NY COVID latest: Thursday, May 20, 2021


NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 02 : Cashiers wearing protective masks work in a grocery store in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn on April 2, 2020 in New York City. New York City is in its second week of lock down due to the coronavirus. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

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 updates

Daily indicators

  • Overall statewide positivity: 0.85% – Lowest since Sept. 11
    • 7-day average: 1.02%
  • Statewide COVID hospitalizations: 1,490 (-31) – Lowest since Nov. 8
    • ICU patients: 339 (-23)
    • Intubations: 208 (-1)
  • Daily COVID deaths: 18

Vaccination updates

  • 18,008,846 total doses given statewide in NY
    • 10,163,248 have at least one dose – 62.6% of all 18+ in NY
    • 8,555,224 are fully vaccinated – 53.5% of all 18+ in NY
  • However, vaccination rates are slowing, Gov. Cuomo says
  • Vax & Scratch – New statewide vaccination incentive:
    • Get a vaccination and get a scratch ticket for the NY Lottery Mega Multiplier game
    • Chance to win up to $5 million
    • The ticket has a $20 value
    • Chances of winning something are 1 in 9, Cuomo says
    • Starting at the 10 mass vaccination sites across state
    • Pilot program runs from Monday May, 24 through Friday, May 28
  • Take a flight, get a shot
    • Pop-up vaccination sites opening at seven airports across the state
    • For all U.S. citizens arriving or departing, plus airport workers
    • Monday, May 24 through Friday, May 28

Mayor de Blasio gives NYC COVID-18 update

Vaccines in NYC

  • 7,753,184 total doses 
  • 4,157,600 million first doses administered
  • More vaccination sites:
    • The Brooklyn Children’s Museum: Get vaccinated, get a free same-day ticket and family pass for a future visit
    • Bronx Zoo: Get vaccinated, get free tickets for a future visit
    • Soon: Coney Island Aquarium – get vaccinated, get free tickets for a future visit

Homeless outreach

  • During the pandemic, the city has opened 1,300 new SafeHaven beds
  • Hired more Homeless outreach personnel
  • Adapted to emergency with new approaches
  • 2021 Hope Survey: (compared to 2020)
    • 38% decrease in New Yorkers living without shelter
    • 23% decrease on subways
    • Decreases in all five boroughs 
    • “We know the x-factor was more outreach, more beds,” Mayor de Blasio said.
    • “A recovery for all of us means reaching all of us.”

Daily indicators

  • COVID Hospitalizations: 90 (17% positivity rate)
  • Hospitalization rate per 100,000, 7-day average (NYS): 0.89
  • New reported COVID-19 cases on 7-day average (including probable cases): 513
  • 7-day rolling average: 1.37%



  • Homeless count: 
    • This year: 2,376 down from 3,857 in 2020. 3,588 in 2019.
  • Homeless population placed in hotels — did that play into the numbers on the street going down? 
    • Once people get help, they’re looking for a long-term solution (affordable housing will make a difference) As COVID recedes, intend to bring homeless back to shelters where they can get proper resources
  • Homeless effort on subways
    • The new officers are coming into subways. More officers, impact will help. Outreach efforts have helped. People are being convinced to leave subways and go to shelters. We need to do more and be consistent,
    • “It’s a person-by-person thing,” de Blasio said.

Latest official numbers

As of Thursday, there were 2,074,457 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 42,542 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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