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It is Monday.
weather: Snow received with rain around noon, then just rain. Highs near 40.
Optional side parking: In effect till Friday (Purim).
On Sunday, Gov. Andrew M. Kyomo announced that the statewide daily rate of positive coronavirus test results – a key measure of the severity of the epidemic – was 2.99 percent. For the first time since November, the rate had fallen below 3 percent.
But Mr. Cuomo’s announcement also included an even more disturbing update: a Nassau County man confirmed to be the first resident of New York to become infected with a more contagious version of the coronavirus emerging in South Africa .
Taken together, the two updates captured the state of the epidemic in New York. Even with lower rates of hospitalization and positivity, officials are struggling to vaccinate people before the new variants, which can resist vaccines, and compared to older versions of the virus Can spread rapidly.
“We are in a race right now – between our ability to vaccinate and these variants that are actively trying to spread – and we will only win that race if we stay smart and disciplined,” Mr Kumo said.
[The South Africa variant may be able to overcome the natural immunity of those previously infected.]
Overall, the epidemic appears spontaneous in New York. Statewide hospitals climbed to over 9,200 in mid-January, reducing the number to 5,764 on Sunday.
The 2.99 percent daily positivity rate was less than half in early January, when the number climbed above 8 percent.
In New York City, there were several days in January when the city saw more than 280 new daily hospitals, and when the average positivity rate for seven days exceeded 9 percent. Those Number on sunday Mayor Bill de Blasio said there were 234 hospitals and an average of 7.31 percent.
However, the dose speed is still sluggish, as the dose supply is limited. According to state statistics, despite New York having more than 10 million people, only 1.3 million people were vaccinated.
And recent bad weather has delayed the shipment of new doses, slowing the rollout.
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What we are studying
It’s been a month February eighth – Snow on recordAccording to the National Weather Service. [Gothamist]
Police are looking for a woman they say Stabbed a person multiple times from behind In the metro train at Penn Station. [Daily News]
In a pilot program in Harlem and East Harlem, mental health specialists and emergency medical workers – and not police – will Answer some 911 calls. [N.Y. 1]
- Are coronovirus cases increasing in your area? Our maps will help you determine how your state, county, or country is moving forward.
- Vaccines are rolling out and will reach many of us by spring. We have answered some common questions about vaccines.
- Now that we are all getting used to living in an epidemic, you may have new questions about how you can safely go about your routine, what impact it will have on your children, how to travel and more. We are also answering those questions.
- So far, coronovirus outbreaks have sickened more than 106 million people globally. More than two million people have died. A timeline of events caused by these numbers can help you understand how we got here.
And finally: a shot of culture
Julia Jacobs of The Times writes:
It first sounded like a small, no-frills concert in a carefully controlled environment: Jazz musician John Batiste performed on a piano in an auditorium at the Javits Center on Manhattan’s West Side, with about 50 health care workers Performed for the audience. In evenly spread rows – some worn scrubs, others army fatigues.
The dancer Iodelle Cassell began tapping her amplified convulsion roll filling the room, with no music accompaniment other than her voice recording. And opera singer Anthony Roth Costanzo performed “Ave Maria” in Counternor’s angelic tone.
But in about half an hour, the performers stepped off the stage and exited the room in what had begun to be a formal concert that began as a breathtaking procession of music and dancing to the sterilized building. Wandered through – the convention center had turned into a field hospital early in the epidemic and is now a mass vaccination site – where hundreds of optimists arrived on Saturday afternoon to take their shots.
Batiste switched melodica, a toilet, hand held eid instrument with a keyboard, and the troupe of musicians – which expanded to include a horn section and percussionist – by crossing the escalator and eventually through the convention center Reached a high. The terrace room where dozens of people waited quietly for 15 minutes after getting their vaccinations.
The concert-turn-roaming-party was the first in a series of pop-up shows in New York aimed to shock artists by providing paid work and art to audiences with opportunities to see live performances after nearly a year of dark theaters Was. And concert hall.
It’s Monday – make a move.
Metropolitan Diary: Trick Math
This was the first year of my college, and I was new to New York. As part of the fine-arts curriculum, my classmates and I were sent to study the various buildings in the city. Bonwit Taylor, on Fifth Avenue, was one of them.
The assignment called us to describe the building, so I crossed the street to face it and started counting the number of floors.
I must have been counting out loud, because when I got to the “five”, I stopped, and a woman going by me turned her head towards me.
“Six,” he said over his shoulder, and then continued on his way.
She was okay. I did not count the surface.
– Naomi Kasabian
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