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Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Thursday March 26, 2020

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Posted at 5:37 AM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 17:08:10-04

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.

4:45 p.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks on coronavirus response efforts in New York City.

The mayor said there have been 21,873 cases of COVID-19 in New York City and 281 deaths.

De Blasio said there including medical facilities and new facilities like the Javits Center, the city currently has 34,000 hospital beds. The mayor's goal is to have at least 60,000 in place by May.

12:30 p.m.
New York officials, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are considering the option to extend the current school closures order. Read more here.

11:30 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his daily coronavirus briefing. Watch his news conference in full below.

Breaking Updates:

  • New goal is to have a 1,000+ patient overflow facility in every NYC borough, as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, and Westchester and Rockland counties. They are scouting new sites now for those facilities.
  • Have improved technology to use one ventilator between two patients. It's not ideal, but believed to be workable, Cuomo says.
  • Also working to shift load of patients from downstate hospitals to upstate hospitals.
  • Estimated loss of revenue due to COVID-19 is between $10 and $15 billion for state of New York, Cuomo says.
  • Cuomo says federal stimulus bill does not adequately address government loss nor the governmental need.
  • State budget will have initial revenue projections adjusted down, then adjust over periods through the year to reflect actual revenues.
  • Testing is up: 18,650 tests in New York.
  • Some COVID-19 patients now on ventilators 20 to 30 days, Cuomo says. Longer stays without recovery leads to higher death rate.
  • Number of COVID-19 deaths in is increasing: 385 total deaths in New York, up 100 from Wednesday.
  • New York now has 37,258 positive cases statewide, with 21,393 in NYC alone.
  • Total of 5,327 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in state, 1,290 of those are ICU patients.
  • Update: 1,517 patients have been discharged thus far.
  • 12,000 more health care workers signed up overnight to help NY, bringing total to 52,000 volunteers, Cuomo says.

10 a.m.
New app Tito gives New Yorkers essential information during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more here.

9:30 a.m.
Starting Friday, NYC to start four-day pilot plan testing street closures in four boroughs to promote social distancing. Read more here.

7:45 a.m.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams tells PIX11 that his hospitals are running out of supplies and are becoming overcrowded. Watch the full interview.

7 a.m.
An assistant nursing manager at Mount Sinai Hospital died Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19. Read more here.

6 a.m.
Elmhurst Hospital in Queens proving to be ground zero for the COVID-19 crisis in the city, with 13 deaths at the hospital in just a 24 hour period. Read more here.

Reminder: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's closure of all non-essential businesses is in effect in New York, dubbed the "PAUSE" plan. For a full list of what remains open, click here.

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