Nearly one in four New Yorkers lacks adequate food, the city said.
Two months in a coronavirus pandemic with hundreds of thousands of people without a job, almost one in four New Yorkers needs food, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday.
To address the problem, the city plans to increase to 1.5 million meals, which it distributes every day until next week, officials said, with one million to be delivered and 500,000 available for pickup in schools.
As a result of the pandemic, he said: “We estimate that number is two million or more. So almost doubling. That is why we have made food such a central part of what we are doing in response to this crisis. “
The city has been stepping up its food distribution efforts for weeks and distributing 32 million meals during the crisis, the mayor said.
Catherine Garcia, the city’s top food service official, said the city had shut down some food suppliers for poor performance.
Would you serve that to your grandmother? “City officials asked food vendors according to Ms. Garcia. “We will hold people accountable.”
Separately, the families of students from public schools in New York will do it you will soon receive more than $ 400 per student, regardless of income, to help pay for food while school buildings are closed through a federal aid program.
New York sees more reports of virus-related syndrome in children.
New York State is investigating 157 cases of a severe inflammatory syndrome that is linked to the virus and affects children, an increase of 53 percent over the past nine days, the government of Andrew M. Cuomo said on Thursday.
“The more we watch, the more we find it,” Mr Cuomo said at his daily news briefing. On May 12, the state investigated 102 cases.
The condition that the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is marked Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children often occurs weeks after infection in children who have not had symptoms of the first phase virus.
Instead of targeting the lungs, as the primary viral infection does, it causes inflammation throughout the body and can seriously damage the heart.
So far, most children affected by the disease in New York have tested positive for the virus or antibodies to it, Mr Cuomo said.
Researchers are investigating whether the infected children were genetically predisposed to the syndrome, the governor added.
“Is there anything in their DNA code?” He said. “Is there any common denominator among these children?” Why are these children affected when other children are not? “
In New York, health officials said Thursday that there were at least 89 cases of the syndrome that met C.D.C. As of Wednesday, officials are investigating 158 potential cases of the disease. Twenty-six did not meet with C.D.C. criteria, and 43 are still under investigation, officials said.
On the first line: Tommy Hondros, owner of a gas station.
The Times regularly profiles key workers in the New York area during the pandemic.
Where you live? Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
Where do you work? Liberty 8th Avenue gas station in the West Village of Manhattan.
How did business change after the coronavirus came to New York?
I was open 24 hours in the first month of this situation, but then I couldn’t – none of my workers wanted to come to work, which I don’t blame them for. I lost about nine boys.
They just said, “You know what? Money does not cost our lives. “Which I understand. But I’m still here. I have no choice – you really don’t if you think about it. How will people survive? How will I survive?”
Has your life changed?
I haven’t seen my grandmother in two months. I saw her every day. She lives two blocks from me. This is too high a risk.
Do you get nervous or scared?
Yes, but I don’t stay open to me, I stay open to the community, which is first aid, the ambulance, the firefighters, the port police, they all come here.
We could close if we wanted to, but where will people get gas? The first answers or the people who will buy groceries for people who can’t get out of the house?
Is there a counteraction to any of this?
Everyone knows me, they say, “Thank you, Tommy, we know you don’t have to be here, it’s a real danger to even be here,” but I’m still open to them.
Every time I saw these people leave their house at 19:00. I mean, “Oh, you’re applauding me?” I’m the first answer, if you really think about it.
Here’s where you can go to the beach.
Pandemic or not, and weather forecast, the summer season on the beach begins on Friday with Remembrance Day over the weekend. But many beaches in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are closed. For those who are open, a day at the beach will be very different.
Sun, sand and sea seekers face a patchwork of restrictions. Here’s a guide:
New Jersey: Summer off the coast of Jersey, a 130-kilometer stretch of coastline that serves as a crucial economic engine for the country, continues, but with limitations. Governor Philip D. Murphy asked local officials to limit the capacity of their beaches and how it depends on them.
