De Blasio: No COVID-19-related deaths in past 24 hours, but young adult cases are 'rising'

Kimberly Dole
July 13, 2020 - 10:50 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at his Monday morning briefing that there had been no COVID-19-related deaths in the previous 24-hour period but warned that there is an increase in the number of young adults testing positive for the potentially-deadly virus.

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There's a concerning increase in COVID-19 infection rate among 20-29-year-olds in New York City the mayor said.

"We've seen a reduction of COVID-19 in NYC, but the rate of cases in young adults is rising," de Blasio said.

He also cited that there has been a slight increase among 30-39-year-olds.

The mayor said the city will make a push to reach and educate "young adults" to follow precautions.

The city is also opening 10 new coronavirus testing sites in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn, according to the mayor. 

All centers will accept walk-ins and all tests are free. Eight are already open and the other two will come online soon, he adds.

He also announced new indoor face-covering guidances.

De Blasio said that "New Yorkers should wear a face covering as much as possible around other people in an indoor setting that is not their home." He says this will be important as some return to work and "share common spaces."

This includes offices or any other indoor space where social distancing can be practiced but a person might "inadvertently" come within close contact with others.

He adds that this will be important as the city continues to reopen, and more return to work outside the home. "It's important to protect each other," de Blasio said.

The mayor also reported the daily indicators continue to decrease with 56 patients currently hospitalized for COVID-19.

There are also 279 people in ICU and 2 percent tested positive.