Manhattan COVID-19 News Roundup, Apr. 29, 2020

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COVID-19 (Credit: CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS)

Rodriguez Joins Adams’ Call for Free Subways

Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez
Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez

City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Washington Heights, Inwood) joined Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams (D) Monday to propose making the subways free for essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis, ABC Eyewitness News 7 reported. 

“It becomes a substantial amount that they can put directly back into their paychecks,” said Adams. “You should not have to spend your money to put your life on the line.”

Hoylman, Simotas Propose Extending Prescription Lengths

State Senator Brad Hoylman
State Senator Brad Hoylman

State Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Chelsea, Midtown) and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas (D-Queens) introduced legislation Monday that would allow vital prescriptions for elderly and chronically ill New Yorkers to last more than thirty days throughout the coronavirus-related state of emergency, the National Herald reported. 

“Public health experts have a clear message for New Yorkers: stay home and stay safe. Making New Yorkers who are susceptible to COVID-19 visit a pharmacy to fill prescriptions for lifesaving medication is the equivalent of double jeopardy,” said Hoylman. “Our legislation fixes this problem by lifting the 30-day limit on prescriptions for controlled medication and reducing the number of trips New Yorkers need to take to the pharmacy so they can stay healthy.”

Johnson Looking to Reopen Beaches

Council Member Corey Johnson
Council Member Corey Johnson (Credit: Jeff Reed)

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Midtown West, Chelsea, West Village) is considering ways to safely reopen the city’s public beaches for the summer, the Daily News reported Tuesday. 

He told 1010 WINS that allowing New Yorkers to access the beaches during the summer will help offset the risk of New Yorkers desperate to cool down drowning in the city’s rivers.

“You don’t want to do anything to undermine the public health effort where you would allow for a secondary spike,” said Johnson. “I do have some concern that as the warm weather comes and people do get out, we don’t want drownings to take place.”