Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Thursday, May 21, 2020

coronavirus Outbreak New York
Posted at 7:01 AM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 12:18:52-04

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 in video below.

Daily indicators

  • 105 new fatalities
  • 246 new hospitalizations (lowest number in two months)


  • Extending sales tax filing from March 20 to May 19, now to June 22

Rockland County

  • Can restart elective surgeries today

Summer school

  • Summer school to be conducted through distance learning.
  • Meal programs and child care will continue

Contact tracing
If you receive a call from “NYS Contact Tracing,” answer it.


  • NYS Dept of Health investigating 157 cases of COVID-related illness
  • Too early to determine fall semester plans
  • State will issue guidelines in June so schools and collages can start to plan

State beaches open Friday

  • Limited to 50% capacity (expected to be reached by 10 a.m.)
  • No group contact activities
  • Masks required when social distancing not possible
  • No concessions

Connecticut reopening restaurants, etc.

  • Collaboration doesn’t mean uniformity. Every state and region has their own situation

9:30 a.m.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio holds his daily coronavirus briefing. Watch in video below.

Feeding New York

  • NYC has served 32 million total meals across all city programs since COVID-19
  • By next week, over 1 million meals delivered per day will be given through Emergency Food Delivery.
  • Over 500,000 grab-and-go meals per day at 500 schools citywide.
  • Food Czar Commissioner Kathryn Garcia: We want to continue to strive to make our program better.
  • City is ensuring quality and variety for all food programs
  • City has ended contacts with two providers who haven’t met standards
  • Call 311 or visit to report issues

Summer all out (Keeping crime down)

  • Preventing violence in our communities, including gun violence
    • Around 300 officers across 10 commands
    • Manhattan PSA 5: Harlem
    • Brooklyn PSA 3, PCTs 67, 73, 75, 77: Brownsville, East New York, Fort Greene, Bed-Stuy, Williamsburg, East Flatbush
    • Bronx PCTs 40, 42, 44: Mott Haven, Highbridge, Crotona
    • Queens PCT113: Jamaica, Flatbush, Ocean Hill

Protecting homeless New Yorkers

  • More than 1,400 unique individuals accepted services since May 4
  • 378 accepted shelter placement (211 remain in shelter)
  • 301 total referrals to hospital care

Staten Island Ferry

  • Increased service beginning this afternoon
  • 30-minute service frequency during rush hour (5 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

Daily indicators

  • Hospital admissions for COVID-19: 60 (down from 63 as of May 18)
  • COVID-19 H+H ICUs: 477 (down from 483)
  • Percentage of tested who are positive: 9% (up from 8%)

Religious gatherings

  • Cuomo: Religious gatherings of less than 10 are allowed.
  • De Blasio: We’re going to be cautious. “I can absolutely work with that,” but is cautioning New Yorkers to follow rules. (Social distance, face coverings, no more than 10 people)
  • “If we let that get sloppy, the disease will spread again.”

Message to New Yorkers planning to go to Long Island beaches

  • "I’m not encouraging people to do a lot of traveling."
  • Beaches will have lots of restrictions. We’re all learning to be hyperlocal. Stay as local as you can.

8 a.m.
The Long Beach boardwalk in Nassau County opens Thursday, but you must wear a mask and practice social distancing. The beach itself opens Friday.

Latest official numbers:
As of Thursday morning, there were 354,370 confirmed cases in New York, with confirmed COVID-19 deaths rising to 22,976.

In New York City alone there are 16,153 confirmed COVID deaths and another 4,781 probable COVID deaths, bringing the city's potential death toll to over 20,934, according to data from the NYC Health Department.

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