Nearly 800 lives were lost to the coronavirus across New York in the past 24 hours, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced alongside some encouraging news too — fewer people across the state are being admitted to hospitals or needing intubation.
Just 85 COVID-19 hospitalizations were reported Saturday — the lowest since at least March 16, Cuomo said at an Albany press briefing.
“The good news is the curve of the increase is continuing to flatten,” he said. Earlier in the month, the infected streamed into emergency rooms at rates of more than 1,000 a day.
New ICU admissions and ventilator intubations are hovering in the 100-patients-per day range, just a third of the rate from a week prior — with a record low 56 patients admitted to intensive care wards in the past day, the governor said.
Still, Saturday marked the fifth consecutive day of 700 or more fatalities across New York, with 783 deaths reported, pushing the state’s “horrific” total to 8,627, the governor said.
The single-day death surpassed the 777 reported the day before, but short of the grim record of 799 announced Thursday.
“The number is stabilizing, but it’s stabilizing at [a] horrific rate,” the governor said. “These are just incredible numbers, depicting incredible loss and pain.”
There were nearly 400 deaths in the Big Apple since Friday morning, for a total tally of 5,463, city data revealed. The number of infected in the city grew to 96,522, with over 3,100 new cases, the data show.
The spread from the city outward has also stabilized, the governor said, with about 64 percent of all cases in the city, 22 percent on Long Island, 8 percent in Westchester and Rockland counties and 6 percent upstate.
The governor refuted suggestions that he overreacted last month when he called for more federal aid and pushed to create new hospital beds at places like the Javits Center that have gone underutilized.
He noted that epidemiological models predicted up to 136,000 people could have been infected by now.
New York’s data, the governor said, is akin to a halftime score.
“We don’t know if there’s going to be a second wave or not, all of these things are yet to come.”
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