COVID-19

Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The evolving COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and academic – have risen to the challenge. Innovate Long Island presents Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus as a running journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.     Including Northeast neighbors, 45 states/territories now flagged (Oct. 27) A…


SUNY requires COVID tests for homebound students

By GREGORY ZELLER // The State University of New York system has created an innovative safety net meant to catch COVID-positive students before they return home – and requiring individual schools to see to the needs of quarantined students, even when campuses are closed. On Tuesday, SUNY announced a new system-wide policy requiring all on-campus students – including residential students and commuters who take in-person classes, eat in dining halls or otherwise use campus facilities…


Communications meets politics, on a one-way street

By DAVID CHAUVIN // I’m of a certain age – OK, fine, I’m old, old enough to remember George, the ill-fated and short-lived political magazine created by John F. Kennedy Jr., may he rest in peace. That magazine – which debuted in 1995 with a then-controversial cover image of iconic 1990s supermodel Cindy Crawford dressed like George Washington – aimed to marry the popular, celebrity and political cultures into one publication. Rolling Stone meets The…


Pressure point: As childcare teeters, moms are on edge

By JEFFREY REYNOLDS // Warm bubble baths, dreamy meditation apps and heart-pounding exercise routines are among the self-care techniques mental-health experts recommend to folks feeling anxious, stressed and depressed as they navigate a global pandemic that’s killed 220,000 Americans. For overwhelmed parents forced to choose between their kids, their jobs and their own wellbeing, we’ve lowered the bar even further, suggesting they take an extra five minutes in the shower or 10 minutes sitting in…


Long Island can get healthy answering COVID’s call

By MITCH MAIMAN // Times are challenging and there’s much reason for concern during the COVID pandemic – but, as in any challenging time, such difficulties give rise to new opportunities. The Long Island tech community, with its infrastructure underlying medical technology, is presented with the chance to create new business value in a late-COVID world. We should also consider the current crisis to be a wake-up call – this won’t be the last virus…


A century later, 1918 pandemic’s lessons resonate

By TERRY LYNAM // Given COVID-19’s unprecedented nature and global impact, many analysts and health officials have drawn parallels to the 1918 Spanish Flu, which according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention infected one-third of the world’s population – an estimated 500 million – and killed about 50 million, including 675,000 in the United States. Although the flu and COVID-19 are caused by starkly different viruses, understanding how the H1N1 virus spread…


Wellness on ice: Northwell, Islanders renew their vows

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Swiss multinational may have won the naming rights, but as UBS Arena emerges as a top New York sports and entertainment venue, Northwell Health will be there. And so will throngs of post-pandemic employees and fans, all benefitting from a 10-year “founding sponsorship deal” announced Tuesday by the arena, the New York Islanders and the New Hyde Park-based health system. In addition to extending Northwell’s 20-year marketing relationship with the…


With COVID reshaping IT, Syosset startups hit stride

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you thought the computer-savvy were in demand before the pandemic, better re-check those spreadsheets: Digitation has soared, and with it the need for skilled coders and programmers. This is brilliant news for We Connect the Dots and the Nebula Academy, the Syosset-based brainchildren of founder Laurie Carey on an ongoing mission to educate new generations of software specialists, in direct response to evolving workforce needs. Both We Connect (a nonprofit…


Northwell machine-learning tool sees COVID’s future

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new “predictive tool” developed by Northwell Health can spot COVID-19 outbreaks weeks before they happen. That’s the word from the New Hyde Park-based healthcare system, which on Wednesday announced a first-of-its-kind digital dashboard that monitors system-wide website traffic on the Northwell.edu domain and its many websites, feeds more than a dozen “indicators” into a machine-learning algorithm and creates a two-week forecast “that has closely mirrored caseload to date,” according to…


New York Forward widens field for small-biz loans

By GREGORY ZELLER // Gut-punched small businesses on Long Island and across New York State just caught a break from the Empire State Development Corp. Albany’s main economic engine announced Thursday that statewide small businesses that received earlier assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program are now eligible to receive low-interest working-capital loans through the New York Forward Loan Fund. When the $100 million NYFLF launched in May, it was meant as…


Life lessons from my own big, fat international crisis

By SHRUTI SHARMA // Following my passion for science to the United States has been a life-defining moment for me. Leaving my parents and everything familiar behind – it’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. Coming to a new country is exciting. You are experiencing new culture, visiting beautiful places and growing personally and professionally. However, some of these very things can make being “international” difficult at any given time. You…


Study: In pandemic’s wake, expect LI land-use changes

By GREGORY ZELLER // When the pandemic is finally over, expect a drastically different Long Island land-use landscape. So predicts the Long Island Regional Planning Council, which this week announced the results of a wide-ranging study that considers the past and future of LI brick-and-mortar retail – already challenged before COVID-19, according to the council – and other substantial regional land uses, all likely to be “altered significantly” when the smoke clears. The land-use study…


Without galas and dinners, will charities go hungry?

By JEFFREY REYNOLDS // If this were any other year, our mailboxes would be overflowing with charitable-event invitations and we’d spend the next three months sprinting between Crest Hollow Country Club, Oheka Castle and the Garden City Hotel. There’d be small talk, speeches, swag, silent auctions and a nice chicken, fish or vegetarian entrée. Every night of the week. But this year isn’t like any other. Most charities, on Long Island and across the nation,…


SUNY’s LI schools look good as COVID tracker debuts

By GREGORY ZELLER // Note to the party crowds on SUNY’s 64 statewide campuses: Big Doctor is watching. With colleges and universities across the land reporting significant COVID-19 outbreaks – and a coronavirus cluster already closing one state university campus for the entire fall semester – Albany and SUNY are getting a little more proactive, with the launch of a system-wide COVID-19 tracking system. The new dashboard, officially introduced Sunday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and…


A ‘common sense’ call for nursing home visitations

By TERRY LYNAM // We buried my 91-year-old father-in-law on Aug. 21 at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, one day after his wake, where most of his family saw him for the first time in five-and-a-half months. Because he was in an assisted-living facility, a hospital and a nursing home during that time, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented him from receiving visitors. He survived COVID-19, but spent the final 161 days of his life in isolation,…