Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that coronavirus hospitalizations in New York state had dropped below 800 for the first time since mid-March.
The number of hospitalizations was 799 on Friday, the lowest number since March 18.
The three-day average death toll in the state—seven deaths—was also the lowest the state had seen since March 16, Cuomo said in a press release.
There were six coronavirus deaths statewide on Friday, the governor said. The state’s death toll is now 24,974.
A total of 69,203 tests were conducted in the state Friday with 730—or 1.05 percent—coming back positive.
The total number of cases in the state is now 401,029.
The number of new hospitalizations reported Saturday was 75, while the number of patients in intensive care was 177, with 100 patients intubated.
In his statement, Cuomo said: “As we allow ourselves to celebrate some good news—that hospitalizations have dropped below 800 for the first time since March 18 and the three-day average death toll is at its lowest since March 16—I urge residents to stay New York Tough and not give up the ground we've worked so hard to gain together, particularly in the face of rising cases throughout the country and compliance issues here at home.”
In an interview Friday, Cuomo warned that New York state will inevitably see a rise in coronavirus cases as the virus surges in other states.
"It's like being on a merry-go-round. It's totally predictable," Cuomo said. "And we're going to go through an increase. I can feel it coming. And it is so unnecessary, and so cruel."