Forced Flu Shot Unlikely in New York for 2020

Could come back after election

September 24, 2020 — Two weeks ago NY Health Commish Howard Zucker called for mandatory flu shots in New York to attend school. John Gilmore immediately released an action alert to call Governor Cuomo and legislators to voice our strong opposition to this insane, unnecessary idea.

Shortly after this action Cuomo was asked about Zucker’s comments and the Governor played dumb; as if he had never heard of the idea before. I recently spoke with John Gilmore and he found the idea of Cuomo not knowing what Zucker said to be laughable. According to Gilmore, Cuomo is a micromanager and certainly told Zucker to make the public statement about mandatory flu shots. Basically Cuomo floated a trial balloon.

The balloon didn’t float.

We are 40 days away from the election, and all of Albany (sans Cuomo) is up for reelection. In New York mandatory flu and HPV vaccination has always been extremely unpopular. Some Albany Democrats recently released statements stating they are against mandatory flu vaccinations because they know how unpopular the idea is and don’t want to lose on November 3rd.

It appears we have dodged this bullet; for now. How quickly this one will rear its head again all depends on the election results. If the Democrats keep their super-majority in Albany, mandatory flu shots will be right back on the table very fast.

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(Note – pic of Cuomo allegedly getting flu shot at the top of this report is from 2019, not 2020. I never believe photo-ops like this one. Highly likely he posed for the shot, but never got the shot)

NY Take Action: Cuomo considering mandatory flu shots by Executive Order

by John Gilmore

     New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said on Wednesday that he is considering following the example of Massachusetts and order all daycare, pre-school, K-12, and college students to get annual flu shots. Connecticut and New Jersey are considering similar orders.

     Currently, flu shots are required to attend pre-school and daycare in New York City but nowhere else in the State. Connecticut and New Jersey require flu shots for pre-school and daycare. Massachusetts will become the first state that requires flu shots to attend K-12 school or college.  All those states allow religious exemptions.

     Zucker is the guy who Gov. Cuomo claims said it was OK to put people with Covid-19 into nursing homes while disregarding all the federal guidelines to prevent the spread of the infection, and now they both refuse to say how many nursing home residents died as the result of their folly. These are the guys who said we had to temporarily shut down to “flatten the curve” so hospitals would not be overwhelmed with Covid-19 cases. That was 180 days ago, hospitals have single digit numbers of Covid-19 cases, and we are still substantially shut down.

     The ostensible reason Zucker cited for this new forced vaccination campaign was his concern that unless minors get flu shots now the demand for flu tests later will somehow interfere with Covid-19 testing.  They are willing to continue to erode parental rights to make medical decisions our children and compel a medical procedure of questionable safety and efficacy simply to avoid the possibility of busy labs.

     Normally adding a new vaccine mandate would require passing laws in the Assembly and Senate followed by approval by the Governor. Just like with any law. But since the legislature gave dictatorial control of the State to Cuomo last March 3, before they crept off to hide, the Governor can order forced flu shots with a decree.

    Before you take action on these issues if you value the information and advocacy provided to you by the Autism Action Network please make it possible for us to do so by supporting our one fundraising event of the year we do in conjunction with the Autism Community Walk, here:   https://grouprev.com/autismcommunitywalk2020-AutismActionNetwork which is TENTATIVELY scheduled for Sunday, October 18 in Belmont Lake State Park in Babylon, NY. Cuomo willing.

     Use this link  to send messages to Cuomo, Zucker and y Take Action our State Senator and Assemblymember letting them know you oppose any type of forced flu shot.

     Call Cuomo and Zucker and let them know you oppose this scheme:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, (518) 474-8390

Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, (518) 474-2011

     Call your State Senator and Assemblymember. They will want your votes on November 3, so call them and ask them if they will do anything to protect your right to choose whether or your children are forced to get flu shots.

Find YOUR Assemblymember here – https://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/search/

Find YOUR Senator here – https://www.nysenate.gov/registration/nojs/form/start/find-my-senator

Please email and call their offices. It is unlikely the phone will be answered but please leave a message.

