NY reports fewest number of hospitalizations since March 17

NYS Clean sanitizer for local governments to combat coronavirus pandemic. March 16, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Photo credit NYS Clean sanitizer for local governments to combat coronavirus pandemic. March 16, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Governor Andrew Cuomo's office highlighted that New York State has recorded the lowest number of coronavirus hospitalizations since March 17 and a new record-high in reported tests.

Hospitalizations are currently at 523, the lowest figure for the state since March 17. 88,668 people were tested on Friday.

"In New York, we knew from the beginning that testing would be a key factor in controlling this new virus. We ramped up testing immediately and took a nation-leading role in developing capacity to test as many New Yorkers as possible, and I'm proud that we continue to raise the bar and we've broken our record high once again," Governor Cuomo said in a statement released by his office. "Yesterday's numbers - especially the new low in hospitalizations - continue to reflect the progress we've made during this pandemic, but we will keep monitoring the data and the alarming increases in cases around the country. My message is the same: stay New York Smart, wash your hands, socially distance, and wear masks!"

Erie County reported 50 new cases of coronavirus, bringing its total to 9,114 since the pandemic began. The five counties of Western New York report 21 hospitalizations on Thursday, a figure that represents the lowest number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began.

Five people died on Friday due to coronavirus, bringing the state's death count to 25,244.