Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Monday, March 29, 2021


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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.

1:15 p.m.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo released the latest COVID-19 indicators for New York.

Daily Indicators

  • NY positivity rate: 4.13%
    • Tests reported: 184,530
    • Positive: 7,622
  • NY COVID-19 hospitalizations: 4,575
  • COVID-19 fatalities in NY: 57
  • Vaccinations administered: 9,056,970
    • % of NYers with at least one dose: 29.6%
    • % of NYers with completed vaccine series: 16.8%

1 p.m.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New Yorkers ages 30 years and older can schedule appointments to get vaccinated beginning Tuesday, March 30 and New Yorkers ages 16 and older can schedule appointments beginning April 6.

10 a.m.

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

Vaccines in NYC:

  • Over 130,000 city workers vaccinated
  • 478,000 people vaccinated last week
  • Total doses: 3,840,976

Daily indicators

  • COVID Hospitalizations: 189 (73% positivity rate)
  • Hospitalization rate per 100,000, 7-day average (NYS): 3.99 
  • New reported COVID-19 cases on 7-day average (including probable cases): 3,641
  • 7-day rolling average: 6.19%


  • Eviction moratorium: How to help tenants, will this impact NY rental properties/property value?
    • If you can’t pay, you can’t pay and we want to make sure people don’t get evicted. Things may change as more people return to work. 
  • Contrast between getting New Yorkers vaccinated vs. rising number of people contracting the virus.
    • It’s a somber milestone (Nearing 50,000 deaths in NY). It’s a reminder to take this disease seriously. 
    • Don’t loosen up the wrong way and make sure decisions are made based on data and science. 
  • Staten Island only site not getting a vaccination site. Can SI expect one?
    • We’re working with the health team and borough president to identify a South Shore site — Empire location getting more appointments. 
  • Marijuana – what does the legalization mean for everything?
    • This legislation achieved what we want to see. Want to make sure there’s support the communities hardest hit. 
  • Vaccine eligibility: NYT reported NY is one of the last states to provide a timeline of universal eligibility
    • We’ve heard from the state about specific news it made. Haven’t heard the timeline of full universal. I think May 1 is good. Whatever state makes we’ll follow that. We’ll be ready either way.
  • Excelsior pass for vaccines/testing in NY. What is the city planning with these vaccine passports?
    • We have to see how it works in practice and make sure it functions well consistently. 
    • Dr. Varma: it’s promising, but there needs to be national standards (may only work for those in New York state)
  • What will you do with $4.2 billion in aid. What schools will benefit?
    • It took so long, 15-20 years, it’s been a fight for fairness in NYC. 
    • A lot to be worked through here. 

Watch briefing below:

NJ, NY top list of states with highest COVID infections per capita

A year after becoming a global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, New York and New Jersey are back atop the list of U.S. states with the highest rates of infection.

Latest official numbers

As of Monday, there were 1,843,562 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 40,387 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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