     A US Department of Defense Study released earlier this year, the only study done so far on the topic, found that the flu shot INCREASES the risks from coronavirus by 36%. “Receiving influenza vaccination may increase the risk of other respiratory viruses, a phenomenon known as “virus interference…’vaccine derived’ virus interference was significantly associated with coronavirus…” Again, this is not about public health, this is about money and power.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X19313647?via%3Dihub

     Glaxo, Sanofi, CSL and Astra Zeneca make all the flu shots sold in the US, with approximately 6,000,000 children in New York between 6 months and 18 years, and college students, and the federal Vaccines for Children program selling flu vaccines at around $13.50 per dose, the New York flu shot market for young people is worth about $81 million per year, not including the administration fees charge by pediatricians and other flu shot retailers.

       According to multi-decade studies of flu shot efficacy by the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration, inactivated flu vaccines (flu shots) in children age 3-16 reduce the risk of influenza in children from 30% to 11% on average. In some years, like 2017, flu shots have no measurable efficacy at all, even in the best-case scenarios devised by the flu shot manufacturers. There is insufficient data according to the Cochrane Collaboration to even say what affect flu shots have on children under 2, yet they would be required to get the shots.

      Some flu shots in the US (approximately 20%) are still made using thimerosal, an obsolete preservative based on toxic mercury, that is banned in most of the world, but not the US. In 2008, New York banned the use of thimerosal in shots given to pregnant women and children under three, but the Cuomo administration has illegally suspended the law for past several years misusing language in the bill that allows the state to suspend the law if there is a declared shortage of mercury-free flu shots. There has never been a declared shortage, but  Zucker suspends the law anyway. An internal CDC study showed 700% more autism among children who received thimerosal-containing vaccines in infancy.  And studies have shown 20% higher autism rates among children whose mothers received pre-natal flu shots in the first trimester.

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End of In-Person School in NY is here, and it’s not going away…

Cuomo’s school budget cuts are designed to “reimagine” education at a distance – just as Bill Gates wants.

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September 4, 2020 — In Schenectady, NY the school district announced grades 7 through 12 will be taught all remote via the internet. Is this because they are scared of COVID? Safety concerns?

No – they have no money because of Cuomo.

Just two weeks before the start of school in New York Cuomo announced a 20% budget cut to all school districts. The timing was disgusting on the part of the Governor, and it was no accident. It was by design. Cuomo is hoping budget cuts will force more school districts to go full remote and further along the agenda of Bill Gates “reimagine education” at a distance. Remember what Cuomo said back in May?

“The old model of everybody goes and sits in the classroom, and the teacher is in front of that classroom and teaches that class, and you do that all across the city, all across the state, all these buildings, all these physical classrooms — why, with all the technology you have?”  (Washington Post, May 6, 2020)

This is the real agenda behind so much remote learning happening in New York (and across the country and globe) right now. It is the real agenda behind Cuomo cutting school budgets, at the very last minute with no notice, when the schools need more money, not less, and everyone knows this. It has very little to do with COVID and safety. It is about money, destroying teacher unions, and dumbing down our children.

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For more info on this topic please read:

Gates and Gov. Cuomo Take Advantage of COVID-19 and Re-Imagine the NY Education System by Curtis Cost, published by Children’s Health Defense

Cuomo Sees End to In Person Education by Fed Up Dem, published on May 5, 2020

Cuomo and Zucker Continue Lies About Nursing Home Deaths

NY Take Action: Second nursing home hearing today. Will Cuomo finally tell us how many died?

From John Gilmore & Autism Action Network

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August 10, 2020 — The New York Assembly and Senate held a hearing last Monday on the covid 19 diaster in nursing homes. Another hearing on covid 19 is scheduled for today, Monday, August 10 at 10 am. The primary witness last week was Health Commissioner Howard Zucker. He used every trick in the book to avoid answering questions. He rambled on about irrelevant data. He preceded “answers” with detailed, but pointless, preambles. He answered questions that were not asked. He used every bureaucratic trick in the book to avoid saying anything of substance. And when directly questioned on the most important question of the day: How many people got ill with covid 19 in nursing homes but died in hospitals? He just simply refused to answer, saying he wanted to be sure he gave them a precise answer and would not even attempt an approximation.

 Nursing industry insiders have said they believe the death count in the hospitals is at least eual to the deaths in the nursing homes and probably greater, which puts the nursing home resident death count somewhere around 13,000 to 16,000. Zucker’s overt contempt for the legislature, and the people who elected them, was evident when he excuse himself early because he claimed he had some more important engagement!

