In hard-hit New York City, all three tracking progress indicators are headed in the right direction, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday.
On Saturday, 55 people were admitted to New York City hospitals for suspected COVID-19 — down from 69 on Friday.
“That sure is heartening compared to where we were,” de Blasio said.
The city had 537 people in intensive care units with suspected COVID-19 on Saturday — down from 540 on Friday. Of those tested across the city, 13% were positive for the coronavirus — down from 17% on Friday.
When the New York City subways were shut down for overnight cleaning early Monday, police and nurses engaged 261 homeless individuals. Of those, 139 people accepted help and were taken to either a hospital or shelter, de Blasio said.
The mayor called this major progress for protecting the city’s homeless. In the six days since the overnight subway shutdown started, the number of homeless New Yorkers willing to accept help has been “very consistent,” he said.
De Blasio said this “gives me hope that we’re gonna be able to get a number of homeless people once and for all off the streets.”