NY's COVID-19 death toll tops 30K as state reports 136 new fatalities: Cuomo

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York COVID-19 death toll topped 30,000 on Thursday as the state reported 136 new virus-related deaths, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

At least 30,040 New Yorkers have now died of complications related to COVID-19, Cuomo said in a press release Thursday afternoon.

Nine of the 136 residents who died were from the Bronx; 11 were from Brooklyn; four were from Manhattan; nine were from Nassau County; two were from Orange County; seven were from Queens; five were from Staten Island; four were from Rockland County; and three were from Westchester County.

Of the 216,587 COVID-19 test results that came back in the state on Wednesday, 16,802, or 7.76 percent, were positive, he said.

As of Wednesday night, 2,945 New Yorkers were hospitalized with the virus, up by 43 from Tuesday night.

One thousand, two hundred and seventy-six of the 2,945 patients were in intensive care units, and 723 were on ventilators, the release said.

“As we move forward in a new year, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but how fast we get there all depends on what each of us does,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“Yes, the vaccine is here, and yes, we are laser-focused on ensuring hospitals do not become overwhelmed, but we cannot lose sight of our collective responsibility to slow the spread,” he added.

Breakdowns of COVID-19 statistics by region and New York City borough are below: