COVID Live Updates: 16 States Break Records, Moderna Begins Largest Vaccine Study

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NEW YORK (WABC) – The coronavirus has now killed nearly 147,000 people in the United States. Meanwhile, Moderna began the world’s largest vaccine study on Monday with infections on the rise in the south, with Florida overtaking New York in cases. 16 states have broken hospitalization records this week.Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced a drop in hospitalizations, falling to 637, a new low since March 18.

The state reported 3 new deaths and of the 53,568 tests reported on Saturday, 536 were positive.

And in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy announced 512 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 11 additional deaths.

Here are some other headlines from today:MODERN VACCINE ESSAY
The world’s largest COVID-19 vaccine study kicked off Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping test injections created by the US government – one of many candidates on the home stretch of the global vaccine race . There is still no guarantee that the experimental vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., will really protect.

CLOSE LONG ISLAND BEACHES
Lido Beach West and Jones Beach State Park have reached maximum capacity and are now closed, officials said on Sunday. There may also be closures on nearby boardwalks. Motorists should use alternative roads when possible.

MORE PUNISHED ESTABLISHMENTS
More than 100 New York-area bars and restaurants were reported for coronavirus social distancing violations over the weekend, and some now face possible suspension of their liquor licenses, the governor said on Sunday Andrew Cuomo.

FLORIDA SURPASS NY
Florida topped New York in total COVID-19 cases statewide and is now second behind California.

Top 3 states in total COVID-19 cases:

California: 435334
Florida: 414,511
New York: 411 200

CALL OF HEALTH EXPERTS FOR THE 2ND STOP
“Stop it now and start again” is the message from health experts across the country as COVID-19 cases rise in more than 40 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the United States could see 175,000 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths by August 15.

More than 150 doctors have approved an open letter to lawmakers, urging them to press the restart button.

The letter, posted on the United States Public Interest Research Group’s website and written by its director of public health campaigns Matthew Wellington, attributes the drive to reopen the economy to the country’s worsening health crisis and calls for shutting down all non-essential businesses.

THE MAN RENT HOME 122 DAYS LATER
A man who spent months battling COVID-19 and nearly died has returned home to Long Island. Anthony Bosco, 62, a father of three, was released from rehab on Friday after spending 122 days battling the coronavirus.

Bosco, who recently retired as an MTA Safety Training Expert, suffered a series of complications and setbacks, but made do.

NFL PLAYER SELECTS OUT OF SEASON
Offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first player to retire from the upcoming NFL season on Friday, choosing to use his medical degree on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic rather than helping the Chiefs of Kansas City to defend their first Super Bowl title in 50 years.

TEXAS BARS CHALLENGE THE ORDERS
Hundreds of Texas bar owners say they will defy Gov. Greg Abbott’s tenure, who ordered them to close after an increase in coronavirus cases.

Fort Worth bar owner Chris Polone hosted what’s called “Freedom Fest,” in which hundreds of bar owners say they will open their doors and install them on Saturday. About 800 bar owners have pledged to participate, Polone told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which could put their state liquor licenses at risk.

The Republican governor had authorized the bars to reopen with restrictions, only to order their closure on June 26 after the state experienced a resurgence of the outbreak of the virus that causes COVID-19.

NO SUMMER STREETS
The Department of Transportation is dropping Summer Streets, the program where main roads are closed to cars on three Saturdays in August.

He cited the challenges of social distancing and noted that many roads are already closed for the Open Streets program to create more pedestrian space.

LONG-TERM RESTAURANT CLOSURE
A longtime restaurant in Lower Manhattan is shutting down for good due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bennie’s Thai Cafe on Fulton Street will serve its last meal on Sunday after opening in 1996.

In a message to patrons posted on their doorstep, the restaurant owners proudly wrote that they had weathered the 9/11 attacks, the recession and Storm Sandy.

NJ DISTANCE LEARNING OPTION
Parents in New Jersey will have the option to choose distance learning for their children for the next school year. The New Jersey Department of Education has released its advice for parents choosing this option. Gov. Phil Murphy has said allowing parents to choose distance learning for their children will help reduce student density in our schools. He said this will also allow the classroom spaces to stretch further to ensure good social distancing for other students and staff. Students must respect the same rules of attendance and duration of the day.

NY STATE LIQUID AUTHORITY PROBLEMS
New York State Police and the State Liquor Authority issued 37 summons to bars and restaurants statewide. Governor Cuomo called on local governments and law enforcement agencies to do their jobs and help enforce regulations.

BLUE JAYS TO PLAY HOME GAMES IN BUFFALO
The displaced Toronto Blue Jays will play in Buffalo, New York, this year amid the pandemic. The Blue Jays said in a statement Friday that the bulk of their home program will be played at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, home of the club’s Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons. General manager Ross Atkins previously said if the team couldn’t find a major league park, Buffalo would be their most likely site for home games.

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