IRVINE (CBSLA) – There are at least 65 active cases of coronavirus among students and staff at Concordia University in Irvine in a new outbreak, the school reported over the weekend. At least 49 students and 16 employees have been diagnosed with the coronavirus over the past several days, according to the latest numbers from the university Monday. All the infected students have been isolated in school housing. “Contact tracing, quarantine, and subsequent testing of close contacts is ongoing,” Concordia said in a news release. In total, the school community has recorded 80 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. Some Concordia classes had been meeting in-person. However, beginning Monday, Concordia transitioned all its classes back to online instruction after Orange County was moved back into the purple tier of California’s coronavirus recovery roadmap. All sports practices are canceled until at least the spring of 2021. Orange County Monday reported 1,422 new coronavirus cases . O.C. has now recorded a total of 71,116 coronavirus cases and 1,554 deaths from the disease. As of Monday, 428 people are hospitalized with the disease in O.C.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Current and former elected leaders and luminaries are reacting to news of the passing of former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins . Dinkins died Monday at the age of 93. He was New York City’s first – and to date only – Black mayor. More : David Dinkins, New York City’s Only Black Mayor, Dead At 93 “Chirlane and I are mourning a truly great man. David Dinkins simply set this city on a better path,” Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted. “He was my friend, and his steadfast commitment to fight for that ‘gorgeous mosaic’ inspires me every single day. We’ll keep up his fight.” Chirlane and I are mourning a truly great man. David Dinkins simply set this city on a better path. He was my mentor, he was my friend, and his steadfast commitment to fight for that “gorgeous mosaic” inspires me every single day. We’ll keep up his fight. pic.twitter.com/gL0yY8Ae9s — Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 24, 2020 “I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Mayor David Dinkins, and to the many New Yorkers who loved and supported him,” wrote former Mayor Rudy Giuliani , who defeated Dinkins and succeeded him in office. “He gave a great deal of his life in service to our great city. That service is respected and honored by all.” FLASHBACK : Manhattan Municipal Building Renamed For Former NYC Mayor David Dinkins I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Mayor David Dinkins, and to the many New Yorkers who loved and supported him. He gave a great deal of his life in service to our great City. That service is respected and honored by all. — Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) November 24, 2020 Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg wrote Dinkins, by winning in 1989, “helped New York City turn an important corner in racial equality.” “He entered City Hall at a difficult time in New York’s history, and he helped set the city on a course for success — and a reduction in crime that no one at the time imagined possible,” Bloomberg wrote. He entered City Hall at a difficult time in New York’s history, and he helped set the city on a course for success – and a reduction in crime – that no one at the time imagined possible. — Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) November 24, 2020 “He was always generous to me during my time in office, for which I was grateful — and I took every opportunity to remind people that mayors after him stood on his shoulders and built on his legacy,” Bloomberg added. “Today, while others may remember his distinguished and courtly demeanor, I will always remember a man, a Marine, a mayor and a friend who was deeply proud of his service to his city and country — and rightly so.” Today, while others may remember his distinguished and courtly demeanor, I will always remember a man, a Marine, a mayor and a friend who was deeply proud of his service to his city and country – and rightly so. — Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) November 24, 2020 New York Attorney General Letitia James mourned Dinkins as “an inspiration,” saying his example “shines brighter than the most powerful lighthouse imaginable.” Here’s her full statement: The example Mayor David Dinkins set for all of us shines brighter than the most powerful lighthouse imaginable. For decades, Mayor Dinkins lead with compassion and an unparalleled commitment to our communities. His deliberative and graceful demeanor belied his burning passion for challenging the inequalities that plague our society. Personally, Mayor Dinkins’ example was an inspiration to me from my first run for city council to my campaigns for public advocate and attorney general. I was honored to have him hold the bible at my inaugurations because I, and others, stand on his shoulders. The voice that gave birth to the ‘gorgeous mosaic’ is now at rest. New York will mourn Mayor Dinkins and continue to be moved by his towering legacy. State Senator Brian Benjamin remembered Dinkins as a “true gentleman.” “[Mayor David Dinkins] would always tell me: ‘When you go out there young man know that you are also representing Harlem and Black America so always be thoughtful, honest and respectful towards everybody whether you like them or not,’” Benjamin wrote. “Rest in Power Sir. True gentleman.” #MayorDavidDinkins would always tell me: “When you go out there young man know that you are also representing Harlem and Black America so always be thoughtful, honest and respectful towards everybody whether you like them or not.” Rest in Power Sir. True gentleman. pic.twitter.com/fhanBgfJKA — Senator Brian Benjamin (@NYSenBenjamin) November 24, 2020 Check back soon for more on this developing story. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK Cash Rules: New York City Businesses To Face $1,000 Fine For Failing To Accept Dollars, Coins As Payment COVID In NYC: Staten Island Getting Emergency Coronavirus Treatment Facility As More Restrictions Loom Swingers Party With More Than 80 People In Attendance Busted In Queens
