New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said new hospitalizations for the novel coronavirus fell to a one-month low and laid out a plan to employ thousands of case investigators under standards for reopening his state.
Cuomo, who has traded barbs with U.S. President Trump over who was to blame for the disaster, also criticized federal agencies, the intelligence community, and the mainstream press for failing to “blow the bugle” early enough, while arguing the primary responsibility for the pandemic didn’t lie with states.
In the U.S., over 56,000 people have died from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, the most of any nation. New York accounts for nearly half of those deaths.
The three-day rolling average of the number of people newly hospitalized for COVID-19 plunged to 953 in New York Monday, Cuomo stated, adding that intubations and total hospitalizations also fell.
It was the primary time new hospitalizations dropped beneath the 1,000 level since March 24. An additional 335 New Yorkers died Monday, about 100 fewer than the level three days ago.
With such metrics on an improving trend, Cuomo has, in the latest days, shifted his focus to reopening his state, which is in lockdown until at least May 15. Cuomo has stated he would reopen regions with fewer COVID-19 cases more rapidly than cities like New York, the hotspot of the crisis in the U.S.