COVID-19 live updates: US sees drop in new cases

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NEW YORK (WABC) – The United States has lost more than 169,000 people to the coronavirus, but the country is seeing a slight victory as the number of new cases begins to decline, as debate continues over whether find out if it is safe for students to return to school buildings.The Centers for Disease Control says more than 200,000 American lives could be lost to the virus by Labor Day. One of the country’s top health officials continues to urge caution, while President Donald Trump is touting declining numbers.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that hospitalizations had dropped to 523, a new low since March 17. Cuomo also announced that a new record number of COVID-19 tests of 88,668 have been reported to the state.

The percentage of people who tested positive in New York state was 0.83%, making it the eighth day in a row that the percentage positive for the coronavirus was less than 1%.

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MASK IDENTITY CARDS

The Department of Justice says an increasing number of people in California are making great efforts to avoid covering their faces in public places. They say fake IDs that claim the person has a medical reason for not wearing a mask are found a lot.

There are legitimate exemptions such as having a disability for which a mask could cause problems, but the Justice Department says more companies are being shown fraudulent ID cards as an excuse. The Justice Department even issued a warning to be on alert for “fraudulent face mask identifiers,” noting that their use was on the rise.

Columbia University: all undergraduate courses will be virtual
All undergraduate courses at Columbia University in the fall will be virtual, school president Lee Bollinger said on Friday. Additionally, approximately 40% of all graduate courses will be hybrid or in-person. “Although six weeks ago we thought we could safely house 60% of Columbia College and Engineering’s undergraduates in our halls of residence, today we concluded that we need to drastically reduce the number of students. that we can accommodate in residence on campus, thus limiting the number of students in residence. – the lifestyle reserved for Columbia College and SEAS undergraduates who must be present on campus due to personal or academic circumstances. The accommodation arrangements for undergraduate students of the School of General Studies will remain unchanged. We will continue to assess undergraduate student housing options for the spring semester, ”Bollinger told me.

NJ governor confirms postal vote for November election
Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Friday that the November election in New Jersey will be held primarily by mail-in ballots. He says that just like the coronavirus, postal voting persists.

City council members want to delay in-person learning in New York
Several New York City Council members are now calling for a postponement of the reopening of public schools in the city. They want to postpone in-person teaching until they say the right funding and resources are identified to reopen schools safely, and they also question the city’s plan to put a nurse in each. school building.
Brooklyn couple’s dazzling evenings shine during pandemic

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