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — One day after releasing plans to nix in-person dining for three weeks, Los Angeles County reported another record-high daily number of cases. On Monday, 6,124 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed — by far the highest single-day total since the beginning of the pandemic. Public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said that 1,500 of those cases were the result of a testing backlog from Sunday. But, even without those cases, the cases from Monday are still high enough to trigger yet another, stricter health order. According to thresholds the county released last week, a renewed Safer-At-Home order would be implemented if the county’s five-day average of new cases topped 4,500, or if hospitalizations topped 2,000. The order would last for at least three weeks. The details of the new “targeted” Safer at Home order are not clear. Health officials are expected to have a conversation with the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday about what the order will look like. However, health officials said last week that the order would generally allow only essential and emergency workers and those securing essential services to leave their homes. “I know for sure we’re not going back to all of the restrictions that were in place in the original Safer At Home order (issued at the beginning of the pandemic),” Ferrer said. “For one thing, we’ve learned a lot more. We have much more capacity on testing now, which allows us to do a better job quickly identifying people who are positive. And to everyone’s credit, this is a county that when we had a surge before was able to, in fact, get back to slowing the spread. “It did require us making some decisions about closing some sectors, but O think again this will be a conversation with the board,” she said. “And, you know, (I) appreciate that we have five supervisors… We’ve been working together since March and appreciate that this is something that will require deliberation and conversation so that we actually can mark a path forward.” After reaching a 4,000 five-day daily average of cases on Sunday, the county released a health order requiring in-person dining to shut down at restaurants, wineries and breweries as of 10 p.m. Wednesday. Although the Board of Supervisors signed off on these thresholds before they were released, Supervisor Kathryn Barger said on Monday that she plans to formally oppose the elimination of in-person dining. “These proposed measures by the Department of Public Health will further devastate local businesses and employees who have been asked to shoulder an unfair burden this year,” Barger said in a statement. Barger said that only 10-15% of positive COVID-19 cases are related to dining with someone who tested positive. Closing outdoor dining could also create the unintended consequence of prompting more private gatherings, she said. “Businesses have made incredible sacrifices to align with safety protocols to remain open in order to pay their bills and feed their families,” Barger said. “Increased case counts are not coming from businesses reopening, but from large gatherings where people aren’t wearing masks. We aren’t helpless in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and can protect ourselves and our neighbors by maintaining physical distancing and wearing face coverings.” Board member Janice Hahn also expressed concern about the ban on in-person dining. “While I know our case counts are growing rapidly, I would have rather discussed this measure openly during our Board of Supervisors meeting so that the public could understand the rationale behind it,” Hahn tweeted. “Some of these restaurants are barely hanging on. I hope this isn’t the last nail in their coffins. I wish we could have figured out a way to put in more restrictions rather than completely shutting down dining.” The new cases announced on Monday increased the county’s cumulative cases total to 370,636. The county also confirmed eight more deaths, raising the death toll to 7,446. Hospitalizations rose to 1,473 from 1,401 on Sunday. Hospitalizations have more than doubled since the beginning of October. Ferrer also noted that the surge in cases is not just the result of increased testing. She said the county’s rising rate of positive tests shows that the virus is spreading more rapidly. The county’s seven-day average daily positivity rate among those tested for the virus was 3.9% on Nov. 1, but it rose to 5.1% by Nov. 8 and stood at 7.1%. as of Saturday. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD is now offering a reward in the case of a 1-year-old boy shot and killed by a stray bullet in Brooklyn. Davell Gardner Jr. was with his family at a park in Bedford-Stuyvesant when shots rang out back in July. MORE: NYPD Release Pictures Of Suspects In Stray Bullet Killing Of 1-Year-Old Davell Gardner, Jr. The little boy, still sitting in his stroller, was hit, along with three other men, who survived. Police are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. Link: Tracking Shootings In NYC Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips . All calls are kept confidential.
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PERTH AMBOY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey Transit service is suspended on the North Jersey Coast Line due to a train derailment overnight. It happened after midnight just north of the Perth Amboy station. Due to a derailment in Perth Amboy, modified service is operating on the NJCL. Check our customer notice for more info: https://t.co/GG6BTegvGa — NJ TRANSIT (@NJTRANSIT) November 24, 2020 Several cars came off the tracks, but they remained upright. There was no word of any significant injuries. Trains are running between Bay Head and South Amboy. Bus service is available to Metro Park, where riders can take a Northeast Corridor Train. Click here for the latest service updates.
