Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Sunday, March 7, 2021

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MANHASSET, NEW YORK – MAY 06: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a Coronavirus Briefing At Northwell Feinstein Institute For Medical Research on May 06, 2020 in Manhasset, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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. Cuomo holds COVID-19 phone briefing

The governor held a coronavirus briefing amid new allegations of sexual harassment. Listen to the phone briefing in the video player below.

Daily indicators

  • Total COVID hospitalizations are at 4,789
  • Of the 227,768 tests reported Saturday, 6,789 were positive 
  • 2.98% statewide one-day percent of positive cases
  • 59 new CONYC 4%VID-19 fatalities
  • 4% positivity rate in New York City 
  • 4.8% positivity rate in the Bronx
  • 4.4 positivity rate in Staten Island
  • 4.2% positivity rate in Queens
  • 4.1% positivity rate in Brooklyn
  • 2.65 positivity rate in Manhattan

Vaccine update

  • More than 5.5 million doses total have been administered statewide.
    • About 3.6 million first doses
    • About 1.9 second doses
  • The Javits Center megasite administered over 13,000 vaccines on Saturday alone. Cuomo said he believes its the largest number of vaccines ever delivered in the country in a single day.

Emergency powers

  • Cuomo said would sign legislation on Sunday modifying his emergency powers related to the pandemic. The modifications will be implemented immediately, he said.

New York reopening update

  • On March 19, restaurants outside New York City, which have been restricted at 50% of indoor capacity, can expand to 75% capacity.
  • All the same safety protocols will remain in effect.
  • Between now and March 19, if the numbers change then the state reserves the right to readjust the restrictions.
  • With the new law that the Legislature passed modifying Cuomo’s emergency powers, state lawmakers have five days to review the capacity change. 
  • Cuomo said he would discuss the proposal with lawmakers or local governments who come to him with issues about the plan.
  • The Legislature has the ability to stop restaurant capacity from expanding via a 50% majority vote.

The latest official numbers:

As of Sunday, there were 1,681,169 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 39,029 lab-confirmed fatalities, according to the state Department of Health.

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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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