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.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – At least one person was killed in a hit-and-run crash in the West Adams neighborhood early Tuesday morning. Nov. 24, 2020. (CBSLA) The collision occurred at about 4 a.m. in the 4000 block of West Exposition Boulevard. According to Los Angeles police, a Dodge Challenger slammed into a pole and and another car, causing the car to roll over. Police arrived to find one person dead at the scene. The victim was not identified. It’s also unclear if anyone else was hurt. The male driver of the Challenger ran away, police said. He was last seen running south on Buckingham Road. The exact circumstances of the crash and the number of people riding in each vehicle were unconfirmed.
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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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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
President Trump later tweeted in part that he has recommended the GSA administrator “do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols,” but added his fight continues.
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A mother’s anguish was on display in a Suffolk county courtroom Monday as a grand jury unsealed charges against her son’s alleged hit-and-run driver . Investigators say 31-year-old Shannon Palmer, of Hauppauge , ran her SUV into two boys, ages 12 and 9, on Express Drive in Ronkonkoma back in August, leaving the children seriously hurt and their mangled bikes on the side of the road, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported. “No parent should have to go through what I’ve been through,” said Symone Houston. Houston said she will not rest until she gets justice for her son Troy and his friend Toriano Jamison. The boys and a little brother were riding bikes on an early August evening when tragedy struck on the shoulder of the LIE Service Road in Ronkonkoma. “My brother got hit by the car, so I ran to the neighbor’s house and called my dad,” one boy said. MORE: Driver Accused Of Leaving Scene Of Crash That Seriously Injured 2 Boys On Bicycles A 9-year-old was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital and a 12-year-old was also treated for serious injuries after a hit-and-run in Ronkonkoma in Aug. 2020. (CBS2) Two of them were hit by a driver who never stopped. Police arrested Palmer hours later. Supporters of the injured boys have rallied for justice. “My son became a victim when Shannon Palmer left him on the side of the road with no regards for his life,” Houston said. “What kind of person does this?” Palmer is indicted on two felony counts of leaving the scene of an incident with serious physical injuries. She was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in 2014. “My son’s life matters. His future matters,” said Houston. 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 boys, meanwhile, have a long road to recovery. Troy, 9, has undergone 10 surgeries for broken legs, ribs and other fractures. Toriano, 12, was hospitalized for weeks with broken bones, organ damage and a concussion. Palmer pleaded not guilty. “We just don’t jump from the incident to guilty. We go through due process and that is what we are going to do on this case, like we do on every case,” said Palmer’s defense attorney Christopher Brocato. Palmer is out of custody while awaiting her next court date on Jan. 19. The families and supporters have called for attempted murder charges against Palmer, claiming she left the boys for dead.
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.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s the end of the road for Mayor Bill de Blasio ‘s transportation commissioner. Polly Trottenberg is quitting, perhaps to take a job with President-elect Joe Biden. She is the latest key player to leave City Hall in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Monday. For more than seven years Trottenberg was one of the mayor’s highest-profile commissioners. Trottenberg had a huge portfolio, covering all things related to city streets. Now, she’s hitting the road with 13 months left in the de Blasio administration. “We all owe Polly Trottenberg a debt of gratitude for her incredible service to New York City,” said de Blasio. “She is a tireless and talented public servant who has made our city safer, fairer, and more accessible. I’m proud to have worked so closely with her, and I wish her all the best in whatever comes next.” “I will always be grateful to Mayor de Blasio for the incredible opportunity to serve the city I love so much, and especially for the chance to lead the 5,800 dedicated public servants at DOT,” Trottenberg said. “I have been honored to work with them and see the passion, creativity and dedication they bring every day to serving New Yorkers, especially during the pandemic of the last eight months. For now, I just say thank you, one and all.” 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 Trottenberg told the New York Times she was not particularly close to de Blasio, and they didn’t speak that often, but together they pushed through major projects, including “ Vision Zero ,” with its speed cameras and pedestrian plazas, and the lowering of the speed limit to 25 mph. There was also the reconfiguration of city streets, including the 14th Street busway and a tripling of bike lane mileage. During the pandemic, she was successful in devoting more street space to restaurants and recreation. “The real issue here is why is she leaving now? And why are so many de Blasio people leaving before we get close to the end of his term?” political consultant Hank Sheinkopf said. Sheinkopf pointed to the mid-pandemic departures of Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot and Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia , who also served as food czar. “You’re in a pandemic, a fiscal crisis, and, frankly, a city management emergency. It’s just not looking very good and de Blasio’s future and his legacy will be judged by what happens now, not what’s happened in the past,” Sheinkopf said. De Blasio said every departed commissioner leaves behind a capable team. “We already have the best talent. We have a very deep bench,” the mayor said. As his time in office heads to the ninth inning, more are expected to leave Team de Blasio. Advocacy groups such as Transportation Alternatives and Riders Alliance praised Trottenberg as a savvy commissioner who made a real difference. “New Yorkers owe Polly Trottenberg a sincere debt of gratitude. During her tenure, the Department of Transportation rolled out more bus lanes, traffic safety cameras, and other improvements citywide, often despite rabid NIMBYism and unfair resistance,” the Riders Alliance said in a statement. “While representing New York City on the MTA board, Commissioner Trottenberg was also a rare authoritative, independent voice for millions of public transit riders. New York is a safer and fairer city today thanks to her sustained efforts.” Trottenberg has been tapped to join the Biden-Harris presidential transition team as part of an 18-member transportation panel. Her resignation is effective next month.
