NEW YORK (77 WABC) — New York City is adjusting how it tracks COVID-19 patients with an eye on restarting the economy in the coming weeks.
Mayor de Blasio said going forward the city will use threshold indicators to mark progress. He said they would need to stay below those thresholds for 10-14 days before moving to a new reopening phase.
The city met two out of three on Friday.
For all ICU patients, not just ones with COVID-19, the daily number was at 451. However, the threshold is at 375.
de Blasio said he’s hopeful that New Yorkers will follow the social distancing guidelines at beaches and if not, “we can put up fencing and close the beaches entirely.”
Another option for people to explore the outdoors is the open streets layout. The mayor announced another 13 miles will open Saturday with 8.8 miles patrolled by local precincts.
3 thresholds for coronavirus indicators city wants to get get below + stay below:
-Threshold for daily # admitted to hospitals for suspected COVID-19: Goal to be under 200 – today at 76.
-People in H+H ICUs: Goal at 375 – today at 451
-% positive – Threshold at 15% – today 11%
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) May 22, 2020