NY COVID latest: Thursday, May 27, 2021

Passenger gets on MTA bus

FILE — In this Oct. 22, 2020, file photo, passengers board a bus near the Fordham Metro North station, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

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 updates

Daily Indicators

  • Overall statewide positivity: 0.65% – Lowst since Aug. 27
  • Statewide COVID hospitalizations: 1,223 (-51) – Lowest since Nov. 1
    • ICU patients: 300 (+3)
    • Intubations: 177
  • Statewide daily COVID deaths: 10 – Lowest since Oct. 30

Vaccine Updates

  • 18,715,969 total doses given statewide
    • 10,535,341 have gotten at least one dose – 64.4% of all 18+ in NY
    • 8,935,406 fully vaccinated – 55.8% of all 18+ in NY
  • 11,133 people have been vaccinated at the MTA pop-up vaccine hub
    • Will continue at Grand Central and Penn Station for another week
  • New York Department of Labor issuing guidance to all employers that ANY recovery period after getting the vaccine is covered by New York’s Paid Sick Leave law.

Answering anti-Semitism in NY

  • Gov. Cuomo detailing additional New York State Troopers to provide security at Jewish religious, educational and community facilities.
    • Priority protection during Shabbos

NYC East Side Access project update

  • Gov. Cuomo announced all major construction for the project is complete.
    • Grand opening will be in 2022
  • What does it do for Long Island?
    • LIRR capacity into Manhattan doubled
    • Commute times to and from Manhattan destinations cut by 40 minutes
    • Transit redundancy
    • With double and third track, reverse commuting is now a reality
    • New train storage year – 300 extra trains for peak hours
  • What does it do for NYC?
    • Less crowding at Penn Station
    • New Penn Station construction without interrupting transit
    • Create space at Penn Station for Metro-North Penn Access
    • Revitalized economy on the east side of Manhattan
    • Grand Central to JFK Airport in 40 minutes

Mayor de Blasio gives NYC COVID-19 update

NYC reopening

  • Tech sector comeback continues
  • Facebook returning to NYC offices at 25% capacity beginning July 12

Vaccines in NYC

  • Total doses administered: 8,130,889
  • Homebound vaccinations: 9,000+ homebound New Yorkers vaccinated
    • 3,000+ family members and caregivers 
  • Need a vaccine? City will come to you
    • In-home vaccinations for New Yorkers 75 and older and those with disabilities
    • Call 877-Vax-4NYC or visit Vax4NYC.NYC.GOV
  • Vaccine buses at the beaches and NYC summer spots 

Fighting hate crimes

  • P.A.T.H. Forward (Partners against the hate)
    • $3 million investment in community organizations to fight back hate crimes

Daily indicators

  • COVID Hospitalizations: 80 (26% positivity rate)
  • Hospitalization rate per 100,000, 7-day average (NYS): 0.76
  • New reported COVID-19 cases on 7-day average (including probable cases): 369
  • 7-day rolling average: 1.03%

COVID vaccine latest in New York

As of Wednesday, 18,628,178 total vaccine doses had been administered statewide and 8,888,842 New York residents were fully vaccinated.

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.

NY venues can return to 100% capacity

All venues in New York now have the option to return to 100% capacity for only fully vaccinated people, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

Some venues, however, have the option to have a capacity of 50% vaccinated and 50% unvaccinated people, however that limits the number of people allowed into arenas, stadiums and other spaces, according to Cuomo. Read more here for the full details.

Latest official numbers

As of Thursday, there were 2,082,104 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 42,653 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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