“We have begun to take what I would call baby steps,” Mr Murphy said on Thursday in a resumption of state efforts in an interview with CNBC. “The beaches are a big step.”
The amusement parks, playgrounds and arcades of the famous state boards are closed, and the sea restaurants will be able to provide only take-off or delivery.
New York: Mr de Blasio said the town’s beaches, including those on Connie Island and Rockaway Peninsula, are only open to nearby residents who want to walk on the sand. Swimming is prohibited, as well as gatherings or parties of all kinds, and the mayor has repeatedly urged people not to travel to reach the beaches.
Roisways Riis and Fort Tilden, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area and managed by the National Park Service, will only be open for “passive recreation” such as walking and running. Parking capacity will be limited to 50 percent.
Long Island: Concerned that residents of the city, enclosed by its own beach, could head east, Long Island officials have moved to restrict access to their shores to residents only. As a result, access to the beaches of Suffolk County and Nassau will require proof of residence.
Beaches in New York State are required to limit capacity to 50 percent. Long Beach, which often pulls beaches from New York, will sell beach passes only to residents. The road will be opened with rules for social distancing.
State-run beaches, including Jones Beach and Robert Moses State Park, miles of land that attract many of the city’s residents, will be open, with limited parking.
Mr Cuomo said on Thursday that he expected these beaches to reach maximum capacity as early as 10am.
“You don’t want to drive this and find out that the beach is already closed,” he said.
Westchester County: The beaches, run by Playland County in Paradise and Croton Point Park, will be open to county residents only.
Connecticut: Local officials have the right to make decisions about access to the beaches they control.
In state parks with beaches on the shore, visitors can only gather in groups of five or less and must keep 15 feet between the beach blankets. Facial coatings are a must when people are close to others. If social distancing cannot be maintained, employees can close car parks or beaches.
Commercial tenants lag behind in paying rent, a threat to urban services.
A nightclub has been closed in Brooklyn for two months now. The Manhattan travel agency says it is unlikely to ever reopen. Both have not paid rent since the coronavirus was stopped.
Their landlady, Jane Locke, collected about half of the monthly rent she owed from her six commercial tenants in April and May, a drastic drop in normal weather. This month, she owes an insurance premium of $ 20,000 and a much higher annual property tax bill in July.
“I just play my number and see when I run out of money,” Ms. Locke said. “We’re already immersed in savings.”
Residential rental collections have also declined as tenants who have lost their jobs have stopped paying. But for now, the erosion of commercial rents is worse and deprives landlords of their biggest source of income every month.
The cascading impact of the pandemic and orders to stay at a New York home have reached a tipping point, property owners and developers say. Two months after the crisis, the sharp drop in rental incomes now threatens their ability to pay bills, taxes and suppliers – a catastrophe for the city, they warn.
If building owners can’t come up with enough money to pay their next property tax bill in five weeks, the city will be hungry for a huge revenue stream that helps pay for all aspects of everyday life, from the fire department to garbage collection to community hospitals. This can lead to a gloomy landscape of free windows and streets abducted by their energy.
Barber shop, brewery and N.J. Republicans are suing to end the state’s suspension
A group of small businesses joined forces with the Republican Party in New Jersey on Thursday in a bid to lift the coronavirus shutdown in the state.
In a civil appeal filed with the State High Court, they allege that Gov. Philip D. Murphy “exceeded his authority” and violated the New Jersey constitution when on March 21, he shut down many companies in hopes of slowing the spread of the virus.
Mr Murphy’s order of 21 March distinguishes between the main retail businesses that can remain open – groceries, laundries and hardware stores – and non-essential businesses such as gyms, salons, bars and cinemas.
The lawsuit argues that Mr. Murphy’s order denies business owners equal protection under the law and that the distinction between what qualifies as substantial and what is not seriously wrong.
For example, the complaint raises the question of why liquor stores can remain open, but not barbers.