 Deaths skyrocketed after Cuomo ordered on March 25 nursing homes to accept people with active cases of covid 19. Cuomo disregarded federal guidelines that said covid 19 patients should only be allowed in nursing homes IF they could be physically separated from other residents, IF there could be separate staffs, and IF the nursing home had adequate personal protective equipment. None of these guidelines were followed, and Cuomo prohibited the nursing homes from even testing residents to see if they have covid 19.  In the aftermath, Cuomo blamed the deaths first on Howard Zucker, then nursing home employees, nursing home operators, nursing home visitors, the CDC, Trump, Republicans, and the media. 

Nursing home issues are not usually with the scope of the Autism Action Network, but Cuomo used the same policy at groups homes and residential settings for people with disabilites. And if Cuomo set out to deliberatly injure the autism and vaccine-injured community during the last four years what would he have done differently?

 Before you take action on these issues if you value the information and advocacy provided to you by the autism action network please make us possible for us to do so by supporting our one fundraising event of the year we do in conjunction with the Autism Community Walk, here:   https://grouprev.com/autismcommunitywalk2020-AutismActionNetwork which is TENTATIVELY scheduled for Sunday, October 18 in Belmont Lake State Park in Babylon, NY. Cuomo willing.

Please click here  Take Action  to send a message to the decisionmakers asking what is the point to have hearings on covid 19 and nursing homes if the Governor continues to keep the number of deaths secret?

(If “Take Action” hyperlink doesn’t work, click on this link: https://cqrcengage.com/achamp/app/write-a-letter?6&engagementId=508922&ep=AAAAC2Flc0NpcGhlcjAxYnk7SKwemlDA_Z1jjRTso7yk4qjSvNINhc3P_H25i4quNlmwZx8oFxolfo9GAVr0147mY9xMbdK4AvD5bq9-jWQ_vNyxOptik6Iaz0ByU8M&lp=0)

Please get on the phone to the decisionmakers and ask them what is the point of another hearing on covid 19 and the nursing homes if we don’t know how may nursing home residents died in hospitals?

Start with your own State Senator and Assemblymember:

Find YOUR Assemblymember here – https://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/search/

Find YOUR Senator here – https://www.nysenate.gov/registration/nojs/form/start/find-my-senator

Then call all of the following influential Albany Lawmakers:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, (518) 474-8390

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, (518) 455-2584, (914) 423-4031

Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie,  (518) 455-3791, (718) 654-6539

Senate Health Committee Chair Gustavo Rivera, (518) 455-3395,  (718) 933-2825

Senate Aging Committee Chair Rachel May, (518) 455-2838, (315) 478-8745

Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee Chair James Skoufis, (518) 455- 3290, (845) 567-1270

Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried, (212) 807-7900, (518) 474-4941

Assembly Aging Committee Chair Harry Bronson, 518-455-4527, 585-244-5255

Assembly Investigations Oversight, Analysis and Investigations Committee, Chair John McDonald, (518) 455-4474.

The facts are clear. Governor Andrew Cuomo decided that he would place people with active cases of covid 19 into nursing homes even though, in his own words, he knew the disease would spread like, “fire through dry grass.” He prohibited nursing homes from testing residents to determine if they have covid 19 which made it impossible to  following federal guidelines, that required keeping covid 19 patients physically separate, using separate staffs and using adequate personal protective equipment.  Once the death count exploded, he gave the nursing homes retroactive liability protect form any lawsuits. Now he refuses to tell us how many of our family members died.

 Governor Cuomo is a disaster for any family affected by the issues the Autism Action Network works to change.

He has cut developmental disability funding by more than half since he came into office.

Early intervention is falling apart in many parts of the state due to inadequate resources.

Special education resources are getting thinner and thinner due to exploding numbers of students with autism 9-13% growth from more than 20 years

There are ten-year waiting lists for group homes

Group home residents have no functioning legal protection from abuse or other criminal acts since Cuomo’s own invention, the “Justice Center” was declared unconstitutional 3 years ago.

He eliminated the religious exemption from vaccine mandates to attend school

Obtaining a medical exemption from a vaccine mandates is nearly impossible now without a lawsuit

And he had volunteered you and your children to be lab rats with whatever the covid 19 industry decides is in their best interest to impose on us.  “Anything we can do to work with the federal government to get the vaccine done faster, we are all in,” Cuomo said on April 16. “We want to use New York as a laboratory. We are ready, willing and able.”

