Positives Decline in NY Governor Cuomo Says, Seeks Vaccines from Pfizer

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 WPCNR GOVERNOR CUOMO CORONAVIRUS UPDATE January 18, 2021:

Today we celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. New York will relentlessly continue his battle for justice. We publish today to share important updates.

As of this morning, New York State has now administered over one million total doses: 903,131 first doses and 103,747 second doses.

The pace of vaccination is rapidly accelerating.

If the Federal Government can increase supply, we are ready to inoculate New Yorkers and scale up the vaccine distribution. 

Chart of the Day: Our statewide positivity rate has gone down from the post-holiday high. However, COVID still poses a serious risk. Please wear a mask and exercise caution. Here’s what else you need to know

tonight: 1. Tomorrow, I will present the Fiscal Year 2022 Executive Budget. This year’s budget proposal will help set our agenda for the year ahead. The presentation will be live-streamed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 19, at 11:30am ET, at governor.ny.gov

 2. Total hospitalizations rose 8,868. Of the 186,205 tests reported yesterday, 12,185, or 6.54 percent, were positive. There were 1,523 patients in ICU yesterday, down 27 from the previous day. Of them, 997 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 153 New Yorkers to the virus. While hospitalizations are still rising, it’s encouraging to see that the rate of increase has slowed significantly. 

 3. I have asked Pfizer if New York can directly purchase vaccine doses from them. Since Pfizer is not bound to commitments that are a part of Operation Warp Speed, I have asked Pfizer, a New York-based company, if they will sell vaccine doses directly to New York State. Read the letter here

 4. I issued a letter demanding U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar explain his false claim that vaccine doses in reserve would be shipped to states. In case you missed it, last week the Federal Government told not just New York, but all fifty states, that vaccine doses that had been “held in physical reserve” would be shipped to states. This came as welcome news, as federal supply of the vaccine is extremely limited.

But it turned out that this was false. These doses had already been distributed to the states. Whether this was an act of incompetence or an act of intentional falsehood, New York and the public deserve a full accounting.

5. The Statewide positivity rate has come down—but we should still be very cautious. The post-holiday spike that we anticipated has declined (see chart above), but the more contagious UK variant is in New York State and represents a serious risk to our hospital system and all New Yorkers. Continue to be vigilant and wear a mask, social distance and avoid gatherings.   

Ever Upward, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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Governor Cuomo: 73% of State Vaccine Dosages Used. Next Federal Supply Is Cut 50,000 to 250,000 Dosages

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WPCNR GOVERNOR CUOMO CORONAVIRUS VACCINE REPORT. January 17, 2020:

 So far, New York’s health care distribution sites have administered 75 percent of doses received from the federal government. In total 699,063 doses of the vaccine have been administered—of these, 623,172 doses are first doses  and 75,891 are second doses. (This number excludes doses that have been set aside for the federally-run Long Term Care Facility vaccination program.) 

We want to get shots in arms as fast as possible, but our biggest constraint at the moment is the limited vaccine supply from the federal government.

We have our distribution network up and running and are working to expand it every day—but we can only vaccinate as many New Yorkers as we have supply for.

There are around 7 million New Yorkers who are eligible for the vaccine but New York only receives 300,000 doses per week, and the next weekly allocation from the federal government will be even less: just 250,000 doses. Due to this limited allocation, appointments have filled up quickly, which I recognize is frustrating for so many New Yorkers who want to get the vaccine as soon as they can.

If you are currently eligible for the vaccine, I urge you to call your local health department, pharmacy, doctor or hospital for additional information and to schedule appointments. To determine eligibility and schedule an appointment at a State-run vaccination site, use the “Am I Eligible” tool. I appreciate everyone’s patience as we wait for more federal supply.  PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Coronavirus Newsletter will not publish on Monday, January 18th, in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will resume on Tuesday, January 19th. 

Photo of the Day: A fifth State-run vaccination site opened at SUNY Albany (Photo by Philip Kamrass) Here’s what else you need to know: 

1. The first five “community vaccination kits” were deployed to New York City Housing Authority locations. Community vaccination kits have been assembled by the state to help ensure that residents of under-served areas have equal access to the vaccine. The kits include workstation equipment, medical supplies, room dividers, privacy curtains and more. The five kits that were deployed today will be used to vaccinate eligible residents at NYCHA buildings (New York City’s public housing authority).  

