Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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Posted at 4:52 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 12:23:49-04

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.

11:30 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his daily briefing. Watch live below.

Breaking Updates:

  • Cuomo signing order to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday for state employees. He will advance legislation to make it an official state holiday next year.
  • The governor says his last daily COVID-19 briefing will be Friday, June 19. He will hold briefings as needed after that.

Reopening and COVID-19 updates:

  • New York City still on track to enter Phase 2 of reopening on Monday, June 22, Cuomo says.
  • Governor signing legislation to protect the rights of health-care workers to speak out about improper patient care or workplace safety.

9:30 a.m.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio held his daily briefing. Watch in video below.

New wave of reform

  • 50-a repealed
  • Mandatory body-camera release policy
  • City will apply new body-worn camera policy retroactively, release all audio, video footage from older cases that fit criteria

Reforming police discipline

  • Previous policy: Internal Affairs Bureau must file charges within 18 months of administrative violations No limit to family for conduct that would be criminal
  • Now: Expedited investigation and discipline for causing substantial injury
  • New standards: Immediate decision by Police Commissioner on modified duty or suspicion within 48 hours
  • IAB investigation conducted within two weeks.
  • More transparent discipline:
    • Immediately: All trial discussions will be published going forward
    • In July: Posting info for about 1,100 pending cases, including names,charges, hearing date, resolution
    • In process: Making comprehensive disciplinary records fully transparent and online

Daily indicators

  • COVID Hospital admissions: 55
  • H+H ICU admissions: 333
  • Percentage tested who are positive: 2%

6 a.m.
NYC lawmakers are calling on the mayor to expedite the city's reopening. Read more.

Latest official numbers:
As of Wednesday morning, a total of 384,575 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in New York, with the state's death toll at 24,608.

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