If subway service had been suspended at at that time, he found, it could have reduced the total number of infections in NYC by 12.5%. NYC is taking action by implementing restrictions in three zones identified by the State — red, orange, yellow. 15 Photos of New York City During Coronavirus, From Empty Times Square to a Deserted Subway The city that never sleeps is suddenly taking a rest. — If possible, stay as far away as possible from anyone with a fever or cough. The administration blames spates of extreme weather. One reason for this disparity: New York’s subway system transports three times as many people as the next four biggest U.S. transit systems combined. Ridership on the subway is still just 20 percent of pre-pandemic levels. U.S. public health officials say that there is only a “miniscule” risk of the virus now in the country, but considering the chaos coronavirus is currently causing in China — and New York’s position as a global city that many thousands of citizens with close ties to China — it’s well worth considering what would happen should coronavirus take a hold in the Big Apple. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED | 1211 AVE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NY 10036, Top disease official: Risk of coronavirus in USA is ‘minuscule’; skip mask and wash hands, Coronavirus hasn’t hit New York but it’s still hurting the local economy. So it doesn’t come off surfaces. It’s the Only Borough Without a Public Hospital. Want to republish this story? New York City is suspending 24-hour subway service to disinfect subway cars during the coronavirus crisis, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Few places are dirtier than the New York City subway, the biggest and most complex urban transportation system in the U.S. and one of the biggest in the world. On Thursday, another MTA spokesperson clarified that transit officials were not aware of the EPA action. Shilsky contended: “We do not nor have we ever made claims about COVID-19 in the USA.”, He did note, however, that “in Europe and in Asia we do make viral claims as their testing protocols are different than in the USA and the core antimicrobials in those Nations (sic) are classified as bio-cides.”, In a National Grid PowerPoint describing the utility’s use of Goldshield in its pandemic response, National Grid states that it “kills COVID-19 virus when applied and seals surfaces to prevent future growth of COVID-19 from surviving on its surface for up to 90 days.”, Told of National Grid’s description of his company’s product, Shilsky said, “If a client or end user has unintentionally made any claims of efficacy regarding COVID-19 or and other virus based on our core technology …within the USA, we will notify them to cease such language and abide by our mandates to remain compliant with EPA registrations and our Master label claims.”, He added that as a result of THE CITY’s inquiry, the company will amend its description of its product “by issuing a new Guidance Memorandum.”. Local leaders renewed calls for more public health care funding for Staten Island, which leads the city in COVID rates, logging its biggest one-day total since May. But some criminal justice advocates say his case illustrates the system’s failure to address problems that could have kept him out of jail. Should you be afraid? Coronavirus is relatively new, and we’re not entirely sure of all the ways it can spread. And protects surfaces that way. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. As I write this, New York City is getting hit harder than any other metropolis. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images). Shilsky also declined to discuss how Goldshield came to provide the Transit Authority with its product, nor would he describe precisely what Goldshield does regarding COVID-19. Ridership in some of the busiest subway stations has decreased by nearly 50%. New Yorkers know the subway can be nasty, but COVID-19 has made riding the rails dicier than usual. NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 11: Passengers wait for an L train to depart the 8th Avenue station on October 11, 2019, in New York City. — Don’t eat raw or undercooked animal products. The New York City Subway May Work Differently After COVID-19 There's talk of ongoing intensive cleaning, mask requirements, and staggered working hours. New York City will use powerful ultraviolet lamps to try to kill the coronavirus on subways and buses. By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies. The report, which was published by Sam Schwartz on behalf of the American Public Transportation Association, shows no correlation between the spread of COVID-19 … It’s just something that’s being explored,” he said. “This is not something that has been confirmed to be an antimicrobial. Each product has “yet to be validated for its effectiveness,” according to the NYCTA’s presentation to the transportation group. If that testing shows the virus has slipped into the country in places federal officials don’t know about, “we’ve got a problem,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told USA TODAY’s Editorial Board Monday.Short of that, Fauci says skip the masks unless you are contagious, don’t worry about catching anything from Chinese products and certainly don’t avoid Chinese people or restaurants. Ultraviolet light will be used in an attempt to rid public transport of coronavirus. The settlement required the firm to specify that the product “does not protect users or others against … disease-causing bacteria.”, Meanwhile, Goldshield is not on the EPA’s list of products approved for use as a vetted antimicrobial disinfectant for COVID-19 cleanups. CDC information about COVID-19; New York City Department of Health information; New York State Department of Health information Can He Turn His Life Around? “We’re committed to working with outside expert validators and testing any products that may help us protect the health and safety of our customers and employees,” he added. 