COVID-19 update: New York State to send coronavirus medication to Florida
On the front lines of the war on COVID-19, there are many civilian heroes going out of their way, as volunteers and contributors. Also, many who are elected to serve are going the extra mile. In this column the Eagle hopes to give our readers an ongoing update on those fighting in the front lines.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced that New York State will send the COVID-19 medication Remdesivir to Florida as the state struggles with a resurgence of cases. Florida is waiting for a further supply from the federal government and New York will provide enough Remdesivir to help the state care for 280 COVID-19 patients until the federal shipment arrives. “We will stand by our fellow Americans every step of the way as our nation fights COVID-19 together,” said Cuomo.
On Friday, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer released a comprehensive analysis outlining economic challenges facing minority and women-owned enterprises (M/WBEs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a survey of more than 500 M/WBEs, 85 percent reported that they cannot survive the next six months given their current financial situation, and 30 percent said they cannot survive the next thirty days or less. “We will redouble our commitment to holding City agencies accountable and continue our efforts to identify and dismantle systemic barriers to participation,” said Stringer.
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced that large events requiring a city events permit will be canceled through September 30th as the city works to prioritize open spaces for public use. “As New York has begun its reopening process, accessible open spaces are more important than ever,” said de Blasio. “While it pains me to call off some of the city’s beloved events, our focus now must be the prioritization of city space for public use and the continuation of social distancing.”
With evictions in New York State expected to rise, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand are pushing for legislation to increase protections for renters by expanding the nation-wide moratorium on evictions for housing through March 27. The Protecting Renters from Evictions and Fees Act of 2020 protects renters from immediate displacement and prohibits evictions based on nonpayment of rent.
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