Coronavirus Updates: 'We are at the epicenter of crisis'; 1/3 of US cases are in New York City
NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Coronavirus deaths in New York City soared to 99 on Sunday night, a 57% increase from the last count.
Positive cases of coronavirus in New York City represent a third of the total cases in the United States and roughly 5 percent of global cases.
Mayor Bill de Blasio warned "the worst is yet to come" as hospitals are struggling to cope with COVID-19 cases, now approaching 10,000. Nearly one person an hour is dying from coronavirus in the city.
Coronavirus deaths in New York City soar to 99
Citywide, there are 10,764 positive cases of COVID-19 and 99 fatalities.
Currently there are 3,050 cases in Queens 2,324 in Manhattan, 3,154 in Brooklyn 1,564 in the Bronx, and 666 in Staten Island.
There are at least 1,800 people are hospitalized. Of those individuals, at least 450 are in the ICU.
More NYPD officers test positive
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said 98 members of the NYPD have tested positive for coronavirus. He said three of those cases are still hospitalized. Of the 98 cases, Shea says that includes 70 officers from the uniform side and 28 on the civilian side. It is not believed that all of the cases were spread at work.
Parking permits for healthcare workers
It hasn't been done before, but Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that parking permits will be granted to healthcare workers. To start, 10,000 permits will be distributed to the "heroic workers" starting Monday.
Officials say 23low-risk inmates will be released from the NYC prison systemon Sunday due to coronavirus. All are over the age of 55. Another group of 200 low-risk inmates are being considered for early release who may be more susceptible to COVID-19. A decision on that group is expected to come this week.
Density in parks
While it is normal to want or need to get exercise while the city is on pause, Mayor Bill de Blasio is in agreement with the governor that groups, picnics and team sports must come to an end. Social distancing must be practiced, even while in the parks, and the city will do its best to monitor and enforce it.
He said it is a parent's responsibility to keep children away from others on the playground. Playgrounds will be open and monitored and enforced, but parents will have to make their own choices for what they feel is appropriate. The mayor said he will see how this week goes, but if it doesn't work out, the parks could be shut down.
Organizing production in NYC
The mayor announced a new leader for the city's production efforts in NYC. The mayor said this does not let the federal government off the hook, but "if we can produce something in NYC, we will produce it here."
NYC is at epicenter of crisis
Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City is at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis. He said cases in the city represent one-third of the cases in the United States of America and two-thirds of the cases in the state of New York.
As cases continue to climb in NYC, the mayor announced that no deaths have been reported among people between the ages of newborn to 44 years old.
Another TSA officer tests positive
Another TSA officer has tested positive at JFK Airport, bringing the total number to five.
Density still a problem in NYC
Gov. Andrew Cuomo saysdensity in New York City is still a problem, especially in parks. He is calling on the city to develop a plan to correct the problem within 24 hou
Cases top 9,000 in New York City Officials announced NYC now has 9,654 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 63 fatalities. More than 15,000 cases have been reported statewide with 114 deaths. Currently there are 2,715 cases in Queens, 2,072 in Manhattan, 2,857 in Brooklyn, 1,411 in the Bronx, and 593 in Staten Island. 38 test positive for coronavirus in NYC jails New York City was hit by the nation's largest coronavirus jail outbreak to date this week, with at least 38 people testing positive at the notorious Rikers Island complex and nearby facilities - more than half of them incarcerated men, the board that oversees the city's jail system said. 'Worst is yet to come' Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that NYC has not seen the worst of the coronavirus crisis yet. "April is going to be a lot worse than March and I fear May can be worse than April. The honest truth. In terms of out hospital system, bluntly, we are about 10 days from seeing widespread shortages of fundamental supplies - ventilators surgical masks, the things that absolutely necessary to keep a hospital system running and we have seen next to nothing from the Federal Govt," Mayor Bill de Blasio said on CNN on Sunday. MARCH 21, 2020 Cases top 8,000 New York City reports there are 8,115 positive cases. 