CORONAVIRUS IN NY: 777 new deaths, but 'overall we are flattening the curve,' Cuomo says

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April 10, 2020 - 12:15 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported another 777 coronavirus deaths Friday, bringing the state's death toll to 7,844 even as the number of hospitalizations continued to drop and ICU admissions declined for the first time.

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Cuomo said deaths also dropped slightly from Thursday, when 799 deaths were reported in 24 hours.

There were nearly 160,000 cases and more than 7,000 deaths in the state as of Thursday.

Cuomo said ICU admissions in the state entered a negative territory for the first time since the crisis began—meaning fewer people are in intensive care statewide than the day before.

Cuomo said the three-day average of hospitalizations also continues to trend downward.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Office

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Office

"We're cautiously optimistic that we are slowing the infection rate," Cuomo said.

The governor said there have been hotspots on Long Island, specifically Suffolk County, but overall "we are flattening the curve."

"We've been very aggressive in suburban communities jumping on hot spots," Cuomo said.

On Friday morning, Cuomo said he believes the state has reached a “plateau” in coronavirus cases, but he also warned about the possibility of a second wave.

Asked by ABC’s Michael Strahan on “Good Morning America” how worried he was about a second wave, Cuomo said the U.S. didn’t anticipate the current outbreak even as cases rose in China and Italy.

We all saw the virus in China, etcetera, and Italy, etcetera, but frankly we still were in this country and nobody anticipated what it could do here, and we didn’t really get prepared. So before we start to relax, there is some troubling information about a second wave of this virus moving and people getting re-infected in Italy and in China,” Cuomo said. “I think we have to watch that and understand it. We don’t want the same thing to happen twice. So I think there’s a big caution flag on all of this.”

Cuomo said there is currently “mixed emotions, mixed information” given a decline in hospitalizations but a spike in deaths in recent days.

“The hospitalization rate is down—the number of new people coming into the hospitals is down. And that is good news. We think we’re on what they call the plateau as opposed to the apex,” Cuomo said.

“The terrible news is the death toll is going up,” he said. “And I understand the logic to that. These are people who came into the hospital a couple weeks ago. They didn’t recover. They were put on ventilators. And once you’re on a ventilator, the longer you’re on a ventilator, the worse it gets.”

Cuomo said he expects the number of deaths to go down “hopefully over the next few days” if we “keep doing what we’re doing.”

“Nobody really knows,” he said, adding that it’s all based on projections and people continuing to practice social distancing.

“People have to understand if we did nothing, or if people didn’t comply with these close-down messages and social-distancing requirements, you would see those numbers go up on a straight rocket ship,” the governor said.

“The important point to me is the numbers aren’t doing anything on their own. This is all a function of what people are doing,” he said. “It is directly related to our behavior.”

When it comes to reopening the economy, the governor said New York will have to start doing widespread testing before large numbers of people can return to work.

“We’re going to have to be able to test like we’ve never tested before,” he said. “Testing is going to be the key to getting people back to work, but that means millions of tests quickly. So how do we do that? There’s a lot of question marks in the future.”

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