New York celebrates 5 months since first case of COVID-19

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People wear face shields when dining at a restaurant in the city of Korea as the city continues with Phase 4 of the reopening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus on July 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai / Getty Im

Saturday marks the fifth month since the first case of COVID-19 in New York City, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

In a press release, Cuomo also announced that New York City reached a record number of coronavirus tests on Friday, performing 82,737 tests with just 0.91% of those tests returning positive.

“Our future depends on what we do, and social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands are useful and effective tools in the fight against this virus. New Yorkers should continue to practice these basic behaviors, and local governments should follow state guidelines. That’s what it means to be New York Tough, ”Cuomo said.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in neighboring New Jersey, Cuomo said he would work with and support the Garden State, while ruling out the possibility of adding New Jersey to the list of restricted states from New York where people are to be quarantined.

“I don’t know how you could quarantine New Jersey,” Cuomo said. “They’re not flying to New York, roads should be blocked and we’re not talking about a blockade.”

Meanwhile, Cuomo also announced that the New York State Liquor Authority inflicted violations on 41 other New York and Long Island properties on Friday night, with Manhattan sharing the lion’s share at 27. Long Island and Queens received more. five each, the Bronx received two, and Brooklyn and Staten Island received one.

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