The total number of COVID hospitalizations remains low. Yesterday, there were 555 total hospitalizations, a slight drop from the previous day. The number of patients on a ventilator dropped to a record low of 56. Of the 87,900 tests reported yesterday, 737 were positive (0.84%). Sadly, we lost 10 New Yorkers to the virus. You can check the results status in your region here.
2. New York-based startup Codecademy has provided technical training to 1,500 state personnel on the frontlines of the State's pandemic response as part of the COVID-19 Technology SWAT Team. Through this pro-bono partnership, Codecademy is providing six-month training licenses to NYS' Office of Information Technology Services. Leading tech companies from around the country have participated in the Tech SWAT Team Initiative, saving taxpayers over $14 million.
3. The DMV is expanding New Yorkers' ability to complete certain transactions through secure drop boxes. New Yorkers can use drop boxes for services including license plate surrenders, address changes, and license and registration renewals. Customers using drop boxes must wear face coverings and maintain social distancing at all times. Drop boxes are located at all state-run DMV offices and are available during regular office hours Monday-Saturday. Learn more here.
4. During the pandemic, the New York Department of Labor has prevented more than $1 billion in unemployment insurance fraud. The Department of Labor has stopped more than 40,000 fraudulent claims since March. During the last five months, DOL has referred more UI fraud cases to federal prosecutors than in the last ten years combined.