'You Need To Rescue The Patients We Need The Most Help With,' Hospital Chief Tells Navy
The US Naval Ship Comfort arrived earlier this week with great fanfare. But as of Thursday night, the thousand-bed floating hospital so far only had about 20 patients. The head of the state’s coronavirus task force says this is outrageous. John Dowling, who is also the head of Northwell, one of New York’s largest hospital systems, explains why — and gives a broader update on the Covid-19 crisis.
De Blasio Tells New Yorkers To Wear "Face-Coverings" As Covid-19 Cases Continue Rising
Mayor de Blasio says all New Yorkers should cover their nose and mouth when they go out in public. WNYC's Brigid Bergin reports it's the first time the city has issued this advice.
Sing Sing Inmate Describes Fear Behind Bars, As COVID-19 Spreads
The Westchester Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed to WNYC that an inmate at Sing Sing Correctional Facility who died earlier this week had COVID-19. His cause of death is still being determined, but if complications from the virus are determined to have caused his death, he'll be the first known inmate in New York to die from it.
John J. Lennon is an inmate at Sing Sing, serving 28 years to life for a murder he committed in 2001. He also writes for
NJ's Unemployment Claims Soar, Largely Among Service Industry Workers
More than 360,000 people in New Jersey have filed for unemployment in just the last two weeks, shattering records.
The record-setting number of claims last week and the week before are largely from about 40,000 workers in the food and restaurant industry who filed about 16 percent of all claims. Then came workers in medical offices at about 11 percent. Other hard hit areas included auto dealers, salons and hotels, all reeling from New Jersey's mass closures meant to stop the COVID-19 outbreak.
Alberto Magallenes, 44, worked at a Jersey City hotel and says it was incredible how suddenly things changed.
"The occupancy of the hotel just kept dropping and dropping and the events were canceling out or postponing it. But then boom next think you know, we're closed," he said.
The federal stimulus package extends unemployment benefits by 13 weeks and provides recipients with an additional $600 per week.