Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Monday, July 6, 2020

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Posted at 4:16 AM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 13:48:27-04

NEW YORK — Below you will find the most up-to-date information on coronavirus news impacting New York. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.

11:30 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a coronavirus briefing on Monday. Click here to watch the news conference.
NY reopening updates

  • There are 817 hospitalizations statewide — the lowest number since March 18.
  • "All the regions are performing well," Cuomo said.
  • Nine people died of COVID-19 on Sunday.
  • Of the 54,000 tests conducted on Sunday, .95% were positive.
  • "The numbers have actually declined since reopening," Cuomo said, adding that every expert warned the state could see the numbers go up because of the increased activity.
  • But instead, Cuomo said, the numbers have been going down because of the state's phased approach to reopening while tweaking plans based on the data available.
  • New York City, for example, started Phase 3 on Monday but without indoor dining.
  • On schools reopening, the state has directed all districts to come up with a plan on how to reopen, Cuomo said. New York City is coming up with a plan on what it would look like for its public schools in September, but there has been no decision yet on whether schools will reopen, Cuomo said.
  • "We want kids back in school for a number of reasons," the governor said.
  • "When we get the data, we'll make the decision," Cuomo added.
  • The 2020 New York State Fair has been canceled due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
  • Cuomo said complacency and arrogance are threats to the progress New York has made. The governor criticized reports over the Fourth of July weekend of large gatherings without masks and social distancing across New York, from upstate towns to Manhattan to Fire Island. Cuomo said he plans to speak with local government leaders again on Monday about enforcing social distancing laws.
  • The governor also discussed several recent clusters started by people who attended events after coming to New York from out of state. "It's inevitable," the governor said of more COVID-19 clusters, adding that if there are high numbers of cases in other states, New York will always be at risk of losing ground in its battle against the virus.
  • Cuomo urged President Donald Trump to acknowledge that COVID-19 continues to be a crisis in the United States. "If he doesn't do that, then he is enabling the virus," Cuomo said.
  • The governor said he's been asking Trump to wear a mask "for weeks."

On increase in NYC shootings

  • “I’m very concerned about it,” Cuomo said.
  • Leaders of the state police are working with the top brass of the NYPD.
  • Cuomo plans to speak with the city district attorneys and the chief judge on Monday.
  • "The communities in many ways that need the most, pay the highest price," Cuomo said. "It’s frightening, it’s tragic, and it’s unnecessary … We can do better than this."
  • "The NYPD, city government, the district attorneys, and the courts … there’s a range of blame games going on, pointing fingers," the governor said when asked whether the release of city jail inmates due to coronavirus concerns is contributing to the spike in crime.

10 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio held his daily briefing. Watch in video below or click here.

Shootings over the weekend

  • There’s not one cause for this (bail reform, courts shut down, Rikers inmates released, animosity toward police)
  • We need to double down
  • NYPD Commissioner Shea will meet with five district attorneys

Phase 3 in NYC

  • Phases 1 and 2 have been successful
  • Personal care and outdoor recreational areas reopen
  • Indoor dining on hold

Ridership and traffic

  • Subway ridership up 18% (July 1 compared to June 17)
  • Bus ridership up 12%
  • Staten Island Ferry ridership up 15%
  • Traffic into Manhattan (3% East River Bridges, 7% Harlem River Bridges)

Outdoor dining

  • Bar and restaurant education and enforcement
  • 700 City personnel focused on educating on corridors and neighborhoods
  • 100,000 face coverings distributed
  • 1,000 businesses surveyed

Daily indicators

  • COVID hospitalizations: 62
  • H+H ICUs: 276
  • Percentage tested who are positive: 1%
  • At height of crisis, NYC had 850 people COVID hospitalizations and 71% were testing positive.
PIX11 Morning News

7:35 a.m.
MTA Chairman Pat Foye discusses how the agency is prepared for Phase 3 of reopening as well as what challenges they may face.

5 a.m.
NYC enters Phase 3 of reopening, which includes the resumption of personal care businesses. Indoor dining remains on pause indefinitely. Watch in video above.

Latest official numbers:
As of Friday morning, a total of 397,131 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in New York, with the state's death toll at 24,904.

COVID-19 timeline: How novel coronavirus spread

Tips to protect yourself and others amid coronavirus outbreaks

The New York state coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also being posted here