LIEs join clinical trials to help understand virus and vaccines

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In Clinical Trials, Liers Help Advance Medicine

Clinical trials have played a major role in developing treatments that have led to declines in virus-related deaths, health experts say.

In Nassau and Suffolk counties, trials include evaluating the safety of two vaccines that have not yet been approved in the United States, studying the effectiveness of mixing and matching vaccines. in a patient and weighing the various treatments used to overcome COVID-19.

“Clinical trials are the only way to advance medicine,” said Dr. Sharon Nachman, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Stony Brook Medicine. “Without testing, science does not advance.”

NYU Langone is participating in the safety and efficacy testing of the AstraZeneca vaccine, approved in the European Union but not yet in the United States. Joseph Lopez, 51, of Rockville Center, joined the AstraZeneca trial.

“I know a lot of people who were afraid to go out, so I wanted to give them hope,” he said. “I didn’t want friends, or even strangers, to be in hiding for the rest of their lives. I wanted to help as much as I could.”

Learn more about local clinical trial participation in this story by Newsday’s David Reich-Hale.

The number of new positives reported today: 19 in Nassau, 26 in Suffolk, 142 in New York City and 251 statewide.

This graph shows the updated cumulative numbers for the number of people who have been tested for the virus in New York and the state.

Look for a map of new cases and view more graphics showing the latest local trends in vaccinations, hospitalizations, deaths and more.

Fraud has cost small businesses up to $ 79 billion in COVID aid

Joseph Stewart never owned a business, but in October a notice arrived at his Northport home saying he had to repay a $ 9,900 federal loan from a program to help businesses survive the pandemic.

Stewart, a bond underwriter, is among 846,600 people nationwide whose name, Social Security number and other personal information have been used to fraudulently obtain disaster loans and grants, according to an estimate by the Inspector General of the US Small Business Administration.

Newsday’s James T. Madore Reports fraud in the SBA’s economic disaster loan program, or EIDL, can total up to $ 79 billion, the inspector general said. This represents 35% of the $ 225 billion in pandemic-related EIDL loans and grants approved since the pandemic struck in March 2020, according to a Newsday analysis of SBA data.

LI seniors cut off during COVID-19 are on the road to normalcy

In March 2020, retirees and seniors on Long Island were stripped of their routines that were largely built around volunteer work, adult education, and senior centers. Programs were closed to non-employees or went virtual, vulnerable seniors chose to stay at home, and days once filled with activities and goals were left empty.

Now, with the end of most restrictions and ongoing vaccinations, the elderly have reason to be hopeful. Seniors’ centers have started to reopen, Newsday’s Carol Polsky reports, some with limitations, and retirees are starting to reappear in some hospitals as volunteers.

Take the Glen Cove Senior Center welcome picnic in a park earlier this month, for example. Rudy Francisco, 75, and his wife Helen, 78, of Glen Cove, were notified in April that the center would be switching from virtual programming to in-person programming with 40% attendance, and quickly signed up.

“I looked at my wife and we are jumping for joy. Thank you my God,” he said. “It’s really mind-blowing having to stay home. I don’t like the feeling, like you’re in a bubble that you can’t get out of.”

More to know

4th of July fireworks are returning to Jones Beach this year, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said on Monday, citing “the hard work and dedication of New Yorkers to combat the virus.”

New York received 90,000 rent relief requests during the first two weeks of its COVID-19 program, according to the agency overseeing the effort.

Radio City Music Hall reopened its doors to a full capacity, fully vaccinated audience on Saturday for the Tribeca Festival premiere of a new documentary by Dave Chappelle.

The Nassau Coliseum will be open to Islanders fans Monday night for a watchful night as the team faces the Lightning in Game 5 of their semi-final series at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Tokyo Olympics will allow some local fans to attend the games opening next month, officials said, with a 50% capacity limit up to a maximum of 10,000 fans for all Olympic venues.

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Take a ferry for a nearby getaway. If you want to leave the island for a quick getaway, you may want to consider traveling by boat. Here are some “vacation” ideas that start as soon as you step onto a Long Island ferry.

A guide to Jones Beach concerts. Live concerts are back this summer and fall. Check out the list of acts that will be performed at Northwell Health at the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh this year, from Jimmy Buffett to the Jonas Brothers.

This week on Newsday Live. Even with most COVID-19 restrictions lifted, many Long Islanders remain cautious. register here for a conference Wednesday with the Nassau and Suffolk Commissioners of Health as they answer questions about the spread, masks and more. And, if you’re a first-time home buyer, you might want to register for this Thursday event featuring experts with tips for buying your first home. Check out the full lineup of Newsday Live events this week and beyond.

More: The Heckscher Museum of Art celebrates its centenary, postponed from last year during the pandemic, with special exhibits and a day of music and family activities next month. Get the details.

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Mandate firing. Newsday Opinion’s editorial board writes: Across Long Island, residents are celebrating rising vaccination rates and the return to normalcy of life.

But inside the island’s many nursing homes and adult care facilities, there is no reason to let our guard down. In too many of these places, staff vaccination rates remain stubbornly worrisome, with some facilities still hovering around 40%. The same is true for certain hospital staff.

So far, nothing – from education campaigns to incentives like gift cards – has worked. It’s time to do more.

Earlier this month, the New York Presbyterian Hospital System announced it would require the COVID-19 vaccine for everyone who works at its facilities, including employees, contractors, students and volunteers. Northwell Health has taken a different approach, demanding the shot for new staff, volunteers and students, and saying it will consider a tenure for existing employees after full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.

These measures, along with a recent ruling by a federal judge to uphold a Houston hospital’s vaccination requirement, have sparked intense debate over whether healthcare facilities should impose the vaccine. Keep reading.

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