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NY’s daily COVID-19 death toll ticks back over 100; Pro sports training camps now allowed

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sunday
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sunday

Categories: Fulton Montgomery Schoharie, News, Saratoga County, Schenectady County

New York’s daily death toll moved back over 100 Saturday after spending a day below that mark, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.

The daily total hit 109 Saturday, matching the total for Thursday. Friday’s numbers had dipped below 100 to 84.

“The number of deaths ticked up, which is terrible news, but the overall line is still good,” Cuomo said. “And the 109 families that lost a loved one, they are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Cuomo gave Sunday’s coronavirus press conference from Jones Beach on Long Island as he indicated Long Island is on track to meet the Phase 1 reopening benchmarks Wednesday, while the Mid-Hudson region is set to meet them Tuesday.

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Cuomo also made other reopening announcements, including welcoming back pro sports training camps and indicating veterinarians can fully come back Tuesday.

All professional sports leagues in the state will be able to resume training camps, while following appropriate health protocols, Cuomo said.

“I believe that sports that can come back without having people in the stadium, without having people in the arena, do it, do it,” Cuomo said. “Work out the economics, if you can. We want you up. We want people to be able to watch sports to the extent people are still staying home. It gives people something to do. It’s a return to normalcy.”

Cuomo also gave a look at the future chapters of the recovery, including back from jobs permanently lost.

He said he sees the government continuing to play a role in stimulating the economy and building trust back into investments.

Cuomo said he sees that investment in airports, mass transit, roads and bridges, and technology in education and medicine.

“Let’s build that new public health system and let government get ahead of it and let government lead the way,” Cuomo said.

While touching on Long Island’s expected entrance into Phase 1, Cuomo reiterated masks must be worn on mass transit. 

He also reiterated the importance of masks.

“I think you’re making a mistake, a grave mistake if you don’t use a mask in your own personal life,” Cuomo said. “We know that it works. We know that the first responders have a lower infection rate than the general population because they wore a mask.”

Schenectady County saw 641 new tests performed Saturday that found 10 new positives. Saratoga County saw 316 new tests that found four new positives. Fulton County tests found one new positive, while Montgomery County found two and Schoharie County none.

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