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. We denied any misrepresentation on our website, which was the genesis of the complaint.”. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY Meanwhile, more than 9,500 MTA employees have returned to work after being out because of coronavirus. The NYPD is investigating an attack on a subway rider wearing a surgical mask, by a man who witnesses said called her "diseased." Besieged by COVID-19, hundreds of city business owners, from clothiers to restaurateurs, are facing lawsuits over missed rent payments as revenue has all but vanished for many. De Blasio’s delayed OneNYC agenda update shows greenhouse gas-spewing energy use rising during his term. Search an event, person, or keyword in the news: KNEWZ VIDEO: So how would coronavirus spread across your typical, filthy New York subway car? The issue of what Goldshield can and cannot do emerged in 2016 when the EPA filed a five-count complaint against AP Goldshield LLC, charging that the company was making untrue claims about the spray’s effectiveness. The move can be deadly. Sign up for THE CITY’s daily morning newsletter. Where are you most likely to catch a flu-like virus? NYC subway ridership hits 800,000 for first time since coronavirus pandemic began. And for all the very public groaning about the subway’s woes, it by and large efficiently delivers more than four million people each weekday to different destinations in the city, including to other major rail and bus hubs, which themselves take people deep into city suburbs in four states and to the rest of the country. Responding to emailed questions from THE CITY, Goldshield’s Shilsky wrote, “We are not permitted to comment on a (sic) EPA old complaint. ... New York City subway ridership each Monday from March 9 through June 8. Subway shoving, flamethrowers, shootings in NYC blamed on 'perfect storm' of police reform, pandemic Shootings have almost doubled from last year following a long era of low crime rates Need to know more about coronavirus in New York? COVID-19 continues to spread in New York City (NYC) with concerning increases in community transmission in certain neighborhoods. New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched a pilot to use powerful ultraviolet lamps to kill the coronavirus on its subways and buses. A few months later, Goldshield signed a settlement with the EPA and agreed to pay a $21,000 fine. For now, New York as a whole isn’t seeing a major impact, because January and February are the worst months for tourism, anyway; hotel occupancy and room rates are roughly flat from last year, according to hotel-data firm STR. The focus on preventing infection remains on transmission by skin on skin contact. Knewz delivers a well-rounded view of the news from local sources, national media, and everything in between — left, right, and center — so you are informed on all sides of the issues. It will continue to protect surfaces for long term.”, During a May 4 news conference on the eve of the subway’s overnight shutdown, MTA Chairman Pat Foye didn’t mention Goldshield by name but stated, “We are testing multiple products from multiple companies. (Photo by Greg Baker / AFP) (Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images). By Amy Plit t “That would be great news for all New Yorkers, frankly for all Americans and for all our customers,” he said. A security guard wears a facemask to protect against the COVID-19 coronavirus as he mans a checkpoint at the entrance to an alley in Beijing on February 20, 2020. Secretions can be left on subway polls and subway seats when people touch them — and then people who touch those infected polls could infect themselves if they touch their eyes or mouth with contaminated fingers. Night after night, workers have sprayed a chemical throughout subway cars called Goldshield 75 that New York City Transit Authority officials say they were told provides a “shield” that would “eradicate” the coronavirus for up to 90 days. Charles Barry became the poster child for the fight to repeal bail reform. March 20th, 2020. New York City's subway and bus systems have a low risk for spreading the coronavirus to people during their commutes, according to a new report from a national association of transit agencies reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.. Andrew Cuomo announced. The incident was caught by a photographer and has since raised questions as to why someone didn't help the man before the train struck him. ••••••••••••••••••••••••Download the Knewz AppiOS: https://knz.kn/iosAndroid: https://knz.kn/android••••••••••••••••••••••••, Frantic search for missing Tennessee girl, 15, who disappeared days ago from her apartment complex, Meghan, Harry 'may soon be stripped of royal titles' due to LA move, Netflix deal, 'Woke' Random House staff crying, furious that their boss is publishing new Jordan Peterson book. Coronavirus Man Collapses on Subway ... EMT's Jump to the Rescue. The New York City subway has run round-the-clock since the day it opened in 1904. The World Health Organization has ideas that will help on the subway, or anywhere: — Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, not into your hands. — See a doctor right away if you have fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and