COVID Live Updates: Walmart Needs Masks, New York Over 25,000 Dead

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NEW YORK (WABC) – Walmart will require customers to wear face covers in all of its namesake stores and Sam’s Club, making it the largest retailer to introduce such a policy. In New York, the state reached a milestone on Wednesday as deaths from COVID-19 exceeded 25,000. Governor Phil Murphy said interior visits will be allowed for pediatric residents with disabilities and intellectual disability in long-term care facilities that have not recorded any new probable or confirmed cases of coronavirus registered over a 28-day period.Governors Andrew Cuomo, Phil Murphy and Ned Lamont announced Tuesday that people from Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin will now also have to quarantine for 14 days. Delaware has been removed from the list.

WALMART TO REQUIRE MASKS
Walmart will require buyers to wear masks in all US stores, the latest company to impose restrictions as COVID cases increase across the country. The rule takes effect on Monday. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said that at present, approximately 65% ​​of its more than 5,000 stores and clubs are located in areas where there is already some form of government mandate on face covers. The retailer also said it would create the role of health ambassador in its Walmart stores and place them near the entrance to remind customers without mask of its new requirements.

NJ LONG-TERM CARE VISITS
The New Jersey Department of Health will issue guidelines that will allow parents or legal guardians of the pediatric, developing and developmental and intellectual disabilities residents of our long-term care facilities to schedule visits by appointment with their relatives.

Indoor visits will be allowed to establishments that have not recorded any new probable or confirmed cases of coronavirus over a 28-day period. Outside visits will also continue.

GUIDE TO PHASE 4 IN 24 TO 48 HOURS FOR NYC
Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he will unveil directions for next Monday when the city is slated to enter phase 4 of reopening. He said it might be different from what some people hoped and that some things may not be ready yet. What this means for indoor dining and reopening schools is not yet clear.

On a positive note, the results of the COVID-19 test are now coming back faster, with an average response time of 3 days.

LIBERTY AND THE ELLIS ISLANDS ARE PARTLY REOPENING
According to the National Park Service, Liberty and Ellis Islands plan to partially reopen pending the transition from New York to phase four of the state’s reopening process.

The move should start on Monday July 20.

SUFFOLK COUNTY AFFAIRS IN “MISCONDUCT”
Suffolk County on Long Island has reported more than 100 positive cases of COVID for the first time since May. The county recorded 102 positive cases on Tuesday – an increase of 2%.

“Beating this virus is of great concern to me today because the numbers are going in the wrong direction,” said County Director Steve Bellone.

OPENING OF A POP UP TEST SITE IN THE BRONX
The pop-up site outside St. Simon Stock Church on Valentine Avenue in the Tremont section of the Bronx promises results in just 20 minutes. It started last Wednesday and will last until the middle of next week with the goal of 2,500 tests.

The site is unique because it is one of the first places to use the rapid COVID test, after which a second test is performed which is sent to an off-site laboratory to save the first. The main goal is to help quickly isolate positive patients to reduce the spread of the virus.

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