Latest coronavirus updates in New York: Thursday August 20, 2020


NEW YORK – Below is the most recent information on news about coronaviruses impacting New York. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.10 hours
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio holds his daily briefing. Watch the video below.

New York schools reopen

  • “We have to be there for them and help them move forward.” De Blasio on the return of children to school
  • The mayor reveals his commitment to return to school
    • Health and safety always come first
    • Schools will be cleaned and disinfected day and night
    • Students learn 5 days a week, no matter what.
    • More information:
    • Commitment is DOE’s commitment to the health and safety of all residents of our buildings, and our promise to provide learning for all of our students, five days a week.

Census 2020

  • 41 days before the deadline (September 30)
  • 56.2% Current self-response rate in New York
  • Current national self-response rate of 64%
  • Fill it:
  • The city holds a “census metro series”.
    • NYC COUNTS CONTEST (Plus d’infos:
      • All New Yorkers who complete the census can enter and win.
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      • 100 Lyft credits of $ 50 and 100 annual Citi Bike memberships

Daily indicators

  • COVID admissions: 77 (9% confirmed positive)
  • COVID cases reported on average over 7 days: 305
  • Percentage tested positive: 0.88%

Questions and answers

  • Engagement: who is the target audience?
    • Parents and children in the city have already spoken. The audience is for everyone in the city to show that the city will be prepared.
  • Outdoor learning opportunities: are there steps to follow an outdoor learning?
    • In the coming days, we will say more. We help and support schools that want to take this path.
  • Enforcement of checkpoints: no fines or violations have been implemented.
    • So many times we start with law enforcement education. It’s about stopping this disease. Education has taken place, procedures are in place. We are in a position where fines will start to be imposed.
  • More to the executive order. What other factors will there be?
    • There is more to come. We all have mechanisms in place to keep New Yorkers safe. There will be more application. We will dig deeper into all the efforts that work with travelers.
  • Dr Varma said 15-20% of those who tested positive were recent travelers. Is there information about their demographics, etc.?
    • More information to be released, majority are New Yorkers who have recently traveled from other states

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Teachers’ union leader Michael Mulgrew spoke to PIX11 Morning News about threats to strike as schools prepare to reopen. Look here now.
The latest official issues:
As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 427,202 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 25,270 deaths in New York City.

COVID-19 timeline: How the novel coronavirus is spread

Tips to protect yourself and others from coronavirus outbreaks

The New York State coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also published here


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