Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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Police officers stand watch near the Union Square subway station during the coronavirus pandemic Saturday, May 2, 2020.

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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 below.

Breaking Updates

  • Total coronavirus hospitalizations, intubations and new cases hospitalized all down slightly yet again in New York.
  • New York reports 105 new COVID-19 fatalities, bringing state’s death toll to 22,834. Cuomo says 85 of these new deaths were in hospitals, 20 were in nursing homes.
  • Gov. Cuomo and Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, on behalf of National Governors Association, calling on Congress to pass latest relief bill that provides $500 billion in state fiscal relief.

Hospital visitations to resume?

  • New York readying new two-week pilot program to begin allowing visitors to 16 hospitals. Read more.

Memorial Day update

  • New York to allow small Memorial Day ceremonies of 10 people or less. Cuomo encourages vehicle parades in place of large gatherings.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

  • “I think it’s going to get much worse before it gets better,” Cuomo says.
  • There are 137 confirmed cases in New York, but Cuomo says he thinks there are many more.
  • Number of cases doesn’t align with Mayor Bill de Blasio because NYC numbers are probable cases, not all confirmed.
  • Cuomo says 90% of MIS-C cases are children who tested positive for COVID-19 or the COVID antibodies.
  • These children exhibited inflammatory symptoms, as an immune response to the virus.
  • Cuomo believes New York discovered it and it’s a heads up to other states and countries.

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

Summer learning

  • We need to focus on students finishing their academic year, particularly those who are graduating this year.
  • Last day of school: Friday, June 26
  • Summer Learning (about 177,700 students estimated)
  • July 1 – August 13: Students with disabilities
  • July 13- August 18: Grades 3-8
  • July 13- August 21: Grades 9-12
  • Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza: We are ensuring students will have support and instruction.
  • Grades 3-8:
    • Fully remote learning
    • 4 days a week for 6 weeks
    • Covers math and english language arts daily, live or prerecorded instruction and in small group and 1-1 check-ins
    • Students also have virtual field trips
  • Grades 9-12
    • 5 days a week for 6 weeks
    • Upto 5 hours of instruction daily, on subjects not passed
  • Students with disabilities:
    • 5 days a week for six weeks
    • 5.5 hours of instruction, related services daily aligned to individualized programs

Summer activities for students

  • Ideas to address summer for young people: Virtual field trips, new educational programming, e-books made available, academic prep and acceleration
  • NYC is working with private partners, libraries and museums for new resources and activities.

Closing digital divide

  • 284,000 internet-enabled devices delivered by the Dept. of Education
  • Requests: 297K; Shipped: 289,000

MIS-C (multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children)

  • 147 confirmed cases, 69 tested positive for antibodies or COVID-19
  • Call doctor if child experiences symptoms

NYC Blood supply

  • Supply is lower than ever imagined
  • Make an appointment: or (800) 933-2566

Line-of-duty benefits for our heroes

  • More than 270 dedicated public servants have lost their lives to COVID-19
  • City supports line-of-duty death benefits for survivors of municipal employees who have died of COVID-19 and will advance state legislation to make it a reality

Daily indicators

  • COVID-19 hospital admissions: 57 (up from 48 as of May 16)
  • H+H ICUs: 492 (up from 475)
  • Percentage of tested who are positive: 9% (down from 11%)


  • Summer learning: A lot of children didn’t have the technology needed. Those who need more assistance in classes will get summer learning.
  • Projection of students in Grades 3-8 to enroll in summer learning are larger than past years: Of course — some kids need more time and help.
  • Details of pre-recorded content: We’ll do more skill development and tap into teacher’s expertise — focusing on students getting engaged.
  • Line-of-duty benefits: Going to do whatever it takes to get these people line-of-duty benefits. (All city employees)
  • State and city reopening indicators: Likely to reopen by first half of June. If otherwise, we’ll have more talks. Indicators will likely align.
  • NYCHA and COVID-19: We’ve tried to put a lot of resources into these housing developments. COVID-19 has impacted people of color. There have been NYCHA testing sites.

7:30 a.m.
As NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio stands firm in not opening city beaches, Long Islanders are wary of city dwellers heading east for Memorial Day. Read more here.

7:15 a.m.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio discusses not opening city beaches, hard-hit communities and more accessible health care to residents. Watch interview here.

Latest official numbers:
As of Tuesday morning, there were 351,371 confirmed cases in New York, with confirmed COVID-19 deaths rising to 22,729 people.

In New York City alone there are 15,983 confirmed coronavirus deaths and another 4,823 probable COVID deaths, bringing the city’s potential death toll to over 20,800, according to data from the NYC Health Department.

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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