Transcript: Mayor de Blasio Holds Media Availability

Transcript: Mayor de Blasio Holds Media Availability

November 17, 2021
Mayor Invoice de Blasio: Good morning, all people. We are stay once more from Brooklyn Borough Corridor, and we’re having an amazing Metropolis Corridor in Your Borough Week. Right here in Brooklyn, we had a extremely fantastic announcement in East Flatbush yesterday. A fantastic new neighborhood recreation heart being created for a neighborhood that actually deserves extra funding. Nice second there. Nice gathering in Fort Greene. Yesterday night, individuals coming from throughout the borough, elevating their issues, getting assist from totally different Metropolis businesses. I used to be joined there by Borough President Adams, quickly to be Mayor Adams. And we had an amazing expertise speaking to Brooklynites in regards to the issues that they want from their Metropolis authorities. And we had been in a position to get individuals assist immediately. It was actually, it was fantastic. It is one of many issues I like most about Metropolis Corridor in Your Borough.
So, now, we’ll concentrate on what we speak about each single day, bringing the Metropolis again sturdy, our restoration. And our restoration, in fact, relies on vaccinations and New Yorkers are doing nice. And New Yorkers are listening to our clear message about boosters. New Yorkers are answering the decision and popping out and getting these boosters. It is time to get boosted all people. So, to get on the market and make that occur for your self, for your loved ones, it’s such an essential strategy to defend your well being. Let me inform you, Dr. Chokshi and I talked about boosters on Monday morning and the individuals of town heard and responded. By the top of the day, Monday, virtually 20,000 New Yorkers had gotten a booster shot on Monday alone. Then, on Tuesday, over 22,000 New Yorkers received a booster shot. So, let’s hold going. Let’s make at the moment an amazing day for booster pictures. Go on the market and do it. Whoever you’re get a booster shot, it will hold you protected. It will hold your loved ones protected. New Yorkers are listening to the message. As of at the moment, virtually 674,000 New Yorkers have gotten a booster shot.
Let’s get that quantity up much more, significantly as we’re getting prepared for the colder months. Bear in mind, that is a problem with COVID, the colder months. The reply is vaccination, both new vaccinations, first and foremost, most essential, but additionally boosters, actually essential. That is how we battle again COVID within the colder months and that is how we prepare for one thing fantastic. The vacations individuals wish to be collectively. All of us wish to collect with our household. We have not seen a whole lot of our family members in a very long time. The best way to be protected and gathered collectively is to get the booster.
Okay, everybody. Now, let’s speak about new vaccinations for the youngest New Yorkers. We actually wish to hold them protected thus far. We’re seeing nice, nice progress. Virtually 75,000 five- to 11-year-olds have now been vaccinated in New York Metropolis. That quantity goes up consistently. That is an amazing begin. We’re now simply arising on the, virtually a two-week mark tomorrow on that effort. We wish to see these numbers proceed to develop quickly, however 75,000 very sturdy begin.  However let’s discuss in regards to the group proper earlier than that, that 12- to 17-year-olds. We’re now at 414,000 12- to 17-year-olds. That is an incredible, wonderful step ahead. That group once more, 80 p.c now vaccinated. That is improbable. And we wish to see them proceed. So, we’re having a whole lot of demand and college websites. We introduced again faculty websites. Once more, we’ll have extra arising, however I wish to remind everybody on the market. Youngsters additionally qualify for the hundred-dollar incentive. It is so essential. We wish to get each baby vaccinated, however for that baby, for that household, one other a $100 per baby is a actually good factor. And the way a lot do New Yorkers love the hundred-dollar incentive? A lot in order that 400,000 New Yorkers have gotten that hundred-dollar incentive already. And I believe much more are going to reap the benefits of it earlier than the vacations. Amongst these 400,000, 87,000 have been youngsters underneath 18. So, it is actually benefiting households and it is making households protected. Everybody, get vaccinated. That is the principle message. But additionally, do not depart that cash on the desk. Go get it. You deserve it forward of the vacations. If anybody within the household just isn’t but vaccinated, whether or not a toddler or an grownup, go get vaccinated, get that incentive.
Okay. Now, we’ll hold preventing COVID in each method. That, in fact, means new vaccinations. It means boosters, but additionally means testing. We wish to emphasize testing may be very, crucial to this subsequent part. So, we attempt to put the COVID period behind us. So, we have had from the start the strongest testing infrastructure within the nation, Take a look at & Hint Corps, wonderful job. They’ve performed making testing accessible, going on the market, following up on circumstances. We have had websites everywhere in the Metropolis and that is been nice, however we additionally discovered it was actually, actually essential to exit to communities. So, the cellular models and the community-based occasions made a big impact, and we focus so a lot of that outreach effort on the communities that had been hardest hit by COVID. We will go farther and farther. Now, proper now, our cellular vaccination websites and our cellular testing websites have been everywhere in the Metropolis. With cellular testing there’s been 9,000 occasions put collectively, pop-ups and occasions put collectively virtually a 3rd of these with public housing attendant teams. So, that is how essential to achieve individuals in public housing. We have performed quite a bit with homes of worship. 15,000 occasions with homes of worship going the place the individuals are bringing them in. It is actually thrilling.
So, this is some essential information. We’re doubling the scale of our cellular testing fleet. We will 70 vans. Now, that is going to permit us to get everywhere in the Metropolis on a regular basis, getting individuals examined. It is completely essential and wish to give individuals some actually good steerage for this vacation season. Clearly, it is a time when individuals collect usually collect in massive numbers, individuals journey. So, this is new steerage for the vacation season and about testing. How essential is getting examined? Testing is likely one of the methods we win this battle. So, two fundamental messages – one, get examined earlier than you attend main gatherings or household gatherings. Get examined, since you’ll know you are protected. You may know what is going on on. Or, God forbid, if you happen to get a constructive check, what to do about it. Getting examined forward of occasions makes a whole lot of sense this time of 12 months, whether or not it is a Thanksgiving occasion, a Friendsgiving, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, you title it. It is a good step. Now, two, get examined earlier than you journey. That is actually good. We see much more journey coming again, that is nice. Being vaccinated is the primary factor, but additionally getting a check and understanding you are adverse for COVID earlier than your journey is such a wise factor to do. It is good for you. It is good for the individuals you are going to go to. Think about it. One of many fundamentals whenever you journey, hold everybody protected. Everybody wins in that equation. I need you to listen to extra about why that is so essential from one of many, one of many actual heroes of this effort preventing again COVID on this Metropolis. He led the Take a look at & Hint Corps from the start and created the strongest Take a look at & Hint Corps in America. My pleasure to introduce Dr. Ted Lengthy.
