NY COVID latest: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Coronavirus

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.

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Update: New COVID cases, hospitalizations, deaths in NY

  • Test results reported Tuesday – 113,709
  • Total positive – 426
  • One-day percent positive – 0.37%
  • Seven-day average percent positive – 0.48%
  • COVID patient hospitalization – 777
  • Patients in ICU – 195
  • Patients in ICU with intubation – 120
  • New COVID fatalities – 11
  • Total deaths – 42,824

Vaccine latest in New York

  • Total vaccine doses administered – 19,716,297
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 101,624
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past seven days – 566,758
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose -66.6%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 59.0%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 69.1%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 60.1%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 55.0%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 47.9%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 57.0%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 48.7%

Gov. Cuomo speaks at the Tribeca Festival opening

Tribeca Festival

  • First in-person film festival since the start of the pandemic.

Mayor de Blasio gives NYC COVID-19 update

Summer in NYC

  • Cracking down on illegal fireworks
  • Illegal Fireworks Task Force (32 officers) 
    • NYC Sheriff, NYPD Intel, FDNY, Port Authority, NY State Police, Yonkers Police, NJ State Police, US ATF
  • NYC Sheriff Joseph Fucito: Using resources and technology, we’re going to try to tackle and prevent the use of illegal fireworks.
  • What do you do to stop suspected smuggling of illegal fireworks? ID people who’ve acquired illegal contraband, and once they’re in a location that they’ve violated NYC/NYS laws, they’re put under arrest, according to Fucito.

Vaccines in NYC

  • Total doses: 8,593,779
  • Fully vaccinated NYC residents
    • Mayor: We’re about 70% of goal of fully vaccinated. Over 4.4 million New Yorkers have received at least one dose (80% of goal)
    • “Going to be very tough” to hit goal of 5 million fully vaccinated by the end of June.
    • De Blasio attributed slower pace to pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccine usage.

Life sciences in NYC

  • Another $500M ($1 billion total) invested to make NYC the public health capital of the world.

Daily indicators

  • COVID Hospitalizations: 74 (11% positivity rate)
  • Hospitalization rate per 100,000, 7-day average (NYS): 0.44
  • New reported COVID-19 cases on 7-day average (including probable cases): 224
  • 7-day rolling average: 0.71%

Q&A

  • Where are we in terms of herd immunity in NYC?
    • Mayor: COVID numbers are going down consistently, with help of vaccine and those exposed previously. We’re on the right track.
    • Dr. Mitchell Katz: In true herd immunity, everyone is protected against infection. We’re not in that state, but we’re at “functional immunity.” where NYC continues to reopen and the number of cases is decreasing. High vaccine rates result in fewer infection rates
    • Dr. Dave Chokshi: “Community immunity” is what we strive for. 

Pop-up vaccine sites at city libraries

The New York Public Library has teamed with New York City to host mobile vaccination pop-ups, with some set to begin Wednesday. See the full list of locations and dates below.

  • Bronx: 
    • Bronx Library Center: June 9-12,  8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Allerton Library: June 16-18, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Francis Martin Library: June 23-26, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Soundview Library: June 23-26, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Edenwald Library: June 30-July 2, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Manhattan: 
    • Harlem Library: June 9-12, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Seward Park Library: June 16-18, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Staten Island:
    • Stapleton Library: June 9-12, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • New Dorp Library: June 16-18, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • St. George Library: June 23-26, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NYS mask guidance in schools

Students will still have to mask up in NY schools after the New York State Education Department walked back on comments from the NYS Department of Health about new guidelines for masks wearing.

NY lawmakers aim to increase penalties for fake COVID vaccine cards

Assembly lawmakers passed a bill on Thursday that would make it a felony to forge or possess fake immunization records, including COVID-19 vaccine cards.

NY vaccine lottery scratch-offs incentive extended

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday the state’s “Vax and Scratch” COVID-19 vaccine incentive program will be extended at 10 mass vaccination sites.

NYC school vaccination program opens, but faces challenges

The first of a series of on-campus vaccination sites opened in the Bronx on Friday, but the event ended up showing how challenging vaccinating 12- to 17-year-olds might be.

NY unveils first 10 college scholarship winners

Ten lucky students in New York received full college scholarships on Wednesday, simply for getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

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 2,089,997 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 42,824 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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