Jul 27, 2020
As an extreme heat wave hits our state, I urge New Yorkers to exercise caution and limit outdoor activity, especially if you are more susceptible to heat-related illness. I also want to stress that even in the heat it is essential to wear a mask outdoors. I know it isn't comfortable but COVID won't stop spreading simply because it's hot. So we can't stop masking up. Stay cool and stay safe.
Video of the Day: Over the weekend, we released another PSA from our Mask Up America campaign.
Watch it here.
Here's what else you need to know tonight:
1. On Sunday, 27 establishments were issued violations by the State Liquor Authority. These violations added to the 105 combined violations issued on Friday and Saturday to bars and restaurants that have not been complying with health orders. Yesterday's violations were issued in all five boroughs of New York City. New York State will continue to enforce health laws that prevent the spread of the virus.
2. The number of total hospitalizations remains low. Yesterday, there were 642 total hospitalizations. We also saw the lowest number of intubations since March 16, which is great news. The State conducted 57,270 tests, of which 608, or 1.06%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 11 New Yorkers to the virus.
3. An update on the Kawasaki Disease-like syndrome that has affected children in the state. As of Friday, NYS has investigated 240 cases of the syndrome, known as MIS-C. The State Department of Health published a study of patients younger than 21 who met the criteria for MIS-C in the New England Journal of Medicine. One of the findings of the study is that the hyper-inflammatory syndrome is associated with cardiac dysfunction. The majority of the patients in the study had no documented underlying conditions.
4. Empire State Development has identified 20 companies that will receive state investment to manufacture COVID-related supplies. ESD, a state entity that promotes economic development, will continue the investment process designed to ensure that New York State's health facilities will have better access to PPE if and when they need it in the future.
Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Starting at a new school can be an intimidating experience. To help calm the nerves of incoming freshmen and transfer students, Kingsborough Community College President Claudia Schrader began a new tradition: Giving new students a surprise visit at their home or place of employment to meet them, answer their questions, and gift them some college "swag."
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