April 03, 2020

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Engineers turning snorkels into ventilators to combat shortage
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DENVER, Colo. – At Metropolitan State University of Denver, engineers are hard at work using 3D printers to produce medical equipment that is in short supply.“We have this pandemic and we’re not prepared for it so we have the ability and the equipment to help that shortage,” said Aaron Brown, Ph.D., a MSUD mechanical engineering professor.Brown is leading a group that is using 3D printers to make both parts for face shields and valves that can turn snorkel masks into ventilators.
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Neighborhood Eats: HALL by Odo now delivering
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FLATIRON DISTRICT, Manhattan (WABC) -- New York is filled with tiny restaurants, little gems, but right now we can't experience them inhouse, but rather by takeout. is located at 17 West 20th Street in Manhattan's Flatiron District. HALL by Odo offers destination dining two ways, a 14-seat counter for a traditional Kaseiki multi-course meal, or a tucked-away speakeasy for casual fare. Since regular dining isn't an option, the Michelin starred restaurant is adapting.
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Wet and windy end to the week
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NEW YORK — Friday will be a dreary end to the work week with the showers continuing throughout the day. Winds will continue to be gusty at times, making it feel cooler. The northerly wind should keep temperatures from climbing no higher than the lower 50s.The high temperature will be 53 in the city and in the low-50s for the suburbs.Eventually, the low offshore will start to pull away during the afternoon allowing the showers to dissipate in the evening.
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White House Moves Toward Promoting Face Masks to Fight Virus
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The Trump administration is formalizing new guidance to recommend that many Americans wear face coverings in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus as the president defends his response to the crisis.“Because of some recent information that the virus can actually be spread even when people just speak as opposed to coughing and sneezing -- the better part of valor is that when you’re out, when you can’t maintain that 6-foot distance, to wear some sort of facial covering,” the top U.S. infectious disease official said Friday on “Fox & Friends.”
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NRA sues New York over order that gun stores are non-essential businesses during coronavirus pandemic
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Gun shops are an “essential business” during a pandemic, just like your neighborhood grocery store, according to a new lawsuit filed by the NRA that argues a pandemic can’t overturn the 2nd Amendment.On March 20 Gov. Cuomo issued an order shuttering all retail businesses not deemed essential, including gun stores, to prevent spread of coronavirus.“As a result of the government’s overreach, most New Yorkers have no legal way to exercise the constitutional right to purchase arms or ammunition,” the NRA argues in the federal lawsuit filed Thursday in the Northern District of New York.
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HOMETOWN HELPERS: Long Island doctor and neighbor create face shield prototype to prevent coronavirus infections as NYS orders 1M of them
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When Dr. Bettina Fries reached out to her Long Island neighbor last week, she had no interest in sharing the local gossip or spring gardening tips.Fries is the chief of infectious diseases at Stony Brook University Hospital. And her friend is Agjah Libohova, who lives four doors down and works as an R&D guy for a Long Island lighting business.Together, the two developed — in a mere matter of days — a new model of protective, easily mass-produced plastic face shields to aid medical workers on the front lines of the increasingly deadly coronavirus crisis.
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Latest COVID-19 updates in NJ
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NEW JERSEY — Below you will find the most up-to-date information on coronavirus news impacting New Jersey. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page. 5:45 a.m. Beloved 48-year-old principal from a Caldwell middle school dies of COVID-19. Read more.Thursday stories: Gov. Phil Murphy toured a field hospital set to open at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus.Confirmed COVID-19 cases reach 25,590 as coronavirus-related deaths hit 537.
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Beloved NJ middle school principal dies of COVID-19
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CALDWELL, N.J. — A New Jersey middle school principal has died from the novel coronavirus, West Caldwell Police said Thursday in a Facebook post. James Brown, 48, had been principal at the Grover Cleveland Middle School in Caldwell since 2012 and was vice principal at the town's high school for six years before that, according to The Progress News."From the first day you were introduced as a young vice principal...we could instantly tell that there was something special about you," the police department wrote in a post. "You were a natural leader of people."
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100,000 New Yorkers have coronavirus, death toll nears 3,000
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ALBANY — The horrific toll the coronavirus pandemic is taking on the Empire State continued to climb Friday as the number of cases soared past 100,000 and officials reported the disease has claimed nearly 3,000 New Yorkers.State officials reported that 2,935 people have died from the virus so far as of 12:00 a.m. Friday — an astonishing jump of 562 fatalities from the 2,373 reported just 24 hours earlier.
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Off-duty FDNY EMT busted for attacking beau with broomstick
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An off-duty FDNY EMT and his girlfriend were both charged with assault after walloping each other with a broomstick in their Queens home early Friday, cops said.EMT Elijah Hamlet, 28, was arguing with his girlfriend inside their Rockaways home about 4 a.m. when he grabbed the broom and struck the 23-year-old woman in the face and ribs, police said.His girlfriend, Shakira Platts-Rodriguez, then took the broom from Hamlet and hit him in the head, cops said.
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Men wearing surgical masks rob teen at gunpoint in NYC apartment, cops say
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Even Big Apple criminals are scared of the coronavirus!A pair of armed crooks wore surgical masks as they robbed a teen after forcing their way into a Lower Manhattan apartment, cops said Friday.The home invasion happened just after 3 p.m. on Thursday when the robbers knocked on the 18-year-old girl’s apartment door in a city housing complex on East 4th Walk near FDR Drive, according to police.Cops said she opened the door for the thieves, who were believed to be in their late teens or early 20s, after asking if her sister was home.
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240 sanitation workers test positive for COVID-19
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NEW YORK — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact New York City and the rest of the world, sanitation workers are on the front lines of the outbreak. Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia told the PIX11 Morning News she is proud of how the department's employees. “They’ve been really amazing,” she said.As of Thursday morning, about 240 members of the sanitation department tested positive for COVID-19, Garcia said.
