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Here's the latest:
- State Suspends Liquor Licenses Of Four NY Establishments For Pandemic Violations
- De Blasio Announces "Landlord-Tenant Mediation Project" To Address Housing Issues
- NYC's Pricey Field Hospital Treated 79 Patients, According To Report
- Melba Wilson On The Future Of NYC Restaurants
- Wynton Marsalis On The Future Of New York City
- Video: John Oliver Enlists Celebs To Make Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory PSAs
Ten new states were added to New York's travel advisory requiring people who are traveling to New York from certain states to quarantine for 14 days, in order to monitor for COVID-19.
Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia and Washington were added to the list. They join 21 others; all the states have a positive coronavirus test rate is more than 10 per 100,000 residents, based on a 7-day rolling average, or a 10% or higher statewide positivity rate (7-day average) for coronavirus.
"As infection rates increase in 41 other states, our numbers continue to steadily decline, thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers and our incremental, data-driven opening. Yesterday, we had our lowest death toll since the pandemic began—and with no fatalities in New York City. While today's numbers are encouraging, we must remain vigilant," Cuomo said in a statement.
New York State reported two deaths, with none in NYC, on Monday (data caveat: deaths may be added as the week goes on and hospitals catch up with paperwork).
In case you're wondering, Cuomo is not quarantining after his Monday visit to Savannah, Georgia, where he met with Mayor Van Johnson, but he reportedly got a COVID test.
De Blasio Announces "Landlord-Tenant Mediation Project" To Address Housing Issues
2:00 p.m. The pandemic has caused untold economic hardships, and one of the most critical is housing, and while the Tenant Safe Harbor Act was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City expects numerous evictions to be attempted. On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the "Landlord-Tenant Mediation Project," which will bring parties together in a mediation setting, and not a court setting.
According to a press release from the city, "Mediation puts decision-making power in the hands of the parties involved, which results in practical solutions for both landlords and tenants. Through this project, non-profit Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs) will assist tenants and small landlords in finding solutions to rental issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to resolve cases before they reach litigation and avoid the long-term effects of an eviction proceeding which can lead to displacement for vulnerable tenants and limit future housing options." These meetings will be held "in a setting where both parties feel safe, and priority will be given to tenants and small landlords who do not have legal representation."
"The consequences of eviction can be devastating for families and the lessen in the tenant’s ability to get future housing. We don't want that as a city," Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Louise Carroll said. "Also at the time when many people are staying home for public health reasons, stable housing, good housing is crucial. Today, we're helping families find a little peace of mind about what's ahead... We don't want to put residents through the trauma of the eviction process just to get help."
The project was formulated out of the city's Racial Inclusion and Equity Task Force.
Last week, Cuomo unveiled a rent relief program, which housing advocates called "cruel" and "terrible" for the short period (two weeks) to apply and for the narrow criteria applicants must fulfill.
NYC's Pricey Field Hospital Treated 79 Patients, According To Report
11:30 a.m. At the height of the pandemic, with coronavirus cases overwhelming hospitals across the city, a number of pop-up/field hospitals emerged. At the Jacob Javits Center. In Central Park. Off Pier 90. And at the USTA's Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Queens. Now the NY Times reports that the field hospital at the Tennis Center only treated 79 patients—and cost $52 million.
"Doctors at the Queens Hospital Center, a public hospital in Jamaica, and at other medical centers wanted to transfer patients to Billie Jean King. But they were blocked by bureaucracy, turf battles and communication failures, according to internal documents and interviews with workers," the Times reports. "New York paid as much as $732 an hour for some doctors at Billie Jean King, but the city made them spend hours on paperwork. They were supposed to treat coronavirus patients, but they did not accept people with fevers, a hallmark symptom of the virus. Officials said the site would serve critically ill patients, but workers said it opened with only one or two ventilators."
The hospital opened in early April with 475 beds. One nurse from Baltimore who was stationed at the field hospital told the Times, "I basically got paid $2,000 a day to sit on my phone and look at Facebook. We all felt guilty. I felt really ashamed, to be honest."
About 1,100 patients were treated at the Javits Center, and the USNS Comfort Hospital ship, which didn't even initially accept COVID patients, treated 182. The Samaritan's Purse field hospital, operated by homophobic evangelicals, in Central Park treated 315.
Other things that prevented the Tennis Center field hospital from accepting patients, according to the Times: "The city did not allow ambulances to take 911 calls to Billie Jean King because health officials said they did not trust the facility to triage patients"; they couldn't pick up patients from hospitals; private hospitals' doctors thought the hospital would only accept public hospital patients; and public hospitals' doctors believed they wouldn't get any revenue and that only patients with "extremely mild symptoms" would be accepted.
The mayor had proclaimed, "This facility will start taking non-ICU coronavirus patients, bring them here, relieve some of that pressure immediately."
The field hospital closed on May 13. A de Blasio aide who oversaw the hospital, Jackie Bray, told the paper that the city expect the federal government to reimburse the city for the cost: "The alternative space was less used than we expected it to be because we broke the curve, thank goodness."
Another city-planned field hospital, this one at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, closed without any patients and a price tag of $21 million in construction costs.