More New York staples are going to reopen more as we head further into spring.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on April 19 that museums and zoos will be able to open at 50 percent capacity on April 26. Movie theaters will be able to open at 33 percent on April 26, and indoor large sports arenas, such as Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center, will be able to open at 25 percent on May 19.
“We’re not just building back New York, we’re building it back better than ever before,” Cuomo said.
According to the state, New York’s positivity rate was at 2.94 percent on April 18, with Long Island at a 3.1 percent positivity rate. Cuomo noted that the 7-day positivity rate for the state, which is at 2.85 percent on April 18, is the lowest since the positivity rates began to climb due to the holiday season.
The number of hospitalizations on April 18 was at 3,783, with 836 patients in the ICU, the lowest number since Dec. 4, 2020. The number of intubations is at 521, and 44 New Yorkers succumbed to Covid-19 on April 18.
Testing continues in New York, with 147,538 reported tests on Sunday, 4,339 of which were positive for Covid-19. As of April 18, 13,297,331 total doses of a Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in New York, with 175,311 administered in the past 24 hours. 41.4 percent of New Yorkers have had one vaccination, while 28.1% have completed the vaccine series.