Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Saturday, April 18, 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.

11:30 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his daily COVID-19 briefing. Watch the news conference below.

  • An additional 540 people, including 36 residents of nursing homes, died of COVID-19 on Friday.
  • The death toll of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now 13,362 people.
  • Nearly 2,000 people were admitted to hospitalized with COVID-19 on Friday.
  • Other key indicators, however, show the state could be past the worst of the outbreak, Cuomo said.
  • The state is seeing a drop in daily net hospitalizations, intubations and ICU patients, according to the governor.
  • The infection rate has dropped thanks to such measures of New York PAUSE, which closed all non-essential businesses in the state, according to Cuomo.
  • The governor reiterated the need for widespread testing in order to reopen the state’s economy without risking a second wave of the virus.
  • “Bringing testing to scale is a challenge,” Cuomo said.
  • The problem, according to Cuomo, is that each private company that manufactures test kits has its own supply chain. Testing is not uniform across the different manufacturing, which makes coordinating testing to scale extremely difficult.
  • A lack of reagents, part of the testing kit, is causing a delay in scaling up widespread testing, according to the governor.
  • Cuomo is calling on the federal government to provide funding to state governments in the next stimulus bill.
  • The federal government sent 1.5 million cloth masks to New York, which will be distributed to the public.
  • Cuomo said he has no political agenda in his fight against the COVID-19 outbreak. “It’s no time for politics,” he said.
  • “We need that unity now more than ever before,” the governor said of states working together with the federal government to end the outbreak.
  • Couples can now remotely file for a marriage license and clerks can hold virtual ceremonies. Read more.

11:20 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio toured Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, which is being used as a temporary food distribution center during the COVID-19 crisis, and where TLC-licensed drivers pick up meals to deliver to vulnerable New Yorkers.

7:40 a.m.
The state’s new rule requiring New Yorkers to cover their face when out in public and social distancing is not possible is now in effect. The rule applies to people in crowded public spaces, like subway trains. Read more.

Latest official numbers:
As of Friday, there were 12,822 COVID-19 deaths statewide and more than 220,000 people tested positive.

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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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