NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced hospitalizations are continuing on a downward trend as deaths rose once again.
There was a total of 778 fatalities overnight, bringing the total of coronavirus deaths in the state to 10,834.
“Deaths are flat at a devastating level of pain,” Cuomo said.
He expressed concern that a large number of those deaths are coming from nursing homes in the state. Of the 778 deaths, 133 were from long-term care facilities.
The latest numbers show more than 2,200 deaths in nursing homes statewide with more than 300 just in Brooklyn.
Borough President Eric Adams called the news alarming and has suggested putting webcams in every room so that residents can stay connected with their families during this difficult time.
“We need to use our technology to add a webcams in every room where their residents or the families can see them. They are not physically able to go in and visit them at this time, but there's no reason why they can't communicate with them,” Adams said.
He also wants random inspections by the Department of Health to make a clear determination on if the conditions are safe.
“Most importantly, we want a clear message on when a person died, are we holding them inside our nursing homes too long,” Adams said.
Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo said he is still working with other state on a strategy to reopen the region and increase essential workers while keeping all residents safe.
“Whatever we do today will determine the rate of infection tomorrow,” Cuomo said.
He said although people, including him, are anxious to reopen the economy, it’s important to be cautious and continue social distancing efforts.
Cuomo said President Donald Trump is claiming to have “total authority” on opening the economy but stressed that is “factually wrong.”
He added that "he has no fight here," and looks forward to working with the president.
"If we have a fight, he's not going to get it from me, we have to work together," Cuomo added.
On Monday, the governor said he believes "the worst" of the pandemic is over in the state but insisted "it's not over."
Cuomo said the virus continues to be a “killer” and said it “is very good at what it does.”
Still, many are eager to get back to work and on Long Island, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran remains hopeful that an antibody test will be the key to getting people back to work.
“When people are ready to go back to work will know what level of PPE they need if they're new they won't be the same level of personal protective equipment. We’ll know what we’re up against,” she said.
Curran says she spoke with hospital executives about what they need as well.
“They're collaborating together in their very sophisticated laboratories collaborating together on an antibody test,” she said.
Curran also says the county is working on a sophisticated computerized system to track a person diagnosed with the coronavirus to who they were in contact with for future outbreaks.