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Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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Posted at 5:31 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 11:40:31-04

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 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his daily coronavirus updates. Watch the event in full below.

Breaking updates:

  • New York coronavirus death toll hits 5,489, an increase of over 700 since Monday. This is the largest single-day jump yet, Cuomo says.
  • There are now 138,836 COVID-19 cases statewide.
  • Newly hospitalized number is up from yesterday, but still down overall.
  • Daily ICU admissions are down, as well.
  • Cuomo says he's working with New Jersey and Connecticut governors on a regional approach to both continuing to fight the virus and eventually restarting life once the virus is under control.
  • NY Department of Health has approved an anti-body testing system. If the FDA approves the test, we can begin bringing to scale.
  • New York will work with and invest in private companies to accelerate the capacity of the rapid test already approved.
  • Cuomo says New York needs federal assistance to restart the local economy. The next federal legislation must remedy the previous inequities, Cuomo says.
  • The governor says he's sending a letter today informing our Congressional delegation of New York's needs as a state.
  • Cuomo says social distancing and the "NY PAUSE" initiative are working to flatten the curve.

10 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio held a news briefing at P.S.1 in Manhattan, where School Food Services workers are providing free “Grab and Go” meals to families in need. Watch the news conference below.

  • De Blasio said he is hopeful that New York has seen "a little improvement" with slowing down the spread of coronavirus.
  • It's still too soon to say for certain that the improvements will continue, de Blasio said, so it is critical that people continue to follow social distancing rules. In doing so, it buys health care workers and officials more time to prepare and stockpile more medical equipment.
  • The coronavirus has created a battle on two fronts: health and economy.
  • With so many New Yorkers suddenly unemployed, de Blasio vowed to not let any New Yorker go hungry.
  • City officials have been working on a food distribution system that could serve New Yorkers on a broad scale.
  • The city has given out 2.6 million meals to New Yorkers over the last three weeks.
  • 435 sites across the city are providing three meals a day to families in need.
  • Families are being asked to go earlier in the day and adults without children later in the day.
  • Home-delivery is an option for high-risk individuals. Anyone interested in home-delivery should call 311.
  • To find the nearest Grab and Go food hub, text "food" or "comeda" to 877-877.
  • Deborah and Leon Black teamed up with Mayor's Fund and donated $10 million to create Health Care Heroes, which will provide food and other resources to health care workers.

5 a.m.
The 1,000-bed USNS Comfort Navy medical ship will now treat COVID-19 patients, who start boarding Tuesday. Read more.

The number of confirmed cases jumped Monday to 130,689 statewide, including 72,181 in New York City. The state's death toll rose to 4,758. Of those fatalities, over 2,738 are located in New York City alone.

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