Government Director Ted Lengthy, NYC Take a look at & Hint Corps: Thanks, sir. This has been an extended and exhausting 12 months for everyone in New York Metropolis. What retains me going is that I am proud to be a New Yorker. I am proud as a result of each step with COVID we have had the braveness they usually’ve been prepared to make the sacrifices wanted to maintain our metropolis protected. Proper now, one of many keyways that we have been doing that all through is by getting examined. at the moment, we’re doing as a lot testing daily, as we had been on the peak of our second wave in New York Metropolis. On many days, we’re doing greater than 100,000 assessments in a given day. Now, going into the vacations, we wish you to see your households and your folks and your family members. It has been an extended 12 months and also you deserve that, however we’d like you to get examined earlier than you see your households and mates. So, that you do not threat getting a member of the family sick that would get very sick from COVID this 12 months for the vacations.
Give your loved ones the present of defending them, like getting examined and understanding if in case you have COVID earlier than you see them. So, for this vacation season, I wish to inform you three issues at the moment. First, earlier than you gathered along with family and friends members get examined, particularly if you are going to see household members that would get very sick from COVID. Second, earlier than you journey, get examined. After which earlier than you come again residence, get examined once more since you would not wish to carry COVID again to your loved ones from wherever you’re visiting higher. For those who’re feeling sick and you’ve got your scheduled to go to a gathering, get examined first. That is the best way to know if in case you have COVID since you would not wish to go to a gathering to see family and friends members that you simply may not have seen for a very long time In case you have COVID and you could possibly threat getting them sick.
So, that can assist you to do all of this, Take a look at & Hint Corps has been there with you by your facet at each step of the battle towards COVID. And now, we’re going to have the ability to assist you to by doing extra testing than ever earlier than. Our cellular fleet, which the place I am asserting at the moment, we’re doubling the scale of. Began again in August of 2020, we had two cellular models at the moment, and I bear in mind they had been so fashionable and profitable, as a result of, at the moment, having the ability to maneuver testing round guided by you, our communities, was, far and away, the handiest strategy to do it, , the place we have to carry testing. And we have at all times delivered on the promise of bringing testing to the place you inform us the place wanted essentially the most. By February of 2021, we had 40 cellular models.
Immediately, I am asserting that we’re doubling the scale of our cellular fleet. We have already been in a position to be at greater than 1,400 places throughout New York Metropolis guided by you, by your communities, and your neighborhood leaders who know your communities one of the best and are in a position to inform us the place we’re wanted essentially the most. And that is the place we’re. By working collectively, we have been in a position to, with our cellular fleet alone, do practically 1 million COVID assessments in New York Metropolis since August of 2020. So, lastly transferring ahead, Take a look at and Hint might be there with you all through COVID. We’ll be there with you that can assist you, if you happen to may monitor to COVID, we’ll be there with you that can assist you if you happen to’ve been uncovered to COVID. Now we’re making testing sooner, simpler, extra accessible, and it’s at all times free with Take a look at and Hint Corps than ever earlier than. So long as COVID is a risk to our metropolis, you may depend on Take a look at and Hint Corps being there with you by your facet, serving to you till we’re by way of this safely collectively. And we are going to do it collectively as we have now all through. Thanks, sir.
Mayor: Thanks a lot, Ted. Nice job to you and all of the fantastic people at Take a look at and Hint core. Thanks. Glorious work. And what a transparent, sturdy message from Dr. Ted Lengthy in regards to the significance of getting examined as one other strategy to defend ourselves towards COVID and transfer ahead. Now, I need you to listen to from an amazing neighborhood chief, as a result of one in all the good tales of the battle towards COVID has been what neighborhood organizations have performed to achieve individuals. On this case, Hatzalah, which is an wonderful ambulance corps on the market saving lives on a regular basis. The work they’ve performed 12 months in and 12 months out is wonderful. However throughout COVID the nice individuals who serve in Hatzalah have been out encouraging individuals to get examined, encouraging individuals to get vaccinated, serving to to make it occur. They’ve performed a vital position in the neighborhood stage. I wish to thank everybody at Hatzalah. And I need to introduce to you all of the CEO of this nice group, Rabbi Yehiel Kalish.
Mayor: Thanks a lot, Rabbi. And Rabbi, what an amazing testimony on a really human household stage about why it is so essential to get vaccinated, why it is so essential to get the booster. And I wish to thanks. You have actually helped to achieve individuals in the neighborhood and hold individuals protected. Thanks to you and all the nice individuals who you lead in Hatzalah.
Rabbi Yehiel Kalish, Chevra Hatzalah: Thank you, sir.
