Jul 2, 2020
As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day this weekend, I want to remind New Yorkers to take precautions and to be smart. We continue to make progress against this virus but it's up to all of us whether or not we continue to. Our actions now determine our future. Remember: Wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands with soap. I wish all New Yorkers a safe and happy Fourth of July.
1. The number of total hospitalizations remains steadily low. Yesterday, total hospitalizations fell to 878. Sadly, we lost 10 New Yorkers to the virus.
2. Yesterday, the State conducted 69,945 tests. Only 875 tests, or 1.25%, were positive.
3. State outdoor pools across New York will open for swimming for the July 4 weekend. The standard operating schedule of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will be in effect. Pool-goers are reminded to practice social distancing, respect the rules, and do their part to keep the pool area safe for everyone. Pool capacity will be reduced and is expected to fill quickly. New Yorkers are urged to plan ahead by having alternate destinations ready. A list of State Parks with outdoor pools is available here.
4. In the Bronx, Arthur Avenue will reopen as an open-dining piazza. As part of Phase 2, outdoor dining is permitted, and the Bronx's historic Little Italy will transform into a 100-table outdoor dining area supporting the neighborhood's approximately two dozen restaurants.
5. Beginning tomorrow, Friday July 3rd through Sunday, July 5th, the New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will increase patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions over the holiday weekend. State Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving statewide in an effort to keep New York highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel.
6. A reminder to wash your hands — for 20 seconds or more. In collaboration with DJ Doug E. Fresh, Hip Hop Public Health has created "20 Segundos o Más," a PSA and education initiative to address the rise of COVID-19 in Latino communities. Featuring a fusion of Latin rhythms and hip hop beats, it's a fun tutorial on how to stay safe and stop the spread of Coronavirus. Watch the video here.
7. I am disgusted by the swastikas and other racist graffiti that were found in several locations in the town of Perinton Thursday morning. I have directed the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate this horrific incident and ensure those responsible are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. We have zero tolerance for hateful language in New York.