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Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Sunday, March 22, 2020

Posted: 7:15 AM, Mar 22, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-22 21:07:11-04
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NEW YORK — Below you will find the most up-to-date information on coronavirus news impacting New York. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.

9:05 p.m.
Citywide, there were 10,764 positive cases of COVID-19 and 99 fatalities, a spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Currently, there are 3,050 cases in Queens 2,324 in Manhattan, 3,154 in Brooklyn 1,564 in the Bronx, and 666 in Staten Island.

There are at least 1,800 people are hospitalized. Of those individuals, at least 450 are in the ICU.

8 p.m.
An order requiring most New Yorkers to stay home has gone into effect as the state seeks to stem the coronavirus pandemic. The order also bands “non-essential gatherings” of people for any reasons. Businesses in the state were to close by 8 p.m.

3 p.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea are speaking about the department’s enforcement of social distancing restrictions in New York City.

  • The number of coronavirus cases in New York City jumped to 9,654, representing about one-third of the cases in the entire nation.
  • The death toll in New York City rose to 63 people, de Blasio said.
  • De Blasio praised Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers for their response to the coronavirus crisis, including sending 1 million N95 masks to city hospitals on Saturday.
  • The mayor was critical of the "lack of response" from the federal government. "We need supplies from FEMA ... and we need them now," he said.
  • In addition to hailing health care workers, first responders and transit workers as heroes, de Blasio called grocery store workers and delivery drivers "unsung heroes" of the coronavirus outbreak. He lauded New Yonkers for doing "extraordinary things" to help their neighbors.

Watch the news conference below:

11 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is speaking on the coronavirus outbreak before the state’s 8 p.m. “PAUSE” plan goes into effect for non-essential businesses.

  • Coronavirus cases in New York total 15,168, with over 9,000 confirmed in New York City.
  • There have been 374 deaths since the outbreak began.
  • About 13% of patients are hospitalized, which is down from 15% on Saturday.
  • About 53% of New York coronavirus cases are between the ages of 18 and 49 years old, Cuomo said, dispelling the idea that young people can't get the virus. "You can get sick, you probably won't die but you can give it to someone older who could die," he said.
  • Cuomo criticized reports and photos on social media of people gathering in New York City parks and not following social distancing rules.
  • "There is a density level in New York City that is wholly inappropriate," Cuomo said. "You would not know that anything was going on ... It's a mistake. It has to stop."
  • Cuomo spoke with Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson about creating a plan to correct the density level in the city. He expects a plan within 24 hours.
  • The governor said he expects the outbreak to last between four and nine months, "depending on how we handle it."
  • Cuomo requested the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers build temporary coronavirus hospitals at SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Westbury and the Westchester Convention Center. Those hospitals will not come with supplies or staffing, according to Cuomo.
  • "From my point of view, construction can start tomorrow," Cuomo said.
  • Four FEMA hospitals will be built inside the Javits Center. Each hospital will have 250 beds and comes with federal staffing and supplies.
  • All hospitals are mandated to increase hospital bed capacity by at least 50%.
  • Creating enough ICU beds is limited by the availability of
  • All elective, non-critical surgeries are canceled beginning Wednesday. "That alone should get us 25%-30% more beds," Cuomo said.

Watch the news conference below:

10:45 a.m.
All playgrounds, athletic courts and team sporting fields in state parks are closed. Park trails and grounds remain open for solitary outdoor enjoyment following social distancing rules, according to the state Parks Department.

10 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the city's coronavirus outbreak during an appearance on CNN's "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer Sunday.

There are over 8,000 coronavirus cases in the city and there have been 60 deaths, de Blasio said.

The mayor predicted the outbreak would worsen in April and May.

He also warned that city hospitals are about 10 days away from running out of critical supplies such as N95 masks.

"This is going to be the greatest crisis, domestically, since the Great Depression," de Blasio said, calling on the federal government to focus on hospital needs rather than bailing out private industries like airlines.

7 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's order to close all non-essential businesses goes into effect at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The governor dubbed the plan "PAUSE," which stands for for Policies that Assure Uniformed Safety for Everyone. The decision was announced as part of Cuomo's efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.

For a full list of what businesses and entities will remain open, click here.

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The New York state coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also being posted here.