Mayor: Now, everybody, as we battle our method by way of, and I am actually pleased to say we’re profitable this battle, New York Metropolis coming again stronger all the best way. However we all know a whole lot of New Yorkers have struggled throughout this pandemic. And one of many largest points for individuals has been simply attempting to maintain their lives along with all these challenges. And that begins with holding a roof over their heads, ensuring that their households knew they’d have housing, regardless of all of the disruptions, all of the challenges we have gone by way of. Effectively, that is one thing thank God, we had been engaged on earlier than the pandemic. Effectively, earlier than the pandemic. Nice work performed, I wish to thank the Metropolis Council for the fantastic position they performed. And a labor of affection for therefore many individuals in my administration to assist guarantee that nobody is ever illegally evicted on this metropolis.Nobody ever loses their residence when there’s any strategy to hold them in it appropriately and defend what a household has. And we determined a very long time in the past to offer authorized counsel to New Yorkers in have to guarantee that their rights had been protected, to verify tenants weren’t unfairly handled significantly once they went to courtroom. Somebody unrepresented in courtroom is in a very weak state of affairs. We needed individuals to be represented, needed individuals to be protected. We needed individuals to remain of their properties if there was the best strategy to do this. We had been doing that for years and years after which we handed the Proper to Counsel legislation and actually supercharged the trouble. And now we all know that we have seen actually wonderful constructive outcomes. Once you give somebody counsel and also you give somebody a lawyer who would not have it in any other case to defend their rights, good issues occur.
So, this is what we now know from the analysis that is been performed. Offering these free authorized providers has made an enormous distinction. 84 p.c of the time, the New Yorkers who’re represented by attorneys underneath the Proper to Counsel program had been in a position to keep of their properties. 84 p.c of the time. That meant so many households which have the security and safety of understanding they may go residence at night time. Now the dimensions has been enormous. We have now offered authorized providers to over 100,000 New Yorkers in want over these final years. And significantly within the context of the pandemic, it has been life-changing. I wish to offer you context. The 12 months earlier than I took workplace, just one p.c, just one p.c of tenants in housing courtroom had full illustration. Give it some thought, biggest metropolis on this planet and we’re, however take into consideration the hundreds and hundreds of New Yorkers who had been threatened with eviction, many instances unfairly, would go to housing courtroom alone. Just one p.c had illustration. We modified that. We added a whole lot of free authorized providers to cease evictions. We constructed up the Proper to Counsel initiative. Earlier than the pandemic we had reached 38 p.c of tenants represented once they went to courtroom. Now, as this system has grown and expanded, 71 p.c of tenants who go to courtroom now have authorized illustration. We have extra work to do, nevertheless it’s been an enormous step ahead.
Lots of people to thank as a result of this has turn into a mannequin actually being emulated everywhere in the nation, ensuring there’s equity and justice for all, no matter means to pay. I wish to now carry ahead somebody who’s actually been not solely a pacesetter of this effort and one of many architects of this effort, however lengthy earlier than was displaying town how essential it was to cease the evictions that had been plaguing households, give individuals the authorized assist they deserve. He is performed wonderful work earlier than he got here into authorities, wonderful work in our administration, our Commissioner of Social Companies, Steve Banks.
Commissioner Steven Banks, Division of Social Companies: Thank you very a lot, Mayor in your type phrases. However extra, we thanks very a lot for your assist for this work on this program. I can bear in mind whenever you had been a Council member speaking to you in regards to the significance of getting there be a Proper to Counsel. Once you turned mayor you initially of the administration gave us the funding and the course to pilot offering extra authorized illustration. After which that culminated within the 2017, first within the nation Proper to Counsel legislation. I see that Council Member Gibson, quickly to be Borough President Gibson is about – is becoming a member of us. And I do know that she, together with Council Member Levine and shortly to be Borough President Levine had been extremely essential companions together with the entire Council in making this occur. However in a type of actually a primary stage, Mayor, I can bear in mind being a Authorized Assist lawyer and also you’d stroll into the courtroom. And all people was represented who was a landlord. And we had been representing only a few individuals. And whenever you say one out of 100, one p.c of earlier than the administration think about what that might be wish to be a tenant coming right into a courtroom in that state of affairs. And what this Proper To Counsel legislation has actually performed is stage the taking part in area, basically giving David a chance to be on an equal phrases with Goliath when it comes to holding a roof over your head.
And the numbers are the numbers. Earlier than the pandemic evictions had been down in New York Metropolis by Metropolis Marshals, 41 p.c from the start of the administration whereas evictions had been up all throughout the nation. Even throughout the pandemic with the eviction moratorium, there have been gaps in protection. There have been circumstances filed. And that’s I believe the story of the pandemic, that authorized providers attorneys by way of and authorized providers employees by way of the Proper To Counsel legislation have been representing individuals, serving to them file the hardship declarations, holding individuals of their properties. You are so proper to level to the 100,000 tenants that received assist throughout the pandemic. That’s a part of an general half 1,000,000 individuals who have gotten assist for the reason that starting of the administration.
I wish to additionally spotlight how essential it’s as you’ve got mentioned, when the eviction moratorium expired initially of January, it is a program that might be in place to assist individuals hold a roof over their heads and to proceed that monitor document of creating an actual distinction in individuals’s lives. Once more, I wish to thanks in your assist. I wish to thank our complete company for the work that we have now performed. Council Member Gibson, Council Member Levine, however most significantly, the suppliers, the authorized providers suppliers on the entrance strains every single day making a distinction in individuals’s lives.
Mayor: Thanks a lot, Steve. And that is one thing you ought to be very happy with and everybody who fought for this, it actually is making a distinction. So, congratulations to you. And your proper to give a whole lot of credit score to each the Council members you talked about, clearly need to thank Council Member Mark Levine for his nice efforts. However I wish to focus now on the good efforts of Council Member Vanessa Gibson, who was one of many passionate leaders of this effort. She has an unimaginable skill to listen to the wants of the individuals and switch it into motion. She’s been doing that in her Council district within the Bronx. However now she might be doing it for the entire Bronx as the following borough president of that nice borough. My pleasure to introduce Council Member Vanessa Gibson.
All proper, let’s examine if we are able to – can we do something? We’re having somewhat technical problem. Let’s examine if we are able to get her again in simply a second. What I am going to do is I’ll go to our indicators within the meantime and see if we are able to get her again and confirmed. However once more, you bought the gist of the most essential half. Council Member Vanessa Gibson and her colleagues working with this administration, did one thing completely historic. It has been working and it has turn into a mannequin for the nation. So, we’re actually, actually happy with that.
