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 coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below.
- The governor is confident New York has hit the peak of the coronavirus outbreak.
- Key indicators, including net hospitalizations, have been dropping over several days.
- An additional 778 people have died of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 10,834.
- There is a “devastating level of pain and grief,” Cuomo said.
- Cuomo raised concerns about the number of deaths in nursing homes. Of the 778 new fatalities, 133 were in nursing homes.
- But the governor also offered hope: “We are changing the curve every day … We have shown that we control the virus, the virus doesn’t control us.”
- New Yorkers are controlling the peak of the outbreak by following social distancing rules, Cuomo said.
- “If you start behaving differently, you will see a corresponding increase in the rate of infection,” he said.
- The governor also addressed his clash with President Donald Trump over control of reopening the local economy.
- Cuomo said Trump was “spoiling for a fight” but stressed that it was more important to put politics aside.
- “This is no time for politics and this is no time to fight,” Cuomo said.
- Earlier Tuesday, the governor had pushed back against Trump’s claim that he has “total” authority over reopening the economy, saying the president is not a king. Read more.
- Cuomo said he went on several morning television programs Tuesday to refute the president’s claims because it’s constitutionally untrue: “That statement cannot stand.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held his daily COVID-19 briefing. Updates below. Watch in full below.
PPE Made in New York:
- Face shields being made by eight firms in Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn Army Terminal and Manhattan. Currently making 240,000 per week, growing to 465,000 per week by April 24. Goal is 620,000 per week.
- When it comes to face shields, we will be able to fill our own entire need right here in New York City, de Blasio says, making us self sufficient in this area.
- Surgical gowns being made by five firms in Brooklyn Navy Yard, Sunset Park, Garment Center, Broadway and Long Island City. Currently making 30,000 per week, growing to 100,000 by April 24. Goal is 250,000 per week.
Testing in New York City:
- New supply finally coming online. Aria Diagnostics, based in Indiana, donating 50,000 kits. NYC EDC will be purchasing 50,000 kits per week, starting April 20.
- Test kit components include nasal swabs, viral transport medium (VTM) solution and tubes to keep the sample safe.
- Additionally, EDC is building a new supply chain to produce up to 50,000 tests per week in NYC.
- Academic and comercial labs will produce viral transport medium.
- Local manufacturers and 3D printers will produce the testing swabs and tubes .
- Production of these NYC-made test kits will launch beginning of May, de Blasio says.
- Join the fight: If you are in the New York area or anywhere in country and can help produce parts of these test kits, email: TestHelp@edc.nyc
Tracking progress of 3 key indicators:
- People admitted to hospitals for suspected COVID-19 is down: 326 new.
- People currently in ICUs for suspected COVID-19 is up: 850 (up from 835 on April 11)
- Percentage of people tested who are positive for COVID-19 citywide went up to 59.6% (from 58.1% as. of April 11), and positive results from public health lab tests went up to 84% (from 78.3% as of April 11).
Who will be prioritized with newly increased testing?
- De Blasio says new testing will be focused on most vulnerable communities, but exact criteria around that will be announced soon.
New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul told PIX11 Tuesday that a constitutional crisis could be brewing if President Donald Trump flouts states’ joint plans to reopen their local economies on their own terms. Watch the full interview here.
The NYC Department of Education said 50 employees, including 21 public school teachers, have died from COVID-19, as public sector workers have become the hardest hit. Read more here.
New York hotels are opening their doors for health care workers coming from across the country to help in NY’s COVID-19 fight. Read more here.
As of Monday, total New York cases stood at 195,031, with 106,763 of those in NYC alone. The state’s COVID-19 death toll now stands at 10,056.
The New York state coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also being posted here