CORONAVIRUS IN NYC: All New Yorkers now eligible for free COVID-19 test, new hospitalizations at 'lowest number' yet

Adam Warner
June 03, 2020 - 10:59 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that the city is expanding free coronavirus testing to all New Yorkers.

“All New Yorkers are welcome to come and get these tests,” de Blasio said at his daily briefing.

Residents are encouraged to visit to find a location near them.

The testing had previously been limited to MTA employees, first responders, nursing home workers and others on the frontlines.

Meanwhile, de Blasio said that there will be 2,500 tracers on duty in New York City by the end of this week and that another 1,200 will be added next week.

The mayor said the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the city dropped to 39 on June 1. De Blasio said that's "the lowest number I've seen."

He said the number of people in public ICUs had finally dropped below the city's threshold of 375 to 355.

"We intend to stay under that threshold," de Blasio said.

The percentage of people who tested positive citywide was down to 4 percent, the mayor said. "Best number we've seen so far," he said.

There have been 201,123 coronavirus cases and 52,441 hospitalizations since the outbreak began in March. There have been 16,892 confirmed deaths and 4,757 probable deaths for a combined death toll of 21,649.

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