Coronavirus Update: Fencing installation begins at NYC beaches

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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city would begin installing fencing along New York City’s beaches and urged people to follow the rules of no sports, no large gatherings, and no swimming. “I don’t want to implement it unless we need to, but we have to have it ready,” he said.

The mayor also said as of Monday, H+H testing sites will be using “Made in NYC” testing kits, and will have 60,000 test kits created per week by June 1.

Antibody testing begins Monday for 140,000 health care workers and first responders.

145 children have been diagnosed with MIS-C in New York City with 67 testing positive for COVID-19 or antibodies. The CDC has officially linked MIS-C with COVID-19.

Of the city’s three indicators, hospitalizations were down, ICU patients increased, and the percentage of people testing positive remained unchanged at 11%.

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MAY 18, 2020

Alternate Side Parking
Alternate Side Parking resumes this week with the exception of Thursday due to Ascension Day. Alternate Side Parking will again be suspended next week.

Made in NYC test kits
Mayor Bill de Blasio said as of Monday, H+H testing sites will be using “Made in NYC” testing kits, and will have 60,000 test kits created per week by June 1.
The Economic Development Corporation oversaw the development of the test kits. Print Parts made the swabs, Albert Einstein College made the transport mediums, and Collab in Brooklyn provided the design.

Antibody Testing
Testing begins for 140,000 first responders and health care workers in NYC. To get tested, you can visit FirstSeroSurveyNYC.com or text NYC to 78378.

MAY 17, 2020

Not-for-profit gives away supplies outside NYC soup kitchen
A not-for-profit organization is giving away clothing and supplies in conjunction with a church in Manhattan which hosts a weekly Sunday soup kitchen. Sidewalk Samaritan handed out shoes, socks, shirts, toiletry kits and even jackets, sleeping bags and beverages which were donated by other organizations.

NYC reaches COVID testing goal; 1,000 tracers by end of month
New York City reached it’s goal of 20,000 COVID-19 tests per day a week early and is on track to have 1,000 tracers in the field by the end of May, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday.

NYC partners with CityMD to provide diagnostic testing for 123 sites across all five boroughs. The new testing is said to produce 6,000 diagnostic tests daily, seven days per week. Walk-ins are welcome and there’s no cost for the uninsured.

New MTA app for essential workers
The MTA announced the launching of the “Essential Connector” app to help essential workers plan their alternative travel to or from work during the overnight subway closure from 1 to 5 a.m. Essential workers can use the new app to navigate and take advantage of the MTA’s dramatically enhanced bus service schedule – a 76% increase in overnight trips and 150% boost in the operational fleet – or book an eligible for-hire-vehicle where bus service is not workable at no cost.

NYC beaches update
NYC beaches will not be open for Memorial Day, Mayor de Blasio announced. He said “it’s not the right thing to do.” de Blasio said the beaches might open at some point during the summer, but conditions are not right yet.

TD 5 Boro Bike Tour Cancelled
Bike New York announced the cancellation of this year’s TD Five Boro Bike Tour due to the impacts of COVID-19.

MAY 16, 2020

Brooklyn soundstage provides space to charity fighting hunger

A soundstage in Brooklyn is now serving as a staging area for food preparations. “Broadway Stages” is letting the “Campaign Against Hunger” use a warehouse in Canarsie that would otherwise be dark.

New York City experiencing blood shortage

New York City is running out of blood. Before the pandemic, blood drives at businesses, churches and other sites were the biggest source of donated blood in the New York area. Now, blood drives have almost completely stopped.

Dozens of dinners distributed in Bronx food drive
A food bank distribution was held to help the hungry Saturday afternoon in the Bronx.

Barclays Center hosts pop-up food bank
Barclays Center became a pop-up food bank again in Brooklyn. A line formed around the arena Friday afternoon as people sought out meat, dairy and a variety of produce.

Ferry service changes coming Monday
Service and scheduling changes are coming to New York City’s ferry systems. Due to low ridership, weekday and weekend service will end at 9 p.m. Routes on the Lower East Side, South Brooklyn and Soundview in the Bronx will also be reconfigured.

NYC tourist arrested after posting Hawaii beach photos
A tourist from New York City was arrested for allegedly violating Hawaii’s traveler quarantine after he posted on Instagram photos of himself sunbathing and carrying a surfboard, state officials said.

Queens community helps Muslims observing Ramadan
An interfaith event highlighted the importance of community during the pandemic. The Jackson Heights Community Church served more than 100 Iftar meals to Muslim community members.

Iftar is the traditional meal of breaking fast observed by Muslims after sundown during Ramadan.

Push to limit, educate crowds in NYC parks
New York City launched its new effort Saturday to limit crowding in parks and other areas where people gather. The city is deploying 2,260 Social Distancing Ambassadors and Supervisors to help set parameters and provide guidance.

