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COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. ahead of holiday weekend

Posted at 5:00 AM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 06:39:04-04

NEW YORK — As the nation heads into the July 4 weekend, New York and New Jersey are reminded that the states are not in the clear as both states are no longer on track to contain the coronavirus, according to a group of health experts.

Typically, crowds would gather in New York City to secure a spot to watch the Macy’s fireworks display. However, this year is different after fears of spreading COVID-19 have shelved big plans to celebrate the holiday.

Fireworks lit up parts of New York City on a smaller scale this Fourth of July season as COVID-19 remains present across the city and nation.

With record daily case counts this week, there are more than 2.7 million confirmed cases nationwide.

“If you turn your back on science, it’s going to bite you. And that’s what is happening in most of the U.S.,” former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said.

However, President Donald Trump insisted the U.S. has control of the virus.

Travel data company Arrivalist predicted more than 36 million Americans are hitting the road this holiday weekend.

Health officials stressed the importance of being cautious, even at outdoor gatherings.

Two new COVID clusters were recently discovered after a Rockland County pool party and a Westchester County graduation.

With new warning signs, New York and New Jersey reversed course on opening indoor dining.

Coronavirus tracking group “COVID Act Now,” which Gov. Andrew Cuomo has cited in research, reported only four states, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Vermont, are on pace to contain the virus.

Both the Empire and Garden states are “treading water” and losing ground from just a week ago, according to the group.

In New Jersey, 172,356 people have tested positive for the coronavirus and over 13,000 have died. In New York, over 400,000 people have tested positive and over 31,000 have died from COVID-19