Jul 24, 2020
We continue to make progress against the virus—yesterday, hospitalizations were at the lowest level since March 18th and there were 156 patients in ICUs, the lowest since March 16th. As we enter the weekend, once again I remind all New Yorkers to act responsibly. Avoid parties and crowds. Wear a mask. Set an example for others. And twenty somethings—this means you.
1. The Toronto Blue Jays will play their home games at Buffalo's Sahlen Field this season. I spoke with the MLB Commissioner this morning and we are excited to host the Blue Jays this year. The Blue Jays were denied approval to play at their home ballpark due to concerns about baseball teams crossing borders amid COVID.
2. The State Liquor Authority and New York State Police Task Force issued 37 violations last night. Businesses found violating social distancing regulations face fines of up to $10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of their liquor license. A list of licenses charged and businesses served with summary suspension orders, can be found here. Business owners: Don't risk it.
3. The number of total hospitalizations continues to decline. Yesterday there were 650 total hospitalizations—the lowest since March 18. The State conducted 76,507 tests, of which 753, or 0.98%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 9 New Yorkers to the virus.
4. New York is one of only three states that meet criteria to reopen and stay safe. According to an analysis by Vox, only New York, Connecticut and New Jersey currently have strong enough testing and tracing systems to reopen safely. Additionally, our tri-state region has seen falling Coronavirus cases along with a very low percentage of daily new cases per 100,000 people.
5. State Park beaches are open, but expect parking to fill up quickly. Popular beaches like Jones Beach are likely to see parking lots reach capacity fast, so plan accordingly or consider a different outing. Entrance fees at State Parks and beaches range from free to $10. Remember: Social distancing rules apply on beaches and in parks. More information about State Parks and beaches can be found at https://www.parks.ny.gov.