NY COVID latest: Wednesday, May 26, 2021


NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 02 : Cashiers wearing protective masks work in a grocery store in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn on April 2, 2020 in New York City. New York City is in its second week of lock down due to the coronavirus. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/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.

Gov. Cuomo shares NYS COVID-19 updates

Daily Indicators

  • NY positivity rate: 0.7% (Lowest since Aug. 30)
    • Tests reported: 133,208
  • NY COVID-19 hospitalizations: 1,274
    • ICU:297
    • Intubations: 177
  • COVID-19 fatalities in NY: 17
  • NYC positivity: 
    • Bronx: 0.69%
    • Manhattan: 0.41%
    • Staten Island: 0.81%
    • Brooklyn: 0.75%
    • Queens: 0.67%
  • NY positivity: One of top-three states with lowest positivity
  • Vaccinations are slowing
    • Population driving COVID positivity: 12-17 year olds. (also the group less likely to get vaccinated)
    • Raffle for 50 full tuition, room and board scholarships to any public school or university for 12-17 y/os who get vaccinated in the next six weeks.
    • Thursday through July 7, any 12-17-year-old who gets first Pfizer dose can enter for 10 four-year scholarships to a CUNY/SUNY awarded via random drawing every Wednesday.
    • To enter: ny.gov/vaccinescholarship
    • Kids who receive the vaccine will be eligible for every weekly drawing, so the sooner you get the vaccine, the greater your chances

NY recovery

  • Business Relief: 
  • Tenant Relief:
    • Funding available for expected 200,000 eligible low-income households and landlords
    • Applications open June 1 – OTDA.ny.gov/ERAP
  • Applications are on a first come, first serve basis

NY venues

  • All venues can go back to 100% capacity for fully vaccinated people
  • Some venues: Can do 50% vaccinated/50% unvaccinated, but it limits capacity 
  • Arenas, theaters, etc. can go to 100% capacity for ONLY vaccinated people.
  • Radio City Music Hall – 100% capacity – fully vaccinated

Mayor de Blasio shares COVID updates in NYC

Vaccine updates

  • 8,062,074 total vaccine doses given so far in NYC
    • 4,303,475 first doses
    • 331,649 single doses
  • As of last week, over 50,000 children ages 12 to 15 have received at least one vaccine shot, according to Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi.

COVID daily indicators

  • New COVID hospitalizations: 59
    • Hospital admissions per 100K, 7-day average: 0.79
  • New COVID cases, 7-day average: 385
  • NYC positivity rate, 7-day average: 1.08%

Other updates

  • Georgia Pestana nominated to replace Jim Johnson as New York City’s Corporation Counsel.
    • In her new role, Pestana will head the NYC Law Department, overseeing a staff of nearly 1,000 lawyers and about 700 support professionals who represent the City government in legal matters.

NYC schools reopening

New York City public schools will fully reopen for in-person learning, with no remote option, for the next academic year in September.

COVID vaccine latest in New York

As of Tuesday, 18,528,624 total vaccine doses had been administered statewide and 8,836,127 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.

Latest official numbers

As of Wednesday, there were 2,081,049 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 42,642 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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