Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Friday, March 27, 2020

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A member of the Brooklyn Hospital Center COVID-19 testing team calls in the next patient in line, Thursday, March 26, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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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.

4:45 p.m.

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks on COVID-19:

  • Mayor confirms 25,573 coronavirus cases in New York City
  • 366 people have died
  • “This is becoming personal for all of us and out neighborhoods,” he said. “Sadly, we will lost more.”
  • The federal government has supplied New York city with 2,500 ventilators; de Blasio said ultimately he believes NYC will need 15,000
  • There is currently enough PPE and other supplies to make it to April 5, but help is needed from the federal government to get beyond that day, he said.
  • Do you have medical equipment, PPE, or other goods helpful to the COVID-19 crisis that you can donate to New York City? Call 833-NYC-0040.
  • As of tonight, at least 450 inmates in city jails will have been released
  • Decisions on fining those that ignore social distancing requirements wil be made shortly; fines of $500 per offense are being discussed
  • Faith communities that gather in large groups will be dispersed if they’re not following guidelines
  • Some regional enrichment centers for children whose parents are essential workers will close due to to lower than anticipated attendence; these could later re-open if necessary
  • “This is a wartime dynamic,” the mayor said regarding non-specialized medical professionals being put into ICU-related care.

11 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives his daily briefing on COVID-19 in the state. Watch in video below.

  • Schools will remain closed until at least April 15. (If numbers keep increasing this way, school closures may extend) Read more here.
  • Schools will continue child care, meal and distance learning programs.
  • Seek to build another four temporary hospitals (giving another 4,000 beds)
    • New York Expo Center (Bronx)
    • Aqueduct Racetrack (Queens)
    • Brooklyn Cruise Terminal (Brooklyn)
    • College of Staten Island (Staten Island)
  • Total cases in NY 44,635; 7,377 new cases
  • Of the 44,635 cases in NY: 25,398 cases in NYC; 7,187 cases in Westchester; 4,657 cases in Nassau County; 3,385 cases in Suffolk County; 1,457 cases in Rockland County.
  • 519 deaths (up from 385)
  • 6,481 hospitalized, with 1,583 in ICU
  • Hospitalizations doubling every four days (Rate of hospitalization slowing)
  • Amount of support from New Yorkers “is inspiring,” Cuomo said. “New Yorkers never cease to amaze me.”
    • Medical staff volunteering increased another 10,000 for a total of 62,447 volunteers
    • Mental health volunteers increased another 1,400, for a total of 10,999 volunteers
  • “This is a different beast that we’re dealing with,” Cuomo said. “This is not going to be a short deployment.”
  • “You are living in a moment of history.”

11 a.m.
Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee responded to Trump’s doubt that New York needs tens of thousands of ventilators, calling the crisis “a race against time.” Read more here.

8:15 a.m.
Uniformed Firefighters Association President Gerard Fitzgerald spoke with the PIX11 Morning News and confirmed there were 167 cases of COVID-19 in the FDNY as of Thursday night.

6:30 a.m.
A top law enforcement source tells PIX11 that NYPD counter-terrorism chief John Miller is in the hospital after having coronavirus symptoms. Read more here.

Reminder: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s closure of all non-essential businesses is in effect in New York, dubbed the “PAUSE” plan. For a full list of what remains open, click here.

COVID-19 timeline: How novel coronavirus spread

Tips to protect yourself and others amid coronavirus outbreaks

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

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