New York had fewer than 100 new virus deaths for the first time since late March.
New York had fewer than 100 new deaths of the coronavirus for the first time since late March, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Saturday.
The governor reported 84 deaths during his daily briefing in Albany, the lowest reported daily death toll since March 24.
While Mr. Cuomo called the number of new casualties “a tragedy, no doubt,” he said that it also felt like a milestone as the state slowly returns to normalcy.
“In my head, I was always looking to get under 100,” he said. “For me, it’s just a sign that we are making real progress.”
The state’s Mid-Hudson region, which includes Westchester, will reopen on Tuesday, provided an additional 857 contact tracers can be trained over the holiday weekend, Mr. Cuomo said. If daily deaths continue to decline in Long Island, it could be the next region to begin to reopen, possibly by Wednesday, the governor said.
Extending a privilege already granted to religious and Memorial Day gatherings, Mr. Cuomo signed an order late Friday authorizing all gatherings of up to 10 people anywhere in the state, provided social distancing was maintained.
The New York Civil Liberty Union had filed a lawsuit challenging an earlier order that allowed religious and Memorial Day gatherings, but Mr. Cuomo said on Saturday that he was unaware of the suit.
“You can have a safe gathering of 10 people; you can also have a wholly unsafe gathering of 10 people,” Mr. Cuomo said. “It depends on what people do.”
In New Jersey, Gov. Philip D. Murphy announced on Twitter that the state had 96 new deaths caused by the virus, bringing the number of total fatalities to 11,081.
The Jersey Shore beaches have reopened with restrictions, but a rainy day on Saturday helped limit crowds. Statewide in New Jersey, there were 443 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, the governor said, indicating that the disease, as in New York, is still spreading, though more slowly than weeks ago.
Dolly and Amaya Diaz were hoping to spend July and August in the sun, playing softball. Nael Genao was planning a big trip to the Dominican Republic. Amy Tsai’s five children were supposed to be in math programs or day camp, finally leaving her time and space to catch up on work.
When New York City’s public schools shuttered in March, it was hard to imagine that the city’s 1.1 million public school students and their families would still be in lockdown at the end of the school year.
But with quarantine now looking like the new normal in the national epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, families across New York are steeling themselves.
“It’s been tough so far on our kids, it’s going to in some ways be even tougher as the summer goes on,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said last week.
Nearly 180,000 children will be asked to attend summer school, but that still leaves about 85 percent of public school students with little to do in July and August. Pools will be closed through the summer, and city beaches are currently closed for swimming.
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Reporting was contributed by Sharon Otterman, Edgar Sandoval, Eliza Shapiro and Matt Stevens.