60 people have died. Currently, there are 2,254 cases in Queens 1,868 in Manhattan, 2,484 in Brooklyn, 1,071 in the Bronx, and 437 in Staten Island. At least 1,450 people are hospitalized. Of those individuals, at least 370 are in the ICU. NYC urges limits on virus tests, citing equipment shortage New York City health officials have directed medical providers to stop giving patients tests for the coronavirus, except for people sick enough to require hospitalization. They say wider testing is exhausting supplies of protective equipment. In an advisory issued Friday, the health department said outpatient testing should stop unless results would impact treatment for the patient. Positive case at Columbia University gives students one week to evacuate Columbia University's South International House has one week to pack up their things and leave the building, after an employee has new tested positive for COVID-19. It leaves those students who've called the I-House home - many coming from all around the world - scrambling to find another place to stay, or a plane ticket home. MARCH 20, 2020 43 COVID-19 fatalities reported in NYC As of 6:00 PM Friday, citywide, there 5,683 positive cases of COVID-19 and 43 fatalities. Currently there are 1,514 cases in Queens 1,402 in Manhattan, 1,740 in Brooklyn,736 in the Bronx, and 285 in Staten Island. Coronavirus in New York: The overview Brooklyn continues to have the most cases of coronavirus in New York City, with 1,518. The borough of Queens reports 1,406, followed by Manhattan with 1,314. There are 667 in the Bronx and 242 on Staten Island, de Blasio revealed Friday evening. Other key details: A third of all coronavirus cases in the United States are in New York City, and two-thirds of all coronavirus cases in the state of New York are in the city. De Blasio said that while medical supplies will dwindle in the coming weeks, "it will get worse" later in April and into May. Gerber Group turns shuttered restaurant into food pantry for laid-off employees A New York City Hospitality Group converted one of its shuttered bars and restaurants into a food pantry of sorts for its employees on Friday. Brooklyn Diocese closes churches The Brooklyn Diocese closed its churches after two priests tested positive for COVID-19. There will be no more funerals, weddings, and baptisms, which were previously limited to 10 people. The diocese says that continuing these services "is proving not to be feasible." TSA updates number of cases The TSA now says 14 of its officers have tested positive for COVID-19, including four at New York area airports. There are three cases at John F. Kennedy International Airport and one at Newark Liberty International Airport. Latest number of positive coronavirus cases in NYC There are 5,151 positive cases of coronavirus in New York City. 29 people have died. Currently, there are 1,406 cases in Queens, 1,314 in Manhattan, 1,518 in Brooklyn, 667 in the Bronx, and 242 in Staten Island. JFK control tower closed for cleaning Kennedy Airport's control tower was closed for cleaning Thursday after a worker who had previously been in the facility tested positive. During the cleaning, controllers have been operating "from an alternate location on airport property." As air traffic is currently diminished, the shift in operations to a secondary location went largely unnoticed Thursday afternoon. Shelter-in-place debate intensifies between de Blasio, Cuomo New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city is two to three weeks away from hospitals running out of critical supplies and he's once again recommending Governor Cuomo order New Yorkers to shelter in place. Mayor de Blasio says it's time New York followed California's lead, but Cuomo disagrees. MARCH 19, 2020 Worker at Columbus Circle Whole Foods tests positive for COVID-19 A worker at Columbus Circle Whole Foods tested positive for COVID-19, the company said in a statement. The store was closed early Wednesday to perform an additional cleaning and disinfection. The worker is currently in quarantine. Blood Center needs to maintain supply The New York Blood Center is extending open hours at its donor centers and urging healthy donors to make appointments to help maintain the region's blood supply. NYC students wait in long lines to pick up laptops More than a million public school students in New York City are entering a brave new world starting on Monday. Schools were closed this week, but on Thursday, there were long lines in Long Island City, where more than a hundred students were picking up their laptops from the DOE to prepare for remote learning. Prisoners could be released To ensure the health and safety of the City's jail population, Mayor de Blasio, in partnership with the NYPD and the Mayor's Office of Criminal justice, has compiled a list of 40 detainees for release who are high risk for COVID-19 related complications and low risk for re-offending. The list is currently pending the approval of the five City District Attorneys. More NYPD officers test positive NYPD officials announced they now have 20 positive cases throughout the department. The NYPD had previously announced three coronavirus cases, including two high-ranking officials. More meals served to students Almost 200,000 meals were served to New York City students across the city on Thursday. That number is a significant increase from the 14,000 meals served on Monday. Growing crisis at hospitals Hospitals are two to three weeks from running out of crucial materials, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. He called on President Donald Trump to speed up help and called him to the "Herbert Hoover of his generation" because of his handling of this crisis. "For some reason you continue to hesitate," de Blasio said of Trump and the promised aid the mayor says is not on its way. MTA employees test positive The MTA announced 23 employees across New York City