Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Friday, March 19, 2021


FILE – In this Jan. 31, 2021, file photo, seniors wait in the recovery area after receiving the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site at the Bronx River Community Center in the Bronx borough of New York. President Joe Biden’s pledge that all U.S. adults will be eligible for coronavirus vaccines by May 1 is putting a new challenge in front of the nation. For that to happen, the federal government must deliver doses to hundreds of new vaccination sites and recruit more health care workers to administer the shots. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK — Find the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic in New York state and New York City, including data on positive cases and other indicators, and information from local officials.

2:30 p.m.

Mayor Bill de Blasio made an education-related announcement hours after the CDC announced relaxed guidelines on social distancing in schools. Watch in video below or click here.

  • NYC public schools will adopt 3-foot social distancing guidelines announced by the CDC
  • DOE is prepared for this change, chancellor says
  • New opt-in period announced for in-person learning
  • The opt-in period begins next week and more information is expected in the coming days, Mayor Bill de Blasio said
  • City is evaluating policy on school closures related to positive cases
  • Details will be different from school to school

Happening today:

Beginning Friday, New York City restaurants are allowed indoor-dining at 50% capacity, up from the current 35% capacity limit.

Also Friday, restaurants in all other parts of New York state can increase their indoor-dining capacity to 75%, up from their current 50%.

The latest official numbers:

The governor released the following daily indicators Friday:

  • Test Results Reported – 278,590
  • Total Positive – 8,262
  • Percent Positive – 2.97%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 3.26%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 4,527 (-9)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -107
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 620
  • Hospital Counties – 50
  • Number ICU – 924 (-10)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 587 (-3)
  • Total Discharges – 155,860 (+535)
  • Deaths – 59
  • Total Deaths – 39,808

The mayor released the following daily indicators Friday:

  • 215 new hospitalizations
  • 2,115 new cases
  • 6.60% positivity rate (7-day avg.)
  • 3,139,592 cumulative vaccinations in New York City

As of Thursday, there were 1,757,493 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 39,748 lab-confirmed fatalities, according to the state Department of Health.

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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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