2. Total hospitalizations fell to 8,808. Of the 324,671 tests reported yesterday, 19,942, or 6.14 percent, were positive. There were 1,570 patients in ICU yesterday, up 34 from the previous day. Of them, 962 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 183 New Yorkers to the virus.  

3. Another State-run vaccination site opened in Albany today. The new site, located on SUNY Albany’s campus, will be joined in the weeks ahead by additional State-operated sites in every region of the state. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, if available, please use the State’s “Am I Eligible” tool or call the New York State Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829). Appointments to receive a second dose will be scheduled in-person immediately after an individual receives the first dose. New Yorkers should not attempt to book their second appointment online. 

 4. An additional case of the UK variant has been found in New York. This new case was identified in Nassau County. To date, there are now 16 known cases of the more contagious virus strain in New York. 

 5. Yesterday, New York State reported 324,671 COVID tests, a record high. Remember, testing is open to any New Yorker. Getting tested frequently allows us to identify positive cases so we can stop the spread. If you are experiencing COVID symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to someone positive for COVID, get tested. Find a testing site near you. You can also call 1-888-364-3065 to make a free appointment at a New York State-run testing location.  

Ever Upward, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK THE COMPREHENSIVE COVID REPORT FRIDAY JAN, 15 REPORT on YOUTUBE NOW.”

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This is John Bailey providing the live report narration of the White Plains Week PROGRAM REPORTED JANUARY 15 AT 7:30 PM without graphics which are posted below for you to view as Mr. Bailey references them.

All programs on Altice Optimum have been affected by “snow,” “break-up,” “distorted audio,” and “elongated video ratio” the last two days” on the Channel 76 and 75 and 77 video feeds from Altice Optimum.
Most of the programs may be seen on www.wpcommunitymedia.org , and clearly on the other White Plains service, VERIZON FIOS, we presume on FIOS ch. 45 countywide.

It is presumed Altice Optimum has been alerted to the problem and are aware of it. But the unreliable quality of Altice Optimum has recurred sporadically for weeks.

Optimum subscribers should notify Altice optimum at 777-9000 and report the problem. And advise the city, if this interferes with your enjoyment of the locally produced programs.

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COUNTY CENTER OPENS FOR COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

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Lining up for first Covid Vaccinations at Westchester County Center. Entry is from the main front entrance. Vaccinations begin at 8 AM and run through 7 PM but you must have a prior appointment, and bring your Registration Ticket and proof of identification
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GOVERNOR CUOMO EXPANDS ELIGIBILITY FOR COVID VACCINE TO 65 AND UP. “BE PATIENT” HE SAYS. HOSPITALS APPARENTLY NOT FINISHED VACCINATING THEIR OWN WORKERS! VACCINE SUPPLIES SHORT: 300,000 A WEEK ALL WE GET. Governor Apologetic.

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WPCNR GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO CORONAVIRUS REPORT. (EDITED) January 2021:

Following new guidance from the CDC, New York is now including individuals age 65 and up as eligible to schedule appointments to receive the vaccine.

 As of 3:00pm today, New York has administered 665,172 vaccine doses. Of those, 570,556 have been administered in hospitals and 94,616 have been administered in Long Term Care facilities. This represents an increase of 60,000 in the last 24 hours and represents 61.7 percent of what has been delivered to NY.  

Immunocompromised New Yorkers are also eligible to receive the vaccine. We are working with the CDC on how to best define the immunocompromised category.

In the meantime, people who are 65 or older can immediately begin finding vaccination locations near them through New York’s Am I Eligible? tool.

But I want to emphasize that New Yorkers should be patient.

(Editor’s Note: This afternoon one computer savvy, extremely patient, brilliant no-nonsense person, I know this –because this person is my wife, the legendary Brenda Starr — spent 2-1/2 hours attempting to schedule a vaccine shot. She was most exasperated with Mr. Cuomo, having scheduled me quite easily yesterday.)

Today’s change brings the number of eligible New Yorkers to at least 7 million people—and the State receives only 300,000 doses per week from the federal government.

That’s a huge gap between the supply and the number of eligible New Yorkers.

