Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Sunday, April 4, 2021

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A man walks on Pier 45 in Hudson River Park in Manhattan on April 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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.

NY, NJ to expand COVID vaccine eligibility this week

More residents in New York and New Jersey will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this week as both states ramp up efforts to get as many shots in arms as possible.

Vaccine update:

  • Total doses administered – 10,362,737
  • Total doses administered over past 24 hours – 187,964
  • Total doses administered over past seven days – 1,477,186
  • Percent of New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 33.0%
  • Percent of New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 20.4%

Christians mark 2nd pandemic Easter

Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with faithful sitting far apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah” through face coverings on a second Easter Sunday conditioned by pandemic precautions.

At St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, Easter Mass was held at 50% capacity. Last year, during the height of the pandemic in New York, all Easter services were held virtually and streamed online.

NYS COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths update

  • Test results reported Saturday – 225,411
  • Total positive – 7,467
  • One-day percent positive – 3.31%
  • Seven-day average percent positive – 3.56%
  • Patient hospitalization – 4,373
  • Number ICU – 882
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 562
  • New COVID-19 fatalities – 59 
  • Total deaths since March 2020 – 40,756

IRS sending batch of 4 million stimulus checks, including larger ‘plus-up’ payments

As of April 1, more than 130 million stimulus payments had been issued to Americans as part of the recently-passed COVID-19 relief bill, the IRS said. The batch being distributed this week includes 4 million payments totaling $10 billion.

The latest round of stimulus provides qualifying Americans with $1,400. It also offers the plus-up, or supplemental payments, to citizens who previously received partial stimulus payments but can now demonstrate they were eligible for more.

Child tax credit: When will payments begin?

President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package signed into law last month greatly increases tax credits available to taxpayers for their children and includes a program that will include monthly payments to qualifying families. But many Americans may not be aware of those changes and how to take advantage of the assistance.

The new virus relief bill increases that tax break for 2021 to $3,000 for every child between the ages of 6 and 17 and to $3,600 for every child under the age of 6.

Vaccine passport efforts draw opposition from GOP lawmakers

Vaccine passports being developed to verify COVID-19 immunization status and allow inoculated people to more freely travel, shop and dine have become the latest flash point in America’s perpetual political wars, with Republicans portraying them as a heavy-handed intrusion into personal freedom and private health choices.

Latest official numbers

As of Sunday, there were 1,890,420 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 40,756 lab-confirmed fatalities, according to the state Department of Health.

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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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