NEW YORK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo took time to look at the broader picture of the coronavirus’ impact on the United States, and how New York compares to other states.

In New York, hospitalizations continue to drop and the death rate has remained low, and relatively flat in recent days.

In fact, the state has the lowest rate of transmission than any other state in the nation, as of Friday.

The latest numbers show COVID-19 cases increasing in 23 states, some of which are seeing their highest numbers yet.

Gov. Cuomo says these increases are the result of some states opening too early and without proper safety procedures.

Calling New York the “progressive capital of the nation,” Cuomo told New Yorkers to “stay smart,” in how they react to the pandemic.

In New York, 42 people died as a result of the coronavirus on Thursday. 10 of these people were nursing home residents.

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