What there is to know
- Theaters outside New York will reopen Friday at 25% capacity with a maximum of 50 people per screen; Governor Andrew Cuomo has yet to set a date to reopen them in all five boroughs
- The situation of clusters in New York continues to improve, although the state sees the ramifications; the total number of hospitalizations reached its highest number since June 23 on Friday
- New Jersey also continues to have its struggles; Gov. Phil Murphy reported his sixth straight day of more than 1,000 new cases, and hospitalizations hit their highest total in three months and more
New York state’s COVID hospitalizations topped 1,000 on Friday for the first time since late June, while New Jersey hospitalizations peaked at three months on the same day, likely a delayed effect of the increase in cases as the two states are fighting.
In New York City, the overall infection rate remains low, less than 1 percent excluding susceptible areas, which still have comparatively low virus rates given the latest national figures. The United States hit a new record for single-day cases on Thursday.
The average positivity rate in the realigned micro-cluster areas was 2.21% on Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, while the rate outside these areas remained just below 1%. The total number of hospitalizations was 1,023, the highest number since June 23. The daily death toll was once again in double digits, albeit low (11), continuing the trend of recent weeks. Increases in hospitalizations tend to delay increases in cases; increases in deaths follow last, as the tri-state region learned too painfully earlier this year.
Daily percentage of positive tests by New York region
Governor Andrew Cuomo divides the state into 10 regions for testing and tracks positivity rates to identify potential hot spots. Here is the latest tracking data by region. For the latest county-wide statewide results, click here
New Jersey, meanwhile, faces its own peaks. Gov. Phil Murphy, who remains in isolation as a precaution after coming into contact with a staff member who tested positive for COVID, reported the sixth consecutive day of more than 1,000 new cases in Garden State on Friday. Hospitalizations reached 874, the highest total in over three months.
Murphy said cases and positivity rates were increasing in virtually every part of the state. Most of the outbreak is linked to small household gatherings and parties, he said. Since he cannot regulate what goes on in people’s private homes, he continues to urge New Jersey residents to be smart and take appropriate precautions.
To date, New Jersey has confirmed more than 225,000 cases of COVID and reported more than 16,000 deaths, including probable deaths. New York’s numbers are more than double those tolls.
Nationally, coronavirus cases hit a daily record for the second day in a row, with nearly 77,993 cases reported – exceeding Thursday’s total of around 350. New benchmarks have been reached as the pandemic continues has accelerated at a rate not seen since the summer and as many local governments have reimposed restrictions to stop the spread of a virus that has killed more than 225,000 people in the United States, according to the latest count.
“Experts told us we were going to see infection rates rise throughout the fall, and we saw it as cases rise again across the country. In New York, we are attacking micro-clusters where we see them, and that will be our strategy. throughout this season as we see micro-clusters come and go, ”Governor Cuomo said. “Our progress is due to New Yorkers who seized the opportunity and came together like no other community. Protecting this progress will depend on all of us to continue this good work. ”
Despite recent increases, the process of reopening the tri-state continues. New York state theaters may reopen from Friday with audience size restrictions and other precautions in place – with the exception of those in New York, which have also fallen behind schedule. rest of the state to reopen indoor restaurants and malls.
Welcoming audiences for the first time in seven months, large screens are limited to 25% of their capacity with a maximum of 50 people per screen, Cuomo said. Masks are needed and seats are allocated to ensure social distancing.
New York theaters outside of New York are rolling out the red carpet to welcome fans once again. Reports by Gaby Acevedo.
Long Island’s oldest cinema, the Bellmore Playhouse in Nassau County, survived the 1918 Spanish Flu and is determined to survive the coronavirus as well. To make sure moviegoers are safe, the theater installed new air filtration systems, as per Cuomo’s needs, as well as hand sanitizing stations.
“We got a lot of phone calls asking about our schedules, a lot of emails… so hopefully we are successful tomorrow,” said Robin Sullivan, a Bellmore staff member, before the reopening. But with limited capacity in single-screen cinema, is that enough to make this comeback a success?
Bellmore owner Anne Stampfel says, “It’s a start.” It’s a cash flow. It allows people to come out of unemployment, including myself. I had never been unemployed until this happened. ”
Further reopens in New York are expected next week as more than 100 public schools resume in-person learning on Monday, following the lifting of restrictions by Cuomo in parts of the cluster area.
In Brooklyn’s most at-risk areas, its red zones like Borough Park, strict virus control measures are being extended, Cuomo citing ongoing concerns regarding COVID positivity rates and community compliance.
Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted people were frustrated, but noted how quickly progress had come to Queens – and said it probably wouldn’t be much longer before restrictions could be lifted at Brooklyn.
The cluster zones saga could be the new way of life for parts of New York City – at least for now. Cuomo said he would reassess the metrics – including positivity rates, hospitalization and new case trends, local enforcement and community compliance – over a rolling 10-day period. He said he would make adjustments as progress warranted. And he has the flexibility to do the same if new problems arise.