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PASADENA (CBSLA) — The city of Pasadena announced on Monday that outdoor dining will be permitted to continue, even as restaurants across L.A. County prepare to shut down to comply with the new local health orders. “The City of Pasadena will continue to assess our COVID numbers and work closely with Huntington Hospital and give as much advance notice as possible if the City’s Order is going to change in any respect,” said city spokesperson Lisa Derderian. Derderian said that city leaders made a relatively unanimous decision to keep the restaurants open based on current numbers. She acknowledged the hardships many business owners have gone through during this pandemic, and said that this contributed to officials’ decision. “For every restaurant staff member, there’s a family behind that person,” Derderian said. After reaching a 4,000 five-day daily average of cases on Sunday, the county released a health order requiring in-person dining to shut down at restaurants, wineries and breweries as of 10 p.m. Wednesday. The city of Pasadena has its own health department, which makes it possible for it to issue different health orders than those issues by the county. “I’m a little concerned, but at the same time I’m kind of happy for Pasadena,” one person told CBS2. RELATED: Local Restaurants Fear Shutting Down As LA County Restricts Outdoor Dining Again Although the L.A. County Board of Supervisors signed off on the new restrictions before they were released, Supervisor Kathryn Barger said on Monday that she plans to formally oppose the elimination of in-person dining. “These proposed measures by the Department of Public Health will further devastate local businesses and employees who have been asked to shoulder an unfair burden this year,” Barger said in a statement. Barger said that only 10-15% of positive COVID-19 cases are related to dining with someone who tested positive. Closing outdoor dining could also create the unintended consequence of prompting more private gatherings, she said. “Businesses have made incredible sacrifices to align with safety protocols to remain open in order to pay their bills and feed their families,” Barger said. “Increased case counts are not coming from businesses reopening, but from large gatherings where people aren’t wearing masks. We aren’t helpless in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and can protect ourselves and our neighbors by maintaining physical distancing and wearing face coverings.” Board member Janice Hahn also expressed concern about the ban on in-person dining. “While I know our case counts are growing rapidly, I would have rather discussed this measure openly during our Board of Supervisors meeting so that the public could understand the rationale behind it,” Hahn tweeted. “Some of these restaurants are barely hanging on. I hope this isn’t the last nail in their coffins. I wish we could have figured out a way to put in more restrictions rather than completely shutting down dining.”
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man who got pushed off a subway platform in Brooklyn is talking about his terrifying experience. The incident was the latest in several recent unprovoked subway shoves that have commuters on edge, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported Monday. MORE : Seen On Video: Another Subway Rider Pushed Onto Tracks At Brooklyn Station Ryan Schoenherr is the man seen on video getting shoved onto the Atlantic Avenue subway tracks by a complete stranger. Speaking with CBS2 exclusively a day later, he said he is relieved to have walked away unscathed after hearing similar attacks on other riders. “It happened all so fast, I think the fear sort of happened after. Looking at those videos and being like, oh, I could have gotten really hurt,” Schoenherr said. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK: Long Island Appliance Store Owner’s Gamble Pays Off After Stocking Up On $1 Million Worth Of Inventory At Start Of Pandemic NYPD Officer Assaulted By Multiple People While Jogging In Queens Tri-State Area Officials Sound Alarms As Coronavirus Shutdowns Likely To Impact Holiday Season He was on the 4 train Sunday with his girlfriend headed uptown when he said a homeless man woke up and began screaming at him. Schoenherr said he got off, hoping to switch cars, but the man followed him, blocking him at every turn. MORE : Pushes, Punches, Slashings: With Violence Getting Out Of Control On NYC Subways, Guardian Angels Step Up To Patrol Schoenherr said he eventually decided to leave the station and that’s when the man pushed him. “I just hope that doesn’t happen to someone who is more elderly, or somebody who would have a harder time getting off those tracks,” Schoenherr said. In the past week there have been two other similar attacks. On Thursday, a homeless man shoved a woman into the path of an oncoming train . The day before, a man was shoved off the platform at Bryant Park. Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the unsettling trend on Monday. “The NYPD is going to be increasing its presence in the subways. That will be very visible. We continue to expand our mental health efforts,” de Blasio said. Fan pressed the city for specifics, but was only told officers would be added to high-traffic subway stations. MORE : Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder After Grandmother Shoved Onto Subway Tracks Metropolitan Transportation Authority Interim President Sarah Feinberg issued the following statement: “We have got folks in this city who desperately need mental health care. The transit system is for people who are using it to travel. MTA and NYC Transit, our personnel are out there in the system, we are doing our best to make sure the commuters, New Yorkers, are safe,” Feinberg said. “We have a crisis in this city with mentally ill people who need help, and it absolutely needs to be addressed, and I’m desperate for this mayor or the next mayor to take it on because we’ve got a long way to go.” Schoenherr agrees. “I’m hoping the city can approach this issue with empathy and making sure it is treated in a humane way,” he said. Schoenherr said that would mean help instead of jail time for the man who shoved him. Early Tuesday morning, police arrested 33-year-old Michael Medlock in the case. He was charged with attempted assault, reckless endangerment and menacing.