Despite largest single day death toll, hopeful signs in NYS

"What we are doing is actually working"

WBEN Newsroom
April 08, 2020 - 3:18 pm
Governor Andrew Cuomo

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Albany, N.Y. (WBEN) -  "What we have done and what we are doing is actually working."

As quickly as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made that statement during a daily coronavirus update Wednesday, he warned, "if we stop what we are doing, you will see that curve change."

"I'm not willing to say -- because it's not true -- that any of this is over or anything has been accomplished. Because this is just a small snapshot in time where we are," Cuomo said.

Cuomo Wednesday announced the highest single day death toll related to the virus at 779.

If the hospitalization rate keeps decreasing the way it is now, the hospital system should stabilize over the next few weeks, he said.

However, the death toll is going steadily up, and on Tuesday the state saw the highest single-day death toll yet, with 779 new fatalities, Cuomo said.

The number of deaths may continue to rise as those hospitalized for the longest periods pass away, he said.

While New York state lost 2,753 lives at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, now the coronavirus has claimed the lives of over 6,000 people in the state, Cuomo said.

Cuomo said he is directing all flags to be flown at half-mast in honor of those lost.

Cuomo also said all New Yorkers can vote absentee for this primary in June.

And as new preliminary data showed the largest percentage of coronavirus deaths in New York City was among Hispanics, the governor called for more testing in minority communities and more data research immediately.

"Why is it that the poorest people always pay the highest price?" Cuomo said. "Are more public workers Latino and African American? Who don't have a choice, frankly, but to go out there every day and drive the bus and drive the train and show up for work and wind up subjecting themselves to, in this case, the virus?

"Let's do the research," he said.

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