ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) — There are now 6,628 COVID-19 deaths in New York. The increase of 779 deaths since Tuesday is the largest single day spike in COVID-19 deaths statewide, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at Wednesday’s daily coronavirus briefing.
The governor is directing all flags to be flown at half mast in honor of the lives lost to COVID-19.
“The number of deaths may continue to rise as those hospitalizations for those longest periods pass,” Gov. Cuomo said. “The longer you are on a ventilator the less likely you will come off of the ventilator.
The governor did say the rate of new hospitalizations is going down.
“There is good news in what were seeing, that what we have done and what we are doing is working and making a difference,” Gov. Cuomo said. ‘We took dramatic actions in this state.”
The governor said the PAUSE NY program, which closed schools and non-essential businesses and is extended through April 29, has helped the the health care system manage the increase in patients.
“If the hospitalization rate keeps decreasing the way it is now than the system should stabilize over these next couple of weeks, which will minimize the need for overflow,” Gov. Cuomo said.
The governor said that civic duty should not come in the way of public health, and is allowing all New Yorkers to vote absentee for the June 23rd primaries.
Gov. Cuomo also announced additional help for the unemployed. There will be an additional $600 for all who filed for unemployment, reimbursed by the federal government. and the state is extending the period covered by unemployment benefits for another 13 weeks (39 total).
On projections and timelines for how long folks can expect this crisis to continue, the governor said it’s too soon to say.
“All of these projections basically turned out to be wrong, right?” Gov. Cuomo said. “And this is a very hard thing to model because, besides all the variables, you’re modeling public behavior and what people will do.”
As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, there were 570 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County, up by 27 from 24 hours prior.
Of those 570 cases, 83 people are hospitalized and 37 of those patients have received treatment in an Intensive Care Unit. To date, the Monroe County Department of Public Health has received 5,318 tests, with 4,748 coming back negative.
At this time, 402 Monroe County residents are under mandatory quarantine, and 220 are in isolation. Officials say 236 have resolved and been released from isolation. Department of health officials say deaths, and those who have resolved, will still be counted in the total case count.
A Johns Hopkins University professor and her graduate student have created an interactive map to capture all confirmed COVID-19 cases, fatalities and recoveries.
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