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Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Saturday, May 23, 2020

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Posted at 8:16 AM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 12:16:20-04

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 coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below.

  • The governor said he would take a day off when coronavirus takes a day off. Cuomo has held a news conference every day for 84 days. On Saturday, he held his briefing from inside the governor's mansion.
  • Hospitalizations, Intubations and other key health data continue to drop.
  • New York reports 84 new fatalities, the first time the daily death toll has been below 100 since March.
  • Seven of New York's 10 regions have met all qualifying criteria to begin phase one of the reopening plan.
  • Officials in the Mid-Hudson Region, including Westchester and Rockland counties, only need to train their contact tracers before they can reopen. The region is expected to reopen on Tuesday.
  • Long Island could reopen by Wednesday if the number of deaths continues to decline.
  • Reminder: You can now vote for your favorite video in the state's Wear A Mask Ad Contest. Read more.
  • Five new videos in the "honorable mentions" category were aired during Cuomo's briefing.
  • When asked about the state's decision to readmit over 4,500 recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes, Cuomo said his administration was following CDC guidelines at the time. Read more.

8:20 a.m.
New York City beaches remain closed to swimming this holiday weekend. Beaches are open for walking or sitting. The NYPD and Parks Department is stepping up patrols to ensure no large gatherings are taking place.

On Friday, a man drowned at Rockaway Beach despite the ban on swimming there. Read more.

8 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo dropped New York's absolute ban on gatherings of any size, issuing an executive order saying up to 10 people are now allowed to be together as long as they abide by other social distancing guidelines adopted during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.

7 a.m.
Pedestrians and cyclists have room to roam on New York City roads. Beginning Saturday, an additional 13 miles of streets (45 miles total) opened to pedestrians for use amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.

Latest official numbers:
As of Saturday morning, there were 358,154 confirmed cases in New York, with confirmed COVID-19 deaths rising to 23,195.

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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