Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

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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.

1 p.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo shared an update on the state’s COVID-19 response amid sexual harassment allegations. Watch in video below or click here.

Daily Indicators

  • NY positivity rate: 3.53%
  • NY COVID-19 hospitalizations: 5,323
    • ICU: 1,047
    • Intubated: 735 
  • COVID-19 fatalities in NY: 75
  • COVID positivity: 
    • NYC: 4.02%
      • Bronx: 5.14%
      • Manhattan: 2.55%
      • Staten island: 4.11%
      • Brooklyn: 4.39%
      • Queens: 4.26%
    • Mid-Hudson: 4.14%
    • Long Island: 4.18%
  • Vaccines in NY
    • 4,819,412 total doses
      • 3,125,025 first doses
      • 1,694,387 second doses
    • Expect 164,800 doses of J&J vaccine in first tranche 
    • Mass vaccine sites at Yankee Stadium and NY State Fair will add additional appointments and operate 24/7
    • For appointments:
    • Local governments must report how many teachers are vaccinated and coordinate with school districts to report how many teachers are in the classroom
  • Gathering limits
    • Beginning March 22:
      • Residential gatherings: 10 people to 10 people indoor, 25 people outdoor
      • Social gatherings: 50 people to 100 people indoor, 200 people outdoor
    • Beginning April 2
      • Events, arts, entertainment venues: Reopening at 33% capacity up to 100 people indoor, 200 people outdoor
      • With attendee testing, capacity increases to 150 people indoor, 500 people outdoor
    • Social distancing and face coverings required by all attendees. 
  • Empire pass program: App being worked on. With consent, testing results reported automatically to app, which can show proof of a negative test upon entry to any of these venues. 

Sexual harassment allegations

  • Cuomo: I ask the people of the state to wait for the factors of the attorney general’s report before forming an opinion.
  • Governor apologized for actions that made people feel uncomfortable, saying it was unintentional. 


  • Given the distractions of investigations, do you feel like you should step aside, especially when it comes to the budget.
    • It is critical we work on the budget. People have needs. You also have issues with NYC — crime is up, homelessness is up and people are leaving the city. We need to get NYC functional and safe again. 
    • Going to cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation and do the budget. We did the budget during the height of the pandemic. We did both, we can do both here. 
  • Pictures of you touching people’s faces. What are your comments?
    • You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people. It is my usual and customary way of greeting. 
    • However, what I also understand is it doesn’t matter my intent. What matters is if anyone was offended by it, and I could intend no offense, but if they were offended by it, then it was wrong. And if they were offended by it, I apologize… If they felt pain, I apologize. I didn’t intend it, I didn’t mean it that way, but if they did, I apologize.
  • With all the calls for resignation, is this your way of saying “I’m certainly not resigning.”
    • Some politicians will always play politics. I wasn’t elected by politicians. I was elected by the state of New York. I’m going to serve the people of New York. 
  • Why did it take a week for you to show your face in camera?
    • I apologized last week, I apologized today, I’ll apologize tomorrow. I never knew at the time I was making anyone feel uncomfortable. I feel embarrassed by it, I feel bad from it. “I’m not in this business to make people feel uncomfortable.”
  • If a member of your administration had done what you were accused of. What would tell them?
    • Wait for the facts before you form an opinion. My behavior here, I never touched someone inappropriately. I never knew I was making people feel uncomfortable. 
  • Who were you apologizing to?
    • I was apologizing to the young woman who worked here that said I made her feel uncomfortable in the workplace. 
    • To New Yorkers: I’m saying I’m embarrassed by what happened. I’m embarrassed that someone felt that way in my administration. I’m embarrassed and hurt and I apologize. 
  • Have you taken the sexual harassment training?
    • Yes
  • For Melissa DeRosa: As the highest ranking woman in state government, how do you feel about the allegations against the governor and what do you have to say to the women who see you in that position?
    • I ask everyone to refrain from judgement until the attorney general’s findings. I am incredibly proud of the work that this administration has done for women’s rights.