Let me do our indicators for at the moment. Primary, nice quantity, doses administered so far, 12,268,734. Quantity two, every day variety of individuals admitted to New York Metropolis hospitals for suspected COVID-19. Immediately’s report is 107 sufferers. Confirmed positivity stage of 20.69 p.c. Hospitalization charge per 100,000 New Yorkers is 0.54. After which new reported circumstances on a seven-day common, at the moment’s report, 1,020 circumstances. Do a number of phrases in Spanish and wish to return to the unique matter. The testing, how essential testing is, urging all New Yorkers to make testing a part of how all of us battle again towards COVID collectively.
[Mayor de Blasio speaks in Spanish]
With that permit’s see if we received the Council member. Okay. We’re going to offer it yet one more probability right here. Her audio continues to be off? Okay.
Council Member Vanessa Gibson: Whats up, Mr. Mayor.
Mayor: Whoa, are you able to hear us?
Council Member Gibson: Sure, I can hear you.
Mayor: Okay. We misplaced you. We misplaced you after your first few paragraphs. And also you had mentioned it was a primary within the nation effort after which decide it up from there.
Mayor: Thanks a lot, Council Member. Job nicely performed. You’ve gotten quite a bit to be happy with. And I like listening to that listing of different cities which have picked up this concept. Now, individuals getting helped throughout and also you’re one of many causes why. You need to be very happy with this. Thanks a lot.
Alright. Now, we’re turning to our colleagues within the media. Please let me know the title and outlet of every journalist.
Moderator: Good morning. We’ll now start the Q-and-A. As a reminder, we’re joined at the moment by Dr. Dave Chokshi, Well being Commissioner; Ted Lengthy, head of Take a look at and Hint; and Steve Banks, HRA and DSS Commissioner. Our first query at the moment goes to Elizabeth with Gothamist.
Query: Good morning, Mr. Mayor. I used to be questioning if you happen to and Dr. Chokshi may make clear the steerage on testing. Does that apply to even vaccinated people who’re planning to be at occasions with different vaccinated people?
Mayor: Dr. Chokshi and Dr. Lengthy offers you the clarification, Elizabeth. I believe the essential level to make is that testing is one other highly effective device to maintain individuals protected. And once more, we’re profitable this battle towards COVID, however we’ve received to maintain at it. Vaccinations for these not but vaccinated, boosters for many who are vaccinated, testing regularly. Dr. Chokshi, then Dr. Lengthy.
Commissioner Chokshi: Thanks, sir. I am going to begin with the large image and I do know Dr. Lengthy will fill in. The transient model is that when totally vaccinated individuals are gathering with different totally vaccinated individuals, that does imply that the danger is considerably decrease, and that is why we have taken the entire steps that we have now to encourage vaccination. And people are the most secure forms of gatherings that individuals can have over the vacations. With respect to the testing steerage that was introduced at the moment, it does apply to everybody no matter vaccination. And the rationale for that’s that it is one extra layer of security, , yet one more precaution, significantly when you’ve got teams of individuals coming collectively attributable to gatherings or journey. However I am going to flip to Dr. Lengthy, who’s actually been main the cost on this.
Mayor: Thanks. Dr. Lengthy?
Government Director Lengthy: Thanks. And Dr. Chokshi mentioned the entire essential factors. I’ll simply emphasize that what’s enabled us to achieve success as a metropolis in holding our metropolis protected with respect to COVID has been our layered method and our skill to do all of this collectively. So, sure, the steerage does apply to vaccinated and unvaccinated people. And, at the moment, on a number of – on many days, greater than 100,000 individuals are getting examined on a given day, that features vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. So, New Yorkers are prepared to nonetheless be brave and make these sacrifices. And going into the vacations, we simply wish to guarantee that we’re persevering with to not let our guard down and hold our metropolis protected the identical method that we have now all through. It is significantly related for unvaccinated individuals, however, for everybody, we wish to management this virus to maintain our metropolis protected.
Mayor: Amen. Go, forward, Elizabeth. Elizabeth? Perhaps you are muted. I do not know. Elizabeth, are you there? Effectively, we are able to go – we are able to go on and we’ll give her a second query after.
Moderator: We will go to Juliet with 1010 WINS.
Query: Hey, Mr. Mayor. Good morning. Good morning, all people. I do not know if you happen to caught Mayor-elect Eric Adams on Stephen Colbert final night time, however he was providing him marijuana rolling papers. Do you assume that is a good suggestion?
Mayor: I wish to examine the contents of that bag, Juliet. I believe it might have been simulated. However look, I believe it was enjoyable. I simply assume it was enjoyable. He was taking part in round. Eric’s received an amazing humorousness. And I actually simply recognize that he had fun on that present, as a result of that is the concept. Go forward, Juliet.
Query: Okay. Second, totally different matter – what are your issues about rising an infection charges? Governor Hochul has been indicating that she would impose restrictions if the numbers spike. Are you and your well being consultants additionally contemplating that?
Mayor: No. We’ll at all times look ahead to the information. Clearly, all the pieces’s led by the info and the science. That is why New York Metropolis has performed so nicely. And our comeback and our restoration from COVID will at all times be centered on the info and science. However we simply went over the info with you and, thank God, the state of affairs continues to be excellent right here in New York Metropolis. I do know there’s some actual challenges across the state, nevertheless it’s excellent right here, due to the excessive stage of vaccination and since we’re persevering with to develop vaccination each single day. I imply, immediately, you see in, actually, about 10 days’ time a really profitable youth vaccination effort that is reached virtually 75,000 5- to 11-year-olds. We see fixed efforts, due to our mandates, reaching extra and extra of our public staff, an increasing number of New Yorkers. The incentives and, clearly, now, the heavy concentrate on the boosters – it is all working. So, we have to hold doing this and do the testing as nicely. That is how we ensure that we by no means need to go to these type of restrictions.
Moderator: Our subsequent query goes to Steve with WCBS 880.