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NYC artist making face masks for doctors: 'I had the tools to help'
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For nearly two weeks, Luba Drozd has barely slept. “I feel guilty about sleeping when doctors are in danger,” said Drozd, a 38-year-old Brooklyn artist who’s been using a 3D printer to churn out plastic face shields day and night for Big Apple healthcare workers.“I wake up around 8 a.m. and I go to sleep around 3 or 4 a.m. Sometimes, I wake up in the middle of the night to finish printing and start a new one.”
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Man exposes himself to 10-year-old girl on BK street: police
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PARK SLOPE, Broooklyn — Police are looking for a man accused of exposing himself to a young girl on a Brooklyn street in March, the NYPD said Thursday.According to authorities, back on March 27 the man was riding a bike when he approached the 10-year-old girl around 6:25 p.m. near the intersection of 16th Street and Sixth Avenue in Park Slope.The man attempted to engage the girl in conversation while exposing himself, officials said.
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Doctor talks safety of food delivery, packages, groceries
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NEW YORK — With most people staying inside amid the coronavirus crisis, many wonder how safe it is to get food and package deliveries or even bring groceries into their homes.Can you get sick from food you order or the packaging?Speaking with PIX11's Dan Mannarino, Harvard professor Dr. Joseph G. Allen said the risk of catching COVID-19 in this way is low and manageable.Allen said there are simple steps we can take to minimize the risk, including washing your hands when you take the package inside and again before you eat, and also making sure to dispose of the packaging so it's not sitting in your home.
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How hungry New Yorkers can get free meals amid coronavirus
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Any hungry New Yorker in need due to the coronavirus pandemic can now get three free meals daily at 435 public school sites throughout the Big Apple.The grab-and-go food sites had been open to students and their families, but opened to all adults on Friday. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be picked up at the same time.Adults with children can continue to pick the free meals from 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Adults without children are being offered the free meals from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
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NYPD loses another member to COVID-19 outbreak
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NEW YORK — The New York Police Department lost another member of the force due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the department announced. School Safety Agent Roniece Watson died due to complications of the novel coronavirus on Monday, the NYPD announced. Watson, who became a member of the NYPD in 2003, was assigned to the School Safety Division.The number of cases of COVID-19 within the NYPD continues to rise, with over 1,400 members of the force testing positive for the virus as of Wednesday.
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De Blasio pushes back on pay raises for EMTs
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Mayor Bill de Blasio said now is not the time to give EMT workers a raise — just days after emergency medical calls surpassed records set on 9/11 in response to the city’s coronavirus pandemic.“We want to take care of these workers and support them, of course have their backs, but this is a bigger issue in the labor dynamics of this city,” de Blasio said on WNYC radio Friday.“It’s not the time to, you know, make something up on the fly in the middle of a crisis. That’s just the truth. We’ll figure this out when we get through this crisis,” de Blasio said.
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NYPD unions say cops are in desperate need of supplies to fight coronavirus
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The head of the city’s largest police union claimed Friday that NYPD cops aren’t getting enough masks to respond to coronavirus calls across the city.“They’ve given masks out, but it’s only one or two masks,” Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said outside Jamaica Hospital in Queens, where he and members brought sandwiches, fruit and water to doctors and nurses. “We shouldn’t be hanging them on our locker door, hoping they’ll be good the next day. They become ineffective.
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Film star Jeffrey Wright takes action to a new level by raising money for restaurants feeding health care workers during coronavirus outbreak
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In his latest role, film star Jeffrey Wright plays the part of a concerned community activist who comes to the rescue of a desperate neighborhood caught in the grip of a deadly global pandemic.It’s not an act.Instead of sitting on the sidelines while coronavirus wreaked havoc on his Brooklyn neighborhood, Wright found a way to be part of the supporting cast, lending a much-needed helping hand to health care workers and first responders on the front line in the battle against the epidemic.
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WWII veteran celebrates COVID-19 recovery, 104th birthday
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LEBANON, Ore. – A World War II veteran in Oregon is marking two big milestones this week – turning 104 years young and recovering from coronavirus.William Lapschies, who lives at a veterans home in Lebanon, is one of at least 15 residents who tested positive for coronavirus in March. Two of them have died.Lapschies was diagnosed at the beginning of March, was very sick and took a turn for the worse after eight days. His family feared he might not make it, but they’re now celebrating a "wonderful recovery" as he gets better every day.
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Latest COVID-19 updates in New York
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NEW YORK — Below you will find the most up-to-date information on coronavirus news impacting New York. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.6 a.m. Starting Friday, anyone hungry in New York City can get meals at 435 sites throughout the city, including adults without children. Read More.Thursday stories: Mayor Bill de Blasio is now urging New Yorkers to wear face coverings when they go out in public. Read more.
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First Experimental Drug Site Opens in New York
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Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine joined a clinical trial to evaluate the experimental drug remdesivir to treat people who are hospitalized with severe COVID-19 infection. Montefiore-Einstein is one of 46 testing sites nationwide and is the first site in New York state to open. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, is sponsoring the trial. This treatment has the potential to help people who have serious lung complications as a result of COVID-19. Recruitment for the trial began in March and is still underway.
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NYC nurses, clutching photos of dead colleagues, demand better protective gear on pandemic’s front line
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Terrified city nurses, carrying photos of colleagues killed by coronavirus, delivered a desperate call Friday for better protective gear on the front lines of the pandemic.“Here we are, against the worst enemy, because this one we can’t see,” said nurse Diana Torres, her passionate voice bearing witness to the growing crisis. “We can’t touch it. It’s killing us all. And we have nothing to fight with.”
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