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The House of Yes is among six establishments that had their liquor licenses suspended by the State Liquor Authority this weekend for violating pandemic gathering regulations.
The Bushwick event space was cited for an inspection on August 21st, where investigators saw “overcrowded nightclub-like atmosphere directly in front of the premises, with music blasting, and at least thirty patrons consuming alcohol at tables set up less than six feet apart,” according to a release from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office Saturday.
There was also no food being served -- in fact the manager acknowledged the kitchen was “non-operational.” Inspectors also saw an unmasked employee, and “numerous fire and life safety violations.”
The SLA also issued license suspensions for two other Brooklyn establishments, a Southampton bar, a Nassau County grocery store, and an upstate Oswego bar.
State Liquor Authority Chair Vincent Bradley said in the release, "We are seeing better compliance across the state as a direct result of the hard work of the task force and the actions of conscientious business owners that are putting public health and safety first. But we're still in the middle of a global pandemic, and the task force will continue taking action against the small number of establishments who willfully violate the coronavirus-related regulations."
Intubations And Hospitalizations Continue Dropping To Mid-March Levels Across NY State, Cuomo Says
11:45 a.m. Newly released statistics from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office show the state’s numbers of people hospitalized and intubated due to COVID-19 continue to fall.
Daily figures show hospitalizations dropped to 458 statewide, from 478 the day before, a new low since March 16th, when the virus began to spread across New York State. The number of intubations dropped to 48, from 51 the day before, which state health officials called a new low since mid-March. The daily number of people infected with the coronavirus stood at .67%, capping more than three straight weeks of days where daily infection rates were below one percent.
In a statement, Cuomo reminded New Yorkers that with no vaccine, the best way to ward off the viral respiratory disease is prevention.
"As the state's COVID-19 numbers continue to decline, New Yorkers need to stay vigilant and continue wearing masks, social distancing and washing their hands so we can maintain that progress as we move into the fall," Cuomo said. "Our ability to keep this deadly virus in check will be determined by what each of us does each day and by the capacity of local governments to enforce state guidance.”
The low rates come 12 days before the presumed start of public school in New York City, where infection rates remain below 3%. Even so, there were three deaths within the five boroughs—two in the Bronx and one in Manhattan.
11:40 p.m.: Doctors in Nevada say a 25-year-old man who had the novel coronavirus in April was reinfected with another strain in May, the first such case in the United States.
In a research paper shared in the medical journal, The Lancet, a team said, "Through nucleic acid sequence analysis, the viruses associated with each instance of infection were found to possess a degree of genetic discordance that cannot be explained reasonably through short-term in vivo evolution. We conclude that it is possible for humans to become infected multiple times by SARS-CoV-2, but the generalizability of this finding is not known."
The patient was first found to have COVID after being tested on April 18th, according to the paper, which has not been peer-reviewed. "The patient indicated symptoms consistent with viral infection (sore throat, cough, headache, nausea, diarrhea; onset: 3/25/20). During isolation, the patient indicated resolution of symptoms (4/27/20)," the paper explained.
He felt well until May 28th. He then went for medical attention three days later because he had, the paper described, "self-reported fevers, headache, dizziness, cough, nausea, and diarrhea." He was discharged after a chest X-ray, but then on June 5th, he went to a family doctor and "was found to be hypoxic and was instructed to go to the emergency department after provision of oxygen. The patient was hospitalized that day." He was tested for COVID and was positive. The researchers say that a new chest X-ray showed evidence "suggestive of a viral or atypical pneumonia."
Reinfections appear to be rare, said Mark Pandori, director the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, who was involved in the study, but he added, "If you've had it, you can't necessarily be considered invulnerable to the infection."
While the case shows that there may not be 100% immunity after getting COVID, StatNews points out, "It’s possible that these early cases of reinfection are outliers and have features that won’t apply to the tens of millions of other people who have already shaken off Covid-19."
"There are millions and millions of cases," epidemiologist Michael Mina, at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told StatNews, saying the real thing to focus on is, "What happens to most people?"
Earlier in the week, scientists in Hong Kong said a man there had been reinfected with the virus. In that patient, he had symptoms during his first bout of COVID-19, but no symptoms during his second reinfection, 142 days later.
Dozens of vaccines are in development, with 38 in clinical trials while another 89 in preclinical stages, according to the NY Times' vaccine tracker. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, believes there may be a vaccine by early 2021 and has warned against rushing out a vaccine.
There are 5,919,670 cases of coronavirus in the United States, with 181,798 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.