NY COVID latest: Sunday, May 16, 2021

A hot dog cart vendor in Times Square

A hot dog cart vendor in Times Square on April 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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.

NY outdoor dining curfew to lift as subway returns to full service

New Yorkers will see more signs of a return to pre-pandemic life on Monday as full subway service is restored and a curfew on outdoor dining is lifted.

NY COVID vaccine latest

  • Total doses administered – 17,555,423
  • Total doses administered over past 24 hours – 105,099
  • Total doses administered over past seven days – 841,164
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 61.6%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 51.9%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 49.8%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 41.6%  

Update: New COVID cases, hospitalizations, deaths in NY

  • Test results reported Saturday – 156,380
  • Total positive – 1,561
  • One-day percent positive – 1.00%
  • Seven-day average percent positive – 1.13%
  • Patient hospitalization – 1,583
  • Number of COVID patients in ICU – 392
  • Number of ICU patients with intubation – 225
  • New COVID fatalities – 33
  • Total deaths – 42,473

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.

Pop-up vaccination clinics hope to make getting the shot easy

Organizers were thrilled by the number of people rolling up their sleeves and getting the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot at a pop-up vaccination site in Prospect Park on Saturday. Close to 100 Brooklyn residents got vaccinated. No appointment was needed and there were few complaints. 

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.

NY children begin getting the Pfizer COVID vaccine

Thursday was the first day that children in New York 12 years old and up could get vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

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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