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The New York City Sheriff’s Office will work to enforce the state’s quarantine order by setting up coronavirus checkpoints at bridges and tunnels to instruct visitors on the city’s quarantine rules, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday.


Officers will randomly stop cars to educate travelers on quarantine requirements and on  Thursday teams from the city’s Test and Trace Corp will be at Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal to ensure that travelers fill out contact forms. Visitors from one of the 35 states on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s travel advisory list caught breaking quarantine rules can face fines of up to $10,000, the mayor said. 

According to Dr. Ted Long, head of New York City’s Test and Trace Corps, a fifth of new cases in the city are from travelers coming from other states.  Travelers in mandatory quarantine will be provided with food delivery, medication delivery, direct access to doctors and in some cases free hotel lodging. 

On Aug. 2, 66 people were admitted to a New York City public hospital with possible COVID-19, 286 people were admitted to a public hospital intensive care unit and 2% of New York City residents getting tested for the virus are testing positive, according to City Hall. 

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Salon owner who defied lockdown makes Texas Senate runoff

DENTON, Texas (AP) — A Dallas salon owner who was sent to jail for defying coronavirus lockdown orders and became a symbol of conservative angst over COVID-19 restrictions advanced to a runoff for a Texas Senate seat on Tuesday night.

Republican Shelley Luther finished in a virtual dead heat with four-term Republican state Rep. Drew Spring as both advanced. Luther had 31.7% of the vote in a special election to fill a vacated seat in a heavily Republican North Texas district. Springer, a Muenster tax consultant, tallied 31.83% of the vote. Jacob Minter, the lone Democrat in the six-candidate race and an electrician heading up a quality control team for a union in Sherman, finished third with 21.06% of the vote.

The district reaches from Stephenville and the northern suburbs of Dallas and Fort Worth to Wichita Falls and the Red River.

Luther’s springboard into politics came in May when she spent about two days in jail for refusing to shut down her salon despite Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s emergency orders. She received $500,000 in donations with the help of conservative activists at a time when protests over COVID-19 restrictions unfolded across the country.

She has hammered Abbott and effectively made her campaign a referendum on the governor’s handling of the pandemic. Nationwide, other GOP candidates are also counting on lingering voter resentment of lockdown orders to help boost them into office, at a time when President Donald Trump’s reelection may hinge on persuading voters that the worst is behind America.

A date for the runoff election has not yet been scheduled. The winner will succeed Republican Pat Fallon, who resigned to run for a seat in the U.S. House.

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