Transit (19) and the Long Island Rail Road (4) have tested positive for the virus. NYCFC staff member tests positive The New York Red Bulls announced they are aware of New York City FC's announcement that a member of the NYCFC sporting department has tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Staff members who worked the New York City FC - Tigres UANL Concacaf Champions League match at Red Bull Arena last Wednesday have been contacted. In consultation with club medical officials, officials say it has been determined that staff working the match were at low risk for exposure, given the limited interaction with NYCFC personnel and the time between the match and beginning of symptoms. More testing sites in NYC The city announced that "expanded, appointment-only COVID-19 testing capacity across 10 acute-care hospitals, seven Gotham Health community-based health centers, and 4 drive-thru test sites." According to the city: Eight of the ten acute care "assessment and testing" centers at NYC Health + Hospitals are now open on an appointment-only basis, including H+H/Bellevue, H+H/Elmhurst, H+H/Harlem, H+H/Metropolitan, H+H/Kings County, H+H/Lincoln, H+H/Woodhull, and H+H/Queens. Assessment and testing centers at H+H/Coney Island and H+H/Jacobi will be live early next week. These tents are similar to those utilized during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009. One drive thru testing site, H+H/Jacobi, is currently operational; H+H/Coney Island becomes operational this Friday. Two remaining sites - H+H/Jacobi and H+H/Kings County - will be coming online next week. Patients with appointments will receive an expedited consultation with a primary care physician to capture their medical history before their sample is collected for testing. This will ensure that the appropriate medical treatment is provided should a test come back positive. Samples collected by NYC Health + Hospitals will be sent to BioReference Laboratory for testing. Greater restrictions on workforce Governor Cuomo announced on Thursday that no more than 25% of employees can be in the workforce in office. Exempt from that order are places that provide essential services like food, pharmacies, healthcare, shipping, supplies, ect. There is still a voluntary for businesses to have everyone stay at home. Amazon employee tests positive An employee at Amazon's Queens Delivery Station has tested positive for COVID-19. New York City's 1st drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility opens The drive-thru mobile testing facility is located in the parking lot of the South Beach Behavioral Health Center off Seaview Avenue on Staten Island. If you want to make an appointment at this new Staten Island drive thru you need to call the state department of health at 888-364-3065. MARCH 18, 2020 De Blasio seeks to clarify NYC shelter-in-place views, praises San Francisco's order Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday sought to clarify comments he made about the possibility of a "shelter-in-place" order in New York City, insisting he was not envisioning a Draconian shutdown of bridges and borders in a desperate bid to slow the spread of COVID-19. His comments on Tuesday, in which he said New Yorkers should prepare for a shelter-in-place order to be handed down within 48 hours, put the mayor in opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who repeatedly knocked down talk of a quarantine and said that only the state has the power to issue one, and that none was forthcoming. In his new comments on Wednesday, de Blasio expressed praise for what he called the "San Francisco model," in which residents of several counties in the Bay Area have been ordered to stay at their homes, but are not forbidden to leave them. It is not a full lockdown. New York COVID-19 case believed to be contagious while at JFK Airport, health officials say An individual from Monroe County who tested positive for COVID-19 was believed to be contagious while at John F. Kennedy International Airport, health officials say. Officials say the individual was en route from JFK to Rochester on Delta Flight 4824 on Saturday, March 14. The flight departed at 4:05 p.m. from JFK and arrived at 5:55 p.m. in ROC. The individual has been under isolation since arrival, and officials say close household contacts have be under self-quarantine. Organizations helping restaurant workers with loans amid COVID-19 crisis Restaurant employees are taking a hard hit as businesses in New York City shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, but several organizations are helping restaurant workers get loans. Inmate diagnosed with COVID-19 inside of Rikers Island first case among detainee population A Rikers Island inmate tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the New York City Department of Correction announced Wednesday. It is the first case among the detainee population. NYSE suspends floor trading The New York Stock Exchange will move temporarily to fully electronic trading on Monday, March 23. Floor trading will be suspended because of the coronavirus. "NYSE's trading floors provide unique value to issuers and investors, but our markets are fully capable of operating in an all-electronic fashion to serve all participants, and we will proceed in that manner until we can re-open our trading floors to our members," said Stacey Cunningham, president