'We're going to stick to what has worked' says mayor as daily indicators remain low

Kimberly Dole
July 06, 2020 - 11:11 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- During his daily briefing on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio reported that daily indicators remained at an all-time low as the city entered Phase 3 of reopening.

Phases 1 and 2 have been successful, the mayor said, adding that he doesn't think Phase 3, without malls and indoor dining will be the new reality for New York City. He says there is still more work to do, which New Yorkers have shown they can do.

The city reported 62 COVID-19 hospitalizations: 62 and 276 patients in ICU. 

De Blasio also announced that 1 percent of those tested were positive the lowest the city has seen.

At the height of the crisis, 850 New Yorkers were hospitalized with COVID-19, and 71 percent of those tested, were positive.

The mayor said a vaccine is needed but there is still room to fight back.

"We're going to stick to what has worked," de Blasio said. "We will not go back when it comes to our health care reality."

As of July 1, subway ridership was up 18 percent and bus ridership up 12 percent, a sign that people are feeling safe enough to do so, according to the mayor.

Staten Island Ferry ridership up 15 percent and traffic into Manhattan increased 3 percent on the East River Bridges and 7 percent on Harlem River Bridges.

On Monday Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that coronavirus numbers are actually lower in New York State than they were when regions started reopening.

He reported that statewide, there are 817 people currently hospitalized for the virus, the lowest number since March 18.

He also said that nine people lost their lives to the virus in the last 24 hours.

"All the regions are performing well," Cuomo said.

Of the 54,000 tests conducted on Sunday, .95 percent were positive.

"The numbers have actually declined since reopening," Cuomo said, adding that every expert warned the state could see the numbers go up because of the increased activity.

But instead, Cuomo said, the numbers have been decreasing because of the state's phased approach to reopening while tweaking plans like indoor dining based on the data available.

The state has also directed all districts to come up with a plan on how to reopen schools, Cuomo said.

He added that New York City is coming up with a plan on what it would look like, but there has been no decision yet on whether they will be reopening.

"We want kids back in school for a number of reasons," Cuomo said. "When we get the data, we'll make the decision."

Cuomo also said casinos and movie theaters are to remain closed for now.

He announced that the 2020 New York State Fair has been canceled amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus as other states have seen a spike in cases.

The governor said that complacency and arrogance are a threat to the progress the state has made.

He criticized reports of large gatherings across the state where no masks were worn and social distancing was not practiced.

Cuomo said he plans to speak with local government leaders again about enforcing social distancing laws.