Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Friday, April 3, 2020

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A medical worker prepares to enter a COVID-19 testing tent set up outside Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York, Saturday, March 28, 2020.

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NEW YORK — Below you will find the most up-to-date information on coronavirus news impacting New York. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.

5 p.m.
Here are the latest coronavirus case numbers in New York City:

  • 56,289 total cases
  • 11,739 hospitalized
  • 1,867 deaths

3:30 p.m.
Watch: Mayor de Blasio holds his daily press briefing.

The mayor said compared to how the city began March, the following are needed for April and May:

  • 15,000 ventilators
  • 45,000 medical professionals
  • 85,000 hospital beds

For next week, the city needs 2,500 to 3,000 ventilators in addition to what the city has now, the mayor said.

“We have to plan on the very toughest assumptions,” he said.

Law enforcement agencies in New York, as well as the FDNY, were given the authority to help acquire and distribute PPE.

The mayor has asked the city’s economic development corporation to find a way to produce ventilators locally.

11 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his daily COVID-19 briefing Friday morning. Watch in full below.

Breaking Updates:

  • New York now has 102,863 total COVID-19 cases across the state, with death toll now at 2,935.
  • The statewide death toll jumped 562, making it the highest daily increase yet, Cuomo says.
  • 14,810 hospitalized, 3,731 of those patients in ICU.
  • New York City now has 57,159 total cases; Westchester has 12,351 cases; Nassau County has 12,024 cases, Suffolk County has 10,154 cases, Rockland County has 4,289 cases.
  • Cuomo confirms Javits Center field hospital will now be COVID-19 patients only, adding 2,500 beds.
  • We still don’t have enough ventilators, Cuomo says.
  • Gov. Cuomo will sign Executive Order allowing state to take ventilators and PPE from institutions that don’t need them currently and redistribute them to hospitals in need. The equipment will be returned or reimbursed.
  • Cuomo says with no states having what they need, he believes the only answer now is to focus efforts and equipment on the emergency that is in front of you, New York currently, then redeploy to the next situation where its needed.

8:30 a.m.
Sanitation Department commissioner tells PIX11 that 240 city sanitation workers have texted positive for COVID-19, and 11 have already returned to work. Watch our interview.

8 a.m.
Is it safe to get food delivery and packages during the COVID-19 outbreak? A Harvard doctor told PIX11 the risk is small and manageable. Watch our interview.

7:45 a.m.
The NYPD has lost another two members of the force due to coronavirus; Shool Safety Agent Roniece Watson and Traffic Enforcement Agent Karisma Dargan. Read more.

6 a.m.
Starting Friday, anyone hungry in New York City can get meals at 435 sites throughout the city, including adults without children. Read More.

Thursday stories:
Mayor Bill de Blasio is now urging New Yorkers to wear face coverings when they go out in public. Read more.

New York has a total of 92,381 COVID-19 cases, with 51,809 in NYC alone. Deaths across the state reached 2,373.

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The New York state coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also being posted here

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