NY COVID latest: Wednesday, May 12, 2021


FILE – In this Monday June 29, 2020, file photo, Imani Williams sanitizes tables at Junior’s Restaurant, in New York. Gov. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, that he was erasing the handful of remaining “orange zones” in the state where tougher pandemic restrictions had been in place because of the fast spread of COVID-19. Eliminating the zones will allow restaurants that had been within them to again offer indoor dining, albeit at half capacity. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, 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

COVID daily indicators

  • Overall statewide positivity: 1.10% – lowest since Oct. 17
    • 7-day average: 1.28% – lowest since Oct. 23
  • Statewide COVID hospitalizations: 1,928 (-98) – Lowest since Nov. 14
    • ICU patients: 463 (-28)
    • Intubations: 270 (-20)
  • Statewide COVID deaths: 26

Vaccine updates

  • Over 17 million vaccine shots in arms total statewide
  • Half of all New York residents 18 and older have been fully vaccinated, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.
    • 9,733,468 people have gotten at least one dose (60.7% of ages 18+)
    • 7,972,909 people are fully vaccinated (50% of ages 18+)
  • State will offer the vaccine at select NFTA transit hubs across Western New York Region.
    • Similar to the MTA pilot program in NYC area
    • Offering the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine

NY reopening updates

  • Beaches and pools can open statewide in time for Memorial Day, with 6-foot social distancing in place
    • Localities will have final say on exact dates
  • The goal is to have beaches and pools open at 100% capacity by the Fourth of July, Cuomo said.

Buffalo baseball updates

  • Opening day at Sahlen Field, home of the Buffalo Bisons, will be June 1, Cuomo announced.
    • 50% vaccinated section: normal seating
    • 50% unvaccinated section: 6-foot distancing, masks for all
    • Tickets go on sale May 20
  • The Bisons, Blue Jays, Erie County Medical Center and NY Department of Health teaming up for new vaccine initiative:
    • Starting June 1, fans can get a Johnson & Johnson shot at a Blue Jays game
      • Will get a free ticket to a Bisons game next season and a chance to win Blue Jays prizes

Mayor de Blasio gives NYC COVID-19 update

Vaccines in NYC

  • Total doses administered: 7,228,161
  • Incentives continue: Gift cards to NYC public markets, a gift card to Chelsea Market, 20% off purchase at NYC store
  • Vaccines for “Zoomers”: Authorization imminent for adolescents ages 12-15 to get Pfizer vaccine
  • While walk-up vaccines are available, New Yorkers are still encouraged to make appointments.

Streets Week in NYC

  • Reimagining Streets: Open Streets are here to stay — going further with Open Boulevards
    • “This is going to be the summer of New York City,” Mayor de Blasio said.
    • 10 Open Boulevards ready to open across five boroughs:
      • Bronx: Alexander Avenue (Bruckner Boulevard to E. 134 Street)
      • Bronx: Arthur Avenue (E. 187 Street to Crescent Avenue)
      • Queens: Ditmars Blvd (33rd to 36th streets)
      • Queens: Woodside Avenue (76th to 78th streets)
      • Manhattan: Amsterdam Avenue (106th to 110th streets)
      • Manhattan: Columbus Avenue (106th to 110th streets)
      • Staten Island: Minthrone Street (Victory Blvd to Bay Street)
      • Brooklyn: Fifth Avenue in Park Slope (various)
      • Brooklyn: Fifth Avenue in Sunset Park (various)

Bringing equity to the streets

  • Public spaces and programming in 33 neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19.
  • Projects underway: New Open Streets, new plazas, expanded pedestrian space, street seats, markets, performance arts

Daily indicators

  • COVID Hospitalizations: 90 (26% positivity rate)
  • Hospitalization rate per 100,000, 7-day average (NYS): 1.25
  • New reported COVID-19 cases on 7-day average (including probable cases): 743
  • 7-day rolling average: 1.9%

Vaccine sites at MTA stations open Wednesday

Pop-up vaccination sites at eight MTA transit hubs open Wednesday as part of a new pilot program.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said they will run from Wednesday, May 12 through Sunday, May 16, at select subway, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North stations.

Anyone who gets vaccinated at these stations will receive either a free seven-day MetroCard or two free one-way trips on the LIRR or Metro-North.

Locations, times of pop-up vaccine sites:

  • Ossing – MetroNorth station – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • East 180th Street subway station – the Bronx – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Grand Central Station – Vanderbilt Hall – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Penn Station – 34th St. Corridor – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Coney Island subway station – Brooklyn – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 179th Street subway station – Jamaica – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Hempstead LIRR station – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Broadway Junction subway station – Brooklyn – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Latest official numbers

As of Wednesday, there were 2,061,249 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 42,367 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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