New York City, once the epicenter of coronavirus infections in the U.S., reached its first day in nearly four months without a single coronavirus death, according to preliminary figures released Sunday.
New York City health department data showed no deaths on Saturday from COVID-19.
It is the first time since March 13 that no deaths from the virus have been reported.
New York diners eat outside because of West Village’s COVID-19 concerns. On Saturday, there were no deaths from coronavirus at all, the first day with no deaths since March 13
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that New York has achieved the lowest hospital admissions and the lowest three-day average death toll since mid-March
Governor Andrew Cuomo warned New Yorkers to continue social distance
There were also no confirmed cases of the disease on Friday.
The very first person to die of the virus in New York City died on March 11. The number of daily deaths peaked at 799 in April.
Since that time, 18,670 people have died of the disease, along with 4,613 probable COVID-19 deaths reported, according to the New York Post.
In addition to deaths, the total number of New Yorkers hospitalized with the coronavirus fell to its lowest point in nearly four months, state officials said Saturday.
But Governor Andrew Cuomo predicts a new increase in cases amid outbreaks in other states.
Stephane Labossiere, right, with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, distributed masks and expressed information about free COVID-19 testing in Brooklyn over the weekend
In March, as the virus started to increase, patients could be seen wearing personal protective equipment while keeping social distance while waiting in line for a COVID-19 test at New York’s Elmhurst Hospital Center
“The only question is how high our rate is going,” Cuomo said in an interview with WAMC radio on Friday. “You can’t have it all over the country and you can’t come back.”
The governor recognized the restrictions in enforcing quarantine regulations for travelers returning from states with increasing transmission speeds. The travel advice currently applies to people entering New York from 19 states, including California, Texas and Florida.
“How do you catch someone who drives in, right? I mean it’s very, very hard, trying to catch water on a screen, ”Cuomo said. “And it is inevitable. It was in China, got on a plane, went to Europe, people in Europe got on a plane and came here. Then it went south, west, and it will come back. ‘
“We’re doing everything we can,” he said, “but I can feel it coming.”
New York State reported 799 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Saturday – the lowest since March 18.
“I urge residents to stay tough in New York and not give up that we’ve worked so hard to win together, especially in light of rising business across the country and compliance issues at home here,” said Cuomo in a statement.
Deaths in several other states have risen, including Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey, and South Carolina.
The coronavirus deaths came in April when 799 New Yorkers died in one day
As the coronavirus gets out of hand in other parts of the U.S., New York provides an example after taming the country’s deadliest outbreak this spring – as well as preparing in case another wave comes
The virus has killed more than 130,000 people in the US and more than half a million worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University, although actual numbers are believed to be higher.
New York State has registered nearly 25,000 deaths, according to an official statute that does not include people likely to die from the disease.
A much-cited University of Washington model is not projecting spikes – at least during the November 1 period – in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, whose Democratic governors coordinated travelers’ quarantines and, rather, some shutdown policies . But that does not mean that the densely populated tri-state region is free.
“We expect the virus to return in all those states,” said Dr. Christopher Murray, head of the university’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. “The question is one of timing.”
On Friday, hospital admissions of the coronavirus in New York fell below 800 for the first time since March 18, marking a marked reversal for the state at the heart of the outbreak
New York has reopened – and braked – relatively slowly, delaying the resumption of indoor restaurant service in New York City after things started to rise elsewhere.
Thousands of contact tracers have been hired to try to control the virus. And masks have become widespread in the largest city in the country since a city recommendation and subsequent state claim in April, while some other states have only recently started telling residents to put on masks in public.
Nonetheless, with more New Yorkers heading out and making massive transit, and police taking a wait-and-see approach to enforcing masks and distance rules after several violent collisions captured on video, experts fear the inevitable number of cases will increase.