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.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on the MTA to create a plan to disninfect NYC subways daily. Read more.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his daily COVID-19 briefing. Watch in full below.
- 330 new coronavirus fatalities bring state death toll to nearly 18,000.
- Cuomo says the state is rapidly increasing testing. We are currently doing 30,000 tests per day.
- Cuomo says some New York counties will be eligible to start elective surgeries again, most of them are located upstate.
- Preliminary results of NYPD and FDNY antibody study: 17.1% of FDNY/EMT members and 10.5% of NYPD members tested found to have COVID-19 antibodies, for a downstate average of about 18%.
- Today New York will begin antibody testing of transit workers to further determine the spread among frontline workers. An initial 1,000 transit employees will be tested this week.
- Cuomo wants to see a plan from the MTA to clean and disinfect subways every night so essential workers can hopefully commute with some kind of peace of mind.
- Cuomo again says New York needs additional federal funding to fight COVID-19 and calls on the federal government to consider hazard pay for front-line workers who are giving their lives for us.
- “If human suffering and death doesn’t defeat Washington insider politics, then what will?” Cuomo says.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gives his daily coronavirus briefing. Watch in video below.
- Combat stress: “I never thought we had to use this word in the middle of New York City,” de Blasio said.
Mental health support:
- NYC H+H Helping Healers Heal Program: 24/7 behavioral health helpline for H+H staff (646) 815-4150
- FDNY: Gold Standard Counseling Services Unit: Counselors available 24/7 (212) 570-1693
- ThriveNYC: (888) NYC-WELL
- How do these healers manage the stress after they see so much death and stress? Crisis within a crisis
- Announcing Dept. of Defense Mental Health Support for NYC health care workers
- Expertise in combat stress
- Military trauma specialists to assess entire system and individual hospitals
- Implement new programs
- Train small groups at each hospital
- Train 1,000 H+H health personnel and private hospital staff in combating stress management
- Assess front-line personnel individually
- NYC to offer antibody tests for over 150,000 health care workers and first responders
- Offer at hospitals, firehouses, police stations and correction facilities
- Testing identifies likely past infection to COVID-19
- Aim to begin testing by next week, test all health care workers and first responders within one month.
- Partnership with US Dept. of Health and Human Services, and CDC
- Positive antibody tests does not mean full protection
- DHS to further reduce shelter density: Moving 1,000 more people from shelters into commercial hotels
- Goal of 1,000 more client move-outs each week as we move towards wide-scale testing
- Launching testing this week at DHS shelters, expanding across system by mid-May
Online marriage licenses
- Marriage license process available online starting next week (available in 11 languages)
- More info: NYC.GOV/CUPID and CITYCLERK.NYC.GOV
- Number of people admitted to hospitals (136 up from 112 as of April 26)
- People in H+H ICUs (734 down from 745 as of April 26)
- Mayor expressed concern when he heard news of a large gathering in Brooklyn.
- When people go through mourning, they’re in pain. Holding a large gathering in NYC - someone will be infected with the disease and will spread it to others and kill others in the community.
- Not allowing gatherings of any community.
- Police Commissioner Dermot Shea: Large gatherings put the NYPD at risk
- 3:30 p.m. learned of a passing of a prominent rabbi in the community. NYPD was contacted about what to expect in the area.
- Several thousand people came in and around the location.
- About 12 summonses issued
- “What happened last night simply cannot happen,” Shea said.
- Mayor apologizes to anyone offended by the tweet regarding the Brooklyn funeral, calling it “tough love,” but he does not regret calling out the dangers of large gatherings.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said COVID-related hospitalizations in the community has declined.Watch interview here.
NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza discussed the state of city public schools. Watch interview here.
Mayor de Blasio is facing backlash for outraged tweets over Brooklyn gathering for a rabbi's funeral. Read more here.
Latest official numbers:
As of Tuesday, there were over 17,600 COVID-19 fatalities in New York and over 295,00 confirmed cases across the state.
The New York state coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also being posted here