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.
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.
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
- 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
- People admitted to hospitalizations down 129 from 136 as of April 27
- People in H+H ICUs 705 down from 734
- 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.
The New York state coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also being posted here