Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Friday, November 20, 2020

Virus Outbreak New York
Posted at 4:37 AM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 15:48:23-05

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.

3:30 p.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a press conference to update on New York's COVID-19 progress.

Daily indicators

  • 5,468 new positive cases
  • 32 new deaths
  • Total hospitalizations are at 2,348
  • The test positivity rate in the focus areas under NY's Micro-Cluster strategy is 4.55%.
  • The statewide positivity rate excluding these focus areas is 2.15%.

11 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke about COVID-19 in NYC during an interview with "The Brian Lehrer Show"

Daily indicators

  • COVID Hospitalizations: 115 (34.45 % positivity rate)
  • New reported COVID-19 cases on 7-day average: 1,255
  • Percentage tested positive: 2.36%
  • 7-day rolling average: 3.02%

Orange Zone in NYC

  • NYC's orange zone designation by Gov. Cuomo will happen just after Thanksgiving, "probably the first week of December."

Schools in NYC

  • An update on schools before Thanksgiving.
  • Testing for specialized high school, state tests, performing arts high schools: There’s a lot up in the air, but we’re still working through the right way to do it.
  • If you need a device or have a service problem, call 311.

Gyms and indoor dining

  • Test and Trace Corps is not seeing major links to gyms/restaurants

8 a.m.
Parts of Westchester County have entered a yellow zone as COVID-19 cases in the region continue to surge. Watch latest in video above.

The latest official numbers:
As of Thursday, there were 579,382 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 26,255 confirmed fatalities in New York, according to the Department of Health.

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