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Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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Posted at 5:09 AM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 19:35:50-04

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.

10:15 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio gave an update on NYC's COVID-19 response. Watch in video below.

NYC COVID-19 enforcement

  • Over 100 summonses
  • Over $150,000 in fines

NYC small businesses

Testing in schools

  • Mandatory testing started Friday
  • 1,751 tests conducted in 56 schools
  • Only 1 positive test (0.06%)
  • Families can complete consent forms at NYC School Account

Concerns at schools

  • From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., city will answer questions live online #NYCOfficeHours

Daily indicators

  • COVID Hospitalizations: 59 (24.5% positivity rate)
  • New reported COVID-19 cases on 7-day average: 520
  • Percentage tested positive: 1.90%
  • 7-day rolling average: 1.48%

Q&A

  • This is a critical week in terms of red zones and restrictions. Do you think you’ll know by the end of the week if the two-week closure is possible?
    • By the end of the week, we’ll have a clear sense to see if this is working. It’s a decision we’ll make with the state, but it’s definitely a possibility.
  • Restrictions in areas etc.
    • We’re seeing a leveling off of not consistent increases. We see some starting to come down a bit.
  • Is there financial assistance to these small businesses?
    • We’re in a tough situation with our city budget. What we need is federal stimulus. We likely won’t get one before the election.
  • Are there other areas seeing an increase/will be there be updates in the map?
    • We’re closely monitoring. Will reassess as time goes by.
  • Polling stations
    • We have to sort it out, but also need to make sure there isn’t a resurgence.
    • People have more than one opportunity to vote this year (early voting and voting on election day)
  • Aside from testing in public schools, parents say there’s lack of communication with DOE (state testing, schedules, etc.)
    • The first thing we had to do was get the schools running. Now, more and more attention will go to those questions asked.
    • We’re in unusual circumstances, but we hope to get it right
  • Student to teacher ratio testing/response rate on consent forms
    • We’ll get that info as it comes in.
  • Cuomo on religious institution’s limited capacity.
    • I understand the concerns communities have, but the state makes the ultimate decision when it comes to these circumstances.
    • “It’s in everyone’s interest to address these problems as quickly as possible.”
  • Zip codes and areas of concern — how are those areas doing?
    • We’re looking at overall trends, but we’re going to work on state with decisions if there is an emergence. But decisions on based on the state.
  • 550 threshold — the indicators are meant to give us a public measure of how we should respond.
    • This indicator is going up the most because of more people getting tested. Other numbers have been stable. Positivity rate has shown concern, but have not seen a major increase in the last week or so.
    • We want to see the three indicators in unison. If they all increased, we'd look deeper. The restrictions are applied, and we're seeing leveling off on a city level.
  • Earlier this month, AG James issued a report suggesting NYPD get out of traffic stops.
    • Have not seen specifics, but mayor said he wants to caution that there’s a lot of fundamental issues when it comes to traffic stops and how they’re done.

5:30 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned of COVID hospitalizations rising across New York, possibly due to "micro-clusters." Read more here.

The latest official numbers:
As of Monday, there were 475,315 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 25,587 confirmed fatalities in New York, according to the Department of Health.

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