CORONAVIRUS IN NY STATE: Cuomo says hospitalizations ‘undeniably on the decline’ as 630 more deaths bring total to nearly 13,000

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April 17, 2020 - 11:43 am

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that over 600 more people had died from coronavirus across the state, but he said there has been some “very good news” when it comes to hospitalizations and intubations.

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    The death toll rose by 630 from Thursday to Friday, Cuomo said, bringing the statewide total to around 12,822.

    There have been more than 222,000 positive cases across the state.

    Cuomo said hospitalizations are "undeniably on the decline" and that ICU admissions and the number of intubations continue to trend downwards.

    “That is very good news because intubations 90 percent of the time wind up in a person not recovering,” Cuomo said.

    Still, he said the number of new cases continues to be concerning as it hovers around 2,000 each day.

    “So yes fewer people in the hospital, fewer people being intubated, but still 2,000 people walking in the door,” he said.

    Cuomo said hospitalizations across the state are now in the 17,000 range after they had been around 18,000 for days.

    He said the plan to "un-pause" New York hinges on an increase in testing and the availability of vaccines.

    "We don't have a system that manages this volume," the governor said of testing.

    Cuomo said he's issuing an executive order directing all public and private labs in New York to coordinate with the State Department of Health to ensure prioritizing diagnostic testing for public health and restarting the economy.

    He also said the federal government has to step up to help and that it can't be solely the responsibility of states to increase testing and restart their economies. President Donald Trump recently said he was leaving it up to the states to figure out how they'd reopen.

    "The federal government has to be part of this approach and part of this answer," Cuomo said. "We cannot do it. We cannot do it without federal help."

    Cuomo said New York's ability to restart its economy will require federal aid. He said he and other governors have publicly requested $500 billion for the states. He said funding should be allocated based on need.

    "Allocate the funding for where the problem exists," he said.

    On Friday, it was announced that the Long Island Pride march that was scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 14, at Jones Beach was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Organizers say they will continue to work with New York state and health authorities in order to reschedule the celebration once it is safe to do so.

    "As we all are well aware, we are living in unprecedented times," President and CEO David Kilmnick said in a statement. "There are things we don't know about the coronavirus and things we do know. One of those things we do know is that social distancing and staying home is saving lives, and that is the most important piece of knowledge we can hold onto at this time."

    A virtual Long Island Pride celebration will also be scheduled Kilmnick added.

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