NEW YORK - Calling the coronavirus an "effective killer," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said another 799 New Yorkers have died of COVID-19-related causes -- yet another daily record. The state's death toll now stands at 7,067.
The governor said that his administration is asking funeral directors from outside the region to come help deal with the number of people who have died in this public health crisis.
Cuomo said the latest data show some good news: new hospitalizations and new ICU admissions are down, which indicates that the so-called curve is flattening. But he cautioned that the state cannot get complacent because easing restrictions could trigger another wave of infections.
"We should all be concerned," he said. "You can't relax."
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also thanked the people of the city for observing social distancing rules and began discussing for the first time what the next step of the crisis might look like.
Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also thanked the people of the city for observing social distancing rules and began discussing for the first time what the next step of the crisis might look like.
The city plans to start considering lightening restrictions of the movement of its population when hospital admissions, ICU admissions and percentage of positive tests all decline for 10-14 days in a row. However, De Blasio warned of a very gradual reopening process, likely not to begin until in May or June, in hopes of preventing a resurgence of coronavirus and a second, more drastic stay-at-home order.
In order to begin loosening restrictions, New York will likely need to achieve a mass testing capability.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.