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NYC/jobs/testing news updates.. for 5/8/2020

Some news on who is NYC is getting admitted to the hospitals and infected. Data submitted by 113 hospitals over the last three days (video) –

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preliminary data submitted by 113 hospitals over the last three days show most new admissions have mostly been staying home.

…predominantly from the downstate area (57 percent nyc, 18 percent long island)

…most of them are older (51 and older) and non-essential employees; 66 percent were admitted from their own residences.

of the new new york city hospitalizations, 90 percent have not been traveling by car service, personal automobile, mass transit or even walking around. 

if they’ve been working, they’ve been doing it from home and apparently weren’t going out much, the governor said.

cuomo said these facts reaffirm the need for precautionary measures for personal safety and public health, including wearing a mask and using hand sanitizer. 

they also underscore the need to protect the most vulnerable.

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The data indicates that these hospitalizations are not essential workers, or people working or going out in any way during this time. It continues to be vulnerable populations (older, at home, comorbidities). Additionally, the health care workers appear to be less infected than the general population. This indicates we have good defenses to mitigate the risk of infection, even in direct contact circumstances that health care workers are exposed to (this is why face shields and PPE are so important). 12% of health care workers in New York City tested positive for antibodies, compared with 20% for the city’s general population. Masks, gloves, sanitizing works – it is really is up to each person.



The Adafruit team that was on-site before March 15th, and after, and all this time, so far have all tested negative for the antibodies (see post).


CDC unreleased guidance for reopening large parts of the economy, however it was allegedly deemed “too strict” – read more, and PDF.


April was the worst month for American jobs since the Great Depression – America lost 20.5 million jobs in April as the coronavirus crisis devastated the country’s labor market, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. It was the largest single month of job losses since the BLS began tracking the data in 1939. The unemployment rate rose to 14.7%, the highest on record since the BLS began its monthly series in 1948.


Jobs are precious, a lot of jobs are going away and will not come back. And it’s likely to get worse before it gets better.

Adafruit is still paying all team members, all contractors, no cut hours, no furlough. We cannot do this forever, we’ll do this as long as we can.

Please place orders, we’re shipping essentials and other orders when we can. We’re navigating this and we thank all our customers and entire community.

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