Suffolk County Rolls Out New Testing Sites, As COVID-19 Cases Spike On Long Island
As New York City continues fighting to contain the spread of COVID-19, Long Island is dealing with its own coronavirus crisis. Roughly a quarter of all cases in the state are on Long Island, and its infection rate is beginning to pass the city's. County officials are also seeing these cases cluster in densely-populated towns that are home to much of Long Island's immigrant community.
In an attempt to get a better idea of how the virus is spreading through the area, as well as to better inform Spanish-speaking communities, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is rolling out hotspot testing sites in places where health officials have found high rates of infection.
"There's no better way to be able to penetrate into the community than bringing people to get tested and then to hear from Spanish-speaking health professionals about what you need to do, how you need to isolate and stay at home," Bellone told WNYC's Jami Floyd. "We think that is the most effective way to connect with what has traditionally been a hard-to-connect-with community."
The first of these test sites will be located in Huntington Station, Brentwood, and Riverhead.
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Passover in a Pandemic
Rabbi Dove Drizin usually hosts a massive Passover seder at the Valley Chabad in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. This year, however, the gathering has been called off and the seder will happen at home with his wife and eight kids. This comes amidst a flurry of funerals and a question of just what Passover represents.
"There's crying and sadness and tears for so much loss," he said, "but then there’s also resilience. And a sense of, 'We’re all in it together.'"
New York City 12th Graders Want Their Senior Year Back
This is not how New York City high school seniors imagined taking their victory lap at the end of their school year.
It’s not just the big, up-in-the-air things like prom and graduation. It’s also the everyday shuffle of the hallways, grabbing pizza with friends after school, the , and the gnawing feeling that this wasn’t how things were supposed to end.
That’s what WNYC/Gothamist is hearing from many high school seniors across the five boroughs. Here are a few perspectives, shared by the class of 2020.
As Data Shows Hispanics And Blacks Hit Hardest By Coronavirus, Elected Officials Ask Why City Didn’t Plan Better
After mounting pressure from elected officials and advocates, New York City officials on the race and ethnicity of COVID 19 fatalities today. That information confirms that communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the virus. WNYC's City Hall and politics reporter Brigid Bergin joins Jami Floyd on All Things Considered to discuss how the city is responding.
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