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NYS Coronavirus Update: Update on COVID Numbers -- Get Tested

Aug 6, 2020

Today is day 159 of the pandemic. This crisis is not over. We need to rely only on science and data. This is not about politics—it's about science. And the virus will continue to ricochet across this country until we realize that unless we control it everywhere, we won't control it anywhere.

New Yorkers worked hard to change our behavior and bring the numbers down to the levels we have been holding steady through our phased reopening and we must continue to adhere to these same protocols—wear a mask, stay six feet apart, avoid crowds—to keep moving in the right direction. We all need to remember that you don't need to feel sick to spread the virus. It is often those without symptoms who are passing it along to others.

It's critical that every one of us remains vigilant and responsible. It's up to us, New York.

Chart of the Day: Our total COVID hospitalizations continues to remain low.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to remain low. Yesterday, there were 570 total hospitalizations and 132 people in the ICU. The State conducted 72,370 tests, of which 703, or 0.97%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 3 New Yorkers to the virus.

2. Gyms will remain closed as they are a nationally identified source of infections. We know that some states have reopened gyms only to have to close up again. While the threat of the virus looms, we will keep them closed.

3. We still see an issue with compliance at bars and restaurants. Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 963 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 26 establishments that were in violation of pandemic-related Executive Orders.

4. Remember, there are over 750 testing sites across New York State. Testing is available to any New Yorker who wants a test and is free at any state-run facility. Find a testing site near you here.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment"
: For the first time in the park's history, the Kaatsbaan Cultural Park in Tivoli, NY is holding an outdoor dance festival. The festival will run through September 27 featuring mostly solo or socially distanced duet performances. New York State safety precautions are in place to protect both the dancers and audience.

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Ever Upward,
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo