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Editorial: COVID-19, It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

First, the good news, the COVID-19 numbers. We’ve all made sacrifices of one kind or another and so far, as far as we can tell, it’s working. Now the bad news, it ain’t over. Click here to read the latest Editorial.

 


 

Daily Reported Local Cases of COVID-19 (Bellport Village, North Bellport, Brookhaven Hamlet, East Patchogue and the Town of Brookhaven)
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Suffolk County Daily Reported Data to Date
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New York State Regional Monitoring Dashboard
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New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Tracker
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Find a COVID-19 Test Site Near You
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CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Website
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August 31st at 8:30pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"It's been 184 days since New York's first confirmed COVID case. Yesterday, 66,241 tests were reported with 656 positive — a 0.99% infection rate. The total hospitalizations statewide dropped to 418, the lowest number since this crisis began, and there were 109 New Yorkers in ICUs — also the lowest number recorded. Sadly, we lost one New Yorker to COVID yesterday. Again, this is the lowest number lost since the crisis began.

Some perspective: There was a time where we lost hundreds of people every day. But New Yorkers took in the facts and acted responsibly. And together determined what the future held. Let's not lose sight of how far we've come and let's not forget what we've learned. It's up to us, New York.

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Photo of the Day: And remember, New York loves you right back.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. SUNY Oneonta will transition to remote-learning for two weeks. Last week, the State released guidance that if a college experiences 100 COVID cases or an outbreak equal to 5 percent of its population (whichever is less) — that college MUST go to remote-learning for two weeks. In response to a cluster of COVID cases at SUNY Oneonta, the school with transition to remote-learning right away and the State will set up three rapid testing sites in Oneonta that will open Wednesday. Oneonta residents can call 1-833-NYSTRNG (1-833-697-8764) to make an appointment.

2. A reminder that rapid test sites are up and running in Western NY. Amid an uptick in cases in the region, the State set up eight new test sites, with results taking just 15 minutes. Residents MUST call and schedule an appointment —no walk-ins. Call 1-833-697-8764 to make an appointment.

3. New York needs federal funding to address the economic shortfalls of the pandemic. Today, joined by labor leaders, I issued a letter calling on New York's Congressional Delegation to provide $59 billion to address the catastrophic budget shortfalls resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the letter here

4. Tomorrow is National Poll Worker Recruitment Day. Election Day is fast approaching and the New York State and Local Board of Elections are asking registered voters to pitch in and help work the polls (a paid position). To be eligible, you must be a registered voter in New York State. 

5. A guide to New York City museums as they begin to reopen. Last week, museums and cultural institutions in New York City were permitted to reopen while adhering to public safety guidelines. ILoveNY has put together a guide on opening details for these beloved institutions, and everything else you need to know about NYC's museum reopenings.

6. The U.S. Open kicks off today. I will be delivering remarks tonight at the Opening Night of the U.S. Open, one of the four major tennis championships, hosted at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens. The United States Tennis Association and the State have worked together to make sure this iconic sports event could go on this year (with no spectators), with special precautions in place to ensure the safety of the players, as well as staff and all other personnel.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Officially recognized by the Guinness World Book of Records, 110-year-old Julio Cesar Mora Tapia and 104-year-old Waldramina Maclovia Quinteros have been named the world's oldest married couple, going on 79 years strong. The Ecuadorian couple were married on February 7, 1941 in the La Iglesia de El Belen, the oldest church in the country's capital. "

 


 

August 31st at 8:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 31st, 2020


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Testing
• 653,849 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,198 tests
• 6.9 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1.2 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.1 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,820 total cases
• 57 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 247,584 total were tested for antibodies
• 25,983 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 31st at 4:30pm
• 34 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 3 in the last 24 hours
• 6 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1
• 0 new admissions
• 4 discharges
• 5,776 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 2,002 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,043 hospital beds, 922 available, 30 percent
• 380 ICU beds, 102 available, 27 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 30th at 9:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 30th, 2020

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Testing
• 648,651 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 7,199 tests
• 6.9 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.8 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.7 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,763 total cases
• 51 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 247,044 total were tested for antibodies
• 25,930 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 30th at 4:30pm
• 37 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 1 in the last 24 hours
• 7 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 3
• 1 new admission
• 4 discharges
• 5,772 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 2,002 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,038 hospital beds, 909 available, 30 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 126 available, 32 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 29th at 9:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 29th, 2020

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Testing
• 641,452 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 6,415 tests
• 7.0 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.6 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.5 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,712 total cases
• 34 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 246,003 total were tested for antibodies
• 25,819 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 29th at 4:30pm
• 38 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 7 in the last 24 hours
• 10 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1
• 3 new admissions
• 6 discharges
• 5,768 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 fatality
• 2,002 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,042 hospital beds, 798 available, 26 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 131 available, 33 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 28th at 8:45pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"In response to an uptick in COVID cases in Western New York, New York State has set up eight new free rapid testing sites. Four of the sites are in Buffalo and another is in Dunkirk, where there has been a cluster of cases at a manufacturing plant.

Residents of Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara Counties) can make appointments to get tested starting tomorrow, with results taking just 15 minutes. You must call 1-833-NYSTRNG (1-833-697-8764) to make an appointment before going. I especially urge New Yorkers who are experiencing symptoms of COVID or have been in close contact with someone who is positive for COVID to get tested.

If you don't live in the Western New York region, there are still over 700 sites where you can get tested. Find one near you here.

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Chart of the Day: Close to 100,000 people were tested for COVID-19 yesterday.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The total number of COVID hospitalizations remains low. Yesterday, total hospitalizations dropped to 478. Of the 97,826 tests reported yesterday, 636, or 0.65%, were positive—three straight weeks of an infection rate under 1 percent and a record low. Sadly, we lost 3 New Yorkers to the virus.

2. New York has now conducted over 8 million tests and continues to lead the nation in testing. Anyone can get tested for any reason. You should always get tested if you have reason to believe you have COVID. Find a testing site here

3. This year, The Great New York State Fair will be held virtually. The State Fair is a beloved New York tradition. Sadly, the in-person fair had to be canceled this year due to COVID, but the State Fair is hosting a whole slate of virtual events so New Yorkers can still experience the Fair safely. For example, the annual Butter Sculpture—an 800-pound sculpture carved out of butter—will be unveiled on September 1st.

4. The iconic "Hot Dog King" in front of the Met Museum reopens tomorrow along with the museum. Owned by Bronx native Dan Rossi, the hot dog stand has been in business directly in front of the museum steps for 13 years, but when the museum closed due to COVID, so did his hot dog stand. Now that the museum reopens this weekend, he is ready to start selling hot dogs and pretzels to guests as they return. NYC museums like the Met have been permitted to reopen at 25% occupancy and with staggered, timed ticketing.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": For children undergoing treatment at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore, many feel isolated with limited visitors allowed and playrooms closed. The Major League Baseball umpires charity UMPS Care delivered stuffed animals dressed as superheroes to help keep the kids' spirits up."

 


 

August 28th at 8:45pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 28th, 2020

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Testing
• 635,037 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 7,132 tests
• 7.0 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.5 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.5 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,678 total cases
• 37 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 245,179 total were tested for antibodies
• 25,748 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 28th at 4:30pm
• 45 individuals were hospitalized, no difference in the last 24 hours
• 11 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1.
• 5 new admissions
• 4 discharges
• 5,762 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 2,001 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,043 hospital beds, 751 available, 25 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 126 available, 32 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 27th at 8:15pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"As college students return to campus, schools must be prepared for all possibilities. We've seen troubling reports of students congregating on college campuses and unfortunately, we anticipate clusters at campuses here in New York, too. Today, we issued guidance that establishes a threshold: If a college experiences 100 COVID cases or an outbreak equal to 5% of its student body (whichever is less) — that college MUST go to remote learning for two weeks. If after two weeks, the local health department finds the college has demonstrated that it cannot contain the number of cases, then further remote learning could be required, along with other mitigation measures. Expanded guidance for colleges is available here.

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Photo of the Day: Yesterday, landmarks across NY were illuminated in purple and gold in honor of the 19th Amendment centennial (Photo by Kevin Coughlin)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. We are deploying a testing SWAT team to Western NY to address the recent uptick in COVID cases. Yesterday, the infection rate in the region rose to 2.0%. The testing SWAT team will open free rapid testing sites across the region. Sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Saturday through Wednesday. All residents are eligible for tests and appointments can be made by calling 1-833-NYSTRNG (1-833-697-8764).

2. The total number of COVID hospitalizations remains low. Yesterday, there were 490 total hospitalizations. Of the 83,437 tests reported yesterday, 791, or 0.95%, were positive—the 20th straight day of an infection rate under 1 percent. Sadly, we lost 4 New Yorkers to the virus.

3. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will not change our science-based testing guidance. The CDC's unexplained reversal of established testing guidelines this week is reckless and unsupported by the facts. Individuals who are in close contact with those positive for COVID should get tested. Read the full joint statement with NJ Governor Phil Murphy and CT Governor Ned Lamont.

4. Hudson Valley farms are preparing for apple picking season. Apple picking, a classic fall tradition, will look a little different this year amid the pandemic. Many farms are limiting their capacity and implementing a reservation-only attendance to ensure a safe and fun experience for all visitors.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": The Auckland Zoo in New Zealand welcomed the birth of the first rhino calf to be born at the zoo in two decades. The female Southern White Rhinoceros calf, born to mother Jamila by 30-year-old father Zambezi, is healthy. While still unnamed, she brings hope to keep the near-threatened species population growing. "

 


 

August 27th at 8:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 27th, 2020

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Testing
• 627,905 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 6,990 tests
• 7.1 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.6 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.5 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,641 total cases
• 36 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 244,037 total were tested for antibodies
• 25,650 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 27th at 4:30pm
• 45 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 7 in the last 24 hours
• 12 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1.
• 8 new admissions
• 5 discharges
• 5,758 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 2,001 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,040 hospital beds, 784 available, 26 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 136 available, 34 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 26th at 8:30pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo - What You Need to Know Tonight

• Governor Cuomo has partnered with New Jersey Governor Murphy and Connecticut Governor Lamont to create a joint travel advisory for individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19, requiring a quarantine for 14 days when visiting their states.
• Based on each region's infection rate, schools across New York State are permitted to open this fall but each school district must have a testing and tracing plan and will decide if an in-person v. hybrid model works best for them while following strict Department of Health Guidance.
• Beginning September 21, lower-risk school sports may begin statewide; with travel for practice or play prohibited outside of the school's region or contiguous regions until October 19.
• The State Police and State Liquor Authority are leading a task force to investigate and shut down establishments not complying with the safety standards of the state.
• To report violations of health and safety restrictions and requirements for businesses, gatherings and individuals, please choose the appropriate link below:
File a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community.
• File a complaint against your employer or place of work.
• Go to forward.ny.gov to find out: Which phase of reopening your region is in; the industry guidance for each phase; regional dashboards for monitoring how the virus is being contained; and information on loans for small businesses.
• New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through September 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
• Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services. Any New Yorker can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

 


 

August 26th at 8:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 26th, 2020

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Testing
• 620,915 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,955 tests
• 7.2 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.9 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.9 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,605 total cases
• 44 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 243,034 total were tested for antibodies
• 25,546 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 26th at 4:30pm
• 38 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 1 in the last 24 hours
• 11 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1.
• 6 new admissions
• 7 discharges
• 5,753 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 2,001 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,044 hospital beds, 819 available, 27 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 140 available, 35 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 25th at 8:15pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"New Yorkers are resilient and New Yorkers are tough. Yesterday, comedian Jerry Seinfeld wrote an op-ed in the New York Times arguing that despite the naysayers and the critics, New York is not "dead"—not even close. Jerry has it right. The New York energy is unique and we will be back—better and tougher than ever.

Many have predicted the "decline" of New York before. After September 11th, some people believed that the City and the State could never recover and rebuild. But these pessimists have always been proven wrong—and they will be again. I want to share the powerful words of a New York City taxi driver, who wrote a comment on Jerry's op-ed: "All things are possible [in New York]. It will take more than a crumby pandemic to change that."

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Passage of the Day: A heartfelt note written by an NYC taxi driver as a comment on Jerry Seinfeld's op-ed.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The total number of COVID hospitalizations remains low. Yesterday, there were 488 total hospitalizations. Of the 67,255 tests reported yesterday, 629, or 0.94%, were positive—the 18th straight day of a positive infection rate under 1 percent. Sadly, we lost 2 New Yorkers to the virus.

2. Five states have been removed from New York's travel advisory. Visitors from Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana no longer need to quarantine when they arrive in New York. Guam has been added to the list. Those who are part-way through a quarantine should continue for the full 14 days. Learn more and see the full list of states and territories subject to the travel advisory here.

3. New York Fashion Week will take place September 13-17, 2020 with limited or no spectators. The event will be in strict compliance with New York State health and safety guidelines, including outdoor events capped at 50 people and indoor events at 50 percent capacity and no spectators. As one of the capstone events for the fashion industry, New York Fashion Week will feature live-streamed runway shows, cultural programming and more.

4. A SUNY biology professor's experiment shows the effectiveness of wearing a mask. SUNY Brockport conducted a short experiment on how wearing a mask can limit the spread of germs—and you can't argue with science.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Yesterday, I was proud to officially dedicate East River State Park in Brooklyn to Marsha P. Johnson, a transgender activist who was an early organizer of the LGBTQ movement in New York City. Marsha P. Johnson State Park is the first state park to honor an LGBTQ person. New York is indebted to her for her fearless advocacy and relentless fight for LGBTQ equality. This park will ensure that her legacy lives on."

 


 

August 25th at 8:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 25th, 2020

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Testing
• 615,960 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,505 tests
• 7.2 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.9 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,561 total cases
• 42 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 242,012 total were tested for antibodies
• 25,452 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 25th at 4:30pm
• 39 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 1 in the last 24 hours
• 12 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1.
• 6 new admissions
• 4 discharges
• 5,746 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 2,001 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,036 hospital beds, 912 available, 30 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 136 available, 34 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 24th at 8:30pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 


"For the 17th straight day, the statewide infection rate is under 1 percent, and our positivity rate hit a record low with 0.66% of yesterday's COVID-19 tests returning as positive. We continue trending in the right direction but we do so only because we remain alert for any signs that can hamper that progress.

In Western New York, the infection rate has been above 1 percent for six days. The increase is driven in part by clusters at a steel plant in Erie County and at a food processing factory in Chautauqua County, as well as from a cluster of seasonal workers at farms. This is not a cause for alarm, but it is a caution sign. Fortunately, our robust testing means that we were able to identify these clusters quickly and contact tracers could track down potential contacts and stop further spread. New Yorkers can continue to do their part to keep the infection rate down by wearing masks, washing hands often and practicing social distancing. The virus isn't gone yet so we must remain vigilant.

Video of the Day: Over the weekend, we released the latest ad in our "Mask Up, America" PSA campaign. Watch it here.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The total number of COVID hospitalizations remains low. Yesterday, there were 482 total hospitalizations. Of the 62,031 tests reported yesterday, 408, or 0.66%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 7 New Yorkers to the virus.

2. New COVID testing sites will be set up at NYC airports. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and New York City Health + Hospitals will set up testing sites at JFK and LaGuardia Airports to limit the spread of COVID-19 from visitors arriving from out of state. New Yorkers have worked very hard to keep the infection rate down and we must protect that progress.

3. Lower-risk, school-sponsored sports can begin September 21st. Travel for practice or away games will be prohibited outside of the school's region or neighboring regions or counties until October 19th. Lower- and moderate-risk sports include tennis, soccer, cross country, field hockey and swimming.

4. So far, PSAs from New York's "Mask Up, America" campaign have been seen more than 15 million times as they aired on over 40,000 TV spots on stations across the country. The overwhelming success and reach of this campaign is thanks to the collaboration of our partners Extreme Reach and the Chimney Group. You can see all of the Mask Up, America PSAs here.

5. Today, I issued an Executive Order to bolster and support New Yorkers' right to vote. The order requires county Boards of Election to adopt a newly designed envelope for absentee ballots that will eliminate confusion as to where voters must sign their ballot; to send a mailing notifying voters of deadlines and instructions for requesting absentee ballots; to take steps so that they're ready to count votes as soon as possible; and to send staffing plans and needs to the State Board of Elections by September 20. This order builds on legislation I signed last week allowing all voters to request an absentee ballot if they have COVID-related concerns about voting in-person.

6. The LIRR Third Track project reached a new milestone today with elimination of the New Hyde Park Road grade crossing. This project (the third of eight LIRR grade crossings to be eliminated) will reduce traffic congestion and increase safety for pedestrians and drivers alike. One of the few silver linings of this crisis has been that with less ridership and less traffic due to COVID, the LIRR has been able to accelerate construction. I thank all the MTA employees and contractors who helped get this important project done ahead of schedule.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": At Wagner Farms in Rome, New York, the farm's 10 acres of sunflower fields are in full boom in bright summer colors. This year, a record number of visitors have visited the Oneida County farm to see the sunflowers and explore the nearby corn maze, among other socially distanced activities."

 


 

August 24th at 8:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 24th, 2020


Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 611,455 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,910 tests
• 7.3 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.6 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.4 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,519 total cases
• 21 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 241,607 total were tested for antibodies
• 25,424 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 24th at 4:30pm
• 40 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 1 in the last 24 hours
• 11 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), no change in the last 24 hours.
• 0 new admissions
• 5 discharges
• 5,742 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 2,001 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,027 hospital beds, 946 available, 31 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 139 available, 35 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 23rd at 7:45pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 23rd, 2020

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Testing
• 606,545 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,256 tests
• 7.3 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.8 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.8 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,498 total cases
• 42 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 241,054 total were tested for antibodies
• 25,363 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 23rd at 4:30pm
• 41 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 4 in the last 24 hours
• 11 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1
• 5 new admissions
• 4 discharges
• 5,737 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 2,001 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,036 hospital beds, 954 available, 31 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 143 available, 36 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 22nd at 8:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 22nd, 2020

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Testing
• 601,289 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 7,213 tests
• 7.4 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.7 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.8 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,456 total cases
• 56 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 239,812 total were tested for antibodies
• 25,265 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 22nd at 4:30pm
• 45 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 2 in the last 24 hours
• 10 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 5
• 4 new admissions
• 7 discharges
• 5,733 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 fatality
• 2,001 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,033 hospital beds, 846 available, 28 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 129 available, 33 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 21st at 8:45pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"New York State conducted nearly 100,000 COVID tests yesterday—a record. And for two straight weeks now, our daily positive infection rate has been below 1 percent. The total number of COVID hospitalizations also reached a record low yesterday, dropping to 490. We're making good progress. As we head into another weekend, I remind New Yorkers to keep up the good work. Everything we are doing continues to work and that's reflected in our numbers.

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Chart of the Day: Yesterday, New York conducted nearly 100,000 tests—a new record.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The New York City Board of Elections created a portal to request absentee ballots online. Yesterday, I signed legislation that ensures every New Yorker can safely vote in November amid the COVID-19 pandemic and guarantees that every vote will be counted. Registered voters who live in the five boroughs can now request an absentee ballot if they are concerned about COVID; the State Board of Elections will soon be able to offer the same digital service to all New York voters.

2. The 9/11 Memorial Museum will reopen on September 11th. The anniversary day reopening will be reserved for families of those killed in the 2001 and the 1993 World Trade Center attacks. The public will be able to visit starting September 12th. The museum will be reduced to 25 percent capacity and just like all cultural institutions reopening, health and safety protocols must be closely followed.

3. The Department of Agriculture announced a new startup competition for dairy products in New York. "Milklaunch" encourages entrepreneurs to introduce new products for consumers to boost dairy sales. Dairy is an integral part of New York's farming industry, and has been at the heart of the State's Nourish NY Initiative, helping connect New Yorkers in need with healthy farm fresh products. 

4. The total number of COVID hospitalizations reached another record low. Yesterday, there were 490 total hospitalizations. Of the 98,880 tests reported yesterday, 709, or 0.72%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 3 New Yorkers to the virus.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": When New York was at its worst, Theresa Mellas, a physician's assistant from Lockport, NY, spent eight weeks working in a downstate ICU, after hearing my call for help for healthcare professionals. In another amazing feat, Theresa completed a 3,500 mile cross-country bike ride, traveling from Portland, Oregon all the way back to New York."

 


 

August 21st at 8:45pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 21st, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 594,076 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 6,908 tests
• 7.5 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.7 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.7 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,400 total cases
• 47 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 238,981 total tested for antibodies
• 25,176 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 21st at 4:30pm
• 47 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 6 in the last 24 hours
• 15 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 4
• 7 new admissions
• 11 discharges
• 5,726 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 2,000 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,034 hospital beds, 789 available, 26 percent
• 397 ICU beds, 137 available, 35 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 21st at 8:45pm

BNL: Cats and llamas could offer a path to coronavirus therapies
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August 20th at 8:30pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"As we prepare for the upcoming 2020 election, it is critical we protect the most fundamental cornerstone of our democracy—the right to vote. Today, I signed legislation that ensures every registered New Yorker has options on how to vote in November in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation signed into law today also takes steps to ensure that every vote is counted.

Starting today, all registered voters can request an absentee ballot if they are concerned about COVID. All Boards of Elections in New York State must count:

• All ballots postmarked on or before Election Day (November 3rd) and received within seven days after Election Day.
• All ballots without a postmark received on November 4th (the day after Election Day).

These measures are critical to a full and fair election at one of the most important moments in our nation's history. We are removing barriers to democracy and will make it easier for all New Yorkers to exercise their right to vote this November.

You can vote early in-person, you can vote on Election Day or you can vote using an absentee ballot. Whatever you do, don't miss your chance to make your voice heard.

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Photo of the Day: Animal-themed markers at the Bronx Zoo remind visitors to practice social distancing (Photo by Mark Dudko)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The total number of COVID hospitalizations is at a record low. Yesterday, there were 518 total hospitalizations. Of the 80,984 tests reported yesterday, 601, or 0.74 percent, were positive. For the 13th consecutive day, our daily positive infection rate has been below 1 percent. Sadly, we lost 5 New Yorkers to the virus.

