceutical company has completed its safety review of the highly anticipated COVID-19 vaccine. Last week, Pfizer announced that its vaccine appears to be over 90% effective. The FDA advisory committee is expected to meet for three days next month and could approve the vaccine as early as December 10.

FDA clears first rapid home COVID test
The FDA has issued emergency use authorization for the first rapid home test for COVID-19. The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit is cleared for home or point-of-care use by a physician, but only by prescription. According to the FDA, the molecular test “works by swirling the self-collected swab in a vial which is then placed in the test unit. In 30 minutes or less, results can be read directly from the test unit’s bright screen that indicates whether a person is positive or negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. ”

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