Coronavirus Live Updates: New York reports 3 new record lows since mid-March

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NEW YORK (WABC) — New York saw its lowest number of hospitalizations, ICU patients and intubations since mid-March on Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said.

Hospitalizations dropped to 576, the lowest since March 17. ICU patients dropped to 140, the lowest number since March 16. Intubations were down to 70, the lowest number since March 15.

COVID-19 positive tests remained below 1%. Five COVID-19 deaths were reported.

“New York State continues to closely monitor alarming COVID-19 numbers throughout the nation as we flatten the curve, slow the spread and proceed with a data-driven, phased reopening,” Governor Cuomo said. “I ask New Yorkers to continue practicing those good habits and closely following state guidance, and I urge local governments to enforce that guidance.”

Here are more of today’s headlines:

NJ POSITIVE CASES INCREASE
New Jersey reported 699 new positive COVID-19 test results, pushing the cumulative total since March 4 to 181,660. Governor Phil Murphy said that they are cracking down on the house parties that he pointed to as one of the reasons for the increase. He said he could change the gathering numbers for indoor and outdoor gatherings at any time. “I am not announcing any specific action today, but consider this as being put on-notice. We will not tolerate these devil-may-care, nonchalant attitudes any more.” One positive, it was the first day with no hospital deaths since March 10th, yet there were still 10 deaths reported. “We are not out of the woods, this is not past us,” Murphy said.

NYC MUST STAY BELOW 3% FOR SCHOOLS TO REOPEN
Mayor Bill de Blasio said at his daily briefing on Friday, “We will not reopen our schools unless the city’s infection rate is below 3%,” the mayor announced. The city’s infection rate remained steady at 2% for several weeks, and was at 1% on Friday. The mayor said, at this point, the city is planning on moving ahead with the blended learning plan they submitted to the public and the state. “The essence of this plan is safety for everyone,” Mayor de Blasio said. “We are going to have an extremely rigorous plan for opening schools and if necessary closing schools.”

FAUCI: NO END IN SIGHT
“While it remains unclear how long the pandemic will last, COVID-19 activity will likely continue for some time,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head Dr. Robert Redfield and Health and Human Services testing czar Adm. Brett Giroir said in prepared testimony for a special House panel investigating the pandemic. At a time when early progress seems to have been lost and uncertainty clouds the nation’s path forward, Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, is calling on lawmakers – and all other Americans – to go back to public health basics such as social distancing and wearing masks.

FLORIDA REPORTS 4TH DAY OF RECORD DEATHS
The Florida Department of Health recorded 257 deaths in the last 24 hours, marking a new, grim record for the state for the fourth day in a row. There are now 6,966 total deaths and the number of confirmed cases has reached 470,386, with an increase of 9,007 in the last 24 hours, according to the health agency.

NEW BASEBALL OUTBREAK
The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers postponed their game on Friday after multiple positive coronavirus tests were reported, a source told ESPN. It was not clear exactly how many positive tests had been reported.

WOMAN ASSAULTED IN NJ STAPLES IN DISPUTE OVER MASK
A 54-year-old woman who recently had a liver transplant was assaulted inside a New Jersey Staples store after asking the assailant to wear a mask, and the harrowing incident was caught on surveillance video. It happened just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the location on Hackensack Avenue in Hackensack. Police say the victim was using the fax/copy machine when the when another woman approached to use a nearby machine with her own mask pulled below her mouth.

CONTACT TRACING SCAMS AND HOW YOU CAN AVOID THEM
So many of us are getting inundated with political emails on social media and in our inboxes as we get close to the presidential election in November, but some of that material is actually coming from scammers. We also have a warning about a dangerous new spam that uses the fear of exposure to COVID-19 to con you, as “contact tracing” is the latest buzzword that hackers are using to make you open your wallet. Eyewitness News 7 On Your Side’s Nina Pineda has tips for avoiding the new scam.

45 FRAT MEMBERS AT USC TEST POSITIVE
The University of Southern California is now battling a major coronavirus outbreak linked to fraternities. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says at least 45 students connected to three fraternities have tested positive for COVID-19. There have not been any hospitalizations reported so far. The cases are clustered around houses on 28th Street, the location of many fraternity houses. To date, 150 USC students and employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

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