2. A recent study highlights New York as one of the only states that exceeds the testing level considered necessary to mitigate the spread of the virus. One of our top priorities in combating Coronavirus is maintaining our testing capacity and New York continues to lead the nation in daily testing.

3. The moratorium on commercial evictions is extended until September 20th. Today, I signed an Executive Order that builds on existing protections for commercial tenants and small businesses. This helps ensure that business owners across New York will not be forced to close as a result of the pandemic.

4. Take advantage of the beauty of New York's canals and hiking trails this summer. Through Labor Day, the NYS Canal Corporation is promoting six hubs of canals and trail activity and celebrating local canal-side businesses across Upstate NY. The program offers free "Staycation" excursions by kayak and/or bike in Schenectady, Chittenango, Seneca Falls and Rochester.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": At Brandywine Living in Princeton, NJ, two residents have found a way to brighten the spirits of their neighbors. In a time when outside entertainment is hard to come by, Ed Beckerman, 92, and Paul Gall, 69 (with the help of their guitar tutor), have been hosting the "Hot Rock Cafe," a socially distanced occasion to bring live music to the assisted living facility."

 


 

August 20th at 8:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 20th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 587,168 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 6,779 tests
• 7.6 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.8 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.7 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,353 total cases
• 48 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 237,830 total tested for antibodies
• 25,062 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 20th at 4:30pm
• 53 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 1 in the last 24 hours
• 11 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 3
• 4 new admissions
• 6 discharges
• 5,715 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 2,000 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,034 hospital beds, 798 available, 26 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 131 available, 33 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 19th at 8:30pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"We continue to make good progress against Coronavirus—for the 12th consecutive day, our statewide infection rate has been below 1 percent. But COVID is not over. Complacency or letting our guard down is a threat to that hard-won progress. We need to keep taking steps to protect one another to keep the numbers low. It's up to each and every New Yorker.

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Chart of the Day: Total hospitalizations are flat.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The total number of COVID hospitalizations remains low. Yesterday, there were 548 total hospitalizations. Of the 80,425 tests reported yesterday, 631, or 0.78%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 6 New Yorkers to the virus.

2. I urge New Yorkers to get a flu shot. While we still handle COVID, flu season looms on the horizon. Today, the State Department of Health will issue letters to local health departments requiring them to submit plans as to how they will handle testing for flu and COVID. This year it is especially important that New Yorkers get their flu shot. Find a flu vaccine site near you.

3. The Brooklyn Museum and El Museo del Barrio will reopen to the public on September 12th. Last week, I announced that New York City museums and cultural institutions can reopen starting Monday, August 24th at 25 percent capacity with safety protocols in place.

4. The moratorium for residential and commercial evictions in New York City has been extended to October 1st. Evictions will remain paused for New Yorkers and small businesses facing financial hardship due to the pandemic.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": In May, two teenagers in Pearland, Texas dressed up in Spider-Man costumes and held drive-by "birthday parades" for children in their neighborhood. The teens expanded the idea into a fundraiser called "Drive By Heroes," where they would make heroic appearances in exchange for food donations to their local community center."

 


 

August 19th at 8:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 19th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 580,389 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 7,334 tests
• 7.6 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.9 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.0 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,305 total cases
• 70 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 237,054 total tested for antibodies
• 24,988 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 19th at 4:30pm
• 54 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 7 in the last 24 hours
• 14 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 2
• 9 new admissions
• 6 discharges
• 5,709 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 2,000 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,042 hospital beds, 838 available, 28 percent
• 396 ICU beds, 111 available, 28 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 18th at 8:15pm

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August 18th at 8:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 18th, 2020

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Testing
• 573,055 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,631 tests
• 7.7 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.1 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,235 total cases
• 50 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 235,746 total tested for antibodies
• 24,855 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 18th at 4:30pm
• 47 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 4 in the last 24 hours
• 12 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), no change
• 7 new admissions
• 3 discharges
• 5,703 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 fatality
• 2,000 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,046 hospital beds, 843 available, 28 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 127 available, 32 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 17th at 7:45pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"New York State's infection rate has been below 1 percent positive for ten consecutive days and accordingly, the State will permit local elected officials to allow gyms in their locality to reopen. Starting August 24th, gyms and fitness centers can reopen at 33 percent capacity while enforcing rigorous safety protocols, including requiring masks be worn at all times. Gym owners and all clients must take health guidelines seriously, or gym reopening can be rolled back. Local health departments are required to strictly enforce the state guidelines to ensure gyms and fitness centers reopen safely and protect the public health. Read New York's full guidance on gym reopening here.

Video of the Day: Today, we released our latest Mask Up America PSA. Watch it here.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. So far, PSAs from New York's Mask Up America campaign have aired on over 23,000 TV spots on stations across the country, and been watched over 10 million times. The latest PSA in the series features the voice of Paul Rudd encouraging Americans to wear a mask so we can all return to doing the things we love. Watch it here.

2. New York State has now tested over 7 million people. New York continues to lead the nation in testing and any New Yorker can get a test. Find a testing site near you.

3. The total number of COVID hospitalizations remains low. Yesterday, there were 534 total hospitalizations. Of the 56,891 tests reported yesterday, 408, or 0.71%, were positive—the lowest positive infection rate since June. Sadly, we lost 6 New Yorkers to the virus.

4. The state has suspended liquor licenses for 16 additional bars in New York State. After finding egregious violations of pandemic-related Executive Orders, 148 liquor licenses so far have been suspended during the Coronavirus pandemic. I remind all New Yorkers that outdoor dining does not mean outdoor drinking or partying. We are still in the middle of a pandemic.

5. If you are in a dangerous domestic situation, New York State will help you find safe shelter. You aren't trapped because of COVID. If there is an issue where you face imminent harm, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you need help, you can call the State's Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906, or text 844-997-2121.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Officially declared extinct in the United Kingdom in 1979, the Large Blue Butterfly is now repopulating its historic habitat in Southern England. Through the world's largest insect conservation program, the butterflies' return show promising signs of the region's biodiversity strength, which will greatly affect the global environment in a positive way."

 


 

August 17th at 7:45pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 17th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 568,424 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 3,839 tests
• 7.8 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.6 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.7 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,185 total cases
• 26 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 235,250 total tested for antibodies
• 24,815 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 17th at 4:30pm
• 43 individuals were hospitalized
• 12 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
• 4 new admissions
• 6 discharges
• 5,700 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 fatality
• 1,999 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,036 hospital beds, 930 available, 31 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 126 available, 32 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 17th at 7:45pm

NPR: 14 States Make Contact Tracing Data Public. Here's What They're Learning
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New York Times: Health Experts Warn About Perils of New Virus Data Collection System
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August 16th at 6:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 16th, 2020

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Testing
• 564,585 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,886 tests
• 7.8 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.8 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.8 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,159 total cases
• 50 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 234,726 total tested for antibodies
• 24,755 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 16th at 4:30pm
• 38 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 3 in the last 24 hours
• 11 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 4
• 6 new admissions
• 9 discharges
• 5,696 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,998 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,039 hospital beds, 926 available, 30 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 123 available, 31 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 15th at 7:45pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 15th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 558,699 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 6,312 tests
• 7.9 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.9 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.0 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,109 total cases
• 64 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 233,465 total tested for antibodies
• 24,662 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 15th at 4:30pm
• 41 individuals were hospitalized, no change in the last 24 hours
• 7 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1
• 5 new admissions
• 6 discharges
• 5,685 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,998 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,036 hospital beds, 870 available, 29 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 125 available, 32 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 15th at 11:00am

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 14th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 552,387 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 6,154 tests
• 8.0 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.8 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.9 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 44,045 total cases
• 58 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 232,397 total tested for antibodies
• 24,574 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 14th at 4:30pm
• 41 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 1 in the last 24 hours
• 6 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1
• 7 new admissions
• 12 discharges
• 5,679 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,998 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,041 hospital beds, 768 available, 25 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 128 available, 32 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 13th at 8:00pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"New York continues to make progress in beating this virus. For the fifth consecutive day, New York's infection rate has been below 1% and for the second straight day we tested a record number of New Yorkers, conducting 87,900 tests. These numbers are by no means a coincidence. They're the result of our hard work to stop the spread and crush the curve. Together we are wearing masks in public, socially distancing and getting tested whenever needed. Keep the behavior up so we can keep the numbers down. It's up to us, New York.

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Chart of the Day: New York continues to lead the nation in testing while maintaining a low infection rate. (Source: The COVID Tracking Project)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The total number of COVID hospitalizations remains low. Yesterday, there were 555 total hospitalizations, a slight drop from the previous day. The number of patients on a ventilator dropped to a record low of 56. Of the 87,900 tests reported yesterday, 737 were positive (0.84%). Sadly, we lost 10 New Yorkers to the virus. You can check the results status in your region here.

2. New York-based startup Codecademy has provided technical training to 1,500 state personnel on the frontlines of the State's pandemic response as part of the COVID-19 Technology SWAT Team. Through this pro-bono partnership, Codecademy is providing six-month training licenses to NYS' Office of Information Technology Services. Leading tech companies from around the country have participated in the Tech SWAT Team Initiative, saving taxpayers over $14 million.

3. The DMV is expanding New Yorkers' ability to complete certain transactions through secure drop boxes. New Yorkers can use drop boxes for services including license plate surrenders, address changes, and license and registration renewals. Customers using drop boxes must wear face coverings and maintain social distancing at all times. Drop boxes are located at all state-run DMV offices and are available during regular office hours Monday-Saturday. Learn more here.

4. During the pandemic, the New York Department of Labor has prevented more than $1 billion in unemployment insurance fraud. The Department of Labor has stopped more than 40,000 fraudulent claims since March. During the last five months, DOL has referred more UI fraud cases to federal prosecutors than in the last ten years combined.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Since 1961, the Saratoga racetrack has painted a canoe to honor the winner of the Travers Stakes, which is then set afloat in the racetrack pond. This year, the honor belongs to Tiz the Law, the New York-bred horse that has so far won the Belmont Stakes, the Florida Derby and the Travers Stakes. Tiz the Law will be competing again at the Kentucky Derby next month." 

 


 

August 13th at 8:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 13th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 546,233 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 6,363 tests
• 8.1 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.6 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.6 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 43,987 total cases
• 39 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 231,305 total tested for antibodies
• 24,486 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 13th at 4:30pm
• 42 individuals were hospitalized, no change in the last 24 hours
• 7 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1
• 8 new admissions
• 3 discharges
• 5,667 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,998 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,042 hospital beds, 760 available, 25 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 129 available, 33 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 13th at 8:00pm

Suffolk County Confirmed COVID-19 Cases March 10, 2020 – August 12, 2020 

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Here’s a snapshot of how Suffolk County has been doing from March 10, 2020 to August 12, 2020. Things are starting to look not as good as they have, It’s time to follow the rules and do everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as things can get very bad, very quickly.

 


 

August 12th at 8:15pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Yesterday, New York State reported a record number of COVID diagnostic tests in a single day: 87,776 people, with a rate of only 0.79% of them testing positive. To date, New York State has tested over 6.7 million people and leads the nation in testing. Testing tens of thousands of New Yorkers every day allows us to gauge the infection rate and understand how widespread COVID is in various regions. What's especially encouraging is that daily new cases have dropped even as New York's testing capacity has gone up.

Remember that any New Yorker can get a COVID test for any reason. Find a testing site near you.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The total number of COVID hospitalizations remains low. Yesterday, there were 558 total hospitalizations. Of the 87,776 tests reported yesterday, 700 were positive (0.79%). Sadly, we lost 7 New Yorkers to the virus.

2. All 64 SUNY campuses have developed plans to resume on-campus activities and in-person learning for the Fall 2020 semester. Each campus plan was developed to meet the guidelines set by the Higher Education Guidelines and New York Forward Phase 4 guidelines. Read more

3. The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx has reopened. Like we did across the State, the Garden is taking a phased approach to reopening with many safety precautions in place.

4. All motor vehicle passengers 16 and older must wear a seat belt in every seat. We know that seat belts save lives and yesterday, I signed legislation requiring all passengers in motor vehicles over the age of 16 to wear a seat belt, even in the back seats. New York was the first state to pass a mandatory seat belt law in 1984 and we building on this legacy for a safer New York.

5. Mental health resources are available to any New Yorker who needs them. We don't underestimate the impact this pandemic is having on mental health. New Yorkers can call the state's hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to get free emotional support, consultations and referrals to a provider or visit headspace.com/ny for free meditation and mindfulness resources.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": In this year's National Kids Safe Online Contest hosted by the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), these five New York students placed in the top ten.
• Addison, 5th Grade
• Eliza, 8th Grade
• Isaac, 10th Grade
• Allison, 12th Grade
• Julian, 12th Grade
Their artistic posters focused around cyber safety & technology and will be featured in the 2021 MS-ISAC Cybersecurity Awareness Calendar. See the poster designs here.

 


 

August 12th at 8:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 12th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 539,870 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,030 tests
• 8.1 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.9 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.1 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 43,948 total cases
• 55 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 230,240 total tested for antibodies
• 24,392 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 12th at 4:30pm
• 42 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 9 in the last 24 hours
• 6 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 3
• 11 new admissions
• 3 discharges
• 5,664 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,998 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,033 hospital beds, 804 available, 27 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 119 available, 30 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 11th at 9:00pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Our numbers continue to be encouraging. The total number of hospitalizations, at 540 yesterday, remains low and steady, and the number of patients in ICU fell to 120 patients—the lowest number since March 15th. The State conducted 77,059 tests, of which 667, or 0.88%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 6 New Yorkers to the virus.

As we keep moving forward, we must continue to wear masks and to take every precaution. It's working. And it will only keep working if each and every one of us stays smart.

Video of the Day: Watch the latest Mask Up, America PSA, featuring leaders from Long Island

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Two additional states and the Virgin Islands were added to NY's COVID travel advisory. Hawaii, South Dakota, and the U.S. Virgin Islands met the criteria to be included. Alaska, New Mexico, Ohio and Rhode Island have been removed from the list. (Individuals who are part-way through a quarantine after arriving from those four states should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.) See the full list of states and territories subject to the travel advisory here.

2. For the first time since 1915, three baseball games will be played at three different sites in NY on the same day. Today, the Yankees, the Mets and the Blue Jays are all playing games in New York State. Earlier this year, we announced that the Toronto Blue Jays would play most home games this season at Buffalo's Sahlen Field; that means today is the first time that Buffalo has hosted a major league baseball game in 105 years.

3. On day 101, the Nourish NY program has spent more than $9 million to connect surplus food from farms to food banks across the state. So far, the initiative has redirected 14.1 million pounds of raw milk into dairy products like cheese, yogurt and milk, as well as approximately 3.5 million pounds of produce. Over 280,000 households have received products sourced from 4,100 farms.

4. 47 years ago in the Bronx, hip hop was born and today, Hip Hop Public Health launched a new PSA encouraging others to wear a mask. Following their successful "20 Seconds or More" and "20 Segundos o Mas" campaign, the organization released a new song to inform listeners of the importance of wearing a mask and how wearing a mask is an effective tool from stopping the spread of the virus. Watch the video here.

5. Due to Coronavirus concerns, this year's New York Comic Con will be held virtually. The popular event which is usually held in the Javits Center in Manhattan will feature online programming from October 8-11 this year.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Anthony Madu, an 11-year-old boy in Lagos, Nigeria, became an internet sensation after his dance teacher posted a video of him pirouetting barefoot in the rain. Following the viral video, Madu was awarded a scholarship from New York City's prestigious American Ballet Theatre.

 


 

August 11th at 9:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 11th, 2020

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Testing
• 534,840 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,999 tests
• 8.2 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.8 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.0 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 43,893 total cases
• 49 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 229,438 total tested for antibodies
• 24,320 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 11th at 4:30pm
• 33 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 2 in the last 24 hours
• 3 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 2
• 8 new admissions
• 4 discharges
• 5,661 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,998 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,034 hospital beds, 861 available, 28 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 131 available, 33 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 10th at 9:45pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"School districts have until Friday, August 21st, to submit plans for in-person learning to the Department of Health. Currently, a number of school districts have yet to submit a plan. If they fail to meet the Friday deadline, they will not be allowed to open in person.

What is the right plan for your school district? The right plan is the one in which parents and teachers have confidence. That requires a dialogue.

There is no one-size-fits-all plan for NYS schools, but it is essential, and mandatory, that school districts have conversations within their communities to address all concerns.

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Photo of the Day: Fiddle player John Chainey of East Meadow, NY plays for shoppers outside the East Meadow Walmart while wearing a face mask (Photo by Kevin Coughlin)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The total number of COVID hospitalizations hit a record low. Yesterday, there were 535 total hospitalizations—the lowest since March 17th. The State conducted 54,002 tests, of which 476, or 0.88%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 2 New Yorkers to the virus.

2. If they wore masks in 1918, we can surely wear them in 2020. The Spanish Flu of 1918-20 can provide important lessons to us today. Watch the latest PSA in our "Mask Up, America" campaign here.

3. The NYS Office of Mental Health is providing a first-in-the-nation program to help New Yorkers affected by the pandemic. The program, called Coping Circles, consists of free six-week support group sessions, facilitated by volunteer licensed mental health professionals, that are available to all New Yorkers ages 18 and up. Most Circles are open to the general public but if there is demand, Specialized Circles will be available for healthcare workers and first responders, survivors of COVID-19 infections, those who have experienced job loss due to COVID-19, and those who have experienced loss of a loved one to COVID-19. New Yorkers interested in participating in a Coping Circle can learn more here.

4. Children who lost food benefits due to COVID-19 school closures can access meals through the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program. P-EBT benefits require no application and will be automatically issued to kids who would have received free or reduced-price meals through the federal school lunch program. Benefits should have already been issued or will be soon. If your child is eligible but your household has not received a P-EBD card and/or benefit by mid-August, call NYSOTDA at 1-833-452-0096. More details here.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": When their community in Arvada, Colorado needed masks, Giselle Williams and her husband Darin dusted off an antique sewing machine to start sewing masks. The 1922 Singer Model 66 "Red Eye" machine is a family heirloom that Giselle inherited from her great-great-grandmother. Since restoring the machine, they have used it to make nearly 500 masks that have been distributed far and wide."

 


 

August 10th at 9:45pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 10th, 2020

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Testing
• 529,841 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,029 tests
• 8.3 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1.2 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.4 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 43,844 total cases
• 58 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 229,045 total tested for antibodies
• 24,282 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 10th at 4:30pm
• 31 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 10 in the last 24 hours
• 5 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 2
• 1 new admissions
• 8 discharges
• 5,657 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,998 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,030 hospital beds, 924 available, 30 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 146 available, 37 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 9th at 8:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 9th, 2020

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Testing
• 525,812 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 6,048 tests in the past 24 hours
• 8.3 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.6 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.6 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 43,786 total cases
• 37 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 227,400 total tested for antibodies
• 24,207 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodie

Hospitalization as of August 9th at 4:30pm
• 41 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 1 in the last 24 hours
• 7 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 2
• 6 new admissions
• 6 discharges
• 5,649 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,998 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,032 hospital beds, 930 available, 31 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 140 available, 35 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 8th at 7:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 8th, 2020

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Testing
• 519,764 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 6,401 tests
• 8.4 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.9 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.1 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 43,749 total cases
• 68 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 227,400 total tested for antibodies
• 24,103 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 8th at 4:30pm
• 42 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 5 in the last 24 hours
• 9 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 3 since yesterday
• 5 new admissions
• 10 discharges
• 5,643 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,998 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,025 hospital beds, 828 available, 27 percent
• 401 ICU beds, 129 available, 32 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 7th at 9:00pm

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August 7th at 9:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 7th, 2020

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Testing
• 513,363 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5537 tests
• 8.5 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.9 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.9 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 43,681 total cases
• 51 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 225,640 total tested for antibodies
• 23,930 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 7th at 4:30pm
• 47 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 5 in the last 24 hours
• 12 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), no change since yesterday
• 9 new admissions
• 1 discharged
• 5,633 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,998 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,024 hospital beds, 786 available, 26 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 134 available, 34 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 6th at 9:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 6th, 2020

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Testing
• 507,826 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 7082 tests
• 8.6 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.1 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 43,630 total cases
• 77 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 225,005 total tested for antibodies
• 23,874 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 6th at 4:30pm
• 42 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 4 in the last 24 hours
• 12 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1 since yesterday
• 6 new admissions
• 0 discharged
• 5,632 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 fatalities
• 1,998 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,026 hospital beds, 809 available, 27 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 147 available, 37percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 5th at 8:00pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Today, I became the Chair of the National Governors Association. The bipartisan organization includes all of America's governors and jointly focuses on issues uniquely faced by state government. The agenda for the coming year is simple: We will focus on America's Recovery and Revival in the face of this devastating pandemic. There has never been a moment when state government has mattered more in the lives of the American people than now. I'm excited to work with the governors of all 50 states, red and blue, to Build Back Better.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to remain low. Yesterday, there were 564 total hospitalizations. The State conducted 72,668 tests, of which 638, or 0.87%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 4 New Yorkers to the virus.

2. The Nourish NY program has spent over $8 million connecting New York farms with families in need. So far, the initiative has redirected 13.2 million pounds of raw milk into finished products that have been distributed by food banks, as well as approximately 3.2 million pounds of produce. Over 260,000 households have received products sourced from 4,000 farms, which is helping keep business and families afloat.

3. The "Christmas Spectacular" at Radio City Music Hall won't go on for the first time in 87 years. The famous show featuring the Rockettes has been canceled due to COVID. Over 75 million people have seen the dancers perform since the show first began in 1933.