share your travel history. So in March 2016, the EPA filed its complaint alleging the company was violating the law with false representations. We’re not as clear as to whether coronavirus spreads effectively in aerosolized form. A subway conductor watches the doors of an A train in Brooklyn during the coronavirus outbreak, April 7, 2020. For example, in New York City, where the impact of this virus has hit especially hard, Subway Franchise Owner Jeffrey Kaplow is doing his part to feed health care workers at the city’s overwhelmed hospitals. The EPA alleged that Goldshield continued to sell these products with the bogus claims, despite the “stop sale” order. Commuting in the time of coronavirus in the nation's largest subway system. (You can speak with public health experts in your preferred language.) Goldshield “claims it’s an antimicrobial against COVID-19. By Caitlin Morto n In the APTA presentation, Goldshield and another product, Zoono, are the only two listed that the Transit Authority says it’s using to create a “shield” on subway surfaces. So what if a highly contagious virus, such as the coronavirus now flourishing in the East Asia, found its way into New York’s highly efficient transportation vector? Take a look at the work of a few sticky hands on subway poles. NYC Landlords Suing Pandemic-Slammed Small Businesses for Missed Rent, Bronx Grapples with ‘Deepest Inequalities in America’ as COVID Surges Again, NYC Elementary School Students Can Return to Buildings Dec. 7, as de Blasio Shifts Strategy, De Blasio Administration Millions Behind on COVID Mask and Glove Stockpile Goals, PHOTOS: Brooklyn Food Pantry Offers Thanksgiving Help at Start of Challenging Holiday Season, NYC Climate Progress on Ambitious Emissions Goals Backslides As Strategic Plan Sprawls. So can you do anything to protect yourself? It is also one of the world's oldest public transit systems, with the first underground line of the subway opening on October 27, 1904. Many commuters remain fearful of being exposed to the coronavirus. Barack Obama’s Former College Apartment in NYC Is for Sale for $1.5M — See Inside! (By contrast, Boston’s subway has only 10 CFUs per square inch.) NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Eyewitness News got an exclusive look at a new plan being put into action early Wednesday morning to try to get homeless people out of subway stations and off trains. Find out if you are in a Covid-19 Hotspot Zone. Subway service in New York City could be scaled back as the novel coronavirus outbreak leads to falling ridership, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority official said Thursday. So-called prone restraints involve adult guards pinning allegedly unruly children on the floor. It is also one of the world's oldest public transit systems, with the first underground line of the subway opening on October 27, 1904. Tarek said both the MTA and the EPA are testing Goldshield and the other products being used. In January 2012, the EPA approved the sale of Goldshield with the requirement that it post on its label that “This product does not protect users or others against food-borne or disease-causing bacteria.”, But by April 2012, the agency had issued a “stop sale” order prohibiting further sale of Goldshield 75 after finding that the company had been selling these products via a website that “contained numerous claims that had not been accepted by EPA at the time the label was registered.”, Those claims cited by the EPA included the company’s assertion that Goldshield 75 “would have significant application in combating ‘sick building syndrome’ — acute health symptoms caused by microorganisms such as viruses, mildew and fungi.”. But if the virus continues to spread, New York will feel it. Epidemiologists do believe it can be transmitted in the air, but they’re not sure how easily. We need your help to make THE CITY all it can be. Four years ago, the company that makes Goldshield was forced to settle a complaint filed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alleging that it made false statements about the effectiveness of the spray, records show. The federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention advises that EPA-approved antimicrobials “are an important part of reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19.”, In an April 30 presentation to the American Public Transportation Association, the Transit Authority official overseeing the cleanup, John Santamaria, vice president in charge of mechanical equipment, described the system’s three-step “Enhanced Disinfecting Process”: deep clean, apply disinfectant and apply an “antimicrobial shield to all surfaces.”. On its website at the time, the company stated “a single application provides up to a 30-day ‘invisible’ protective shield inhibiting a broad spectrum of bacteria, mold, mildew, fungi” and that “Goldshield products … are both biostatic [inhibits] and biocidal [kills] a broad spectrum of bacterial, mold, mildew, fungi and even some viruses.”, That marked the EPA’s second warning about the product. Goldshield “claims it’s an antimicrobial against COVID-19. Sign up and get the latest stories from THE CITY delivered to you each morning. newsletter, These Restaurants Applied to Open During the Pandemic. New York Department of Health's coronavirus hotline: 888-364-3065. We’re here to listen. | Knewz, Barack Obama’s Former Manhattan Apartment Is for Sale, Inside Barack Obama’s College Apartment—and Its Surprisingly Low Price. A typical subway car is a petri dish of bacteria, and New York City’s subway is especially potent. 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