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NYC Announces No COVID-19 Deaths for First Time Since Beginning of Pandemic

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NYC Announces No COVID-19 Deaths for First Time Since Beginning of Pandemic

2020-07-14 10:37:47

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Bill de Blasio (Image source:Screenshot)

With California rolling back its reopening, after earlier being the pioneer of lockdowns, New York City continues to show signs of recovery. On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio reported zero coronavirus-related deaths for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

This death-free 24-hour period is the first time since March 11 that there has not been a death that is attributed to the coronavirus. For a long time it was considered the epicenter of the virus, but now it is rising above that, while much of the rest of the country is mired in a surge in cases.

De Blasio said that while he's encouraged by these stats, he's also worried because of the increasing rate of COVID-19 infections in younger people.

"We are going to double down on efforts to reach young adults — digital media, messages from influencers, a night of action outreach all over the city at outdoor spots, mobile testing vans, mask giveaways. We are going to do everything to reach young adults to remind them they are not impervious," said de Blasio.

It's hard to celebrate this news, however, looking at the overall numbers throughout the pandemic. The city has had a total of 215,924 confirmed cases, with more than 55,000 people hospitalized. More than 6,000 new cases were being reported every day in early April. 18,670 have died of COVID-19 in the city, and another 4,613 likely died as a result of the viral infection.

Yet still, while New York City can finally post some good news and promising numbers, the virus is spreading in the south, the states that rushed to open up, including Florida, Arizona, and Texas. There are record numbers of cases being posted, with Florida announcing more than 15,000 new cases in one day this weekend. Hospitals are running out of beds for patients. 70,000 new infections were reported over one 24-hour period in the United States last week.

California is another state that's struggling. This led Gov. Gavin Newsom to shut down indoor activities across the state on Monday. He ordered houses of worship, gyms, and barbershops to close across the counties with the majority of the state's population and urban centers. Across the state, bars will close, and restaurants will have to put a hold on indoor dining once again.

In March, the governor was the first to fully shut down a state, as it became an example for other states on how to treat the situation aggressively. The effort was credited by public health officials with preventing a surge that could have been devastating to the state's health care system.

"We were able to suppress the spread of the virus, we were able to knock down the growth of this in the beginning," said Newsom on Monday as he announced the rollback of the reopening. "We're going to do that again, there's no doubt in my mind."

The number of cases and hospitalizations in California has increased dramatically the past few weeks as Newsom was authorizing counties to reopen the economy. The seven-day average of new infections has approached 9,000 daily. During the start of the reopening process, the positive test rate was near 4 percent — it's now about 7 percent, nearly doubling.

"This virus is not going away any time soon," said Newsom. 

Additionally, while Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are pushing for schools re physically reopen in the fall, California's two largest school districts, those in San Diego and Los Angeles, announced their more than 700,000 students would be learning remotely in the fall.

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