Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Thursday, May 28, 2020

Virus Outbreak New York
Posted at 6:13 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 12:30:35-04

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 COVID-19 briefing as the state continues reopening slowly. Watch in full below:

Breaking Updates:

  • Cuomo signing order allowing private businesses to deny entry to anyone not wearing a mask or face-covering. Read more here.
  • Total hospitalizations, change in intubations and number of new COVID-19 cases hospitalized are all down day-over-day.
  • New York reports 74 new coronavirus fatalities, continuing a trend of decline.

NYC Reopening Updates:

  • Cuomo says New York City has to make more progress on some of the metrics and on contact tracing in order to reopen.
  • The key to NYC being ready to begin reopening is focusing on the city’s hot spots, Cuomo says.
  • New York delivering 1 million more masks to New York City’s hardest-hit areas.
  • Actors Rosie Perez and Chris Rock joining NYCs COVID-19 fight to help educate New Yorkers about testing and resources.

9:30 a.m.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blaiso held his daily coronavirus briefing. Watch in video below.

  • We are getting to the point (of reopening) “very very soon.”
  • Now NYC can get ready for preparing to reopen.

What restarting will look like in Phase 1

  • People are ready to reopen, but we need to know it will be safe.
  • Construction, wholesale work, curbside and in-store pickup
  • Specific date for Phase 1 of reopening? No specific date. Expected to be the first and second week of June “if numbers continue to progress.”
  • The day it happens is when the numbers tell us.
  • Businesses that plan on reopening early (if not already): We have the state and city indicators. “Businesses are not supposed to make their own rules and jump the gun.” For any business that attempts to open, will be asked to shut down. If they ignore instructions, “that starts with a $1,000 fine and keeps going.”
  • Nine businesses shut down in the last 48 hours. If any are found in operation again, that begins with a $1,000 fine and keeps increasing.
  • Subways: Is reserved seating going to be a thing? Health and safety is first. We need to figure out a way to keep buses and subway cars overcrowded.

Coming back to work

  • Est. range of workers returning: 200,000 - 400,000
  • Estimate based on analysis of April 2020 employment in affected industries, recent layoffs, proportion of workforce working from home
  • Basic rules for all sectors:
  • Social distancing: Require six feet of distance
  • Have PPE
  • Reduce occupancy to under 50%, limit confined spaces to 1 person (elevators, cash registers, etc.)
  • Hygiene- ensure frequent disinfecting, cleaning
  • Health screening: mandatory health screenings for employees (temperature checks, etc.)
  • Communication: Create distance markers, signage through the workplace

Protecting homeless New Yorkers

  • More than 1,700 unique individuals have accepted services since May 4
  • 506 accepted placement in shelter (281 remain in shelter)
  • 432 total referrals to hospital care (avg. 23 referrals per night)

Daily indicators

  • COVID-19 hospitalizations: Under threshold
  • People in H+H ICUs: 421 (above threshold)
  • Percentage tested who are positive: 6% (under 15% threshold)


  • Childcare: “We absolutely need childcare to come back.” NYC is working on plans to build out more childcare capacity with a health and safety focus.

7:30 a.m.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone spoke to PIX11 about how day one of the Long Island reopening went in his community. Watch above now.

Latest official numbers:
As of Thursday morning, there were 364,965 confirmed cases in New York, with the COVID-19 death toll rising to 23,643.

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