NEW YORK (77 WABC) — As New York City is now faced with the stay-at-home order until at least May 28, Mayor de Blasio is putting a focus on keeping people cool as it gets hot.
“The tough part of this is it’s going to take more adaptation.”
de Blasio is providing air conditioners for low-income residents, including seniors, as part of $55 million initiative.
The city will also create non-traditional cooling centers, such as sports venues, auditoriums and other large venues.
The city will also work with ConEdison to avoid any power outages, including major upgrades to the Flatbush power grid.
de Blasio is still investigating an apparent heated exchange about the need for surgical masks between Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot and NYPD Chief of Department Terrance Monahan.
“I’ve talked to Chief Monahan and I will be speaking to Commissioner Barbot this weekend,” a terse de Blasio said.
Barbot, for the second straight day, was not part of the coronavirus briefing. She reportedly replied to Monahan’s request for 500,000 masks in March, “I don’t give two rats asses” about the cops.
The mayor said there’s going to be a “reset” on police enforcement dealing with social distancing, as they will focus on making sure people do not gather in large groups. He said cops will no longer enforce residents who are not wearing a face covering.
“Large gatherings inherently come with a breakdown of social distancing and the danger of spreading disease to a lot of people,” de Blasio said.
To that end, the city is limiting access to Sheep Meadow in Central Park.
The daily indicators saw hospital patients, “a low number, overall, but wrong direction,” de Blasio said.
The amount of people in the ICU is down.
de Blasio said, “Clearly, we’re making progress, but we need to do more.”
The mayor said he’s in sync with Governor Cuomo for the extension another month.
“That’s where we get to the point where we can even think about relaxing restrictions,” de Blasio said. “Anything we do would be in close coordination with the state. If conditions certainly became more favorable, we’d have that conversation with the state.”
He remains troubled by a pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome that has sickened 110 children in the city. The mayor said 54% tested positive for COVID-19 or the antibodies. The majority of cases involved children under 5 years old.
.@NYCMayor on daily COVID-19 indicators:
Up: 78 hospital admissions of suspected COVID cases
Down: 506 H&H critical care patients
Up: 12% of residents testing positive
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) May 15, 2020