Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Thursday, June 4, 2020

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Posted at 6:19 AM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 14:44:14-04

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 briefing amid COVID-19 and ongoing protests. Watch below.

COVID-19 updates:

  • Coronavirus hospitalizations and intubations fall yet again.
  • New York reports 52 new virus fatalities, slight uptick from yesterday but still down overall.
  • New York averaging 50,000 COVID-19 tests per day.
  • New York state expanding COVID-19 testing criteria to include all those who have joined recent protests.
  • New York will start to allow drive-in and drive-thru student graduations. Cuomo says they will keep evaluating situation for updates to graduations.

Updates in positive COVID-19 test results
- Long Island: 2% positive currently, vs. 20% six weeks ago
- NYC: 2% positive currently, vs. 26% six weeks ago
- Western NY: 2% currently, vs. 15% six weeks ago
- Capital Region: 1% currently, vs.12% six weeks ago

Protests and looting updates:

  • New York will have a statewide moment of silence in honor of George Floyd at 2 p.m. Thursday, coinciding with start of Minneapolis memorial service
  • State directing insurers to:
    • Expedite claims for businesses that were looted
    • Provide free mediation of disputes
    • Accept photos as reasonable proof of loss so businesses don’t have to wait for police reports.

10:30 a.m.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio held his daily briefing amid another day of protests during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch in video below.

Protests, looting and attacks on police

  • Officers wounded in Brooklyn in “absolutely unprovoked attack.”
  • “That is absolutely unacceptable. An attack on any one of our officers is an attack on all of us.”
  • Memorial in NYC: That marks a moment to recognize the pain. If we want change, we need to do it together with peace.
  • Bronx community that was hit hard by looters: Community residents were cleaning up, standing up and reclaiming their streets.
  • Announcing support for them, the NYC Mayor’s Fund starts with $500K to assist them.
  • Business Emergency Grant Program
    • Grants of up to $10,000 per business to help with recovery including repairs, security systems.

Helping workers restart during COVID-19

  • 311 worker protection hotline launching Monday
  • Workers rights and guidance:

Outdoor dining

  • Restart Phase 2 allows for outdoor restaurant seating
  • Increase social distancing and safety
  • Open restaurants: Simplified sidewalk seating process (make it easier to set up sidewalk seating, DOT
  • Curbside restaurant seating: Allow restaurants to convert adjacent parking spots into more seating. No permit needed with self-certification
  • Street closures: Allow restaurants to create seating in open streets
  • Identify new open streets in commercial strips with high volumes of restaurants

Daily indicators

  • COVID-19 hospital admissions: 48 (under 200 threshold)
  • H+H ICU admissions: 354 (under 375 threshold)
  • Percentage tested who are positive: 3% (under 15% threshold)

Latest official numbers:
As of Thursday morning, there were 374,085 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York, with the death toll at 24,079.

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