CORONAVIRUS IN NYC: 1,421 new cases, 224 new deaths; city expands free antibody testing to 140K residents

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May 07, 2020 - 3:52 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday said the city will offer 140,000 COVID-19 antibody tests to everyday New Yorkers — hours before the city reported 1,421 new COVID-19 cases and 224 new confirmed deaths.

    As of Wednesday evening, a total of 174,709 New York City residents had tested positive for COVID-19, up from 173,288 on Tuesday, data released Thursday shows. New York City on Thursday also reported a total of 14,162 confirmed deaths and 5,378 probable deaths, for a combined death toll of 19,540.

    Here's the breakdown of cases by borough:

    • Bronx: 39,878
    • Brooklyn: 46,579
    • Manhattan: 21,662
    • Queens: 5,4121
    • Staten Island: 12,380

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    De Blasio on Thursday said the 140,000 antibody tests are in addition to 140,000 tests already being performed on health care workers and first responders.

    "We’re going to open up antibody testing to a much bigger group of New Yorkers so more and more people will have the opportunity to get a test," de Blasio said. "Combined 280,000 will get antibody tests over just the next few weeks in New York City."

    The first survey will start next week with 70,000 New Yorkers, he said. That survey will take about two weeks then another survey of 70,000 will run for two weeks through early June.

    "So we’ll get these 140,000 additional tests done between the remainder of May and the beginning of June," he said.

    Antibody testing
    NYC Mayor's Office

    The tests will be done initially at five sites in the city, with residents in the surrounding area getting priority. The sites will be in Morrisania (Bronx), East New York (Brooklyn), Upper Manhattan, Concord (Staten Island) and Long Island City (Queens). 

    There will be 1,000 tests at each site per day, and individuals will get their results in 24 to 48 hours, the mayor said. Tests will be done by appointment only using a hotline that will launch Friday.

    Antibody testing is different than diagnostic testing, he noted. The former tests whether you've had the virus in the past and have developed antibodies, while the latter tests whether or not you currently have the virus.

    "We are going to proceed energetically with antibody testing in their city," de Blasio said.

    De Blasio also announced that the city is creating a COVID-19 Response Taskforce on Domestic and Gender Based Violence to "fight this scourge" of domestic and gender-based abuse. The city has recorded an increase in domestic violence during the outbreak, he said, adding that "no one should feel in danger when they're at home."

    The Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Hotline can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-621-4673. When it comes to coronavirus cases, de Blasio said the numbers are heading in "the right direction."

    The number of people admitted to hospitals for suspected COVID-19 was down from 109 to 79 as of May 4, he said. 

    “Thank God compared to where we were only 79 people as of the latest measure,” he said. The number of people admitted to ICUs at public hospitals with suspected COVID-19, meanwhile, was down from 599 to 567 as of May 4.

    The percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 citywide ticked up from 15 percent to 16 percent as of May 4, the mayor said.

    New York state's death toll surpassed 20,000 Wednesday, although the state's numbers do not reflect the "probable" deaths in New York City.

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