Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Thursday, April 8, 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.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo shared the latest on NY’s COVID response

Daily Indicators

  • NY positivity rate: 3.18%
    • Total tests reported: 263,737
    • Total positive: 8,379
  • NY COVID-19 hospitalizations: 4,422
  • COVID-19 fatalities in NY: 47

Mayor Bill de Blasio gives NYC COVID-19 update.

Vaccines in NYC

  • Total doses administered: 4,738,246
  • Walk-up COVID-19 appointments for New Yorkers 75 and older. (Companion can also get vaccinated) 
    • 26 sites citywide

Schools in NYC

  • Maintain strict classroom closure rule
  • 2 or 3 cases in a week: increased testing double to 40% for staff in students
  • Threshold for 10-day school closure
    • 4 or more cases in a week
    • In different classrooms
    • Traced to known exposure in school
  • Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter:
    • “We’ve heard the voices of our school communities calling for increased stability around in-person learning.”
  • Deadline for opt-in period for in-person learning: End of day April 9

Schools in NYC

  • New replacement to two-case rule announced
  • Maintain strict classroom closure rule
  • 2 or 3 cases in a week: increased testing double to 40% for staff in students
  • Threshold for 10-day school closure
    • 4 or more cases in a week
    • In different classrooms
    • Traced to known exposure in school
  • Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter:
    • “We’ve heard the voices of our school communities calling for increased stability around in-person learning.”
  • Deadline for opt-in period for in-person learning: End of day April 9
  • https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference

Q&A –

  • Tracing exposures in classrooms — If you have a situation where a child may have been exposed in the classroom or outside of school- does that count toward the school closure?
    • Dr. Jay Varma: It really depends on how we weigh different pieces of evidence. If a family member tested positive, that’s counted as an in-home exposure.
    • Mayor: Test and Trace corps has been extraordinary. One thing we know is the very low level of infection in schools. 
  • Spread of COVID infections in schools
    • Dr. Varma: According to the investigations from October to December in all cases of schools, found 78% of likely transmission in school, the original case was an adult. 
  • Two-case rule- Parents say it would happen over and over in certain schools. Did the DOE note which schools this happened? And the impact on parents/communities
    • All information is tracked, particularly with situation room. This announcement will bring more stability, especially to places that families felt this was happening a lot. 

Latest official numbers

As of Thursday, there were 1,918,343 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 40,970 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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