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Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Friday, May 29, 2020

Virus Outbreak New York
Posted at 7:35 AM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 13:52:12-04

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.

Happening today: Gov. Andrew Cuomo will hold his daily coronavirus briefing at 1 p.m.

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

Protecting workers

  • Face coverings: DCWO, SBS, DCAS to deliver 2 million face coverings for businesses and workers
  • Workers resources: Know your rights and guidance
  • City will provide resources to keep workers and customers safe
  • “Workers have every right to be safe when they return to work.”

COVID testing for nonprofit workers

  • Beginning next week, NYC will make voluntary, weekly COVID testing available
  • Target of reaching 31,000 nonprofit human service provider staff starting June 1
  • Up to 4,000 tests per day
  • Available June 15: Up to 15 mobile teams bringing testing sites to nonprofit workers once a week.
  • Beginning July, city will provide test kits and PPE for providers to administer tests on-site

Expanding cure violence social distancing work

  • Currently we have 150 “violence interrupters” and outreach workers engaged in actions
  • Expand to 375 more staff, each site will increase by an additional 10-15 people for social distancing and COVID outreach from June to September.

Helping vulnerable residents

  • Closing the digital divide: 10,000 internet-enabled tablets shipped to disconnected NYCHA seniors. Delivered to seniors at 100 developments in every borough.

Daily indicators

  • COVID hospitalizations: 61 (under threshold)
  • H+H ICUs: 391 (above 375 threshold)
  • Percentage tested who are positive: 5% (under threshold)

Q&A

  • Confident” NYC will begin reopening in first two weeks of June
  • MIS-C: Continue to get reports on children exhibiting symptoms (124 confirmed cases, about ¾ of them have tested positive for COVID-19)
  • George Floyd: Mayor made comments on having Minnesota police involved be arrested, but criticism over Eric Garner police arrest.
  • “I cannot believe the officers’ lack of concern.” “It just can’t go on this way.”
  • From this point on for the city of New York, we need to act immediately too. “This can’t happen.”
  • Mass transit: Mayor expects people to commute through vehicles, but MTA and city is trying to get trains and buses as clean as possible.

Latest official numbers:
As of Friday morning, there were 366,733 confirmed cases in New York, with the COVID-19 death toll rising to 23,722.

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