Opening profile: Going above and beyond in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

P.S. 705 went above and beyond New York City school reopening guidance, with a particular reliance on the city’s surveillance testing program. This elementary school had a 55% enrollment by the end of the 2020-2021 school year, above the city’s average of about 40%, and made it through the year with just 11 total cases — and zero closures.

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Diving into COVID-19 data #3: Workshop recap

Our final Diving into COVID-19 data workshop happened this week! Ann Choi and Will Welch, two data reporters at THE CITY (a local, nonprofit newsroom in NYC) discussed making COVID-19 numbers accessible and meaningful for New Yorkers. Júlia Ledur, a graphics reporter at the Washington Post and former data visualization lead at the COVID Tracking Project, walked us through several visualization projects. And Christie Aschwanden, a freelance science journalist, discussed communicating uncertainty in COVID-19 reporting.

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Access barriers lead to vaccination disparity in NYC

27 states are now reporting race and ethnicity data for their vaccinations. This week, New York joined that number. New York City also started reporting these data last Sunday, as I noted in that day’s issue. Despite promises from city and state leadership to prioritize equity in the vaccine rollout, the numbers so far are showing white New Yorkers getting vaccinated at much higher rates than their Black and Hispanic/Latino neighbors.

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