Governor Cuomo made an announcement and briefed on the COVID-19 response at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.
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Coronavirus deaths in New York State have dropped below 100, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday, marking the lowest daily virus count since March 24.
The governor said the 84 new deaths reported were a “tragedy” but that the downward trend in daily deaths was a sign that the state was making significant progress.
“The fact that it is as low as it is is really good news overall,” Cuomo said at a press conference at the governor’s mansion in Albany. “In my head, I always wanted to be under 100 years old. For me, it’s just a sign of real progress.”
At its peak, the state reported more than 3,100 new cases and nearly 800 deaths per day in late March and early April. He has since experienced a continuing decline in hospitalizations, intubations and new cases.
Cuomo said central Hudson will reopen on Tuesday and Long Island will reopen on Wednesday as part of the state’s Phase 1 plan, in which some non-core businesses will open under protocols -stated security services.
On Friday, the governor issued an executive order authorizing groups of up to 10 people anywhere in New York, as long as social distance is maintained. New York City and surrounding areas have not reached state guidelines that would allow any reopening.
The virus continues to spread in the United States, with more than 1.6 million cases and at least 96,007 deaths.