COVID live updates: New York hospitalizations at new low, peak in New Jersey cases

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NEW YORK (WABC) – Hospitalizations from the coronavirus fell below 600 in New York state for the first time since March 17, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday, with 586 currently hospitalized statewide. “It’s a very good day from a COVID standpoint in New York State,” he said.The news isn’t as bullish in New Jersey, where rates are rising to a level that could make it eligible for its own Tri-State Travel Advisory Mandatory Quarantine List. Still, Cuomo said there were no plans to add New Jersey to the list. “I don’t know how you could quarantine New Jersey,” he said. “They don’t fly to New York. The roads should be blocked, and we are not talking about a blockade. ”

Here are some other headlines from today:

TEST AND TRACKING PROTOCOLS FOR NYC PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor of Schools Richard Carranza announce testing and traceability protocols for all public schools in the city for the 2020-2021 school year. The announcement was made Thursday and developed in partnership with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Health + Hospitals, the NYC Test + Trace Corps and Labor. These protocols will apply to all school communities and will help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Bursts of hope
Artists use their skills to brighten up hospital buildings and the minds of patients and healthcare workers. Earlier this month, large murals were installed in hospitals in Jamaica, Elmhurst and Flushing in Queens. It was a gift from Splashes of Hope, sponsored by Masbeth Federal Savings in honor of the doctors, nurses and staff who battled the COVID-19 crisis.

DEATH OF FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HERMAN CAIN
Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has died after battling the coronavirus for nearly a month, his official website announced Thursday morning and a source close to the White House confirmed to ABC News. Cain, 74, was admitted to an Atlanta-area hospital in early July after showing symptoms.

NEW JERSEY SEES INCREASE IN CASES
Coronavirus cases are on the rise in New Jersey, with the United States surpassing 150,000 coronavirus deaths with hot spots continuing to appear across the country. The Garden State has reported 2,000 cases in the past four days, and Gov. Phil Murphy blames indoor parties for the growing number. In fact, with the average number of daily cases per 100,000 population continuing to rise, the state could mathematically be eligible for its own tri-state travel advisory within two weeks.

NYC EXTENDS PARKING PERMITS FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio exclusively told Eyewitness News that he will extend expired parking permits issued to 14,000 nurses and other health care professionals until the end of the year. The permits, described as an “essential lifeline” by nurses who treat COVID-19 patients and cannot take public transportation, were due to expire this Friday, July 31. But de Blasio now says all COVID-19 permits issued to medical professionals will remain valid for an additional five months, until December 31, 2020.

COVID DOG DIES
A Staten Island family described the last days of their dog, the first companion dog in the United States to test positive for COVID-19, in an exclusive interview with National Geographic. The family say the most puzzling part of it all was the fact that no one seemed interested in learning about Buddy’s death or studying the role of COVID-19, given the few confirmed cases in animals.

UNITED STATES EXCEED 150,000 DEATHS
The death toll in the United States has now passed 150,000 and now stands at 150,034, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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