New York cautiously reopens as coronavirus surges elsewhere in U.S.

Chicago tightened socializing restrictions, Florida reported more than 10,000 COVID-19 cases for the sixth day in a row, the virus is raging in South Texas as hospitals run out of beds, and New York City is… reopening.

The Empire State reported the fewest hospitalizations from the coronavirus in four months on Monday just as New York City entered a new phase of reopening. New York reported just eight deaths on Sunday as the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 fell to 716, the lowest number since mid-March.

On the other side of the nation, the city of Los Angeles appears to be on the verge of issuing a stay at home order, while 14 states have reported record hospitalizations in July.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the U.S. remains unprepared as other states lag in testing, contact tracing, equipment, and medical personnel.

Cuomo said:

“Their mistake was they listened to the president.”

President Trump and his staff disagree.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said:

“This administration really fights to protect our freedoms but we want people to know freedom comes with responsibility.  And part of that responsibility means wearing a face covering when you go out, washing your hands, trying to watch your distance around other people.”

Governor Cuomo cleared New York City to join the rest of his state in Phase Four. He based on the recommendation of health experts, but unlike the rest of the state, indoor dining in restaurants is still prohibited.

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