The East Ramapo School District was the first in the county to report a COVID case and shut down classes when the crisis began last spring. Interim superintendent Dr. Ray Giamartino says since then, they haven’t seen any spikes in cases. Dr. Giamartino says the data shows more cases have been among the adult populations rather than the students, but students do suffer in different ways…
Schools in the county have taken different approaches to handling their COVID situations. While North Rockland has decided to go full-remote until mid-January, East Ramapo is taking it on a case-by-case basis.
Pearl River-based Pfizer and their partner BioNTECH have gotten the thumbs-up from an independent panel of experts. NBC News says the panel recommends the FDA greenlight the vaccine for emergency use for those 16 and older. FDA approval and mass vaccinations could start within days. It’s already been approved in the UK, Canada and Bahrain.
COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we lost two more to COVID, bringing the total to 716, 17 since the month began. We’ve got one in the hospital being examined, another 81 there have been confirmed with coronavirus, and a total of 2,225 active cases. The state says since the crisis began, we’ve had a total of 23,505 reported cases, 197 more than Thursday.