In early summer, when COVID-19 positivity rates had fallen to their lowest levels since the beginning of the pandemic, a fully vaccinated Nathan Jacobs took his grandson to a Yankees game, and he and his wife, Ellen, began going to malls again.
“We really weren’t worried at that time,” said Jacobs, 70, of East Meadow.
Then COVID-19 cases and hospitalization numbers shot up because of the spread of the highly contagious delta variant. The trips to the malls stopped, the couple avoided any large gatherings, and they tried to shop only outside peak hours.
“All of a sudden with