Coronavirus in New York: Live Updates

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The WRVO newsroom will use this space to provide updates about the coronavirus and COVID-19 in New York. Scroll down to see the most recent news and information.

New York cases by the numbers, according to the New York State Health Department:

  • Confirmed cases of COVID-19: 376,208 (as of June 5 at 2:00 p.m.)
  • COVID-19 related deaths: 24,175

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The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have provided a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the coronavirus. Here are the latest numbers on the outbreak in the United States.

Note: We have created an archive of previous updates to this liveblog so we can continue to update it regularly. To see previous updates from March 13- May 21, click here

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Friday, June 5

3:08 p.m. McMahon says there has been one death in hospitals in the last day, the state reported one death in nursing homes, but he says he's not sure when they passed away. This brings the total up to 151 deaths due to COVID-19. There are now 2,243 positive cases in the county, up 21 from the last day. 64 people are hospitalized, 12 are in critical condition. Of the 64 people in hospitals, McMahon says "about 34" have either recovered or are healthy enough to go back to their nursing homes, but can't because they have not yet tested negative for COVID-19. 

2:55 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will give his briefing at 3 p.m. Watch below.

12:55 p.m. Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh will give a briefing at 1:00 p.m. Watch below. 

11:50 a.m. Cuomo says 8 weeks ago there were 800 deaths a day from COVID-19. Yesterday, there were 42 deaths. "People say 'what did you do?' I did nothing," said Cuomo. "The people of the state radically changed how they behaved."

11:15 a.m. Gov. Cuomo will give his briefing at 11:30 a.m. Watch below (video player will appear once the briefing starts).

8:30 a.m. Good morning. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give a briefing later today. We'll have live video here on the blog once it begins. Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh will hold a briefing at 1 p.m., and Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will hold a briefing at 3 p.m. Live video of all of today's briefings will be right here. 

Thursday, June 4

5:00 p.m. Here are the latest numbers from Onondaga County today. There have been two more deaths in hospitals in the last day, and the state has reported three more deaths in nursing homes, bringing the total number of deaths to 149. There have been 40 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday, bringing the total to 2,222. 69 people are hospitalized, 12 in cirtical condition. Of the 69 in hospitals, "at least 35" are waiting to be discharged. 

2:06 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon has canceled today's COVID-19 briefing, out of respect for the memorial service for George Floyd taking place this afternoon, he said in a statement. The next briefing will be tomorrow at 3 p.m. 

12:00 p.m. A couple of bits from Gov. Cuomo's briefing today:

  • Cuomo says the state is expanding the testing criteria to allow anyone who has participated in a protest to get tested. He says he's concerned that there will be an increase in cases because so many people are in close contact, many not wearing masks. 
  • The state will allow school districts to hold "drive-in and drive-thru" graduation ceremonies. He says the state is still looking into how to hold graduations. 

11:20 a.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give his daily briefing at 11:30 a.m. Watch below (video player will appear once the briefing begins).

Wednesday, June 3

3:12 p.m. McMahon says the state reported three more death in nursing homes, but he says he's not sure when they passed away. This brings the total up to 144 deaths due to COVID-19. There are now 2,182 positive cases in the county, up 30 from the last day. 74 people are hospitalized, 13 are in critical condition. Of the 74 people in hospitals, McMahon says 43 have either recovered or are healthy enough to go back to their nursing homes, but can't because they have not yet tested negative for COVID-19. McMahon says there are two locations in the county that these people can go to as a transition, but McMahon is just waiting for approval from the state health department. 

2:55 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will give his briefing at 3 p.m. Watch below. 

2:30 p.m. Some great news for local restaurants today. Gov. Cuomo announced this afternoon that restaurants in the seven regions that have entered phase two of reopening can resume outdoor dining starting tomorrow. All restaurant employees must wear masks, table must be at least six feet apart, and customers must wear a mask when they are not seated. 

11:20 a.m. Good morning. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give his daily briefing at 11:30 in albany. Watch below. (video player will appear once the briefing begins).

