Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Sunday, May 17, 2020

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Posted at 7:51 AM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-17 14:26:20-04

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.

12 p.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his daily coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below.
COVID-19 death toll and health data

  • An additional 139 people have died of coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 22,619.
  • All of the state's key health indicators continue to trend downward.
  • Over 120 cases of pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome are being investigating in New York.
  • state officials are working to ramp up contact tracing in regions that have been allowed to reopen.
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  • The state is rapidly expanding its diagnostic testing capacity.
  • New York has met its target of 40,000 diagnostic tests daily.
  • There are more than 700 testing sites across the state.
  • New York is testing more per capita than any other state and country, Cuomo said.
  • There are some testing sites that are not being fully utilized, including some drive-thrus with a 15,000 test capacity that are only testing 5,000 per day.
  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or has had contact with someone who has the virus can get a test, Cuomo said.
  • Anyone who would return to work in Phase One of the reopening plan can now get a test, Cuomo said.
  • To demonstrate how "fast and easy" a COVID-19 test is, Cuomo had one administered by a doctor during his briefing. "There is no reason why you should not get the test," he added.
  • Cuomo said he has been tested before.

9:30 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio held a coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below.
More testing

  • The city has reached its 20,000 daily test goal a week early, de Blasio said.
  • 123 sites across the five boroughs will offer coronavirus testing
  • These sites will offer a combined 6,000 additional PCR tests daily.
  • The sites will be open every day, walk-ins are welcome and there is no cost for the uninsured.
  • Find the nearest location at

Contact tracing

  • The first class of 500 prospective tracers has completed training.
  • There are 1,000 additional people currently training.
  • Field training will take place beginning May 24.
  • Tracers will be trained on more than 100 potential case types.

Resource navigators for home isolation

  • Test and Trace Corps is deploying resource navigators in every community by June 1.
  • Contact tracers will hand-off cases to resource navigators to connect people isolating at home or in hotels with food, medicine, phones, toiletries and mental health resources.
  • The city expects to hire between 200 and 300 resource navigators.

Antibody testing

  • The city is working to produce 140,000 antibody tests for health care and essential workers.
  • An additional 140,000 antibody tests will be made available for non-essential workers.
  • The test will be free of charge and appointment-only.
  • There will be one testing location in each borough.
  • Visit to make an appointment.

NYC blood supply

  • New York Blood Center is down to a two-day supply.
  • Cancellations of blood drives have hurt collection.
  • Donate blood by appointment only at

Pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome

  • The number of confirmed cases in New York City has grown to 137.
  • Of those cases, 66 have tested positive for coronavirus or the virus antibodies.
  • There are racial disparities in the case data, de Blasio said.

City beaches will not open for Memorial Day

  • New York City is not ready for the crowds that beaches draw, de Blasio said.
  • For now, beaches will remain closed to swimming but walking on the shore will be allowed.
  • Fencing will be added to control entry points.
  • Access to beaches will be further restricted if social distancing or no-swim rules are broken.
  • The NYPD and Parks Department will step up patrols this summer.
  • Likely overcrowding on public transportation to beaches was part of the decision to keep beaches closed for Memorial Day weekend, de Blasio said.
  • Opening later in the summer is contingent on further reduction of COVID-19 and the status of the phased reopening.

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

7:30 a.m.
New York will take another step toward reopening its economy going into the summer by allowing horse racing tracks and Watkins Glen International auto racing to reopen on June 1, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday. Read more.

Latest official numbers:
As of Sunday morning, there were 348,232 confirmed cases in New York, with the state's confirmed COVID-19 deaths rising to 22,478 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