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Coronavirus updates: White House considers new measures after staffers test positive for COVID-19

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 284,000 people worldwide. More than 4.1 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due […]

Cuomo Extends Authority for ‘PAUSE’ Order, But Some Reopening Still Possible After May 15

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order this week extending his legal authority to push back the state’s May 15 “NY ON PAUSE” deadline but stopped short of moving the date, according to his top deputy Melissa DeRosa. The governor is expected to give a key update on his “PAUSE” order Monday. The […]

Pandemic doctor predicts coronavirus will spike, blames Trump for wasting weeks of lockdown

A top pandemic doctor predicted Sunday that coronavirus cases will spike dramatically in coming weeks as states reopen without implementing track, trace and isolate protocols to help limit the spread of the disease. Dr. Jeffrey Shaman told NBC’s “Meet The Press” that the Trump administration wasted precious time during the widespread stay-at-home orders that could’ve […]

Why the Path to Reopening New York City Will Be So Difficult

Nearly 190,000 people were tested for the coronavirus in New York City over the past two weeks, a record number. The increase in testing, crucial for curbing the outbreak, came as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to hire a small army of 1,000 disease detectives to track down the contacts of every infected New […]

Gilead says early results of coronavirus drug trial show improvement with shorter remdesivir treatment

Gilead Sciences said Wednesday preliminary results of a coronavirus drug trial showed at least 50% of patients treated with a five-day dosage of remdesivir improved and more than half were discharged from the hospital within two weeks. The company also said another trial by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases met its main goal. […]

Gov Cuomo declares that New York is past its coronavirus peak

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York appears to have passed its peak in coronavirus fatalities as the death toll across the state dropped for a second consecutive day. Cuomo on Sunday announced that 507 people died from COVID-19 on Saturday, down 43 from the day before. The total number of hospitalizations also continued its steady decline, falling from 16,967 […]

N.Y. Building Sites Reopen, Carefully, in Sign of Life Gearing Back Up

On the Far West Side of Manhattan, construction workers start every morning with a thermal forehead scan to take their temperatures. On service elevators at the high-rise development, they stand on floor markings to maintain social distancing. And when deliveries arrive, drivers stay behind the wheel while the haul is unloaded. City building inspectors often […]

NYC approves ‘emergency’ construction on controversial luxury condo tower

Construction crews returned to work on a controversial luxury tower in Manhattan last week, less than a month after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned all nonessential construction during the coronavirus pandemic. The city’s Department of Buildings granted permission to the developers of the building at 200 Amsterdam Ave. to do “emergency work.” In February, a State […]

US could be in for ‘a bad fall and a bad winter’ if it’s unprepared for a second wave of coronavirus, Fauci warns

A second round of the coronavirus is “inevitable,” the nation’s top infectious disease doctor says, but just how bad it is will depend on the progress the US makes in the coming months. “If by that time we have put into place all of the countermeasures that you need to address this, we should do reasonably well,” […]

How COVID-19 Is Affecting Construction Projects and Actions You Should Consider

The global spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is generating unprecedented delays, disruptions and uncertainty on construction projects. Travel restrictions, social distancing and quarantines are increasingly disrupting supply chains, contractor workforces and the availability of governmental personnel for project inspections, with resulting delays and increased costs. This article offers guidance to developers and owners dealing […]