THIRTEEN and PBS offer regular, in-depth reporting on the coronavirus pandemic’s COVID-19 cases and vaccine distribution, as well as repercussions on employment, social services, the economy and politics. Here is the most recent information from infectious disease doctors and medical professionals, government officials, and journalists who cover news about COVID-19 and its impacts. This page will be updated as reporting continues.
Recent COVID News and Numbers
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As of March 23, the eligibility age range for vaccination has expanded to 50 and up in New York. Also, pharmacies can now vaccinate New Yorkers with qualifying health conditions, an expansion from only serving those 60 and older.
Last week, New Jersey led the nation in COVID-19 cases per capita among U.S. states, and it was one of some 20 states with rising rates of infection.
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On April 2, New York City’s arts and entertainment venues expect to reopen at 33% capacity, with an indoor capacity of 100-150 attendees.
PBS NewsHour Reports
PBS NewsHour is broadcast weeknights at 7 p.m. and weekends at 6 p.m. and streams live. Listen to half-hour broadcasts on 88.3 WLIW-FM weeknights at 6 p.m.
March 22: Trial Data Shows AstraZeneca Vaccine 79% Effective
In the largest COVID vaccine trial yet, AstraZeneca’s vaccine was 79 percent effective in preventing symptomatic infections, the company announced Monday. AstraZeneca’s vaccine has also been shown to be extremely effective at preventing the most serious outcomes from COVID-19, the company said. William Brangham discusses the latest inoculation news with Boston University’s Dr. Nahid Bhadelia.
March 20: Tantrums, Anxiety: Parenting During a Pandemic
There is little doubt that parenting during a pandemic has been challenging, and even with schools starting to reopen, the disruption to routines and structure has created new anxieties for parents and children alike. Hari Sreenivasan spoke with clinical psychologist and parenting consultant Becky Kennedy, whose Instagram page has become a must-read for many families looking for advice.
Amanpour and Company
Amanpour and Company airs Monday – Friday at 11 p.m.; repeats at 4 p.m. Watch broadcast or livestream.
March 22: The Psychological Impact of the Pandemic in the Future
Where the vaccine rollout has been successful, a return to normality is on the horizon. But some may be wondering whether they remember what “normal” means. Christiane spoke with clinical psychologist Christine Runyan about that brain fog you may be feeling.
MetroFocus airs weeknights at 6 p.m. (see schedule for late-night and weekends) and livestreams; listen weeknights on 88.3 WLIW-FM at 11 p.m..
NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi
NJ Spotlight News provides daily reporting on the coronavirus in New Jersey, as well as newsletters.
March 22: A Pause in Reopening in NJ as Coronavirus Variants Surge
Gov. Phil Murphy is hitting the pause button on further re-openings in the state, after highly infectious COVID-19 virus variants surged in New Jersey. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the UK variant B117 currently accounts for 9% of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey.
March 19: COVID-19 Hotlines and Clinics Boost Vaccinations for Seniors
With COVID-19 vaccination rates lagging for NJ seniors and people of color, who are most vulnerable to the virus, grassroots community groups are reaching out to help make appointments for shots. Critics claim that’s a job the state needs to do better.
Hotlines and Information
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See new guidelines from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Government Sites and Resources
In New York State and New York City, all government-run vaccination centers require an advance appointment. Make one via the ‘Am I Eligible’ website or call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline 1-833-697-4829.
See the groups that are now eligible for the vaccine in New York.
For a full list of New York State-operated vaccination sites, including Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sites in Brooklyn and Queens, see the New York State site. Sites are also listed according to whether they have appointments available.
National: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) page includes links to national case reporting, symptom information, advisories by health condition and occupation, and more.
For those who are fully vaccinated, the CDC offers guidelines of behavior and safety precautions.
New York City
Sunday, March 14 was an official day of remembrance of those lost to COVID-19 in New York City. Watch the ceremony online now, which includes testimonies from health care workers, families, and views of the Brooklyn Bridge, with the images and names of those who died projected onto it: nyc.gov/covidmemorial.
NYC’s official COVID-19 site with information on testing, resources (including rent and housing and more), and announcements: www.nyc.gov/coronavirus.
