NEW YORK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Speaking from New York City on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said coronavirus-related hospitalizations have reached a new low since March.
The latest number is 706.
On Wednesday, 13 people died after contracting COVID-19. One of them was a nursing home resident.
In western New York, 1.5 percent of the people who were tested for the virus on Wednesday turned out positive.
Looking at the state as a whole, 1.16 percent of the 69,698 tests given on Wednesday were positive. That’s 811 tests.
|Central New York||1.0%||0.7%||0.8%|
|New York City||1.4%||1.2%||1.3%|
|Western New York||1.6%||0.9%||1.5%|
Now, 409,697 cases have been identified in New York.
|County||Total Positive||New Positive|
Cuomo congratulated New Yorkers again for how they’ve helped slow the spread of COVID-19. The Governor credits social distancing, wearing masks and a slow, phased reopening for this.
He also introduced a new word on Thursday — “reclosing.” This is in reference to the states that have been forced to move backwards in their reopening after cases spiked.
Cuomo says the spike is because some states, like Florida, loosened their restrictions too quickly.
Still, Cuomo noted the rise in cases in younger people — something Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein have recently spoke about.
The Governor says that the weekly average COVID-19 rate among people age 21-30 has gone up from 9.9. percent to 13.2 percent.
Taking a page out of the Beastie Boys’ book and rewriting it, Cuomo’s message to young people was that now is not “the time to fight for your right to party.”
Cuomo spoke about testing in a different group, too — people who are at least 55 and incarcerated. The state announced the results of the expanded testing initiative.
Of the roughly 4,000 who were tested, 1.9 percent (or 77 people) turned out positive.