WANTAGH, N.Y. (WIVB) Governor Cuomo’s Sunday COVID-19 briefing was held at Jones Beach and he used the backdrop to announce that some state beaches, campgrounds, and RV Parks will be open on Memorial Day.

The governor said that both hospitalizations and intubations are down in New York State.

“The total number of hospitalizations is down and that’s good news. The number of deaths ticked up which is terrible news but the overall line is still good,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo confirmed 1,589 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 361,515 confirmed cases in New York State and that the number of deaths has risen to a total of 109 in 24 hours.

Starting Sunday, Cuomo says New York professional sports leagues will begin training camps while following appropriate health protocols, and veterinarians can continue practicing Tuesday.

Despite the numbers going down, Cuomo still advises to exercise caution and practice social distancing.

“Even though it has been a long time and people are anxious we have to be smart and keep watching those numbers. Following the science, not the politics. This is not a political ideology question. This is a public health question. It’s about a disease, stopping the disease, stopping the spread of the disease and that’s science, it’s not politics.” 

Kelly Khatib is a digital reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.