This is our daily update of breaking COVID-19 news for Monday, June 22nd 2020. Previous daily updates can be found here, and up-to-date statistics are here.

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Here's the latest:

3:30 p.m. City health officials released the latest update on its contact tracing program, revealing a modest increase from last week in the number of residents believed to have been infected who have volunteered their contacts to tracers.

Since June 1st, 37 percent of people who are or presumed to be infected have offered up their contacts, up from 35 percent last week.

On Sunday, the New York Times quoted public health experts who said they believed the cooperation rate was too low. One hurdle has been in contacting all of the individuals. Out of 7,584 people the city identified, roughly 20 percent or 1,336 could not be reached by city tracers.

But the larger problem with the city's contract tracing program is that health officials have not explicitly stated the benchmarks by which its tracing program, which employs 3,000 people, can be judged a success. One modeling study, which used Boston demographic data, concluded that as long as 50 percent of symptomatic infections were identified and 40 percent of their contacts and households were traced, there would be enough of a reduction in the spread of the virus to allow the economy to reopen safely and avoid overwhelming the health care system.

By that measure, New York City has done a sufficient amount of tracing. But the paper's senior author Yamir Moreno, a professor at the University of Zaragoza in Spain, told Propublica that 40 percent was not to be interpreted as a fixed goal. “For other locations, these percentages will change," he said, adding that the best intervention is still considered testing, contact tracing and quarantining.

The city has also not disclosed the time between patient and contact notification and self-isolation/self-quarantine, something that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended among a long list of data it advises local governments to report.

Asked about what specific goal the city has in mind for contact tracing, Avery Cohen, a City Hall spokesperson, told Gothamist, "We estimate that our program will be most effective at preventing transmission if at least 75% of cases are isolating."

On Monday, Dr. Ted Long, the head of the city's test and trace corps, reported that the number of people being monitored was 6,395 residents, accounting for 45 percent of the total current cases and contacts. (One city official said that about 50 percent of cases are isolating, but that upcoming efforts, including a door-to-door campaign, would help improve that figure.)

Over the last two weeks, Long has touted the city's tracing program by focusing on a selective a set of metrics, for example, the number of people tracers have been able to reach by phone—a 97 percent figure that seems impressive until you consider that the information only indicates how many people tracers have talked to, not how many have cooperated.

In an oddly chosen comparison, Long compared the city's efforts with Boston, a much smaller and less dense city, and that of Louisiana, which recently delayed phase 3 because of a spike in cases.

"That's to be compared to Louisiana, that reached 48 percent of the people that they called and Boston that reached 60 percent of the people that they called," he said. "The fact that we've been able to reach 97 percent of people newly diagnosed with coronavirus that we have a phone number for shows the program is working."

Cuomo Says Tri-State Region Is Considering A Quarantine For Visitors From States Where Virus Is Spreading

12:00 p.m. Speaking on CNN, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that he was speaking to the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut about a possible quarantine on visitors from states with a growing number of coronavirus cases.

Much to his apparent delight, Cuomo has been asked several times over the last week about whether he might consider such a move against people from other high-risk states. Of the 56,780 tests conducted in New York state on Sunday, only 552—or .97 percent— were positive.

"The greatest irony when they write the book in history, New York had the highest infection rate and all these other states were saying, well, we're going to blockade New York," he told CNN. "The President was talking about blockading New York. You would have seen a civil war. We now have the lowest infection rate, and I'm getting calls all day long, people from Florida, Texas, saying we want to be in New York because we're afraid to be in Texas and Florida."

In March, as New York was clearly becoming the epicenter of the pandemic, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo used the National Guard and state police to track New Yorkers entering the state and demand they immediately quarantine themselves for 14 days. And after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reportedly complained to President Donald Trump about incoming New Yorkers, the latter floated the idea of a quarantine on New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. In the end, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instead recommended that people in the tri-state region forgo nonessential travel.

On Monday, Cuomo suggested that Rhode Island and Florida had unfairly targeted New Yorkers. "They pull you over by your license plate which I thought was absurd," he said. "Florida did put in a quarantine which I think was more political than anything else."

More than a dozen states, including Florida, California, Texas and Arizona, have seen the number of new cases surge.

Cuomo appeared to contradict himself when he said New York "wouldn’t target a specific state," while going on to say, "I would consider states with the highest transmission rate. That if somebody comes from that state to New York, there's a period of quarantine where they quarantine themselves to make sure they are not spreading it."

Rhode Island would not fall into that category. Along with New York and New Jersey, the state has one of the three lowest positivity rates for the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

As NYC Enters Phase 2, Most Of U.S. Sees Surge In New Cases

In a much anticipated stage of the reopening, New York City officially entered phase 2 on Monday, a move that could bring an additional 300,000 people back to work and provide the biggest boost yet to the city's shrunken economy.

As of Sunday, the city's positivity rate for the virus was still hovering above 1 percent, according to Gothamist's analysis.

For the first time since the coronavirus shutdown three months ago, offices can begin operating again, although early indications suggested that many large employers were not yet ready to reopen their doors, instead allowing people to continue working from home. According to the New York Times, a survey by the Partnership for New York City of 60 companies with Manhattan offices indicated that only 10 percent of their employees would return by August 15th.

Bars and restaurants, one of the hardest hit sectors, will finally be able to allow outdoor dining, using curbside and sidewalk space. Many establishments had already bucked the restrictions and undergone a soft reopening.

But the city's reopening comes at a precipitous time for the country—and world as a whole. The World Health Organization on Sunday reported another record in daily global cases: 183,020 cases, and more than 4,700 deaths. As of Sunday, the United States reported at least 2,270,000 cases and 118,000 deaths.

More than two dozen states have recorded an increase in their seven-day average of new reported cases, according to data analyzed by Johns Hopkins University.

On Sunday, California reported 4,515 new cases, once again breaking its record for the highest daily increase in the number of infections since March. At least another dozen states with increasing infections, including Florida, Arizona and Texas, are particularly concerning to public health experts.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, the city's former health commissioner and head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2009 to 2017, predicted at least another 20,000 deaths in the U.S. next month.

On Sunday, Peter Navarro, a top White House official, told CNN that the administration was preparing for a possible second wave, although he denied that it was already occurring.

“We are filling the stockpile in anticipation of a possible problem in the fall,” Navarro said during an appearance on the show State of the Union. “We’re doing everything we can.”

Navarro also defended President Donald Trump's comment during a campaign rally on Saturday that he would instruct his administration to "Slow the testing down, please," saying that it was “tongue in cheek.”

Meanwhile, NBC reporter Monica Alba noticed that the White House is no longer screening journalists for COVID-19 symptoms, and "tents normally staffed during business hours for these screenings are being taken down."