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Here's the latest:
- Dr. Fauci Says "We Haven't Even Begun To See The End" Of COVID-19
- "This Is A Horrible Experience": Outdoor Dining From Restaurant Workers' Perspective
- NJ Could Face “Tidal Wave” Of Evictions If Rent Relief Stalls
- Coronavirus Cases Among 20-Somethings In NYC Rise
New York's list of quarantine states grew by four, with Governor Andrew Cuomo announcing that Minnesota, New Mexico, and Wisconsin would be added to the travel advisory.
The quarantine list includes states where the positive coronavirus test rate is more than 10 per 100,000 residents, based on a 7-day rolling average, or a 10% or higher statewide positivity rate (7-day average) for coronavirus. Anyone who travels from states on the list—which also includes Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas (Delaware has been removed)—are required to quarantine for 14 days.
While Cuomo has admitted that it is difficult to enforce the quarantine with people driving to New York, the state is now requiring those who fly from states on the list to provide their contact information and itinerary, or face a $2,000 fine.
The governor also announced that New York's positivity rate for Monday was 1.5 percent, and Long Island and Western New York at 2.0 percent. Long Island’s infection rate has more than doubled over the past three days, up from 0.9 percent.
Cuomo referenced the Long Island rise in cases, "It's also clear based on contact tracing that many of the new cases in New York are a result of a lack of compliance during the July 4 weekend and illustrate how quickly the virus spreads, with one party, for example, infecting more than a third of attendees. I cannot be more clear: Look at what's happening in the rest of the country — if we are not smart, if we don't wear masks and socially distance, cases will spike. No one wants to go back to the hell we experienced three months ago, so please stay vigilant."
According to his office, 35 percent of people who attended a July 4th party in Suffolk County tested positive for COVID-19.
Dr. Fauci Says "We Haven't Even Begun To See The End" Of COVID-19
As more than 60,000 coronavirus cases were reported in the United States on Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci continued to stress the need for more action in order to control the spread.
"The increase that we are seeing, we can get a handle on that," the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said during a virtual fireside chat with the Stanford School of Medicine. "I am really confident we can if we step back. We don't necessarily have to shut down again, but pull back a bit and then proceed in a very prudent way observing the guidelines and going step by step."
He added, "All you need to do is look at the (videos) of people in some states going from shutdown to completely throwing caution to the wind: bars that were crowded, people without masks. There are things you can do now: physical distancing, wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, washing hands. Those things, as simple as they are, can turn it around."
Still, COVID-19 is "unprecedented," according to Fauci, who also called it "truly historic. We haven't even begun to see the end of it yet. It's still globally trending. Some countries are doing better than others, but until you get it completely under control, it's still going to be a threat."
Fauci has been the target of a behind-the-scenes campaign by the White House to discredit him, based on multiple media reports. CNN reports, "[B]ullet points [from the White House], which resembled opposition research on a political opponent, included Fauci downplaying the virus early on and a quote from March when Fauci said, 'People should not be walking around with masks,' among other comments. Not included were previous statements from the surgeon general urging people not to buy masks or an acknowledgment of the President's own false claims and misstatements about the virus."
Fauci has admitted that mixed messaging about masks was unhelpful, noting that the initial intention was to ensure there would be N95 masks for medical professionals and front line workers. The Washington Post also points out, "Fauci has said repeatedly, especially in the early days of the outbreak, that scientists lacked sufficient information about the virus to be definitive in their statements. He said recommendations might change as new information emerged."
The White House denied it is trying to undermine Fauci.
There are 3.364 million coronavirus cases in the country, and there have been 135,615 deaths so far.