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Coronavirus on Long Island: Updates from July 17

Social distancing rules signs at Kirk Park Beach

Social distancing rules signs at Kirk Park Beach in Montauk on Thursday. Credit: Morgan Campbell/Morgan Campbell

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Friday morning updates

De Blasio: NYC on track to start Phase 4 reopening on Monday

New York City is on track to start Phase 4 of its reopening on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday.

Production of movies and TV shows can resume and outdoor "low-risk" arts and entertainment venues will be allowed to reopen beginning Monday, de Blasio said.

"It’s all about safety. We want to bring people back to work. We want people to get their livelihoods back. We want to bring our city back. But safety and health first, always," de Blasio said.

The outdoor arts and entertainment that can resume include botanical gardens and zoos, though at a reduced occupancy of 33%, he said.

But indoor dining is still not allowed, de Blasio said. And, he said, "Museums, not yet. Malls not yet, still closed for now." – MATTHEW CHAYES

Northwell COVID-19 admissions at lowest point this month

Northwell Health on Friday said it had five COVID-19 related admissions over the last 24 hours at the 19 hospitals it owns and operates. It’s the lowest number of admissions Northwell has reported this month.

The largest health system in the state said it had no deaths over the last 24 hours.

Northwell said it had 106 COVID-19 patients at its hospitals and only two locations, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, were in double-digits. — DAVID REICH-HALE

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