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Mia Edelstein

Weekly COVID newsletter (8/5)

Friends, It’s Thursday, August 5, 2021. Welcome to my weekly newsletter. New York City’s COVID positivity rate is now 3.27%, up from 2.67% last week; Manhattan’s case rate per 100,000 residents last week (what the CDC uses to determine the “level of community transmission”) was 121 cases, and a 2% positivity rate, so Manhattan is an area of “high” transmission under CDC guidelines. The city is phasing out its use Read more

P-EBT flyers in English, Spanish, Chinese

P-EBT (pandemic electronic benefits transfer funds are coming). Every public school family (and families with children at other schools enrolled in the National School Lunch Program) are being sent between $820–$1,320 in P-EBT per child to cover the cost of lunch during remote learning days over the last year. This will circulate a whopping $1.5 billion through the city’s economy– but only if you spend your P-EBT. My office has… Read more

B.P. Brewer in the News:
July 24–30

Wednesday, July 28 Tuesday, July 27
  • New York Post by the Editorial Board, 
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Weekly newsletter (7/29)

Friends, It’s Thursday, July 29, 2021. Welcome to my weekly newsletter. New York City’s COVID positivity rate is now 2.67%, up from 2.01% last week. Those interested in looking more deeply at COVID statistics can check the NYC Dept. of Health website or thecity.nyc’s COVID tracker. This week saw a new tightening of COVID restrictions after an explosion of COVID test positivity and caseloads nationwide due to the Delta… Read more

Weekly newsletter (7/22)

Friends, It’s Thursday, July 22, 2021. Welcome to my weekly newsletter. New York City’s COVID positivity rate is now 2.01%, up from 1.43% last week. Those interested in the COVID statistics can check the data at the NYC Dept. of Health website or thecity.nyc’s COVID tracker. My website lists vaccine sites, vaccination perks, and vaccine appointment resources. It’s more important than ever to get vaccinated, and the vaccinators will… Read more

Weekly newsletter (7/15)

Friends, It’s Thursday, July 16, 2021. Welcome to my weekly newsletter. New York City’s COVID positivity rate is 1.43%, up from 1.19% last week. Those interested in the COVID statistics can check the data at the NYC Dept. of Health website or thecity.nyc’s COVID tracker. My website lists vaccine sites, vaccination perks, and vaccine appointment resources.
COMMENT Southwest Missouri is, it seems, now becoming a COVID zone. In Springfield,… Read more

Weekly newsletter (7/8)

Friends, It’s Thursday, July 8, 2021. Welcome to my weekly newsletter. NYC’s seven-day positivity average is 1.06% (up from 0.69% last week). But NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi says, “Test positivity is becoming a little less valuable”– New Yorkers are getting tested at half the rate they were in April, and vaccinated people tend to get tested less. So the COVID hospitalization and death rates, which Dr. Chokshi… Read more

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