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Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Thursday, April 9, 2020

Virus Outbreak New York
Posted at 6:46 AM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-12 09:20:44-04

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 gave his daily COVID-19 update. Watch in full below now.

  • Cuomo says we currently have 18,279 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in New York.
  • Hospitalization and ICU rates low again today. Today's new hospitalizations (about 200) are lowest since crisis began.
  • Numbers show we have flattened the curve , so far – but it all depends on maintaining social distancing efforts.
  • There are 799 new deaths as of Thursday, breaking the record for single-day COVID-19 fatalities for third day in a row.
  • Total coronavirus deaths in New York now stand at 7,067.
  • Cuomo will bring in additional funeral directors to deal with mass number of deaths.
  • There will be more testing and research in the African American and Hispanic communities to find reasons they are the hardest hit, Cuomo said.
  • Once rapid testing becomes more widely available, we can see who's able to return to work and let them return, but likely in phases.
  • Officials say New York unemployment system will be down from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday to reboot – Then, after 7 p.m. a new system will launch that streamlines the process.
  • Cuomo says coronavirus' impact on the New York economy will be worse than the September 11th terrorist attacks, "by far."

9:30 a.m.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave an update on COVID-19 in the city. Watch in full below.

  • It's not a surprise that younger people need to be reminded about social distancing.
  • If you see people social distancing, act on it and call 311.
  • 8.6 million of us "have to earn" getting out of this outbreak.
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city needs to "start planning" for the next phase of the COVID-19 outbreak. If we work hard, we have a chance in seeing change in May or June. Read More.
  • Saw some improvement over number of hospitalizations.
  • Timeline for current phase: April into May.
  • Long-term objectives
    • Prevent a resurgence
    • Guard health care capacity from being overstretched
    • Preserve changes in behavior that prevent spread
    • Protect vulnerable populations from exposure
    • Adjust restrictions in real-time based on prevalence of virus
  • Sees initial progress: Social distance strategies
    • Ban large gatherings, restrict visitors to hospitals and nursing homes, face coverings in public, shelter in place, limit outdoor recreation
  • Large-scale testing: help speed downward trend as quick as possible

5:45 a.m.
With 41 MTA employees dead in just five weeks, COVID-19 is killing transit workers at a rate three-times faster than firefighters and police officers in the city. Read more.

As of Wednesday, New York's COVID-19 cases stood at 149,316, including 80,204 in New York City. The state's death toll rose to 6,262, with a whopping 4,260 of those fatalities in NYC alone.

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The New York state coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also being posted here