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Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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Posted at 5:16 AM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 20:31:02-04

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.

8:15 p.m.
New York City released the latest COVID-19 information. Citywide as of 6 p.m., there were 15,597 positive cases of COVID-19 and 192 fatalities.

  • 4,667 cases in Queens
  • 3,013 in Manhattan
  • 4,407 in Brooklyn
  • 2,505 in the Bronx
  • 999 in Staten Island

There are at least 2,850 people hospitalized. Of those individuals, at least 660 were in the ICU.

3:45 p.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio gives an update on COVID-19 response efforts in New York City.

There have been 14,751 cases in New York City, de Blasio said, with 131 deaths.

Breakout by borough:

  • Queens: 4,364
  • Brooklyn: 4,237
  • Manhattan: 2,887
  • Bronx: 2,328
  • Staten Island: 935

Key Updates:

  • De Blasio pushed back on the president's assertion that the country would be ready to "re-open" soon, saying life "back to normal" in April is "inconceivable"
  • 400 ventilators from FEMA arrived in NYC 100 to public hospitals and 300 to others
  • 4,000 more ventilators are on the way to New York state, with half coming to NYC
  • Ventilators will be the difference between life and death, and NYC needs as many as possible, he said
  • Playgrounds will remain open with social distancing encouraged. If it appears as though social distancing is not being followed, they will be closed, with the decision coming Saturday, he said.
  • CitiBike will offer a free 30-day membership to essential workers
  • City agencies are being told to find savings, with the city's budget drastically changed during this time, with revenue down and new expenses
  • 10:45 a.m.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave a COVID-19 update Tuesday morning from Manhattan's Javits Center.
Key updates:

  • Dramatic increase in rate of new COVID-19 infections, doubling about every three days. Cuomo said the curve is increasing. Read more here.
  • State. of New York has a total of 25,665 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, Cuomo said, an increase of 4,790 since Monday.
  • New York City now has 14,904 total cases, an increase of 2,599 since Monday, according to the governor.
  • 3,234 cases are hospitalized in New York, with 756 of those being ICU patients, or 24% of all hospitalized.
  • 91,270 total people tested in state of New York so far, most of any state.
  • Estimated hospital beds needed has gone up to 140,000 hospital beds estimated needed, including 40,000 ICU beds.
  • Troubling and higher numbers than initially anticipated, Cuomo said.
  • The peak of cases could be 14 to 21 days away, both sooner and higher than we expected.
  • Might try an experiment of splitting ventilators between two patients.
  • We need federal help, "and we need it now," Cuomo said, urging the federal government to use the Defense Production Act. Cuomo said NY should be able to tap into a federal stockpile of 20,000 ventilators.

Watch Cuomo's news conference in full below now:

9 a.m.
One New York City dad tells PIX11 how he's structuring his second-grader son's day now that remote learning has launched. Watch more.

5 a.m.
Reminder: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's order to close all non-essential businesses is now in effect in New York, dubbed the "PAUSE" plan. For a full list of what businesses and entities will remain open, click here.

Overnight:
New York City officials released the latest coronavirus numbers. There are 13,119 positive cases of COVID-19 and 125 fatalities citywide.

  • 3,848 cases in Queens
  • 2,646 in Manhattan
  • 3,742 in Brooklyn
  • 1,999 in the Bronx
  • 877 in Staten Island.

There are at least 2,213 people hospitalized, officials said. Of those individuals, at least 525 are in the ICU.

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