“This is despite the known health hazards of alcohol, as well as the strong link between alcohol use and the occurrence of domestic violence,” the complaint said.
Among those who filed the lawsuit were the Postas barber shop in Franklin, Georgia, in northern New Jersey, and the Bucket Brigade brewery in Cape May County, at the southern end of the state.
“If I don’t have customers, I don’t have a business,” said John Postas, a barber shop owner. “So their safety and their health are extremely important to me.”
“I don’t want to open up with zero protection,” said State Senator Michael L. Testa Jr., a lawyer who represents business owners and who also co-chairs New Jersey in President Trump’s campaign. “I say allow companies like your hotels, motels, restaurants, barbers, salons, shops that sell the same products as Walmart, General Dollar to be allowed to open.”
A spokesman for Mr Murphy said the cabinet would not comment on pending lawsuits.
In a statement, the State Democratic Committee called the process an exercise in “scoring political points”.
Underground cycling is 50 percent up from last month, but still far below normal.
New Yorkers are slowly beginning to return to the subway system, in another sign that Americans at the center of the global coronavirus pandemic are eager to return to normal.
Metro travel now averages 600,000 a day, after a reduction of 400,000 in April, metropolitan transport officials said on Wednesday.
Interim President of New York Transit Sarah Feinberg called the increase “significant”, although the figures are still far below the system’s typical system of more than five million on a weekday.
The bus is also increasing – from a low 400,000 to 700,000 trips per day.
The country’s largest mass transit system has seen its rider fall more than 90 percent, partly at the behest of the government: It is assumed that only key employees will use it along with the people who absolutely need it.
New Yorkers are also slowly returning to the ferry in Staten Island, at rush hour for up to 600 passengers, from a low of about 400. In response, the city will begin operating with ferry hours at rush hour every afternoon, not every hour.
The virus has taken a terrible toll on transit workers: As of Wednesday, 123 of them have died from it, officials said. All but three of them worked in the agency’s subway and bus departments.
Here’s where you can go to the beach this weekend.
Even in the midst of a pandemic, the summer beach season will begin across the region on Friday, just in time for Remembrance Day over the weekend. But when the coronavirus remains constant, a day at shore will look noticeably different.
Those looking for sun, sand and sea will have to deal with puddles of restrictions governing beaches in the 300 area. Here are where beaches were found and what restrictions were applied:
New Jersey: Summer on the coast of Jersey, a 130-kilometer stretch of coastline that serves as a crucial economic center for the state, continues, but with limitations. Gov. Philip D. Murphy is demanding that local officials limit the capacity of their beaches, and how it depends on New Jersey municipalities depends on them.
However, amusement parks, playgrounds and arcades on the country’s iconic boards must be closed, and seafood restaurants will only be able to provide take-off or delivery.
New York: Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s beaches, including those on Connie Island and Rockaway Peninsula, are closed, except for nearby residents who want to take a walk on the beach. Swimming is prohibited, as well as gatherings or parties of all kinds, and the mayor has repeatedly urged residents not to travel to reach beaches.
Reese Park and Fort Tilden on the Rockaway Peninsula, which is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area and is managed by the National Park Service, will only be open for “passive recreation” such as walking and running, officials said. Parking lots for both will be reduced to 50 percent capacity, gatherings are banned and picnic areas will be closed.
Long Island: Concerned that the city’s residents could overcrowd their beaches, many Long Island officials moved to restrict access to their coast to residents only. The beaches of Suffolk County and Nassau will require proof of residence.
All beaches on Long Island and New York State are required to limit capacity to 50 percent. Long Beach, which has often attracted beaches from New York, will sell beach passes only to its residents. Its board will be opened with rules for social distancing.
State-run beaches, including Jones Beach and Robert Moses State Park, miles of land that attract New Yorkers, will be opened, but parking will be reduced.