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Sheriff’s Office says it busted a swingers party with more than 80 people in attendance early Sunday morning. Deputies responding to a complaint Saturday night found people drinking, eating at a buffet and having sex at a site in Queens around midnight. Boxes of condoms were provided and three couples were engaged in sex in a small back room, the Sheriff’s Office said. (credit: New York City Sheriff’s Office) Photos from the location show a room with several beds in it, a bar area, and signs by the event host Caligula New York, which advertises itself as the “Hottest Swingers Club in New York.” Organizers were ticketed for violating pandemic rules and selling alcohol without a proper license. A telephone message seeking comment was left at Caligula New York. In Midtown Manhattan, another party was broken up at 2 a.m. Sunday by deputies who found over 120 people dancing, drinking and smoking hookah without masks or social distancing. The organizers, bouncers and a DJ were ticketed. 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 (© Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
(CBS Local)– Thanksgiving is right around the corner and many families across the country are wrestling with their plans for the holiday and what to make for the big Turkey Day meal. With many not deciding to travel for Thanksgiving because of COVID-19, that means that lots of people will be making big holiday dinner for the first time. MORE FROM CBS: ‘Divorce Filings Have Skyrocketed’: Lawyer On Impact Of COVID-19 On Marriages Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino, Vinny Guadagnino, Angelina Larangeira Preview Season 4 Of ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith recently spoke to the Nicole Behne, the VP of Marketing for Jennie-O to discuss the keys to making a juicy turkey, the best sides to pair with your meal and the resources that are available for first time Thanksgiving cooks. “We think there will be a lot of people cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the very first time,” said Behne. “Jennie-O has them covered from prepping ahead of time all the way through when they are ready to throw the turkey in the oven. If folks go to our website, they can see how much turkey they need, how far in advance they need to take the turkey out to thaw it and how long to cook the turkey.” From carving & roasting to grilling & storing leftovers – find our best practices for a perfect holiday turkey: https://t.co/zz0oa39wDg pic.twitter.com/JecUHPnXVn — Jennie-O (@Jennieo) November 17, 2020 There is a live chat available on the Jennie-O website for anyone who has questions about how to prepare their Thanksgiving meals and also a 1-800-Turkeys hotline to call. Behne says one of the most consistent questions they’ve gotten from people so far is how long to cook the turkey. “First I would say follow the instructions on the bag, but second go out and buy yourself a meat thermometer,” said Behne. “A lot of the turkeys have the pop up timers and that is great, but I like to be absolutely certain that my turkey is 165 degrees in the thickest part of that turkey. The second question we get is how long do you thaw the frozen turkey. I like to tell people to take it out on Monday and it will be ready to cook on Thursday. Take it out of the freezer, put it in the refrigerator on Monday and on Thursday you will be ready to cook your turkey.” If texting is your preferred method of communication, you can text the word Turkey to 73876 and a specialist will answer your questions. In addition to the turkey, one of the best parts of any Thanksgiving meal is the sides to go along with the bird and the leftovers that you’ll have for the next few days. “People today seem like they are more okay with exploring new recipes than they have been in the past. I think part of that is because we have all been in quarantine and are a little bit more comfortable in the kitchen,” said Behne. “Now is the time for people to take on new recipes and try new things. The leftovers are endless, the sandwiches are the number one way that people use leftover turkey. I love creamy pasta dishes that you incorporate with by dicing the turkey and putting it into those other dishes. The other one that is delicious is stuffed peppers. Typically you use a ground turkey in stuffed peppers, but you can take your leftover thanksgiving turkey and dice it up and put that in stuffed peppers as well.”
