Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Thursday, May 7, 2020

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People walk by ambulances parked outside NewYork–Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Wednesday, May 6, 2020 in New York during the coronavirus pandemic. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says most COVID-19 patients coming into New York hospitals are not working and not traveling daily and tend to be older than 50.

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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.

  • Total COVID-19 hospitalizations are down again, as are intubations and new hospitalizations
  • New York reports 231 new coronavirus deaths

Rent relief

  • New York extends moratorium on evictions an additional 60 day to Aug. 20. Read more here.
  • New York banning late payments or fees for missed payments during eviction moratorium period.
  • Renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 can now use their security deposit as payment, and repay their security deposit over time.
  • Cuomo says they are working now with banks on relief plans for landlords as well.

Hospital antibody testing results

  • Westchester: 6.8% of health care workers tested positive, versus 13.8% in general population
  • NYC: 12.2% of health care workers, versus 19.9% of general population
  • Long Island: 11.1% of health care workers, versus 11.4% of general population

Nourish New York Initiative: Connecting farms and those who need food

  • Nearly 50 food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries will receive support
  • Over 2,100 NY farms participating
  • Over 20,000 households across the state will receive Nourish NY products within the next week.
  • Over the next six months, Nourish NY will produce: 2.8 million gallons of milk, 8.2 million units of yogurt, 10.1 million pounds of apples and 10 million pounds of cabbage

9:30 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio gives his daily coronavirus briefing. Watch in video below.

  • Even though New Yorkers are confident, the experience has uncertainty.
  • Uncertainty is directly related to the lack of testing.
  • Two kinds of testing: Diagnostic tests (do I have the disease right now?) and antibody testing (Did I get exposed to this disease in the past?)

Antibody testing

  • NYC launching our own antibody survey in partnership with BioReference to understand COVID-19 spread, provide NewYorkers with individual results. READ MORE.
  • 280,000 will get antibody testing in just NYC
  • Free of charge, launching next week
  • Five initial testing sites: Morrisania, East New York, Upper Manhattan, Concord, Long island City
  • Up to 5,000 people per day. 70,000 over first two weeks
  • By appointment, scheduling opens this Friday by dedicated hotline
  • Individual results in 24-48 hours.

Expanding tele-medicine

  • Free Phone-a-clinician hotline 844-NYC-4NYC
  • H+H moving 80% of all ambulatory visits via tele-health for duration of crisis (16,000 a week)

Protecting homeless New Yorkers

  • Overnight subway outreach: 361 people engaged last night

End domestic and gender-based violence work group

  • NYC will augment its approach to prevent gender-based violence during COVID-19
  • Engage a diverse group of up to 20 citywide service providers, including shelter, legal services, counseling, mental health
  • 24/7 domestic and gender based violence hotline: 1-800-621-4673

Key indicators

  • People admitted to hospitals: 79 down from 109 as of May 4
  • People in H+H ICUs: 567 down from 599 as of May 4
  • Citywide percetage of people testing positive: 16% up from 15%

Q&A

  • Antibody testing 140,000 NYC residents: It still involves the federal gov’t, but things are moving steadily in the right direction.
  • We should’ve had PCR testing from the beginning. “It is the center of the fight.”
  • Homelessness on subways: Many have expressed concerns about contracting COVID-19 and are finding shelter on buses.
  • Results we’re seeing in the past two days validate what we’re doing is working.
  • Dept. of Education has not put out high school plans: Administration has made it clear they’re reevaluating the admissions process.
  • Focus is getting the education system up and running.
  • Baseball: Don’t think baseball games are coming soon. “The day that baseball comes back to NYC” is going to be a great moment.
  • Spread of the virus: The virus came from multiple parts of the world into the United States. What was done and not done to stop the spread? The answer goes back to testing.
  • Restaurants, bars, nightclubs: Can’t give exact time frame. We’ll say more in the coming days as to reopening. There’s going to be different times and different guidelines for each business.
  • Limiting city park entry: Mayor de Blasio said NYC may limit the number of people Allowed into city parks to prevent overcrowding. Read more.


7:35 a.m.
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer spoke to the PIX11 Morning News on economic effects of COVID-19. Watch interview here.
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer spoke to the PIX11 Morning News on economic effects of COVID-19. Watch interview here.
6 a.m.
New Yorkers will get two more miles of open streets Thursday for pedestrians and cyclists:
New Yorkers will get two more miles of open streets Thursday for pedestrians and cyclists:

  • Broadway between E. 21st and E. 23 streets in Manhattan
  • Broadway between W. 24th and W. 28th streets in Manhattan
  • Broadway between W. 36th to W. 41st streets in Manhattan
  • Orchard Street between Delancey and Houston streets in Manhattan
  • Ludlow Street between Delancey and Houston streets in Manhattan
  • Stanton Street between Allen and Essex streets in Manhattan
  • Rivington Street between Allen and Essex streets in Manhattan
  • Willoughby Street between Pearl and Lawrence streets in Brooklyn
  • Lawrence Street between Fulton and Willoughby streets in Brooklyn
  • Willis Avenue between E. 147th and E. 148th streets in the Bronx
  • E. 148th Street between Willis and Bergen avenues in the Bronx
  • 34th Avenue between 69th and 77th streets in Queens

Latest official numbers:As of Wednesday night, there are 323,978 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York, with the coronavirus death toll jumping to 20,597.
As of Wednesday night, there are 323,978 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York, with the coronavirus death toll jumping to 20,597.
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The New York state coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also being posted here
The New York state coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also being posted here

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