ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) — There are now 138,836 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York state, up by 8,147 from last official count Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at Tuesday’s daily coronavirus briefing.
There are now 5,489 COVID-19 deaths in New York, up from 4,758 reported Sunday. The increase of 731 deaths is the largest single day spike in COVID-19 deaths statewide, according to the governor’s office.
Of the 138,836 confirmed cases, 17,493 have been hospitalized.
With the most deaths and confirmed cases, by a wide margin, New York state remains the epicenter in the nation’s battle against coronavirus:
The governor said the apex of the virus’ spread may be approaching, if not already here.
“We are projecting that we are reaching a plateau and the growth is starting to flatten,” Gov. Cuomo said.
The governor said daily ICU admissions were down dramatically when three-day averages are analyzed, but he insisted that any silver linings is not an indication of things to change in the immediate future regarding social distancing.
“Social distancing is working. That’s why you see those numbers coming down,” Gov. Cuomo said. “If we were doing the same rate of interaction those numbers would still be going up.
“I started by saying those numbers of cases, that’s not arbitrary,” Gov. Cuomo said. “what we do effects the number of cases, our behavior affects the number of cases.”
The governor encouraged New Yorkers to maintain their discipline during the pandemic.
“I know it feels like a lifetime, it’s been so disruptive, so frightening, so disorienting, but its’ only been 37 days,” Gov. Cuomo said. “I know it’s tough to get up everyday — this is like Groundhog Day.”
The governor once again criticized the CARES Act, the federal package which provides economic relief amid the pandemic.
“The past legislation did good for the nation, I have no doubt it, gave aid to a lot of people and places that needed it, but it was not fair to New York and that has to be remedied to any situation moving forward,” Gov. Cuomo said.
Despite the mounting death toll, the governor says he’s not numb to the reality, or the challenges our state currently faces.
“You can’t stop, you can’t save everyone,” Gov. Cuomo said. “This virus is very good at what it does and it kills vulnerable people. That’s what it does and it does that very well and we can’t stop that. The question is ‘are you saving everyone that you can save’ and there the answer is ‘yes’ and I take solace in that fact.”
The governor announced Monday that NY PAUSE would be extended through April 29, meaning all New York state schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed amid the pandemic.
In Monroe County, there has been 26 COVID-19 deaths reported and 543 confirmed cases. Monday, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello voiced his support for a universal masking policy for all Monroe County residents.
A Johns Hopkins University professor and her graduate student have created an interactive map to capture all confirmed COVID-19 cases, fatalities and recoveries.