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NYS Coronavirus Update: Yom Kippur -- Update on Numbers

Sep 25, 2020

- This Sunday night at sundown, members of the Jewish community begin to observe Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. Even though this holiday will look different amid the pandemic, it is my hope that on this day of atonement and reflection, all New Yorkers observing will have a meaningful day and an easy fast. Please observe the holiday safely.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Coronavirus newsletter will not publish on Yom Kippur. It will resume on Tuesday, September 29.

Photo of the Day: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first woman, and the first Jewish American, to lie in state at the US Capitol. A daughter of Brooklyn, her legacy will inspire generations of New Yorkers to come
(Photo by Shawn Thew/Getty Images)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The positive infection rate is below one percent. Yesterday, there were 511 total hospitalizations. Of the 94,818 tests reported yesterday, 908, or 0.95 percent, were positive. Sadly, we lost seven New Yorkers to the virus.

2. On Wednesday, September 30th, restaurants in New York City can reopen for indoor dining starting at 25 percent. All restaurants that choose to reopen must adhere to strict safety protocols, including increased ventilation and air filtration standards, temperature checks and face coverings when not seated, among other safety protocols. Read more about NYC's indoor dining reopening here.

3. SUNY is expanding its free diagnostic tests. Developed by SUNY Upstate Medical University, all SUNY campuses will now administer the FDA-approved saliva swab COVID test to all students, commuters and faculty at SUNY state-operated colleges, universities and hospitals. These free tests, with results in 48 hours, will help the colleges better monitor the infection rate and keep both students and staff safe.

4. Ads from the "Mask Up America" campaign have been seen 30 million times. The national campaign, with videos featuring the voices of Paul Rudd, Billy Crystal, Morgan Freeman, Ellen Pompeo and more, have aired more than 90,000 times on TVs across the country and reached millions. Watch all the ads here.

5. Tomorrow, September 26, is Free Fishing Day in New York. The requirement for a fishing license is waived but all other fishing regulations still apply. And remember to follow all public health guidelines when fishing.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment"
: Hiking duo Katie Rhodes and Bethany Garretson became the first women to complete an unsupported thru-hike of all 46 Adirondack High Peaks. The two New Yorkers started the Adirondack 46 on September 10th and completed the hike in seven days, four hours and 50 minutes.

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Ever Upward,
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo