NY Gov. Cuomo announces lowest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations since March


FILE – In this June 15, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo removes a mask as he holds a news conference in Tarrytown, N.Y. New York’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, already among the highest in the nation, could actually be a significant undercount. Unlike every other state with major outbreaks, New York only counts residents who died on nursing home property and not those who died in hospitals. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NewsNation/WTEN) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that hospitalizations have dropped to their lowest figure since March 17.

Friday’s hospitalization rate was 523. The governor also announced a new record of coronavirus tests in the state, 88,668. Of the total test results, 734, or under 1%, were positive.

“In New York, we knew from the beginning that testing would be a key factor in controlling this new virus. We ramped up testing immediately and took a nation-leading role in developing the capacity to test as many New Yorkers as possible, and I’m proud that we continue to raise the bar and we’ve broken our record high once again,” Cuomo said.

“Yesterday’s numbers – especially the new low in hospitalizations – continue to reflect the progress we’ve made during this pandemic, but we will keep monitoring the data and the alarming increases in cases around the country,” said Cuomo. “My message is the same: stay New York Smart, wash your hands, socially distance, and wear masks.”

Gov. Cuomo also confirmed 734 additional cases of the coronavirus. The statewide total is now 424,901 confirmed cases.

On Friday, there were five deaths due to COVID-19. The state death total is now 25,244. One of those deaths was from Schenectady.

The State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force are also continuing to follow up on bars in violation of state requirements. Yesterday, the groups visited 1,344 establishments in New York City and Long Island. They found 22 were not in compliance with state requirements.

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