NY COVID latest: Thursday, April 22, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine and syringe

A nurse fills a syringe with Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at the Uniondale Hempstead Senior Center on Long Island on March 31, 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.

Gov. Cuomo shares NY COVID-19 numbers

  • NY positivity rate: 2.06% (Lowest since Nov. 5)
    • Tests reported: 242,432
    • Tests positive: 4,996
  • NY COVID-19 hospitalizations: 3,567
  • COVID-19 fatalities in NY: 45

Mayor de Blasio gives NYC COVID-19

Climate change in NYC

  • NYC vs. Big Oil
    • Exxon, Shell and BP created 108 billion tons of carbon dioxide since 1955
  • Electric
    • 100% of school bus fleet to be electric by 2035
    • 75 buses rolling out within the next two years
    • Builds on goal for 100% electric city fleet by 2040, with buses leading the way
    • Pursue local law requiring all new parking lots to include electric vehicle charging
  • Compost comeback
    • Curbside composting returns to 3.5 million New Yorkers

Daily indicators

  • Vaccines: Total doses administered – 5,943,896
  • COVID Hospitalizations: 167 (44% positivity rate)
  • Hospitalization rate per 100,000, 7-day average (NYS): 2.59
  • New reported COVID-19 cases on 7-day average (including probable cases): 1,964
  • 7-day rolling average: 4.54%


Return of schools in the fall: Mayor says the city is “making a lot of progress now” with increasing vaccines, plummeting cases, etc.

It’s too early to have solid plans about September, but the city is planning on having every child back in the classroom, the mayor said.

Goal: If every single one of our children showed up to school, we’d be ready to take them. 

Parents may still have concerns, and we’ll work with that.

Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter: We’re always going to ground ourselves and put health and safety first.

New Yorkers 60+ can get vaccine without appointment at some sites

New York residents aged 60 and older will no longer need an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine at certain mass vaccination sites beginning Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. See the full list of vaccine sites not requiring appointments for those over 59.

Latest official numbers

As of Thursday, there were 2,002,512 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 41,678 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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