Daily deaths in New York fell to 84, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, marking the first time since late March the number was below 100.
Cuomo said that while the number was painful for those families, it is a sign the state is “making real progress.”
He recalled a conversation he had with a health care worker when New York deaths were in the hundreds each day. Cuomo asked what number he should be aiming for as a positive sign.
“If you can get under 100, I think you can breathe a sigh of relief,” Cuomo said the worker told him. “When he said this, we were in the hundreds and hundreds, and getting below 100 was almost impossible, but I made a little note. You need something in life to shoot for, you need something to aim for.”
With the metrics still down, Cuomo said that the mid-Hudson region could reopen beginning Tuesday and Long Island could start reopening on Wednesday.
He also applauded those who went to the beaches Friday, saying they followed safety measures.