NY COVID latest: Monday, May 24, 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.

Gov. Cuomo gives NY COVID-19 update

Daily Indicators

  • NY positivity rate: 1.09% 
    • 929 new positive cases, first day under 1,000 since October 18
  • 7-day positivity: 0.9% (lowest since September) 
  • Hospitalizations: 1,305
    • ICU: 303
    • Intubations: 185
  • COVID-19 fatalities in NY: 14
  • Vaccines: More than 10 million vaccines administered.
    • Number of vaccines administered daily is dropping (55% – less than 100,000 vaccines a day) 

Vaccines in NY

  • “Shot in the Park” incentive: If you get vaccinated this week, you get a two-day family pass to any of the 16 state parks.

Cuomo on schools fully reopening:

  • “Remote learning sounds fine and worked fine enough for some students, but some students paid a very heavy price for remote learning,” Cuomo said. 
  • By the current trajectory, I think there’s no reason why every school shouldn’t be open in September.

Mayor de Blasio gives NYC COVID-19 update

Vaccines in NYC

  • Total doses: 7,962,139
  • 70% of seniors first dose
  • 60% of adults first dose
  • 50% of adults fully vaccinated
  • NYC vaccine contest:
    • New prizes weekly
    • Anyone 18+ automatically invited to enter contest after first dose at city-run sites
    • Running through early July
    • Prizes: Staycation packages, concert tickets, Broadway shows and more
      • This week: 10 free, one-year memberships to Crunch Fitness
      • 50 three-day passes to Governors Ball

NYC reopening

  • “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” returns to Ed Sullivan Theater June 14 to full, vaccinated audience
  • All court employees expected to be back
    • Monday and Tuesday: Pop-up vaccines outside courts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Lou Gehrig Plaza in the Bronx, Staten Island Courthouse Plaza, Queens Borough Hall)

NYC schools reopening

Daily indicators

  • COVID Hospitalizations: 85 (19% positivity rate)
  • Hospitalization rate per 100,000, 7-day average (NYS): 0.81
  • New reported COVID-19 cases on 7-day average (including probable cases): 405
  • 7-day rolling average: 1.13% (Lowest since September 2020)

NYC schools reopening

Mayor de Blasio announced NYC schools will fully reopen for in-person learning and no remote option in September.

Vaccine freebies

New York, New Jersey and several companies nationwide are offering incentives for those who get vaccinated, including free food, drinks and a scratch-and-win ticket where people have the chance to win $5 million — The “Vax & Scratch” program begins Monday.

Latest official numbers

As of Monday, there were 2,079,346 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 42,608 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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