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Lawmakers want answers after a recent David Goldstein investigation found that children as young as 1-year-old were collecting unemployment benefits. An investigation by CBS Los Angeles’ David Goldstein found nearly a dozen questionable unemployment claims for minors receiving unemployment funds as unemployed actors or fashion models. (CBSLA) “That is absolutely stunning,” Assemblymember Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, said about the investigation. According to records obtained by CBS Los Angeles, unemployment claims have been filed on behalf of minors claiming they were out of work actors and fashion models despite the children not being registered to work in the state — including a 1-year-old from Fresno who was getting $167 per week in taxpayer-funded unemployment benefits. “There’s no reason why the governor cannot right now using his executive authority pick up the telephone and say to those involved at the EDD, ‘Get your act together, or else,’” Patterson said. Sources told CBS Los Angeles that the EDD was in the process of making changes to how it processes some claims. Beginning this week, the EDD will be verifying the income of people who are self-employed, using state databases — something that hasn’t been done in the past. If their income cannot be verified, claimants will have 21 days to provide proof before their benefits are cut off. “They need to back it up,” State Senator Brian Jones, R-San Diego, said. “They should have been doing that from the beginning.” Jones said he believes the change will cut down on potential fraud. “EDD should be catching up with that verification and getting as many of those things verified as soon as possible,” he said. The verification process would be that everyone — even a 1-year-old child — would have to provide documentation of income prior to the pandemic. “I think even 1-year-olds, if they have a source of income, have to file a Schedule C if they’re a 1099 independent contractor,” Jones said. According to sources familiar with the situation, EDD will first ask those receiving above the minimum benefits to provide proof of income — though the verification process is expected to be expanded in the future.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There were strong warnings Monday from Gov. Andrew Cuomo heading into the holidays as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across New York. Cuomo said parts of our area are already headed into the orange zone and are facing new restrictions. As CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported, Cuomo said hospitalizations have tripled on Staten Island in the past three weeks, and hospital capacity is becoming an issue. So the state is opening an emergency COVID patient facility to be ready for what could come. Watch Gov. Cuomo’s COVID Briefing: People lining up for COVID tests have become the norm across Staten Island — from a Hylan Boulevard CityMD to the Ferry Terminal — as coronavirus cases continue to rise. On Monday morning, two dozen people were waiting in line for a COVID swab at the Ferry Terminal. “Got tested two weeks ago. I took the rapid one, said that I had it,” said Staten Island resident Ross Gonchman. He was getting tested Monday to make sure he’s negative. Others in the line worried about a second shutdown looming. “How can you feel? It’s not really a great feeling. Things are shutting down left and right, businesses are failing left and right,” said Staten Island resident Edwin Ayala. An orange zone means high risk, so non-essential businesses like gyms and personal care close. Dining moves to outdoor only. Mass gatherings move to maximum 10 people. It’s possible some areas on Staten Island could even move into a red zone, which means essential businesses only. Dining is takeout only, and no mass gatherings. The northern part of the borough is entering the yellow zone. The southern is entering the orange zone, which for Andrew’s Diner means no indoor dining, yet again. Here is the map for the Manhattan (New York County) cluster. The cluster is a Yellow Zone. pic.twitter.com/lR2sMLdAVJ — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 23, 2020 Diva Nail and Spa on Hylan Boulevard was trying to safely accommodate as many customers as possible Monday night before being forced to turn off the open sign. “The only thing we can do is take care of customers. We do our best. We cannot afford one more shutdown because of everything we need to pay for,” an employee told CBS2’s Jessica Layton. “It’s tough, as if it wasn’t tough enough,” said Kostantino Plaitis, general manager of Andrew’s Diner. “We’re doing everything we can with procedures and things they put in place for us to stay on top of only to take a step backwards. It hurts.” The diner is located in Great Kills, where the infection rate is 5.45%. Tottenville is shy of 6%, where salons, gyms and other nonessential businesses will also close. