NY COVID latest: Monday, May 17, 2021

man receives a COVID-19 vaccine in harlem

A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Harlem on Feb. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Gov. Cuomo shares NY COVID updates

Reopening updates

  • Effective Wednesday, New York will adopt the CDC’s new mask and social distancing guidance for vaccinated people.
    • Masks still required on public transportation, in nursing homes, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, schools, health care facilities.
    • Private venues still have the ability to require masks.
  • NYC Marathon returning Nov. 7 for 50th running
    • 60% capacity – 33,000 runners
    • Health and safety guidelines will be in place and are subject to change as race day approaches
    • Registration opens June 8
  • NBA Playoffs: Knicks and Nets
    • Vaccinated section pilot announced for Islanders playoff games is expanded to Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center
    • Over 50% of seating will be set aside for vaccinated fans
    • Remaining seating for unvaccinated people with 6-feet distancing and masks required.
  • Tribeca Film Festival
    • Pier 76 Park will officially open and host the Tribeca Festival’s opening night screening on June 9 of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In The Heights”
    • Radio City Music Hall reopens June 19 to host the Tribeca Festival’s red carpet closing-night premiere.
      • Will be held at full capacity with a 100% vaccinated, unmasked audience
        • 5,500 total capacity
      • People not vaccinated will not be allowed in the audience, Cuomo said

Daily indicators

  • Overall statewide positivity: 1.26%
    • 7-day average: 1.1%
  • Statewide COVID hospitalizations: 1,581 (-2)
    • Statewide ICU patients: 387 (-5)
    • Intubations: 228 (+3)
  • Statewide COVID deaths: 11 – Lowest since Oct. 30, 2020

NY vaccinations update

  • 17,626,145 total doses given statewide
    • 9.97 million have gotten at least one dose – 61.8% of those 18+
    • 8.34 million are fully vaccinated – 52.2% of those 18+
  • MTA pop-up vaccine sites in stations
    • 5,701 vaccinations given over five days during first week of MTA pop-up
    • Program extended to May 22

Mayor de Blasio gives NYC COVID-19 update

Vaccines in NYC

  • Total doses: 7,495,978

Protecting subways

  • Largest NYPD transit deployment in 20 years
    • NYPD Transit: 2,500 officers
    • NYPD surge: 500+ officers
    • NYPD special deployment: 250 officers

Daily indicators

  • COVID Hospitalizations: 89 (24% positivity rate)
  • Hospitalization rate per 100,000, 7-day average (NYS): 1.01
  • New reported COVID-19 cases on 7-day average (including probable cases): 570
  • 7-day rolling average: 1.51%

NYC’s overnight subway service resumes

After more than a year of overnight closures, 24/7 subway service resumed overnight in New York City.

NY outdoor dining curfew ends

New Yorkers will see more signs of a return to pre-pandemic life on Monday as a curfew on outdoor dining at bars and restaurants is lifted ahead of a week of major reopenings.

MTA extends pop-up vaccine sites at transit hubs

After a successful first week, the MTA is extending pop-up vaccinations at four New York City stations, including Grand Central and Penn Station, through May 22.

Find out more about when and where here.

Children should wear masks in schools: CDC

Schools in the United States should continue to use masks for the 2020-2021 academic year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday.

The CDC in its latest guidance said all kindergarten through grade 12 schools “should implement and layer prevention strategies and should prioritize universal and correct use of masks and physical distancing.”

Vaccinated? Here’s how to score some freebies

A handful of nationwide businesses are incentivizing people to get the COVID-19 vaccine by offering free goods, from beer to dessert-on-a-stick. Click here for a full list of freebies to take advantage of.

Can I still spread COVID if I’m vaccinated?

At the start of the vaccination drive in the United States, it was altogether unknown whether the COVID-19 vaccines would prevent transmission of the virus. But recently, thanks to a series of studies, we’re getting greater clarity about the potential for fully vaccinated people to spread the vaccine.

Walmart, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Publix to drop mask mandate

Following the CDC’s relaxed guidance on wearing masks, some retail stores and businesses are continuing their mandates to ensure the safety of customers and employees. Others like Walmart and Costco have dropped their requirements. Click here to see a full list of updated store policies.

NY not easing mask rules yet, despite CDC guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, saying they can stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and indoors in most settings.

However, New Yorkers should still plan to mask up for now. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state’s health officials will first review the recommendations.

Latest official numbers

As of Sunday, there were 2,069,135 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 42,473 fatalities, according to data from the state.

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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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