4. As COVID surges around the country, a grim statistic: One death occurs every 80 seconds. Tragically, the nation still doesn't have this pandemic under control, and the death toll continues to go up. As we look ahead, all 50 states, and the federal government, must institutionalize what we have learned so we are better prepared. It is imperative that we design and implement a new public health system for our nation.

5. Following Tropical Storm Isaias, we have declared a state of emergency in 11 counties. The state of emergency declaration applies to Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester Counties. The state of emergency applies to all counties bordering the 11 specified.

6. Haven't been able to go on vacation due to COVID-19? Missing a special event you had planned because of the pandemic? If you weren't able to resolve a dispute with a company regarding a COVID-related cancellation or other hiccup, New York's Division of Consumer Protection may be able to help. They can help navigate refunds, extensions and more. File a complaint here."

 


 

August 5th at 8:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 5th, 2020


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Testing
• 500,744 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5570 tests
• 8.7 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1.2 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.5 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 43,553 total cases
• 85 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 223,991 total tested for antibodies
• 23,781 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 5th at 4:30pm
• 38 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 2 in the last 24 hours
• 11 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1 since yesterday
• 4 new admissions
• 6 discharged
• 5,632 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,997 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,024 hospital beds, 880 available, 29 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 154 available, 39 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 4th at 8:00pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 


"The numbers here in New York continue to remain low, with total hospitalizations at 568, down from the April peak of nearly 20,000. For the third straight day in a row, there were no reported COVID deaths in New York City. Yesterday, the State conducted 70,993 tests, of which 746, or 1.05%, were positive — a positive rate that has hovered at around 1% for weeks. While we have worked hard to achieve this progress, we need to work just as hard to maintain it. Remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing. We also need each and every New Yorker to be counted for the Census. If you haven't completed the Census yet, do so here. And tell your friends, family and neighbors.

Video of the Day: Over the weekend, we released our third Mask Up America PSA. Watch it here.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Rhode Island has been added to New York's travel advisory list. Delaware and Washington, D.C. have been removed from the State's travel advisory. Those who are part-way through a quarantine after arriving from Delaware or D.C. should continue for the full 14 days. Learn more and see the full list of states and territories subject to the travel advisory here.

2. More than $2.3 million has been awarded to support 61 businesses and residential landlords with COVID-19 related costs and expenses through the New York Forward Loan Fund. 54 of these loans were provided to minority- and women-owned businesses. Applications are still being accepted and businesses from qualifying industries, including agriculture, construction, food services, retail, education services, manufacturing and transportation, are encouraged to apply. Applications are available here.

3. We want your feedback on how New York can continue to build back better. The COVID crisis highlighted a number of shortcomings and New York wants to identify ways technology can be used to help New York build back better for everyone. From ensuring access to high-speed internet, better-paying jobs and career pathways, we are committed to ensuring that our most vulnerable residents are able to overcome root causes of inequity, and to access the digital economy. We'd love to hear from you — please take a moment to fill out this survey and let us know how we can Reimagine New York and build back better.

4. Today, I announced the start of construction on Mount Aaron Village, a new affordable housing development on Genessee Street in Buffalo. The complex will have 59 units, including 18 apartments that will be dedicated specifically for people who need supportive services to live independently. Amid COVID, state initiatives including supporting affordable housing continue to forge on."

 


 

August 4th at 8:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 4th, 2020

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Testing
• 495,174 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5697 tests
• 8.8 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1.3 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.3 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 43,468 total cases
• 73 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 223,345 total tested for antibodies
• 23,727 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 4th at 4:30pm
• 36 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 3 in the last 24 hours
• 12 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), no change since yesterday
• 6 new admissions
• 0 discharged
• 5,626 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,997 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,027 hospital beds, 968 available, 32 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 178 available, 45 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 3rd at 8:00pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Today, I was happy to announce that construction of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City has resumed. As you may remember, the original St. Nicholas Church was completely destroyed in the September 11 attacks. A new church, inspired by the architecture of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, has been planned for years, but construction had been delayed, most recently due to COVID-19. To me, this church is symbolic of New York's resilience and perseverance in challenging times. Just like the period following 9/11, we are going to build back better after the crisis. We can only succeed together, with everyone's help. We need to wear masks, stay six feet apart and keep one another safe.

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Photo of the Day: Today, I visited the St. Nicholas National Shrine near the World Trade Center, where we announced the restart of construction.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The period to file claims under the Child Victims Act has been extended until August 14, 2021. We cannot let this pandemic rob survivors of their day in court. Today I signed legislation extending the window for survivors of childhood abuse to file claims under the Child Victims Act, which was passed in 2019. This extension will help ensure that abusers are held accountable despite COVID-related delays in state courts.

2. The number of total hospitalizations continues to drop. Yesterday, there were 536 total hospitalizations, a new low since March 17. Total intubations dropped to 62, another new low. The State conducted 51,839 tests, of which 545, or 1.05%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 3 New Yorkers to the virus. No deaths were reported in New York City for the second straight day.

3. Ice cream containing liquor can now be manufactured and sold in New York State. I signed legislation that will help New York's dairy farmers, liquor and craft beverage producers, dairy processors and manufacturers, food retailers and restaurants meet the increasing consumer demand and, hopefully, grow their businesses amid economic pains related to the COVID pandemic.

4. The state has suspended liquor licenses for 19 New York State bars after finding egregious violations of pandemic-related Executive Orders. Over the weekend, the state's multi-agency task force, led by the State Police and State Liquor Authority, conducted 3,047 compliance checks, documenting violations at 106 establishments. Bad actors must be held accountable to help ensure public health is not jeopardized.

5. Show respect—wear a mask. Watch our latest Mask Up America PSA with voiceover by Kaitlyn Dever.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": From now through August 16th, a new art exhibit called the "Flag Project" will be displayed at Rockefeller Center. The flagpoles that surround the famous Rockefeller Center ice rink will feature 193 unique flags designed by a variety of artists, in place of the usual world flags. The designs, including those by artists such as Jeff Koons and fashion designer Christian Siriano, are intended to honor the resiliency of New Yorkers during this pandemic."

 


 

August 3rd at 8:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 3rd, 2020


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Testing
• 489,477 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,339 tests
• 8.9 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1.3 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.2 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 43,395 total cases
• 50 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 222,898 total tested for antibodies
• 23,688 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 3rd at 4:30pm
• 33 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 2 in the last 24 hours
• 12 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1
• 5 new admissions
• 3 discharged
• 5,626 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,997 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3015 hospital beds, 1022 available, 34 percent
• 390 ICU beds, 168 available, 43 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 2nd at 6:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 2nd, 2020

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Testing
• 485,138 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,797 tests
• 8.9 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 43,345 total cases
• 45 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 221,854 total tested for antibodies
• 23,596 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 2nd at 4:30pm
• 31 individuals were hospitalized, no change in 24 hours
• 13 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1
• 5 new admissions
• 4 discharged
• 5,623 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,997 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,021 hospital beds, 969 available, 32 percent
• 393 ICU beds, 147 available, 37 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

August 1st at 8:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through August 1st, 2020

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Testing
• 480,341 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 6,595 tests
• 9.0 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 43,300 total cases
• 76 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 220,993 total tested for antibodies
• 23,529 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of August 1st at 4:30pm
• 31 individuals were hospitalized, decrease of 3 in 24 hours
• 12 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1
• 7 new admissions
• 5 discharged
• 5,619 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,997 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,024 hospital beds, 944 available, 31 percent
• 391 ICU beds, 157 available, 40 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 31st at 8:00pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"The surge in COVID cases in states across the country has exposed a weakness in our nation's testing infrastructure. National laboratories have backlogs of tests that have unfortunately led to long turnaround times for results, reducing states' ability to monitor and track cases.

In an op-ed in the New York Times, I lay out how our country can end the long waits for COVID test results by sharing lessons we learned in New York, where the vast majority of tests are processed at local labs.

By taking four steps we can help fix the testing issues. Government must: Mobilize smaller local labs, streamline the supply chain, invest in innovative solutions like "pooled testing" and fund all medically necessary testing.

Read the full op-ed here

July 31st

Photo of the Day: Reminder, face coverings are required on public transit (Photo by Nina Dudko)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The application deadline for COVID rent relief has been extended to August 6. The COVID Rental Assistance Program will provide direct aid for tenants who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is funded through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which is part of the CARES Act. New Yorkers can access the program application here.

2. The number of total hospitalizations hit a new low. Yesterday, there were 576 total hospitalizations—the lowest level since March 17. The number of intubations also fell to 70, a record low since mid-March. Of the 68,869 tests reported yesterday, 644, or 0.93%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 5 New Yorkers to the virus.

3. Get a copy of the New York Tough poster. The historically influenced poster visualizing our state's struggle with COVID is still available. You can order your poster here (Note: The posters are sold at cost; the State does not make a profit in any sale.)

4. The Toronto Blue Jays are selling cardboard cutouts of fans to fill the stands of Buffalo's Sahlen Field. Following the lead of other baseball teams, the Blue Jays—which will have most of their home games in Buffalo this season—will be greeted in the stands by cardboard cutouts of fans.

5. If you are in a dangerous domestic situation, New York State will help you find safe shelter. You aren't trapped because of COVID. If there is an issue where you face imminent harm, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you need help, you can call the State's Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906, or text 844-997-2121.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": In this year's Regeneron Science Talent Search, a highly prestigious national competition, New York's own Katherine St. George was awarded sixth place and won a prize of $80,000. A student at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, Katherine presented a study on the impact of diet and caffeine on seizures. New York congratulates her on the achievement! "

 


 

July 31st at 8:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 31st, 2020

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Testing
• 473,746 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,371 tests
• 9.1 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.9 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 43,224 total cases
• 54 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 219,641 total tested for antibodies
• 23,426 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 31st at 4:30pm
• 34 individuals were hospitalized, decrease of 8 in the past 24 hours
• 11 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 3
• 3 new admissions
• 4 discharged
• 5,614 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 fatality
• 1,997 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,030 hospital beds, 842 available, 28 percent
• 394 ICU beds, 146 available, 37 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 30th at 8:00pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"During the pandemic, we learned a hard lesson. Because we lacked a dedicated supply chain for vital supplies manufactured in the U.S., we relied on overseas shipments that were hard to get and often came only at exorbitant prices. Before COVID started, we paid 70 cents for an N95 mask. When the crisis was at the high point, the cost was up to $7 per mask.

We never want that happen again. That's why it's great news that we could help Kodak, our great Rochester company, be at a point to receive a federal loan to produce pharmaceutical ingredients — and it's why I'm glad to announce that NYS is supporting 12 New York companies that will begin producing COVID-related equipment and supplies to support our present and future needs. As a condition to receive the grants, each of the companies will make PPE available to the State of New York for our healthcare facilities when and if we need it.

This work has already started. Old garment manufacturing businesses in Manhattan have pivoted to the business of making medical gowns. These investments aren't just necessary in order to ensure our future needs in a crisis like this one — they also represent an opportunity to revitalize the New York manufacturing sector and support the economy. See the companies that received grants here.

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Chart of the Day: Yesterday, total hospitalizations hit a record low.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York and Northwell Health will deploy at least 30 healthcare personnel to Utah to support Intermountain Healthcare. Intermountain Healthcare — Utah's largest provider — sent dozens of healthcare workers to New York to support our hospitals earlier in the year. We say thank you today with action: New York and Northwell Health will send a team of healthcare workers to Utah on Sunday, along with PPE and equipment as needed.

2. The number of total hospitalizations hit a new low. Yesterday, there were 586 total hospitalizations—the lowest since March 17. There were 72 intubations—the lowest since March 15. Of the 73,546 tests reported yesterday, 777, or 1.06%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 13 New Yorkers to the virus.

3. The State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force yesterday visited and observed 835 establishments downstate. Across New York City and Long Island, the SLA found violations at 41 establishments. The vast majority of New York businesses have complied with health laws, and we thank them.

4. While we focus on COVID-19, we also need to prepare for flu season in the fall. More than $30 million in grants was awarded to counties, allowing them to enhance COVID-19 contact tracing and flu prevention in advance of the fall flu season. The upcoming flu season is expected to add stress to both contact tracing and testing infrastructure; these funds will allow counties to prepare accordingly. Funding by county is available here.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Today the Wave Hill public garden in the Bronx reopened its doors after being closed for four months. The 28-acre estate features views of the Hudson River and the Palisades where New Yorkers can escape from busy city life. Entry to the gardens must be booked online ahead of visits to maintain social distancing. Learn more. "

 


 

July 30th at 8:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 30th, 2020

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Testing
• 468,375 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 6,247 tests
• 9.2 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1.2 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.4 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 43,170 total cases
• 86 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 218,425 total tested for antibodies
• 23,322 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 30th at 4:30pm
• 42 individuals were hospitalized, no change in the past 24 hours
• 14 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1
• 8 new admissions
• 7 discharged
• 5,610 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,996 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,025 hospital beds, 793 available, 26 percent
• 396 ICU beds, 139 available, 35 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 29th at 8:30pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Today New York took another step to pay forward the kindness that our fellow Americans showed when we were experiencing the worst of the pandemic here. In response to Florida's current surge in COVID cases, New York sent the City of St. Petersburg thousands of pieces of PPE along with teams to set up a new testing site.

The testing site is located at Pinellas Community Church and will provide up to 500 tests per day. St. Pete residents can make an appointment to get tested by calling 833-697-4352. New York will continue to offer our assistance to states and cities in need — just as others helped us when we needed it most.

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Photo of the Day: New York is setting up a testing site in St. Petersburg, FL.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The men's U.S. Open Championship will be held at Winged Food Golf Club in Mamaroneck from Sept. 14-20 without fans. The USGA will put protocols in place to protect players and staff, including rigorous procedures for testing, cleaning, use of face coverings and social distancing.

2. DMV-licensed driving schools can now conduct Pre-Licensing Courses online. Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, driving schools across the state have been unable to offer the Pre-Licensing Course — also known as the five-hour course — to students. In order to safely meet the demand for driver training while adhering to social distancing guidelines, the DMV has issued guidance to driving schools allowing them to conduct the driver's ed courses using technology such as Zoom and WebEx.

3. The number of total hospitalizations fell slightly. Yesterday, there were 619 total hospitalizations. The State conducted 62,276 tests, of which 715, or 1.14%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 5 New Yorkers to the virus.

4. Today, I issued a letter to New York's Congressional Delegation calling on them to ensure $500 billion in unrestricted state aid is included in any Senate passed relief package. States need federal assistance to help fight against this virus and I urge our representatives in Washington to make sure that states receive this critical funding. Read my letter here.

5. This week is Census Week. It's important that every New Yorker responds to the Census and tomorrow, July 30th, is "Friends and Family Day." I urge you to not only fill out the Census yourself (you can do it online), but to text or call 10 people and remind them to complete the Census too. Let's make sure every New Yorker is counted.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Albany has its very own Spider-Man, but it's not Peter Parker — it's Ben Bohl, a Spider-Man impersonator from Schenectady. Bohl has been dressing up as the web slinger since he was a child, and would make appearances at children's birthday parties as a teenager. To stay active during the pandemic, he started doing tricks on street signs throughout the county."

 


 

July 29th at 8:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 29th, 2020

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Testing
• 462,128 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,399 tests
• 9.3 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.4 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 43,084 total cases
• 60 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 216,766 total tested for antibodies
• 23,180 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodiess

Hospitalization as of July 29th at 4:30pm
• 42 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 4 in the past 24 hours
• 15 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 5
• 10 new admissions
• 6 discharged
• 5,603 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,996 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3020 hospital beds, 772 available, 26 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 147 available, 37 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 28th at 9:15pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"We have exciting news today. The Eastman Kodak Company, a storied New York manufacturer based in Rochester, was awarded a $765 million federal loan under the Defense Production Act. This loan will allow Kodak to create a new business unit, Kodak Pharmaceuticals, dedicated to producing pharmaceutical ingredients that are essential for vital medications. New York's long-term support for Eastman Business Park helped allow the company to take advantage of this opportunity. Today's announcement means 300 direct jobs and 1,200 indirect jobs for New Yorkers. More importantly, it will help ensure that America can provide for our own needs in a pandemic like this one. Never again do we want to rely on shipments from China or elsewhere in order to get lifesaving medical supplies. It is not just a public health issue—it's a national security issue. This is a great step forward and a great business opportunity for New York.

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Chart of the Day: Our total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to remain low.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico have been added to the state's travel advisory list. Individuals traveling from these areas, and other states with high infection rates, must quarantine for 14 days. The advisory now applies to 34 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. See the full list and more details here.


2. The state has suspended liquor licenses for 12 New York City bars after finding egregious violations of pandemic-related Executive Orders.
Over the weekend, the state task force, led by the State Police and State Liquor Authority, conducted over 1,300 compliance checks, documenting violations at 132 establishments. A list of licensees charged and businesses served with summary suspension orders can be found here.

3. The number of total hospitalizations remains low. Yesterday, there were 648 total hospitalizations. The State conducted 57,397 tests, of which 534, or 0.93%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 9 New Yorkers to the virus.

4. Major League Baseball teams are welcome to play in New York if they are experiencing difficulties in their home states. New York State has one of the lowest infection rates in the U.S. We have a full Department of Health protocol system in place. My offer to the MLB: If you are having problems playing in other states, come play in the Empire State.

5. Reminder to stay cool and stay safe. If you go to a cooling center, beach or pool to escape the extreme heat, remember to socially distance and wear a mask. Learn how to identify the symptoms of heat-related illnesses, including heat strokes, here.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Every year, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy hosts an annual Hike-A-Thon. This year, the organization turned it into a fairytale-inspired scavenger hunt. The MHLC preserves were scattered with wooden gnomes that hikers could pose with for photos. See the pictures from the event here."

 


 

July 28th at 9:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 28th, 2020

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Testing
• 457,729 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4926 tests
• 9.4 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1.1 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.2 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 43,024 total cases
• 57 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 215,709 total tested for antibodies
• 23,088 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 28th at 4:30pm
• 38 individuals were hospitalized, decrease of 2 in the past 24 hours
• 10 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1
• 2 new admissions
• 1 discharged
• 5,597 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,996 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3017 hospital beds, 882 available, 29 percent
• 399 ICU beds, 161 available, 40 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 27th at 9:15pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"As an extreme heat wave hits our state, I urge New Yorkers to exercise caution and limit outdoor activity, especially if you are more susceptible to heat-related illness. I also want to stress that even in the heat it is essential to wear a mask outdoors. I know it isn't comfortable but COVID won't stop spreading simply because it's hot. So we can't stop masking up. Stay cool and stay safe.

Video of the Day: Over the weekend, we released another PSA from our Mask Up America campaign. Watch it here.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. On Sunday, 27 establishments were issued violations by the State Liquor Authority. These violations added to the 105 combined violations issued on Friday and Saturday to bars and restaurants that have not been complying with health orders. Yesterday's violations were issued in all five boroughs of New York City. New York State will continue to enforce health laws that prevent the spread of the virus.

2. The number of total hospitalizations remains low. Yesterday, there were 642 total hospitalizations. We also saw the lowest number of intubations since March 16, which is great news. The State conducted 57,270 tests, of which 608, or 1.06%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 11 New Yorkers to the virus.

3. An update on the Kawasaki Disease-like syndrome that has affected children in the state. As of Friday, NYS has investigated 240 cases of the syndrome, known as MIS-C. The State Department of Health published a study of patients younger than 21 who met the criteria for MIS-C in the New England Journal of Medicine. One of the findings of the study is that the hyper-inflammatory syndrome is associated with cardiac dysfunction. The majority of the patients in the study had no documented underlying conditions.
 
4. Empire State Development has identified 20 companies that will receive state investment to manufacture COVID-related supplies. ESD, a state entity that promotes economic development, will continue the investment process designed to ensure that New York State's health facilities will have better access to PPE if and when they need it in the future.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Starting at a new school can be an intimidating experience. To help calm the nerves of incoming freshmen and transfer students, Kingsborough Community College President Claudia Schrader began a new tradition: Giving new students a surprise visit at their home or place of employment to meet them, answer their questions, and gift them some college "swag."

 


 

July 27th at 10:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 27th, 2020


Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 452,803 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,292 tests
• 9.5 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1.5 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.6 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 42,967 total cases
• 84 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 215,208 total tested for antibodies
• 23,027 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 27th at 4:30pm
• 40 individuals were hospitalized, decrease of 1 in the past 24 hours
• 11 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1
• 4 new admissions
• 4 discharged
• 5,596 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,996 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3,019 hospital beds, 947 available, 31 percent
• 398 ICU beds, 151 available, 38 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 26th at 10:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 26th, 2020

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Testing
• 447,511 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,214 tests
• 9.6 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1.3 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.4 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 42,883 total cases
• 61 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 214,047 total tested for antibodies
• 22,907 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 26th at 4:30pm
• 41 individuals were hospitalized, no change in the past 24 hours
• 10 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 3
• 9 new admissions
• 9 discharged
• 5,592 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,996 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3018 hospital beds, 932 available, 31 percent
• 396 ICU beds, 143 available, 36 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 25th at 9:45pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 25th, 2020

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Testing
• 443,297 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,594 tests
• 9.7 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.9 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 0.9 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 42,822 total cases
• 49 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 213,037 total tested for antibodies
• 22,820 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 25th at 4:30pm
• 41 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 5
• 13 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), unchanged
• 7 new admissions
• 8 discharged
• 5,583 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 fatality
• 1,996 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3022 hospital beds, 797 available, 26 percent
• 396 ICU beds, 123 available, 31 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 24th at 8:00pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"We continue to make progress against the virus—yesterday, hospitalizations were at the lowest level since March 18th and there were 156 patients in ICUs, the lowest since March 16th. As we enter the weekend, once again I remind all New Yorkers to act responsibly. Avoid parties and crowds. Wear a mask. Set an example for others. And twenty somethings—this means you.

Video of the Day: Yesterday marked the start of the MLB season. Congrats to the Yankees who won their first game. Before you gear up to play this weekend, whether it's baseball or any activity, remember that no outfit or uniform is complete without a mask. Watch the video here

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Commissioner this morning and we are excited to host the Blue Jays this year. The Blue Jays were denied approval to play at their home ballpark due to concerns about baseball teams crossing borders amid COVID.

2. The State Liquor Authority and New York State Police Task Force issued 37 violations last night. Businesses found violating social distancing regulations face fines of up to $10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of their liquor license. A list of licenses charged and businesses served with summary suspension orders, can be found here. Business owners: Don't risk it.

3. The number of total hospitalizations continues to decline. Yesterday there were 650 total hospitalizations—the lowest since March 18. The State conducted 76,507 tests, of which 753, or 0.98%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 9 New Yorkers to the virus.

4. New York is one of only three states that meet criteria to reopen and stay safe. According to an analysis by Vox, only New York, Connecticut and New Jersey currently have strong enough testing and tracing systems to reopen safely. Additionally, our tri-state region has seen falling Coronavirus cases along with a very low percentage of daily new cases per 100,000 people.

5. State Park beaches are open, but expect parking to fill up quickly. Popular beaches like Jones Beach are likely to see parking lots reach capacity fast, so plan accordingly or consider a different outing. Entrance fees at State Parks and beaches range from free to $10. Remember: Social distancing rules apply on beaches and in parks. More information about State Parks and beaches can be found at https://www.parks.ny.gov.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": During the 2020 parks season, Governors Island in New York Harbor will welcome artists and writes to use workspaces on the island for free. This artist residency program hopes to give a much-needed boost to the arts in the wake of this pandemic and its related economic impacts. Learn how to apply and more here."

 


 

July 24th at 8:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 24th, 2020

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Testing
• 437,703 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 6,010 tests
• 9.8 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.9 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.0 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 42,773 total cases
• 58 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 211,279 total tested for antibodies
• 22,687 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 24th at 4:30pm
• 46 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 11
• 13 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1
• 3 new admissions
• 13 discharged
• 5,575 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,995 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3026 hospital beds, 836 available, 28 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 146 available, 37 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 23rd at 8:15pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"I have a message for young people: This is not the time to fight for your right to party. We are seeing a statistically significant increase in the COVID infection rate in 21- to 30-year-olds. Remember: Young people can get seriously sick and some will die from the virus. Young people can bring it home and give it to others inadvertently. To deliver the message, we launched a social and PSA campaign to communicate the hard facts to young people. If you treat COVID lightly, you may not live to regret it. Watch the ad here.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The State released the results of a testing initiative within state correctional facilities to test incarcerated individuals 55 years and over. Of the nearly 4,000 individuals tested, 77 tested positive, resulting in a low 1.9 percent infection rate. We are committed to ensuring the safety of every facility.

2. To crack down on social distancing violations at restaurants and bars across the state, the State is creating a multi-agency task force. The New York State Police and State Liquor Authority will lead the effort, which will employ real-time data to enhance enforcement efforts by rapidly deploying investigators to respond to dangerous social distancing violations as they happen.

3. The number of total hospitalizations continues to drop. Yesterday there were 706 total hospitalizations. The State conducted 69,698 tests, of which 811, or 1.16%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 13 New Yorkers to the virus.

4. Yesterday marked the completion of improvements at both Southwick and Westcott Beach State Parks. The first major improvements to the popular beachfront parks in 50 years, upgrades at Southwick Beach feature a new bathhouse and concession building, as well as restored dunes and new "green" parking lots that enhance resiliency and protection of water quality. At Westcott Beach, eight new accessible cottages, with fully equipped kitchens and full bathrooms, were built on a bluff with a commanding view of the lake. Cottage reservations are expected to become available starting August 1 through Reserve America, which can be found online at https://www.reserveamerica.com/ or by calling (800) 456-2267. Bookings are expected to begin August 7.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": To help their country deal with the pandemic, the Afghan Robotics Team of seven young girls developed an inexpensive new ventilator. The model developed by the all-girl team costs only $700 and can run for ten hours on battery power."

 


 

July 23rd at 8:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 23rd, 2020

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Testing
• 431,693 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5.525 tests
• 9.9 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1.4 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.7 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 42,715 total cases
• 94 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 209,470 total tested for antibodies
• 22,539 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 23rd at 4:30pm
• 57 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 1
• 14 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), no change in 24 hours
• 7 new admissions
• 7 discharged
• 5,562 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,995 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3024 hospital beds, 794 available, 26 percent
• 398 ICU beds, 173 available, 43 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 22nd at 8:30pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"When New York began to reopen, we expected to see the infection rate go up as people moved about. That has not happened. What happened was far better: The infection rate keeps going down. That is a testament to New Yorkers' civic-mindedness.

Still, there are two threats that we face. The first is the risk of COVID entering New York as people from other states travel here. The second threat is the risk that we ourselves become lax and the infection rate goes up. We have instituted a quarantine for travelers from 31 other states to protect New York from the first threat. The second threat can only be managed by New Yorkers acting responsibly together. It's up to us New York.

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Photo of the Day: This week, New York sent a team of healthcare workers to support Savannah, Georgia's fight against rising COVID infections.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The State launched a new diagnostic testing site today in Ramapo, a Rockland County community heavily impacted by COVID-19. The clinic will be operated in partnership with Good Samaritan Hospital at the Town of Ramapo Cultural Arts Center at 64 North Main Street in Spring Valley. The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call the NYS Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 to schedule an appointment.

2. The number of total hospitalizations continues to remain low. Yesterday there were 714 total hospitalizations. The State conducted 67,659 tests, of which 709, or 1.04%, were positive. Sadly, we lost another 9 New Yorkers to the virus.

3. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and I are calling on the federal government to pass the $500 billion state stabilization fund in the next COVID-19 relief package. As states reopen, we cannot risk our economic recovery efforts by slashing state programs that pay our teachers, firefighters, healthcare and frontline workers. We need the U.S. Senate's strong support now, so we can fight the virus together and make an economic recovery a reality.

4. This year is the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. New York State offers many opportunities for travelers with accessibility needs. Hundreds of attractions across the state offer accessibility features, with some even providing specialty programming like sensory-friendly museum days and adaptive skiing and snowboarding. A new I Love NY hub has all the details.

5. The myMTA app now features bus ridership information in real time. To help avoid crowding on buses as New York City reopens, the MTA has added a feature to its myMTA app to provide the real-time number of riders on any given bus line.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": An American icon has gone from building bombers to making masks. Rosie the Riveter has joined the battle against COVID-19. Mae Krier, who is one of the original WWII "Rosie the Riveters," has rolled up her sleeves once more during the Coronavirus pandemic. So far she has made hundreds of masks."

• Hospitalizations Down to 714 — New Low Since March 18
• 1.04 Percent of Yesterday's COVID-19 Tests were Positive
• 9 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday
• Confirms 705 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 408,886; New Cases in 42 Counties

 


 

July 22nd at 8:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 22nd, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 426,168 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,070 tests
• 10.0 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1.0 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard
• 1.1 percent of those tested in Suffolk County in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by County Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 42,621 total cases
• 46 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 207,943 total tested for antibodies
• 22,403 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 22nd at 4:30pm
• 56 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 4
• 14 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 2
• 14 new admissions
• 5 discharged
• 5,555 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 fatalities
• 1,995 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3028 hospital beds, 809 available, 27 percent
• 385 ICU beds, 143 available, 37 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 21st at 6:45pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"As infection rates increase in 41 states, our numbers remain low, thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers and our cautious, data-driven reopening process. Yesterday, we suffered 2 COVID-fatalities in New York, our lowest death toll since the pandemic began — with zero fatalities in New York City. While today's numbers are encouraging, we must remain vigilant.

The virus can and will cross state lines and one state can only do so much to protect itself from COVID. It takes community to stop community spread.

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Chart of the Day: Total COVID hospitalizations continue to remain low.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Ten additional states have been added to New York's travel advisory list. The newly-added states are Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia and Washington. Minnesota has been removed from the State's travel advisory. Individuals traveling to New York from the following states must quarantine for 14 days: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. More information about the travel advisory can be found here.

2. The State Liquor Authority suspended the liquor license of four bars and restaurants — three in Queens and one in Suffolk County. From the beginning, outdoor dining has not meant outdoor drinking and partying. The state will suspend the liquor licenses for businesses not in compliance. Since the start of COVID, the State Liquor Authority has brought 410 charges against establishments for violating the Executive Orders and suspended 27 licenses for violations.

3. If college sports resume in the fall, no fans will be allowed. Just like with professional sports, college athletics can resume but no fans or spectators will be permitted at stadiums.

4. The number of total hospitalizations continues to remain low. Yesterday, there were 724 total hospitalizations. The State conducted 66,169 tests, of which 855, 1.29% were positive. We lost 2 New Yorkers to the virus — the lowest number of fatalities since the first day of the pandemic.

5. Several outdoor NYC venues are opening this week. The Bronx Zoo, the Central Park Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden, the Empire State Building observation deck and outdoor sections of Liberty Island are among the iconic spots opening this week, with capacity limits in place.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": What has been a quarantine hobby for most has turned into a booming New York City business for French actor Richaud Valls. Valls recreated a baguette recipe from his childhood in France and started delivering the fresh bread to his community. The loaves proved so popular, Valls will be opening a cafe in the West Village later this month."

 


 

July 21st at 6:45pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 21st, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 422,098 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,508 tests
• 10.1 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1.4 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 42,575 total cases
• 79 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 206,702 total tested for antibodies
• 22,288 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 21st at 4:30pm
• 52 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 5
• 16 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1
• 6 new admissions
• 1 discharged
• 5,550 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 fatality
• 1,995 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3019 hospital beds, 882 available, 29 percent
• 399 ICU beds, 151 available, 38 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 20th at 8:30pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Over the weekend we saw photos and videos of New York City residents gathering and drinking in large crowds, without socially distancing and without wearing masks, in Astoria and on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. That's not New York Tough and it definitely isn't New York Smart.

The virus is still out there and it's a threat. Even if you are in your twenties, you can get sick and you can get other people sick. So my message to partiers is simple: Knock it off and don't be stupid.

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Photo of the Day: Today I flew to Savannah, Georgia, to meet with Mayor Van Johnson and announce two new COVID testing sites to help the city. (Photo by Don Pollard)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York City entered Phase 4 today but without indoor activity. At this point, additional indoor activity at malls, restaurants or cultural institutions will not be permitted. Read more about Phase 4 here

2. New York State will establish two testing sites in COVID-19 hotspots in Savannah, Georgia. The sites, located in Temple of Glory Community Church and Kingdom Life Christian Fellowship, will provide up to 500 tests per day. Both sites are located in highly-impacted minority communities. Residents can schedule tests by appointment by calling 833-697-4728. Americans from across the country helped us when we needed it most, and NY is committed to returning the favor.

3. The number of total hospitalizations continues to drop. Yesterday there were 716 total hospitalizations, the lowest since March 18. The State conducted 49,342 tests, of which 519, or 1.05%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 8 New Yorkers to the virus.

4. To date, New York State has conducted over 5 million tests. That's more than one test for every four New Yorkers. New York conducts more COVID diagnostic testing than any state or country. Remember: Every New Yorker is now eligible to get tested. Find a testing site near you today. 

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Through the end of July, grab some binoculars and head outside to hopefully catch a glimpse of the comet NEOWISE as it passes Earth. The comet is usually visible about an hour and a half after sunset and the next time this comet will be visible from Earth is in another 6,800 years."

 


 

July 20th at 8:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 20th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 417,590 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,235 tests
• 10.2 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 42,496 total cases
• 30 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 206,185 total tested for antibodies
• 22,246 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 20th at 4:30pm
• 47 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 11
• 15 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1
• 4 new admissions
• 16 discharged
• 5,549 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 new fatalities
• 1,994 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3018 hospital beds, 885 available, 29 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 155 available, 39 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 19th at 8:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 19th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 413,355 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 2,755 tests
• 10.3 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.9 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 42,466 total cases
• 26 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 205,048 total tested for antibodies
• 22,139 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization* updated July 19 at 4:30 p.m.
• 58 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 3
• 14 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 3
• 9 new admissions
• 10 discharged
• 5,533 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 new fatality
• 1,994 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• 3023 hospital beds, 891 available, 29 percent
• 395 ICU beds, 130 available, 33 percent

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 18th at 7:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 18th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 410,600 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,671 tests
• 10.3 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1.0 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 42,440 total cases
• 58 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 202,831 total tested for antibodies
• 21,777 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization* updated July 18 at 4:30 p.m.
• 61 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 1
• 17 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 3
• 7 new admissions
• 7 discharged
• 5,523 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 new fatalities
• 1,993 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 17th at 8:30pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"On Monday, July 20, New York City will enter Phase 4 of reopening. Phase 4 allows for the reopening of media production, low-risk outdoor entertainment, professional sports competitions (without fans), and more. At this point, additional indoor activity at malls, restaurants or cultural institutions will not be permitted. Read more about Phase 4 here. I'm so proud of what New Yorkers have done. But we must continue to be on alert.

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Photo of the Day: To help Houston handle COVID, NY has established two testing sites at local churches.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The number of total hospitalizations continues to drop. Yesterday, there were 765 total hospitalizations, the lowest since March 18. The State conducted 78,239 tests, of which 776, or 0.99%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 10 New Yorkers to the virus.

2. NYS is providing $1.5 million for funding for "Feeding New York State" to support food banks and local farmers statewide. We're taking action to help ensure New Yorkers are not going hungry and have access to fresh, healthy food. This program will build on the success of the "Nourish NY" initiative.

3. Yesterday, Saratoga Race Course held its opening day. However, due to the pandemic, no fans are allowed at horse racing tracks. Instead of flocking to the races, thoroughbred racing fans viewed the races remotely. 

4. A heat wave is expected to hit New York this weekend. I urge New Yorkers statewide to take precautions ahead of potentially dangerous heat conditions that are expected to begin early Saturday and last through the weekend. New Yorkers should monitor local weather forecasts for the most up-to-date information.

5. A reminder that State Park beaches and pools also remain open. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, venue capacity is reduced by 50 percent. Prior to making a trip, check https://parks.ny.gov for capacity alerts and closure announcements.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": This week, scientists released the first images taken by Solar Orbiter, a spacecraft that has snapped the closest pictures ever taken of the sun. The stunning photos taken 48 million miles away reveal "campfires" flaring around the sun."

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July 17th at 8:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 17th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 405,929 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,822 tests
• 10.4 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.9 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 42,382 total cases
• 49 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 200,872 total tested for antibodies
• 21,601 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization* updated July 17 at 4:30 p.m.
• 60 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 01
• 14 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), no change in the past 24-hour period
• 15 new admissions
• 11 discharged
• 5,516 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 new fatalities
• 1,993 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
• n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 16th at 8:15pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Today, we launched a national PSA campaign to urge Americans to wear a mask. As states across the country see a surge in COVID cases, it's more vital than ever that we spread this message. Science has proven again and again: Wearing masks is one of the most important things we can all do to reduce the spread.

The #MaskUpAmerica campaign will consist of 8 ads produced by Jane Rosenthal of Tribeca Enterprises and the Ad Council in partnership with Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, and will be aired on donated media time throughout the country.

Video of the Day: Watch the first PSA of NY's national #MaskUpAmerica campaign featuring Morgan Freeman.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York City restaurants violating social distancing and other health regulations risk losing their liquor license. As part of the "Three Strikes and You're Closed" initiative, any establishment that receives three violations will be shut down. Outdoor dining is for just that: outdoor dining. We do not approve outdoor bars where you set up tables for people to place drinks and then have a block party of 100 people mingling outside. Citizens can report violations to the State Liquor Authority at http://www.sla.ny.gov.

2. All restaurants and bars statewide can only serve alcohol to seated patrons. Service must be provided at the table, not at the bar, to patrons who are socially distanced by six feet or separated by physical barriers. Patrons must also order food if they are ordering alcohol. These new rules will help ensure that our infection rate stays low.

3. The number of total hospitalizations continues to remain low. Yesterday, there were 813 total hospitalizations. The State conducted 72,685 tests, of which 769, or 1.06%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 14 New Yorkers to the virus.

4. Houston has a problem; New York is here to help. New York State established two testing sites in Houston, Texas, a current hotspot. The sites are up and running with the capacity to conduct up to 1,000 tests per day. Houston residents can call 1-833-NYS-4TEX (1-833-697-4839) to schedule an appointment. We are grateful for what people across the nation did for NY, and we are committed to paying that generosity forward.

5. A decision on New York City moving to Phase 4 will be made by tomorrow, July 17. If NYC is approved to move to Phase 4, the state will not immediately allow any indoor activity, such as reopening malls or cultural institutions.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": To show love and appreciation for the healthcare workers on the frontlines during the pandemic, West Coast artist Michael Gittes sent 1,800 paintings to the Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, one for each worker at the hospital. "The fact that someone is really creating works of art which is in itself really spiritual and giving to people he doesn't know to show how appreciative he is of those health care workers' efforts over the last three to four months is just incredible," said hospital president LaRay Brown."

 


 

July 16th at 8:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 16th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 401,107 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 6,205 tests
• 10.6 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.9 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 42,333 total cases
• 66 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 198,041 total tested for antibodies
• 21,339 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies


*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 15th at 8:30pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"When New York was in need, volunteers from around the country came here to help, and many states sent supplies. We vowed we would pay that generosity forward. At the request of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms, New York is sending 7,500 test kits, 30,000 pieces of PPE and 1,250 gallons of hand sanitizer to Atlanta by Friday. Mayor Bottoms, who along with her family recently tested positive for COVID, has shown great leadership during this ongoing crisis. We are proud to send aid to Atlanta as their city fights a new surge in cases.

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Photo of the Day: Through the Nourish NY Initiative, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York has purchased more than 1.1 million pounds of food directly from farmers to help families in need..

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Starting tomorrow, renters impacted by the pandemic can apply to a new COVID Rental Assistance Program. The program will provide direct aid for tenants who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is funded through the Coronavirus Relief Fun, which is part of the CARES Act. New Yorkers can access program applications here on Thursday, July 16. 

2. The number of total hospitalizations remains steadily low. Yesterday, there were 831 total COVID-19 hospitalizations. The State conducted 63,598 tests, of which 831, or 1.3%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 9 New Yorkers to the virus.

3. The deadline for health insurance special enrollment has been extended to August 15, 2020. New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for coverage through the NY State of Health Health Plan Marketplace.

4. A study named New York the "most responsible state" in fighting COVID-19. According to a new study by a health care data group, NY ranks first among states thanks to New Yorkers' widespread mask wearing, our robust testing capacity and our health care system, among other factors. 

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Still need convincing that wearing a mask is important? Watch a New York 5-year-old explain why everyone should wear a mask (and prove that this concept isn't hard to grasp, no matter how old you are). "

 


 

July 15th at 8:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 15th, 2020


Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 394,902 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,756 tests
• 10.7 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1.2 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 42,267 total cases
• 53 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 194,085 total tested for antibodies
• 20,995 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 15th at 4:30pm
• 58 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 10
• 13 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), no change in the past 24-hour period
• 9 new admissions
• 4 discharged
• 5,500 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 new fatalities
• 1,993 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 14th at 8:15pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"New Yorkers showed incredible regard for one another throughout this pandemic, which resulted in huge progress in the fight against the virus. But now complacency and lack of compliance pose a threat.

Here's a true story about how quickly COVID can spread. There was a Fourth of July party in Suffolk County. At least one person was COVID positive. Since the party, over 20% of the people who attended have tested positive for the virus. It only takes one person at one party to spread COVID. Wear a mask and be smart. It's the only way to continue to keep one another safe.

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Photo of the Day: The view from Niagara Falls State Park, where the new Welcome Plaza was completed today.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Four additional states have been added to New York's travel advisory list. The newly-added states are Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin. Delaware has been removed from the State's travel advisory. Individuals traveling to New York from the following states must quarantine for 14 days: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

2. Travelers from hotspot states can be fined for non-compliance of quarantine rules. Please help spread the word to anyone traveling from the designated states that they must complete a Traveler Health Form. If you are a NYS resident returning from any of these hotspots and do not have appropriate accommodations for quarantine, please call your local health department.

3. The number of total hospitalizations remains stable at a low level. Yesterday, there were 820 total hospitalizations. The State conducted 60,045 tests, of which 912, or 1.5% were positive. Sadly, we lost 5 New Yorkers to the virus.

4. Get a copy of the New York Tough poster. Yesterday, I unveiled a historical-styled poster that visualizes our state's struggle with COVID. You can pre-order your poster here

5. Remember that tomorrow is the deadline to file both your federal and New York State taxes. The federal income tax filing deadline was extended until July 15, 2020. Because New York State requires electronic filing, the data for filing state personal income taxes automatically travels with the federal filing date.

6. Tomorrow, July 15th, is the last day for the special enrollment for health insurance. New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for a health plan through the NY State of Health Health Plan Marketplace.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Their plans for a 25th anniversary concert were put on hold due to the pandemic, but the New York City Community Chorus still found a way to rehearse and perform remotely. The chorus came together for a virtual concert of Carole King and Gerry Goffin's "Will You Love Me Tomorrow." Watch the performance here."

 


 

July 14th at 8:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 14th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 390,146 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,517 tests
• 10.8 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 2.0 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 42,214 total cases
• 102 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 191,973 total tested for antibodies
• 20,822 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 14th at 4:30pm
• 48 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 7
• 13 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1
• 6 new admissions
• 5 discharged
• 5,496 discharged since Mar

Fatalities
• 0 new fatalities
• 1,993 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 13th at 8:15pm

Click for Today's Governor Cuomo Press Conference

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Everybody wants to reopen schools, but we can only do so if it's safe to reopen. That will be determined solely by the data. Today, we announced a formula for how and when it is safe for schools to reopen in New York State. Schools can reopen if the region is in Phase 4 and if the region's daily infection rate remains at or below 5 percent using a 14-day average. Schools will close if the regional infection rate rises above 9 percent, using a 7-day average, after August 1. Read more about New York State's school reopening guidance here.

At my briefing today, I unveiled a historical-styled poster that visualizes our state's struggle with COVID. (Click here for full-sized poster.)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. A travel enforcement program will commence tomorrow, July 14th, at airports across the state to help ensure travelers are following quarantine protocols. Enforcement teams will be stationed at airports to ensure compliance with the mandatory State Department of Health traveler form, which is being distributed by airlines to passengers flying to New York State. An electronic version of the traveler form is also available. Travelers who fail to provide their contact information will receive a summons with a $2,000 fine. 

2. New York State will deploy testing and contact tracing teams to Atlanta as the city continues to experience an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. New York remembers how people across the country came to NY in our time of need and we vowed to pay it forward any way we could.

3. The number of total hospitalizations declined. Yesterday there were 792 total hospitalizations. The state conducted 51,687 tests, of which 557, or 1.08%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 10 New Yorkers to the virus.

4. Take advantage of the beauty of New York's canals and hiking trails this summer. Through Labor Day, the NYS Canal Corporation is promoting six hubs of canals and trail activity and celebrating local canalside businesses across Upstate NY. The program will offer free outdoor excursions by kayak and/or bike in Schenectady, Chittenango, Seneca Falls and Rochester. Learn more

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": To deliver meals to children who don't have access to summer meal sites, Foodlink and the Regional Transit Service have partnered up to distribute food in Rochester neighborhoods through an ice cream truck approach. The buses circulate through neighborhoods of the city on Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m."

 


 

July 13th at 8:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 13th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 385,351 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,517 tests
• 10.9 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1.5 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 42,112 total cases
• 84 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 191,119 total tested for antibodies
• 20,751 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 13th at 4:30pm
• 41 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 1
• 14 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), no change in the past 24-hour period
• 5 new admissions
• 7 discharged
• 5,491 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 new fatalities
• 1,993 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 12th at 8:00pm

Suffolk County Confirmed COVID-19 Cases March 10, 2020 – July 8, 2020

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Here’s a snapshot of how Suffolk County has been doing from March 11, 2020 to July 8, 2020. Things are looking a lot better, but we can’t leave our guard down. As we can see from the rest of the country, If we don’t follow the rules and do everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, things can get very bad, very quickly, but we should feel good about what we’ve accomplished so far.

 


 

July 12th at 8:00pm

U.S. Needs 'Local Approach' to School Reopenings, Says Johns Hopkins

Coronavirus gender gap: Scientists try to explain why men are much more likely to die of COVID-19

 


 

July 12th at 8:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 12th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 380,834 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,260 tests
• 11.0 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.8 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 42,028 total cases
• 41 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 190,506 total tested for antibodies
• 20,675 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 12th at 4:30pm
• 40 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 10
• 14 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 6
• 2 new admissions
• 13 discharged
• 5,484 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 new fatalities
• 1,993 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 11th at 7:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 11th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 376,574 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,490 tests
• 11.1 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-1
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 41,987 total cases
• 76 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 188,583 total tested for antibodies
• 20,511 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 11th at 4:30pm
• 50 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 4
• 8 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), remains the same as in the previous 24-hour period
• 6 new admissions
• 8 discharged
• 5,471 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 new fatality
• 1,993 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 10th at 8:15pm

No Press Conference Today

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"When New York was experiencing our worst days, we were moved by the generosity of states around the country. We promised we would pay that forward when other states were in need, and today we are doing just that.

New York will deliver a shipment of the medication Remdesivir to Florida tomorrow as the state struggles with a surge of cases. Remdesivir is a drug that has shown promise in treating COVID patients. We are 50 states — but we are one country.

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Photo of the Day: The new West Games Area at Jones Beach is ready for visitors.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Today, malls in Phase 4 regions can open if they have advanced HVAC systems. HVAC systems will be required to include advanced filters that help filter out the COVID-19 virus. Other ventilation protocols include increased outdoor air, reduced circulation, longer system run times and frequent filter checks.

2. Starting July 20th, New York will allow visits to nursing homes and long-term care facilities on a limited basis. Visits will be allowed at facilities that have been free of new COVID cases for at least 28 days. Only two people are allowed to visit each resident and must undergo a temperature check, wear a mask and social distance while visiting.

3. Yesterday the State conducted 73,558 tests, of which 786, or 1.06% were positive. Total hospitalizations fell to 826. Sadly, we lost 8 New Yorkers to the virus.

4. The newly renovated West Games Area at Jones Beach is now open. As part of the NY Parks 2020 plan, the renovation features a new mini-golf course, refurbished and new court games, new benches, tables, fencing and lighting, and additional site improvements. There are also new and improved activity areas including new cornhole and pickleball courts and refurbished courts for shuffleboard and paddle tennis. Read more.

5. The Bronx Zoo is reopening July 20th. The zoo will be open to members only through July 23rd and will open to the general public on July 24th through advance tickets.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": To help bring a smile to sick children across the country, Yuri Williams visits them as iconic superheroes. Through his non-profit "A Future Super Hero and Friends," Mr. Williams has organized blood drives, toy drives and movie nights, all while wearing a superhero costume."

 


 

July 10th at 8:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 10th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 371,084 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 6,245 tests
• 11.3 percent of those tested since March have been confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1 percent of those tested on Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period tested positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 41,911 total cases
• 62 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 186,833 total tested for antibodies
• 20,395 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 10th at 4:30pm
• 54 individuals were hospitalized, remains the same as previous day’s number
• 8 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 2
• 8 new admissions
• 8 discharged
• 5,463 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 new fatality
• 1,992 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 9th at 8:20pm

No Press Conference Today

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"The number of total hospitalizations remains steady. Yesterday, there were 851 total hospitalizations. And we are encouraged and grateful that this week the number of people being intubated dropped below 100 for the first time since the crisis began in full.

We've made incredible progress as a state, but that progress is fragile. I've said before that "a virus anywhere is a virus everywhere," and we are very mindful of that reality as many states are seeing surges in COVID cases. We must continue to stay disciplined, smart and cautious. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

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Tip of the Day: Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. Soap breaks down the virus.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Today I advanced new regulations requiring insurers to provide equitable coverage for mental health and substance use disorders. The proposed regulations from the NYS Department of Financial Services and DOH would strengthen insurers' obligation under both state and federal law to provide comparable coverages for benefits to treat mental health and substance use disorders.

2. Governors Island will reopen next Wednesday, July 15th. The island will reopen with reduced capacity and public safety precautions in place on both the island and on the ferry.

3. The State conducted 65,564 tests, of which 584, or 0.89%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 8 New Yorkers to the virus.

4. NASCAR weekend at Watkins Glen has been rescheduled. The event will be held at the Daytona International Speedway from August 14-16. 

5. One of the greatest concerns of the pandemic is making sure all New Yorkers have access to food. No New Yorker should go to bed hungry. To find a food pantry that services your county, visit ny.gov/foodbanks.

6. More New Yorkers need to respond to the Census. New York's Census response rate is at 57.5%, which is below the national average. It's important that every New Yorker responds to the Census. It's safe, easy and can be done online from the comfort of your own home. Let's make sure every New Yorker is counted. Complete the Census today at my2020census.gov.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": This week, WWII veteran Ray Salvie celebrated his 95th birthday. To wish Mr. Salvie a happy birthday, the New York State Police held a drive-by birthday parade in front of his home. Mr. Salvie served as an NYS investigator for 25 years. Happy Birthday!"

 


 

July 9th at 8:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 9th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 364,839 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5.372 tests
• 11.5 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 0.9 percent positive results for Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 41,849 total cases
• 50 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 185,120 total tested for antibodies
• 20,281 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 9th at 4:30pm
• 54 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 2
• 10 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1
• 11 new admissions
• 12 discharged
• 5,455 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 7 new fatalities (NOTE: the seven fatalities are not recent and were added as a result of New York State’s data reconciliation from March and April)
• 1,991 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 8th at 8:00pm

Click for Today's Governor Cuomo Press Conference

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"I understand many people are anxiously awaiting a decision on school reopening. New York has 700 school districts statewide that range from rural to urban to suburban districts and we have been spending the past weeks and months in discussion with all stakeholders on what September looks like. As in every other decision on reopening, our first responsibility is health and safety. All schools are required to submit a reopening plan by the end of July.

We all want schools to open, but we must ensure that it is safe. I wouldn't ask anyone to put their child in a situation that I would not put my child in. Like every decision we make, we will decide based on data and facts. A plan will be announced in the first week of August.

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Chart of the Day: New York's total hospitalizations continue to remain low.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. All county fairs across the state are canceled. Earlier this week we made the heartbreaking decision not to hold the New York State Fair this year, and out of an abundance of caution, no county fairs will be held until further notice.

2. Long Island entered Phase 4 of reopening today. Read more about Phase 4 here

3. Malls in Phase 4 regions can open July 10th but only if they have high-efficiency venting systems capable of reducing the spread of COVID-19. HVAC systems will be required to include filters with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value - or MERV - rating that filters out of the COVID-19 virus, but can, if the system makes additional protections, run on a minimum MERV of 11. Ventilation protocols include increased outdoor air, reduced air circulation, longer system run times and frequent filter checks. Staff and shoppers will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing protocols.

4. New York State will provide 1,000 masks and 1,000 2-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer for distribution on Fire Island. The Fire Island COVID Destroyers, a partnership that includes GMHC and Fire Island community leaders, will distribute the protective gear on the island.

5. The number of total hospitalizations continues to remain low. Yesterday, there were 841 total hospitalizations. The State conducted 57,585 tests. Only 592 tests, or 1.2% were positive. Sadly, we lost 11 New Yorkers to the virus.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": To help her neighbors access food, 19-year-old college student Carolina Cortes set up a community food drop-off in Washington Heights. Known as "The Uptown Fridge," this community service allows people to drop off food they no longer need and pick up food when they do. "

 


 

July 8th at 8:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 8th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 359,467 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,108 tests
• 11.6 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 1.3 percent positive results for Long Island in the last reported 24-hour period
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard

Viral Tested Positive
• 41,799 total cases
• 69 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 183,003 total tested for antibodies
• 20,104 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 8th at 4:30pm
• 52 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 2
• 11 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 2
• 7 new admissions
• 6 discharged
• 5,443 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 new fatalities
• 1,984 total fatalities (NOTE: New York State adjusted its reporting, therefore there is one less fatality than yesterday.)

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 7th at 6:30pm

Click for Today's Governor Cuomo Press Conference

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Tonight's email is our 100th Coronavirus Update. We hope these updates have proven helpful. Thank you for reading.

Across the country, we are seeing COVID cases in many states continue to go up, which is deeply concerning. We stand ready to help our fellow states. Today, three more states have been added to the travel advisory that requires individuals traveling from those states to New York to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The newly-added states are Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma. The travel advisory currently applies to travelers from: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. (The list of states will be updated online as the data changes.)

We will continue to follow the data and facts and make decisions accordingly.

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Tip of the Day: Remember to keep six feet apart when in public spaces.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The Mid-Hudson region entered Phase 4 of reopening today. Long Island is on track to enter Phase 4 tomorrow, Wednesday, July 8. Read more about Phase 4 here.

2. The High Line in New York City will reopen July 16th. The elevated park will open with reduced capacity and free time-entry reservations.

3. Takeout beer, wine and cocktails has been extended. Restaurants and bars can continue to offer alcohol for takeout or delivery under special rules. Additionally, restaurants and bars are permitted to serve alcohol in expanded outdoor seating. These rules have had a positive impact for small businesses during this trying time. (Please drink responsibly.)

4. The number of total hospitalizations continues to remain low. Yesterday, there were 836 total hospitalizations. Sadly, we lost 10 New Yorkers to the virus.

5. Sufficient child care is critical to a successful economic reopening. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul explains in an op-ed how New York State is rethinking and investing in child care in response to the COVID pandemic.

6. Yesterday, the State conducted 56,735 tests. Only 588, or 1.04%, were positive.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": In 2010, NASA launched a specialized satellite to film the surface of the sun. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the satellite's launch, the Solar Dynamic Observatory released a time-lapse video of the sun's movement over the course of the past decade."

 


 

July 7th at 6:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 7th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 355,359 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,226 tests
• 11.7 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
Percentage Positive Results by Region Dashboard

Tested Positive
• 41,730 total cases
• 45 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 181,524 total tested for antibodies
• 20,003 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 7th at 4:30pm
• 50 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 7
• 9 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 5
• 4 new admissions
• 6 discharged
• 5,437 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 new fatality
• 1,985 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 7th at 6:30pm

Masks are a flashpoint amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here's what science says about them.

Coronavirus Cases in U.S. Are Rising, Even as Death Rates Trend Down

 

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3 - Current phase

Phase 4 - Starts July 8, 2020

 


 

July 7th at 3:30pm

FREE Groceries & Reusable Face Masks - Monday, July 13th and Monday, August 10th

Free groceries and reusable face masks will be given out in the South Country Library parking lot on Monday, July 13th and Monday, August 10th, from 11:00am-Noon on both dates. Long Island Cares will be distributing the free groceries. South Country LI will be giving out free, reusable face masks. No ID / information needed. Open to all. Call 631-803-0703 with questions.

 


 

July 6th at 8:15pm

Click for Today's Governor Cuomo Press Conference

 


 

July 6th at 8:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 6th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 351,133 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 3,812 tests
• 11.9 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 41,685 total cases
• 43 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 181,117 total tested for antibodies
• 19,978 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 6th at 4:30pm
• 57 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 6
• 14 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 2
• 2 new admissions
• 9 discharged
• 5,431 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 new fatalities
• 1,984 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 5th at 8:45pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 5th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 347,321 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,933 tests
• 12.0 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 41,642 total cases
• 57 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 180,903 total tested for antibodies
• 19,960 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 5th at 4:30pm
• 63 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 3
• 16 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 3
• 8 new admissions
• 13 discharged
• 5,422 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 new fatalities
• 1,983 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 4th at 7:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 4th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 341,388 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,110 tests
• 12.2 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 41,585 total cases
• 47 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 179,715 total tested for antibodies
• 19,863 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 4th at 4:30pm
• 66 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 4
• 19 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 2
• 10 new admissions
• 10 discharged
• 5,409 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 new fatalities
• 1,983 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 4th at 7:00pm

Free COVID-19 Antibody Testing July 13th-17th

IIn partnership with Northwell Health, New Bethel First Pentecostal Church will provide onsite COVID-19 serology testing to the community. Testing will take place daily Monday, July 13th - Friday, July 17th from 10:00am-6:00pm. Call 833-422-7369 to register. New Bethel First Pentecostal Church is located at 455 Station Road, Bellport. This event is sponsored by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Brookhaven NAACP and the Greater Bellport Coalition.

 


 

July 3rd at 8:10pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 3rd, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 337,378 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,791 tests
• 12.3 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 41,538 total cases
• 47 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 177,611 total tested for antibodies
• 19,698 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 3rd at 4:30pm
• 70 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 3
• 17 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 3
• 5 new admissions
• 5 discharged
• 5,399 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 2 new fatalities
• 1,983 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 2nd at 8:45pm

Suffolk County Confirmed COVID-19 Cases March 11, 2020 – July 1, 2020

Chart

Here’s a snapshot of how Suffolk County has been doing from March 11, 2020 to July 1, 2020. Things are looking a lot better, but we can’t leave our guard down. As we can see from the rest of the country, If we don’t follow the rules and do everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, things can get very bad, very quickly, but we should feel good about what we’ve accomplished so far. Let’s keep it going through the July 4th weekend!

 


 

July 2nd at 8:45pm

115 states and cities are pausing or reversing their reopenings as coronavirus cases spike — here's how their plans are changing.

We're one-third of the way to a widely available coronavirus vaccine, experts say

Masks protect everyone from the coronavirus — including you

 


 

July 2nd at 8:45pm

No Press Conference Today.

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 


"As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day this weekend, I want to remind New Yorkers to take precautions and to be smart. We continue to make progress against this virus but it's up to all of us whether or not we continue to. Our actions now determine our future. Remember: Wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands with soap. I wish all New Yorkers a safe and happy Fourth of July.

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Chart of the Day: Total COVID hospitalizations continue to decrease.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The number of total hospitalizations remains steadily low. Yesterday, total hospitalizations fell to 878. Sadly, we lost 10 New Yorkers to the virus.

2. Yesterday, the State conducted 69,945 tests. Only 875 tests, or 1.25%, were positive.

3. State outdoor pools across New York will open for swimming for the July 4 weekend. The standard operating schedule of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will be in effect. Pool-goers are reminded to practice social distancing, respect the rules, and do their part to keep the pool area safe for everyone. Pool capacity will be reduced and is expected to fill quickly. New Yorkers are urged to plan ahead by having alternate destinations ready. A list of State Parks with outdoor pools is available here.

4. In the Bronx, Arthur Avenue will reopen as an open-dining piazza. As part of Phase 2, outdoor dining is permitted, and the Bronx's historic Little Italy will transform into a 100-table outdoor dining area supporting the neighborhood's approximately two dozen restaurants.

5. Beginning tomorrow, Friday July 3rd through Sunday, July 5th, the New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will increase patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions over the holiday weekend. State Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving statewide in an effort to keep New York highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel.

6. A reminder to wash your hands — for 20 seconds or more. In collaboration with DJ Doug E. Fresh, Hip Hop Public Health has created "20 Segundos o Más," a PSA and education initiative to address the rise of COVID-19 in Latino communities. Featuring a fusion of Latin rhythms and hip hop beats, it's a fun tutorial on how to stay safe and stop the spread of Coronavirus. Watch the video here.

7. I am disgusted by the swastikas and other racist graffiti that were found in several locations in the town of Perinton Thursday morning. I have directed the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate this horrific incident and ensure those responsible are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. We have zero tolerance for hateful language in New York.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": In the spirit of the Broadway musical Hamilton, the Holderness family created a musical medley reminding everyone to wear a mask."

 


 

July 2nd at 8:45pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 2nd, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 332,487 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,730 tests
• 12.5 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 41,491 total cases
• 64 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 173,830 total tested for antibodies
• 19,447 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 2nd at 4:30pm
• 73 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 2
• 20 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 7
• 12 new admissions
• 8 discharged
• 5,394 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 new fatalities
• 1,981 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 1st at 7:15pm

Click for Today's Governor Cuomo Press Conference

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"New York City is expected to enter Phase 3 of reopening on Monday, July 6, but due to concerns about the risk of spreading the virus, indoor dining in NYC will be postponed. As we see states across the country that have opted to reopen indoor dining experience upticks in the infection rate, we want to make sure the same thing doesn't happen in New York. And at this point, we can't rely on citizen compliance or local enforcement alone to manage the risk. The safest option is to postpone indoor dining in NYC.

We need to continue to reopen based on facts and data—and we will be diligent and cautious. We will not risk the enormous progress New York has made. 

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Photo of the Day: In France, some cafes are using giant teddy bears to help maintain social distancing among diners (Photo from All Things Good Co.)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York State will expand its testing criteria to all New Yorkers statewide. New York conducts more tests per capita than any big country in the world and we now have the capacity to expand the testing criteria. Any New Yorker can go to any of the State's 750+ testing sites and get a test at no cost.

2. New York State will create an enforcement effort to supplement local enforcement of COVID-19 guidance and restrictions. It's important that local governments enforce compliance of the safety protocols in place. If citizens slip and local governments don't comply, we'll find ourselves back on the mountain and we want to avoid that.

3. Six major retailers are requiring customers to wear face coverings while shopping at their stores nationwide. The retailers are: Costco, C-Town, Gristedes and D'Agostino, Stop & Shop and Whole Foods.

4. The number of total COVID hospitalizations continues to drop. Total hospitalizations fell to 879, from 891 the day before. Sadly we lost 11 New Yorkers to the virus yesterday.

5. Yesterday, the State conducted 56,710 tests. Only 625 tests, or 1.1%, were positive.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Buffalo Zoo's Roary the Lion is moving to a new home at the Columbus Zoo. While Buffalo Zoo patrons will no doubt miss Roary, he is joining a female lion named Kazi with hopes they will start a family. The move was recommended by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan. The Buffalo Zoo reopens tomorrow."

 


 

July 1st at 7:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through July 1st, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 326,757 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,047 tests
• 12.7 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 41,427 total cases
• 42 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 171,615 total tested for antibodies
• 19,270 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of July 1st at 4:30pm
• 71 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 2
• 27 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 4
• 3 new admissions
• 6 discharged
• 5,386 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 new fatalities
• 1,981 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

July 1st at 7:15pm

Proper Handwashing Techniques

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June 30th at 10:00pm

No Press Conference Today.

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 


"Last week, along with my fellow governors of New Jersey and Connecticut, I announced a travel advisory for all individuals traveling to NY from states with significant community spread. Individuals traveling to NY must quarantine for a 14-day period upon arrival.

In recognition of the situation, we have added eight additional states to the travel advisory: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. (The list of states will be updated online as the data changes.) New Yorkers have worked very hard to get the viral transmission rate down and we need to take steps to keep it down.

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Photo of the Day: To remind New Yorkers to wear a mask, the iconic lion statues Patience and Fortitude in front of the New York Public Library have donned blue medical masks (Photo by Jonathan Blanc/NYPL)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York State employees who voluntarily travel to high-risk states will be ineligible for COVID-19 paid sick leave. I signed a new executive order that makes New York employees who voluntarily travel to specified states after June 25 ineligible for this benefit.

2. The State Department of Health continues to investigate a COVID cluster in Westchester, NY. The potential exposure is associated with a Horace Greeley High School drive-in graduation ceremony that was held on June 20th in Chappaqua, NY. Individuals who attended that graduation ceremony or events associated with the graduation should self-quarantine until July 5th. Remember, if you get a call from NYS Contact Tracing—answer the phone.

