Aug 4, 2020
The numbers here in New York continue to remain low, with total hospitalizations at 568, down from the April peak of nearly 20,000. For the third straight day in a row, there were no reported COVID deaths in New York City. Yesterday, the State conducted 70,993 tests, of which 746, or 1.05%, were positive â a positive rate that has hovered at around 1% for weeks. While we have worked hard to achieve this progress, we need to work just as hard to maintain it. Remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing. We also need each and every New Yorker to be counted for the Census. If you haven't completed the Census yet, do so here. And tell your friends, family and neighbors.
Here's what else you need to know tonight:
1. Rhode Island has been added to New York's travel advisory list. Delaware and Washington, D.C. have been removed from the State's travel advisory. Those who are part-way through a quarantine after arriving from Delaware or D.C. should continue for the full 14 days. Learn more and see the full list of states and territories subject to the travel advisory here.
2. More than $2.3 million has been awarded to support 61 businesses and residential landlords with COVID-19 related costs and expenses through the New York Forward Loan Fund. 54 of these loans were provided to minority- and women-owned businesses. Applications are still being accepted and businesses from qualifying industries, including agriculture, construction, food services, retail, education services, manufacturing and transportation, are encouraged to apply. Applications are available here.
3. We want your feedback on how New York can continue to build back better. The COVID crisis highlighted a number of shortcomings and New York wants to identify ways technology can be used to help New York build back better for everyone. From ensuring access to high-speed internet, better-paying jobs and career pathways, we are committed to ensuring that our most vulnerable residents are able to overcome root causes of inequity, and to access the digital economy. We'd love to hear from you â please take a moment to fill out this survey and let us know how we can Reimagine New York and build back better.
4. Today, I announced the start of construction on Mount Aaron Village, a new affordable housing development on Genessee Street in Buffalo. The complex will have 59 units, including 18 apartments that will be dedicated specifically for people who need supportive services to live independently. Amid COVID, state initiatives including supporting affordable housing continue to forge on.
Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Though the State Fair was sadly canceled this year due to the pandemic, you can still get your fix of State Fair foods. Starting Thursday, August 6 through Sunday, August 9, The Butcher Boys, a staple at the Fair, will be selling their famous London Broil sandwiches, corn dogs and more in a drive-thru setting.
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