COVID-19 ventilator use in NY state reaches another new low: Cuomo

Maya Rajamani
August 13, 2020 - 11:30 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Ventilator use in New York state has reached another new low, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday. 

As of Wednesday, 555 people in the state were hospitalized with COVID-19, 124 of whom were in intensive care units and 56 of whom were on ventilators — the lowest number since mid-March, Cuomo said in a release. 

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The governor also reported 10 new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, bringing the statewide death toll to 25,228. 

One of the people who passed away died in Albany County; three died in Broome County; one died in Manhattan; one died in Oneida County; one died in Onondaga County; two died in Queens; and one died in Rensselaer County. 

Of the 87,900 COVID-19 tests performed in the state, 737, or 0.84 percent, came back positive on Wednesday, Cuomo said. A total of 423,440 tests conducted in the state have now come back positive. 

“New York state continues to stay vigilant in the face of an ongoing crisis across the country as we pursue a phased reopening,” he said in a statement. “Yesterday we did a record-high number of tests — which is critical to our cautious, data-driven reopening strategy — and we’ll keep closely monitoring the numbers we receive daily."