CORONAVIRUS IN NYC: 173 new deaths, 657 new cases; 12 new testing sites opening citywide, 2,500 contact tracers to be hired

Kimberly Dole
May 12, 2020 - 4:03 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City on Tuesday reported 173 new confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 657 new cases — hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city had confirmed 52 cases of pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome, with 10 cases still pending.

    As of Monday evening, a total of 184,319 New York City residents had tested positive for COVID-19. The city on Tuesday reported 15,101 confirmed fatalities and 5,136 probable fatalities, for a combined death toll of 20,237.

    The breakdown of positive cases by borough as of Monday at 6 p.m. is as follows: 

    • Bronx: 41,746
    • Brooklyn: 50,079
    • Manhattan: 22,771
    • Queens: 56,899
    • Staten Island: 12,733

    De Blasio said that 25 of the children with confirmed cases of the inflammatory syndrome tested positive for coronavirus, while 22 others had antibodies.

    He urged parents to call a doctor if their child has symptoms which include persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, and vomiting.

    The mayor stressed that testing is the connective tissue and foundation of everything to fight the coronavirus.

    "The thing that matters most is testing, testing, testing," de Blasio said.

    He announced that in the upcoming weeks, testing will be expanding to 12 new sites citywide. 

    The week of May 18, there will be two new sites opening in Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan and in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.

    10 new sites will open the week of May 24 including the Prince’s Bay, Concord, and Port Richmond sections of Staten Island.

    Woodside, Queens, and Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, and Canarsie in Brooklyn will see new testing sites.

     Fordham Manor, Melrose in the Bronx, and a testing site in East Harlem will also open.

    These additional testing sites will more than double the city's testing capacities.

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    New York City has conducted about 14,000 tests per day, but "we need to keep expanding," de Blasio said. 

    The criteria for people eligible for testing will continue to evolve as more tests become available, the mayor added.

    De Blasio also announced that the citywide case tracing will be ramping up through May.

    Currently, the first 535 contact tracers are undergoing training, with a goal of having 2,500 by June.

    He also reported that two of the three key indicators went up. According to de Blasio, 51 people were admitted to the hospital, down from 55. However, ICU patients went up to 550 from 537 as did the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus, which went to 14 percent from 13 percent.