of the New York Stock Exchange, in a statement. "While we are taking the precautionary step of closing the trading floors, we continue to firmly believe the markets should remain open and accessible to investors. All NYSE markets will continue to operate under normal trading hours despite the closure of the trading floors." A cluster in Borough Park? The state is examining reports of a cluster in that part of Brooklyn. It is unclear if there is simply a lot of testing there, or if there is a cluster. Restaurants issued summonses The NYPD issued two summonses to restaurants after visiting thousands last night. The NYPD says they found "virtual complete compliance." Officers visited 6,344 locations and 4,015 of them were closed. Officers were instructed they have the power to close any restaurant violating the gathering ban, and can summons the owner. But they have the leeway to issue a warning and only write a summons after numerous requests for compliance. Rikers Island Coronavirus A correction officer who works at Rikers Island tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the union. An investigator from the Correction Department died on Monday, but he had minimal contact with inmates. The sickened officer works at gate one on the Rikers Island side. He takes people's identification from them and then gives it back. He learned of his diagnosis sometime over the past week. His condition is not yet known. The Correction Benevolent Association is calling for more masks, more gloves, and more hand sanitizer. NYC's 1st drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility being built on Staten Island New York City's first coronavirus testing facility is being constructed in Staten Island's South Beach section. MARCH 17, 2020 New York City cases rise to 923 and 10 deaths Mayor de Blasio announced three additional coronavirus deaths and 109 more cases, bringing the death total to 10 and 923 cases. NYPD officer diagnosed with coronavirus An NYPD officer has tested positive for COVID-19, and 17 colleagues have called out, officials said. Sources tell Eyewitness News that a total of 31 officers have called out sick in the 1st precinct - the other 14 are sick but NOT in relation to coronavirus. ConEd worker tests positive for coronavirus after whistle blowers speak out A ConEd worker tested positive for coronavirus after whistle blowers spoke out about safety concerns to Eyewitness News. Another Brooklyn College student tests positive for COVID-19 Brooklyn College announced Tuesday another student tested positive for the novel coronavirus. School officials say the college will be closed on Wednesday, March 18. What a shelter in place could look like, and when could it come? The mayor conceded such an order would pose "tremendously substantial challenges." The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York City is 814, and seven people have died. The mayor's office said there isn't a definition yet on what a shelter in place might look like, but it is not expected to be a quarantine. It could more resemble the order now in place in the Bay Area. Gov. Andrew Cuomo this morning said a quarantine would not be happening, and that only the state has the power to order one. Indeed, the governor's office sought to tamp down talk of a shelter in place in New York City, reemphasizing Cuomo's point that the state would make the ultimate call on any emergency actions. "The emergency policies that have been issued are of statewide impact, and the Governor is making every effort to coordinate these policies with our surrounding states. Any blanket quarantine or shelter in place policy would require State action and as the Governor has said, there is no consideration of that for any locality at this time," the statement said. The mayor noted such an order would be unprecedented. "Based on the constant updates I'm getting and the numbers you're seeing before your very eyes the city and state should resolve this issue in the next 48 hours," de Blasio said. Concerns over panic-buying Asked whether even raising the possibility would trigger panic buying de Blasio said "I am course am concerned" but he said it was better to be transparent and honest about what's going on. The mayor said there would be "leeway" for going to the grocery store and the pharmacy but he noted "We would have to create that from scratch." While he spoke of an "onslaught" of coronavirus cases, which he said could soon top 10,000 in the city, de Blasio also said he was "not fully comfortable about shelter-in-place" given the magnitude of other problems it would create. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airports and other transit infrastructure, said of the possible shelter-in-place: "The airports are open and will continue to be," according to ABC News. Should any shelter-in-place order come the NYPD does not anticipate police enforcement, ABC News reported. "We would encourage, urge and educate," Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement provided to ABC News. "We are confident New Yorkers will do what is necessary to get through this crisis." Mayor issues call for medical helpers The mayor also put out a call for anyone with health care skills to step forward and offer their services. They can visit NYC.gov/helpnow. City hospitals will also soon be able to administer up to 5,000 tests per day, with results delivered in one to two days. Here is the case breakdown by borough: Queens: 248 Manhattan: 277 Brooklyn: 157 Bronx: 96 Staten Island: 36 Meanwhile, two more coronavirus-related deaths were reported in New York state overnight, with the total number of cases soaring to 1,374, officials said. There are now 12 dead in New York state. Other key developments in NYC: * People arrested with flu-like symptoms will not be taken into central booking or a precinct * Alternate side of the street parking rules are suspended through March 24. * All ride hailing pools (such as Uber and Lyft) are banned. People who are a couple can ride together. Alert sent to phones for COVID-19 awareness An alert sent to all NYC-area cell phones, similar to an Amber Alert, went out Tuesday evening encouraging residents to sign up for proactive info by texting COVID to 692-692 (COVIDESP for Spanish). MTA asks for $3.7 billion federal bailout The MTA says ridership is down amid the coronavirus outbreak, and officials are asking the federal government for a $3.7 billion bailout. They say ridership was down 60% on subways and 49% on buses Monday compared with the same day last year, and the amount requested is the estimated loss of revenue if such trends continue for six months. Business slows to a crawl across the city It's the new reality for many here in New York City: business has slowed to a crawl or shut down altogether. Folks had to alter their fitness routines after officials shut down gyms in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. Some restaurants or bars temporarily closed. Others focusing on takeout and delivery. Some are offering meal incentives, but business is barely there. 4 Brooklyn Nets players test positive for COVID-19 The Brooklyn Nets announced Tuesday that four players have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, though they declined to identify them. Of the four, they say one player is exhibiting symptoms while three are asymptomatic. All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians. The organization is currently notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, including recent opponents, and is working closely with state and local health authorities on reporting. All players and members of the Nets travel party are being asked to remain isolated, closely monitor their health and maintain constant communication with team medical staff. Councilman tests positive Councilman Ritchie Torres announced he has tested positive for COVID-19. He said he will be under quarantine in his Bronx apartment for the next few weeks. He said he learned this weekend that a senior staff member tested positive after experiencing symptoms for several days. He said all members of his staff have been quarantined and they are monitoring their health. Watch Met performances live The Metropolitan Opera has canceled performances in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Although the Metropolitan Opera has brought down the curtain at least through the end of the month over COVID-19 concerns, the New York City institution will offer another way for audiences to take in its performances. The Met will stream a title from its Live in HD series each night through the duration of the closure. The performances, originally captured as live broadcasts in movie theatres worldwide, will begin at 7:30 PM from the company's homepage. Another Yankees minor leaguer tests positive The New York Yankees have informed their minor league players that another minor leaguer in the organization has tested positive for coronavirus, sources familiar with the message distributed to players told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Tuesday. The Yankees have now had two minor league players test positive for coronavirus. The previous player had only spent time in the minor league portion of the Yankees' spring training facility. The Yankees were among the teams whose major league players had resolved to stay in camp amid the coronavirus outbreak. On Tuesday, however, manager Aaron Boone left the team's complex in Tampa and said he was driving home to Greenwich, Connecticut. Michael Bloomberg pledges $40M to fight COVID-19 Former New York City mayor and billionaire Mike Bloomberg announced on Tuesday a $40 million commitment to support "immediate action" to fight the spread of the coronavirus in low and middle-income countries. Small group keeps NYC's St. Patrick's Parade alive amid COVID-19 A small group kept the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade tradition alive by marching up Fifth Avenue Tuesday morning. The march, which was not announced, was intended to keep the 258-year-old tradition alive. Flight returns to JFK Airport over COVID-19 concerns A flight was forced to return to a terminal at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport after concern that a passenger might have been infected with the novel coronavirus. MARCH 16, 2020 New York City restaurants, bars limited to takeout, delivery only All New York City bars and restaurants are now limited to takeout and delivery only in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. New York City schools closed at least until April 20 New York City schools are now closed and will remain shuttered through at least Monday, April 20, leaving more than 1.1 million children home in hopes of curbing the spread of coronavirus.