Virus death toll drops to 5 in NY

Virus death toll drops to 5 in NY

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing continued backlash and accusations of hypocrisy for ordering travelers from certain states to go into quarantine upon entering NY, after he once threatened legal action against a state that tried doing the same to New Yorkers.

All but two regions of the state reported a decline in the share of positive cases out of those tested Saturday.

Pastor Sedgwick Easley, of Union Baptist Church in Hempstead, says he still feels it's not safe to allow that many people inside the church so he is ignoring the judge's ruling.

The student returned from Florida, where COVID-19 cases have been spiking in recent days, and began showing symptoms after attending the ceremony last weekend.

Both Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio initially said that all five boroughs of the city are slated to enter Phase III on July 6, which would reopen indoor dining and personal care services at reduced capacity in addition to outdoor recreation facilities.

The governor also expressed some concerns with indoor dining, especially as New York City is considered for Phase 3 of re-opening. He says a lack of compliance with social distancing is mostly to blame.

"I think that's going to cause problems for families and for businesses and I think we've all got to realize that we're in this thing together", he said during a news conference. That was months following some states - mostly clustered in the South and Southwest opened their doors in an attempt to restart the economic climate. While today's numbers are very encouraging, New Yorkers must remain vigilant or the numbers will shoot right back up.

"Indoor dining has shown that it has been problematic". "It's not just indoor dining".

Cuomo added if any restrictions are put on indoor dining, in New York City or elsewhere in the state, it will be a "short-term measure".

"Employees will forgo their paid sick leave benefits from New York's COVID-19 paid sick leave law if they engage in non-essential travel to any state that has a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10 percent test positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average", a release from the governor's office states.

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