Westchester County: The county-run beaches at Playland Park in Riga and Croton Point Park at Croton-on Hudson will be open for Remembrance Day weekend, but only to county residents, officials said. Those wishing to enter both parks must have a park pass in the park or a driver’s license with a Westchester address.
Connecticut: Beaches have never been completely closed in Connecticut, and local officials are allowed to make individual decisions about beaches in their jurisdictions.
In state parks with beaches on the shore, visitors can only gather in groups of five or less and they must keep 15 feet between the beach blankets. Face coatings are mandatory when people are in close proximity to others. If social distancing cannot be maintained, employees will reduce the capacity of car parks or nearby beaches for the day.
Civil servants recommend that municipal governments adopt such guidelines.
Майкъл Коен беше освободен от затвора на фона на проблемите с коронавируса.
Майкъл Д. Коен, бившият личен адвокат и поправител на президента Тръмп, беше освободен от федералния затвор в четвъртък наскоро и се върна в дома си в Манхатън, заяви един от неговите адвокати. Той поиска да бъде освободен поради здравословни проблеми, свързани с коронавируса.
Предвижданата му дата за освобождаване е ноември 2021 г. Служител на правоохранителните органи заяви, че се очаква господин Коен да изтърпи остатъка от присъдата си в домашен затвор.
Ако това се случи, г-н Коен ще стане един от повече от 2500 федерални затворници, освободени в дома, след началото на епидемията от вируса.
Г-н Коен беше признал, че е участвал в схема за изплащане на хъшови пари на две жени, които твърдят, че са имали афери с господин Тръмп преди той да бъде президент, което г-н Тръмп отрече.
Кметът дава кръв и казва, че и вие трябва.
Г-н дьо Блазио имаше предложение в четвъртък за жителите на града, нетърпеливи да помогнат на съседите си по време на пандемията: „Дарете кръв.“
„Имаме нужда от нюйоркчани, които могат да дадат кръв, за да дадат кръв“, каза господин дьо Блазио.
Кметът планира да води с пример: Той каза и че той и съпругата му Чирлайн Маккрай ще дарят кръв в четвъртък.
В нормални времена училищата, предприятията и домовете за поклонение обичайно държат кръв, което позволява на града да поддържа седемдневно кръвоснабдяване.
Но тези опори за кръвно шофиране са затворени заради вируса. През последните седмици кръвните банки в региона имат достатъчно кръв, за да продължат само един до три дни, съобщи Нюйоркският кръвен център.
Хората, които се интересуват от даряване могат намерете кръвен център тук.
Изчакването за блокиране на N.Y. е струвало близо 17 000 живота, твърдят изследователите.
Ако САЩ бяха започнали да налагат мерки за социално дистанциране седмица по-рано от него, около 17 000 по-малко хора в района на Ню Йорк щяха да загинат в епидемията от вируса, според нови оценки от моделиращи болести на университета в Колумбия.
Констатациите се основават на моделиране на инфекциозни заболявания, което определя как намаленият контакт между хората, започващ в средата на март, забавя предаването на вируса.
Изследователите моделираха какво би се случило, ако същите промени бяха извършени седмица или две по-рано и оцениха разпространението на инфекции и смъртни случаи. Според тях по-рано действията биха спасили 36 000 живота.
В Ню Йорк, според изследователите, броят на смъртните случаи щеше да е под 4 300 до 3 май, ако на 8 март беше извършен национален контрол.
На въпроса си за моделирането на ежедневния си брифинг в четвъртък, г-н Куомо цитира липса на ранна информация за вируса, казвайки, че „ако тази страна знаеше повече и я знаеше по-рано, мисля, че бихме могли да спасим много, много повече животи. “
Управителят не се занимава директно със собствените си решения, казвайки, че федералните агенции или международните здравни организации трябва да са открили по-ранни предупредителни знаци.
– Сега кой би трябвало да знае? Господин Куомо каза. Тя е над моята степен на заплащане като управител на една държава. ”
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