'Stay vigilant': Cuomo reports 8 new COVID-19 deaths, 584 new cases

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a COVID-19 briefing on July 6, 2020 in New York City.
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Eight people in New York state died of COVID-19 on Wednesday, and 584 people tested positive, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday. 

In a press release sent out in lieu of a briefing, Cuomo said 0.89 percent of 65,564 COVID-19 tests conducted Wednesday came back positive.

Ten people were admitted to hospitals for COVID-19 treatment, bringing the number of hospitalizations in the state to 851, he said. Of those 851 patients, 173 were in intensive care units, and 98 were being intubated.

A total of 399,513 people in the state have now tested positive for COVID-19, and 24,959 people have died, he said. 

“New York continues to make progress fighting COVID-19 through a smart, data-driven approach and the thoughtful actions of everyday citizens, who’ve been practicing social distancing, mask wearing and hand washing,” he said in a statement. 

“But the surge in new cases and hospitalizations throughout the country — and the potential for those people to bring the virus into New York — combined with the complacency we’ve seen in parts of our own state is a potentially deadly mix.” 

“We need to stay vigilant and smart so we don’t go back to the hell we experienced just two months ago,” he added. “We are not out of the woods yet.”