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NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York University researchers are looking into whether a treatment best known for treating divers with the bends could help prevent COVID-19 deaths.

The researchers say hyperbaric oxygen therapy is often met with skepticism because some supporters have touted it for all kinds of ailments without evidence, but a small study showed pressurized oxygen chambers actually helped relieve symptoms in COVID-19 patients.



Researchers are now trying to secure funding for a larger clinical trial.

On Saturday, an additional six pools in New York City will reopen.

Two in Manhattan, two in the Bronx and one each in Brooklyn and Queens.

Social distancing will be enforced, and visitors will have to wear a mask at all times - except when they are in the water.

Here are more of today's headlines:

GEORGIA CAMP HIT WITH COVID
A Georgia overnight camp hit by a coronavirus outbreak took many precautions but didn't make campers wear masks or have proper ventilation in buildings, according to a government report released Friday.

NJ POSITIVE CASES INCREASE
New Jersey reported 699 new positive COVID-19 test results, pushing the cumulative total since March 4 to 181,660. Governor Phil Murphy said that they are cracking down on the house parties that he pointed to as one of the reasons for the increase. He said he could change the gathering numbers for indoor and outdoor gatherings at any time. "I am not announcing any specific action today, but consider this as being put on-notice. We will not tolerate these devil-may-care, nonchalant attitudes any more." One positive, it was the first day with no hospital deaths since March 10th, yet there were still 10 deaths reported. "We are not out of the woods, this is not past us," Murphy said.

NYC MUST STAY BELOW 3% FOR SCHOOLS TO REOPEN
Mayor Bill de Blasio said at his daily briefing on Friday, "We will not reopen our schools unless the city's infection rate is below 3%," the mayor announced. The city's infection rate remained steady at 2% for several weeks, and was at 1% on Friday. The mayor said, at this point, the city is planning on moving ahead with the blended learning plan they submitted to the public and the state. "The essence of this plan is safety for everyone," Mayor de Blasio said. "We are going to have an extremely rigorous plan for opening schools and if necessary closing schools."

FAUCI: NO END IN SIGHT

"While it remains unclear how long the pandemic will last, COVID-19 activity will likely continue for some time," Dr. Anthony Fauci, along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head Dr. Robert Redfield and Health and Human Services testing czar Adm. Brett Giroir said in prepared testimony for a special House panel investigating the pandemic. At a time when early progress seems to have been lost and uncertainty clouds the nation's path forward, Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, is calling on lawmakers - and all other Americans - to go back to public health basics such as social distancing and wearing masks.

WOMAN ASSAULTED IN NJ STAPLES IN DISPUTE OVER MASK
A 54-year-old woman who recently had a liver transplant was assaulted inside a New Jersey Staples store after asking the assailant to wear a mask, and the harrowing incident was caught on surveillance video. It happened just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the location on Hackensack Avenue in Hackensack. Police say the victim was using the fax/copy machine when the when another woman approached to use a nearby machine with her own mask pulled below her mouth.

CONTACT TRACING SCAMS AND HOW YOU CAN AVOID THEM
So many of us are getting inundated with political emails on social media and in our inboxes as we get close to the presidential election in November, but some of that material is actually coming from scammers. We also have a warning about a dangerous new spam that uses the fear of exposure to COVID-19 to con you, as "contact tracing" is the latest buzzword that hackers are using to make you open your wallet. Eyewitness News 7 On Your Side's Nina Pineda has tips for avoiding the new scam.

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COVID-19 Updates: Germany will require people arriving from US to take coronavirus tests

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Germany will require people arriving from countries deemed high risk, such as the United States, to take coronavirus tests starting this weekend, the health minister said Thursday, as the country recorded its highest daily tally of new infections in three months.

Meantime, New Jersey's daily positivity was 2.57% on August 1 - still one of the lowest in the state, but higher than recent days, Governor Murphy said Wednesday.

The rate of transmission is slowing ticking down from Sunday's four-month high. Murphy said the 1.32 rate is still too high.

"We need to get this number back below 1, and the only tried-and-true way we can do so is by social distancing, wearing a mask, practicing good hand hygiene, and taking responsibility for our action," he said. Crowded indoor house parties continue to be the reason these numbers are high, he added.

In addition, a seven-month-old who died tested positive for COVID-19 after death, but the health commissioner stressed the cause of death is not known.

The University of Connecticut, which last month officially left the American Athletic Conference ahead of its return to the Big East Conference, announced Wednesday that it is suspending its football program for the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN reports.

UConn, which went 2-10 in its final season in the AAC, is the first FBS program to suspend its football team because of the pandemic. The Huskies were expected to play as an independent this season.

Here are more of today's headlines:

No new deaths in Connecticut for 2nd day
For the second day in a row, there have been no new COVID-19-associated deaths in Connecticut, according to new data released on Wednesday. It also marked the sixth day in the past month that no new deaths were reported.

1 COVID death in NYC
New York state reported four new deaths Tuesday, including one in New York City. This marks the first death in NYC after three straight days of no deaths.

Quarantine checkpoints
New York City is setting up checkpoints to trace travelers from states or locations on the Tri-State travel advisory list with fines up $10,000 fines for quarantine violations. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the COVID-19 traveler registration checkpoints will be located at key entry points into New York City to ensure compliance with New York State quarantine requirements and further the containment of COVID-19.

Travelers who have visited those designated states or territories with high COVID-19 transmission rates are required to complete the New York State Department of Health traveler form and quarantine for a period of 14 days upon entering New York City.

Chicago to begin school year online
New York City is the only major school district in the country that will try to offer in-person classes after Chicago schools opted to reopen online only. Chicago had hoped for a hybrid model approach with part in-school, part remote learning, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city is in "a very different place" than it was when the hybrid idea was proposed.

Florida has 50 hospitals with no open ICU beds
Florida has 50 hospitals with no available ICU beds, the state's Agency for Healthcare Administration reported. Two counties have no open ICU beds. Florida also surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases, joining California as the only states with more than a half-million cases.

Biden won't go to Milwaukee for DNC acceptance speech
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to accept his party's White House nomination because of concerns over the coronavirus.

Widow blames Trump, Texas governor for husband's death
A woman whose husband died due to COVID-19 in northeast Texas said his death happened because of Pres. Trump and Gov. Abbott.

In a Facebook post that has since gone viral, Stacey Sylos Nagy shared the obituary for her husband David that was printed in her town's newspaper.

She said the blame for her husband David's death falls on the politicians who were more concerned with getting votes than others' lives.

More NY bars lose liquor licenses
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the state has suspended liquor licenses for 11 more bars after finding violations of COVID-related executive orders.

On Monday, police and the State Liquor Authority conducted 945 compliance checks and found violations at 27 establishments. Businesses found in violation of COVID-19 regulations face fines up to $10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of a bar or restaurant's liquor license.

'Miracle Patient' goes home
After battling COVID-19 for 132 days, Chris Rogan is a miracle patient. He was released from Bellevue Hospital on Tuesday morning.

What was serious, is what Rogan went through. Among other complications, the 29-year-old patient had to be intubated twice for a total of 71 days, coded once, had a tracheotomy and suffered blood clots that resulted in a bedside leg amputation.

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