Query: Hey. Good morning, Mr. Mayor. How are you?
Mayor: Good, Steve. The way you been?
Query: Doing all proper. One other testing query for you. Simply needed to see – I suppose Dr. Lengthy may additionally weigh in on this – what the common turnaround time is correct now so if we inform people to get examined earlier than they journey or get a big gathering, how far upfront ought to they be doing that?
Mayor: Glorious query. That is actually information you should use, as a result of individuals have to know this as they’re making their plan. So, Dr. Lengthy, what is the real-world actuality of how lengthy it is taken individuals to get their outcomes again?
Government Director Lengthy: Thanks, Steve. Nice query. So, the median turnaround time, the final I noticed, which we’ll ship you later at the moment, absolutely the [inaudible] model was at some point. So, that is at some point median turnaround time throughout all of our testing in New York Metropolis. I additionally need to make the purpose, Steve, although, that we do wish to encourage individuals to get examined in no matter format is sensible for them. So, we have now speedy assessments. We have antigen assessments the place you will get your outcome again inside quarter-hour. All of our newly [inaudible] to be over the following month, doubled cellular fleet by way of Take a look at and Hint will at all times supply the PCR check with the median turnaround time of at some point, speedy assessments with a turnaround time of quarter-hour, and likewise saliva assessments if that is the best way that you simply wish to get examined for you and your loved ones. We wish to attempt to meet you the place you’re. I believe at some point is superb for turnaround time and good going to make all people conscious of that. So, I recognize your query. However our aim is basically to satisfy you the place you’re, no matter method you wish to get examined.
Mayor: Amen. Go forward, Steve.
Query: Thanks very a lot. Type of a much bigger image query on the place we’re on COVID – what metrics ought to we be wanting at, at this level, to see the place we’re? I’ve seen some opinions that say case numbers are getting much less related now, due to vaccines. So, , amongst the well being consultants right here, what ought to we be taking a look at to see if we’re in good form or deteriorating form, entering into the colder months right here?
Mayor: I am going to begin earlier than the well being consultants and say, as a result of I wish to communicate to my fellow New Yorkers. Backside line, the variety of vaccinated New Yorkers is the one most essential truth. That is the number-one metric, and that features variety of people who’ve gotten the booster. After which, number-two, hospitalization charge. These are the 2 issues we watch most intently. Dr. Chokshi, then Dr. Lengthy.
Commissioner Chokshi: Thanks, sir. And, sure, the Mayor is totally proper. These are the important thing indicators, which the Mayor goes over every single day, as , and which we share by way of these conferences as nicely as on our web site every day. We at all times have a look at all the pieces to create the full image. And the vaccination charge provides us one of the best image about who’s protected throughout New York Metropolis. After which, we have a look at circumstances, and hospitalizations, and deaths as nicely. What we’re seeing is that we have had an uptick in circumstances in current days. However what we’re following is whether or not or not that interprets into a major enhance within the extreme outcomes, significantly hospitalizations and deaths. We’re not seeing that as but, however we have now to maintain a detailed eye on it. However the essential factor is, whilst we comply with the entire knowledge, we have now a whole lot of company. We’ve a whole lot of management over what this season will seem like. We’ve extra instruments at our disposal than we did on the similar time final 12 months, significantly vaccination with the pediatric vaccination drive, as nicely as our boosters. However we even have instruments that assist us to avert essentially the most extreme outcomes. For instance, entry to monoclonal antibody therapy. And we have oral antivirals approaching the horizon as nicely. So, let me wrap all of it up to say, we’ll have a look at the entire knowledge as we at all times do. We wish to ensure that that we stop essentially the most extreme outcomes from COVID, and we have now the instruments to do this.
Mayor: Amen. Dr. Lengthy, do you wish to add?
Government Director Lengthy: Yeah. I would love so as to add. Steve, I actually recognize that query. As Dr. Chokshi mentioned, concretely, we have a look at circumstances, hospitalizations, and deaths, and that guides how we deploy our assets and what we do throughout New York Metropolis. However I need you to know – and I actually meant after I mentioned this – and I’m proud to be a New Yorker, due to all the pieces New Yorkers do every single day. Individuals are carrying their masks. Individuals are getting examined. After which, what Dr. Chokshi and I do to verify we’re offering all of the safety we are able to for our metropolis is make assessments accessible, make monoclonal antibodies accessible, proceed issues like contact tracing, the place we’re presently reaching 89 p.c of all new circumstances. We have recognized 1.2 million shut contacts, which is 1.2 million alternatives to interrupt chains of transmission. And that is one thing particular to New York Metropolis. We will proceed doing all of this stuff, some behind the scenes, some are proper out in entrance, which is us speaking about testing at the moment to maintain our cities protected. And I believe that makes a definable distinction in comparison with different cities. But it surely all comes all the way down to, I believe, the braveness and New Yorkers have had all through of getting examined, getting vaccinated at larger charges than different locations. And all the pieces else – we’ll proceed to do all the pieces else to guard our metropolis to comply with that.
Mayor: Thanks a lot. Go forward.
Moderator: Our subsequent query goes to Katie with The Metropolis.
Query: Hey. Good morning, Mayor de Blasio. How are you?
Mayor: Good, Katie? How have you ever been?
Query: I’m good. So, I needed to ask – so, I wrote a narrative about households who had been displaced from their properties due to Hurricane Ida. They had been saying that in a lodge close to Kennedy Airport, they usually had been type of getting bounced round, I suppose. HPD up to date me this morning that they are going to keep in Queens indirectly. However I am curious, I do know that after Ida occurred, there was a whole lot of dialogue in your half about, I suppose, offering providers and assist to those households. I simply do not know, , what’s the long-term plan for a few of these tenants of properties which can be nonetheless uninhabitable? Perhaps they’ve distinctive circumstances the place it makes it troublesome. However I simply needed to know if you happen to had an replace on what is going on to occur to a whole lot of these households. HPD mentioned that they supply housing to greater than 380 individuals since Ida. So, I do not know what the Metropolis’s plan is.
