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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday it will extend its No Sail Order for cruise ships through Sept. 30 amid "ongoing" outbreaks on some ships.

Why it matters: The order continues the suspension of cruise ships with the capacity to carry at least 250 passengers in waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, cruise ships were hotbeds for the virus given passengers' close proximity to each other.

What they're saying: "On cruise ships, passengers and crew share spaces that are more crowded than most urban settings," the CDC stated. "Even when only essential crew are on board, ongoing spread of COVID-19 still occurs."

Flashback: Most notably, the Diamond Princess cruise ship was docked for days as more than 600 passengers were infected and the rest were quarantined starting in January.

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CDC changes "close contact" guidance for COVID-19

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its definition of who is considered a “close contact” of an individual infected with the coronavirus in a report released Wednesday.

Why it matters: The update is likely to pose challenges for schools, workplaces and other group settings as the U.S. prepares for a third coronavirus wave. It also reinforces the importance of masks in the face of President Trump’s repeated attempts to belittle their efficacy.

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New York reports most coronavirus cases since May

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New York reported over 2,000 positive coronavirus cases on Wednesday — the most infections seen in the state since May, per COVID Tracking Project (CTP) and health department data.

The big picture: Hospitalizations have been creeping back up in New York, alongside 38 other states. New York is currently seeing more than 900 hospitalizations a day, the CTP reports.