Coronavirus

Garden City, NY Coronavirus Updates & News For September 29



Mineola, NY |
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Two people tested positive for COVID-19 at Hampton Street and Mineola Middle Schools. Mineola High School also recorded a case, records show

Two people tested positive for COVID-19 at Hampton Street and Mineola Middle Schools. Mineola High School also recorded a case, records showed.
Two people tested positive for COVID-19 at Hampton Street and Mineola Middle Schools. Mineola High School also recorded a case, records showed. (Google Maps Image)

MINEOLA, NY — Three Mineola schools recently recorded coronavirus cases, according to state records and district officials…. Read more



Hicksville, NY |
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The student was on-site but was not determined to be in close contact with other students or staff, officials say.

HICKSVILLE, NY — A Hicksville High School student has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, but the school was not required to close, officials said…. Read more



Syosset, NY |
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Friendly’s, a struggling family restaurant and ice cream parlor, closed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

SYOSSET, NY — A Friendly’s restaurant in Syosset permanently closed over the weekend amid struggles brought on by the coronavirus pandemic…. Read more



Farmingdale, NY |
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More than half the respondents are not convinced the measures taken by local officials to reopen schools will keep the community safe.

LONG ISLAND, NY — Students have gone back to school, and Long Island/Hudson Valley families have mixed feelings on how local officials are handling education safety amid the coronavirus pandemic. More than half of those who responded to a Patch survey are not convinced that the safety measures being taken by local officials to reopen schools will keep school communities safe, but more parents believe their children are safe in… Read more

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Coronavirus live news: one million deaths worldwide; White House Covid taskforce rift deepens | World news

Life is returning to normal across the African continent, but fears of the virus linger still. AFP reports:

“Things are getting back to normal, even though it will never be like it was before,” says a relieved Petunia Maseko, relaxing in a bar in South Africa’s Soweto township.

Africa has weathered the coronavirus pandemic relatively well in terms of infections and deaths, though its economies have been badly ravaged.

While many nations ease their Covid-19 measures and citizens dare to breathe a little easier, experts are warning against letting the continent’s success lapse into complacency.

There was plenty of celebrating at The Black and White Lifestyle Pub in Soweto on Friday as the first weekend of spring coincided with South Africa’s transition to its lowest level of lockdown.

The continent’s hardest-hit nation, South Africa has reeled under one of the world’s strictest lockdowns.

“It was tough staying in for six months without socialising,” said Maseko, a 21-year-old engineering student wearing a brightly coloured Ndebele traditional outfit.

But virus measures were followed, with masked revellers getting their temperatures checked at the bar’s entrance.

Sanitising gel in hand, 26-year-old DJ Tiisetso Tenyane was delighted to finally play in front of a live audience after months of live-streaming shows.

“I’ve been craving to play for the people again,” he said.

He said that face masks are “the only sign left that there ever was a pandemic”.

On the rest of the African continent, daily life varies vastly between strict observance of health measures and total relaxation.

A game of football in Soweto, South Africa. The country’s success in bringing its first wave of COVID-19 under control has allowed it to almost fully reopen the economy, while monitoring for signs of a second wave.

A game of football in Soweto, South Africa. The country’s success in bringing its first wave of COVID-19 under control has allowed it to almost fully reopen the economy, while monitoring for signs of a second wave. Photograph: Themba Hadebe/AP

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House Democrats Introduce Scaled-Back Coronavirus Aid Package : NPR

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., introduced a revised $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package after weeks of stalled talks.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., introduced a revised $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package after weeks of stalled talks.

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House Democrats have released a $2.2 trillion coronavirus response package as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attempt to revive long-stalled aid negotiations.

The legislation addresses many of Democrats’ top priorities, like additional money for testing and drug development, additional unemployment benefits and small business loans, that were included in the $3.4 trillion bill that passed the House in May. Some of the reduced cost comes from scaling back the duration of the benefits in order to come closer to compromise with Republicans.

Pelosi called the package an effort to follow through on the promise to work with Republicans who are seeking a narrower response.

“Democrats are making good on our promise to compromise with this updated bill, which is necessary to address the immediate health and economic crisis facing America’s working families right now,” Pelosi said in a letter to House Democrats. “We have been able to make critical additions and reduce the cost of the bill by shortening the time covered for now.”

The legislation would revive the expired $600 additional weekly federal unemployment benefit through January and lift caps on how long people can file for unemployment.

Democrats also included another round of direct payments of $1,200 per person and $500 per dependent, money to refresh the popular Paycheck Protection Program with new money for small business loans, additional money for food security programs and $436 billion in relief for states, local governments, tribes and territories.

Republicans balked at the $3.4 trillion package that