NY state's daily death toll tops 40 for 1st time since June; Cuomo urges 'caution' on Thanksgiving

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday urged New Yorkers to exercise “caution” on Thanksgiving as the state reported more than 40 new COVID-19-related deaths for the first time since the beginning of June.

At a news briefing Tuesday afternoon, Cuomo reported 47 new COVID-19-related fatalities. The state has not recorded a daily death toll higher than 40 since June 11, when the health department logged 42 fatalities.

Of the 164,761 COVID-19 test results that came back in the state on Monday, 4,881, or 2.96 percent, were positive, the governor said.

As of Tuesday, 2,856 New Yorkers were hospitalized with COVID-19, up from 2,724 on Monday. Five hundred and fifty-nine of those 2,856 patients were in intensive care, and 263 were on ventilators, Cuomo said.

The number of New Yorkers hospitalized with COVID-19 has increased by 128 percent over the past three weeks, he added, calling the surge a “dramatic increase.”

If New York’s daily COVID-19 statistics continue to climb at their current rate, the state’s infection rate could surpass 12 percent by Jan. 2, he warned.

“We’ve all seen this movie,” he said. “I think you’re going to see the numbers going up through the holiday season.”

The COVID-19 vaccine, Cuomo noted, will “not be delivered by Christmas."

“It doesn’t matter what side of the political line you’re on. Both parties agree on this one point,” he said. “Donald Trump’s CDC, his Centers for Disease Control... says, only celebrate with people who are currently in your household.”