Tuesday, June 2

3:12 p.m. McMahon says there has been another death in a hospitals in Onondaga County in the last day, and the state reported one more death in nursing homes, bringing the total up to 141 deaths due to COVID-19. There are now 2,152 positive cases in the county, up 23 from the last day. 71 people are hospitalized, 13 are in critical condition. Of the 71 people in hospitals, McMahon says "more than 40" have either recovered or are healthy enough to go back to their nursing homes, but can't because they have not yet tested negative for COVID-19. McMahon says there are two locations in the county that these people can go to, but McMahon is just waiting for approval from the state health department. 

2:55 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will give a briefing at 3:00 p.m. Watch below.

11:25 a.m. Gov. Cuomo will give his daily briefing at 11:30 a.m. Watch below (video player will appear once the briefing begins).

9:00 a.m. Good morning. On the blog today, we'll have live video of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's briefing. We'll update this post when we know what time it starts. We'll also have live video of Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon's briefing at 3 p.m. 

Monday, June 1

3:15 p.m. McMahon says there's been a potential exposure of COVID-19 at a Syracuse coffee shop. An employee at Recess Coffee, 110 Harvard Place in Syracuse has tested positive for COVID-19. Members of the public who visited the cafe on these days and times may have been exposed:

  • Tuesday, May 19: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday, May 22: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 23: 7:00 am to 2:30 pm
  • Monday, May 25: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Health officials say the employee was wearing a face mask while working. All Recess Coffee locations have a plexiglass barrier at the customer service area and continue to follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and physical distancing.

3:12 p.m. McMahon says there have been five more deaths in hospitals in Onondaga County since Friday, and the state reported three more deaths in nursing homes, bringing the total up to 139 deaths due to COVID-19. There are now 2,129 positive cases in the county, up 25 from the last day. 75 people are hospitalized, 14 are in critical condition. Of the 75 people in hospitals, 40 have either recovered or are healthy enough to go back to their nursing homes, but can't because they have not yet tested negative for COVID-19. McMahon says there are two locations in the county that these people can go to, but McMahon is just waiting for approval from the state health department. 

2:55 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will hold his briefing at 3 p.m. Watch below.

11:39 a.m. Cuomo says Western New York is expected to go into phase two of reopening tomorrow. The Capital region is expected to begin phase two on Wednesday. 

11:37 a.m. Gov. Cuomo says the number of hospitalizations, intubations and new hospitalizations continue to drop. The number of daily positive cases is at its lowest level since mid-March. 50,000 tests were done in the state in the last day, with less than 1,000 positive results. 54 people have died of COVID-19 in the last day. 

11:25 a.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's daily briefing is expected to begin at 11:30 a.m. Watch below. (Video player will appear once the briefing begins)

10:00 a.m. Good morning. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give his daily briefing at 11:30 a.m. We'll have live video of the briefing when it begins. We'll also have live video of Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon's briefing at 3 p.m. 

Sunday, May 31

6:00 p.m. Gov. Cuomo says dentists can begin regular services again, with restrictions because of the pandemic. The full guidance on dental services is here. 

11:55 a.m. Gov. Cuomo will give his daily briefing at noon in Albany. Watch below (video player will appear once the briefing begins). 

8:00 a.m. Good morning. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give his daily briefing later today, though it may focus more on protests that have been going on over the last few days, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We'll have live video of Cuomo's briefing when it happens. 

Saturday, May 30

2:30 p.m. The biggest event of the year in the city of Oswego has been canceled this year. Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow said today this year's Harborfest is canceled due to COVID-19, along with the work being done to improve Wright's Landing marina. Barlow said the city's Independence Day parade is also canceled, but the city's Independence Day fireworks show will still take place. 

11:25 a.m. Gov. Cuomo will give his daily briefing at 11:30 a.m. Watch below (video player will appear once the briefing begins).

7:30 a.m. Good morning. Today is the first full day of phase two across five regions of upstate New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will hold a briefing later today. We'll have live video here once it begins. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will not be holding briefings this weekend. They will resume on Monday. 

