Coronavirus Updates: NY COVID rates keep dropping despite reopening

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NEW YORK (WABC) — New York State saw new lows in both COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths on Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.

Hospitalizations totaled 1,734 while 32 new deaths were reported, both the lowest marks since the coronavirus pandemic first struck New York.

The state’s rate of transmission, which Cuomo called “the most important factor in all of this,” is 0.77, the lowest in the country.

“We were spreading at the highest rate in the nation, we are now at the lowest rate in the nation,” Cuomo said.

The percentage of positive tests in New York City following the city’s first week of reopening was 1.7%.

Cuomo also announced that Western New York will enter Phase 3 of the reopening on Tuesday and the Capital Region will do the same on Wednesday.

Churches, synagogues and mosques can hold indoor services starting Saturday in New Jersey with a maximum of 50 people or 25%, whichever is fewer.

And on Monday, non-essential retail stores can let customers back inside, restaurants can also offer outdoor dining, along with take out and curbside pickup will be allowed at libraries.

LaGuardia Airport in New York City has officially opened its renovated terminal amid the coronavirus pandemic.

NEW YORK CITY
The city remained below all three required thresholds for hospitalizations (70), ICU patients (339), and percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 (3%).

Mass Transit and traffic is increasing in the city as restrictions ease. According to de Blasio:
– Subway ridership is up 25%
– Bus Ridership is up 23%
– Staten Island Ferry ridership is up 31%
– Traffic on East River Bridges is up 17%
– Traffic on Harlem River Bridges is up 14%

In Brooklyn Friday afternoon, dozens of children riding their bikes in the streets called on the governor and mayor to reopen the city’s sleep-away camps, schools and playgrounds. The young demonstrators and their parents rallied in Williamsburg demanding an end to the shutdown.

LONG ISLAND
Phase 2 reopening began Wednesday, meaning outdoor dining and some retail stores are back open for the first time in weeks in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said 67 playgrounds throughout Nassua County’s 35 parks will reopen Saturday, while dog parks in the town of Oyster Bay reopened Friday.

Curran also announced public pools will reopen to residents only on July 3, just in time for the holiday weekend.

NEW YORK
Governor Andrew Cuomo said that five regions in the state entered Phase 3 on Friday. The regions include: Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and the Mohawk Valley. In those regions, restaurants can offer indoor and outdoor service, and personal care services like massage and nail salons reopened.

Daily testing results are now the most important metric to keep an eye on as New York State continues to reopen, Cuomo said. The positive test rate across New York City was 1.5% on Thursday, in Hudson Valley it was 1.1% and on Long Island it was 1.0%. There were 42 deaths in the state, 10 of which were at nursing homes.

On Friday, it was announced by health officials that sleepaway camps in New York State would not reopen this summer.

NEW JERSEY
There were 523 more positive cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey on Friday for a total of 166,605. 103 people died Friday for a statewide total of 12,589.

New Jersey is set to enter Phase 2 of its reopening as the state emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, and Governor Phil Murphy announced a lawsuit Friday against one town defying his executive order.

The city of Asbury Park made a controversial decision, with the City Council voting to allow limited indoor dining at its restaurants even though only outdoor dining is permitted.

Along with Phase 2, churches are welcoming back parishioners for weekend masses, with restrictions, and non-essential in-person retail and child care services are also allowed to resume Monday.

On Monday, June 22, personal care services can reopen. The include:
– Beauty salons
– Barber shops
– Day spas – no saunas or shared bathing
– Medical spas
– Nail salons
– Hair braiding shops
– Massage parlors
– Tanning salons
– Tattoo parlors

Also on June 22, libraries can begin to offer curbside pickup and the health department will put out guidance on organized sports.

Governor Phil Murphy visited President Trump on Friday night in Bedminster, New Jersey. In a tweet, President Trump said NJ would get federal funding to replace Portal North Bridge, a two-track moveable swing-span railroad bridge over the Hackensack River in Kearny and Secaucus that was constructed over 110 years ago.

POTENTIAL LARGE SPREAD IN US
Federal health officials are sounding the alarms about a potential large spread of the coronavirus as the CDC is predicting that as many as 25,000 Americans could die between now and July 4.

This coming as a new ABC News analysis finds that the number of daily deaths from the coronavirus is increasing in 13 states. The nation’s leading infectious disease official continues to stress a cause and effect approach.

NEW TECHNOLOGY IN KILLING COVID-19 ON SUBWAY
New York City Transit officials demonstrated the ultraviolet technology it is using to kill COVID-19 in a pilot program to disinfect entire trains. The pilot is initially focused on identifying ways to eradicate COVID-19 in rolling stock, including car classes R188, R62, R46, R68, and R160 at Corona, Coney Island, Jamaica and Pelham Maintenance Shops.

CDC GUIDELINES FOR MASS GATHERINGS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, faced with the reality of much of the country’s reopening, released guidelines for events and gatherings like weddings, concerts, festivals, parades and conferences.

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