New York has reached its lowest level of hospitalizations and its lowest three-day average death toll since mid-March, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.
Hospitalizations in New York dropped below 800 to 799 on Friday for the first time since March 18 as Cuomo commended New Yorkers for their work in following coronavirus protocols.
Cuomo revealed Saturday morning that the three-day average death toll in the state has also dropped to seven people, the lowest it has been since March 16.
There were six deaths from coronavirus in New York Friday bringing the total death toll to 24, 974.
It marks an incredible turn around for the state at the epicenter of the country’s outbreak just a few weeks ago when new cases and deaths were reaching disturbing numbers.
On Friday, coronavirus hospitalizations in New York dipped under 800 for the first time since March 18, in a remarkable turn around for the state that was at the center of the outbreak
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that New York has reached its lowest level of hospitalizations and its lowest three-day average death toll since mid-March
Governor Andrew Cuomo warned New Yorkers to continue with social distancing
Gov. Cuomo warned, however, that ‘the virus doesn’t take a weekend off’ as he urged caution and called on the state’s residents to continue social distancing and wearing masks in light of the spike in cases in other states.
He added that the progress the state has made is thanks to the willingness of its residents to follow protocols.
‘Throughout this pandemic, we’ve made progress by recognizing that state and local governments can’t fight the virus on their own,’ Gov. Cuomo said in a statement.
‘The efforts of everyday New Yorkers to socially distance, wear masks and wash their hands are central to our ability to slow the spread and save lives.’
While the number of New Yorkers suffering with coronavirus continues to fall, Cuomo have voiced fears that a resurgence in cases is inevitable amid outbreaks in other states.
‘I urge residents to stay New York Tough and not give up the ground we’ve worked so hard to gain together, particularly in the face of rising cases throughout the country and compliance issues here at home, Cuomo warned.
‘Wear a mask. Stay six feet apart. Wash your hands with soap. Be smart. It’s Up To Us, New York,’ he added in a tweet.
There were 730 additional coronavirus cases confirmed on Friday bringing the statewide total to 401,029.
New York City accounted for 307 of these new cases which leaves it with 218,710 total positive tests, according to the state health department.
There were 76 new cases confirmed in Suffolk County and 51 in Erie.
Outside of NYC, the highest number of total cases are in Nassau County (42,267) and Suffolk County (41,987).
Out of the tests conducted in New York yesterday, only 1.05 percent were positive. There were 69,203 tests performed in total.
Cuomo released that only 1.05 percent of tests came back positive on Friday
Western New York and Central New York had the highest percentage of positive tests.
There were 75 new hospitalizations, down by 12 from the previous day.
The six news deaths mean that the state is edging ever closer to 25,000 deaths.
Every region of the state is now in stage four of reopening, apart from NYC which remains in stage three.
While New York’s coronavirus numbers improve, the U.S. coronavirus death rate has started going up again, driven by Florida, Texas and other states in the South and West where infections have exploded in recent weeks.
Stark figures reveal the long-expected upturn in the nation’s daily death toll has begun, with another 802 fatalities recorded Friday.
The seven-day rolling average has jumped by almost 100 victims in the last two weeks alone, driven by record-high numbers of new cases in several southern states, which are now starting to translate into a spike in deaths.
More than 134,000 Americans have now been killed in the pandemic and a leading medical expert has warned that this could climb to 250,000 by the end of the year.
Daily reported deaths increased in 27 states in the last two weeks, driven by a smaller group of states where infections have reached record levels.
California is averaging 91 reported deaths per day while Texas is close behind with 66.
Florida, Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey and South Carolina have also recorded sizable rises.