3. See the final work of the late Milton Glaser, who designed the famous "I ♥ NY" logo. Over the weekend, we lost Milton Glaser, a brilliant designer and a great New Yorker. Before his death, he was working on a graphical treatment of the word "Together" to evoke that we all have something in common during this pandemic — see it here.

4. The Capital Region will enter Phase 4 of reopening tomorrow July 1. Global public health experts advising the state on reopening have cleared the region to move to the next phase. Read more about Phase 4 here.

5. As part of Nourish NY, New Yorkers in Western and Central NY can participate in a voucher program. New Yorkers can obtain vouchers from Foodlink, the Food Bank of Central NY and FeedMore Western NY food banks to purchase milk in the grocery story. To date, there have been 504 distributions that have helped more than 140,000 households across the state access Nourish NY products.

6. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to remain low. Total hospitalizations are at 891. Sadly, 13 people in New York passed away due to COVID-19.

7. Yesterday, the State tested 52,025 people. Only 594, or 1%, were positive.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": To celebrate the return of spring training and while we wait for Broadway's inevitable return, the cast of Hadestown joined forces with some current and former MLB stars for a virtual performance of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," along with an original song, "Wait For Me."

 


 

June 30th at 6:00pm

NY State Travel Advisory from Restricted States

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June 30th at 6:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 30th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 322,710 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 3,312 tests
• 12.8 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 41,385 total cases
• 46 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 169,824 total tested for antibodies
• 19,127 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of June 30th at 4:30pm
• 73 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 7
• 23 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1
• 8 new admissions
• 6 discharged
• 5,380 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 2 new fatalities
• 1,981 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 29th at 8:30pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"The total number of COVID hospitalizations hit another low yesterday, falling to 853. But while the numbers in our state continue trending in the right direction, it is crucial that New Yorkers stay disciplined, especially as we see a surge of COVID cases around the country. If we get lax, that number will shoot right back up.

With the national COVID situation in mind, we are taking a second look at the issue of indoor dining at restaurants statewide and in New York City in particular. Indoor dining presents a risk and we are carefully studying the safest course forward. We will announce a final decision on Wednesday. As we see the surge in infections in other states we know that to be cautious is to be NY Smart.

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Photo of the Day: Yesterday, on the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in NYC, a rainbow appeared over the city. (Photo by Melissa Carmona)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Western New York will enter Phase 4 of reopening tomorrow, June 30. Global public health experts advising the state on reopening have cleared the region to move to the next phase. Read more about Phase 4 here.

2. Fireworks are dangerous and illegal. I am directing the New York State Police to establish a temporary Fireworks Enforcement Detail to stop illegal fireworks being brought to New York from Pennsylvania. This is in response to a spike of illegal firework use throughout the state, which has generated widespread complaints and media reports. The Detail will be in place until July 3.

3. As part of Phase 4, zoos and museums are beginning to reopen in Central and Upstate New York. Popular venues like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown are beginning to open their doors again and with social distancing and public health protocols in place, visitors are welcome again. See what else is opening here.

4. The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday, August 30. The event will take place without an in-person audience.

5. In order for malls to reopen, specific air conditioning requirements must be put in place. Air conditioning filters with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating capable of filtering COVID-19 particles or similar air exchange measures will be mandatory for large mall reopenings. A COVID-19 particle is approximately 0.125 microns in diameter. Filters with a high MERV, such as HEPA filters, have been shown to help reduce the presence of COVID-19 in air filtration systems.

6. Yesterday, the State tested 46,428 people. Only 391, or 0.84%, were positive. Sadly, 7 people in New York passed away yesterday due to COVID-19.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": To mark graduation this year, the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management's faculty decorated and paraded a graduation float across NYC to celebrate their students. The mobile graduation float made a stop at each of the 57 graduating students' homes for a socially distanced ceremony."

 


 

June 29th at 8:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 29th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 319,398 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4.481 tests
• 12.9 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 41,339 total cases
• 33 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 169,239 total tested for antibodies
• 19,074 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of June 29th at 4:30pm
• 66 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 6
• 24 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1
• 7 new admissions
• 9 discharged
• 5,374 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 0 new fatalities
• 1,979 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 28th at 6:45pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 28th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 314,917 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,095 tests
• 13.1 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 41,306 total cases
• 53 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 167,698 total tested for antibodies
• 18,970 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of June 28th at 4:30pm
• 72 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 3
• 23 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 3
• 11 new admissions
• 20 discharged
• 5,365 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 new fatality
• 1,979 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 27th at 7:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 27th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 309,822 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,615 tests
• 13.3 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 41,253 total cases
• 45 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 166,025 total tested for antibodies
• 18,816 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of June 27th at 4:30pm
• 75 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 2
• 26 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1
• 9 new admissions
• 10 discharged
• 5,345 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 3 new fatalities
• 1,978 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 26th at 7:00pm

No Press Conference Today.

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Our strategy for reopening has been to reopen in phases—following the data and opening broader as it dictates. We also have a strategy of test, trace and isolate. The contact tracing program allowed us to quickly identify two clusters related to COVID-19 in Upstate New York — one at an Oswego County apple packaging plant and the other at a Montgomery County aluminum manufacturing plant.

The total number of COVID hospitalizations hit another record low. Total hospitalizations fell to 951, from 996 the previous day. Our numbers are good, but, with Coronavirus on the rise in many states in our country, we must continue to be vigilant. Reopening does not mean letting our guard down.

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Photo of the Day: Today marked the completion of the Albany International Airport modernization project with a new gateway sign (Photo by Mike Groll)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York is reaching out to offer assistance to states with high infection rates. As states across the nation are seeing spikes in new cases, New York's outlook remains good. NY is contacting Florida, Texas, Arizona and other states with high infection rates to offer our help. In our hour of need we had volunteers from across the country who helped us go from the worst situation in the country to one of the best, and we will repay that help and that kindness in any way we can.

2. Today, five regions of New York entered Phase 4 of reopening. These regions are the Finger Lakes, Central New York, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley and the North Country. Officials are continuing to carefully monitor health data during the reopening process. Read more about Phase 4 here.

3. New York restaurants and bars can continue selling alcoholic beverages for takeout and delivery for an additional 30 days. This extends a measure first implemented March 17th. Remember that bars are responsible for the sidewalk/area in front of their establishment and must comply with health regulations or they can lose their liquor license. 

4. Yesterday, the State tested 61,723 people. Only 805, or 1.3%, were positive. Sadly, 14 people in New York passed away yesterday due to COVID-19.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Despite major school events being canceled due to Coronavirus, the newspaper and yearbook editors of Townsend Harris High School and Curtis High School kept pushing forward with their projects. They have adapted their circumstances and became a reliable source for important information and tried to recapture their senior semester."

 


 

June 26th at 7:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 26th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 305,207 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,076 tests
• 13.5 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 41,208 total cases
• 57 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 164,094 total tested for antibodies
• 18,669 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of June 26th at 4:30pm
• 77 individuals were hospitalized, no change from the number reported on June 25
• 25 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1
• 10 new admissions
• 8 discharged
• 5,335 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 new fatality
• 1,975 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 25th at 7:00pm

No Press Conference Today.

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 


"Today we reached a great milestone: Total hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in New York State fell to 996, dropping below 1,000 for the first time since March 18th. We did this by working as a statewide community and with a shared commitment to New Yorkers across the State. But we cannot stop now. Keep up the discipline and wear a mask, keep six feet apart, wash your hands with soap and stay New York Tough.

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Chart of the Day: Yesterday, total hospitalizations in NYS dropped below 1,000, the lowest since March 18th.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Nationwide, coronavirus cases are up 30% compared to the beginning of June. There are 26 states seeing daily COVID cases increase over the past week. New York State is one of the exceptions — let's keep it that way. Read the travel advisory that is now in effect for people arriving to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut from hotspot states.

2. The Nourish NY Initiative continues to provide New Yorkers in need with access to healthy food. To date, more than 1.9 million pounds of produce grown by New York farmers has been directed to homes across the state, including 372,000 pounds of apples, 163,000 pounds of cabbage and 240,000 pounds of potatoes.

3. New York State's new license plate design officially launched. The new plate features Niagara Falls, the Adirondack Mountains, the Statue of Liberty and the NYC skyline on a white and blue design with the state motto "Excelsior" at the bottom. The design was part of an online contest held last year and has been rolled out in twelve counties so far. See it here.

4. The Taste of Buffalo will be held virtually this year. The two-day festival, which will take place on July 11 and July 12, is shifting to an "at home" event, with cooking demonstrations, live music and the ability to order specials from participating restaurants via takeout, which can be picked up from individual locations.

5. A reminder that mental health resources are available. We recognize the impact of this crisis on mental health. Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services. Any New Yorker can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling and resources.

6. Yesterday, the State tested 67,642 people. Of those tested, 749, or 1.1%, were positive. Sadly, there were 17 COVID fatalities yesterday.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": This week, Buffalo Public International School 45 held their drive-by graduation, but for crossing guard Gina Tomaselli-Hernandez, this occasion was particularly sentimental. Tomaselli-Hernandez became a crossing guard in 2010, when this year's graduating class was in Pre-K and this week bid the 111 eighth grade students that she has come to love as family a final farewell."

 


 

June 25th at 7:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 25th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 300,131 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,529 tests
• 13.7 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 41,151 total cases
• 50 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 162,124 total tested for antibodies
• 18,513 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of June 25th at 4:30pm
• 77 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 8
• 26 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1
• 7 new admissions
• 10 discharged
• 5,327 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 2 new fatalities
• 1,974 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 24th at 8:00pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Today I announced, along with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, a joint initiative that requires all individuals traveling to NY, NJ or CT from listed states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period upon arrival.

This advisory goes into effect tonight at midnight and as of today, it applies to anyone traveling from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington. (The list of states will be updated online as the data changes).

Throughout this entire pandemic, we've worked closely with our neighbors and will continue to do so because our tri-state region is interconnects, and what happens in New York happens in New Jersey and happens in Connecticut, too. New Yorkers have come together to get the viral transmission rate down and we don't want to see it go up again because people are traveling into the state and bringing the virus with them. We've gone through hell once — we don't want to go through it again.

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Video of the Day: Nine years ago today, New York passed the Marriage Equality Act and today we celebrate love. Watch the video here.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Five regions of New York are on track to enter Phase 4 of reopening on Friday. The metrics in the Finger Lakes, Central New York, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley and the North Country continue trending in the right direction. Phase 4 permits indoor religious gatherings at 33% of capacity, and allows low-risk indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment, film and TV production and professional sports without fans. Read more about Phase 4 here.

2. Social gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed as part of Phase 4. Currently, gatherings of up to 25 people are permitted in regions that are in Phase 3.

3. The MTA Subway system had more than 1 million daily riders yesterday, the highest since the COVID-19 crisis began. Ridership is still far below its pre-COVID daily weekday average of 7+ million riders. Every single day, every single subway car is disinfected and cleaned, just one of the several precautions undertaken to protect the health of passengers.

4. A note on malls, movie theaters and gyms. These industries are unusually risky from a health standpoint. The State is undertaking further study to ensure we make informed decisions before reopening these businesses.

5. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to decline. Total hospitalizations fell to 1,071, from 1,104 the previous day. Sadly, 17 people in New York passed away due to COVID-19.

6. Yesterday, the State tested 51,144 people. Only 581, or 1%, were positive.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": To make sure that every subway rider has the right tools to combat Coronavirus, a team of MTA carpenters started building wooden hand sanitizer dispensers by hand. In less than two weeks, hundreds of these birdhouse-like dispensers have been mounted in 472 subway stations across NYC."

 


 

June 24th at 8:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 24th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 294,602 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 3,941 tests
• 14.0 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 41,101 total cases
• 45 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 159,825 total tested for antibodies
• 18,327 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of June 24th at 4:30pm
• 85 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 3
• 25 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1
• 8 new admissions
• 14 discharged
• 5,317 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 2 new fatalities
• 1,972 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 23rd at 9:15pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 


"Today, the Mid-Hudson region entered Phase 3 of reopening, which means nail salons, tattoo and piercing facilities and other personal care services can once again receive customers, and restaurants can resume indoor dining at 50% capacity. Long Island will enter Phase 3 tomorrow. As we continue to reopen businesses and adjust to the "new normal," we need to continue social distancing measures, and wear a mask in public. We are making good progress and we all need to make sure it continues.

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Photo of the Day: Rockefeller Center's statue of Atlas wears a mask to coincide with New York City's moving into Phase 2 of reopening. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers statewide through the New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive program. The funding being made available today will help bring closed programs back to operation to serve families returning to the workplace. Details on the grants and how child care programs can apply are available here.

2. Yesterday, the State tested 48,709 people. Only 597, or 1.2%, were positive.

3. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to decline. Total hospitalizations fell to 1,104, from 1,122 the previous day. Sadly, 27 people in New York passed away due to COVID-19.

4. A study found that New York State is one of only three states currently on track to contain COVID. The two other states were New Jersey and Massachusetts, according to COVID Act Now. I can't stress enough how important it is that we don't jeopardize this incredible progress. 

5. A shout out to New York's grocery workers. For many New Yorkers, work never stopped during this crisis. Watch our video highlighting the compassion and strength of NY's grocery store workers who helped carry us through the worst of this pandemic.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Yesterday, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona hosted its first concert since mid-March but instead of people, the concert hall was filled with 2,292 plants. The UceLi Quartet performed Giacomo Puccini's "Crisantemi" that was also live streamed for people at home. The plants will be donated to 2,292 healthcare workers throughout Barcelona."

 


 

June 23rd at 5:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 23rd, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 290,661 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 3,530 tests
• 14.1 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 41,056 total cases
• 46 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 158,309 total tested for antibodies
• 18,188 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of June 23rd at 4:30pm
• 88 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 1
• 26 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 2
• 8 new admissions
• 1 discharged
• 5,303 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 5 new fatalities
• 1,970 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 23rd at 5:00pm

Emergency Financial Assistance
Do you need Emergency Financial Assistance as a result of COVID-19? The Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk has a program that may be the solution.
Click here for more details.

 


 

June 22nd at 8:15pm

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Today New York City has entered Phase 2 of reopening, the last region in the state to reach that milestone. Phase 2 allows hair salons, barbershops, car dealers, retail stores and other businesses to open. Real estate agents can once again show (vacant) apartments, and outdoor dining can resume at restaurants. (More details here).

Remember that wearing masks is required to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and that the virus is by no means vanquished. Only by remaining vigilant and by being smart can we ensure continued progress during the reopening process.

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Chart of the Day: New York's total hospitalizations continue to decline.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Global public health experts have cleared the Mid-Hudson Valley to enter Phase 3 of reopening tomorrow. Long Island is on track to enter Phase 3 on Wednesday. Business guidance for Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan is available here.

2. The Nourish NY Initiative continues to provide New Yorkers in need with access to healthy food. Over the past 50+ days, Nourish NY has purchased 4.8 million pounds, or 557,018 gallons, of raw milk from farmers, which has been distributed to New Yorkers in the form of yogurt, cheese and other dairy products, in addition to milk. 394 distributions have taken place with an estimated 114,833 households receiving Nourish NY products.

3. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to decline. Total hospitalizations are at 1,122, from 1,142 the previous day. Sadly, 10 people in New York passed away due to COVID-19 (the lowest number since March 21st.)

4. Yesterday, the State tested 56,780 people. Only 552 tests came back positive — 0.97% of the total.

5. The Yankees and Mets will resume their spring training in New York. The teams will hold their training at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, respectively. The Mets will host a soft opening this week for players who want to begin preparing. Both teams will work with the State to ensure proper health and safety protocols.

6. Over the weekend, a New York-bred horse won the Belmont Stakes. Usually the final leg in the Triple Crown, this year the Long Island race was the first, held on Saturday ahead of both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. This was the first time since 1882 that a New York-bred horse won the Belmont. Congratulations to New York's own Tiz the Law and jockey Manuel Franco!

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": To capture the past 110 days of the COVID crisis in New York, we put together a photo album of 100 behind-the-scenes moments. Take a look. "

 


 

June 22nd at 7:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 22nd, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 287,131 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 3,952 tests
• 14.3 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 41,010 total cases
• 38 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 157,644 total tested for antibodies
• 18,122 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of June 22nd at 4:30pm
• 89 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 1
• 28 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1
• 7 new admissions
• 6 discharged
• 5,302 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 new fatality
• 1,965 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 22nd at 7:00pm

'There’s no such thing as safe': How to lessen the risk of summer activities amid COVID-19

USA Today: Coronavirus is not done with us until we have a vaccine for COVID-19

 


 

June 21st at 10:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 21st, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 283,179 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,243 tests
• 14.5 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 40,972 total cases
• 64 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 156,561 total tested for antibodies
• 18,021 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of June 21st at 4:30pm
• 90 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 8
• 27 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 6
• 11 new admissions
• 17 discharged
• 5,296 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 new fatality
• 1,964 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 20th at 8:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 20th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 277,936 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,391 tests
• 14.7 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 40,908 total cases
• 44 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 154,575 total tested for antibodies
• 17,833 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of June 20th at 4:30pm
• 98 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 8
• 21 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 10
• 6 new admissions
• 16 discharged
• 5,279 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 new fatality
• 1,963 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

  


 

June 19th at 9:00pm

Bellport.com's Nightly COVID-19 Update Emails to Stop for Now
As we’ve mentioned before, we don’t want our nightly, Special Edition Emailings to become spam or junk mail. So for now, unless something unusual happens, we’re going to suspend sending them out to our readers every night. However, that doesn’t mean that we’re going to stop our coverage of COVID-19 or our reporting of important information relating to the Coronavirus. It just means that we won’t be sending out the nightly emails, but you’ll still receive our regular Tuesday morning emails that we’ve been sending out for 16 years now.

So what does it all mean? It means that if you want to receive the same information you’ve been getting every night, you’re just going to have to come and pick it up rather than having us send it to you.

How can you find it? Easy! Just click the big COVID-19 link at the top of our home page or save the following link and click it whenever you’d like to pick up the latest COVID-19 news.

 


    

June 19th at 9:00pm

Click for Today's Governor Cuomo Press Conference

The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Today is Juneteenth, the day we commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. I hope it was a day of both celebration and reflection for New Yorkers.

After 111 long days, I gave my final daily Coronavirus briefing this morning. Together we flattened the curve and now as reopening expands and more people move about and more businesses reopen robustly, we continue to see positive numbers trending in the right direction. This is an unimaginable achievement. I'm incredibly proud of what we all did together, as one family and one community. This success isn't about what government did. This is about what you and everyone else in our state did. So while I will not be seeing you every day anymore—rest assured that we will share information in a transparent way. After all, it's how we got to this point and I truly am in awe of the way New Yorkers listened to the facts and did the right thing. It really was beautiful. And it continues to be Up to Us, New York. Wear a mask, stay smart and stay #NewYorkTough.

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Video of the Day: After 111 days, I closed out my daily address with a commemoration of all the progress New Yorkers made. Watch the video here.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York City has been cleared to begin Phase 2 of reopening on Monday, June 22nd. Business guidance for Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan is available here.

2. The New York State Department of Financial Services has reached an agreement with credit reporting agencies to provide free credit reports to consumers and help reduce negative consumer credit reporting. This agreement will help New York consumers facing hardship caused by COVID-19 to avoid unjustified negative impacts on their credit reports. DFS also urges New York State-regulated financial institutions to furnish credit information in ways that minimizes negative impacts on consumers.

3. Yesterday, the State tested a record number of people. Out of the 79,308 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, only 796, or 1.0 percent, were positive for COVID-19.

4. All New Yorkers need to respond to the Census. New York' s Census response rate is at 56.7%, well below the national average. It is vital for our future that every New Yorker takes a few minutes to complete the Census form. It's safe, easy and can be done online from the comfort of your own home. Let's make sure every New Yorker is counted. Complete the Census today at my2020census.gov. You can also see the response rate of your town or city here.

5. The total number of COVID hospitalizations hit another record low yesterday. Total hospitalizations fell to 1,284, from 1,358.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Tomorrow is the first day of New York Cider Week Hudson Valley. Celebrating its 10th year, this event celebrates cider crafted from fruit grown in orchards across the Hudson Valley, and this year's programming is completely virtual so you can learn about New York cider from home."

 


    

June 19th at 9:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 19th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 273,545 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,570 tests
• 14.9 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 40,864 total cases
• 54 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 152,253 total tested for antibodies
• 117,663 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of June 19th at 4:30pm
• 106 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 4
• 31 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 2
• 11 new admissions
• 13 discharged
• 5,262 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 new fatality
• 1,963 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


    

June 19th at 9:00pm

Going Virtual When Students' Science Fair Hopes Are Halted

'Science at Home' Activities for Students

 


    

June 19th at 9:00pm

Suffolk County Confirmed COVID-19 Cases March 11, 2020 – June 18, 2020

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Here’s a snapshot of how Suffolk County has been doing from March 11, 2020 to June 18, 2020. As you can see, things are looking a lot better, but we can’t leave our guard down. As we can see from the rest of the country, If we don’t follow the rules and do everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, things can get very bad, very quickly, but we should feel good about what we’ve accomplished so far.

 


 

June 18th at 7:00pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"As you are well aware by now as we reopen, we are carefully monitoring the data. While the numbers across the state have been consistently good, we noticed a sign of caution in Central New York this week when then numbers went up from .6 percent positive to 1.3 to 1.4 percent. What happened?

That's where the contact tracing program comes into play. We traced the positives, which led us to an apple packaging plant in Oswego, where there is a cluster of cases — about 34 positives in that one business. That's both bad and good news. The bad news is that we saw an increase in cases but the good news is that we traced the numbers, identified the positives and can now take action to reduce the spread. This is one example of why tracing is needed and is so effective.

While contact tracing works, the only way that contact tracing can scale is if people get tested. Identifying positives is key to beating this virus. Be New York Smart. Get a test.