Mayor: Yeah. Katie, the final data I received, the overwhelming majority of individuals, thank God, we’re ready to return to their properties, as a result of a lot of the harm normally was simply basements. And it was actual harm, and really costly, and really painful, not to mention the horrible tragedies that some households went by way of once they misplaced individuals. However what I’ve understood is, the overwhelming majority of households who did want our motels had been ready to return to their properties. Anybody who’s unable to return to their residence, in fact, we’ll do all the pieces to get them to some type of everlasting or long-term reasonably priced housing. And we, clearly, wish to hold individuals as near residence as potential in the method. So, we’ll proceed to assist every household till they get to full decision hopefully within the overwhelming majority of circumstances, which means their residence is nice once more and a few place they are often. Go forward, Katie.
Query: So, you talked about getting long-term reasonably priced housing. I imply, what’s – the owners I spoke to – or, not the owners, the tenants and the residents I spoke to, they mentioned they do not have – they have not heard something about any, type of, long-term reasonably priced housing possibility. They wish to keep within the neighborhoods as a result of their youngsters go to faculty there or grandchildren. So, do you’ve got extra particulars? As a result of I believe these individuals would love to listen to what the Metropolis’s plan is to make sure that they get long-term reasonably priced housing or no matter type of housing they want. After which, as well as, what is the newest replace on the Metropolis’s work when it comes to creating like a database of basement residences for, God forbid, the following time a storm occurs. What’s the newest on that?
Mayor: That might be performed. We mentioned on the very starting, after we put out the report after Hurricane Ida, that work needs to be performed forward of the following hurricane season. It’s transferring ahead. It’s funded. It’s going to occur on schedule. Earlier than that, it takes a whole lot of work, it is by no means been performed earlier than in the historical past of town. It’s going to get performed. I am fairly assured. And I checked in on this just lately. To the households – look, Katie, we have had this case after different tragedies. Any household that may return to their residence, that is, by far, the perfect. And any method we are able to assist them, and there is a whole lot of totally different Metropolis instruments, federal instruments, State instruments to assist them get again to their residence, keep of their residence. That’s by far the perfect. We have had some conditions, you bear in mind the hearth some months in the past in Queens, the place there was no method to return to the house. In that case, we moved to get individuals reasonably priced housing as shut to the house neighborhood as potential. However the fact is, there are limits on the place reasonably priced housing is and we will not at all times discover the perfect of getting somebody again proper the place they had been and in reasonably priced housing. Typically we have now to say, hey, if you would like the reasonably priced housing, it is in one other a part of the borough, that is what we have now accessible now, we’ll do our greatest to make the match. However, once more, I believe within the case of Ida, the overwhelming majority of households can get again to their properties. We’ll assist them in doing that. Anybody who – actually, the house is not livable, we’ll work with them to seek out the closest location potential and as rapidly as potential some reasonably priced possibility. And I am going to have our crew comply with up. And any household that hasn’t heard, then we’ll guarantee that people from HPD are speaking to them immediately.
Moderator: Our subsequent query goes to Reuvain with Hamodia.
Query: Good morning, Mr. Mayor. How are you doing at the moment?
Mayor: Good, Reuvain. How are you?
Query: Not liking the chilly –
Mayor: I agree. We’re in whole unity at the moment, Reuvain.
Query: So, my query is for you and the docs. A State Well being Division official, who was interviewed as a part of the Cuomo investigation whose transcripts had been launched final week, expressed her unhappiness to investigators with what she described as the chief chamber controlling State DOH actions throughout COVID and never permitting them to work along with the Metropolis. Now, I wish to particularly ask you about how a number of weeks after Cuomo enacted the Cluster Motion Initiative, some elected officers and crimson zones had been calling on town to, as soon as once more, launch the seven-day COVID an infection charges by ZIP code. They mentioned that the numbers would present that the charges of their communities had gone down and the crimson zones are not justified. However the Metropolis didn’t launch these numbers, regardless of many requests from the electeds and the media officers. The Metropolis mentioned, you needed to align with the State’s method, which was not ZIP code based mostly. So, now, that presumably there is no extra worry of crossing Cuomo, I would wish to ask, whereas presently Metropolis officers introduced the refusal to launch the numbers as a spirit of collaboration with the State, did you, in truth, wish to launch all of them alongside whereas the pressured by the chief chamber not to take action?
Mayor: Reuvain, I’d say it otherwise, truthfully, we thought the method that we had been taking was the clearest method. I used to be confused and confounded by the zones the State created. They had been in some way, , self-created geographical models after we had been working from well-recognized geography and we thought it simply made a lot extra sense to simply take what we knew and work from that. And also you hit the nail on the pinnacle that sadly at that time with that Governor, the State – if town did one thing, irrespective of how good or how efficient, the State needed to do it some totally different method. So, a whole lot of good work was performed down right here that received ignored and the State got here up with its personal system and we needed to keep away from even additional confusion in order that’s why we did what we did. However I am going to let the docs touch upon the larger state of affairs as docs. I’d say this, we knew that individuals had been being advised to not discuss to us as a result of we could not get solutions from them, that is how we knew, and that is simply unsuitable. It was a world pandemic, it was unsuitable that the professionals had been not likely allowed to speak to the professionals and get the type of solutions that might defend individuals’s well being. Dr. Chokshi, Dr. Lengthy, you wish to add something? 
Commissioner Chokshi: Thank you, sir. Not a lot so as to add, , simply on the query of why we went with ZIP codes, the transient notice that I am going to add is that, , we at all times use science and knowledge, however we match it as much as the human expertise. , the steerage that we give needs to be couched within the context of how individuals really stay their lives, and so individuals know their ZIP code, , individuals know the geography that they are related to based mostly on their ZIP code, and in order that’s why, you know, we put ahead that method. And as , Reuvain, we proceed to report our check positivity by ZIP code on our web site as nicely. The one different factor I am going to say is that, , it is, it has been an exquisite collaboration with the State Well being Division over the previous few weeks and months, and we’re all on this battle towards the virus collectively, and that is how that is how we ought to all be doing our jobs as professionals.  
