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Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Virus Outbreak New York
Posted at 5:30 AM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 12:44:08-04

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 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a tri-state travel advisory. Watch below.

Travel advisory details:

  • Gov. Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced a joint travel advisory that travelers arriving to the tri-state region must quarantine for 14 days if coming from states that hit a specified coronavirus infection rate.
    • Travel advisory begins tonight at midnight, Cuomo said.
    • Deciding metric: States that have infection rate above 10 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people, or if 10% of total population tests positive, both on a rolling seven-day average.
        • States currently included: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas

Reopening Updates:

  • Regions set to enter Phase 4 Friday: North Country, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Central New York
  • Phase 4 details:
    • Low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment at 33% capacity, including zoos, botanical gardens
    • Low-risk indoor arts and entertainment at 33% capacity, including museums and aquariums
    • Indoor religious gatherings will be allowed up to 33% occupancy, up from 25% currently
    • Social gatherings of up to 50 people allowed, up from 25 in Phase 3
    • Malls, movie theaters and gyms still not allowed to reopen as state continues to study the impact of certain activities in other areas
    • Film and TV productions may resume
    • Higher education
    • Professional sports without fans - Spring training for Yankees and Mets begins July 1 in New York

COVID-19 stats and numbers:

  • New York reported 17 coronavirus-related deaths Tuesday; 12 in hospitals and 5 in nursing homes
  • 51,144 people tested Tuesday; 581 positive results (1.1% positive)
  • 1,071 hospitalizations in NY, lowest number since March 19

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

Open streets

  • 23 more miles to open (67 miles in total)

Private camps in NYC parks

  • City will allow private camps to use NYC parks this summer
  • Parks and Dept. of Health reviewing over 350 applications for camp permits
  • Camps run by groups including YMCA, other non-profits, religious groups and private companies.

Keeping kids cool

  • Cool It! NYC will provide cooling relief to NYC’s most heat-burdened neighborhoods
  • City will reopen 950 existing cooling elements, add 250 new sites
    • Sprinklers, spray showers, misting stations
  • During heat advisories, FDNY and DEP proactively install up to 320 additional spray caps to hydrants citywide
  • Visit NYC.gov/parks/CoolItNYC to find a cooling element near you.

Beaches in NYC

  • Reopening for swimming on July 1
  • Beachgoers only visit with members of immediate household
  • Keep beach blankets 10 feet away from other parties
  • Maintain social distancing

Daily indicators

  • COVID hospitalizations: 75
  • H+H ICU: 315
  • Percentage positive: 2%

5 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed late Tuesday night that NYC beaches will open for swimming on July 1. Read more here and watch more above.

Long Island becomes the latest region in the state to enter Phase 3 of reopening Wednesday.

Latest official numbers:
As of Wednesday morning, a total of 389,085 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in New York, with the state's death toll at 24,766.

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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