NY COVID latest: Monday, May 10, 2021

Coronavirus
New Yorker gets Pfizer COVID vaccine

A Northwell Health nurse administers a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Local 28 Sheet Metal Worker Demetrius Buttelman at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York on April 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool, File)

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.

Gov. Cuomo shares COVID updates

Vaccine updates

  • 16.8 million total shots in arms in New York
    • 9,661,944 with at least one dose – 60.2% of New Yorkers 18+
    • 7,804,508 fully vaccinated – 48.9% of New Yorkers 18+
    • But, the vaccination rate has declined, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says
      • Two areas of focus: The youthful, the doubtful
  • SUNY and CUNY Boards will require vaccinations for all in-person students beginning in the fall
    • Cuomo encourages private schools to do the same thing
  • We are proposing a law to stop discriminating against people who have been vaccinated, Cuomo says.

Daily indicators

  • Daily statewide positivity: 1.43%
    • State positivity, 7-day average: 1.40% – Lowest since Oct. 27, 2020
  • Statewide COVID hospitalizations: 2,016 (-8)
    • Statewide ICU patients: 493 (-18) – Lowest since Nov. 20, 2020
    • Statewide intubations: 301 (-16) – Lowest since Nov. 26, 2020
  • Statewide deaths: 27

NY offering vaccine shots at transit stations

  • Happening Wednesday, May 12 through Sunday, May 16
  • Offering the Johnson & Johnson shot at subway, LIRR and Metro-North hubs
  • Free 7-day MetroCard for everyone vaccinated at a subway station
  • LIRR and Metro-North: Two free one-way trips anywhere in service area
  • Locations:
    • Ossing – MetroNorth station – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • East 180th Street subway station – the Bronx – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Grand Central Station – Vanderbilt Hall – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Penn Station – 34th St. Corridor – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Coney Island – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • 179th Street – Jamaica – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Hempstead LIRR station – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Broadway Junction subway station – Brooklyn – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

NY Islanders made the playoffs

  • Home games will be played at Nassau Coliseum
    • Half of tickets will be sold to vaccinated fans, who can sit 3 feet apart
    • Half of tickets will be sold to unvaccinated fans, who must sit 6 feet apart, with masks on at all times

Mayor de Blasio shares COVID updates

Vaccine updates

  • 7,048,207 total vaccine doses given in New York City so far
    • 3.8 million New Yorkers have gotten at least one dose
  • NYC will be offering free tickets and deals for those who get vaccinated:
    • NYC Aquarium, New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Bronx Zoo, Public Theater memberships, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Cyclones games, NYC football club, NYC ferry and more

Daily COVID indicators

  • Daily hospital admissions: 88
    • Of those, confirmed positivity level: 30.68%
  • Hospitalization rate: 1.27 per 100,000
  • New reported cases, 7-day average: 799
  • NYC positivity rate, 7-day average: 2.01% – Lowest since Nov. 2, 2020

New York Public Libraries are back

Streets Week

  • Transportation and traffic safety
    • Speed limits will be lowered citywide – Over 45 miles of changes citywide
      • Focus on areas with the highest rates of serious crashes
    • NYPD safety blitz
      • Focus on protecting pedestrians and cyclists
      • Targeting drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians and cyclists
      • Clear message: Dangerous driving has no place in NYC
  • Open Spaces and Open Streets
  • Building on Vision Zero

Q&A

How is the city planning to get kids vaccinated when the Pfizr vaccine is authorized for children 12 and up?

  • Three-prong plan, per Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi:
    • Use existing sites that are already administering Pfizer
    • Working closely with pediatricians for weeks to get them ready to answer questions and administer
    • Working closely with education partners to get the word out and ensure that people know how to access vaccinations

To what degree is seasonality having an impact on the dropping COVID numbers? Could we see another rise with cold weather returning in the fall?

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio said he thinks there is a big difference between this year and last year, given the vaccine, antibodies and more.
  • Chokshi said it’s likely seasonality plays some role, but it’s not completely understood scientifically. Perhaps one aspect is that people spend more time outside as it gets warmer.
  • Chokshi said the vaccination efforts are still the focus, as it will extend people’s immunity for months longer, into the fall and winter.

Mayoral candidate and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has called for the NYPD plain clothes unit to be brought back, especially given this weekend’s Time Square shooting.

  • De Blasio said he respects Adams but disagrees with him on this issue.
  • The mayor said we need a combination of precision policing and neighborhood policing to address gun control and gun violence.

What impact will the Times Square shooting have on tourism?

  • The mayor said he doesn’t think it will have an impact on tourism to New York City overall.

What would the mayor say to elected officials who dispute the data on how lowering speed limits and using speed cameras lowers numbers for speeding and fatal accidents?

  • De Blasio said he would just raise the facts to them.

Do we now have more vaccines on hand than the amount of people who want to take them?

  • The mayor agrees that the supply does now exceed the demand, but says the demand continues to grow in a good way. “It is steady, it is constant,” de Blasio said.

Do we need better technology for people to document their vaccination status?

  • “I suspect in time we will be documenting in a more secure way, more similar to how we do drivers’ licenses or passports,” said Dr. Mitchell Katz, President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals. “The time for more enforcement, more documentation, is in the future, not now.”
  • “We will have to continue evolving our approach to vaccine verification,” Dr. Chokshi said, agreeing with Katz.

Details on increased police presence after Times Square shooting

  • It will be a use of our Critical Response Command officers, the mayor said.

Advice to the next mayor on balancing the need for public safety and demands for police reform?

  • Double down on neighborhood policing, de Blasio said.

NY social and gathering limits increase

Starting Monday, May 10, the outdoor social gathering limit will increase from 200 to 500 people, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

On May 19, the indoor social gathering limit will increase from 100 to 250 people, while the outdoor residential gathering limit of 25 people will be removed.

Latest official numbers

As of Monday, there were 2,057,903 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 42,307 fatalities, according to data from the state.

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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