News Desk (Channel TT) "It's a good day," said Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday, as he reported that two of the three COVID-19 tracking indicators for New York City were down - and the third was up only slightly. As of May 5th, the number of people admitted to hospitals for suspected COVID-19 infection was 79, down from 109 the day before. And the number of people currently in NYC Health and Hospitals facilities was 567, down from 599.
The only indicator which rose was the percentage of people who tested positive for COVID-19 citywide. That number was 16 percent, up just one percent from one day earlier. Meantime, the mayor announced plans to expand antibody testing to 140,000 NYC residents in the coming weeks.
Iconic store closes:
Gem Spa, an East Village landmark, announced it has closed its doors for good amid the coronavirus pandemic. The store, famous for its legendary egg creams, initially closed when COVID-19 restrictions were first put in place.
TV, movie production looks ahead to restart after production halted:
Film and TV production across the country shut down almost two months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic, but before that, Hollywood on the Hudson had never been busier. New York state and city tax incentives led to a boom in production, and the proliferation of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ meant there were barely enough qualified people to fill all the jobs.
Almost all of those 76,000 people are now unemployed, and the total payroll for all these workers soared past $5 billion per year before the outbreak. But the city is looking forward to restarting production.
NYC to expand antibody testing to 140,000 residents:
New York City will expand its antibody testing program to 140,000 residents beginning next week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. The 140,000 tests, available to all residents, will be in addition to the 140,000 antibody tests announced earlier specifically for health care workers and first responders.
The tests announced Thursday will be available by appointment only at testing sites around the city. The city will start making appointments Friday.
NYC to convene COVID-19 domestic violence work group:
NYC is stepping up its efforts to prevent domestic and gender-based violence during the COVID-19 crisis. The Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence will convene a COVID-19 Response Work Group made up of 20 citywide service providers. The 24/7 hotline to report cases of domestic and gender-based violence is 1-800-621-4673.
NYC Health and Hospitals is expanding its ability to offer health care to patients at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor de Blasio announced a new Phone-a-Clinician Hotline. NYC residents with health concerns can call 844-NYC-4NYC.
H+H is moving toward a goal of 80% of all ambulatory visits handled via Tele-Health for the duration of the coronavirus crisis, the mayor said. That's about 16,000 tele-medicine visits per week.
2 more miles of streets open to pedestrians & cyclists:
Eleven blocks of Broadway are part of the two more miles of city streets that close to cars and open to pedestrians and cyclists Thursday morning as part of an expansion of the city's "open streets" plan to make more room for socially distance amid the coronavirus crisis.
MAY 6, 2020
A doctor at Mount Sinai has saved people dying from COVID-19, but it has also cost her precious time with her 14-month-old baby.
No matter how much progress New York is making in reducing the curve, people are still dying. All the time. If that truth wasn't hard enough, Dr. Angela Chen, of Mount Sinai Hospital, has also had to make the terrible sacrifice of spending the past seven weeks apart from her 14-month-old son, Theo, in order to fight the coronavirus.
NYU Langone among first to enroll patients in vaccine trial:
NYU Langone is becoming one of the first centers to enroll patients in a U.S. clinical trial for a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine. In cooperation with Pfizer and BioNTech, the first patients were dosed to test whether four experimental mRNA vaccine candidates can prevent infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 disease.
3 NYPD deaths:
The NYPD announced three more department deaths in one day: School Safety Agent George Santiago, assigned to the School Safety Division, served New York City for nearly 19 years; Traffic Enforcement Agent Pat Nicholls, assigned to the Traffic Special Operations Section, had more than 22 years on the job; and Supervisor of School Security Kevin Bostic, assigned to Patrol Borough Queens South School Safety, dedicated more than 28 years.
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