NY COVID latest: Wednesday, May 19, 2021


Children line up to go back into their classrooms after taking part in a bunny hop and class portrait in the schoolyard at at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 on March 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/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.

NY reopening update

TD Five Boro Bike Tour will resume this year on Sunday, August 22, 2021.

Gov. Cuomo shares NY COVID-19 updates

Daily indicators

  • Statewide positivity rate: 1.00% – Lowest since Oct. 10
    • 7-day average positivity: 1.06% – Lowest since Sept. 27; 44 straight days of decline
  • COVID hospitalizations: 1,521 – Lowest since Nov. 8
    • ICU patients: 362
    • Intubations: 209
  • COVID daily deaths: 21

Mayor de Blasio gives NYC COVID-19 update

Vaccines in NYC

  • Total doses administered: 7,682,972

Support for working families

  • Expanding family enrichment centers to serve 33 neighborhoods
    • In East New York, Highbridge and Hunts Point
    • Spaces that bring together parents from across the neighborhood
    • Connect families to resources for their kids

Daily indicators

*All indicators below threshold for the first time since October 

  • COVID Hospitalizations: 96 (24% positivity rate)
  • Hospitalization rate per 100,000, 7-day average (NYS): 0.92
  • New reported COVID-19 cases on 7-day average (including probable cases): 537
  • 7-day rolling average: 1.44%

NY, NJ lift most COVID capacity restrictions

Most coronavirus capacity restrictions end Wednesday across our region, Governors Andrew Cuomo and Phil Murphy announced earlier in May.

Capacity rules will be lifted for businesses such as retail, food service, gyms and fitness centers, family entertainment, personal care businesses, museums, theaters and Broadway.

The 6-foot social distancing requirement will remain in effect in both states.

NY, NJ gathering, event limits relaxed

In both New York and New Jersey, the limits for gatherings, both residential and social, increase Wednesday.

  • Indoor social gatherings: 250 people maximum
  • Indoor private/residential gatherings: 50 people maximum
  • Indoor sports/event venues: 30% capacity
  • General outdoor gatherings
    • NY: 500 people
    • NJ: No limit
  • Outdoor sports/event venues
    • NY: 33% capacity
    • NJ: No Limit

NY mask mandate update

Starting Wednesday, those in New York who are fully vaccinated can resume most activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state or local, tribal or territorial laws and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

Those who are immunocompromised or unvaccinated should continue to wear masks and social distance.

Masks will still be required on public transportation, in nursing hoes, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, schools and health care facilities, per CDC guideline.

Latest official numbers

As of Wednesday, there were 2,072,874 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 42,524 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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