Mayor: Amen. Go forward, Reuvain. 
Query: So, yeah, this official who was interviewed, she additionally mentioned there have been metrics our employees would work on, however they’d solely be introduced that individuals met the metrics in the event that they got here from the chief chamber. Some areas met the metrics and might be referred to as the zone, and others met the metrics that might not be referred to as the zone. Did you’ve got any discussions or attempt to have any discussions arguing in regards to the totally different coloration coded zones? Or had been there some other particular points you could possibly level to of difficulties you had with the State the place they pressured you or did not will let you do one thing you need it to, and in hindsight, do you really feel you perhaps ought to’ve stood up extra forcefully and publicly towards the Governor? 
Mayor: Reuvain, I really feel I stood up forcefully and publicly towards the Governor many instances beginning with the actually foundational level about shelter in place, and I referred to as for it, he attacked that very readily. I solely want he had acted faster, we may have saved much more lives. There’s loads of instances after I stood up to him. I stood as much as him on freedom to vaccinate, that is the one motive we had been in a position to vaccinate seniors and first responders as rapidly as we did. Yeah, we fought over a whole lot of this stuff and it was unhappy. It should not have been that method. It simply should not have been that method. 
Moderator: We’re going to return to Elizabeth for her second query. 
Query: Thank you a lot. I needed to ask in regards to the Governor’s feedback yesterday, that if we get by way of the vacations with out a surge, that she would direct the State Well being Division to have a look at methods to calm down measures that features masks in colleges. And I needed you, Mr. Mayor, and likewise presumably Dr. Chokshi and Dr. Lengthy to touch upon that. 
Mayor: Look, I have never seen the Governor’s particular feedback. I am going to solely say what place we’re taking right here in New York Metropolis, I would say do not depend your chickens earlier than they’re hatched. , we really feel actually good about the place we’re within the battle towards COVID as a result of we have now such a excessive stage of vaccination, and we consider individuals are listening to the decision to get vaccinated. , younger individuals getting vaccinated in excessive numbers, people are popping out for the booster. We have to hold that going and now add this testing method intensely on high of it. So, I really feel excellent about the place we stand, however earlier than we take away the issues that have labored, we have now to be actually, actually sure. Our colleges have been an wonderful instance of a method that labored. We created a gold commonplace of well being and security measures. They labored, they saved the varsity protected, our colleges are open, our children are all at school, it is a nice, good thing for town, however we have now to guard it. So, in some unspecified time in the future we might love to remove the masks restriction, however that needs to be based mostly on the info and the science. We’ve to be actually, actually certain it is the best time to do it. Dr. Chokshi? 
Commissioner Chokshi: Sir, you mentioned all of it. I’d simply add by saying that we have now to be extra relentless than the virus. We have been at this for nearly two years and, , time and once more this virus has humbled us and so we have to carry to bear each potential intervention that we are able to to proceed saving lives and stopping struggling, and we have now to do it with a whole lot of humility. Thanks. 
Mayor: Dave Chokshi as soon as once more, breaks it on down, we have now to be extra relentless than the virus. Dave, you mentioned all of it there. That is a extremely nice mind-set about it and that is how we win ultimately. 
Moderator: Our subsequent query goes to Mike with the Each day Information. 
Query: Hey, good morning, Mr. Mayor. Good morning to all people on the decision, how are you doing? 
Mayor: I am doing nicely, besides I at all times consider you as Michael. Your byline says Michael, however the crew right here from Metropolis Corridor at all times says Mike. What do you like? 
Query: I – it does not matter. I, , and after I put my title in it, I put in Mike or Michael relying on how rushed I’m I suppose. 
Mayor: It will depend on the day.  
Query: I recognize you asking. I recognize you asking. Thanks.  
Mayor: You are all proper, man.  
Query: I needed to ask you in regards to the Council Speaker’s race which, , in the end might or might not have an effect on you relying on what you do after your Mayor. Who do you wish to turn into the following Metropolis Council Speaker? 
Mayor: I like lots of people. Look, I’ve labored carefully with a lot of the people whoo are working, there’s a whole lot of nice individuals. I am not going to handicap, I am not going to inform you particular vignettes about every particular person. I’ll say there are a whole lot of nice candidates. I ran for Speaker myself as soon as upon a time. I can inform you a whole lot of actually succesful people who find themselves taking a look at that job and that is good for New York Metropolis. Go forward, Michael. 
Query: So, I wish to return to one thing you mentioned earlier within the information briefing. You mentioned one thing to the impact, I am not going to cite precisely, however that this $100 that is being provided as an incentive that, , we deserve this, proper? And I am taking my youngsters and to get their vaccinations at the moment, I am attempting to show them each essential considering abilities, and so after I ask about this, , what – why can we deserve this? And could not that cash be higher spent, you know, versus, , every – I do not know if they will – my youngsters are going every get a $100 invoice at the moment or what – after I take them to get vaccinations, I am undecided what to anticipate, however , why do they deserve it versus, , one of many many public faculty youngsters within the metropolis who are, , sadly homeless, proper? I imply, are you able to, I suppose, discuss about {that a} bit? 
Mayor: Yeah, hear, Michael I do know the query is from the guts, however let me put it in perspective. We – 400,000 New Yorkers have gotten that incentive. Meaning 400,000 individuals who received vaccinated, which is holding your complete metropolis protected and is why we’re one of many most secure locations within the nation, which is why jobs are coming again, vacationers are coming again. That is what we’d like for our metropolis. For a lot of folks that incentive meant quite a bit, and it will depend on the household, clearly some households perhaps $100 doesn’t suggest quite a bit, there is a hell of quite a bit of households for whom $100 is a really, very large deal. After they hear the youngsters can every get $100, it encourages them to come back ahead, recover from a number of the issues they’ve. I imply, I am not saying they don’t seem to be legitimate issues or actual issues, however lots of people simply want that further little incentive to get there and it is helped. So, we thought, in fact, about what’s one of the best use of public cash. That is one of the best use of public cash, if it will get extra individuals vaccinated. By getting individuals vaccinated, we carry town again. There’s different issues we have now to take care of, however job one is to carry this metropolis again. 