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange, Red Zones (.pdf) Health Experts Stress Need To Fight ‘Mask Exhaustion’ Tri-State Area Coronavirus Travel Advisory List CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions Resources: Unemployment, Hunger, Mental Health & More Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home Complete Coronavirus Coverage “We need to be sensitive to the small businesses in the community that have already suffered so much. To say you can’t eat in Great Kills but you can eat in West Brighton is really sort of unfair,” said Congresswoman-elect Nicole Malliotakis. “Staten Island has such an issue that it has triggered a hospital capacity issue. And the hospitals have contacted us and they say they need emergency beds on Staten Island,” Cuomo said. “Remember when we had to set up field hospitals, emergency hospitals for additional capacity? Well, that’s what we have to do on Staten Island.” Yellow Zone -Restaurants close at 10pm -Businesses open -Weekly testing at schools Orange Zone Outdoor dining + takeout High-risk, nonessential businesses close Schools go remote Red Zone Takeout/delivery only Nonessential businesses close Schools go remote pic.twitter.com/xXI8NFAsvA — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 23, 2020 The state is reopening an emergency COVID patient facility at South Beach Psychiatric Center that was used to help full hospitals at the height of the pandemic. Watch Mayor de Blasio’s Press Conference: “During the peak we were treating a little over 300 people with COVID, but you have to remember that everything else in the hospital was shut down except people coming in with grave emergencies,” said Brahim Ardolic, executive director of Staten Island University Hospital. Staten Island University Hospital is currently treating more than 100 COVID patients. Ardolic said this will help take care of those with non-COVID issues. Even with parts of Staten Island and Upper Manhattan turning yellow, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is focused on reopening schools. “When we come back, the first thing we’re going to focus on is getting is what’s called District 75 schools, special ed schools, back and up and running across all grades,” de Blasio said. A looming concern is how holidays will play a factor in the spike in cases. Doctors are urging people to heed the warnings. “You’ve got to think smart because while you may not kill your grandma or your aunt, you may sentence them to weeks in the hospital, and nobody wants to do that,” Ardolic said. Based on the current trends, the governor said hospitalizations could reach 6,000 in just three weeks — and that’s not counting a holiday spike. As far as the zones go, they go in effect for businesses Wednesday. De Blasio said we could see zone changes soon after Thanksgiving citywide. “There’s a likelihood as soon as next week that New York City will be declared an orange zone,” de Blasio said. More From CBS New York : Cuomo Says It’s Possible NYC Schools Could Reopen Even If Positivity Rate Stays Above 3% Swingers Party With More Than 80 People In Attendance Busted In Queens Young Woman Dead, Six Teens Wounded After Shooting At Sweet 16 Afterparty In Brooklyn
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Brooklyn synagogue that reportedly hosted a secret wedding with thousands of unmasked guests earlier this month is facing a hefty fine. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that Yetev Lev temple in Williamsburg will have to fork over $15,000. He called the event irresponsible and unacceptable, adding it ignored COVID-19 restrictions, including mask wearing and social distancing. “We know it was too big. I don’t have an exact figure, but whatever it was, it was too big. There appeared to be a real effort to conceal it, which is absolutely unacceptable,” de Blasio said Monday night on NY-1, adding, “That’s just not acceptable. I mean, we’ve been through so much. And in fact, the Williamsburg community in recent weeks responded very positively, did a lot more testing and was being very responsible. This was amazingly irresponsible, just unacceptable. So there’s going to be consequences right away for the people who let that happen.” On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the wedding “disrespectful of the people of New York.” The New York Post reported that guests, mostly unmasked, crammed inside the Yetev Lev for the Nov. 8 wedding of Yoel Teitelbaum, a grandson of Satmar Grand Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, in blatant violation of coronavirus restrictions that ban large indoor gatherings. The synagogue has a capacity of 7,000 people. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange, Red Zones (.pdf) Health Experts Stress Need To Fight ‘Mask Exhaustion’ Tri-State Area Coronavirus Travel Advisory List CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions Resources: Unemployment, Hunger, Mental Health & More Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home Complete Coronavirus Coverage Organizers kept the wedding secret after state officials canceled an earlier Satmar wedding , the Post reported, citing a Yiddish newspaper, Der Blatt . “If it turns out that because we stopped that wedding the reaction was, ‘Well we’ll have a secret wedding,’ that would be really shocking and totally deceitful,” Cuomo said. “It’s illegal and the city should do a robust investigation.” A man who answered the phone at the Yetev Lev synagogue on Sunday said officials there had no comment. Compliance with coronavirus restrictions in some of New York’s Orthodox Jewish communities has been an issue since the pandemic started last spring . MORE : Orthodox Jewish