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Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Friday, May 1, 2020

Virus Outbreak New York City
Posted at 4:51 AM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 12:23:26-04

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.

11:30 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his daily COVID-19 update. Watch in full below.

New York Schools Closed

  • Gov. Cuomo announced New York K-12 schools will remain closed the remainder of the academic year. Read more here.
  • A decision on summer school programming will be announced by the end of May, Cuomo said.

Mental health and front-line worker support

  • New York is directing insurers to waive all cost sharing, copays and deductibles for mental health services for essential workers throughout the crisis.

Latest numbers and trends

  • Cuomo says New Yorkers reduced the number of hospitalized by about 100,000 by following social distancing rules and isolating.
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline as new cases hover around 1,000 per day.289 new coronavirus deaths bring New York total to 18,610.

9:30 a.m.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave his daily coronavirus briefing. Watch in video below.

  • It’s a new month, hopefully it’s a month of progress
  • May is here. That means warmer weather is coming. When it comes to spring fever, “We’re all going to feel it more and more.”

Indicators: They help us understand what is going on and help us make decisions moving forward.

  • Virus is still alive and well
  • 2,637 new confirmed cases in NYC
  • 202 new fatalities in NYC
  • 136 hospitalizations
  • 704 people in H+H ICUs

Getting low-level transmission

  • Test and trace: What we need to get to the next phase
  • Testing available in every community
  • Staffing to trace every case
  • Immediate assessment, isolation and support

Open streets initiative

  • First streets open Monday
  • 4.5 miles inside parks to ease crowding
    • Fort Tryon Park
    • Flushing Meadows
    • Forest Hill Park
    • Callahan-Kelly Park
    • Grant Park
    • Silver Lake Park
  • 2.7 miles of streets adjacent to parks
    • Williamsbridge Oval
    • Court Square
    • Carl Schurz Park
    • Highbridge Park
    • Prospect Park
    • Stapleton Waterfront Park
    • Lt. William Tighe Triangle

Colorado paramedic dies of COVID-19 in NYC

  • He did not have to do it, he made the choice to come here
  • He made the ultimate sacrifice for us
  • So many public servants have been lost.
  • NYC has lost 4 members of EMS, 10 members of FDNY
  • If you want to honor these heroes, stick to the rules

“Declaring victory prematurely” is a dangerous thing.Q&A:

  • Distribution of face coverings will continue.
  • Streets: Roads picked to make sure it won’t intervene with medical operations happening at the parks.
  • Rat control: Inspectors will be out and check complaints and honor social distancing. “I want the rats to know they are not safe. We’re coming for them.”
  • Cuomo’s expected school announcement:
    • Governor and Mayor spoke in the past about school issues. The governor understands de Blasio’s concerns over reopening schools “I have certainly made clear that NYC public schools cannot reopen until September.”
    • NYC will be there for students who need additional assistance during the summer months.
  • Pedestrian streets: There will be barricades, goal is to minimize vehicles in the area.
  • Reopen rally: Can 100% guarantee there will be finds if there are large gatherings. “If you gather, NYPD is going to give you a summons.” If you resist, NYPD has the right to make arrests, de Blasio said.
  • Large gatherings: Brought attention to people going out to watch military flyovers, are you reconsidering Macy’s fireworks display?
    • Flyovers are very different from an organized event. When it comes to the July 4 celebrations, they’re going to make decisions.
  • Homeless on subway: We should be aspiring to have each person who needs help, get help.
  • Nursing home in Washington Heights had close to 100 deaths. Even though it’s under the state, will the city investigate?
    • We all have to work together. NYC wants to provide any work they can.
    • Nursing homes: Status quo cannot stay the same.
  • Safe havens: Is there enough capacity, and will it follow social distancing guidelines?
    • Safe havens are small facilities. Proper social distancing can be practiced. It’s not healthy for people to be living on the street.

8:50 a.m.
New York City Transit Interim President Sarah Feinberg discussed how the MTA will shut down overnight for disninfecting. Watch interview here.

Latest official numbers:
As of Thursday, there have been 18,321 confrimed COVID-19 fatalities in New York, with total confirmed cases rising to 304,372.

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