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Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

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Posted at 5:42 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 13:37:18-04

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.

1:30 p.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his daily COVID-19 briefing. Watch the news conference in full below.

  • Total hospitalizations, hospitalization and ICU rates slightly down again, Cuomo says.
  • 752 additional deaths Tuesday bring total confirmed coronavirus fatalities to 11,586 statewide.
  • This week NY will begin antibody testing, aiming for 2,000 tests per day via a finger prick test.
  • NY has asked the FDA for expedited approval of an antibody test that could test up to 100,000 New Yorkers per day, or 500,000 per week.
  • Antibody testing will be prioritized for health care workers, first responders and essential workers.
  • Cuomo says states with large outbreaks, like New York, can't do testing and tracing of contacts without federal help.
  • Phased reopening factors will be based on how "essential" the business service or product is, and then also what the "risk of infection spread" the business poses if it becomes operational.

Stopping the spread

  • Cuomo issuing order that all New Yorkers must have on a mask or mouth and nose covering when unable to social distance in public.

9:30 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio held his daily COVID-19 briefing. Watch the news conference below.

  • As more than 500,000 people in New York City face sudden unemployment, the mayor said food insecurity is a major concern.
  • "For more and more New Yorkers ... people are asking 'where's my next meal coming from?'" de Blasio said.
  • The mayor vowed no New Yorker will go hungry.
  • The city is launching a $170 million initiative to combat food insecurity across the five boroughs.
  • Visit nyc.gov/getfood or call 311 for information on where to find free meals in your neighborhood.
  • Before the COVID-19 outbreak, 1.2 million were food insecure, including one in every five children. Now, an estimated half-million people have lost or will lose their jobs in the immediate future.
  • The DOE, DFTA and GetFood estimate about 10 million meals will be served in April and another 10 to 15 million meals are projected for May.
  • The city has hired 11,000 TLC-licensed drivers to deliver meals, putting people back to work while ensuring others don't go hungry.
  • Securing the supply: The city is working to stockpile 18 million nonperishable meals.
  • Protecting grocery stores and workers: "They are among the group of unsung heros in the fight," de Blasio said.
  • The city is working with store owners to ensure workers have personal protective equipment.
  • De Blasio issued new guidance to store owners to require customers wear a face covering to enter the store. "Any customer who says no I refuse should not be allowed in," he said. "The city will back you up." Read more.
  • Switching gears, de Blasio offered updates on the three key progress indicators the city is tracking.
  • The number of people admitted to hospitals for suspected COVID-19 increased to 370 on Monday, up from 326 on Sunday.
  • The number of people in Health and Hospitals ICUs rose to 868 on Monday, up from 850 on Sunday.
  • The percent of positive tests citywide was 53% on Monday, down from 60% on Sunday.
  • Apple is donating 100,000 N95 masks and 127,000 face shields.

6:15 a.m.
The NYPD will begin taking officer temperatures Wednesday at select precincts as part of a new pilot program. Read more here.

5 a.m.
More than 11,000 in New York City have likely died of coronavirus-related complications, new data released Tuesday shows. Read more here.

Latest official numbers:
As of Tuesday afternoon, total New York coronavirus cases stood at 202,208 with 107,263 of those just in NYC.

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