Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Wednesday, April 22, 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 announced plans for a “tracing army,” which former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has volunteered to assist in. Read more.

11:30 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his daily COVID-19 briefing. Watch in full below.

Updates:

  • New York’s coronavirus death toll exceeds 15,000 after 474 new fatalities, Cuomo says.
  • COVID-19 hospitalization rate and intubations continue to slowly fall across the state.
  • Cuomo says his Tuesday meeting with President Donald Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force was “productive.”
  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg has volunteered to help New York develop a first-ever testing, tracing and isolation program, which will be a coordinated down-state and tri-state effort.
  • Cuomo says state will also work with SUNY and CUNY to draw from 35,000 students in medical fields who can serve as tracers in a “tracing army.”
  • The governor says don’t get “cocky” or lax in social distancing efforts because there could always be a second wave that is more deadly than the first.
  • Officials say approximately $2.5 billion has been spent combating COVID-19 in New York, with about half of that in NYC alone.

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

  • Plan: Test and trace
    • Goal: Available testing in every community
    • Immediate assessment, isolation and support at home, hospital or hotel
    • Contacts rapidly traced, assessed, quarantined and supported
  • More testing for NYCHA residents
    • Increase access to testing (adding six new sites with priority to NYCHA residents and other nearby residents with risk factors)
    • Opening Friday: Cumberland Health Center, Belvis Health Center Gouverneur Health Center
    • Opening next week: Jonathan Williams Houses, Woodside Houses, St. Nicholas Houses
  • More help to NYCHA
    • Distribute face coverings and gloves to all residents
    • Expand free door-to-door meal distribution to all NYCHA senior buildings
    • Live phone calls to all seniors and vulnerable residents
  • 252 people admitted to hospitals (up from 204 as of 4/19), 821 in H+H ICUs (down from 857 as of 4/19)

9 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is working with Macy’s on a plan for a safe Fourth of July celebration. Read more.

7:45 a.m.
September 11activist John Feal spoke with PIX11 about beating COVID-19, donating his plasma and continuing to help get masks in the hands of first responders. Watch interview here.

6 a.m.
Dozens of out-of-state health care workers will get a hero’s send-off as they head to their final shifts at New York area hospitals. Read more here.

Latest official numbers:
As of Tuesday, there were 14,828 COVID-19 fatalities in New York while nearly 251,700 have tested positive across the state.

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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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