NY COVID latest: Tuesday, July 6, 2021

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FILE – In this Sept. 30, 2020, file photo, customers have lunch at Katz’s Delicatessen in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, that indoor dining can resume at 25 % capacity on Friday, Feb. 12, two days before the Valentine’s Day opening he had announced earlier, so restaurants can take advantage of the Valentine’s Day weekend. Indoor restaurant service in New York City has been prohibited since Dec. 14, 2020, when COVID-19 cases started surging. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

NEW YORK — Find the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic in New York state and New York City, including data on positive cases and other indicators, and information from local officials.

COVID cases spike in Missouri area with low vaccination rate as delta concerns mount

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients jumped by nearly 27% over the Fourth of July weekend in a hard-hit area of Missouri where immunization rates are low. The delta variant, first identified in India, is spreading rapidly, straining hospitals in Springfield and raising fresh fears that the situation could soon grow worse as holiday gatherings seed fresh cases.

Mayor de Blasio gives NYC COVID-19 update

Heat advisory in NYC

  • Cooling centers are open (Call 311 for locations)

Safe summer in NYC

  • Public safety = recovery; recovery = public safety
  • Historical perspective: Huge decline in crime in the 90s, we’re looking at a spike, but will work to progress
  • June 2021 vs June 2020
    • Shootings down 20%
    • Shooting victims down 26%
    • Murders down 23%
  • Police Commissioner Dermot Shea: We’re beginning to shift the trend of gun violence in NYC.
  • Anyone carrying an illegal firearm in NYC should have consequences and should be taken out of the streets, Shea said. 
  • In last 60 days = 94 individuals are off the streets
  • June: Increase in stolen cars and robberies
  • Fireworks: I hear the complaints (311 calls down 60% from last year, 911 calls down 71% from last year)

Vaccines in NYC

  • Total doses: 9,497,464 million 

NYC Hometown Heroes Ticker Tape Parade

  • Wednesday, July 7 at 11 a.m.
  • From Battery Park up Broadway to City Hall
  • Thousands marching on floats
  • Heat advisory expected
  • Adding cooling stations across route

Daily indicators

  • COVID Hospitalizations: 58 (14% positivity rate)
  • Hospitalization rate per 100,000, 7-day average (NYS): 0.31
  • New reported COVID-19 cases on 7-day average (including probable cases): 191
    • Change due to change testing (not as many kids getting tested since school is out)
  • 7-day rolling average: 0.89%

99 percent of US COVID deaths are unvaccinated people: Fauci

America’s top infectious disease expert says about 99.2% of recent COVID-19 deaths in the United States involved unvaccinated people. And Dr. Anthony Fauci says “it’s really sad and tragic that most all of these are avoidable and preventable.”

Concern about COVID spike looms over Fourth of July celebrations

As Americans celebrated Independence Day, doctors warned the nation isn’t free from the danger of COVID-19 or its variants.

Petition for $2,000 monthly stimulus checks nears 2.5 million signatures

A Change.org petition calling for $2,000 monthly stimulus checks is approaching 2.5 million signatures.

NY chief judge, family got preferential COVID-19 testing at home, official says

New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and some relatives received COVID-19 testing from the state at her private Long Island residence last summer after a member of the family tested positive, a state court official said. 

Why unvaccinated people still have to wear a mask in New York

The State of Emergency in New York may have ended but the state Department of Health remains cautious about the spread of COVID-19.

The same day the State of Emergency expired, DOH readopted some emergency regulations that would allow the agency and local health departments to react quickly should another spike in COVID cases happen, such as its “Surge and Flex” strategy and requiring masks in public for unvaccinated people.

There’s more to the worker shortage than pandemic unemployment, experts say

The workforce shortage is a combination of several factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, a shift in the economy, and changes in the workforce demographics, experts say.

Free health insurance included in stimulus benefits for unemployment recipients

Along with $1,400 stimulus checks and monthly child tax credit payments, the American Rescue Plan has another important benefit available to people who qualified for unemployment assistance this year: free health care.

NY sees signs of COVID upticks after weeks of decreases

New York is seeing signs that more people are testing positive for COVID-19, a contrast from weeks of declining rates of new positive tests. Exactly why is unclear, but the numbers are rising even as less testing is occurring.

Essential workers monument to change location, remain in Battery Park City

A monument honoring essential workers’ efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic will change locations after residents in Battery Park City were unhappy with where it was originally going to be built.

US jobless claims fall to 364,000, a new pandemic low

The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid fell again last week to the lowest level since the pandemic struck last year, further evidence that the job market and the broader economy are rebounding rapidly from the coronavirus recession.

Workers enjoy the upper hand as companies scramble to hire

With the economy growing rapidly as it reopens from the pandemic, many employers are increasingly desperate to hire. Yet evidence suggests that as a group, the unemployed aren’t feeling the same urgency to take jobs.

NYC homecoming concert: Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Jennifer Hudson among performers

Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Jennifer Hudson will perform New York City’s massive homecoming concert, planned to celebrate the city’s post-COVID reopening.

Will one dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine protect me?

Yes, but not nearly as much as if you had both doses. Experts recommend getting fully vaccinated, especially with the emergence of worrisome coronavirus mutations such as the delta variant first identified in India.

States hesitant to adopt digital COVID vaccine verification

Customers wanting to wine, dine and unwind to live music at the City Winery’s flagship restaurant in New York must show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to get in. But that’s not required at most other dining establishments in the city. And it’s not necessary at other City Winery sites around the U.S.

If City Winery tried doing such a thing at its places in Atlanta and Nashville, “we would have no business, because so many people are basically against it,” said CEO Michael Dorf.

Vaccine freebies

New York, New Jersey and several companies nationwide are offering incentives for those who get vaccinated, including free food, drinks and a scratch-and-win ticket where people have the chance to win $5 million.

Latest official numbers

As of Tuesday, there were 2,099,931 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 42,993 fatalities, according to data from the state.

COVID-19 timeline: How novel coronavirus spread

Tips to protect yourself and others amid coronavirus outbreaks

The New York state coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also being posted here

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