NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that coronavirus deaths had reached their lowest level in the state since the outbreak began as he announced he was signing an executive order allowing commercial buildings to take the temperature of people entering.
There were 35 deaths from Friday to Saturday, Cuomo said; 26 were in hospitals and 9 were in nursing homes.
That’s down from the record low of 42 on Friday.
Total hospitalizations for COVID-19 also dropped to 2,603—far below the peak, when there were over 18,000 hospitalizations.
Noting the progress made in beating back the virus, Cuomo announced houses of worship—including temples, mosques and churches—can open with 25 percent occupancy under Phase 2 with social distancing.
“This is an acceleration for us, because we’re doing so well on the metrics,” Cuomo said.
As office employees begin heading back to work, Cuomo said he was signing an executive order allowing commercial buildings to conduct temperature checks of people entering.
“We’re giving commercial buildings the right to take the temperature of everyone who walks into a building,” Cuomo said. “It’s not just your health. It’s people you could infect.”
The governor also announced that he was signing a bill to ban price gouging of PPE through the remainder of the COVID-19 crisis.