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Slide of the Day: Wear a Mask (Photo by Don Pollard)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Businesses that violate health guidelines can face the immediate loss of their liquor license or a shutdown order. I issued an Executive Order strengthening state enforcement during the phased reopening to protect New Yorkers and ensure businesses comply. I will also issue an Executive Order to expand the enforcement areas of the State Liquor Authority by giving bars responsibility for the sidewalk/area in front of their establishments.

2. A final decision on New York City entering Phase 2 this Monday is expected to come tomorrow. Business guidance for Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan is available here.

3. The State will issue guidance to colleges and universities to allow some in-person instruction and on-campus housing for the fall semester. Campuses must develop a plan which meets the guidance, and file it with the State.

4. The State again maintained the lowest percentage of positive COVID-19 tests yesterday since the pandemic began. Out of the 68,541 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, only 618, or 0.90 percent, were positive.

5. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to hit record lows. Total hospitalizations fell to 1,358, from 1,479. Sadly, 29 New Yorkers passed away yesterday due to COVID-19. Our thoughts are with their families.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": In Yellowstone National Park, one of the oldest grizzly bears living outside of a zoo was recently sighted with four cubs. Known as "399" this 24-year-old bear has been an important part of Yellowstone's ecosystem, and is responsible for at least 22 offspring (kids and grandkids, in human terms)."

 


 

June 18th at 7:00pm


Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 18th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 267,975 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,476 tests
• 15.2 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 40,810 total cases
• 40 new cases

Antibody Testing
• 147,605 total tested for antibodies
• 17,269 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization as of June 18th at 4:30pm
• 110 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 15
• 21 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 14
• 9 new admissions
• 21 discharged
• 5,250 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 3 new fatalities
• 1,961 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


      

June 18th at 3:15pm

Drive-Thru/Drop Off Food Drive this Saturday, June 20th
The Brookhaven Free Library and St. James Episcopal Church will hold a drive-thru/drop off food drive this Saturday, June 20th from 9:00am-12:00pm at Brookhaven Elementary School , 101 Fireplace Neck Road, Brookhaven. This food drive will benefit the Lighthouse Mission, Angels of Long Island and the Episcopal Churches of the Great South Bay Deanery. Rain or Shine!
Click here for more information.

 


    

June 18th at 3:15pm

Free Movie Nights at Smith Point County Park
We received the following information from Legislator Rudy Sunderman that we’d like to share with you.

There will be FREE movie screenings at Smith Point County Park on the following evenings.

• GOONIES - Wednesday, June 24 – 7:00PM
• HARRY POTTER & THE SORCERER’S STONE – Thursday, June 25 – 7:00PM
• RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK – Friday, June 26 – 7:00PM
• ELF - Saturday, June 27 - 7:00PM

To register for these events please click here. Registration is limited so signup right away. This is a great event if you are looking for a family friendly night out.

 


 

June 17th at 8:15pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo..

"After more than 100 straight days of giving daily press briefings, this Friday, June 19th, will be the final one. Going forward, I will give press briefings as needed but rest assured I will continue to provide New Yorkers with the facts, data and my opinion as we continue to chart the way forward. We will send this newsletter on weeknights to share the latest information on reopening along with all other important COVID-19 updates.

Over the long course of this crisis, I counted on New Yorkers like you to listen to the facts and act accordingly. Together we have protected one another and ourselves. Through our collective action we not only bent the curve, we crushed it. I am so proud to be a New Yorker. 

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Slide of the Day: Throughout the COVID pandemic, New York has climbed the mountain and together, we have made it to the other side.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York City is on track to enter Phase 2 of reopening on June 22. The Mid-Hudson Valley is on track to enter Phase 3 of reopening on June 23 and Long Island is on track to enter Phase 3 of reopening on June 24, based on current data. Business guidance for Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan is available here and guidance for Phase 3 is available here.

2. Today, I issued an Executive Order recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday for state employees. Juneteenth marks the day that enslaved African Americans in Texas finally learned they had been freed, over two years after Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. In addition to this Executive Order, I will advance legislation to make this important day celebrating freedom an official state holiday next year.

3. The State Department of Health will allow midwife-led birthing centers in New York for the first time. This directive to diversify birthing site options and support patient choice was one of the six key recommendations of the COVID-19 Maternity Task Force launched in April.

4. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to hit record lows. Total hospitalizations fell to 1,479, from 1,538. Sadly, 17 people in New York passed away yesterday due to COVID-19, down from a heartbreaking day when we lost 800 New Yorkers nine weeks ago. Our thoughts are with all the families who have lost loved ones to this awful virus.

5. Yesterday, New York reached the lowest percentage of positive COVID-19 tests since the pandemic began. Out of the 59,341 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, only 567, or less than one percent, were positive.

6. I signed new laws that will that will help promote accountability and improve transparency in law enforcement. Yesterday, I signed legislation requiring all New York State Police officers to wear body cameras while on patrol; and creating the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Yesterday, the LEAF Festival of Flowers and Lewis Miller Design teamed up to celebrate New York City's reopening through a collection of flower installations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The centerpiece installation was an "I Heart NY" made of flowers in the Meatpacking District."

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(Photo by Iri Greco, BrakeThrough Media)

 


  

June 17th at 8:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 17th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 262,499 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,086 tests
• 15.5 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 40,770 total cases
• 32 new cases

Hospitalization as of June 17th at 4:30pm
• 125 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 4
• 35 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), no change from yesterday
• 14 new admissions
• 15 discharged
• 5,229 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 new fatality
• 1,958 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 17th at 8:15pm

COVID-19 Topics


Some Americans are more likely to socially distance and wear face masks than others — here’s why

How 132 Epidemiologists Are Deciding When to Send Their Children to School
 

Second U.S. Virus Wave Emerges as Cases Top 2 Million

 


June 16th at 8:15pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"The data continues to look very good, with infection rates holding or decreasing and hospitalizations and deaths at all-time lows. Out of the 60,568 COVID tests conducted in New York State yesterday, 631, or 1.05 percent, were positive, which is great news. So today we are excited to announce that the U.S. Open will be held in Queens this August — one of the first major sporting events to return. No fans will attend and the U.S. Tennis Association will take extraordinary precautions to protect players and staff.

We must stay the course. New York has the lowest rate of transmission in the country and the phased reopening is working. We need to stay smart and responsible. The Capital Region begins Phase 3 tomorrow and it's important that employers be smart; store owners be smart; employees be smart; individuals be smart; and local governments be smart and do their job. It's Up to Us, New York.

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Photo of the Day: Last night, the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge was illuminated in blue in honor of my father's birthday. Happy birthday, Pop. (Photo by Don Pollard)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Hospitals and group homes will be allowed to accept visitors at their discretion. Any facility that chooses to allow visitors must follow state guidelines, including time-limited visits and requiring visitors to wear PPE and be subject to symptom and temperature checks. Details here

2. New York expanded our antibody testing survey. The state conducted antibody tests on 12,000 individuals across the state over a six-week period. The results show 13.4 percent of the population have COVID-19 antibodies, compared to the 12.3 percent that tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies during a statewide antibody testing study from May 1st.

3. New York has conducted over 3 million COVID tests to date. That is more than any state or country per capita. Even as we have tested more people in recent weeks, the positive rate has gone down — which is very good news.

4. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to hit record lows. Total hospitalizations fell to 1,538 yesterday, from 1,608. Sadly, 24 people in New York passed away on Monday due to COVID-19, which is the lowest number on a three-day average since the pandemic began.

5. Take a look inside New York's effort to reimagine services for survivors of domestic violence. Amid an uptick in reports of domestic violence during the Coronavirus pandemic, New York is turning toward innovative strategies to rethink a 40-year-old system that will put the individual needs of survivors first. 

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": The 2020 Special Olympics New York was set to celebrate 50 years this month, but unfortunately the Summer Games were canceled due to COVID-19. To keep athletes engaged and celebrate the milestone, the organization hosted a virtual Season at Home, where athletes could compete safely from their homes and go up against other competitors from around the state."

 


 

June 16th at 8:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 16th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 258,413 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,866 tests
• 15.8 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 40,738 total cases
• 46 new cases

Hospitalization as of June 16th at 4:30pm
• 129 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 8
• 35 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 3
• 13 new admissions
• 10 discharged
• 5,214 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 2 new fatalities
• 1,957 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 15th at 7:30pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"The state has received over 25,000 complaints concerning a business in violation of the reopening guidelines. We are deeply disappointed to see videos of people out in the street, drinks in hand, ignoring social distancing guidelines (as well as open container laws) — many not wearing masks. While I understand that we are all tired of the constraints of this situation, now is not the time to let our guard down.

In 22 states that are reopening, there have been significant rises in the number of COVID cases. Some states are facing the worst situation they have encountered since the pandemic started. In New York our numbers are good and continue to trend well, but that could change tomorrow if New Yorkers let caution fatigue set in.

So wear a mask, protect yourself and others and continue to treat COVID with the seriousness it calls for.

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Photo of the Day: Today, the 3.6-mile shared bicycle and pedestrian path opened on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, featuring public art, food vendors and scenic overlooks.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed in Phase 3 of reopening, up from a limit of 10. Five regions have already entered Phase 3: Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country and the Southern Tier.

2. Two regions will begin Phase 3 of reopening this week. Global public health experts have cleared Western New York to enter Phase 3 tomorrow, and the Capital Region is still on track to enter Phase 3 on Wednesday, June 17th. Business guidance for Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan is available here.

3. Today I marked the opening of the 3.6-mile bicycle and pedestrian path on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. The path provides a new connection for families, runners, cyclists, walkers and commuters to travel across the Hudson River. The path is officially open to the public as of today with safety protocols in place. Learn more here
.

4. Low-risk youth sports for regions in Phase 3 of reopening can begin on July 6th.
Sports to resume include baseball, softball, gymnastics, field hockey, cross country and crew with up to two spectators allowed per child.

5. The state is extending the special enrollment period for an additional 30 days through July 15, 2020.
New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for a health plan through the NY State of Health Marketplace.

6. The total number of COVID hospitalizations are now hitting record lows.
Total hospitalizations fell to 1,608, from 1,657, which is the lowest level since the pandemic began. Sadly, 27 people in New York passed away yesterday due to COVID-19, which is the lowest level on a three-day average since the pandemic began.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment":
Our readers spoke and we listened. We heard you want to see footage of Finley, the 6-year-old Golden Retriever from Canandaigua, NY, who was recognized by the Guinness World Records recently for holding six tennis balls in his mouth unassisted. So here it is: Video of the New York Golden Retriever holding all SIX tennis balls. (Bonus video here.)"

 


 

June 15th at 7:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 15th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 253,547 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,110 tests
• 16.0 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 40,692 total cases
• 33 new cases

Hospitalization as of June 15th at 4:30pm
• 121 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 6
• 38 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), no change from June 14
• 11 new admissions
• 8 discharged
• 5,204 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 7 new fatalities
• 1,955 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


    

June 15th at 7:30pm

Managing Stress During the Pandemic Podcast
Click here for more information.

 


 

June 15th at 2:30pm

Suffolk County Confirmed COVID-19 Cases March 2020 – June 2020

Suffolk

Here’s a snapshot of how Suffolk County has been doing from March 11, 2020 to June 6, 2020. As you can see, things are looking a lot better, but we can’t leave our guard down. As we can see from the rest of the country, if we don’t follow the rules and do everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, things can get very bad, very quickly, but we should feel good about what we’ve accomplished so far.

 


 

June 14th at 8:30pm

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June 14th at 8:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 14th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 249,437 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,243 tests
• 16.3 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 40,659 total cases
• 44 new cases

Hospitalization as of June 14th
• 127 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 2
• 38 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 2
• 13 new admissions
• 12 discharged
• 5,196 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 new fatality
• 1,948 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 13th at 8:30pm

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June 13th at 8:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 13th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 245,194 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,879 tests*
• 16.6 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 40,615 total cases
• 56 new cases

Hospitalization as of June 13th
• 125 individuals were hospitalized, no change from June 12
• 40 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), an increase of 1
• 12 new admissions
• 16 discharged
• 5,184 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 2 new fatalities*
• 1,947 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 12th at 7:30pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Cases of COVID-19 are increasing in nearly two dozen states that have begun reopening, and 15 states have seen record highs in the past two days. As New York reopens, however, we are continuing to see a decline in the number of daily new COVID cases.

One remarkable fact: Our state, which once had the highest number of cases in the nation, now has the nation's lowest rate of transmission (Rt) — at just 0.77. An Rt of 1 or higher means that COVID-19 is increasing — an Rt of below 1 means it is decreasing.

Why is our state one of the rare few where case numbers continue to decline even as the state reopens? I believe it's because of New Yorkers' discipline and caution — including the widespread wearing of face masks. We must continue to be disciplined. If we stay the course, we will avoid the "second waves" that other countries are now grappling with.

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Photo of the Day: Joined by legislators and advocates, I signed the "Say Their Name" Agenda Package to help restore trust between police and the communities they serve. (Photo by Kevin Coughlin)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. The news is still good regarding testing. Yesterday, we tested an extraordinary 72,395 New Yorkers for COVID. Of those tested, only 822 people were positive — or 1.1% of the total. This is great news: Even as New York has increased testing over the past few weeks, the number and percentage of positive results has stayed extremely low.

2. The deadline for the special enrollment period for health insurance is Monday, June 15th. New Yorkers who lost their health insurance this year can apply for a health plan through the NY State of Health Marketplace

3. This Sunday, June 14th, is World Blood Donor Day. This is a day to raise awareness of the need for safe blood donations, to thank those who have donated and to encourage others to consider donating. Due to Coronavirus, there is a shortage of blood, and blood donations are urgently needed across New York State. Learn how and where you can donate at http://ny.gov/donateblood.

4. The number of COVID hospitalizations continues to decline. Yesterday total hospitalizations fell to 1,898, from 2,042 the day before. Sadly we lost 42 New Yorkers to the virus. Our thoughts are with their families.

5. Progress on police reform. Today I signed landmark legislation to improve transparency in police disciplinary records and ban police chokeholds, among other reforms that will help restore trust and improve the relationship between police and the communities they serve.

6. Remember to respond to the Census. Every New Yorker can now respond to the Census — it is safe, easy and can be done online from the comfort of your own home. See the response rate in your city or town here and if you haven't already, complete the Census today at my2020census.gov.
 
Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Finley, the 6-year-old Golden Retriever from Canandaigua, NY, who was recognized by Guinness World Records for being able to hold a record six tennis balls in his mouth with no assistanc
e, finally received his certification. He even broke his own record and is able to hold seven tennis balls in his mouth. Congratulations again to this very good boy on his world record."

 


    

June 12th at 7:30pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 12th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date

Testing
• 234,109 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,079 tests*
• 17.3 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 40,512 total cases
• 48 new cases

Hospitalization
n/a

Fatalities
• 4 new fatalities*
• 1,945 total fatalities

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


    

June 12th at 6:15pm

Suffolk Cares: Food Delivery Program for Those Who are Homebound and in Dire Need
Click here for more information.

 



June 11th at 8:00pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Right now, we need to be cautious. I know businesses are anxious to open and we all want to get the economy going but we need to be careful — we can't make a mistake today that wipes out our hard-earned progress. COVID remains a public health threat and we are seeing worrying spikes in over twenty states. Data from California, Florida, Texas, Arizona and elsewhere show the virus is still spreading fast.

New York is one of the exceptions. As our state reopens, the numbers continue to look good. That's because we are taking a careful approach to reopening and relying on numbers and data to guide us. But more importantly, it's because New Yorkers have been smart and we've been diligent. New Yorkers are informed, we understand the facts and we have acted responsibly. But we all need to remain vigilant to avoid the spikes other states are experiencing.

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Chart of the Day: As New York conducts more daily testing, we are finding fewer people positive for COVID-19. A good sign.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Five regions will enter Phase 3 of reopening tomorrow. Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier have been cleared by experts to enter the next phase. Phase 3 allows indoor restaurant and food services and personal care services, including nail salons, spas and tattoo and piercing facilities, to resume. Each industry is subject to specific state guidelines that maximize safety and social distancing. Business guidance for Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan is available here.

2. Starting today, localities can open public pools and playgrounds at their discretion. They must use health data and metrics as a guide to inform each decision.

3. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to decline. Total hospitalizations fell to 2,042, from 2,190 the day before. Sadly, we lost 36 New Yorkers to the virus.

4. Following a spike in domestic violence cases, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa today issued a report outlining the COVID-19 Domestic Violence Task Force's initial recommendations to reimagine New York's approach to services for domestic violence survivors. The recommendations, which I have accepted, call for overhauling and reimagining a 40-year-old system to meet survivors where they are and to empower them to have the maximum control of their future. Read the full report by the task force here.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": In East Windsor, NJ, Greg Dailey has used his service as a newspaper delivery man to help senior citizens in his neighborhood. Over the past two months, Mr. Dailey has made over 500 grocery runs and has offered his service to pick up necessities free of charge."

 


 

June 11th at 8:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 11th, 2020

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
n/a

Tested Positive
n/a

Hospitalization
n/a

Fatalities
n/a

Hospital Beds
n/a

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 10th at 8:00pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"One of our goals is to take this unprecedented moment and Build Back Better. We are accelerating infrastructure improvements and construction projects from Long Island to Buffalo, and continue on essential projects that will benefit the state as we enter the post-COVID new normal.

Today marked the opening of a new Arrivals and Departures Hall at LaGuardia Airport's Terminal B. This is the biggest milestone to date in the airport's ongoing transformation from an airport showing wear and tear to a world-class facility.

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Photo of the Day: Today at LaGuardia airport in Queens, I cut the ribbon on the new Terminal B, which will open on Saturday (Photo by Kevin Coughlin)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1.The deadline to submit absentee ballots has been extended to June 23rd. To be counted, primary ballots must be postmarked by June 23rd. A previously issued Executive Order allows all New Yorkers to vote absentee in the June 23rd primary elections and ensures every New Yorker registered to vote receives a postage-paid absentee ballot application in the mail.

2. New Yorkers and local governments can easily track daily COVID-19 testing results through a new dashboard. To complement the early warning dashboard, this dashboard allows people to easily track COVID-19 daily test results in your region and county. View the dashboard here.

3. In the 40 days since we launched Nourish NY, it has provided New Yorkers across the state with access to nutritious food. To date, 353 distributions have taken place, enabling more than 90,000 households to receive Nourish NY products from thousands of NY farms.

4. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to decline. Total hospitalizations fell to 2,190, from 2,344 the day before. Yesterday, we tested 62,297 New Yorkers and only 1% tested positive for COVID.

5. Four site-specific permanent art installations were unveiled today at the new LaGuardia Airport. These public artworks reflect the creativity, energy, culture and spirit of the Empire State, and provide focal points of beauty in the terminal. Public art can show the world who we are and say, when you come to New York you will be amazed and inspired.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": After almost three months of distance learning, the faculty at the Henry Viscardi School miss their students! So they recorded a video montage to share a special message with all. The K-12 school, based in Long Island, serves children with severe physical disabilities and medical complications."

 


 

June 10th at 8:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 10th, 2020 at 5:00pm

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 229,030 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,099 tests*
• 17.7 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19

Tested Positive
• 40,464 total cases
• 38 new cases

Hospitalization, as of June 10th at 4:30pm
• 151 individuals were hospitalized, an decrease of 14
• 45 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1
• 7 new admissions
• 15 discharged
• 5,134 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 2 new fatalities*
• 1,941 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of June 10th at 4:30pm
• 3,037 total hospital beds; 1,027 available
• 576 ICU beds; 234 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 10th at 8:00pm

Overview of Industries That Can Open In Each Phase

Phase 1

Phase 2  (Long Island is currently in Phase 2)

Phase 3

 


 

June 9th at 8:00pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Now that the whole state has begun reopening, we are closely monitoring each region to make sure we don't see any spikes in COVID cases. Our strategy from the outset was a data and fact-based approach and we continue to apply that same approach as we move New York forward. We are seeing spikes in other states like Florida, and in countries around the globe, which is a very real reason we must be watchful. Just because we reopen does not mean that we need to experience a spike. That's why we must continue to be smart and diligent.

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Tip of the Day: Wear a mask to stop the spread.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1.The Mid-Hudson Valley entered Phase 2 of reopening today. Long Island will enter Phase 2 tomorrow, June 10th. You can read more about our New York Forward guidance for Phase 2 here.

2. The new deadline for filing property tax abatements is July 15, 2020. Yesterday, I signed legislation authorizing local governments to extend this deadline in recognition of the hardships many families and businesses continue to face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

3. New York, in partnership with CORE, has established 11 new testing sites in communities that have been particularly impacted by COVID-19. CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and strengthening communities affected by or vulnerable to crises.

4. Metro-North has taken unprecedented steps in preparing for riders' return to the service. Trains and stations are cleaned and disinfected nightly, and the state is delivering 500,000 cloth masks, as well as 10,000 gallons and 100,000 2-oz. bottles of hand sanitizer to the railroad. Remember: You MUST wear a mask when riding public transportation systems — it's mandatory and a sign of respect for your fellow riders.

5. Testing remains a top priority. There are now more than 800 COVID-19 testing sites across the state. More information on where and how to get tested for COVID-19 is available at coronavirus.health.ny.gov

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment: Antonio Gwynn Jr., a Buffalo, NY high school senior, spent 10 hours, by himself, cleaning up damage from protests in the city. In recognition of his selfless work for his community, he was rewarded with a car and a college scholarship from Medaille College."

 


 

June 9th at 8:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 9th, 2020 at 5:00pm

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Testing
• 224,931 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,098 tests*
• 18.0 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 132,664 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive
• 40,426 total cases
• 49 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 15,856 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of June 9th at 4:30pm
• 165 individuals were hospitalized, an increase of 10
• 46 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1
• 12 new admissions
• 5 discharged
• 5,119 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 4 new fatalities*
• 1,939 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of June 9th at 4:30pm
• 3,036 total hospital beds; 1,075 available
• 576 ICU beds; 256 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 8th at 9:00pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Today is Day 100 since we had our first confirmed COVID case in New York State. And with New York City entering Phase 1 today, the entire state is in the reopening process. At the outset, no one knew how long it would take us to control the virus. But we did understand that it all depended on our actions. I'm so proud of how New Yorkers responded. Together we bent the curve. When things are tough, New Yorkers are tougher. Now we will move forward by region smartly.

