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Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

coronavirus Outbreak New York
Posted at 6:19 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 15:29:13-04

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 COVID-19 briefing. Watch below.

Breaking Updates

  • New York reports 112 new coronavirus deaths, a slight daily uptick despite hospitalizations and new cases continuing to decline, Cuomo says
  • Starting Thursday, religious gatherings of no more than 10 people will be allowed statewide where strict social distancing measures are enforced and all participants wear masks.

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Antibody test results at NYC church sites: Preliminary results

  • Bronx: 34% of group tested had COVID-19 antibodies
  • Brooklyn: 29% tested positive for antibodies
  • Manhattan: 20%
  • Queens: 25%
  • Staten Island: 19%

Increased testing at churches and community-based providers

  • Doubling testing program to 44 total churches in hard-hit communities
  • State partnering with SOMOS to establish 28 testing sites at churches and community-based providers in predominantly minority neighborhoods.

Increased testing at public housing

  • New York expanding testing from 8 to 40 public housing developments

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

Nursing homes

  • Expanding testing for residents for at all 169 nursing homes. Read more.
  • City to offer on-site PCR tests to all nursing homes starting next week
  • Provide more staff: Mandatory staff testing has begun
  • Staff who test positive are required to stay out of work for 14 days, creating shortages
  • City’s surge staffing has already added 240 personnel across city, will fulfill staffing requests by end of the week
  • 10 outbreak response teams implemented: each with an epidemiologist and experts in infection control, mental health, social work
  • “With many seniors, staying at home with proper home care might be a better alternative.”

Protecting front-line workers

  • NYC establishing stockpile of sufficient PPE to support needs of all hospitals, nursing homes, funeral homes, FDNY, NYPD, EMS, OCME
  • Sufficient PPE supply through May
  • One 14-day stock secured, material goes to strategic reserve
  • Established by the end of the year: 90-day supply of PPE and 4,000 full-service ventilators, maintenance program launching in June

Childhood vaccinations falling during pandemic. Read more.

  • Vaccine rates are falling during the pandemic
  • Fewer doctors’ offices open and families are staying home
  • Number of administered vaccine doses down 63%
    • Two years old and younger- down 42%
    • Older than two - down 91%
  • Vaccinations are essential to protecting kids and communities
  • Offered for free at over 1,000 NYC facilities part of the Vaccines for Children program, and at all H+H community health clinics
  • To make an appointment call child care provider or call 844-NYC-4NYC
  • Children infected with MIS-C, were they vaccinated? Could that be a factor? Having or lack of vaccinations is NOT correlated, but getting vaccinations is important to prevent kids from getting other illnesses.

Daily indicators

  • People admitted to hospitals: 63 (up from 57 as of May 17)
  • People in H+H ICUs: 483 (down from 492)
  • Percentage of tested who are positive: 8% (down from 9%)

7:45 a.m.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran spoke to PIX11 Morning News about her decision to keep county beaches restricted to residents only. Watch interview here.

Latest official numbers:
As of Wednesday morning, there were 352,845 confirmed cases in New York, with confirmed COVID-19 deaths rising to 22,843 people.

In New York City alone there are 16,059 confirmed COVID deaths and another 4,828 probable COVID deaths, bringing the city's potential death toll to over 20,887, according to data from the NYC Health Department.

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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