Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Thursday, April 30, 2020

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NYPD officers wear masks while patrolling a subway train in the Bronx on April 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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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 in full below.

New NYC subway hours during pandemic

  • MTA plans to stop subway service nightly between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. during the pandemic to allow workers to disinfect trains every 24 hours.
  • MTA will still provide transportation with buses, for-hire vehicles and compliant “dollar vans,” at no cost to essential workers.
  • Patrick Foye says the temporary new subway hours go into effect the morning of Wednesday, May 6.
  • The MTA will also disinfect the LIRR and Metro North fleet every day, without service disruption.
  • Cuomo says since the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak, conditions on the NYC subway system have rapidly deteriorated. Part of the reason is MTA employees and NYPD members becoming sick and even losing their lives, as well as a greater need for cleaning.
  • Cuomo says we need essential workers to go to work, and those essential workers need the public transit system, especially the subway in NYC.

New numbers and tracing plans

  • Another 306 coronavirus fatalities bring New York’s death toll to 18,321, but Cuomo says hospitalizations, ICU admissions and new infections continue to decline.
  • Speaking on the state’s tracing program, led by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Cuomo says we must have a baseline of 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 cases, and additional tracers based on the projected number of cases in the region.
  • Statewide we’ll need 6,400 – 17,000 tracers, depending on projected cases.
  • Cuomo says state will draw tracers from state, city and county health departments and other employees.
  • Michael Bloomberg spoke on the plans for organizing the “tracing army” Cuomo says is necessary.

9:30 a.m.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held his daily coronavirus briefing. Watch in video below.

PPE for health care workers

  • New Supply of surgical gowns secured (1 million gowns arrived in US and are in transit to NYC from Vietnam)
  • 900K more gowns being loaded onto planes for NYC
  • With incoming deliveries, local production, NYC will be sufficient in gowns at crisis standard until mid-May

Community testing sites

  • Three NYCHA testing sites now open (Jonathan Williams Houses, Woodside Houses, St. Nicholas Houses)
  • Two new H+H Community testing sites open this weekend (Ida G. Israel Clinic and Dyckman-Clinca de Las Americas)
  • Next week: All 11 H+H Hospitals will be open for community testing

More testing in more places

  • NYC is tripling testing capacity at community sites
  • Week of April 27: 14,000 tests a week
  • Week of May 4: 35,000 tests a week
  • Week of May 18: 43,000 tests a week
  • By May 18, city hopes to have 30 H+H Community testing sites

Face coverings

  • City is distributing face coverings in parks (free of charge)
  • Visit NYC.gov/facecoverings for locations and times

Social distancing enforcement

  • Over 1,000 full-time staff dedicated to proactive social distance enforcement and education
  • Parks, Office of Special Enforcement, Sheriff, FDNY, DEP, DSNY will assist to instruct groups to disperse and educate New Yorkers
  • Complement NYPD patrols and response to 311 reports

Citi Bike is expanding

  • Citi Bike expands in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan with 100+ new stations, including those serving essential workers
  • Critical workforce membership program: Citi and Mastercard extending free one-year membership for essential workers

Daily indicators

  • People admitted to hospitalizations down 129 from 136 as of April 27
  • People in H+H ICUs 705 down from 734

Q&A

  • Rent freeze: Rent freeze to me makes a lot of sense,” de Blasio says. Rent Guidelines Board should consider all the facts. and the balanced approach to help tenants and landlords.
  • Brooklyn Borough Pres. Eric Adams proposed the city needs to have a bereavement committee following increase of deaths and news dozens of bodies found in U-Haul trucks
  • De Blasio said the situation was “horrible” and unacceptable. “I have no idea how any funeral home can have this happen.”
  • Weekly calls with funeral personnel and NYC. There has been an outreach effort.
  • If anyone has problems, they need to reach out. If no solutions can be found, call the NYPD.
  • When it comes to reopening and alleviating social distancing, NYC will take it “stage-by-stage.”
  • Subway cleaning: More cleaning is always good.

Latest official numbers:
As of Wednesday, there have been over 18,000 COVID-19 fatalities in New York, with total confirmed cases sitting at 299,691.

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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