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Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Friday, May 22, 2020

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Posted at 6:17 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 11:44:14-04

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.

11:00 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives his daily coronavirus briefing. Watch in video below.

Daily indicators

  • Hospitalizations and number of new cases per day is down
  • 109 new fatalities
  • Long Island and Mid-Hudson regions can reopen next week if deaths continue to decrease and tracing is online
  • Contact tracing underway in seven regions

More testing:

Wear-a-mask ad contest:

Small businesses

  • 90% of NY businesses are small businesses.
  • State launching the $100+ million New York Forward Loan Fund. More info.
  • We'll focus on minority and women-owned businesses & very small businesses with 20 or fewer employees.

Cuomo on NYC reopening and its indicators

  • Both city and state guidelines don’t clash. Both are parallel with each other. But state makes the final say as to when NYC will reopen

9:30 a.m.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio held his daily coronavirus briefing. Watch in video below.

Memorial Day social distancing

  • NYC beaches remain closed for swimming. Open for walking or sitting,
  • 30% increase in NYPD beach detail
  • Any gatherings or people going into water, parks officers will be there, but can call on NYPD, if needed.
  • 2,300 social distancing ambassadors will be out educating and distributing face masks across 230 parks

Face coverings

  • More than 6 million face coverings distributed (goal is 7.5 million)
  • City prepared to distribute about 5 million more, totaling 12.5 million

Restaurants and bars

  • Ads in place: “Take out… don’t hang out”
  • Police to monitor “problem areas” to make sure there is no crowding.

Daily indicators:

  • For the first time, we’ve seen these indicators are staying consistently low.
  • Day-to-day changes matter less. What matters is that numbers stay low.
  • NYC is below where we needed to be on a long-term basis on two of the indicators, and had to look at our definitions.
  • Threshold: The numbers you want to say below.
  • Hospitalizations for suspected COVID-19: Threshold is to stay under 200 patients admitted per day. (5/20: NYC at 76)
  • ALL H+H ICUs patients, not just COVID patients: Threshold to stay under 375 (5/20: NYC at 451)
  • Percentage tested who are COVID-positive: Threshold is to stay under 15% (5/20: 11%)

Open streets

  • 13 miles to open Saturday (total of 45 miles of open streets to date)
  • 1.8 miles managed by local partners
    • Red Hook Initiative: 9th Street
    • Bedford-Stuyvesant Gateway BID: Arlington Pl.
    • Village Alliance: University Pl., MacDougal St.
    • Hudson Square BID: Greenwich St.
    • Alliance for Downtown NY: Pearl St.
    • Chinatown District: Doyers St.
    • Alliance for Kips Bay: 2nd Ave. Service Road
    • Times Square Alliance: Broadway
  • 2.7 miles adjacent to parks
    • Hunters Point Park
    • Plaut Triangle
    • Gorman Playground
    • Yellowstone Park
    • Patiner’s Playground
    • Baisley Pond Park
    • Green Central Knoll Park
    • Nicholas Naquan Heyward Park
    • Carroll Park
    • McGolrick Park
    • Betsy Head Park
    • Charles Young Playground
    • Stuyvesant Square Park
    • Morningside Park
  • 8.8 miles managed by local precincts
    • Bed-Stuy: Somers St., Macon St.
    • Williamsburg: S. 9th St, Grand St., N. 3rd St.
    • Prospect Heights: Underhill Ave., Carlton Ave.
    • Kensington: Chester Ave.
    • Fort Greene: Willoughby Ave.
    • Crown Heights: Park Pl., Troy Ave.
    • Prospect heights: Lincoln Pl.
    • Boerum Hill: State St.
    • Homecrest: 16th St., Moore Pl.
    • Brooklyn Heights: Willow St.
    • Park Slope: Butler St., Gregory Place
    • Brownsville: Williams Ave
    • Bay Ridge: Colonial Rd.
    • Greenwich Village: Jones St.
    • Chelsea: 21st St, 22nd St
    • East Village: Avenue B
    • Manhattan Valley: 103rd St.
    • Gramercy: Irving Place
    • Seaport: Front St.
    • Hell’s Kitchen: 51st St.
    • Harlem: 117th St, 138th St.
    • Castle Hill: Puglsey Ave.
    • Rego Park: 99th St
    • Sunnyside: 50th Ave.
    • Forest Hills: 66th Rd., Ascan Ave.
    • Maspeth: 60th St.
    • Jamaica: 107th Ave., 108th Ave., 109th Ave. 159th St.

7:45 a.m.
As Long Island Beaches reopen, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone discusses protocols put in place. Watch interview here.

6:45 a.m.
Many New York state-run beaches open today for Memorial Day weekend, but with reduced capacity and social-distancing rules in place. New York City beaches aren't officially opening, but you can stroll in the sand. See the details on New York beaches.

Latest official numbers:
As of Friday morning, there were 356,458 confirmed cases in New York, with confirmed COVID-19 deaths rising to 23,083.

In New York City alone there are 16,232 confirmed COVID deaths and another 4,771 probable COVID deaths, bringing the city's potential death toll to over 21,003, according to data from the NYC Health Department.

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