Friday, May 29

3:32 p.m. McMahon says there has been another death in hospitals over the last day in Onondaga County, bringing the total up to 131 deaths due to COVID-19. There are now 2,024 positive cases in the county, up 32 from the last day. 77 people are hospitalized, 15 are in critical condition. Of the 77 people in hospitals, 59 have either recovered or are healthy enough to go back to their nursing homes, but can't because they have not yet tested negative for COVID-19. McMahon says he has spoken with the state health department and they will have a solution on where to place these individuals soon. 

3:00 p.m. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente is holding his daily briefing. Watch below:

2:50 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon's daily briefing has been delayed a bit. It's expected to start at 3:15. Watch below when it begins. 

2:10 p.m. Gov. Cuomo was asked only one question about the frustration from local officials across the five regions over the delay in starting phase two. Click the play button below to hear his answer. 

1:05 p.m. Gov. Cuomo says the five regions that have been operating under phase one are now cleared to begin phase two. 

12:48 p.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give his briefing at 1 p.m. As a result, Madison County's briefing will begin after the governor's, and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh's briefing, originally scheduled for 1 p.m. has been canceled. Watch Cuomo's briefing below. (Video player will appear once the briefing begins.)

10:41 a.m. According to updated guidance from New York state released this morning, shopping malls are to remain closed through phase two of reopening, with one exception. The guidance says "any stores located within shopping malls, which have their own external entrances open to the public, separate from the general mall entrance (e.g. strip malls), may open." The guidance also says zoos must remain closed. Onondaga County reopened Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, with restrictions, last weekend.

10:00 a.m. Madison County's press conference, scheduled for 10 a.m. has been moved to 1 p.m. We'll have live video once it begins. 

7:00 a.m. The state has released guidance for phase two businesses for reopening. It was posted online after 11 p.m. last night. Read the guidance here. 

6:45 a.m. Good morning. A lot of people who were expecting to go to work this morning are not, after the state delayed the start of phase two of reopening the state's economy. Local officials had been planning to begin phase two today, but the state said it wanted outside experts to review the data from phase one first. This left local officials outraged. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente held a press conference last night and called the delay "outrageous." Scroll down to watch his comments. A lot of officials will have some things to say during their briefings today. Here's the schedule:

  • Madison County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Becker: 10 a.m.
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo: briefings usually happen around 11:30 a.m.
  • Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh: 1 p.m. 
  • Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon: 3 p.m.
  • Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente: 3 p.m.

We'll have live video of all of these briefings here on the live blog when they happen. 

Thursday, May 28

10:50 p.m. In a statement, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said "As we've discussed, Central New York has met all the metrics to enter into phase 2. We anticipate the state will release guidance imminently so our local businesses can affirm they met the necessary guidelines for reopening. Our small businesses can then begin their economic recovery for their employees and families. We look forward to hearing more from Governor Cuomo tomorrow at his daily briefing on phase 2 restart."

9:00 p.m. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente held a press conference tonight criticizing Gov. Cuomo over his decision to not allow the region to start phase two of reopening tomorrow. He says the state gave no indication that the region would not be able to start phase two tomorrow until this evening. He says he is encouraging businesses that planned to open tomorrow to open. Watch his comments below. 

8:00 p.m. A reporter from the Albany Times-Union reports that according to a member of one of the regional control rooms, phase two will NOT begin tomorrow. 

7:45 p.m. Well, it's been a confusing afternoon. Local officials have been saying that businesses that are part of phase two of the state's reopening plan should be prepared to reopen tomorrow. But Gov. Cuomo said today that data from Phase One needs to be analyzed first before phase two can begin. No guidance for businesses has been released and there's a lot of frustration on the local level. The bottom line is that no one seems to know if phase two can begin tomorrow or not. But some officials are telling businesses to open anyway, regardless of the state's guidance. Members of the regional "control rooms" are meeting with state officials tonight, so we'll hopefully know more by morning. 

3:50 p.m. Gov. Cuomo, in an interview this afternoon on WAMC radio in Albany, indicated that phase two was NOT set to start tomorrow. "The reopening in the first phase ends tomorrow for five regions. When the reopening of phase one ends, we'll give the experts all the data, let them analyze it, and if they say we should move forward, we move forward," Cuomo said. Local officials on the regional control rooms have said their daily call with state officials, which usually happens in the afternoon, has been pushed to 7 p.m. this evening. 