10 a.m.
Mayor de Blasio gave an update on NYC’s COVID-19 response. Watch in video below or click here.

Vaccines in NYC

  • Total doses administered: 2,064,479
  • NYC H+H and CUNY teaming up
    • Nearly 1,000 nursing students will support the city’s vaccine operation

Recovery for all of us

  • Closing the digital divide
    • 2021: The year of 5G for all
    • Allowing telecom franchises to reserve over 7,500 light poles to install 5G
    • Ensuring equitable distribution and putting 75% of poles in underserved areas
    • Closely monitor franchises use of M/WBES to maximize community hiring 
    • Investing $157 million
    • Request for proposals to connect 600,000 New Yorkers and 200,000 NYCHA residents
    • Use up to 100,000 city assets like rooftops to get it done. 

Daily indicators

  • COVID Hospitalizations: 276 (64% positivity rate)
  • Hospitalization rate per 100,000, 7-day average (NYS): 4.21
  • New reported COVID-19 cases on 7-day average (including probable cases): 3,395
  • 7-day rolling average: 6.3%


  • Biden said he expects to have vaccines for every U.S. adult by May, but you’re saying we’re on track to hit 5 million vaccines by June. How long do you think it’ll take to get every New York adult vaccinated?
    • I am certain we can hit 5 million vaccinated by June. If we get more supply quicker, we can go further. 
  • The governor hasn’t given a news conference in about a week. We’re still in the middle of a pandemic. While this investigation occurs, should he step aside and let Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul take over?
    • Investigation is needed, but if the governor continues to govern, he needs to speak to the media. If he can’t govern, step aside and let someone else do it.
  • State plan  for micro hospital at St. Johns Episcopal at Far Rockaway.
    • I am opposed to this plan. We need to strengthen health care in the Rockaways.
  • When was the last time the mayor and governor’s office spoke?
    • Our teams constantly communicate. 
  • What percentage of doorknockers are going to the 33 neighborhoods 
    • We’re focused on the homebound seniors. We’re developing a plan to use the J&J vaccine and will announce it soon. 
  • Overall, will seniors of color get a doorknock from someone who is a senior who is white?
    • We’re going to homebound seniors of all backgrounds in all neighborhoods.
  • What do you think of the decision to administer J&J vaccines at the Javits Center and where else will be used?
    • Not too sure about specifics at long lines at Javits.
    • The amount of J&J vaccine we’re getting is small, but we’re going to get more soon. Priority will be for homebound seniors. 
    • Dr. Mitchell Katz: Can’t speak for Javits line, but at H+H, staff is working to ensure lines are controlled. Believe H+H will get J&J vaccine Thursday
    • Dr. Jay Varma: We want to steer away from the notion that getting one vaccine won’t be better than getting another. 
  • Internet access: When is your goal to have all New Yorkers to have high-speed internet access?
    • 2021, we’re going to make physical, tangible steps for access. We’re still fighting for absolute, total, full access. 
  • East Harlem — affected most by COVID in Manhattan. There are no vaccine hubs. Any plans to focus on East Harlem?
    • Definitely plans to focus further on East Harlem. The La Marqueta site needs to be looked at.
    • There’s clearly more need and we need to keep on expanding. 
  • Queens — Dept. of Transportation set flexi posts along Northern Blvd. for bikes — similar places in BK where NYPD/Dept. Of Buildings won’t enforce.
    • There’s been a constant call for increasing bike lanes. We will follow up on all other agencies
  • Calls for local control restored. Legislatures removing some of his powers. Is that sufficient enough?
    • It’s the beginning. We’ve got to start recovering and moving forward, and localities need to have the power to do that. As we see, Albany is having its own challenges. 
  • With more power: Are there specific policies that the gov. Had that you’d change?
    • Vaccine eligibility and vaccine distribution. Info on Javits and Aqueduct show they’re not even really helping the city residents. The state has not made the focus on addressing disparities. The way to do that is to oversupply vaccine to grassroot sites and the share of supply in general. 

The latest official numbers:
As of Wednesday, there were 1,650,184 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March and 38,714 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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