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