New York continues seeing drop in coronavirus deaths and hospitalizations, Gov. Cuomo says

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New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (D) speaking at a press conference on corona virus at the State Capitol.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that the state is now “on the other side of the mountain” as the daily number of hospitalizations, rate of new infections and deaths related to Covid-19 continues to decline.

Cuomo said the state was hoping for a faster decline in the number of hospitalizations than it’s currently experiencing. However, the number is still declining, which is “good news,” he said. 

The state reported 9,647 total hospitalizations on Sunday, down from 9,786, Cuomo said. 

An additional 226 people died from Covid-19 on Sunday, he said, which makes four consecutive days that daily figure has been below 300. The last time the number of deaths was below 300 was on March 31. The state recorded its deadliest day on April 10 when 799 people died.

The three-day rolling average number of people who have been hospitalized with Covid-19 has also declined to 717, which is also good news because it had plateaued around 900 for a few days, he said. 

“You see that mountain that we went up, now we’re on the other side of the mountain. You start to see the shape of the mountain, unfortunately the decline from the mountain is not as steep as the incline,” Cuomo said while referencing a chart of total hospitalizations in the state related to Covid-19.   

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York state’s reopening will be more difficult than when it was first closed nearly two months ago, Cuomo said. He said it’s clear that anxiety has started to take hold in the state’s communities, which can be seen through increased cases of alcoholism, substance abuse and domestic violence. 

“This is not a sustainable situation — close down everything, close down the economy, lock yourself in the home. You can do it for a short period of time, but you can’t do it forever,” Cuomo said. 

However, he said that the state can’t rush to reopen society and risk another spike in cases. He said that the state is also watching other countries that may have reopened too soon, such as Germany and Singapore, and saw a resurgence in Covid-19 cases. 

This is a developing story. Please check back later for updates. 

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