In New York state, which has suffered the most fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., the curve is continuing to flatten and appears to be plateauing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
The state saw 671 deaths on Easter Sunday, bringing New York state’s death toll to 10,056, Cuomo said.
Despite the rising death toll, in hard-hit New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared optimistic on Monday, praising New Yorkers for practicing social distancing as he announced new coronavirus numbers.
The number of new hospital admissions fell to 383 on Saturday, down from 463 on Friday.
There were 835 people in intensive care units Saturday, down from 857 patients one day earlier.
Citywide, the percentage of people tested who were found to be positive fell from 59.3% to 58.1%.
“This is a very good day,” de Blasio said.
De Blasio noted there is about a 48-hour lag in getting full, accurate information.
Cuomo on Monday addressed the reopening of the state, warning that it won’t be by the “flick of a switch.”
“I believe the worst is over if we continue to be smart,” the governor said.
When the state reaches that point, Cuomo said they will start by easing isolation, then increasing the economic activity, and then recalibrating the essential worker economy. That will be followed by applying more testing and precautions, said Cuomo.