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — President Donald Trump announced Friday a coronavirus vaccine will be available in April for the entire country, except New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired back Friday night. The president spoke at a press conference on Operation Warp Speed and vaccine distribution. “Millions of doses will soon be going out the door,” Trump said. Trump said two vaccines could be approved by the end of the year and be available to all Americans a few months later, but then, the president suddenly said New York will not get its vaccine unless the governor approves it. “As soon as April the vaccine will be available to the entire general population with the exception of places like New York State, where, for political reasons, the governor decided to say, and I don’t think it’s good from a political standpoint, but he wants to take his time with the vaccine,” Trump said. “We won’t be delivering it to New York until we have authorization to do so, and that pains me to say that. This is a very successful, amazing vaccine and 90% and more. But, so the governor, Governor Cuomo will have to let us know what he’s ready for it.” Cuomo has said he won’t take the Trump administration’s word that the vaccine is safe. MORE: Gov. Cuomo: ‘I’m Not Going To Trust The Federal Government’s Opinion’ On Potential Approved COVID-19 Vaccine “He doesn’t trust the fact that it’s this White House, this administration, so we won’t be delivering to New York until we have authorization to do so,” Trump said. “We can’t be delivering it to a state that won’t be giving it to its people immediately.” The governor appeared on MSNBC to respond to the president’s comments. “Everything is personal with this president. There can’t be a disagreement on principle, and he retaliates,” Cuomo said. Cuomo has appointed a panel to examine any vaccine before its distributed in the state. “An overwhelming percentage of Americans are worried about political interference in the vaccination process, in the approval process by the president,” the governor said. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC 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 Cuomo says he has faith in drug companies, but not the administration. “But I do want to be able to say that the people of this state, trust the vaccine. I do want to be able to say I know you have doubts about Trump and about politicization of the health process, but we had a separate panel with headed by Nobel Prize Laureate,” Cuomo said. Cuomo says seven other states have also appointed panels to approve a vaccine. He says the New York panel would not slow down distribution of the vaccine. State Attorney General Letitia James says she is prepared to sue the Trump administration if New York doesn’t receive the vaccine with the rest of the United States. She released the following statement in response to Trump’s remarks: “This is nothing more than vindictive behavior by a lame-duck president trying to extract vengeance on those who oppose his politics. Once there is a fully-developed COVID-19 vaccine, we are confident that a Biden-Harris Administration will provide New York with the proper number of doses so that our state’s residents can achieve immunity. If dissemination of the vaccine takes place in the twilight of a Trump Administration and the president wants to play games with people’s lives, we will sue and we will win.” The governor also pointed out the Biden administration takes over Jan. 20, and even the president, who insists he won the election, hinted that may be true. “Hopefully, whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration it will be. I guess time will tell,” Trump said. More Election 2020 Coverage : General Election Results New York Results New Jersey Results Complete Coverage Friday’s press conference was the president’s second appearance before the media since Election Day. With President-elect Joe Biden now being projected to win in Georgia and Trump in North Carolina, Biden winds up with 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK De Blasio Says NYC Parents Should Be Ready ‘As Early As Monday’ For All-Remote Learning Bicycle Thefts Surging In New York City As Pandemic Causes Nationwide Shortage Of Bikes 2 Killed In Explosion At Veterans Affairs Hospital In West Haven, Conn. You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here .
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties all reported additional deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus Friday. Riverside County health officials reported 639 newly confirmed cases and 12 additional fatalities, bringing countywide totals to 74,180 cases and 1,367 deaths. Of those who contracted the illness, 64,368 had recovered. There were a reported 286 coronavirus patients hospitalized Friday, 65 of whom were being treated in intensive care units. RELATED: Calif. Issues Travel Advisory Asking Visitors To Quarantine For 2 Weeks San Bernardino County health officials reported 1,154 newly confirmed cases and one additional fatality, bringing the countywide total to 73,001 cases and 1,097 deaths. Of those who contracted the illness, 66,722 had recovered. There were 318 coronavirus patients hospitalized as of Thursday, 86 of whom were being treated in intensive care units. Ventura County health officials reported 265 newly confirmed cases and one additional fatality, bringing countywide totals to 16,029 cases and 172 deaths. Of those who had contracted the illness, 14,548 had recovered and 1,309 were under active quarantine. There were a reported 36 coronavirus patients hospitalized Friday, 10 of whom were being treated in intensive care units. As of Friday evening, 921,882 Riverside County residents, 912,117 San Bernardino County residents and 233,789 Ventura County residents had been tested for COVID-19.
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Riverside Surpasses 74K COVID-19 Cases, San Bernardino Hits 73K