The COVID-19 constructive charge in New York is 5% by the point the vaccine arrives

The nationwide infection rate in New York is 4.96% according to the latest test results. There have been 106 new deaths, three of which were in Nassau County and five in Suffolk, according to a press release from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday.

According to the release, Long Island had 871 people hospitalized with coronavirus, with 19% of hospital beds in the area available over an average of seven days. On Saturday, the infection rate on the island was 5.62%, said Cuomo’s office.

The rates, reflecting spikes in cases over the past few weeks and months, came as the first of the coronavirus vaccines left Michigan and drove to places like New York, where they could be given as early as Monday.

New York State, once the epicenter of the pandemic, is having the federal government vaccinate residents and workers of nursing homes, Cuomo said. The state’s first shipment will be approximately 170,000 cans, with more to follow in the following weeks, Cuomo’s office said in a press release last week. High-risk personnel on the health front are also said to be vaccinated first.

The vaccine, manufactured by Pfizer, is designed to be given in two doses every three weeks.

About 90 locations across the state are ready to store the vaccine in special freezers that can reach the required temperatures of minus 70 degrees Celsius.

Citing the higher infection rates, Cuomo ordered late last week that restaurants in New York should close from Monday – the second time since March that indoor service was banned. It has been found that eating indoors is almost 20 times more likely to transmit the virus than outdoors.

Also last week, Cuomo said he would adjust metrics for the state’s color-coded zone rules, such as designating a “red zone” – which means further closures and other restrictions – in any region that has hospital capacity within three weeks of reaching 90%, even after the electoral process was canceled and the bed capacity expanded. Such proceedings have previously only been ordered by the state to be canceled in Erie County, west of New York.

Meanwhile, the Connetquot, Farmingdale and Port Washington public school districts announced certain closings of face-to-face learning this week due to positive testing in their communities.

On Sunday morning, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) urged federal lawmakers to provide $ 4 billion in pandemic aid to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as part of a broader government funding plan due Friday.

The federal government will run out of money by the end of the week if lawmakers fail to reach an agreement, Schumer said, and the MTA will earn some of the spending, which will ultimately be approved.

“Our transit system urgently needs an infusion of money to survive this pandemic,” said Schumer at a press conference in front of a subway station in Manhattan. “This is not all the money the MTA needs, but it should surprise them for the next four to six months before we can get a larger package under the Biden administration.”

The coronavirus pandemic has caused revenue to decline in the MTA’s transit systems, including the Long Island Rail Road. According to MTA data, the number of drivers on the railroad has fallen by more than 70% in the past week.

The MTA has already received $ 4 billion through a coronavirus aid package passed in March. But agency officials say they need $ 12 billion more to avert drastic service cuts.

US Senator Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) at a press conference in Manhattan on Sunday. Photo credit: Corey Sipkin

Also on Sunday, the reigning principal of Connetquot High School, Michael A. Moran, said the campus, which closed on Friday after students and teachers in the Bohemia District tested positive for the coronavirus, will be open until December 21 for personal Learning will stay closed.

Learning is to be done online, “out of concern for the building’s ability to provide adequate supervision during the school day,” Moran wrote in a letter to the school community.

“All students study from home by logging into their regular daily routine,” said Moran.

On Thursday evening, Dean Mittleman, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, sent a letter saying that 10 students and two teachers across the district had tested positive for the coronavirus. On Friday, Connetquot High School and Cherokee Street Elementary School switched in response to any virtual instruction.

It was not immediately known on Sunday whether Cherokee Street Elementary School would be teaching in person on Monday.

In the Port Washington Union Free School District, Guggenheim Elementary School will be closed Monday through Friday, Superintendent Michael, because “more and more of our staff have either tested positive or identified as close contacts,” particularly in three recent cases. J. Hynes wrote on Sunday afternoon in an email to district families.

Citing 15 reported cases over the weekend in all six buildings and the possibility of more cases “later in the evening,” the Farmingdale District announced it would close its personal school and move to all remote areas on Monday Headmaster Paul Defendini announced Sunday evening .

Districts on Long Island have made similar closings on a regular basis since reopening in the fall – sometimes a single school building or building, sometimes the entire district – as students and staff tested positive.

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Matthew Chayes, a Newsday reporter since 2007, covers New York City Hall.

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