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NYC to Reopen Monday After Three Months of Shutdown and Over 20,000 Dead

Mayor Bill de Blasio visits NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst to thank and applaud medical staff on April 17. (Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

June 5, 2020 By Allie Griffin

New York City will finally reopen Monday, but it comes nearly three months after the shutdown and the death of more that 20,000 New Yorkers — about 6,500 of whom are from Queens.

The city will enter phase one of reopening Monday, with construction, agriculture, hunting, manufacturing and wholesale trade employees returning to work — an estimated 400,000 people.

The virus has killed 6,326 Queens residents and 21,782 New York City residents as of Friday, according to Health Department data.

The death tolls include both confirmed COVID-19 deaths and probable COVID-19 deaths — wherein a person’s cause of death was determined to be coronavirus-related, but the victim did not have a positive COVID-19 test result while alive.

On Wednesday, the city reported no new confirmed coronavirus deaths for the first time since March 12. However, three probable deaths were reported.

Additionally, just 4 percent of people who were tested Wednesday were positive for the virus.

Despite the low infection rate, 202,829 New Yorkers have contracted COVID-19 across the five boroughs since the pandemic took hold of the city.

Queens accounts for the highest infection rate — with 61,949 residents having contracted the deadly disease since March.

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ABoondy

that 20k death rate is about to triple next week! oh well, de blahbio will never learn.

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Yeah, Trump's pandemic response costs 100k American lives

de Blas learn from his complete failure, what are you doing!

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Shapan Karmaker

Thank you all essential workers, especially all the medical workers. God bless all!

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joe jay

don’t forget don the con pre z who said it was a hoax and it wouldn’t come to the usa, and who tweeted incendiary words to fan the flames if violence

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Denise Sutherland

And in essential government offices how do people with medical conditions stay 6 feet from co workers when a cubicle is shared?

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Carolyn Munoz

I want to know when the heck are Assisted Living Programs going to be able to get the heck out of this Quarantine?????????????????????????.It has been 3 months of pure agony being stuck in one room/ studio apt! with food not of our choice being delivered 3 times a day.
Get on the ball Governor and let us OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

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Aisha D Wooten

When will the dmv reopen I need my license amendment, dmv only open for turn in plates.

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ABoondy

we cant go back to work. the mayor and governor encouraged thugs to destroy our workplace, so now 25 of us wont have jobs to go back to.

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That is all completely false

Completely wrong again. Do you have any idea what’s happening in your own city?!

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Kneel before God only

Between the draconian lockdown and the looting, how many stores will be left?

Who in their right mind would open up a new retail outlet here in New Detroit, I mean York?

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Yes, it's rare to see businesses in NYC

Great point, they never mentioned opening a a business a single time in this article; but like you said, this is such a sleepy town retail business is done here FOR GOOD.

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Susan

Even if we open business many are not going to open for a while… especially with the protests. Many stores that were open ended up either closing or limiting their hours for safety. SAFETY FIRST.

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Thank you for supporting the protestors!

You’re wrong, they aren’t social distancing.

But if they WERE accelerating herd immunity, it would be great! You might want to look up what “immunity” means.

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nino

“we’ll start with 2 million masks” in a city of ten million people. 😷👍

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Alejandra

Oh yeah. Corona Virus. Y’all remember that? It almost seemed to have taken a back seat thanks to them riots. I almost was about to forget it was an actual thing. -_-

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MaryBeth

This is not reopening. This is more like a trial semi-opening and hoping for the best. I urge all residents to continue to practice social distancing and do not become complacent or think that this virus spread is over. There is no vaccine, no cure, no proven treatment, and we need to stay vigilant.

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Ximena

Social distancing rules don’t apply to protesters and looters and are not enforced as long as it’s in the name of justice. Protesting is way more important than the possible spread of the virus as some healthcare workers, media, and officials are now telling us.

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Uh...ok?

This is about workers in construction, agriculture, hunting, manufacturing and wholesale trade returning to work. Any thoughts on that?

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Jessica

If these protests and riots keep going, there won’t be some businesses who will not want to open!!🤣🤣🤣🤣 Who is going to open retail stores if shoppers cant or fear going out to shop for non food items. Those that could afford to shop are shopping online those that cant don’t and some looted what they wanted.

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jon

Sad that it actually took a virus for people to actually clean themselves and their surroundings properly. Hopefully that lesson is learned. Only time will tell.

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Beth

COVID-19, cabin fever, “Nonessential’ workers told to stay home, online schooling, fines for not social distancing and people were and still are at the breaking point. This all played a role in the looting and rioting we saw this week.

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RR

I am sure the city and state is being real careful now about who they label as dead from the virus on death certificates compared to before so they can open up and get people back to work and off the streets.

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Lindsey Graham's boyfriend

This comment got totally better the second time. Super specific to this article too 😂

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