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Photo of the Day: On New York's first day of reopening, I rode the 7 Line. If it wasn't safe, I wouldn't ask anyone to go on the subway. (Photo by Don Pollard)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. NY is launching the "It's Up To Us, New York" campaign to remind New Yorkers to keep doing their part to fight Coronavirus. The campaign will appear across social media, on MTA buses and trains and on billboards across the state. I want to remind New Yorkers that masks are mandatory when riding public transportation systems and to follow all guidelines and protocols when riding, including maintaining social distancing to the extent possible, using hand sanitizer and observing decal guidance.

2. The MTA is taking unprecedented steps to keep riders and workers safe, including cleaning and disinfecting trains and buses daily. Since May 6th, the MTA has cleaned and disinfected 30,000 stations and cleaned and disinfected 500,000 subway cars. The MTA is also piloting the use of proven UV light technology to clean subway cars and crew facilities. The state is deploying over one million masks, and 25,000 gallons and 500,000 2-oz. bottles of sanitizer for the MTA for reopening.

3. New York City is now eligible to resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care. I previously announced that the state will allow elective outpatient treatments to resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term.

4. We continue to focus efforts on reducing the infection rate of COVID-19 in New York City hotspot neighborhoods where residents have been most impacted by the virus. In partnership with Northwell Health and SOMOS Community Care, the state is opening 14 new temporary testing sites at churches located in communities that were hit hardest by COVID.

5. I encourage all New Yorkers who have participated in recent protests to get tested for COVID-19. There are now more than 240 testing sites in New York City, and the state is prioritizing 15 testing sites across the city for individuals who have participated in recent protests. More information on where and how to get tested is available at coronavirus.health.ny.gov. Getting a test is easy and it's the responsible thing to do. 

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment: Last night, landmarks across the state were lit in blue and gold and projected "New York Tough" to honor New Yorkers' extraordinary bravery and discipline throughout this extremely challenging period. You have all personified, for this nation and the world, what it means to be New York Tough. See the full gallery of illuminated landmarks here."

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June 8th at 9:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 8th, 2020 at 5:30pm

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Testing
• 220,833 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,833 tests*
• 18.3 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 131,737 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive
• 40,377 total cases
• 48 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 15,757 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of June 8th at 4:30pm
• 155 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 3
• 47 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 3
• 14 new admissions
• 10 discharged
• 5,114 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 4 new fatalities*
• 1,935 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of June 8th at 4:30pm
• 3,037 total hospital beds; 1,126 available
• 576 ICU beds; 268 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 7th at 10:45pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Some people have asked me if I'm worried that the protests we have seen across the state and nation will lead to an increase in COVID cases. Yes, I am worried. That's why I'm asking New Yorkers who have attended a recent protest to get tested for COVID and to act as if you may have been exposed. Anyone who attended a recent protest is eligible for a test and there's no good reason not to get one (testing is free at all state-run COVID testing sites). We've made terrific progress in fighting this virus and it would be devastating to have any of that progress reversed now. So please — get tested, wear a mask and be smart. 

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Photo of the Day: A kitten sits next to a social distancing marker in Quezon City, Philippines, next to a line of commuters (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1.The state is launching a new focused testing strategy in NYC to closely monitor reopening. The state will perform approximately 35,000 tests per day in New York City, which enters phase 1 of reopening tomorrow. Additionally, the state is prioritizing 15 testing sites across the city for individuals who have participated in protests. More information on where and how to get tested for COVID-19 is available at coronavirus.health.ny.gov


2. Learn more about the reopening process in NYC.
A detailed guide of which businesses will reopen in New York City as part of Phase 1 and Phase 2 is available here. Read how the MTA is preparing for Phase 1 here. Finally, you can monitor for yourself the data for the city on testing/tracing targets, hospital capacity, new infections and more at this link.

3. Outdoor, socially distanced graduation ceremonies of up to 150 people will be allowed beginning June 26th.
This is subject to any outbreaks or significant changes in the metrics.

4. The Mid-Hudson Valley is still on track to enter Phase 2 on Tuesday, June 9th.
Long Island is on track to enter Phase 2 on Wednesday, June 10th, following a review of regional data by global public health experts.

5. Good news on Coronavirus testing results.
The state tested 60,435 people yesterday for COVID. Of those, only 781 were positive — about 1% of the total. That's very encouraging news to see as we accelerate reopening the state.

6. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to decline.
Total hospitalizations fell to 2,427, from 2,603 the day before. Tragically, we lost 45 New Yorkers to the virus, up slightly from 35 the previous day.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment:
A floral design company has installed elaborate flower displays in unlikely spots on the streets of New York City as a tribute to front line workers. The flower arrangements have popped up on a lamp post outside of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, near a Midtown taxi stand and by an old phone booth. "With the city being so desolate and people being stuck inside, and it being a cold, dismal spring, we needed hope," said Lewis Miller, the owner of Lewis Miller Design, in an interview with CNN. "Doing it for the health care workers was a no-brainer."

 


 

June 7th at 10:45pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 7th, 2020 at 4:30pm

Click here for Suffolk County Reported Data to Date


Testing
• 216,000 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,582 tests*
• 18.7 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 128,707 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive
• 40,329 total cases
• 51 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 15,441 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of June 7th at 4:30pm
• 158 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 21
• 50 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), no increase or decrease from 6/7
• 7 new admissions
• 26 discharged
• 6,004 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 8 new fatalities*
• 1,931 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of June 7th at 4:30pm
• 3,015 total hospital beds; 1,135 available*
• 576 ICU beds; 252 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 6th at 7:45pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"New York City will enter Phase 1 on Monday, the final region of the state to do so. I want to remind New Yorkers what these phases of reopening mean. Phase 1 includes construction, manufacturing and wholesale trade. Retail operations are also included in Phase 1, but limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off. If you live in New York City, you can learn more about Phase 1 here, and business owners can use our Reopening Lookup Tool to see if they are eligible to reopen.

Many regions of the state (Capital Region, Central NY, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier and Western NY) are already in Phase 2, which allows even more business to reopen. These include barber shops and salons; vehicle sales, leases and rentals; real estate; nonessential retail stores; and more. Mandatory social distancing measures and other
precautions are in place to prevent the spread of COVID. Restaurants will be able to open for outdoor dining as part of Phase 2.

I encourage all New Yorkers to continue to wear a mask, wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. The individual choices we make will either keep us safer or put us at greater risk.

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Quote of the Day: Wise words from the late U.S. Representative Barbara Jordan. "I believe we must seize the current moment to change society for the better."

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. I signed legislation banning price gouging of personal protective equipment through the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, there have been countless instances of egregious price gouging, particularly of medical supplies — such as masks and hand sanitizer — that are desperately needed by our hospitals and other health care facilities. This legislation will help ensure access to these critical supplies for health care workers and the general public.

2. Places of worship will be permitted to reopen with 25 percent occupancy with all social distancing protocols in place during Phase 2 of reopening. Places of worship in the seven regions that have already entered Phase 2 can reopen beginning tomorrow, June 7th.

3. New York City's numbers still look good. The percent of positive COVID tests per day in New York City has dropped from a high of 57 percent per day to 2 percent per day. This is good to see as the city prepares to enter Phase 1 on Monday.

4. As we reopen, office workers need to be protected. I will issue an Executive Order allowing commercial buildings to conduct temperature checks for people entering office buildings as employees begin to return to the office.

5. New York is ensuring our public transportation system is equipped to protect the public health. In anticipation of New York City's reopening, the state is deploying over one million masks, as well as 25,000 gallons and 500,000 2-oz. bottles of sanitizer to the MTA.

6. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to move in the right direction. Total hospitalizations fell to 2,603, from 2,728 the day before. Yesterday, we lost 35 New Yorkers to the virus, which is the lowest number of COVID-related fatalities to date.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment: When schools shifted to distance learning, P.S. 316 Pre-K teacher Ms. Thompson wanted to show how much she missed her students. She reached out to parents and coordinated a drive-by tour so she could visit her students and give them all a socially distanced hello. "

 


 

June 6th at 7:45pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through June 6th, 2020

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Testing
• 211,418 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,505 tests*
• 19.1 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 126,780 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive
• 40,278 total cases
• 39 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 15,201 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of June 6th at 4:30pm
• 179 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 21
• 50 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 3
• 10 new admissions
• 30 discharged
• 5,078 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 5 new fatalities*
• 1,923 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of June 6th at 4:30pm
• 3,037 total hospital beds; 1,079 available
• 576 ICU beds; 240 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


  

June 6th at 7:45pm

Huntington and Islip Beaches Close to Bathing, Brookhaven Beach Remains Closed
The following beaches have closed to bathing due to the finding of bacteria in excess of acceptable criteria:

Asharoken, Valley Grove, and Prices Bend beaches in the Town of Huntington and Bayport and Sayville Marina Park beaches in the Town of Islip. Friendship Drive Beach in Rocky Point, Town of Brookhaven, remains closed. According to Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gregson Pigott, bathing in bacteria-contaminated water can result in gastrointestinal illness, as well as infections of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat. The beaches will reopen when further testing reveals that the bacteria have subsided to acceptable levels.

For the latest information on affected beaches, call the Bathing Beach HOTLINE at 852-5822 or contact the Department's Office of Ecology at 852-5760 during normal business hours.

To view an interactive map of beach closures/advisories,
click here.

For information about the Beach Monitoring Program, click here
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June 5th at 7:45pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Yesterday we saw the lowest number of both deaths and hospitalizations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. 42 people passed away due to COVID-19, down from a record-high when 800 died in a single day just eight weeks ago. While our hearts ache for the families and friends who lost a loved one yesterday, we are thankful for the progress we have made together. The people of our state radically changed our behavior to look out for one another and it worked. Today's achievement is proof: We know change is possible and we know we can change course dramatically when we work in unity.

Cuomo

Slide of the Day: The long list of names of people who have been abused by the criminal justice system, often fatally. Enough is enough. It's time for change.

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1 I am announcing the "Say Their Name" reform agenda following the murder of George Floyd and an ongoing pattern of police brutality against black communities. The four cornerstones of the agenda are: Transparency of prior disciplinary records of law enforcement officers; Banning chokeholds by law enforcement officers; Prohibiting false race-based 9-1-1 reports and making them a crime; and Designating the Attorney General as an independent prosecutor for matters relating to the deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement. Next week I will work with the State Legislature to get these policies done.

2. Nourish NY has been in place for 35 days and continues to provide New Yorkers across the state with access to food, by purchasing excess product from NY farms. To date, 306 distributions have taken place with an estimated 87,691 households receiving Nourish NY products. 4,000 farms have participated in the initiative.

3. We are continuing to aggressively test for COVID-19. Yesterday, the state conducted 66,064 tests, and only 1,075 of those tests came back positive for Coronavirus. For the latest data on the virus, visit the state's COVID tracker.

4. The number of total COVID hospitalizations is on the steady decline. Yesterday there were 2,728 total hospitalizations, down from 2,894 the day before.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": Every year, the International Photography Awards conducts a competition to showcase stunning photography from around the world. The winners of this year's "OneShot: Movement" competition were recently announced and the photos are incredible. See all the winners and honorable mentions here."

 


 

June 5th at 7:45pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:00pm on June 5th, 2020

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Testing
• 205,913 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,202 tests*
• 19.5 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 125,569 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive
• 40,239 total cases
• 86 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 15,080 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of June 5th at 4:30pm
• 200 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 13
• 53 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 1
• 13 new admissions
• 24 discharged
• 5,048 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 2 new fatalities*
• 1,918 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of June 5th at 4:30pm
• 3,035 total hospital beds; 1,019 available
• 576 ICU beds; 240 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 4th at 10:10pm

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June 4th at 10:10pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:30pm on June 4th, 2020

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Testing
• 200,711 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 5,178 tests*
• 20.0 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 122,994 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive
• 40,153 total cases
• 91 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 14,778 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of June 4th at 4:30pm
• 213 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 12
• 54 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 5
• 15 new admissions
• 24 discharged
• 5,024 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 1 new fatality*
• 1,916 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of June 4th at 4:30pm
• 3,040 total hospital beds; 1,008 available
• 576 ICU beds; 242 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 4th at 10:10pm

Trump Administration Selects Five Coronavirus Vaccine Candidates as Finalists

What Socializing, Going to Work and School Might Look Like as States Reopen Amid the Pandemic

Protesting in a pandemic: COVID-19 testing sites shut down amid national unrest

 


 

June 3rd at 8:10pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"Even if it's no longer on the front pages, the COVID virus is still out there, and the threat to public health is far from over. The success we have achieved thus far is due to the actions of the people of New York who are making smart choices based on the facts. And our successes rest on the hard work of the nurses, the doctors, the essential workers and the frontline workers who stepped up to save lives. The battle is not over yet and we need to remain vigilant. Let's not blow it now.

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Photo of the Day: Health care workers at Memorial Sloan Kettering applauded and cheered passing protesters early yesterday evening (Photo by Katy Tur)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. Outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in Phase 2 of reopening. Restaurants in the seven regions that have already entered Phase 2 — the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York — can reopen for outdoor dining beginning tomorrow, June 4th. Outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.

2. Erie County is now eligible to resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care. The state will allow elective outpatient treatments to resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term, and a total of 52 counties can now resume elective surgeries (4 counties do not have hospitals).

3. The number of new COVID hospitalizations is dropping steadily. Total hospitalizations dropped to 2,978, from 3,121 the day before. Yesterday, we had 135 new COVID hospitalizations, down from 154 the day before. Yesterday 49 New Yorkers died of the virus — the lowest number since March.

4. A reminder that the State has a mental health hotline available for anyone who needs it. We cannot underestimate how a crisis can impact our mental health. Remember: You are never alone. For free emotional support, consultations and referrals to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314.

5. The Nourish NY program continues to connect farms will food banks. The state has spent over $2 million to date to purchase dairy and produce from NY farms and donate the products to food banks. So far, the initiative has redirected 3.7 million pounds of dairy products, including yogurt and cheese, that have made their way into 80,000 households with needs, as well as approximately 1 million pounds of produce. Almost 4,000 New York farms have participated in this initiative.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": The organization "Teens Helping Seniors," which was started by two teens from Montgomery County, Maryland,
is helping elderly individuals get groceries and supplies to minimize the risk of Coronavirus. With chapters in Albany and other cities across the country, the organization connects older individuals with volunteers to deliver groceries and other needs straight to their doorstep."

 


 

June 3rd at 8:10pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:00pm on June 3rd, 2020

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Testing
• 195,533 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,840 tests*
• 20.5 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 119,305 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive
• 40,062 total cases
• 82 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 14,334 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of June 3rd at 4:00pm
• 225 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 11
• 59 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 5
• 16 new admissions
• 20 discharged
• 5,000 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 6 new fatalities*
• 1,915 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of June 3rd at 4:00pm
• 3,054 total hospital beds; 1,080 available*
• 591 ICU beds; 280 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 2nd at 8:00pm

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The Latest From Governor Cuomo... 

"We are witnessing a lot of events occurring simultaneously. It is easy to be confused. There are many who want to intentionally blur the lines between peaceful, legitimate protesters and looters. They want you to watch the videos of the looting — not the video of Mr. Floyd being murdered. Don't fall for it. Throughout the state we have seen peaceful protests that call for long-overdue change. As I have said — I stand in solidarity with the protesters. But separate and distinct from the peaceful protests there are criminals who are opportunistically using this situation for their own purposes. Criminal activity and looting must stop. Not only is it illegal — it distracts from the point of the protests.

This is a moment from which real positive change can emerge. I will not let it be blurred by those who seek civil disorder.

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Photo of the Day: Last night, the Empire State Building went dark to recognize the murder of George Floyd and other victims of injustice (Photo by Jonathan Colton)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. New York is proceeding with reopening. Western New York entered Phase 2 of reopening today. The Capital Region has been cleared by international experts to enter Phase 2 tomorrow, June 3rd, and New York City is still on track to enter Phase 1 on June 8th.

2. Summer day camps statewide can open on June 29th. The state will make a decision on sleep-away camps in the coming weeks.

3. Additional low-risk outdoor recreational activities can resume in some parts of the state. I issued an Executive Order allowing low-risk, outdoor recreational activities and businesses providing such activities to open in regions that have met the public health and safety metrics required for Phase 1. These include tennis, non-motorized boat use and rentals (such as kayaks and rowboats), and golf and driving ranges.

4. The total number of COVID hospitalizations continues its steady decline. Total hospitalizations fell to 3,121, from 3,331 the day before. Yesterday, we had 154 new COVID hospitalizations. Tragically we lost 58 New Yorkers to the virus.

5. A reminder to take precautions against COVID-19 if protesting. There are simple steps that can be taken to help reduce the spread of coronavirus: Wear a mask (and gloves if you have them), bring sanitizer and keep to smaller groups.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": The South Korean government sent 10,000 masks and other personal protective equipment to members of the Navajo nation to honor their service during the Korean War. During the war, 800 members of the Navajo nation served as "code talkers," using their native language (Navajo) to send coded radio messages to allies. Around 130 of the "code talkers" are still alive today."

 


 

June 2nd at 8:00pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:00pm on June 2nd, 2020

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Testing
• 190,693 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,365 tests*
• 21.0 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 118,441 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive
• 39,980 total cases
• 275 new cases**

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 14,222 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of June 2nd at 4:30pm
• 236 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 11
• 61 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 6
• 13 new admissions
• 11 discharged
• 4,980 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 3 new fatalities*
• 1,909 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of June 2nd at 4:30pm
• 3,126 total hospital beds; 1,145 available*
• 591 ICU beds; 282 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 1st at 9:15pm

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"Our state's response to Coronavirus is an incredible feat. All of New York — 19 million people — responded to this crisis with a level of determination and discipline that amazed me. Just 50 days ago, at the height of the crisis in New York, 800 people died a single day and we were experiencing the worst situation in the country. Now, we're reopening New York. It has been a very long 50 days from then — but we went from a truly frightening reality to the point where the state is beginning to reopen. This is a reminder of what we can accomplish when we are united.

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Photo of the Day: In Schenectady, NY, protesters and police officers came together in solidarity against racism and discrimination (Photo by Joah Alindato)

Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. A citywide curfew will take effect in New York City beginning at 11 PM tonight through 5 AM tomorrow morning. Mayor de Blasio and I spoke today and agreed to implement the curfew. In addition, the NYPD will double its presence to help prevent violence and property damage. While we encourage people to protest peacefully, unfortunately, there are those who have exploited the protests as a cover for criminal activities. The safety of the general public is paramount and cannot be compromised.

2. Be aware of the risk of COVID-19 at protests. The Health Commissioner and I are concerned that the large protests may increase the spread of COVID-19. While the right to protest peacefully is sacrosanct, I nevertheless urge all protesters to take precautions like wearing a mask or face covering if participating in a protest. It would be terrible for the progress we have made on this virus to be undone.

3. Two regions are expected to enter Phase 2 of reopening this week. Tomorrow Western New York is expected to enter Phase 2, followed by the Capital Region on Wednesday, June 3, pending a review of regional data by global public health experts.

4. We have the lowest rate of positive test results since the pandemic began. Yesterday the state performed 50,000 tests and only 941 people, or 2%, were positive. That is the lowest number yet of positive cases.

5. The total number of COVID hospitalizations is steadily declining. Total hospitalizations fell to 3,331, from 3,436 the day before. Yesterday, we had 183 new COVID hospitalizations. Sadly, 54 New Yorkers died of the virus — the lowest number since March.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) recently banded peregrine falcon chicks on the Verrazzano-Narrows and Marine Parkway bridges. As part of a cooperative effort between the DEP and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, chicks are banded with both a metal federal band with a serial number and a color-coded band to make it easier to identify the birds by sight. By the 1960s and '70s, the peregrine falcon had vanished from the East Coast; the species has recovered thanks to decades of conservation efforts."

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June 1st at 9:15pm

Suffolk County reported the following information related to COVID-19 through 5:00pm on June 1st, 2020

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Testing
• 186,328 COVID-19 tests have been administered, an addition of 4,294 tests*
• 21.3 percent of those tested were confirmed positive for COVID-19
• 117,553 total tested for antibodies

Tested Positive*
• 39,705 total cases
• 62 new cases

Tested Positive for Antibodies
• 14,138 individuals not previously tested for COVID-19 have tested positive for antibodies

Hospitalization, as of June 1st at 5pm
• 247 individuals were hospitalized, a decrease of 6
• 67 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a decrease of 7
• 17 new admissions
• 13 discharged
• 4,969 discharged since March 22

Fatalities
• 5 new fatalities*
• 1,906 total fatalities

Hospital Beds, as of June 1st at 5pm
• 3,128 total hospital beds; 1,200 available*
• 601 ICU beds; 279 available*

*The test results data comes from a NYSDOH database that contains reported results from all the labs testing samples from New York State residents. NYS fatality data are reported by hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities on a daily basis to the NYSDOH.

 


 

June 1st at 9:15pm

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June 1st at 4:30pm

New Chart: Suffolk County Reported Data Related to COVID-19 to Date
We think it’s useful to not only have the numbers for a particular date, but to also be able to watch the trends in those numbers. For that reason, we are now maintaining a running table for all the daily numbers in Suffolk County, since we started reporting them in mid-April. Click here to view the table.

 When we look to reopening the state, our methodology is based on data and metrics — we're opening regions that have hit specific data points and have reached all seven required metrics.

Starting tomorrow, Western New York will be able to begin Phase 1 of reopening, joining Central New York, the North Country, the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley.

To see where your region stands, visit the state's
regional monitoring dashboard
.