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Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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Posted at 7:56 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 15:07:41-04

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.

12:30

  • New York saw the highest single-day death totals increase on Wednesday. There were 779 new deaths from "this vicious predator of a virus," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
  • There have been 6,268 deaths total.
  • Gov. Cuomo will direct flags to be flown at half-staff.
  • Cuomo addressed the disparities in death rates across races, saying "The numbers in New York are not as bad as the disparities as we see in other parts of the country."
  • Gov. Cuomo said there would be more testing in minority communities.

Get the latest from Gov. Andrew Cumo below:

9:45 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is offering updates on the coronavirus outbreak in New York City. Watch the news conference below.

  • The mayor praised New Yorkers, "the most social people in the country," for sticking to social distancing rules and staying home, adding that by doing so data is starting to show improvements.
  • "This gives me hope, more hope than ever that we can get through this moment," de Blasio said.
  • But now is the time to double down on social distancing and not give in to the temptation of nice weather: "We've always said it will be a tough April, a tough May and I'm still saying that," the mayor said.
  • Ventilator use is lower than projected and the number of new hospitalizations for respiratory illness is stabilizing, de Blasio said.
  • The number of new ventilators needed each day has dropped from as many as 300 down to 100 or less.
  • With about 5,500 ventilators currently in hospitals and 135 on reserve, the mayor projects the city has enough ventilators for this week.
  • Return to duty: 276 NYPD members with COVID-19 have recovered and returned to work; 1,310 FDNY EMTs, paramedics and firefighters who were COVID-19 positive or presumptive positive have gone back to work.
  • A breakdown of preliminary COVID-19 fatalities based on ethnicity: 34% Hispanic (compared to 29% of population); 28% black (compared to 22% of the population); 27% white (compared to 32% of the population); 7% asian (compared to 14% of the population).
  • There are clear disparities in how this virus is affecting our communities, de Blasio said.
  • "That's a blatant inequality. We have to come up with new ways ... to combat what is now a documented disparity," the mayor said, vowing to double down on ways to reach vulnerable communities.
  • "This is painful to talk about, but we have to honest about it," de Blasio said.
  • De Blasio unveiled a four-pronged plan to combat these disparities: Better support for public hospitals; public awareness campaign; grassroots outreach; phone-a-clinician program.
  • Almost 300 military medical personnel have been sent to New York City hospitals. The Navy as sent personnel to Elmuhrst, Bellevue, Woodhull and Kings hospitals. Air Force personnel were deployed to to Lincoln, Jacobi and Queens hospitals.
  • De Blasio said he spoke with Sen. Chuck Schumer about another federal stimulus bill that would have more funding for hospitals, food banks and small businesses.

The number of confirmed cases rose Tuesday to 138,836 statewide, including 74,601 in New York City. The state's death toll rose to 5,489, with a whopping 3,544 of fatalities in NYC alone.

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