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NEW YORK — The U.S. Open will be held in New York this summer without spectators as the state continues to see a decline in COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that the tennis tournament will take place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 at the U.S. Tennis Association Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York. The tournament will be televised.
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“The USTA will take extraordinary precautions to protect players and staff, including robust testing, additional cleaning, extra locker room space, and dedicated housing and transportation,” Cuomo said.
The governor made the announcement after reporting that COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state fell to 1,538 on Monday, the lowest since March 20. Additionally, the three-day rolling average in daily virus deaths is 24, a new record low.
Health officials report more than 210,250 cases of the novel coronavirus across the five New York City boroughs. The city’s infection rate was 1.2% on Monday, representing a steady decline over the past five days.
In the six weeks from May 1 to June 13, a random sample showed 20.5% of Queens residents tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, indicating they had been infected with the virus and recovered.