3:20 p.m. McMahon says he hasn't been told by the state that the region cannot begin phase two of reopening. He says he's confident the guidance will come out soon, but he doesn't think the region won't be able to begin phase two starting tomorrow. He says he feels horrible for business owners who are waiting for guidance that hasn't come out yet. 

3:10 p.m. McMahon says there have been two more deaths in hospitals over the last day, and one in nursing homes in Onondaga County, as reported by the state. There are now a total of 130 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are now 1,992 positive cases in the county, up 19 from the last day. 77 people are hospitalized, 14 are in critical condition. Of the 77 people in hospitals, 44 have either recovered or are healthy enough to go back to their nursing homes, but can't because they have not yet tested negative for COVID-19. McMahon said they are looking at two facilities to move nursing home patients to so they don't have to stay in the hospital. 

2:50 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will give his daily briefing at 3 p.m. Watch below:

11:54 a.m. Gov. Cuomo says he will sign an executive order authorizing businesses to deny entry to those who do not wear masks or face-coverings. 

11:10 a.m. Gov. Cuomo will give his daily briefing at 11:30 a.m. Watch below (video player will appear once the briefing begins).

9:00 a.m. Another 192,193 people in New York filed for unemployment last week, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That brings the total number of people unemployed in the state to about 2 million. The state labor department yesterday said the statewide unemployment rate in April shot up to 15%, up from just 3.6% in April of 2019. 

8:30 a.m. Good morning. All eyes are on whether New York will allow regions that started phase one of reopening on May 15 to begin phase two starting tomorrow. A lot of businesses are planning to begin reopening tomorrow, including barbershops, hair salons and retail businesses, but the state has not provided any guidance on phase two yet. Gov. Cuomo will give his daily briefing later today, and Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will give his briefing at 3 p.m. We'll have live video of both when they happen. 

Wednesday, May 27

7:00 p.m. The state labor department released unemployment figures for April today. The state's unemployment rate in April was a staggering 15%, up from 3.6% in April of last year. Niagara County in Western New York had the highest unemployment rate in the state, at 21.9%. Around our region, the Syracuse area, which is comprised of Onondaga, Madison and Oswego counties, had a jobless rate of 16.3%. Oswego County has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, at 17.1%. 

3:12 p.m. McMahon says there has been another death in a hospital, and two in nursing homes in Onondaga County over the last day. There are now a total of 126 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are now 1,973 positive cases in the county, up 14 from the last day. 77 people are hospitalized, 14 are in critical condition. Of the 77 people in hospitals, 40 have either recovered or are healthy enough to go back to their nursing homes, but can't because they have not yet tested negative for COVID-19.

2:55 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will give his daily briefing at 3 p.m. Watch live: 

1:30 p.m. Cuomo says his meeting with President Trump focused on infrastructure projects. "It was a good discussion, he understood what we are talking about, understood what we need. And he's going to be thinking about it, he'll talk to his team and we'll talk again next week," Cuomo said.

12:30 p.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give his daily briefing from Washington D.C. at 1 p.m. Watch live below (video player will appear once the briefing begins).

8:30 a.m. Good morning. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will meet with President Trump at the White House at 11 a.m., according to the official White House schedule. The meeting is not open to the press. Cuomo will likely hold a briefing after the meeting, sometime this afternoon. We'll have live video when it happens. We'll also have live video of Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon's briefing at 3 p.m. 

Tuesday, May 26

3:12 p.m. McMahon says there have been four more deaths in hospitals in Onondaga County over the last two days. McMahon says the state has also added five more nursing home deaths to the county's total, though McMahon isn't sure when they passed away. There are now a total of 123 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are now 1,959 positive cases in the county, up 76 from the last two days (the county did not report numbers on Monday due to the holiday). 85 people are hospitalized, 16 are in critical condition. Of the 85 people in hospitals, 41 have either recovered or are healthy enough to go back to their nursing homes. State rules say they can't go back until they test negative for COVID-19.