See the hearing hre:  https://www.nysenate.gov/events or https://nyassembly.gov/av/live

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Cuomo Nursing Home Hearings

Protests Virtually Unreported

Cuomo’s Death Machine

Zucker Continues to Lie

When Can Family Visit Nursing Homes?

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August 4, 2020 — Yesterday the New York legislative body in Albany held hearings on the nursing home debacle that caused 6,000 to possibly 12,000 deaths headed by Governor Cuomo and NY Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. Protests of over 1,000 people happened outside of the Capitol on State St. with multiple speakers including whistleblower Nurse Erin Marie Olszewski.

Nurse Erin Marie is a major danger to Governor Cuomo as she is exposing the malpractice that turned Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, NY into a death factory during the COVID crisis. When Nurse Erin Marie stepped up to speak, New York Activist Rita Palma’s Facebook live stream went completely dead after running with no problem for 30 minutes recording all of the speakers who went before her. This seems to be another account of Facebook censoring voices for medical freedom. Eventually event organizers were able to publish her speech in full and you can view that here.

24 hours later the protest barely made the mainstream news. Spectrum mentioned the protest in the fifth paragraph of a report titled Cuomo Decries the Politics of the Pandemic.

Zucker Lies About Death Order

New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker was questioned by members of the Senate and Assembly regarding why as many as 12,000 nursing home seniors died during the COVID crisis. Zucker refused to provide an updated, accurate number of nursing home residents who died of COVID during the hearing.

On March 25th Cuomo & Zucker released guidance to nursing homes stating, “No resident shall be denied readmission or admission to the (nursing home) solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. (Nursing homes) are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.”

Many have called this order a death sentence for thousands of seniors in nursing homes.

According to Newsday’s coverage of the hearing, Zucker said the above guidance was not mandatory. But obviously the wording of this directive was so incredibly strong what nursing home administrator would go against Cuomo during an unprecedented pandemic? Zucker went on to state the above guidance given on March 25th was not responsible for the massive amount of deaths in nursing homes. Newsday reported Zucker argued “the (health) department’s research of antibodies shows the peak of deaths could be attributed to infections before March 25 carried by staff and visitors who showed no symptoms at the time.”

There are two major problems with Zucker’s position here:

  1. Asymptomatic transmission of the novel coronavirus has been proven to be “extremely rare,” even according to the World Health Organization (WHO)
  2. Antibody testing have shown to be remarkably flawed, and the data they provide is extremely unreliable.

Zucker should be very aware that on June 11th WHO announced that asymptomatic transmission of the novel coronavirus is “extremely rare,” especially since he used to work for WHO. Is Zucker making the remarkably outlandish claim that 6,000 to 12,000 nursing home residents all died from an “extremely rare” form of transmission? It makes far more sense that seniors with symptoms of COVID that nursing homes were forced to house due to the March 25th order from Zucker were the source of infection.

To quote certified nurse and nursing home staffer Nicole Whittaker speaking to Spectrum news, “Masks were issued, but were being worn for too long,” she said. “We lost a significant number of residents, and many of these deaths could have been prevented. Residents with symptoms should have been isolated immediately, not after more than a month of infections.” (emphasis added)

Expert Witnesses

In the afternoon two witnesses were questioned. Michael A.L. Balboni, who is the Executive Director of Greater New York Health Care Facilities Association, and Neil Heyman, President of the Southern New York Association. Below are some of the highlights from the afternoon questions that came from Senator James Skoufis, Assemblyman John McDonald, Senator Gustavo Rivera, Assemblyman Ron Kim, Senator Sue Serino, Assemblyman Kevin Byrne and Assemblyman Tom Abinnanit. Here are the highlights from those questions

Senator James Skoufis asked if it was a lack of PPE that was “the primary driver” of infection in nursing homes. Balboni responded, “It is very difficult to be able to identify the exact mode of transmission” and that it was a combination of a lot of factors. Skoufis followed up by saying, “But this was at the top of the list?” Balboni said they believed it played a role, but never verbally agreed with Skoufis that this was the main cause of infection. To me it felt like Skoufis was searching for a “get-out-of-jail” card for Cuomo and Zucker. He didn’t get it.

