New York reports lowest daily coronavirus death toll in two months, Cuomo says

New York on Saturday reported its lowest daily death total from the coronavirus in nearly two months — a significant sign the state is “making real progress” in its battle to defeat killer bug, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Eighty-four people died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, down from 109 the previous day — and the lowest total since March 24.

“It’s still a tragedy, but the fact that it’s down is good,” Cuomo said at his daily press briefing, held at the governor’s mansion in Albany. “I was always looking to get under 100.”

He continued:  “It doesn’t do any good for those 84 families who are feeling the pain. But for me it’s just a sign that we’re making real progress and I feel really good about that.”

Single day fatalities in New York peaked April 7, when 799 people died from COVID-19.

Of Friday’s 84 dead, 62 passed away in hospitals, while 22 other died in nursing homes, the governor said. Statewide, 23,279 people have so far died from the virus.

Hospitalizations fell to just over 4,600; intubations dropped by 111, and new cases coming into hospitals went to 208, from 255 the day before.

Despite the encouraging data, the virus, “can rear its ugly head at any moment,” which is why wearing a mask remains important, Cuomo stressed.

“The social acceptance and culture of being New York tough,” is the reason the state has turned the corner, Cuomo said. “We’re united, we’re disciplined. This is all about discipline now.”

A day after saying two more regions were set to reopen next week, Cuomo provided more specifics, saying Mid-Hudson — the area north of the Big Apple along the river and south of Albany — is set to do so Tuesday as long as the number of deaths in both areas continue to decrease and their coronavirus tracing programs come online.

“If we can get them trained over the Memorial Day weekend, we can open on Tuesday,” the governor said.

Long Island is on track to open Wednesday, Cuomo said.

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