5/17/2020 NY testing, open streets, Hudson Square, CDC updates and more… @adafruit



Some updates and notes from NYS and NYC. New York State continues to increase testing capacity for COVID-19 on a daily basis, for our Adafruit team there are tests available minutes away, from COVID-19 testing to antibody testing. Today’s reporting is that we have over 40,000+ tests available per day now, but not enough people are getting tested. The directive is “if you have any symptoms, get tested now, if you care about others, get tested now.” There are over 700+ locations where New Yorkers can get diagnostic testing and New York State is partnering with CVS to bring testing to CVS pharmacies across the state.

On May 17, 2020 Governor Cuomo Demonstrates COVID-19 Test live – video.

The latest test with some first hand experience to share was an antibody test, was 10 minutes away, took less than 5 minutes, and results within 24 hours. It was negative.

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Here is the NYS “Find a Test Site Near You” site: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you

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NYS also has a Regional Monitoring Dashboard as metrics are hit for phased return (essential businesses are operating, this is for everything else).

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The Hudson Square retailers update (open businesses) is updated, from the Hudson Square Business Improvement District and includes Adafruit for no-contact pick up for authorized customers, email [email protected] for more details. Adafruit is assisting local businesses with their PPE needs as well as sharing protocols that have helped keep our on site team safe as we’ve operated as an essential business.


CDC released their guidelines decision tree guidance – PDF.

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Open Streets: Streets Opened for Social Distancing – PDF.

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And last up for now, when educators purchase from Adafruit, when they first get started (or later), they ask for documentation about our lead-free status (we are lead free), as well as other type of documentation about our manufacturing, and now we’re getting asked, and providing the COVID-19 related documentation. So far the standard request has been…

Dear Valued Supplier:

The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened awareness of safety precautions throughout all facets of the School District’s operations. As part of our safety efforts, we are reaching out to suppliers to inquire about safety measures employed in your work place as well as precautions taken in the packaging and handling of materials being shipped to customers.

Please describe your workplace safety protocols to protect your employees from exposure to COVID- 19. Please include items such as personal protective equipment utilized by employees, temperature testing if applicable, social distancing requirements, and any other protective measures in place.

Additionally, please advise what precautions are being taken in the packaging, handling, and shipment of products in order to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus to customers receiving packages from your firm.

Your cooperation and response are greatly appreciated as we strive to maintain the safest possible work/learning environment for our students and staff.

Here is our current PDF and list of what we do, updated frequently.

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