Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced New York state has reached the lowest number of deaths and hospitalizations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. On Thursday, 42 people in New York passed away due to COVID-19, down from a record-high of 800 just eight weeks ago. The number of total hospitalizations was down to 2,728 from a record-high of 18,825 during the peak of the pandemic.
"We have the lowest number of deaths from coronavirus that we have had since this started – 42 people passed yesterday. While our hearts ache for those families who lost loved ones yesterday, just eight weeks ago, we had 800 deaths per day," Cuomo said. "The people of the state radically changed how they behaved, and look at that progress: lowest number of hospitalizations to date in a matter of weeks. Today's achievement is proof we know we can change, and we know we can change dramatically when we work together."