Coronavirus USA Updates: NYC distributing 7.5 million face coverings for free

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Coronavirus USA Updates: NYC distributing 7.5 million face coverings for free
Coronavirus USA Updates: NYC distributing 7.5 million face coverings for free

For the first time since March, hard-hit New York City is entering a week with a sufficient supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) at crisis standard, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

The city is starting a strategic reserve with a goal to create and maintain a 90-day stockpile of PPE and supplies for potential future spikes.

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Officials are now distributing 7.5 million free face coverings citywide, including at grocery stores and parks, the mayor said.

The distributions will continue “for weeks to come, to make sure everyone has what they need,” de Blasio said.

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All three tracking progress indicators for New York City are heading in a positive direction, the mayor said.

On Saturday, 88 people suspected of having the coronavirus were admitted to hospitals — down from 113 on Friday.

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Of the people tested across the city, 17% were positive on Saturday — down from 20% on Friday.

And 632 patients were in ICUs on Saturday, down from 645 on Friday.

“We are clearly winning this fight,” de Blasio said. “Let’s keep winning.”

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