New York reports 299 coronavirus deaths, slight uptick from previous day

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Arizona recount to show Trump's loss by even wider margin Former co-worker accuses Chris Cuomo of sexual harassment in NYT essay NY health chief criticized over state's COVID-19 response resigns MORE (D) said Saturday that the number of new coronavirus deaths in the state remains “obnoxiously and terrifyingly high” even as the state begins to see a dip in new cases.

Cuomo reported that 299 people died from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, which is slightly higher than the 289 deaths the state reported Friday. Of those newly reported deaths, 276 happened in hospitals and 23 in nursing homes.

At its peak on April 7, New York saw 805 daily deaths related to the virus.

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“That number has remained obnoxiously and terrifyingly high,” Cuomo said of the death toll at a press conference Saturday in the New York City borough of Queens. “It’s still not dropping at the rate that we would like to see it drop. It even went up a little bit. ... That is bad news.”

The state also reported 831 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday after seeing about 900 new cases each day for the past week. 

“That is still an unacceptably high rate,” Cuomo said.

As of Saturday, the state has recorded 308,314 total confirmed cases of coronavirus and 18,909 deaths.