Activist Heshy Tischler Arraigned, Vows To ‘Continue Our Fight’ Against COVID-19 Crackdown In Brooklyn Protests erupted in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn last month after Cuomo announced a crackdown in several Orthodox neighborhoods as virus cases increased. Many members of Orthodox communities complained that they were being singled out. More From CBS New York : Cuomo Says It’s Possible NYC Schools Could Reopen Even If Positivity Rate Stays Above 3% Swingers Party With More Than 80 People In Attendance Busted In Queens Young Woman Dead, Six Teens Wounded After Shooting At Sweet 16 Afterparty In Brooklyn Cuomo and de Blasio have warned all New Yorkers that even small gatherings during the holidays could fuel a spike in coronavirus infections . “The problem is that this is a dangerous period because you have increased social activity by definition,” Cuomo said. Virus rates will likely rise between now and New Year’s Day, Cuomo said. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Turkeys, hams, fresh produce, dairy products — enough to feed thousands of Long Island families — were distributed Monday amid tears of gratitude. As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Monday, Nicoletta Trakosas of Elmont was in one of 3,000 cars outside Nassau Coliseum, hoping to get a box filled with a Thanksgiving turkey and all the fixings. “It’s a really difficult situation with COVID going on, with us not working and what they are doing is wonderful,” she said. MORE : Food Banks In Growing Need Of Donations As New Families Experience Food Insecurity During Pandemic “Have you ever been in a food line before?” McLogan asked. “Never. It’s my first time, and I’m 61 years old,” she said. Food banks like Island Harvest say the pandemic has created the most challenging food crisis they have ever faced. “The need through Island Harvest is 100% of what it was last year. Food insecurity is real, economic insecurity is real,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran . “It means a lot. There’s sometimes we can’t buy food,” said 11-year-old Genesis Maldonado. Hundreds of volunteers came to the rescue Monday. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange, Red Zones (.pdf) Health Experts Stress Need To Fight ‘Mask Exhaustion’ Tri-State Area Coronavirus Travel Advisory List CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions Resources: Unemployment, Hunger, Mental Health & More Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home Complete Coronavirus Coverage “First, I asked my mom what I could do to help give back to the community,” said 15-year-old volunteer Jason Mack. “I get more out of it than I give,” Al Foranzo said. “It makes us feel wonderful,” Amy Foranzo added. Last year, the Lugos of Levittown passed out turkeys. “For many years, I volunteered,” one said. This year, they’re on the receiving end. “It’s a relief. We don’t have to worry about feeding our kids,” one added. MORE : Long Island Food Banks Trying To Keep Up With Rising Food Insecurity Many of them were laid off or furloughed and they haven’t received unemployment money or stimulus money. So, they waited in line after finding it hard to ask for help. “How difficult it was for them to actually drive up to the food line because it was such a humbling experience, to ask for food for the first time,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest . “There is good still in this world, and for people to care so much,” said Simone Ferebee. Her family can now look forward to Thanksgiving. Her message to the pantry and volunteers? “When I get up there if I could hug them, I would,” she said. A dramatic surge of giving, and thanking. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK COVID In New York: Cuomo Says It’s Possible NYC Schools Could Reopen Even If Positivity Rate Stays Above 3% Pushes, Punches, Slashings: With Violence Getting Out Of Control On NYC Subways, Guardian Angels Step Up To Patrol NYPD Officer Assaulted By Multiple People While Jogging In Queens
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — CBS2 has an update on a story it first reported Sunday night. As New York City schools operate remotely, some say a city day care program is turning away students with special needs. CBS2’s Lisa Rozner demanded answers on behalf of one mother, and Monday she got action. “She had to stay home. I was not able to secure any child care, so I cancelled my in-court appearance,” Kristin Bruan said. Bruan, a public defender with the Legal Aid Society , feels defeated by city schools. She spent Monday morning hearing criminal cases virtually, and had to isolate her 9-year-old daughter, Alice, who has ADHD, to learn in a separate room. Monday was supposed to be Alice’s first day enrolled in the city’s free child care program, known as Learning Bridges, being held at a tennis club on Roosevelt Island where Bruan lives. MORE : Parents Of Special Needs Students Say They Are Being Shut Out Of NYC’s Learning Bridges Program “I don’t want to be on virtual school anymore,” Alice said. On Sunday, CBS2 reported the site accepted — and then rescinded — Alice’s seat, saying it could not enroll children with individualized education plans (IEP) due to staffing limitations. The city said it would follow up with the family Sunday night. “No. Never. Not yesterday, not this morning, not today,” Bruan said. