Brewers News: The COVID-19 Newsletter From Harlem To Houston

February 25, 2021

Curated selections from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewers newsletter.

It’s Thursday, February 25, 2021. Welcome to my weekly COVID-19 newsletter.

Here are the bullets for NYC according to nonprofit news site’s COVID-19 tracker, the New York State COVID testing dashboard, and the NYC Dept. of Health:


  • 101,955 cumulative confirmed cases (+4,078 from last week)
  • 3,852 cumulative deaths (+68 since last week)
  • 2.8% seven-day positivity average (the same as reported here last week)


  • 694,438 total cases (+26,097 from last week)
  • 29,025 total deaths (+532 since last week)
  • 7.12% seven-day positivity average (down from 7.17% last week)

The University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s weekly “reference scenario” projection is once again down this week– last week’s scenario estimated 614,503 total cumulative deaths; this week’s is 589,197 dead by 6/1, a drop of 25,000 deaths. (If you’re a data geek like me, be sure to read “The 27-Year-Old Who Became a Data Superstar” in the clippings section below.)

I’m pleased to announce my most recent appointee to East Harlem’s Community Education Council 4, Elizabeth Soto-Cardona.

A longtime public school parent, two of her kids attend P.S. 171 Patrick Henry Prep in East Harlem and another child attended NYC public schools.

Ms. Soto-Cardona is a public health professional and scholar, and her experience provides CEC 4 with a unique perspective as the Dept. of Education and the city recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Upper Manhattan residents 65+ can call 646-838-0319 to get help scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine at the Washington Heights Armory. The English/Spanish hotline is open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:45 pm, sponsored by the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation.

Submit comments about the environmental issues in your neighborhood that are chronically ignored for the City’s new environmental justice community engagement process, sponsored by the NYC Environmental Justice Advisory Board and the Mayor’s Office of Climate Policy and Programs.

The survey will serve as the basis for developing a citywide environmental justice plan. Tonight (2/25) at 6 pm is the initiative’s first virtual “Environmental Justice for All Town Hall.” Click the title to register.

This interactive map tracks city election campaign donations by ZIP code and can be filtered by amount, office, candidate, and filing period, sponsored by the NYC Campaign Finance Board and developed by the CUNY Center for Urban Research.

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