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Mia Edelstein

Weekly COVID newsletter (3/31)

Friends, It’s Tuesday, March 31, 2020. At press time, the Johns Hopkins COVID case tracker currently shows New York City has 39,968 active cases and 914 deaths (those numbers include the 2,000+ more cases and 17 deaths that were added this afternoon since we started compiling this newsletter at 2 pm). Last night’s “virtual” Town Hall at Columbia University’s Teachers College, cosponsored by the NYC Dept of Education and Community… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (3/27)

City and State government depends on federal funding for so much that is based on Census numbers. Please, if you haven’t completed your form yet, do so RIGHT NOW: (click “respond now” and help Manhattan beat back Richmond County!).  Above, Dierdre Lyles of my office is shown completing her form online! Friends, It’s Friday, March 27, 2020– the end of Week II. The Johns Hopkins COVID case tracker currently… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (3/25)

Friends, It’s Wednesday, March 25, 2020. My news is short today. Two transportation updates:  As you may know by now, today the MTA cut service in such a way that maintains rush hour service and cuts other off peak service and lines. This is partly due to TA workers getting sick but also due to the massive ridership drop. And I mentioned yesterday that suspension of alternate side parking rules… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (3/24)

Today, I started helping distribute 4,000 lbs of free food each weekday, courtesy of online grocer Fresh Direct, as part of  their “Operation Five-Borough Food Drive” Friends, It’s Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the fifth day of spring. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says “The pandemic is accelerating… It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach 100,000 cases, 11 days for the second 100,000 cases, Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (3/23)

Friends, It’s Monday, so there’s a weekend’s worth of news to catch up on. Including the fact that last night, Sam from NYCHA’s Douglass Houses (the amazing 20-year-old singer who I told you about last week) made it to the next round on American Idol! There’s some movement toward closing some streets to cars to enhance recreational space and social distancing– especially since parks are so crowded (and nevermind… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (3/20)

Friends, We’ve made it through the first week! This is the fifth of my COVID-19 newsletters, for Friday, March 20, 2020, assembling what I hope is useful information all in one place. (Every day we also post links to this newsletter on my social media: or The Governor has ordered that all non-essential businesses and organizations work from home beginning this Sunday, March 22 at 8pm. Many… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (3/19)

Friends, It’s Thursday, March 19, and this is my fourth COVID-19 newsletter. As you might imagine, the New York Blood Center is experiencing critically low blood and platelet appointments– making it difficult to meet patient needs and hospital demand. If you’re able to donate blood, please visit for information on scheduling an appointment. Over 680,000 New Yorkers have signed up for the City’s COVID text notification system to get… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (3/18)

Friends, It’s day three for closed schools. As of yet, there is NO “shelter in place” order for New Yorkers. Gov. Cuomo announced today that the statewide total of COVID-19 cases is now 2,382, with new cases in 20 counties. The Governor has also announced he will issue an executive order directing non-essential businesses to implement work-from-home policies effective this Friday, March 20. Businesses that rely on in-office personnel must… Read more

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