Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Tuesday, June 16, 2020

coronavirus Outbreak New York
Posted at 6:12 AM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 12:20:29-04

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. Watch in full below:

Breaking updates:

  • New York hospitals will be allowed to accept visitors at their discretion.
    • Must follow state guidelines, including time-limited visits, visitors to wear PPE and be subjected to symptom and temperature checks.
  • Beginning Friday, New York group homes certified by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities may begin visitations
    • They must notify the state and follow state guidelines
    • Visitors must wear masks and be subject to temperature and symptom checks
  • U.S. Open will be held as planned in Queens from August 31 to September 13, but without fans
    • USTA will take extraordinary precautions to protect players and staff, including robust testing, additional cleaning, extra locker room space and dedicated housing and transportation.

Reopening and COVID-19 updates:

  • Lowest number of virus hospitaliztions since we started
  • New York again reports 25 new coronavirus fatalities, the lowest number of daily deaths since pandemic began. Also, we have reached a new low for three-day fatality average.
  • New York has tested over 3 million, Cuomo says.
  • Capital Region will enter Phase 3 of reopening tomorrow (Wednesday).

New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative:

  • Reform local public safety function
  • Deadline in Ne wyork is April 1, 2021, meaning 289 days for localities to pass legislation and local authorities to go through reform process

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

NYPD and police reform

  • Mayor: “Change can happen.”
  • "I believe in change because I've seen it with my own eyes," de Blasio said.
  • Shifting funding from NYPD to youth services

NYPD body-worn cameras

  • Effective immediately, all audio and video must be released within 30 days when:
    • Officer discharged firearm that hits or could hit someone
    • Discharges stun gun in a way that results in death or bodily harm
    • Use of force by officer results in death or great bodily harm
  • Footage will be released to public online
  • Civilian involved and family will have notice prior to release and access to video first


  • Conducting over 20,000 tests per day.
  • Test and trace corps: Uses database research, direct outreach to doctors’ offices to track down cases and contacts without phone numbers
  • Community outreach to connect with cases and contacts that are unresponsive to phone calls
  • $4 million awarded this week to community-based organizations to promote “Hit Accept” campaign

Daily indicators

  • COVID Hospitalizations: 52
  • H+H ICU admissions: 334
  • Percentage tested who are positive: 2%

Latest official numbers:
As of Tuesday morning, a total of 383,944 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in New York, with the state's death toll at 24,579.

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