2:55 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will give his daily briefing at 3 p.m. Watch live below:

11:50 a.m. Cuomo says he will be in Washington D.C. tomorrow to meet with President Trump "about a number of things" but will push the president about helping to fund major infrastructure projects that Cuomo says will spur economic recovery. 

11:33 a.m. Gov. Cuomo says 73 New Yorkers have died in the last day from COVID-19. It's the lowest daily number of deaths since the pandemic began. "In this absurd, new reality, this is good news," Cuomo said.

11:25 a.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give his daily briefing at 11:30 a.m. from the New York Stock Exchange. Watch below (video player will appear once the briefing begins).

9:00 a.m. Good morning. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give his briefing later today, and Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon's daily briefing will be at 3 p.m. We'll have live video of both briefings here when they happen. 

Monday, May 25

2:20 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will not be holding a briefing today. We'll update the latest numbers from the county when we have them. 

11:42 a.m. Gov. Cuomo says local governments in the state will be required to provide death benefits to families of frontline workers who have died of COVID-19. 

11:30 a.m. Watch Gov. Andrew Cuomo's daily briefing below:

10:15 a.m. Good morning. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give his daily briefing at 11:30 a.m. from the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City. We'll have live video here once the briefing begins. 

Sunday, May 24

6:00 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon did not hold a briefing today. In a statement, he said there are now 1,883 positive cases in the county, up 47 from yesterday. 79 people are hospitalized, 17 are in critical condition. There will be no briefing tomorrow as well. 

12:05 p.m. Gov. Cuomo says state campgrounds and RV parks will be open starting tomorrow. Cuomo says veterinarians will also be allowed to reopen statewide Tuesday. 

11:55 a.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's daily briefing will begin at noon. Watch below (Video player will appear once the briefing begins). 

Saturday, May 23

3:10 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon says there have been three more deaths in hospitals in Onondaga County. McMahon says the state has also added three more nursing home deaths to the county's total, though McMahon isn't sure when they passed away. There are now a total of 115 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. There are now 1,836 positive cases in the county, up 48 from yesterday. 79 people are hospitalized, 17 are in critical condition. Of the 79, 51 are waiting to be discharged. McMahon said he spoke with Gov. Cuomo today and the county may set up a nursing home specifically for COVID patients so they don't have to stay in the hospital. 

2:55 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will give his daily briefing at 3 p.m. Watch live: 

11:40 a.m. The number of deaths in the last day is down to 84. It's lowest daily number of deaths from COVID-19 since March. "it doesn't do any good for the families of the 84 people who lost their lives, but for me it's just a sign that we're making real progress and I feel good about that," Cuomo said.

11:38 a.m. Normally, Gov. Cuomo hold his briefings at the State Capitol, but he says his staff suggested he take the day off for Memorial Day weekend. "I said I would stay home, so I am home," he said. Today's briefing is taking place at the governor's executive mansion. 

11:25 a.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give his daily briefing at 11:30 a.m. Watch below (video player will appear once the briefing begins).

Friday, May 22

3:12 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon says there have been no deaths in Onondaga County in the last day. There have been a total of 109 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county. McMahon says there are now 1,788 positive cases in the county, up 36 from yesterday. 83 people are hospitalized, 19 in critical condition. 

2:55 p.m. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will give his daily briefing at 3 p.m. Watch live: 

12:55 p.m. Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh will give a briefing at 1 p.m. Watch live: 

10:55 a.m. Gov. Cuomo will give his daily briefing at 11 a.m. Watch live below (video player will appear once the briefing begins). 

8:00 a.m. Good morning. State-run beaches will be open for Memorial Day weekend, and other beaches around the region will be open as well. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will hold his briefing later today, and we'll have live video here once it begins. We'll also bring you live video of Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh's briefing at 1 p.m. and Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon's daily briefing at 3 p.m.

"The reopening in the first phase ends tomorrow for five regions. When the reopening of phase one ends, we'll give the experts all the data, let them analyze it, and if they say we should move forward, we move forward.""The reopening in the first phase ends tomorrow for five regions. When the reopening of phase one ends, we'll give the experts all the data, let them analyze it, and if they say we should move forward, we move forward."