New York Coronavirus Hospitalizations Keep Falling, Shutdown Extended

New York Coronavirus Hospitalizations Keep Falling, Shutdown Extended

The number of people hospitalized for the new coronavirus and associated fatalities in New York dropped to their lowest point in more than a week, providing evidence that their spread was managed by the hardest-hit state, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on April 16, Thursday.

Governor Cuomo also extended a two-week order to close businesses and schools in conjunction with other states in the area by at least May 15 and added specifics to the mask specifications, saying New Yorkers would wear them on buses, taxis and trains.

Governor Cuomo, who emerged on the pandemic as a leading national voice, said the increase in key indicators represented social distancing measures that had taken the infection rate of the state low enough to contain the epidemic. 

The governor said a total of 17,735 people were hospitalized across New York due to COVID-19, the coronavirus-caused respiratory disease, down from 18,335 a day earlier and the lowest since April 6. It also refused intubations and admissions to intensive care units.

Governor said, “The good news is it means we can control the virus. We can control the spread.” 

“And we did not know for sure that we could do that.”

Yet Governor Cuomo reported that on Wednesday about 2,000 infected people were newly admitted to hospitals, and that while deaths fell to 606, marking the lowest daily count in more than a week, his state's toll was still high. 

"That's still continuing on at a really, really tragic rate," Cuomo said of the death count, noting that in the fight against the virus there were 29 deaths in nursing homes, which he called "ground zero."

Governor stated there was scope for optimism about how social distancing had lowered the rate of infection in New York to 0.9, meaning less than one new infection was triggered by an infected person. 

Cuomo said New York will send 100 fans to New Jersey, one day after promising to send 100 to Michigan and 50 to Maryland, expressing that faith. Only a few weeks ago, Cuomo warned that there would be deaths from a shortage of breathing machines and rushed to obtain more. And Cuomo, who formed a alliance with governors in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island to organize their economies' reopening, said May 15 would be the earliest to happen.

Photo: New York during lockdown.