Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Friday, April 10, 2020

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Posted at 5:31 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 16:04:13-04

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.

1:30 p.m.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gives a COVID-19 update at 1:30 p.m. Watch live below.

  • De Blasio speaks from the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, converted to a field hospital
  • "Disparities sharper and clearer than ever before"
  • Low income, under-served by healthcare, and immigrant communities suffering more
  • Field hospital will contain 470 bed facility, more than 100 more than planned, including 20 ICU beds
  • Field hospitals that are no longer needed for urgent medical needs will become quarantine and isolation facilities when there. is low-level transmission
  • Federal gov't must help with testing, he said
  • Carmel, Indiana will send components to help create 50,000 COVID-19 tests for NYC
  • Thermometers delivered to DOE enrichment centers, Department of Correction, ACS, 911 call centers, NYPD facilities, FDNY firehouses and sanitation garages
  • De Blasio calls on rent guidelines board to issue rent freeze for 2 million New Yorkers in rent stabalized apartments
  • Called on state gov't to allow renters to pay rent with security deposits

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11:30 a.m.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives his daily briefing on coronavirus in New York. Watch in video below.

  • Hospitalization decrease
  • ICU admissions in the negative number
  • 777 new deaths, state death toll: 7,844
  • NY is flattening the curve (actual curve is lower than projected models)
  • Continue surge and flex: Coordinating statewide, sharing equipment
  • Providing $200M in emergency food assistance for over 700,000 low-income residents.
  • Airbnb contributes $2 million to help provide rooms in union hotels at no cost for front line workers
  • COVID-19 Heroes Compensation Fund: Working with Congressional delegation to support healthcare and other front-line workers who contracted COVID-19 and their families
  • When do we reopen? The key to reopening is testing. New York is testing more than anywhere else. Bring testing to scale (diagnostic and antibody)
  • Joining NJ and Connecticut for a testing coalition.
  • A fair, non-political federal stimulus bill is needed "This is about helping the country come back and focusing on the need."
  • Who should have warned us? If we don't know the answer, how do we know it won't happen again?
  • Is there a second wave? What have other countries learned from reopening? These are unchartered waters. Our actions shape our future.
  • Temporary hospitals are an overflow relief capacity valve. If hospitalization rate stays low, we don't need them as much, but they are currently being used to an extent.
  • PPE and ventilators: We have a stockpile where we are "relatively comfortable," but we have supplies coming in.

7:30 a.m.
New York City is shortening the time it will hold unclaimed bodies amid the mounting COVID-19 death toll. The medical examiner's office says it will now keep bodies for just 14 days before they're buried in the city's potter's field on Hart Island. Read more here.

As of early Friday morning, New York's COVID-19 cases stand at 159,937, including 87,725 positive cases in New York City. The state's death toll rose to 7,067, with a whopping 4,778 of those fatalities in NYC alone.

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