CORONAVIRUS IN NY STATE: Daily deaths drop to 5, lowest since start of pandemic

Adam Warner
June 28, 2020 - 12:56 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that New York state, once the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., had reported its lowest number of deaths since the pandemic began.

The number of deaths Sunday was five, Cuomo said, the lowest daily death count since March 15. The state's death toll is 24,835.

During the peak of the outbreak in April, well over 700 people were dying some days from the virus.

The state saw 616 additional coronavirus cases, bringing the statewide total to 392,539.

A total of 869 people were hospitalized across the state, 39 less than were hospitalized on Saturday. The number of people in intensive care was 229.

“As states across the country struggle with new outbreaks related to reopening, New York's numbers continue to go down to record lows,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Our progress is a direct result of New Yorkers' discipline and hard work and an incremental, data-driven reopening.”

On Saturday, Cuomo announced that the state Department of Health was investigating the case of a student who visited Florida and returned for a high school graduation ceremony in Westchester only to come down with COVID-19 after potentially exposing others at the ceremony.

The event was a drive-in graduation ceremony for Horace Greeley High School held at the Chappaqua train station on June 20, officials said.

The student returned from Florida, where COVID-19 cases have been spiking in recent days, and began showing symptoms after attending the ceremony last weekend. He or she then tested positive for the coronavirus, according to officials.

Four more people who were there have since tested positive, officials said. All of them have been self-isolating.