Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Sunday, April 19, 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 coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below.

  • All key indicators for progress on slowing the virus, including net hospitalizations, number of ICU patients and intubations, have dropped for several consecutive days. Read more.
  • “If this continues to hold, we are past the high point … All indications appear to show we are on a descent,” Cuomo said.
  • Hospitalizations by region: 63% NYC, 21% Long Island, 8% Westchester and Rockland counties, 7% rest of state.
  • “Nursing homes are still our number one concern,” the governor said.
  • “It can just spread like fire through grass,” Cuomo said of COVID-19’s threat to nursing homes.
  • There are 507 additional fatalities, bringing the death toll to 13,869.
  • New York has reached “the other side of the plateau,” but Cuomo warned the fight is not over. The state is now entering a “second phase” of the outbreak, which relies heavily on testing as well as people continuing to follow social distancing rules.
  • The state will undertake the most aggressive statewide antibody testing survey in the nation over the next week. “This will be the first true snapshot of what we’re dealing with,” Cuomo said. The state Health Department is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to roll out the testing. The testing will be a “random sample” of the population, Cuomo said.
  • As New York’s need for critical supplies begins to slow, Cuomo said he will follow through on helping other states facing their peak outbreaks. Cuomo is speaking with the governor of Massachusetts about lending the state 400 ventilators.
  • New York is coordinating the status of parks, beaches and marinas with New Jersey and Connecticut. As of Sunday, state parks are open in New York and Connecticut but closed in New Jersey. Beaches are closed in New York but open in Connecticut, while New Jersey has state beaches closed and some local beaches open. Marinas are open in all three states. Read more.

9:40 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke on the coronavirus outbreak. Watch the news conference below.

  • The mayor warned against outdoor gatherings as spring arrives, bringing warmer weather.
  • “Do not underestimate this enemy,” de Blasio said. “Let down your guard and this disease comes back with a vengeance.”
  • Over 1,400 volunteers have been deployed to over 40 hospitals and 40 nursing homes in New York City.
  • The mayor estimates a need for at least 600 medical personnel across 11 private hospitals in NYC.
  • He will prioritize placement of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers to those hospitals.
  • The city will deploy contracted health care personnel to fill any remaining gaps, de Blasio said.
  • Over 530 military nurses, respiratory therapists, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists have been deployed across the city’s Health and Hospitals system.
  • Officials with New York Blood Center and Health and Hospitals are asking for people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donated plasma. Plasma from recovered patients has been used by H+H to successfully help others recover, de Blasio said.
  • Daily hospital admittance rose to 317 on Friday from 261 on Thursday.
  • The number of ICU patients in the Health and Hospitals system dropped to 849 on Friday from 880 on Thursday.
  • The rate of daily citywide positive tests fell to 38% on Friday from 42% on Thursday.
  • Social distancing enforcement blitz: NYPD and Parks Department are stepping up enforcement citywide, targeting hotspots for complaints and non-compliance. Fines up to $1,000 will be issued. Read more.
  • To report social distancing complaints: Photos of violations can be sent to 311-692 or use the 311 app. “This is not snitching, this is saving lives,” de Blasio said.
  • The mayor also took aim at President Donald Trump, criticizing the native New Yorker for not supporting his hometown during the COVID-19 outbreak. “When New York City is in need, where are you?” de Blasio said. “Are you going to save New York City or are you telling New York City to drop dead?”

Latest official numbers:
As of Saturday, there were 13,362 COVID-19 deaths statewide and more than 236,700 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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