This is our daily update of breaking COVID-19 news for Monday, July 6th, 2020. Previous daily updates can be found here, and up-to-date statistics are here.

New York City is in Phase 3 of reopening now, which includes nail salons, tattoo parlors, and massage facilities as well as recreation like tennis and basketball courts; dog runs are also reopening. A look at preparing for the spread of coronavirus is here, and if you have lingering questions about the virus, here is our regularly updated coronavirus FAQ. Here are some local and state hotlines for more information: NYC: 311; NY State Hotline: 888-364-3065; NJ State Hotline: 800-222-1222.

Here's the latest:

5:00 p.m. Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced Monday that he would suspend the state's plan to proceed with phase 3 of its reopening, citing increased infection in other states.

Last week, the governor said he had decided against fully reopening bars in phase 3. Restaurants and bars that also serve food are currently allowed to serve patrons indoors at 50 percent of capacity.

"If we learned one thing, it's how much safer it is outdoors than indoors," Lamont said, during a press conference.

Just last week, New Jersey and New York City halted the reopening of indoor dining.

Connecticut's phase 3 was expected to also allow indoor private gatherings of 50 people. Outdoor private gatherings, including graduations, would have grown to 250 people. Both will now stay at 25 and 100 respectively.

The state had also initially been planning to approve of outdoor organized gatherings, like fireworks and concerts, with unrestricted amounts of people as long as there was sufficient social distancing space per person.

State campgrounds, however, will proceed with reopening this Wednesday.

Connecticut now has nearly 47,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, representing the 19th highest tally among U.S. states. Similar to New York and New Jersey, the state has seen declining hospitalizations and new cases. As of Sunday, the positivity rate among those tested was about 1 percent, on par with New York.

Harvard Will Conduct Only Online Classes For 2020-2021 Academic Year

4:00 p.m. Harvard University announced Monday that both undergraduate and graduate classes would be conducted online for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The decision by one of the country's most prestigious universities was one of the most cautious measures regarding the coming school year announced to date by an academic institution. In May, California State University, the nation’s largest four-year public university system which has 23 campuses, was the first to declare that instruction would take place almost exclusively online. New York University and Columbia have both said they plan to resume some in-person classes in the upcoming academic year. NYU has said it plans to allow for in-person learning as early as the fall.

Harvard, which has over 36,000 students, said it planned to bring up to 40 percent of its undergraduate student body, including all freshmen, back to the campus this fall. If all goes well in the fall, seniors would return in the spring while freshmen would go back home for remote learning.

Any student who is unable to learn at home will be able to return to the Harvard campus.

In their announcement, Harvard said they’ve worked with leading epidemiologists and medical experts, “to define an approach that we believe will protect the health and safety of our community, while also protecting our academic enterprise and providing students with the conditions they need to be successful academically.”

But those expecting a break in tuition will be sorely disappointed. A spokesperson from Harvard said that tuition will not be discounted for the 2020-2021 school year. Tuition for the upcoming year is $49,653, up nearly $2,000 from the 2019-2020 school year. Students not living on campus will not be charged room and board and will receive a $5,000 allowance per semester to help them live at home.

Students coming to campus will live in single room bedrooms with shared bathrooms while ensuring that campus housing is only at 40 percent capacity. Non-residents and students not living on campus will not be allowed into campus housing or buildings. 

Harvard expects international students to be learning remotely due to the difficulty of trying to get visas processed.

239 Scientists Urge WHO To Recognize Airborne Transmission Of Virus

An upcoming research paper this week signed by 239 scientists is calling on the World Health Organization to recognize what they argue is growing evidence that the virus can be transmitted through airborne particles that linger in the air.

The study titled “It is Time to Address Airborne Transmission of Covid-19" was shared with both The New York Times and Washington Post in advance of its publication in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

“There is no reason for fear. It is not like the virus has changed. We think it has been transmitted this way all along,” Jose Jimenez, a chemist at the University of Colorado who signed the paper, told the Washington Post. “Knowing about it helps target the measures to control the pandemic more accurately.”

If the airborne transmission theory is true, it would suggest that government officials need to place an even greater importance on wearing high quality face masks like N95 versions as well as proper ventilation. The finding could also help explain so-called "superspreading" incidents occurring after people gather in crowded and poorly ventilated areas.

The WHO has maintained that while airborne transmission is possible, the evidence was not sufficient to support it. The agency has instead said that the virus is spread through larger droplets and has emphasized social distancing and hand-washing.

The latest pressure from the broader scientific community is yet another blow to the global health agency's reputation. Since the outbreaks first broke in China, the WHO has been criticized for its response, over its early defense of the way China was reporting the cases to waiting until March to declare a pandemic.

President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly blamed China for the virus even as he has ignored his own public health experts on how to contain the virus, announced in May that the U.S. would pull out of the WHO, which would result in the loss of vital funding to the organization.

The New York Times reported scientists who valued the WHO but also described the agency as having a "rigid and overly medicalized view of scientific evidence," which has made the bar for proof unrealistically high.

At least one study published last month by U.S. researchers found that airborne transmission is "highly virulent and represents the dominant route for the transmission of this disease."

The paper went on to add: "However, the importance of airborne transmission has not been considered in establishment of mitigation measures by government authorities. Specifically, while the WHO and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have emphasized the prevention of contact transmission, both WHO and CDC have largely ignored the importance of the airborne transmission route."

Some experts have also argued that in the face of a deadly and fast-spreading pandemic, the public health community should simply assume the worst.

“There is no incontrovertible proof that SARS-CoV-2 travels or is transmitted significantly by aerosols, but there is absolutely no evidence that it’s not,” Dr. Trish Greenhalgh, a primary care doctor at the University of Oxford in Britain, told the Times.

“So at the moment we have to make a decision in the face of uncertainty, and my goodness, it’s going to be a disastrous decision if we get it wrong,” she said. “So why not just mask up for a few weeks, just in case?”