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange, Red Zones (.pdf) Health Experts Stress Need To Fight ‘Mask Exhaustion’ Tri-State Area Coronavirus Travel Advisory List CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions Resources: Unemployment, Hunger, Mental Health & More Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home Complete Coronavirus Coverage On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio even claimed he had not heard of anyone being turned away, including Bruan’s daughter. “If a child was turned away, a family that qualified their child was turned away, that’s just wrong. We won’t allow that. We’ll track down that situation and make sure that that child gets a seat In Learning Bridges for sure,” the mayor said. MORE : Sudden Switch To Remote Learning Means Particular Challenge For Students With Special Needs “He’s lying… shame on the mayor,” said Bruan, who heard from parents across the five boroughs who applied for multiple Learning Bridges programs. “Just in the last 72 hours I’ve had about 30 parents reaching out to me, telling me that their children were also turned away because their children had learning disabilities.” On Monday afternoon, it was not the city, but Skip Hartman, who oversees the Learning Bridges program on Roosevelt Island, that told Bruan a mistake was made, and Alice will have a spot Tuesday. “It’s just three weeks. We’ve had to hire a lot of people. I did not focus clearly enough on the distinction between special needs children,” Hartman said. “As a result of the CBS story, I’ve had to refocus on that issue.” But Hartman only oversees the program on Roosevelt Island. Parents elsewhere said other Learning Bridges programs, overseen by other administrators, are not accommodating their kids. Heather Fisher of Queens said one could not accommodate her son, Jordan, who is on the autism spectrum. “And I was like, what happened if you have a student who needs a lot of redirection? ‘Well you know this may not be the best setting for them,’” Fischer said. MORE : Coronavirus Closure: Mayor De Blasio Under Fire As New York City Public Schools Return To All-Remote Learning Advocates for Children of New York said it has been getting the complaints, and has been asking the city to increase funding and staff to Learning Bridges programs. On Monday evening, Advocates for Children of New York filed a class action lawsuit against New York City’s Department of Education on behalf of students with disabilities. Link : Read the lawsuit (.pdf) “Tens of thousands of students with disabilities have gone months without appropriate educational services, with many losing the progress they had made. These students should receive the compensatory services they need as quickly as possible, without having to jump through cumbersome legal hurdles that will favor families able to afford lawyers and leave economically disadvantaged students behind,” said Kim Sweet, executive director of AFC. A city spokesperson said students with disabilities are being given priority, and small group sizes are being offered. He acknowledged Learning Bridges does not have the full range of support services as schools, and that it’s working to identify those for sites so the city can serve as many students with disabilities as possible. The city said it has accepted nearly 40,000 students into its free day care program. A little more than a quarter of them are special education students. 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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A young cancer survivor is on a mission to inspire others and pay it forward… with socks. CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock introduces us to an incredible girl who hopes delivering fuzzy socks to other kids fighting cancer also brings them hope for a healthy future. It’s a special delivery by a very special someone: cancer survivor, and author, 7-year-old Aryn Diggs. Aryn said she feels a little weird about telling people how awesome she is. “Sometimes, when I tell people, I feel like they get too excited,” she told Murdock. Aryn endured surgery and several rounds of chemotherapy after she was diagnosed at just 2 years old. “We wrote this story together about a journey to find the true beauty that lives inside you,” said Aryn’s mom, Marissa Jacobs. “If you make a book about what you went through, people will support you and be inspired,” Aryn said. On Monday, she continue to do just that outside the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in Washington Heights . Aryn and her family delivered “Socks With Stories”. Fifty pairs were donated to children fighting cancer. “They’re comfy and designed very well,” said Aryn. They were designed by real life superheroes – children battling cancer. “To know that the designs on the socks are created by children who are going through life battling illnesses is everything,” said Jacobs. The socks are delivered by childhood cancer survivors who volunteer to help. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK: COVID In NYC: Business Owners On Edge With Another Possible Shutdown Looming, Say They Need Compensation To Stay Afloat NYPD Officer Assaulted By Multiple People While Jogging In Queens COVID In New York: Cuomo Says It’s Possible NYC Schools Could Reopen Even If Positivity Rate Stays Above 3% The company behind it all, Resilience Gives , says for each pair purchased, a pair is donated. Founder Jake Teitelbaum told CBS2 it’s a product of personal experience. He was diagnosed with cancer in college and says he spent too much time in the hospital. “It always stuck out that you get your gown and these really drab hospital socks,” Teitelbaum said. He said socks are a small thing, but they can change a patient’s experience. Plus, having them delivered by families celebrating years of being cancer free gives hope for the future. “I hope that someone looks at me and looks at my family and says, ‘We can do this too,’” said Jacobs. Aryn said, “Be confident. Don’t be scared.”
