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Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Monday, April 6, 2020

Virus Outbreak New York
Posted at 5:40 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 13:30:48-04

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.

12 p.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks on the state's coronavirus response. Watch in video below.

  • 130,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 4,758 deaths reported.
  • Number of deaths per day is "effectively flat" for two days
  • 16,837 people currently hospitalized (4,504 ICU patients)
  • 13,366 patients have been discharged
  • Cuomo aides: We may be at the "early" side of the apex
  • Cuomo: "If we are plateauing, we are plateauing at a high level."
  • Social distancing is working
  • Continue “surge and flex”: move 802 ventilators
  • Relieve pressure on hospital system. (Javits Center now 2,500-bed COVID center.)
  • USNS Comfort - Will be requested for COVID use
  • Extend NY PAUSE: Schools and non-essential businesses closed until at least April 29, Cuomo says
  • Increasing maximum fine for violations of social distancing protocol from $500 to up to $1,000.
  • To people violating social-distancing protocol: “You don’t have that right” to be irresponsible. "Now is not the time to play frisbee with your friends at the park. Now is not the time to go to a funeral with 200 people."
  • If you don't comply with social distancing, you'll see numbers go up again.

10 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks after touring the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where companies are making protective hospital gowns for health care workers. Watch in video below.

Crye Precision, a body armor company, and fashion company Lafayette 148 have teamed up to create the hospital gowns at Brooklyn Navy Yard. Read more.

  • During the press conference, de Blasio also spoke on recent situations where social distancing rules were defied: It's not easy to give up traditions, but we need to do what needs to be done. Police will take more action.
  • When asked about treatments: NYC has multiple types of treatments and studies underway, but they're all being done with appropriate supervision.
  • Testing centers: Shifting from broadly testing to testing for front-line workers
  • Safe streets pilot program suspended: Constantly talk with Commissioner Shea---problem is you need to ensure police enforcement with it.
  • NYPD: Vast majority of patrol officers are younger and healthy - those exposed are recovering and returning to work. "No consideration" of bringing outside forces.
  • April 23 - unveil executive budget. It's going to be a "sober day."
  • Number of hotels in use for medical workers in need of temporary housing.
  • "We have the capacity we need" for morgues.

6 a.m.
All NYC dog parks to close Monday as the city tries to curb crowds amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more.

5:20 a.m.
A new 200-bed COVID-19 field hospital will open in the Bronx's Van Cortlandt Park, the third-largest park in New York City. Read more.

5 a.m.
The Bronx Zoo confirms a tiger found to have COVID-19 was tested in a different way than humans, saying there is "no competition for testing" between people and animals. Read more.

The number of confirmed cases jumped Sunday to 122,031 statewide, including 67,551 in New York City. The state's death toll rose to 4,159. Of those fatalities, over 2,624 are located in New York City.

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