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Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Monday, May 18, 2020

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Posted at 6:20 AM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 12:34:00-04

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.

11:30 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his daily COVID-19 breifing. Watch in full below.

Breaking Updates:

  • Gov. Cuomo confirms he tested negative after taking a COVID-19 test publicly at his briefing Sunday.
  • Total coronavirus hospitalizations, intubations and new cases are down slightly yet again.
  • New York reports 106 new COVID-19 fatalities, bringing state’s death toll to 22,725, another drop day-over-day.

Protecting nursing homes

  • Last week Cuomo said state now requires nursing home staff be tested twice per week.
  • Now, to help nursing homes meet this requirement, state is connecting facilities with labs that have reserved at least 35,000 tests per day for this purpose.
  • 320,000 tests being sent to New York nursing homes this week, Cuomo says.

Reopening updates

  • Western New York cleared to begin phase 1 of reopening Tuesday after reaching all 7 key metrics.
  • Gov. Cuomo encourages major sports teams to plan reopening, but without fans. Read more.

Unemployment benefits update

  • Top Cuomo Aide Melissa DeRosa says $9.2 billion has been distributed to about to two million New Yorkers so far.

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

Made in NYC test kits

  • First NYC-made test kits now in use at community testing sites
  • By week of 6/1, hope to have 60,000+ test kits
  • Developed with local partners: Print Parts, ALbert Einstein College

Two new community testing sites now open

  • Highbridge Recreation Center, 1223 Coney Island Ave.
  • Over 150 locations to get tested.
  • Visit nyc.gov/covidtest to find a testing site

Antibody testing

  • Monday morning: Antibody testing begins for 140,000+ health care workers and first responders
  • Offered at hospitals, firehouses, police stations and corrections facilities
  • Identifies past infection to COVID-19
  • Sign up: FirstSeroSurveyNYC.com or text “TestNYC” to 78378

Multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children

  • CDC released new case definition, called Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
  • CDC confirms link to COVID-19
  • Precautionary measures to keep children safe: Good hygiene, face coverings, social distancing
  • City has reported 145 cases (67 have tested positive for COVID-19 or antibodies)

Alternate side parking back in effect

  • Resumes week of May 18-23 (excludes May 21)
  • ASP suspended again beginning May 24 through June 7

Daily indicators

  • People admitted to hospitals: 48 (down from 77 as of May 15)
  • People in H+H ICUs: 475 (up from 469)
  • Percentage of tested who are positive: 11% (equal as of May 15)

Q&A

  • Non-essential workers returning to work: When will things change? We have three NYC indicators, plus NYS’ seven indicators. Non-essential workers should work from home (if possible) until said otherwise. City employees to work remotely when possible.
  • Fence NYC beaches: Mayor’s goal — people can walk around the beach, but no swimming, no gatherings, no barbecues. If we see normal summer activity, we’ll have to be stricter. Fences would cut off entry points to beaches.
  • Will we meet all seven indicators? Hopefully by June
  • Beaches: Fencing available, but hopes to not use it.
  • City budget: Potential raises for teachers, etc. — Stark choice ahead. The goal is to always help working people. All comes down to the stimulus and if it comes in time.
  • Roosevelt Island adult day care with reported poor conditions: H+H/Coler typically has good reviews. We’re going to investigate what happened.
  • What is the mayor doing to keep occupied: Mayor and McCray watch one show full through. “The Wire,” “Empire,” now “Billions”
  • MIS-C: Have schools been heavily impacted? Monitoring of sickness will determine decisions on schools. Plan A: Open schools as normal. If we’re not confident, there are other plans, including staggered schedules, alternating days.
  • Overall view of this weekend: Educational efforts, reminders from ambassadors, is growing. Most of the time, people just need the reminder. The story: the vast majority are doing the right thing. Some individuals still haven’t gotten the message, and that’s where enforcement comes in. Restaurants who break rules will be shut down. Issue with bars: It’s common sense — don’t congregate.,

5 a.m.
Alternate side parking rules resume Monday after a two-month suspension related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more.

Latest official numbers:
As of Monday morning, there were 350,121 confirmed cases in New York, with confirmed COVID-19 deaths rising to 22,619 people.

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