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Cuomo: New York State is ‘flattening the curve’ of coronavirus cases

Cuomo: New York State is ‘flattening the curve’ of coronavirus cases

by Bernadette Hogan, Julia Marsh and Bruce Golding | New York Post  |  Published on April 9, 2020

New York officials proclaimed progress Wednesday in the battle against the coronavirus — but urged people to stay indoors and keep up the fight as the state logged a record 779 fatalities in just one day.

Gov. Cuomo said the lockdown he ordered March 20 appeared to be “flattening the curve” of new cases as the three-day average increase in hospitalized patients held largely steady for the second day — 533 new admissions, which was virtually unchanged from the 529 on Monday.

That’s less than half of what it was on Thursday, when officials said hospitals were clocking an average of 1,294 new admissions — and it’s also a return to levels last seen two weeks ago.

“There is good news in what we’re seeing that what we have done and what we are doing is actually working and it’s making a difference…we are flattening the curve by what we are doing,” Cuomo said during his daily news conference in Albany.

But he warned, “If we stop what we are doing, you will see that curve change,” and added: “The bad news isn’t just bad, the bad news is actually terrible.”

“Highest single-day death toll yet, 779 people,” he said.

“As a matter of fact, the number of deaths will continue to rise as those hospitalized for a longer period of time pass away.”

State figures showed a total 6,268 deaths from COVID-19 and 149,316 confirmed cases since the start of the outbreak.

The Big Apple’s death toll stood at 4,260, up a staggering 1,058 fatalities in just 36 hours, the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Wednesday evening.

Cuomo said he would order flags be flown at half-mast “in honor of those we have lost to this virus” until the state’s lockdown is lifted. And, he said that he would allow New Yorkers to cast absentee ballots in the June 23 primaries due to the ongoing public health crisis.

In New York City, the relative slowdown in new cases offered officials their own glimmers of hope amid the horrifying climb in the death toll.

Mayor de Blasio said his long-running fear of mass ventilator shortages for the most seriously ill had eased significantly.

“As recently as Sunday, we expected the number of new ventilators we were going to need each day to be 200 to 300 — maybe even more,” he said during a conference call with reporters from City Hall.

“But what’s happened in the last couple of days is that number has come down, and it looks like that number is more like 100 or even less,” he added. “That’s a striking difference.”

Hizzoner, cautioned, however, against New Yorkers abandoning the shutdown and stay-in orders.

“We know from some other parts of the world that they started to see a little bit of progress, took their foot off the gas, let down their guard and guess what?”

“This awful, ferocious disease started to reassert itself,” he said.

Later Wednesday, de Blasio traveled to Lincoln Hospital in The Bronx, where three hecklers demanded coronavirus tests and better health care as he thanked uniformed members of the US Air Force deployed there to help treat coronavirus patients.

Some experts have blamed the shortage of coronavirus tests in the city and across the country on missteps by federal officials during the early days of the pandemic.

“Yo, de Blasio — I need a test, de Blasio!” one young man shouted from behind a fence about 40 feet away.

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