MAY 15, 2020

Girl recovers from inflammatory syndrome
Chavely Rodriguez says it became a terrifying situation for her and her 3-year-old daughter Alany. She was admitted and treated at Hackensack University Medical Center after developing symptoms of the mystery syndrome due to COVID-19.

Limiting Park Access
With nice weather in the forecast, New York City is taking precautions to limit crowding in parks and other areas where people might gather. The NYPD will limit access to Sheep Meadow in Central Park, Hudson River Park Piers 45 and 46 this weekend.

COVID-19 Heat Wave Plan
Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the city’s COVID-19 Heat Wave Plan. It has three goals:
– Keep vulnerable New Yorkers cool and safe at home
– Give New Yorkers safe positive cooling options
– Prevent power outages and be able to respond to the quickly

Under the new plan, $55 million will be used to purchase more than 74,000 air conditioners. 22,000 will go to NYCHA residents and installations start next week. $20 million in funding comes from NYSERDA. Eligible New Yorkers will be identified by NYCHA, DFTA, HRA, and HPD. The city also wants to offer a subsidy on summer utility bills and use some potential federal stimulus funding. Cooling centers will be available, but will maintain social distancing.

Free pet food available through ASPCA
The ASPCA is launching free pet food distribution centers in New York City and across the U.S. Locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx are offering free dog and cat food and supplies for struggling pet owners.

MAY 14, 2020

Legendary pizzeria reopens, struggles to stay open again
There has been some discussion from city officials and city council to allow restaurants and bars to expand onto the sidewalk and into public spaces. On Bleecker Street, there’s not a lot of space to do that – so the idea is to transform the streets into a dining space.

Behind-the-scenes look at MTA bus drivers during COVID-19 pandemic
In an Eyewitness News exclusive, we’re getting an in-depth look at the pivotal role city bus drivers play in getting essential workers on the front lines during the pandemic.

Church in Queens hit especially hard by COVID-19 finds way to give back
A local church has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped its members and leaders from giving back to the community.

At St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Queens, there is little that the congregation can do for the families of so many in the immigrant community who have died. There is a list of about 60 members who have died, but it is estimated there are dozens more.

Knicks’ Taj Gibson distributes meals at NYCHA complex where he grew up
New York Knick Taj Gibson has a special connection with the Ingersoll Houses – he was raised there. This time he is back to salute all the NYCHA employees and police.

NYPD deaths
The NYPD announced the death of School Safety Agent Melvin Rascoe, who battled the disease for almost a month and a half. Melvin served with the NYPD for nearly 15 years and kept thousands of students in Queens safe.

NYPD sick report
On Thursday, 1,176 uniformed members of the NYPD were on sick report which accounts for 3.3% of the Department’s uniformed workforce. That is down from a high of 19.8%. To date, 5,515 members of the NYPD have tested positive for coronavirus. As of Thursday, 5,265 members of the NYPD have returned to work full duty after recovering from a positive test for the coronavirus and 155 uniformed members plus 53 civilian members are still out sick diagnosed with coronavirus

Disney’s ‘Frozen’ will not reopen on Broadway after COVID-19
The big budget musical “Frozen” will not reopen when Broadway theaters restart, marking the first time an established show has been felled by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Disney show opened in March 2018 and placed among the top five Broadway productions for both gross and attendance over both years it ran, often pulling in over $1 million, and even $2 million a week.

Hundreds line up for food in Corona, Queens
Hundreds of people lined up for hours in Queens for free bags of food. Lines stretched for five blocks outside the Elmcor Food Pantry in Corona. The largely immigrant community is struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.

Opera singer giving nightly sidewalk concerts in Brooklyn
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Peter Kendall Clark performs solo sometimes, other times with a friend, always perched on the ledge of Mansion House.

Mom arrested after subway confrontation with NYPD over mask
A video posted on social media showing the NYPD arresting a 22-year-old mother with a child during a confrontation over wearing a mask is sparking calls for procedural changes in social distancing enforcement. The incident happened just before noon Wednesday inside the Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center subway station, where police officers handing out masks encountered Kaleemah Rozier, who they say had a mask around her neck and immediately became belligerent when asked to put it on.

Expanding Testing in NYC
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city is expanding its testing efforts. The city now recommends residents get tested if:
– You have COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of age, chronic conditions, or occupation
– Come in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient, regardless of symptoms
– Work in a congregate residential setting (nursing home, shelter, or adult care facility), regardless of symptoms

You can visit nyc.gov/covidtest to find a community testing center near you.

MAY 13, 2020

NYC tour guides offer glimpse into future post-COVID-19
As we dig deep into how to rebuild our economy after the coronavirus, New York City tour guides offer a glimpse into the future, from those who know the past.

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