Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Monday, April 5, 2021

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Signage urging social distancing is seen in Prospect Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Signage urging social distancing is seen in Prospect Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo offers COVID updates

  • Of the 150,225 tests reported Sunday, 6,583 were positive
  • 4.38% daily positivity rate
  • 57 new COVID deaths
  • 4,434 COVID patients hospitalized — up by 61 patients
  • 906 patients in ICUs
  • COVID numbers have basically been flat, Cuomo said.
  • Behavior of a community makes a difference, the governor added.
  • While Manhattan has a positivity rate of 2.6%, Staten Island has a 4.9% positivity rate, Cuomo said as an example.
  • The governor blamed COVID fatigue.
  • Over 4 million people in the state — about 20% of the state’s population — have been fully vaccinated against the virus.
  • On Monday, eligibility for the vaccine expands to all New Yorkers ages 16 years and older.

NYC COVID-19 updates from Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio shared the latest on New York City’s COVID-19 response. Watch in video below.

Vaccines in NYC

  • Total doses administered: 4,462,022
  • 100,669 reported doses in one day
  • 524,520 reported doses in one week
  • More J&J supply — additional 77,000 doses coming next week

Schools in NYC

  • Opt-in deadline extended to Friday, April 9
  • More info: https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference
  • In coming days, city will announce changes to two-case school closing rule
  • Schools Chancellor: Many parents and educators have asked to change the two-case rule.
  • “The consistency will work wonders.”
  • Mask wearing, social distancing and usage of situation room will continue. 
  • Health Commissioner: We recognize repeated closures cause social, mental, physical hurdles for students. More people are getting vaccinated, which will help with safety.

Daily indicators

  • COVID Hospitalizations: 183 (61% positivity rate)
  • Hospitalization rate per 100,000, 7-day average (NYS): 3.63
  • New reported COVID-19 cases on 7-day average (including probable cases): 3,170
  • 7-day rolling average: 6.55%

Q&A 

  • Will replacement for two-case rule come before Friday? 
    • The two-case rule will be gone. We want to go over the evidence we have with them. Announcements will come in the coming days. 
    • Moving off two cases will lead to schools open more consistently. 
  • New rule will come before opt-in deadline?
    • Still being worked out. Don’t want to say until details are solidified. We know any other standard will lead to a lot fewer closures. 
  • Marijuana concerns – 
    • We have very strong laws related to cigarette smoke that will relate to marijuana. Wherever you’re prohibited from smoking cigarettes, you’ll be prohibited from smoking marijuana. 
  • Broadway – St. James Theater held test-run basis. Do you think more theaters can do that with public audience in a test-run basis?
    • Can work with some, not with others, depending on precautions and what works. 
  • Concerns about pace of reopening?
    • Of course I’m concerned with the pace of reopening. We need to look at the data and science. A lot can be done with precautions, safety measures, etc. Some decisions were a mistake, including fitness classes and collegiate sports.  We need to take precautions
    • Dr. Chokshi: We have to remain concerned, we have to remain vigilant. The places where we’re most concerned have been addressed in past weeks and months.
  • Education: Summer – what is the summer school looking like (For D75 students)
    • We’re going to support them 12 months as we have. We’re looking at some in-person and remote needs, depending on parents.
  • Accommodations for teachers – will there be any point where you retract an accommodation for any reason?
    • Accommodations are typically connected to medical reasons. We haven’t retracted any accommodations, but we’re working with unions to look into what this will look like in the next academic year. 
  • Supply: You’ve reached the benchmark you’ve talked about – have you discussed the aspect of possibly having too much supply? 
    • We’ve spent so many weeks not having enough supply. I do not personally anticipate that problem in the short term. I’ve seen demand going up constantly. I’ll believe it when we see it. 
    • Dr. Chokshi: I look forward to the day when we have enough supply. I do think that day will come, likely in May. We have not been resting when it comes to ensuring when we’re ready for that day. We’ve done so much in partnership with trusted measures. Throughout April/May, we’ll have continued conversation with communities. 
  • Schools – how many schools are currently closed because of this two-case rule.
    • The vast majority of schools are open. About 1,481 schools are open as of information the mayor had Monday.
    • Some schools are closed for review, but actual number connected to two-case rule not immediately available. 
  • COVID data – looks like trend is going in the right direction. Does this indicate vaccines are taking hold? 
    • Mayor: Too early to draw conclusions. There’s a lot we need to keep learning. Data changes everyday and every week. 
  • People who go to an NYC H+H location for a vaccine appointment are having problems booking a second appointment and going to pharmacies — is that an issue with supply?
    • If you’re hearing specific sites, we’d like to know more. 
    • Dr. Chokshi: We have ways in our systems to track second doses to ensure people complete their vaccination series.
  • What numbers do you hope to see with the opt-in deadline for in-person learning extended?
    • This would be the last opt-in period for the school year. 
    • For parents grappling with whether or not to send kids to schools
  • Marijuana concerns – 
    • We have very strong laws related to cigarette smoke that will relate to marijuana. Wherever you’re prohibited from smoking cigarettes, you’ll be prohibited from smoking marijuana. 
  • Curfews abolished for gyms, casinos etc. What would this do for the NYC community and what are your thoughts on it not including bars and restaurants?
    • The later you go, behavior will be affected. 
    • Dr. Chokshi: This is the time for us not to abandon what we’re doing to stop the spread. My message: let’s keep doing the things that we know have worked. Let’s take precaution in activities where it’s harder to keep masks. Now’s the time for us to be smart.
  • Two-case rule — 
    • As students come back, we’ve realized the two-case rule doesn’t work anymore and has outlived its usefulness.
    • What it means is schools will be open more consistently. 
  • Least vaccinated neighborhoods in the city are areas you’ve pointed out as most in need or areas targeted. Why are they still in the bottom of the list?
    • The pattern we saw in the beginning is still a fundamental issue. There’s still a skew of people willing to be vaccinated. That difference is closing over time.

COVID curfew lifted for some businesses

Beginning Monday, the 11 p.m. curfew will be lifted for casinos, movie theaters, bowling alleys, billiard halls, gyms and fitness centers. However, the curfew remains in effect for restaurants.

COVID vaccine eligibility expands in NY Tuesday

More residents in New York will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this week as the state ramps up efforts to get as many shots in arms as possible.

Beginning Tuesday in the Empire State, New Yorkers 16 years and older will be eligible to schedule a vaccine appointment.

Latest official numbers

As of Monday, there were 1,897,003 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 40,813 lab-confirmed fatalities, according to the state Department of Health.

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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