Coronavirus Updates: New York hospitalizations drop to lowest since March

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York State hospitalizations dropped below 800 for the first time since March 18 and the three-day average death toll is 7 -- the lowest since March 16.

However, a long-expected upturn in U.S. coronavirus deaths has begun in other parts of the country, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West, according to data on the pandemic.

DISNEY WORLD REOPENS
"The Most Magical Place on Earth" is reopening after nearly four months with new rules in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are reopening Saturday, while Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios will follow four days later.

The reopening comes as a huge surge of Floridians have tested positive for the new coronavirus in recent weeks. Many cities and counties around the state have recently reinstated restrictions that had been lifted in May, when cases seemed to drop.

NEW YORK STATE
The number of New Yorkers hospitalized with the coronavirus fell to the lowest point in nearly four months, state officials said Saturday.

But Gov. Andrew Cuomo is predicting a new increase in cases amid outbreaks in other states.

"Throughout this pandemic, we've made progress by recognizing that state and local governments can't fight the virus on their own-the efforts of everyday New Yorkers to socially distance, wear masks and wash their hands are central to our ability to slow the spread and save lives," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "As we allow ourselves to celebrate some good news-that hospitalizations have dropped below 800 for the first time since March 18 and the three-day average death toll is at its lowest since March 16-I urge residents to stay New York Tough and not give up the ground we've worked so hard to gain together, particularly in the face of rising cases throughout the country and compliance issues here at home."

A day at the beach will include snacks once again. The state is allowing vendors to get running once again since other outdoor business have been able to successfully reopen with precautions.

NEW YORK CITY
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Alternate Side Parking is suspended next week through Sunday, July 19.

On Thursday, the mayor canceled all large events requiring a city events permit through September 30 -- including the West Indian Day Parade and Feast of San Gennaro -- as the city works to prioritize open spaces for public use.

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey reported an additional 438 positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. An additional 49 deaths were reported, pushing the state's total to 13,578 lives lost.

New Jersey's rate of transmission dropped below one, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday. On Wednesday, the rate of transmission was 0.98. The state's spot positivity also dropped, the rate for tests from Monday was 2.23%. Hospitals reported 904 patients receiving treatment.

Expiration dates have been extended for driver's licenses, non-driver IDs, vehicle registrations, inspections, and temporary tags. Documents expired between March 13 and May 31 have been extended to September 30. Documents expiring June 1 through August 31 have been extended to December 31.

CONNECTICUT
For the second time this week, Connecticut had a day of no COVID-related deaths in the state, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Friday.

The state administered 12,594 tests Thursday and 78 came back positive, a positive rate of 0.6%. Hospitals reported 77 patients being treated, a decrease of 13 from the day before.

FLORIDA CASES SURGE
Fighting a surge in coronavirus cases in the spring, Florida appeared to be "flattening the curve" as theme parks shuttered, sugar sand beaches closed and residents heeded orders to stay home. Now, it's almost as if that never happened.

Bars, restaurants and gyms began reopening in May - critics said it was too soon - and weeks later, the Sunshine State became one of the country's virus hot spots, experiencing an alarming surge in cases. On Thursday, officials reported 120 deaths in one day, the highest number since the previous record of 113 in early May.

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