New York virus rate drops to all-time low; NYC Brings Vaccines to Beaches – NBC New York
What there is to know
- Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s eight public beaches and its public outdoor pools will open every hour this year – June 26 for the pools and May 29, Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, for the beaches.
- In an effort to get more people vaccinated, New York City announced it is bringing mobile vaccination sites to its popular beaches and summer sites starting Memorial Day weekend.
- In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday announced the “Shots At The Shore” campaign that will provide free immunizations Saturday and Sunday in Sandy Hook, Long Branch and Asbury Park
Nearly two months of virus decline in New York has now delivered the state its lowest average positivity rate since the start of the pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday.
The state’s 7-day average positivity fell to 0.73%, the lowest level recorded by the Ministry of Health since the start of the crisis. The latest drop in virus positivity comes after 54 days of straight decline, Cuomo said.
“Our numbers are moving in the right direction – reaching an all time high since the start of this pandemic – and they continue to do so because of what the people of this state have done,” the governor said. “I encourage those who have not yet received their vaccination to take advantage of and do so in the current incentive programs.”
The continued sign of progress comes the day after New York City reported a single death for all five boroughs, their lowest daily toll in months. That improvement did not hold up over the weekend – the state reported six deaths in the city on Saturday.
New York’s 14 miles of public beaches are back this weekend, despite constant rainfall and possible record high temperatures, following the delay forced by last year’s pandemic.
And new to beaches this year, the city has deployed mobile COVID-19 vaccination units to its beaches and popular summer sites starting on Memorial Day weekend.
“We will combine the joy of summer and the reopening of beaches with the vaccination effort and this weekend there will be mobile vaccination buses on beaches across town and in other key locations where people will come together to enjoy the summer, “Mayor Bill de Blasio said at his press briefing on Tuesday.
Mobile vaccination sites will include:
- Coney Island
- Brighton Beach
- Orchard Beach
- Brooklyn Bridge Park
- Central park
- Flushing Meadows Corona Park
- Prospect Park
- Governors Island
The outdoor swimming pools of the five arrondissements return on Saturday, June 26, one day after the last day of school of this school year, while their eight beaches return on Saturday. Basic COVID precautions and health advice will apply to all locations.
The eight beaches – Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn; Rockaway Beach in Queens; Orchard Beach in the Bronx; and the beaches of Midland, South, Cedar Grove and Wolfe’s Pond Park on Staten Island – will have lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Saturday Memorial Day weekend.
“These beautiful outdoor spaces mean so much to New Yorkers, especially after the year we’ve all had,” de Blasio said during the announcement. “We will continue to follow health guidelines to keep everyone safe.”
For those venturing to the Jersey Shore for Memorial Day weekend and not yet vaccinated, you will be able to do so through upcoming pop-up sites. Brian Thompson reports from New York.
Beachgoers at three popular Jersey Shore locations will also be able to get vaccinated against the virus over the holiday weekend.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced the “Shots At The Shore” campaign on Friday which will provide free immunizations Saturday and Sunday in Sandy Hook, Long Branch and Asbury Park.
The announcement came the day New Jersey gave up its indoor mask tenure, which Murphy called “one of the biggest steps we can take to move our recovery forward.”
Pop-up vaccination sites will operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days.
At Sandy Hook, it will take place in a tent behind the wheel of Parking E. In Asbury Park, it will take place inside the Grand Arcade, and in Long Branch, it will take place at the Pier Village Lookout.
The three vaccines approved for use in the United States will be available at each site, the governor said. Murphy said more than 4 million New Jerseyens were fully vaccinated against the virus.
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