NEW YORK CITY
Indoor dining is delayed for Phase 3, with the city focusing more on expanding outdoor dining, which thousands of restaurants have already benefited from.
The mayor of Blasio announced Tuesday that hospitalizations and ICU patients were below the threshold, hospitals having seen 61 admissions and 293 ICU patients and 2% of new positive tests.
In sport, the New York Yankees and Mets will show up at spring training camp on Wednesday to prepare for the 2020 season.
The city’s and federally-controlled beaches have officially reopened, and the city also plans to open three swimming pools by July 24 and another 12 by August 1.
NEW YORK STATE
Governor Andrew Cuomo said hospitalizations in the state were less than 900 for the third consecutive day, with hospitals reporting 879 COVID-19 patients on Tuesday.
Cuomo also announced 11 new COVID-19-related deaths on Tuesday, up from 13 the day before.
On Wednesday, the state is expected to surpass a milestone in coronavirus testing, as it will exceed four million tests in total. On Tuesday, 56,710 tests were reported and the positive percentage rate for these tests was 1.1%.
Cuomo said New York performed more tests per capita “than any nation on the planet.”
New York summer camps opened for the first time this week. Six YMCA camps on Long Island saw their first children arrive for up to 10 weeks of fun.
Governor Phil Murphy announced on Wednesday that casinos, outdoor amusement parks and water parks, museums and libraries, indoor recreation and gymnasiums and fitness centers for individual training by appointment only will reopen on Thursday with social distancing and face coverage requirements in place.
Murphy said officials in Jersey City had started legal proceedings against The Factory Restaurant and Lounge on Tuesday for what he claims were regular violations of the reopening regulations.
New Jersey reported 423 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 171,928. An additional 45 deaths bring the state to 13,224.
Overall, the use of hospitals, intensive care and ventilators is declining, although there has been a slight increase in new hospitalizations. Since June 16, new hospitalizations have increased by 2%. Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said hospitals are seeing an increase in allergic asthma and admitting these patients cautiously.
Jersey City has become the first city in the country to implement body temperature scans and mask recognition technology in all municipal buildings.
Yale University plans to host students on campus in August with public health protocols, including the weekly tests required for the coronavirus, the school announced on Wednesday.
To reduce the number of people on campus, Yale invites only a few return undergraduate classes each semester. Campus accommodation will be open to first-year students, juniors and seniors in the fall, while only second-year students, juniors and seniors can live on campus in the spring.
COVID-19 GROUP IS LINKED TO THE NY HOUSE PARTY
Rockland County officials announced on Wednesday a cluster of coronaviruses linked to a party in West Nyack. Authorities say there have been at least eight confirmed cases, with a pending test, in West Nyack and New City.
The patients are mainly young adults in their twenties, who were linked to the party on June 17. Officials say the party host was already symptomatic, and since the initial party, there were at least two other parties with joint participants.
COVID-19 IN NEW YORK CITY STARTED EARLY AS FEB: STUDY
A new study has shown that the coronavirus is circulating in New York in early February. Research by Mount Sinai revealed that New Yorkers had antibodies to the virus as early as February 23.
This would mean that they would have been infected with the virus about two weeks earlier. The first confirmed case was March 1.
The new study has yet to be formally reviewed, but experts say the work is credible and confirms what many believed.
US “going in the wrong direction” with coronavirus on the rise, says Anthony Fauci, senators said Tuesday that parts of the country are putting the country at risk – just as schools and colleges are struggling to reopen safely.
With around 40,000 new cases reported daily, Fauci, the government’s leading infectious disease expert, said he “wouldn’t be surprised if we went to 100,000 a day if it didn’t happen again.”
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