For text updates from New York City, text COVID to 692-692. You will receive regular SMS texts with helpful behavior tips and news related to the coronavirus. Text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish.
For the latest number of cases, trends and a look at data by NYC neighborhood, see the New York City COVID-19 data page.
Eligible New Yorkers can make their vaccine appointments using the City’s Vaccine Finder, which aggregates all vaccination locations including private providers like pharmacies. Those eligible can also call for an appointment at 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692) 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. See the NYC vaccine information page for City guidelines.
See the groups that are now eligible for the vaccine in New York.
The City’s Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity has expanded its Vaccine for All effort to 33 neighborhoods. The task force also released demographic information of vaccine recipients.
COVID Express sites offer free rapid COVID-19 virus PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests, by scheduled appointment. Learn more on NYC.gov.
Work, Resources and Assistance
To see all kinds of resources available to communities by zip code, begin by selecting a NYC borough on this City resource page.
New York City’s Vaccine for All Corps is hiring 2,000 New Yorkers to serve their communities’s vaccination efforts. Residents in the 33 Task Force for Racial Inclusion and Equity neighborhoods will receive priority in hiring clinical, support and administrative roles. Jobseekers should visit nyc.gov/vaccinejobs
The state has a web application to help struggling New Yorkers locate benefits they may qualify for. “Find Services” is an easy starting point for first-time users of social programs that relate to unemployment, food insecurity, and housing, among other services.
For labor law information and more, employers and employees can visit nyc.gov/workers or call 311 (212-NEW-YORK outside NYC).
New York City Public Schools and Learning
Create a NYC Schools Account to sign up for Department of Education notifications and track your child’s education.
For free homework help from a teacher, K-12 students and their parents or caregivers can call 212-777-3380 or visit the Dial-A-Teacher website Mondays through Thursdays 4–7 p.m.
New York State
NY State Hotline: 888-364-3065
For all New York State updates and announcements from Governor Andrew Cuomo, see the state COVID site.
The state documents its vaccination distribution through a vaccine tracker that includes first and second doses given.
To confirm eligibility and see instructions for vaccine appointments at state-run locations, see this New York State site.
Those eligible can call the New York State COVID vaccine scheduling hotline, daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.: 833-697-4829 (833-NYS-4VAX).
See community pop-up sites in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County, on the New York State site.
COVID Alert NY is a voluntary, anonymous, exposure-notification smartphone app. You will get an alert if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Learn more about how it works and download it to your mobile phone.
The New York State Department of Health posts a daily COVID-19 tracker case tally by county.
NJ State COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-962-1253
NJ State Vaccine Appointments: 1-855-568-0545
Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text updates.
The State of New Jersey coronavirus hub is covid19.nj.gov.
The health department has new guidelines as of March 23 for visits at nursing homes and other long-term care centers. Indoor visits at facilities where 70% or more residents are fully vaccinated are allowed, regardless of COVID-19 statistics in a facility’s surrounding area.
New Jersey residents 65 and older, and those 16-64 who have medical conditions recognized by the CDC to increase the risk of severe illness from the coronavirus, are among those eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. See all who qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Beginning March 29, additional frontline essential workers will be eligible to book vaccine appointments.
Pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine and learn more about the vaccine distribution in New Jersey on the official state vaccine hub.
The state offers answers to more FAQs as well as outlines policies for health care providers on this COVID-19 vaccine page from the health department.
Remote Learning Resources from WNET Education
Although 20 percent of the city’s high school students returned to New York City classrooms on March 22, many families opted for in-person learning for the rest of the year. To better serve families during the COVID-19 pandemic, The WNET Group offers At Home Learning educational programming. Help keep students learning at home with tools for parents and educators on WNET’s Education site. All resources are free and standards-aligned.
Let’s Learn weekday lessons led by NYC DOE educators for grades 3K- 2 are broadcast at 11 a.m. on THIRTEEN and at 8 and 9 a.m. on WLIW21, followed on WLIW21 by a NJTV Learning Live lesson for 3rd graders at 10 a.m., 4th graders at 11 a.m., and 5th graders at 12 p.m.
Broadcast schedules on WLIW21, WLIW World and PBS Kids were developed to help schools and districts bridge the digital divide and provide equitable access to learning for all students at home, regardless of access to the internet or computers.