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The bodies of hundreds of people who died from COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic remain unclaimed by their families. The city’s morgue could not hold them all. About 650 bodies lie inside freezer trailers on Pier 39 in Sunset Park , Brooklyn – a backlog of lives taken away by the coronavirus as it spread rapidly in the spring, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported Monday. The city is cautiously bracing for a second wave . “We haven’t seen some of those particular warning signs yet,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio . “Thank god, but we are very, very vigilant. But, we’ll make sure medical examiner is ready either way.” The medical examiner’s office has a task force assigned to identify bodies and another team to track down next of kin. However, they’re struggling to find the families of some 230 people. FLASHBACK: Coronavirus Update: If NYC Cemeteries Get Filled, Could Temporary Burials Happen On Hart Island? Relatives of others have been found, but can’t afford a proper burial yet. “We’re trying to work with each and every family of those we lost during that situation, to make sure that they can have the kind of services they want to have at the right time,” de Blasio said. CBS2 received the following statement from Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson: “Supporting families and helping facilitate respectful final arrangements for individuals who passed at the height of the pandemic reflects the core mission of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner. As we continue to utilize medical, scientific, and forensic expertise to help answer vital questions around the effects of illness, we recognize that this ongoing work has served as a nationwide example in part because of the hard work and dedication of our family outreach staff in helping families navigate these unprecedented circumstances.” Joe Aievoli, whose family owns six funeral homes, said no one, including himself, was prepared for the COVID-19 death toll. “I rented several refrigerated trailers,” Aievoli said. “Even though we had someone in our custody, it would sometimes take three or four weeks before we can have availability at a cemetery or a crematory.” MORE: Staten Island Funeral Home Owner A ‘Godsend’ For Families When New York’s Coronavirus Death Toll Skyrocketed Aievoli said most funeral homes were able to catch up by the end of June. He feels for the city, which is still trying to find families and help them make arrangements for loved ones. “Don’t want to inter someone without exhausting all the avenues of trying to find next of kins and, who knows, there can be next of kins that also fell victim to the pandemic,” he said. Aievoli said he tries his best to help families find the most affordable way to respectfully lay their loves ones to rest. Families can choose a free burial on Hart Island . The medical examiner’s office said it will continue operating the storage facility in Brooklyn at least until the pandemic is declared over. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK: COVID In NYC: Business Owners On Edge With Another Possible Shutdown Looming, Say They Need Compensation To Stay Afloat NYPD Officer Assaulted By Multiple People While Jogging In Queens COVID In New York: Cuomo Says It’s Possible NYC Schools Could Reopen Even If Positivity Rate Stays Above 3%
UNION, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey is taking more steps to slow down a second wave of coronavirus as we head into the holidays. On Monday, the limit on outdoor gatherings was lowered from 500 people to 150. This, as new cases and hospitalizations are on the rise, CBS2’s Meg Baker reported. MORE: Tri-State Area Officials Sound Alarms As Coronavirus Shutdowns Likely To Impact Holiday Season There were lines of cars at Kean University on Monday for a new drive-thru testing site where people can take one test for COVID-19 , plus two flu strains. Because symptoms can often be the same, many people are preparing for the holidays by wanting to show a negative test before gathering with loved ones. Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday pleaded with residents to do Thanksgiving differently this year. “Over 16,500 individuals who were alive last Thanksgiving are no longer with us. And that’s more than 16,500 families that will have that empty chair,” Murphy said. Watch Gov. Murphy’s Press Conference: Murphy said things are going to get worse before they get better as the country awaits a vaccine, but he worries about a lack of coordination at the federal level if the presidential transition does not start soon. “Maintaining a supply chain that requires careful, cold storage and mobilizing resources for distribution, including potentially our National Guard, is not something we can leave to chance or which can wait until Jan. 20,” Murphy said. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange, Red Zones (.pdf) Health Experts Stress Need To Fight ‘Mask Exhaustion’ Tri-State Area Coronavirus Travel Advisory List CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions Resources: Unemployment, Hunger, Mental Health & More Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home Complete Coronavirus Coverage The state is ramping up testing to map out COVID-19 battle lines. Jessica Cohen is the director of testing operations in Union County, with the first-of-its-kind government-run 3-in-1 test. “Because the symptoms are so closely synched that you can rule out, like if you don’t have COVID , what do you have? Urgent centers are being overwhelmed by so many people that are going for any kind of symptom, headache, because people are scared,” Cohen said. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka handed out turkeys ahead of the city’s 10-day stay-at-home order, which starts the day before Thanksgiving. Transmission rates are as high as 30% in some areas . Neighboring Irvington issued a “slowdown” order, asking businesses to allow employees to work from home for 14 days and asked people to stay home. “It’s very difficult to keep people from their loved ones,” Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss said. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK COVID In New York: Cuomo Says It’s Possible NYC Schools Could Reopen Even If Positivity Rate Stays Above 3% Pushes, Punches, Slashings: With Violence Getting Out Of Control On NYC Subways, Guardian Angels Step Up To Patrol NYPD Officer Assaulted By Multiple People While Jogging In Queens The Centers for Disease Control ‘s advice to save lives is to host outdoors with masks on unless eating or drinking. If you must be indoors, state Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli offered some further precautions. “Increase the ventilation by opening the windows and the doors, or by placing central air and heating on continuous circulation,” Persichilli said. Officials are warning people to take the burden of personal responsibility seriously, as we enter a vortex of cold weather, holidays and COVID fatigue.