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NEW YORK (WABC) -- Deaths in New York state were slightly up Monday, with 13 new fatalities reported, but metrics overall remained at all-time lows for the state since the coronavirus pandemic started.

Meanwhile, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have doubled the number of states for incoming travelers to undertake a 14-day quarantine from eight to 16.

New York City beaches are set to reopen for swimming Wednesday, but Rye Playland announced it will not be opening for the season.

Lifeguards are typically on duty starting Memorial Day weekend, but the opening of beaches was delayed due to the pandemic. That changes Wednesday, when city-run beaches and those that are federally controlled will reopen.

The National Park Service announced it would also restaff Jacob Riis Park with lifeguards, though parking at federal parks is reduced to 50% capacity.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said while outdoor dining is working in New York City, he confirmed Monday that the reopening of indoor dining may be paused due to coronavirus concerns.
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He announced the number of New York City residents who tested positive was under the threshold at 2%, while hospitalizations and the number of ICU patients are also under the threshold at 51 admissions and 297 ICU patients.

Brooklyn Nets players Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan announced have both tested positive for COVID-19. It is unclear if they will be in Orlando when the season resumes.

Governor Cuomo announced Tuesday the slight rise in deaths, with 13 new fatalities reported. Of the 52,025 tests conducted in the state Monday, 524, or 1%, were positive.

He joined with New Jersey and Connecticut in adding eight stages to the list of places where travelers must quarantine if visiting the Tri-State area. The states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah.

Cuomo also confirmed 524 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 393,454 confirmed cases in New York State. The Western New York region began Phase 4 Tuesday.

Rye Playland announced that it will not open this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Further details are expected to be released Tuesday afternoon.

FEMA is closing two of its testing sites in New Jersey.

Indoor shopping malls in New Jersey were back in business Monday, but Governor Phil Murphy announced the state is pausing plans to allow outdoor dining. It was supposed to begin Thursday but will be postponed, with no new date set.
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Gov. Phil Murphy said NJ has halted its indoor dining restart.

Murphy also banned drinking and smoking at Atlantic City casinos when they reopen Thursday at limited capacity. As a result, the Borgata announced it would delay reopening.

New Jersey reported 461 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 171,667. An additional 47 deaths brings the state toll to 13,181.

Gov. Ned Lamont said he's watching the rising number of COVID-19 cases in other parts of the country and is considering whether to possibly delay Connecticut's third phase of reopening, noting it depends on what's happening here and elsewhere.

Indoor private gatherings capped at 50 people, outdoor private gatherings up to 250 people and outdoor event venues, such as amphitheaters and race tracks at 50% capacity, are all scheduled to be allowed sometime in mid-July. Meanwhile, bars and nightclubs remain shuttered, as well as large indoor event spaces.

"Obviously, if I saw something in Massachusetts or New York that was very disturbing, it would certainly give me pause," he said. "And what I see in in Arizona, Texas, and Florida, it shows you that things could change very quickly."


Deaths due to the coronavirus have now surpassed 500,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The school's website which tracks the coronavirus pandemic says 500,108 deaths have been reported globally.

The U.S. has reported the most deaths by any country by far at 125,714.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now 10,063,319 worldwide.

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The sense of doom grew, especially after March 1, when the first confirmed case arrived in Manhattan. Soon, there was a hotspot in New Rochelle, and small curfews and containment zones across the area offered a hint of a frightening future we still thought we could avoid.


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New York City Beaches Open For Swimming In Time For July 4th Holiday Weekend

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – From Coney Island to Orchard Beach, all 14 miles of New York City’s beaches finally opened for swimming Wednesday.

It was the first swim of the season for Samantha Babuch and her little sisters, Sylvia and Sophie, at Coney Island.

“It felt good, but I was kind of scared, because I saw something under the ocean,” one told CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge.

“We were waiting for a long time… like two months,” said Samantha.

“We’ve been locked up for a long time,” Marisol Elies added.

Lifeguards said it felt good to be back. They will be on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and swimming is not allowed before or after those hours.

“I’m happy to see the lifeguards back. I know, for the kids, it’s important,” Staten Island resident Bob Spadaro said. “We’re heading in the right direction right now. It ain’t over yet. I think it’s important for people to realize, pay attention to what’s going on in Florida, Arizona, California. Not good stuff. We don’t need that here.”

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The city encourages all beach goers to follow state guidelines, like keeping blankets and chairs 10 feet apart. Beaches with food are only allowed to offer to-go service, and restrooms can open at 50% capacity, but water fountains are closed.

You can dig your feet in the sand, catch a wave or build a sandcastle with a friend, but no big group activities.

“We have to be cautious, obviously. But look at the distance between the people right here. It’s much than 3 feet and even more than 20,” said Manny Galigsky.

The NYPD will not be enforcing the rules, but you may see officers and the parks department handing out masks.

Three of the city’s outdoor swimming pools will also reopen on July 24, and twelve more will open August 1. The first three locations are Mullaly in the Bronx, Liberty in Queens and Wager in Manhattan.

The full list includes:

  • Bronx: Crotona, Mullaly, Haffen
  • Brooklyn: Sunset, Betsy Head, K-Pool
  • Manhattan: Hamilton Fish, Jackie Robinson, Wagner, Marcus Garvey
  • Queens: Astoria, Liberty, Fisher
  • Staten Island: Lyons, Tottenville

Pools were delayed because of public health concerns and spending cuts, but the new budget includes more than $5 million to fund lifeguards and other pool staff.

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