NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York state’s COVID-19 infection rate dropped back below 1 percent on Wednesday, after rising above 1 percent for the first time in more than a month on Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
Speaking from a moving boat off the coast of Long Island on Wednesday morning, Cuomo said the state’s infection rate dropped from the 1.04 percent he reported on Tuesday to 0.87 percent.
“Yesterday being over 1 percent? I didn’t sleep last night,” he said. “You do not want to be over that 1 percent for any prolonged period of time. And that’s why today, being back at 0.87 is actually good news for us.”
Of the 75,087 COVID-19 tests that came back on Tuesday, 652 were positive. The state also reported four new COVID-19 deaths: one in Dutchess County, one in Brooklyn, one in Queens and one in Westchester County.
As of Tuesday, 483 people in the state were hospitalized with COVID-19, 138 of whom were in intensive care units and 67 of whom were on ventilators, Cuomo said.
“We are the most advanced state in the nation in terms of doing testing,” he said. “People talk about COVID, how are we doing? In New York we know how we’re doing, because we have data.”
Officials are still focused on reopening businesses across the state, but New York state is “not yet at a point where we can get back to normal life,” the governor said.
“When people say, you know, ‘We want to get back to normal, we want to do more?’ We are doing as much as we can, and still managing the infection rate,” he said. “The virus is the same, it’s just that we are managing it, and we are informed, and we’re taking the tests, and we’re disciplined.”
Cuomo also said he planned to address the mental health effects of the pandemic in the coming weeks.
“COVID was a trauma for this country. COVID was like being at war,” he said. “I don’t even know if we’ve even fully appreciated all the effects of the trauma that we’ve gone through.”
“There’s going to be PTSD from COVID. This was frightening,” he added. “This was a science fiction movie come to life, and you have seen people struggling with it.”
A breakdown of COVID-19 infection rates by region is below: