STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The coronavirus pandemic has turned our world upside-down. We need information like we never have before.
How many new cases were there on Staten Island today? How many deaths? How many people have been released from the hospital?
What did President Donald Trump say about the pandemic? What about Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio?
More importantly, when is this pandemic going to be over? When are we going to get back to normal, whatever normal is?
It’s almost too much to keep up with.
So every day around 4 p.m., Mark Stein and I take to Facebook Live to give you all the Island information you need. You can then look for this written wrap-up on SILive.com at the end of the day.
We’ll give you the numbers and all the latest news. We’ll answer your questions. We’ll follow up on your news tips.
We’ll share the good news too, the way that the Staten Island community is coming together in this time of crisis. Or we’ll just share this strange and unique pandemic moment with you, as fellow Staten Islanders.
On Friday, we talked about how another 156 cases of coronavirus had been reported on the Island, the largest one-day total in six months. Hospitalizations also increased.
But Island doctors told the Advance separately that they’re confident that borough hospitals could handle increased COVID-19 admissions because more is known about how to treat the virus.
The doctors also said that the patients being seen these days are younger and do not have underlying conditions, meaning that they have better outcomes when battling the disease.
Mark and I also discussed how another three ZIP codes had been identified on the Island where the test positivity rate was above 3 percent, bringing the total to five ZIP codes where the positivity rate is of concern.
Additional testing capacity is being brought on the Island and no closures or other restrictions are in the offing as of yet.
We’re all in this together. We’ll all get through this together.