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Here's the latest:
- 16 States Now Meet NY's Quarantine Criteria
- Fauci Says Number Of Virus Cases Could Rise To 100,000 A Day If Trends Continue
- Cuomo Says State Officials Will Be Monitoring NYC Residents At Bars And Restaurants Tonight
- CDC Official Says U.S. Is Still At The Beginning Of Crisis
- The Plan To Transform Arthur Avenue Into A 100-Table Piazza
8:00 p.m. Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to open 15 public pools by August 1st, according to a budget summary released late Tuesday.
The press release listed pools as a targeted investment. The mayor has previously said that a decision about pools could come later in the summer. Statewide, pools are allowed to be open at the discretion of local authorities. But in April, de Blasio slashed $12 million from the Parks Department budget, funding which would have gone to running the city's 53 outdoor pools.
Beaches are set to open for swimming on Wednesday.
Jane Meyer, a City Hall spokesperson, told Gothamist that Mayor de Blasio would have more details to offer on Wednesday. But she confirmed the details about pools in the news release about the budget.
The opening plan would apply to following pools:
- Bronx: Crotona, Mullaly, Haffen
- Brooklyn: Sunset, Betsy Head, K-Poo
- Manhattan: Hamilton Fish, Jackie Robinson, Wagner, Marcus Garvey
- Queens: Astoria, Liberty, Fisher
- Staten Island: Lyons, Tottenville
Earlier on Tuesday, de Blasio announced an agreement for an $88.19 billion budget for the next fiscal year which begins on Wednesday. The City Council is currently convening to vote on the plan.
16 States Now Meet NY's Quarantine Criteria
4:00 p.m. As the pandemic worsens in parts of the country, the list of states that meet New York's quarantine criteria has now doubled to 16.
On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that travelers from California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee would also be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon arriving New York.
The states identified last week were Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. (Washington state was originally included but was dropped from the list one day later.)
New York is identifying high risk states as those with a positivity rate greater than 10 percent or that have more than 10 virus cases per 100,000 residents
"Good news is our house is doing very well. Bad news is the neighbors home is on fire. We need to be concerned," Cuomo told NY1.
Those who violate the quarantine will face fines starting at $2,000 and up to $10,000 if they cause harm.
Cuomo has said that the state will seek to enforce the quarantine by speaking with airlines. During an interview on Monday with WAMC's Alan Chartock, the governor said that people flying into New York will be asked to fill out forms to gather details about their itinerary.
"So that would be very helpful because then we would just have a database from the passengers themselves," Cuomo said.
On Tuesday, New York state reported a 1 percent positivity rate, a slight increase from .84 percent the prior day. Total hospitalizations also ticked up to 891 from 853. There were 13 new deaths, an increase from 7 on Monday.
Fauci Says Number Of Virus Cases Could Rise To 100,000 A Day If Trends Continue
1:00 p.m. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's most prominent infectious disease expert, said Tuesday that the number of new coronavirus cases in the United States could grow to as many as 100,000 a day if the current trends continue.
There are currently about 40,000 new virus cases a day in the U.S.
"I will not be surprised if this goes up to to 100,000 cases a day if this doesn’t turn around," he said, speaking before a Senate committee.
“I’m very concerned," he added. "It could get very bad.”
Fauci earlier in his testimony said that some states were “going too quickly and skipping over” public health precautions in their reopening efforts.
“They need to follow the guidelines that have been very carefully laid out with regard to [reopening] checkpoints,” he said. “What we’ve seen in several states are different iterations of that, perhaps maybe in some, they’re going too quickly and skipping over some.”
The surge in the South and West "puts the entire country at risk," he said.
Fauci was one of four top U.S. health officials who provided lawmakers and the American public with an update on the coronavirus crisis.
The situation has felt increasingly desperate in recent weeks as infections soar. New virus cases rose by 80 percent in the last two weeks, according to the New York Times.
Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington state, urged Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to reveal the federal government's plan for a vaccine.
Redfield said the CDC has been working on a proposal for three months and that it could be released in the coming weeks.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders asked about the importance of mask wearing. Sanders, an Independent, has proposed a system of offering free masks to all Americans.
Both Redfield and Fauci said they supported such a plan. "There's no doubt that the mask protects you and protects others," Fauci said.
Redfield agreed, adding, "I think it's fundamentally the most important thing we can do."
Cuomo Says State Officials Will Be Monitoring NYC Residents At Bars And Restaurants Tonight
11:30 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said he would send state police as well as health and liquor authority officials this evening to New York City's bars and restaurants to observe how many people are following social distancing.
“I’m trying to gauge how bad the noncompliance is," Cuomo said, during an interview on NY1.
The governor said he will use the "snapshot" of Tuesday night to inform his decision on Wednesday as to whether New York City can move forward with indoor dining next Monday as part of its phase three reopening.
For weeks, there have been scenes across the city of pandemic-fatigued New Yorkers congregating outside of restaurants and bars, often with little social distancing and no face masks. The advent of outdoor dining, which began last Monday, has only drawn more people outdoors.
Similar problems are occurring in Long Island, according to Cuomo. Local governments, he said, must enforce compliance with the rules.
He said he has personally confronted city residents who he sees not wearing a face mask.
“What are you thinking?," he said of his response. "How can your memory be so short? Learn the lesson.”
CDC Official Says U.S. Is Still At The Beginning Of Crisis
Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Monday said that the coronavirus crisis in the United States was far from over and that significant amounts of the virus would continue to circulate throughout the summer.
"I think there was a lot of wishful thinking around the country that, 'Hey, it's summer. Everything's going to be fine. We're over this,'" she said during an interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association.
She then added: "We are not even beginning to be over this. There are a lot of worrisome factors about the last week or so."
Schuchat, an infectious disease specialist and 32-year veteran at the agency, serves as a top deputy for its director, Dr. Robert Redfield. She was the basis for Kate Winslet's disease detective character in the movie Contagion.
The comments from a widely respected official at the CDC contradicted those of the Trump administration, which has tried to downplay the latest round of outbreaks in the Sun Belt states. They also reflect an alarming trend unfolding that is forcing some states to halt or reverse reopenings. Virus cases are now growing in 30 states, according to the New York Times.
California, which had been one of the first states to order a shutdown, has seen an explosion of cases. On Monday, the state reported more than 7,000 new cases, its highest single-day total to date. Meanwhile, the number of people hospitalized has risen by 43 percent over the past two weeks.
Both Vice President Pence and to some extent, other CDC officials, have said that the country is in a better state than it was in April, when confirmed deaths rose over 2,500 on several days. More recently, the number of daily deaths in the U.S. has fallen below 500.
During a press briefing last Thursday, Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the CDC, said the latest surge was driven by infections of younger people who have been less seriously sickened.
Acknowledging that difference, Schuchat said, "What we hope is that we can take it seriously and slow the transmission in those places."
But she warned that the virus had already accumulated to a large degree.
"What I think is very discouraging is we’re clearly not at a point that there's so little virus spread that it’s going to be easy to snuff out," she said. “We’re not in the situation of New Zealand or Singapore or Korea where a new case is rapidly identified and all the contacts are traced and people are isolated who are sick and people who are exposed are quarantined and they can keep things under control."
"We have way too much virus across the country," she added.