Hospitals will continue to prioritize hospital workers and other health care workers—as it is critical to get these workers vaccinated to keep our hospital system functioning and able to handle the continued rise in COVID hospitalizations.

If you are eligible, please be patient; unless the federal supply increases, it will take time to vaccinate the currently eligible groups.  

 New York has identified eight new cases of the UK variant. There are now 12 cases of the UK virus strain in New York and there are 80 cases in the U.S. As a reminder, the UK variant (also called B.1.1.7) is more contagious than other variants, although it is not believed to be more deadly or cause more severe disease. New Yorkers, as always, are asked to exercise caution. 

  Total hospitalizations rose to 8,926. Of the 196,671 tests reported yesterday, 15,214, or 7.73 percent, were positive. There were 1,492 patients in ICU yesterday, up 66 from the previous day. Of them, 909 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 164 New Yorkers to the virus.   

The Finger Lakes and Mohawk Valley Regions have the highest rate of COVID hospitalization by population. In contrast, the Mid-Hudson Region (inclusing Westchester County) has 1,053 holding steady at 5% .

There are 894 hospitalizations in the Finger Lakes, which represents 0.07 percent of the region’s population and there are 329 hospitalizations in Mohawk Valley, which represents 0.07 percent.

The Capital Region has 529 hospitalizations (0.05 percent); 

Central New York has 343 hospitalizations (0.04 percent);

Long Island has 1,612 hospitalizations (0.06 percent); New York City has 3,290 hospitalizations (0.04 percent); 

Southern Tier has 241 hospitalizations (0.04 percent); and Western New York has 518 hospitalizations (0.04 percent of its population).

The North Country, with 117 hospitalizations (0.03), has the lowest rate of hospitalizations due to COVID.   

Ever Upward, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 

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50 COVID ANGELS TO THE RESCUE as Online Shot Reservations are Hard to Make.

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WPCNR THE FEINER REPORT By Paul Feiner, Greenburgh Town Supervisor. January 12, 2021:

OVER 50 VOLUNTEERS HAVE SIGNED UP AS COVID VACCINE ANGELS —WILL OUTREACH TO HUNDREDS (possibly thousands) OF GREENBURGH SENIORS IN THE COMING WEEKS HELPING THEM NAVIGATE THROUGH THE COVID VACCINE REGISTRATION PROCESS

COVID VACCINE ANGELS WILL ALSO ASSIST WITH TRANSPORTATION -FOR SENIORS WHO NEED TRANSPORTATION TO A VACCINE SITE  

    FIRST ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING THIS THURSDAY AT 7 PM TO 8 PM

Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said he is swamped with calls, e-mails from seniors who are experiencing a difficult time getting appointments for a Covid 19 vaccine shot.

The town is setting up a Covid 19 vaccine angels program to help seniors navigate the Covid 19 process. We are going to hold our first organizational meeting via zoom for those interested in getting involved in helping seniors this Thursday from 7 PM to 8 PM. We are getting an enormous response from volunteers – over 50 volunteers so far.

Volunteers will reach out to seniors -will make cold calls to them–encouraging them to take the vaccine. If they don’t have computers and if they find the registration process  stressful the volunteers will help make the appointments for them.

We also will find out if seniors can’t get to the vaccine sites and will provide them with transportation assistance.

In addition, we will find out what isn’t working and will report experiences to the state. Example: People can’t get through to the state phone number. And, some may give up trying.  Husbands and wives have to register separately–making it harder to take the vaccine shot together.  

Those wishing to become a Covid Angel can e mail pfeiner@greenburghny.com and you will be invited to the Zoom meeting on Thursday evening.

PAUL FEINER

It is dark early! When walking at night wear reflectors. Wear bright clothing. Bring a flashlight so motorists can see you.

AID FOR AILING RESTAURANTS

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WPCNR COVID RELIEF. From Westchester County Legislator Katherine Parker. January 12, 2021:

In an effort to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Raising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund offers reimbursement grants of up to $5,000 to eligible businesses. T

he $3 million program is intended to support full-service restaurants during the winter months when outdoor dining is limited and as restaurants adjust to New York State’s COVID-19 safety restrictions and new mandates.

The Raising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund is a partnership between New York State, Diageo Wine & Spirits, Southern Glazer Wines & Spirits and the National Development Council (NDC). Grant funding will be managed by The National Development Council (NDC).