Moderator: We have time for 2 extra questions for at the moment. Our subsequent query goes to Erin with Politico. 
Query: Hello, Mr. Mayor. I wish to ask, do you’ve got any knowledge with reference to the booster pictures on how a lot they’re stopping breakthrough circumstances or how a lot they’re boosting effectiveness? Like as an example, I believe we noticed there was a research out of the UK yesterday that the booster bumped it again as much as 94 p.c. Can we have something from that [inaudible] town on how efficient they’re? 
Mayor: Glorious, wonderful query. On that, I’m going to show to the docs to provide the newest from their analysis, Dr. Chokshi then Dr. Lengthy. 
Commissioner Chokshi: Thank you a lot, sir, and thanks Erin for this essential query. The brief reply is that no, we do not have metropolis particular knowledge as but, though we’re monitoring this when it comes to booster shot uptake, in addition to effectiveness. However it should take us, , a bit longer to need to have any outcomes that we’re in a position to share. However what we do know is there’s a sturdy scientific evidence-based not simply from the scientific trials that was performed on the boosters, which the FDA and the CDC reviewed, which confirmed each a rise in safety upwards of 90 p.c, as you talked about towards symptomatic illness as soon as one will get a booster shot. However maybe much more importantly, for people who find themselves significantly weak, the safety towards essentially the most extreme outcomes like hospitalization and demise is even higher than that, and it is that evidence-based that has led us to encourage the uptake of booster pictures broadly, however significantly for people who find themselves extra weak, together with these older than 65, individuals with underlying medical circumstances, and significantly those that obtained the J & J vaccine. Thanks. 
Mayor: Thank you, Dr. Lengthy. You wish to add? 
Government Director Lengthy: Yeah, simply Erin, on a private notice, I recognize your query. We’re wanting ahead to understanding its impact throughout New York Metropolis. I’ve gotten my booster as a result of I consider within the proof that Dr. Chokshi simply mentioned and as I inform my sufferers, that is what the proof means. I consider in it sufficient that I’ve gotten the booster myself and I provided to offer the booster to my sufferers myself, and that provides on the desk so that you can put on, Erin. 
Mayor: Go forward, Erin. 
Query: You know I already received mine, however thanks for the supply. I additionally needed to ask, we had been speaking about vacation gatherings, getting examined, but additionally, , Dr. Chokshi talked about vaccinated – all vaccinated gatherings being the most secure. Simply questioning if in case you have any steerage for, , holidays is usually a supply of stress for households. I believe there are some conditions the place, , there’s an unvaccinated relative and that perhaps is inflicting a supply of battle. How do you assume individuals ought to deal with that for his or her gatherings? Are you most likely going to say encourage them to get vaccinated, however assuming that hasn’t labored, , must you not invite unvaccinated individuals or uninvite them, and attempt to have a vaccinated solely gathering, or is there another mitigation you may take? 
Mayor: It is a nice query. Erin has a troublesome query and look sometime we’ll look again at this time in our historical past, and I hope we’ll look again at it as a time within the previous that is not repeated when it comes to this battle over one thing as primary as how we hold individuals wholesome. I hope it is a passing second. I actually do. And I assume ultimately after we come out of COVID and it’s confirmed that vaccination is what saved us, that individuals are going to reevaluate, type of get away from the political tensions and see issues otherwise over time. So, I am longing for the longer term, however for the right here and now it is an actual concern. I believe there’s a power, actually, in setting your individual floor rule. , you consider what we have performed with colleges. Once we mentioned all of the adults in colleges needed to be vaccinated, with eating places, we mentioned, it’s a must to be vaccinated to go to the restaurant. What the Broadway neighborhood did, they mentioned, you wish to see the most wonderful theater on this planet, it’s a must to be vaccinated. It actually inspired individuals, and it mentioned, that is only a clear floor rule. And principally we noticed lots of people meet that floor rule. Even when it wasn’t the unique intention, they did meet the bottom rule. So, I’d say, for households, to encourage the numerous, many individuals on the market who – it isn’t a dogmatic factor, it is one thing the place they simply have not made up their thoughts, or they’re feeling pulled in several instructions. However I believe if households say, search for the nice – particularly the oldest relations – let’s all get vaccinated. I believe a whole lot of different relations will hear that, they’re going to respect it, and that is going to be encouragement for individuals to get vaccinated. And even a state of affairs the place you simply have some unmovable individuals, you bought to determine if you happen to can create a protected setting. For those who can, perhaps that is the compromise you make sure, , steps you take to maintain everybody protected. Perhaps it is yet one more set of holidays the place there is a lot of zoom, which isn’t enjoyable for anybody, however perhaps that is needed significantly, once more, to guard older individuals. However I –, my recommendation to people is that if you consider in vaccination, set that rule in your residence, not in a adverse method, however in a constructive method, encouraging others to get vaccinated for the nice of all. 
Moderator: Our final query for at the moment goes to Abu with Bangla Patrika. 
Mayor: Can you hear us? If you do not have him, you may go to 1 different, if in case you have? That is all we have now? All proper. So, I am going to wrap up and I am simply going to repeat as a result of I like this a lot with what Dave Chokshi mentioned. I’m going to do a e-book of Dave Chokshi sayings. We’ve to be extra relentless than the virus that claims all of it everybody. New Yorkers have been extra relentless than the virus. That is why we’re doing in addition to we’re doing. Let’s hold displaying the world what New York Metropolis’s able to and are available again sturdy. Thanks, all people. 

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