Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Friday, May 8, 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.

12 p.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his daily COVID-19 briefing. Watch in full below.

  • Total hospitalizations and intubations slightly down yet again, however number of new cases being hospitalized remains flat, Cuomo says.
  • New York reports 216 new coronavirus fatalities, bringing state’s death toll to 21,044.

Mysterious COVID-related illness in children

  • New York has 73 reported cases of a mysterious COVID-related severe illness in children that seems similar to the rare Kawasaki disease.
  • On Thursday a 5-year-old New York City boy died from these COVID-related complications. Read more here.
  • New York now investigating other child deaths.

Child Victims Act claims window extended

  • Last Year’s Child Victims Act was signed to ensure adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse have a path to justice.
  • While the window to file an expired or time-barred case does not close until August, the pandemic has limited survivors’ ability to file claims and effectively argue their case.
  • To ensure COVID-19 doesn’t stand in the way of justice, New York is extending the window for victims to file cases an additional five months – until Jan. 14.

12 p.m.
Westchester County officials announced a child death linked to coronavirus. Read more here.

9:30 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio held his daily coronavirus briefing. Watch in video below.

Key indicators:

  • Lots of progress in such a short period of time.
  • Hospital admissions: 102 up from 79 as of May 5
  • H+H ICUs: 568 up from 567 as of May 5
  • Citywide percentage of people testing positive: 14% down from 16% as of May 5
  • What do the indicators tell us? You should be proud. The hard work pays off, but we’re seeing everything in the right direction.

Launching test and trace corps

  • Test and Trace Corps is being formed to suppress spread of COVID-19 as NYC prepares to enter “low-level transmission.”
  • Corps will focus on preventing infection even as social distancing measures are adjusted
  • Mission: testing New Yorkers for infection, tracing all cases and contacts and supporting and caring for cases and their contacts
  • By May, the unit will house and deploy 1,000 publich health foot soldiers to investigate cases, trace contacts — with 2,500 by June
  • Nearly 7,000 applications have already been received and are being evaluated.
  • NYC will utilize Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 contact tracing training

Isolation and care

  • Corps will provide hotel rooms for any New Yorker requiring isolation and monitoring
  • By June 1, 200 hotel rooms with monitoring and supervision will be online
  • Appropriate social service, wrap around service, and clinical services provided.

Social distancing in parks

  • City will increase social distancing in parks Read more.
  • Limit capacity at Hudson River Park Piers 45 and 46
  • Increase NYPD presence at Domino Park

Q&A

  • Test and trace: It serves our people on a large scale.
  • Police enforcement: We do not accept disparity. We’ve been trying to make it more effective. “When I saw those numbers, I found that to be an indicator that something is wrong. We will fix it.”
  • Public hospitals: Taking the best of each agency and making sure it applies to the best way possible. H+H today is different from how it was in the past. They’re becoming a stronger, better operation.
  • Park crowd-control initiative: We’ve been asking millions of people to follow unnatural rules (wear masks, stay home, social distancing), you have to strike a balance.
  • With nice weather, “People came out disproportionately.”
  • Limiting entry in parks “strikes a balance.”
  • Family voicing and advocacy during COVID: tremendous challenges, normal rules don’t apply. The last thing a patient would want is their loved one to get sick.

7:45 a.m. 
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams spoke to PIX11 about apparent inequtities in social-distancing arrests. Watch full interview.

7:15 a.m.
A Staten Island nurse faces felony charges after allegedly stealing a dying COVID-19 patient’s credit card, police say. Read the story here.

6 a.m.
Majority of New Yorkers arrested for social-distancing violations are black, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams says. Read more here.

Latest official numbers:
As of Thursday, there are 327,469 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York, with the virus death toll jumping to 20,828.

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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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