Restaurants can apply to the Rising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund starting Monday, January 11, 2021.  ​

For more information, visit https://esd.ny.gov/raising-nys-bar-restaurant-recovery-fund.

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The March of Westchester Covid Infections = Hospitalizations We Can’t Handle with no Backup.

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WPCNR CORONA VIRUS REPORT. By John F. Bailey January 12, 2021 UPDATED 4:35 PM EST:

If anyone was slow to try and get a vaccine appointment through the state website you should act now.

Unless you sign up now, you probably will not be getting the first dose to well into June or July, pending timely shipments of the vaccine. Today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo dropped the age down to 65, meaning even more fast-fill up appointment times.

The vaccine is a becoming an essential “must-have” because as County Executive George Latimer said in his briefing Monday “the covid  numbers are climbing very seriously. “

That is an understatement. Take for example the yellow hot spots. They continue “hot” and getting hotter. Just because they are not orange or red does not mean the infection rate in those towns is acceptable. It should not be.

In the most corona active areas here’s the numbers as of Monday:

  1. Yonkers, 455 new cases, 2,696 active cases total.
  2. New Rochelle: 117 new cases 893 ‘active.
  3. Cortlandt, 72 new
  4. Ossining, 69 new cases
  5. White Plains, 68 new cases (highest in months)
  6. Peekskill, 64
  7. Greenburgh, 56
Southern Westchester Active Cases through Monday
Northern Westchester Actve cases as of Monday.

More to fear are the daily numbers on a day by day basis.

Let’s go back 7 days:

From Monday January 4 to January 10 (Sunday) in Westchester  persons getting covid were: 619, 776, 1,019,913, 853, 789 and sunday the 10th 803.

That adds to 5,772 new infections in 7 days an average 824 a day.

Mr. Latimer yesterday said there were  504 persons hospitalized in westchester hospitals this week with covid; 455 last week and 392 the week before.

On Oct. 31 there were only 51.

Now let us see what the daily infection rate does to hospitalizations to come in three weeks.

The hospitalization rate for westchester is 5%.

At 5% rate of hospitalization, the number of 5,772 hospitalizations last week, if 5% of the 5,772 were to be hospitalized within the next two weeks that would put 288 persons into hospitals .

If another 5,772 are infected this week 288 more could be hospitalized in three weeks.

If 5, 772 were infected the week of January 18 to 25 we could have 288 more hospitalizations by February generating a total of 865 new hospitalizations by February 1.

That assumes a stable 7.1% infection rate. If the 7.1% ininfection rate continues to go up you can take 1,000 plus the present 594 of  the 2,500 bed capacity and really start stretching hospital caregivers.,4 to 5 weeks from now.

THE latest infection rate released today: 7.9% of 11,069 tested in Westchester Monday, tested positive (872)
Number Positives April 15, 2020
Number of positives Monday January 11: 872 . just where we were on growth of Covid on April 15, 2020. The Second Wave keeps coming.

The takeaway: Westchester must be more responsible.

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WHITE PLAINS ANNOUNCES NEW ACTING PRINCIPAL AT MAMARONECK AVENUE SCHOOL

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Robert Janowitz

WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS. January 12, 2021:

Robert Janowitz was appointed Acting Principal at Mamaroneck Avenue School in White Plains on Monday, January 11th, at a Zoom meeting of the White Plains Board of Education, held under the COVID-19 Executive Order 202.87.   He will serve from February 1 to June 30, 2021. 

Mr. Janowitz has been Assistant Principal at the school for the last 14 years and temporarily replaces Eileen McGuire, current Principal, who will retire on January 31st.  He began his administrative career in White Plains in 2004, as Assistant Principal at Ridgeway School.

            Mr. Janowitz has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from Mercy College and a Master’s Degree in Education, also from Mercy College.  He first worked in a residential facility for children and then began his teaching career in the New York City Board of Education.  He went on to teach third grade in the Lakeland Central School District before moving into administration.

            Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph L. Ricca said, “I am pleased to recommend Mr. Janowitz for this position and I have every confidence in his ability to successfully and collaboratively lead Mamaroneck Avenue School while the district conducts a broad search for a permanent Principal.  Mr. Janowitz is well respected by his students, colleagues, parents/guardians and the greater educational community and has demonstrated a deep commitment to the MAS community throughout his years of service.” 

