Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Bill de Blasio
Virus Outbreak New York
Posted at 4:51 AM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 16:22:23-04

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.

3:30 p.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio held a news conference after touring Village Academy in Far Rockaway, Queens, with Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza.

11 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo shared the latest COVID-19 numbers and stats for New York.

  • 87,776 coronavirus tests reported Tuesday, a new record high for tests in a single day.
    • Of these tests, 700 were positive, or just 0.79%.
    • Every region's percentage of positive tests Tuesday fell below 1%, except the Mid-Hudson region, which was just at 1%.
    • COVID-19 hospitalizations Tuesday: 558, with 89 of those newly admitted
    • ICU patients: 123
    • ICU patients with intubation: 62
    • Total hospital discharges thus far: 73,842
    • New York reported 7 coronavirus fatalities Tuesday, bringing total death toll in NY to 25,218.
    • NY has now seen 422,703 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in total.

10 a.m.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio held his daily briefing. Watch in video below.


  • Seeing an uptick in cases in Sunset Park, Brooklyn
  • Calling on everyone to get tested
  • Expanded outreach beginning Wednesday.
  • Live calls to all from Test & Trace Corps by this Friday
  • Robocalls all through next Friday
  • Knock on all doors

New mobile testing units

  • Corner of 44th Street and 6th Avenue (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • Expanding Testing capacity
  • Extending rapid point of care testing to BK Army Terminal starting Monday, 8/17
  • Expanded Urgicare Testing with AdvantageCare
    • Call 866-749-2600 for appointment.

Heat advisory

Daily indicators

  • COVID Hospitalizations: 81
  • H+H ICUs: 296
  • Percentage tested positive: 1%


  • Lack of enforcement for masks, social distancing: Will we see an uptick in cases?
    • We need to reach out to community and work hard to get it right.
  • Sunset Park uptick: What may be causing increases?
    • City is working to find out source.
  • Layoffs: Could other cuts be done in the budget?
    • We’ve cut the budget by billions. The overwhelming cost is personnel.
    • “That 22,000 number is painfully real.” Calling on state for assistance.
  • Fiscal situation + Layoffs: Do you expect 22K layoffs to be spread among all agencies, including NYPD?
    • Every single agency will experience cuts and find a way to save money.
  • How are you discussing with unions? Renegotiating contracts, etc.:
    • City has been in contact with unions for months.
    • Our job is to find savings.
    • Best solution is to get borrowing authority to avoid cutting city services
    • “Tens of thousands of families will be affected.”
  • NJ to announce schools can do remote learning. How does NYC know that city will have enough teachers willing to go to the classroom?
    • Educators are devoted to kids. Kids going to school will have more support (Mental, emotional, food, etc.)
    • “We are here to serve our kids.”
    • Teachers noted if they need special accommodations or cannot work in-person. The rest will come back. We will have resources to serve our kids.

The latest official numbers:
As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 422,703 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus and 25,218 deaths in New York.

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