Assemblyman John T. McDonald had environmental questions. He discussed relative humidity of air inside of a building as potentially playing a major role in how actively the virus could be transmitted. He asked if there is humidity testing in the nursing homes. Both Balboni and Heyman said there is not. Balboni said there could be an introduction of UV light in the ventilation systems to neutralize viruses. These are all valid concerns as we know respiratory viruses are mostly transmitted as aerosolized particles in the air. We have thus far been told that the novel coronavirus is only transmitted through droplets, however there are hundreds of scientists who disagree with this and believe the virus is airborne.

Senator Gustavo Rivera, chairman of the Senate Health Committee, asked about how nursing home deaths were reported. This is a crucial point that we must get an answer to in order to know the total number of seniors who died. Balboni said they followed the guidelines in the “HERD” survey (I don’t know what survey that is) and they didn’t take a look at deaths outside of the guidance on that survey. Balboni said the challenge is determining the cause of death. The medical examiners don’t determine the cause of death but rather the clinicians do, and there is “subjectivity.” Balboni echoed a very important point that the Medical Freedom community has been saying for months. There is no way to pin point and say what the precise reason is that someone died. If someone had emphysema for 20 years, contracted coronavirus and then died, we cannot say what precisely killed them.

This is correct, and goes directly against the CDC guidance telling clinicians to presume COVID as the cause of death for death certificates. I appreciate Balboni’s honesty on this.

Assemblyman Ron Kim was up next and said when he surveyed nursing homes they told him they only heard from the New York Department of Health (NYDOH) when the department wanted updated death count numbers. He stated that Cuomo provided legal indemnity to protect frontline workers, but also gave blanket immunity to all health care administrators. Kim asked Balboni and Heyman if they had lobbied for that indemnification, both said no, they did not. Balboni went on to make the point that health care providers are legally required to provide a “reasonable standard of care” to their patients, but that during a pandemic the definition of “reasonable standard of care” changes. Kim asked, “Are we better prepared now?” Both men said “Yes.” Kim gave a thumbs up, and that was it (his time ran out).

Senator Sue Serino asked such softball questions I am not going to report on them. I would have thought a Republican would have grilled harder and deeper, but she did not.

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne brought up an important topic – vacancy rates at nursing homes. Neil stated the increase in vacancy was directly related to the stopping of elected surgery. Elected surgery releases is the biggest driver of nursing home occupancy. Think of someone getting a hip replacement and then moving into a nursing home for the first time. Balboni said this is the next crisis coming in long term care. Currently nursing homes are barely making payroll. There were residents who were in nursing homes for the past 10 years who left and they are not coming back any time soon. Nursing homes face an incredible struggle to keep their doors open. Byrne asked if vacancy rates are dropping now? The answer is no. The fact that people can’t visit loved ones in nursing homes is stopping people from becoming residents. “We’ve never seen this before,” said Balboni, and it is a budding crisis that could cause nursing homes to shutdown.

Assemblyman Tom Abinanti focused on getting family members back in to nursing homes to visit loved ones. Abinanti sated family members are not visitors they should be viewed as part of the staff, part of the treatment for the senior in the nursing home. Balboni agreed with this. Abinanti asked if they had a plan to bring back visitors. Neil said that there is no plan at this time. Everyone is focused and concerned with caution. Balboni said he is confident that the ‘individual facillities’ can come up with plans to bring family visitors back safely. Abinanti asked if they had any numbers to show what the transmission risk was fromfamily members? They did not have any data on that subject.

This coverage is not comprehensive of the entire all-day hearing. Stay tuned to this blog as I will be publishing as much as possible regarding this hearing, and the upcoming hearing next week focused on nursing home deaths that occurred in upstate New York.

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Cuomo Still Hiding Nursing Home Deaths

From John Gilmore, Autism Action Network

ACTION ALERT!

Cuomo still won’t release nursing home deaths, Covid 19 hearings announced

July 17, 2020 — Hearings on New York State’s response to the covid 19 epidemic were announced by the State Senate and Assembly. These hearings will be an indirect way to examine how Governor Andrew Cuomo has performed. He was given complete control over the response to covid 19 by the legislature on March 3.

The most important hearings, based on the estimated number of deaths resulting from policy decisions will be hearings on the nursing home fiasco scheduled for August 3 and 10, and on the subways on August 25.

Cuomo had been criticized for his decision, since rescinded, to force nursing homes to admit patients with active cases of covid 19, even though CDC safety guidelines could not be followed, and his Executive Order prohibited nursing homes from even testing residents for covid 19.

