Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Friday, June 5, 2020

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Posted at 7:02 AM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 17:52:58-04

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.

5:50 p.m.
A senior advisor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the governor will sign an executive order allowing "necessary in-person special education instruction this summer."

11:30 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his daily press briefing now. Watch below.

Breaking updates:

  • The governor has spoken to the 75-year-old man seen being shoved to the ground by Buffalo police officers in now-viral video from Thursday protests. “Luckily, he’s alive,” Cuomo says.
  • Two officers suspended and district attorney is looking into the Buffalo incident for possible criminal liability, Cuomo says.
  • Governor says he thinks Buffalo Police chief should pursue firing of officers involved in the above incident
  • Cuomo lays out “Say Their Name” reform agenda cornerstones
    • Transparency of officers’ prior disciplinary records
    • No chokeholds
    • False race-based 911 report should be classified as a hate crime
    • Attorney General as independent prosecutor for police murders

COVID-19 updates:

  • New York reported 42 coronavirus fatalities Thursday, lowest daily virus deaths since pandemic began.
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations were their lowest daily numbers yet, Cuomo said.

9:30 a.m.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio held his daily briefing as the city prepares to reopen. Watch in video below.


  • The status quo is still broken, it must change
  • Mostly peaceful protests, but there were “some attempts at violence.”
  • There is no circumstance at which a member of the news media should ever be arrested by the NYPD or any other police organization.
  • “That is unacceptable and that needs to stop.”
  • Any essential worker doing their job is exempt from the curfew.
  • Each night, we see individual instances where officers are taking actions, raising concerns. Mayor and Commissioner Shea are working to make sure disciplinary measures will be done.
  • Police officers in the middle of protests, etc.: They need to have their badge numbers and names shown and body cameras must be on. "It is just inappropriate."
  • Curfew: Broad goals of curfew have been achieved: Restoring peace, lessening destruction. The last three nights have shown progress.
  • Speedy action in disciplining cops in NYC: It takes too long and needs to be changed. So much of the energy now is addressing the issues we’re facing. If people see immediate action elsewhere, it’s understandable to question why it’s not happening here.
  • Peaceful protest: Ground rules are clearly stated by police. Police are there for a reason. When officers don’t provide ground rules, that could lead to discipline. “I don’t want to see the use of force on peaceful protests.” “I want minimum intervention, minimum force."

Reopening in NYC

  • Begins Monday
  • Testing for all: NYC has tested more than 33,000 people in one day last week.
  • Goal is to have 50,000 tested in one day.

Mobile testing

  • NYC launching mobile COVID-19 PCR testing sites
  • 2 testing trucks hit streets next week
    • Soundview: June 9 and 10
    • Kew Gardens: June 11
  • City will ramp up to 10 trucks in July
  • Walk-ins only: 80-test capacity per truck, per day.

Daily indicators

  • COVID-19 hospital admissions: 84 (under 200 threshold, but a huge jump from 44 day before)
  • H+H ICUs: 344 (under 375 threshold)
  • Percent who tested positive: 4% (under threshold)
  • Mayor says he does not see evidence that protests are causing the spike in admissions, but we’re going to watch that carefully. If the cause is from protests, we'd see it in the coming days and weeks.

Latest official numbers:
As of Friday morning, there were 375,133 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York, with the death toll at 24,133.

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