Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Monday, June 8, 2020

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Posted at 6:47 AM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 12:30:17-04

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.

New York City begins Phase 1 of its reopening. See the details of what this means.

The MTA is increasing service and precautions as NYC enters Phase 1 of reopening. Read more about the changes.

11:30 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his daily briefing. Watch below.

Biggest updates:

  • Cuomo says he will sign police reform bills that are expected to be passed by state legislature this week.
  • There are now 15 prioritized COVID-19 testing sites across NYC for individuals who participated in recent protests.
  • They are focusing on four hot-spot neighborhoods in NYC as city begins reopening.
  • New York opening 14 new temporary testing sites at churches in impacted areas of NYC.
  • State is authorizing local governments to extend deadline for filing property tax abatements by 90 days.
  • New York City can now resume regular ambulatory care and scheduling elective surgeries.
  • State is giving the MTA another 1 million masks, as well as 25,000 gallons and 500,000 2-oz. bottles of hand sanitizer for reopening.
  • The governor says reduced MTA ridership provided an opportunity to accelerate construction and improvement projects.
    • The MTA is launching the rehabilitation project of the F train's Rutgers Tube in July – Four years ahead of original schedule. Will leverage lessons from the L train tunnel rehab project.

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

Reopening NYC

  • 100 days since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Sectors: Construction, manufacturing, Wholesale suppliers, non-essential retail (Curbside and in-store pickup)
  • New Yorkers are likely going to watch and as they see things working, they’ll begin to come out.
  • “This is clearly the hardest place in America to get to this moment.”
  • “Only because New Yorkers went the extra mile did we get here.”

Safer streets

  • 20 new miles of busways and bus lanes.
  • Five new busways in NYC launching on an urgent basis (between June and October)
  • Busways launch as a one-year trial basis.
  • 4 new bus lanes
  • NYC Staten Island Ferry to run every 20 minutes
  • About 800 NYPD school safety agents deployed throughout MTA system at high-priority stations. Read more.
  • Will provide face coverings, promote social distancing
  • Alternate side parking suspending through June 21

Daily indicators

  • COVID hospital admissions: 67 (under threshold)
  • H+H ICU admissions: 326 (under threshold)
  • Percent tested positive: 3% (under threshold)

COVID-19 cases in NYC

  • Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot: People are still being diagnosed with COVID-19. We still need New Yorkers to wear face coverings.
  • We encourage people to stay socially distant.
  • We are paying close attention to recent protests, and possible COVID outbreaks.

Protests and policing

  • Kettling (or closing in limited area): “I don’t want to see it used unless there’s a specific reason.”
  • Mayor’s decision to cut funds to NYPD: In the next three weeks, we’re going to decide the city’s budget.

8:30 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke to the PIX11 Morning News NYC's reopening, plans to shift funds from the NYPD to youth services and more. Watch the interview.

8:15 a.m.
MTA Interim President Sarah Feinberg spoke to the PIX11 Morning News on how the transit authority is getting back on track. Watch the interview now.

Latest official numbers:
As of Monday morning, there were 378,097 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York, with the state's death toll at 24,259.

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