Cuomo still has not released information on how many people caught covid 19 in nursing homes but died in hospitals, and other locations, outside the nursing homes.

Before you take action on these issues if you value the information and advocacy provided to you by the autism action network please make us possible for us to do so by supporting our one fundraising event of the year we do in conjunction with the Autism Community Walk, here: https://grouprev.com/autismcommunitywalk2020 which is TENTATIVELY scheduled for Sunday, October 18 in Belmont Lake State Park in Babylon, NY.

Please click on this link  Take Action  to send messages to the Governor, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Speaker Carl Heastie, Assembly  Health Chair Richard Gottfried, Senate Health Chair Gustavo Rivera, your State Senator and your Assemblymember asking them to release the number of people who died in nursing homes and who contracted covid 19 in a nursing home but died in a hospital or other location.

Here is the TAKE ACTION link (in case hyper-link doesn’t work) – https://cqrcengage.com/achamp/app/write-a-letter?7&engagementId=508693&ep=AAAAC2Flc0NpcGhlcjAxXowkdWon9S06mKof_xZhSDuXxhGRYIfntyRqM6mNKI9jC5pul-wE0cilvOCWtOBywk4UfULDe0qmg_n11GgHKgW1yNJ3BTXOAt__MW0NlTc&lp=0

IF for any reason the TAKE ACTION link doesn’t work for you, please find your State Reps at the following links:

Find YOUR Assemblymember here – https://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/search/

Find YOUR Senator here – https://www.nysenate.gov/registration/nojs/form/start/find-my-senator

Cuomo is also making it difficult to find the current number of nursing home deaths. That number is not released by the State. The raw data is though. It can be calculated by doing the following:

  1. Find an online PDF document at the NYS Department of Health website at: https://www.health.ny.gov/statistics/diseases/covid-19/fatalities_nursing_home_acf.pdf
  1. Add up 252 numbers, which includes 4 separate numbers for each on New York’s for 63 counties in New York,
  2. The current death total is 6482. BUT as it says on the NYSDOH document, “This data does not reflect COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 presumed positive deaths that occurred outside of the facility.”

The hearing on the Metropolitan Transit Authority (subways) is crucial as well.  Cuomo, not NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, has ultimate control over the MTA subways. In March, the number of trains were substantially reduced, which resulted in the remaining trains being packed with riders.  In April a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study said,  “New York City’s multipronged subway system was a major disseminator – if not the principal transmission vehicle – of coronavirus infection during the initial takeoff of the massive epidemic that became evident throughout the city during March 2020.”

The Subways Seeded the Massive Coronavirus Epidemic in New York City Jeffrey E. Harris http://web.mit.edu/jeffrey/harris/HarrisJE_WP2_COVID19_NYC_24-Apr-2020.pdf

Read the press release on the Assembly website (nyassembly.gov), here https://nyassembly.gov/Press/files/20200713.php

There is no mention of the hearings currently on the State Senate website (nysenate.gov.)

Here is the current schedule. Each of the hearings will be live-streamed on the State Senate and Assembly websites. (nyassembly.gov and nysenate.gov)

July 28 – How COVID-19 Has Impacted Higher Education: This hearing will examine how COVID-19 affected higher education institutions, students and faculty in the 2020 Spring semester and the impact it will have on the upcoming 2020-21 academic year.

August 3 & August 10 – Residential Health Care Facilities and COVID-19: These hearings will review New York State’s rate of infection and mortality due to COVID-19 in residential health care facilities.

August 11 – Elections in a Pandemic: A Review of the 2020 Primaries: This hearing will review the turnout and systemic voting issues in the 2020 primary elections and evaluate how well New York handled voting during a pandemic.

August 12 – Hospitals and COVID-19: This hearing will review New York State’s rate of infection and mortality due to COVID-19 in hospitals.

August 13 – Impact of COVID-19 on Workers: This hearing will explore the impacts of COVID-19 from a worker’s perspective, including unemployment insurance receipts, workplace safety standards and the impact of the federal Payroll Protection Program on maintaining employment.

August 14 – How COVID-19 Impacts New York’s Veteran Community: This hearing will examine how COVID-19 affected veterans.

August 25 – COVID-19 and the MTA: This hearing will evaluate the financial and operational impacts of COVID-19 on the MTA.

Each of the hearings will be livestreamed on the State Senate and Assembly websites. (nyassembly.gov and nysenate.gov)