Governor Andrew Cuomo also announced New York hit a record number of tests Friday – 82,737 – the most tests ever conducted in a single day in the state, with 0.91 percent of results coming back positive. 4 deaths were reported.
He added schools should plan on reopening in the fall, but an “initial decision” will come later this week as New York keeps an eye on the infection rate.
Meanwhile, 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.
Here are more of today’s headlines:
YANKEES VS. PHILLIES SERIES RESCHEDULED
The New York Yankees will play a four-game home-and-home series with the Philadelphia Phillies this upcoming week. The series begins with two games at Yankee Stadium on Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4, followed by two games at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, August 5 and Thursday, August 6. Start times are TBD.
CALIFORNIA REPORTS HIGHEST DAILY DEATH COUNT
The California Department of Public Health is reporting more than 500,000 COVID cases. They are also reporting a record high number of deaths Saturday at 219.
NJ POSITIVE CASES DROP
A day after New Jersey saw nearly 700 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Twitter Saturday that the number of new positive cases in the state dropped below 400 on Friday.
The state also reported 11 new deaths related to COVID-19.
#COVID19 UPDATE: New Jersey has 393 new positive cases of COVID-19, pushing our cumulative total to 182,029.
Sadly, we must report an additional confirmed 11 #COVID19 deaths, pushing our total to 13,955 lives lost.
Learn more: https://t.co/JW1q8awGh7
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) August 1, 2020
TRUMP, GOP SOFTEN ON OPPOSITION TO $600 UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT
With political pressure rising, talks on a huge coronavirus relief measure resumed on Saturday, focused on restoring a newly expired $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit, a fresh $1,200 direct payment to most Americans, and hundreds of billions of dollars in other aid to states, businesses and the poor.
MORE NYC POOLS REOPEN
In New York City, an additional six pools in reopened — two in Manhattan, two in the Bronx and one each in Brooklyn and Queens.
The hours remain the same from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Social distancing will be enforced, and visitors will have to wear a mask at all times – except when they are in the water.
WORRIES GROW OVER TEACHER SHORTAGES AS COVID-19 PANDEMIC WORSENS
As back-to-school season approaches, some teachers feel they have no choice but to leave their jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, sparking worries of possible teacher shortages for the new school year.
NY LIQUOR AUTHORITY HANDS OUT MORE VIOLATIONS
New York State Liquor Authority announced 41 establishments that were given violations on Friday, with Manhattan topping the list at 27. Other locations that received violations include two in the Bronx, one in Brooklyn, five in Queens, one in Staten Island and five on Long Island.
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.
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