            Board President Rosemarie Eller added, “We know Mr. Janowitz will maintain the continuity of the school.”

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The CitizeNetReporter Schedules His Coronavirus Vaccine Shot.

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WPCNR VacciNatioNews. By John F. Bailey. January 12, 2020 UPDATED 1:10 pm EST :

(Editor’s Note: WPCNR invites comments by email –wpcnr@aol.com on others’ using the appointment system and your experience with it. )

Coronavirus vaccinations are now being scheduled. By computer only.

So far the system for one-day is a marvel of Government achievement. It works. But at this point only by computer. And the sooner you apply for an appointment the better.

As County Executive George Latimer announced yesterday, scheduling of vaccines is now under way.

As of yesterday afternoon, the dates I reckon are now probably scheduled deep into February. As of early afternoon yesterday appointments were signed through January 27.

I was informed this afternoon that the earliest Westchester County Center appointment as of today in April 1.

Persons I know were having some trouble navigating the scheduling, but figured it out and were able to get schedule dates before noon early Monday morning

If you were not internet and computer fluent, Paul Feiner Greenburgh Town Supervisor has asked for volunteers to aid persons through the process.

Had it not been for my wife I would have been at sea to understand it. She registered me by filling out the registration form. That was quickly confirmed by the state and I had my appointment. Impressive!

Monday morning my wife went on to the website and printed out the list of places where vaccines were being given. She suggested I call some of the places.

See the blue type “Schedule your vaccine appointment” ? ( above the County Center phone number — which just gets you County Center department selections if you call it) CLICK ON “Schedule your vaccine appointment”TO PROCEED TO FILL OUT THE FORM THAT SCHEDULES YOU.

I got frustrated when I called the  County Center number and simply got the County Center normal public answering message (no mention of any coronavirus vaccine), that immediately causes anxiety on the part of a caller. I called Sloane Kettering, same thing a canned message

Then, I got it, maybe they did not have the vaccine so were not “telephone live.”

Mr. Latimer noted in yesterday’s Covid Briefing, that not all places listed on the list of places as giving the vaccine might have the vaccine yet.

Then my wife said why not  click on the blue line listed just above the County Center telephone number,it read (in blue) “Schedule your vaccine appointment ”

(CLICK ON THAT AND IT TAKESYOU TO THE FORM, TRUST ME) that worked!

Perhaps there is someone in New York State who does not know that when filling out a form on a computer, that a blue phrase is what you CLICK on to do something.

Taking a leave from my old direct response career a huge ARROW should point to the blue type you press to yield the form and the words CLICK HERE. But that was the only quibble I have about the list of sites, that and getting standard voice mail choices on a phone call.) Telephone scheduling since it was not working yesterday remains to be seen how that will perform.

(Men, do not attempt this alone).

My wife, whom I affectionately refer to as Brenda Starr for her red hair and brains, and creative intuition then was able to pull up the extensive application for the vaccination and took me through it. Do not attempt to do this without your own “Brenda Starr” or Paul Feiner.

We sent it in electronically.

An appointment for the vaccine was made and a “CDMS Registration Ticket” was printed out to take with you to the vaccination site. You must turn in the Registration Ticket to receive your shot. The copy will have your name, time and date of when you are supposed to get your shot. You will also get a printout of the information you furnished on the registration form.

Obviously if you are given appointments as early as two weeks from now, has the vaccine. But, maybe not so obviously they may call you if they run out.

Good luck.

I must say I was surprised that Westmed one of the premier providers of health care throughout the county, as well as many others, was not on the list of vaccinating places. This surprised me because Westmed has records of their patients, can generate a medical history like that and organize appointments routinely. They know how to do that. Why wouldn’t you pick places like that instead of pharmacies with limited parking, limited staff.

A place where there is no parking is Westchester County Center- which as only paid commuter lots. In fact considering how limited parking is at the County Center and that it is paid parking, you have to plan your parking in advance. (Like where to park.)

Perhaps the parking lot at the County Center will waive fees. As the program revs up I would advise planning your parking. And another thing when vaccinating over 75s, if you have mobility issues or use a special vehicle, take that into consideration. There should be advisories out soon on where to park if you are partially disabled or walking challenged. A long walk to the vaccination alcove is not good for many over-75s.