CORONAVIRUS IN NYC: Death toll exceeds 10K after city adds 3,778 'probable' cases to existing total

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April 14, 2020 - 6:13 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – In a tragic, bombshell revelation Monday, the NYC Health Department added 3,778 "probable" coronavirus cases -- New Yorkers who likely died of the disease in the past month but didn't have it confirmed with a test -- bringing the citywide death toll past 10,000.

    These individuals are those who died in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and private homes. 

    At 1 p.m. Tuesday, the city reported 6,589 deaths and 107,263 cases. At 4 p.m., though, the state said NYC had 7,905 deaths. The 3,778 "probable" cases was added to the number of cases. Either way, the total number of deaths exceeds 10,000. 

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    “This virus has sadly touched every corner of our city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Press Secretary Freddi Goldstein. “We knew the number of lives lost would be greater than originally reported, but that doesn’t make it any less painful. We’re committed to being as transparent as possible with New Yorkers as we continue to fight our way through this."

    The new figures came hours after De Blasio announced that the city will begin making 50,000 coronavirus tests a week, starting in early May.

    "50,000 tests to begin and if we can go further we will," he said. "We can fulfill our need for face shields right here in New York."

    At the Brooklyn Navy Yard, eight companies are working together to create face shields. More than 200,000 are being made a week. 

    On Monday, the mayor announced the city's new $10 million ad campaign to get information to minority communities, that have been hardest hit by the coronavirus.

    The campaign launches Monday via Television, radio, and digital outlets in 15 languages for 88 high-impact zip codes.

    They will also send targeted mailers and use grassroots efforts such as calls and texts.

    Flyers at essential businesses will also provide information on Grab and Go meals.

    He also announced that alternate side parking suspension will be extended through April 28.

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