New York has hit record lows for coronavirus-related hospitalizations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
The state saw 536 people hospitalized with the bug on Sunday — a new low since Mar. 17 when the pandemic was still growing, Cuomo said during a press briefing in Manhattan.
“That is great news,” the governor said.
The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units dropped to 136 and the amount of people intubated was at 62 — both new lows since the height of the health crisis, Cuomo said.
The state recorded three deaths on Sunday, and there were no confirmed deaths in New York City for the second straight day.
“This is really all great, great news and I congratulate New Yorkers because this is purely a result of the actions they’ve been taking,” said Cuomo, adding “the progress is even better than we expected.”
Cuomo pointed out that experts had previously predicted that the virus infection rate would spike as the “activity rate” in a state increases.
“That’s what you’ve seen all across the country – that’s what you’ve seen in other countries, and that’s what we expected here,” said Cuomo.
But after two and a half months of reopening the Empire State, “the numbers have actually gone down, which nobody suggested,” Cuomo said.
“That is really to compliment New Yorkers,” said the governor.
The state conducted 51,839 coronavirus tests on Sunday and of those, 545 or 1.05 percent of them were positive, the data shows.
A total of 25,172 New Yorkers have died as a result of the contagion, according to state data.