NY COVID latest: Tuesday, June 29, 2021

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FILE – In this Sept. 30, 2020, file photo, customers have lunch at Katz’s Delicatessen in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, that indoor dining can resume at 25 % capacity on Friday, Feb. 12, two days before the Valentine’s Day opening he had announced earlier, so restaurants can take advantage of the Valentine’s Day weekend. Indoor restaurant service in New York City has been prohibited since Dec. 14, 2020, when COVID-19 cases started surging. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, 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 gives NY COVID update

Daily Indicators

  • NY positivity rate: 0.51%
    • Tests reported: 54,196
    • Tests positive: 275
  • NY COVID-19 hospitalizations: 362
  • COVID-19 fatalities in NY: 3
  • Vaccination doses administered: 21,088,810
    • (CDC) % of NYers 18+ with at least one dose: 71.9%
    • (CDC) % of NYers 18+ fully vaccinated: 65.1%

Mayor de Blasio gives NYC COVID-19 update

Fighting climate change

  • Governors Island goes green
  • NYC announced global competition to create climate-focused research hun on Governors Island to fight climate crisis

Vaccines in NYC

  • Total doses: 9,251,412
  • Reopening in NYC: Return to office
    • Beginning Tuesday, vaccinated city workers can:
      • Work without masks in the office
      • Stop being limited by physical distancing
    • Unvaccinated workers and workers interacting with public must keep wearing masks
    • All City agencies must implement by July 6
    • Goal: in September returning City Office to normal if CDC guidance allows.
  • New York Comedy Festival returns
    • Nov. 8-14 
    • 200 performers, 100+ shows (Including venues such as the Apollo Theater, BAM, Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Carolines on Broadway, Madison Square Garden, Town Hall)
    • Tickets: nycomedyfestival.com 
  • Movies under the stars
    • Free movies in parks across all five boroughs
    • Feature films include “RENT,” “Coco,” “Captain America,” “Incredibles 2”
    • Short films from New York Public School Film Festival (32 films made by NYC public school kids.)

Daily indicators

  • COVID Hospitalizations: 76 (14% positivity rate)
  • Hospitalization rate per 100,000, 7-day average (NYS): 0.30
  • New reported COVID-19 cases on 7-day average (including probable cases): 185
  • 7-day rolling average: 0.57%

States hesitant to adopt digital COVID vaccine verification

Customers wanting to wine, dine and unwind to live music at the City Winery’s flagship restaurant in New York must show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to get in. But that’s not required at most other dining establishments in the city. And it’s not necessary at other City Winery sites around the U.S.

If City Winery tried doing such a thing at its places in Atlanta and Nashville, “we would have no business, because so many people are basically against it,” said CEO Michael Dorf.

Child tax credit opt-out: When is the deadline?

According to the IRS, some people may want to unenroll if they “expect the amount of tax you owe to be greater than your expected refund when you file your 2021 tax return.” Because the payments are being paid in advance, “every dollar you receive will reduce the amount of Child Tax Credit you will claim on your 2021 tax return.”

Is fear of needles keeping you from COVID vaccine?

An average healthy person will get at least 165 needle sticks over a lifetime, based on routine vaccinations and tests, according to Harvard Health. But could the fear of needles keep you from getting vaccinated against COVID-19, which has claimed more than 603,000 lives in the United States?

NYC expands at-home COVID vaccination program to all eligible residents

New York City residents ages 12 and older can now sign up for appointments to get vaccinated in the comfort of their home at no cost.

NY ends alcohol to-go and delivery

New York restaurants and bars will no longer be allowed to sell alcohol through takeout or delivery orders, the State Liquor Authority announced Wednesday.

New monument honoring essential workers to open in NYC on Labor Day

A new monument honoring essential workers will open in New York City. The new Circle of Heroes Monument to Essential Workers will open on Labor Day at Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan.

NY COVID State of Emergency ends

New York’s COVID-19 State of Emergency, issued more than 15 months ago when the virus first overwhelmed the state, came to an end on Thursday.

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.

Latest official numbers

As of Wednesday, there were 2,097,560 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 42,972 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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