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Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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Posted at 5:21 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 20:43:52-04

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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.

8:40 p.m.:
New York City released the most recent case reports. Citywide, there are 20,011 positive cases of COVID-19 and 280 fatalities.

6:10 p.m.
Mayor de Blasio is ordering the removal of basketball hoops from 80 basketball courts in public parks of the city.

6:05 p.m.
Mayor de Blasio is adding the children of grocery store and pharmacy workers to the list of essential employees' who qualify for child care at regional enrichment centers.

Staten Island Ferry, NYC Ferry, environmental protection employees and Department of Probation employees also qualify.

2:25 p.m.
During a press conference Wednesday, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced there were 3,285 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community; 416 more than Tuesday. There are also seven new deaths reported, brining the county's death toll to 17.

The county has also collected 74,000 pairs of gloves, 5,500 surgical and N95 masks, and hundreds of other supplies.

A hotline has also been set up for pregnant women who may have any questions regarding their health, their baby's health and COVID-19. The number is 1-833-487-2273.

12:45 p.m.
There are 17,856 cases of coronavirus in New York City and 199 deaths, according to the mayor's office. Of the positive cases, 5,066 are in Queens; 3,187 are in Manhattan; 4,656 are in Brooklyn; 2,789 are in the Bronx; and 1,084 are on Staten Island.

11:15 a.m.

  • During a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the total number of cases in the state is now at 30,811, with 285 deaths.
  • He also announced that there is evidence that suggests the state’s density control plan is working as the hospitalization rate appears to spread out. Read more here.
  • Though the hospitalization rate has become more spread out, Cuomo said actual hospitalizations have moved at a higher rate than the initial projection models.
  • About 40,000 medical professionals have also signed up to help in New York's fight against COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. Read more here.

9:30 a.m.
Brooklyn restaurant The Bergen is giving back to the community with free lunches and dinners for those in need. Watch: Owner Ty Brown exlpains why.

6:30 a.m.
With ridership down, the MTA's new reduced service goes into effect Wednesday with some express trains suspended. More info here.

4:30 a.m.
The White House and Senate leaders of both parties have agreed on a $2 trillion relief bill to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

Reminder: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's order to close all non-essential businesses is now in effect in New York, dubbed the "PAUSE" plan. For a full list of what businesses and entities will remain open, click here.

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