Cuomo: New York coronavirus hospitalizations drop below 10K for first time since March

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Chris Christie says Trump team wasn't aggressive enough early in COVID-19 crisis; Tensions between White House, Fauci boil over Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Chris Christie Cuomo poster depicts Trump as 'man in the moon' watching coronavirus pandemic MORE (D) said Sunday that the total number of coronavirus hospitalizations in the state fell below 10,000 for the first time since mid-March. 

Cuomo reported at his daily press conference that the number of hospitalizations dropped to 9,786, after remaining above 10,000 throughout April.

The number of new hospitalizations also decreased to 789 on Saturday.


The governor cautioned on Sunday, however, that any one-day report could represent an anomaly.

“That may be just a reporting anomaly because this is over the weekend, and the weekend reporting tends to be a little different,” he said.

“So I wouldn't bet the farm on any of these specific one-day numbers, but the overall trend is good,” he added. 


The number of new fatalities in New York also fell to 280 on Saturday from 299 on Friday. Cuomo called the death toll “tremendously distressing.”

“That number has not moved dramatically in a relatively long period of time, but the overall direction is good even though it’s very painful,” he said.

New York has been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, with the state accounting for a total of 312,977 positive cases and 18,909 fatalities, according to the state health department

While other states across the country are making moves to reopen, New York has remained shut down. The governor has announced plans to reopen “low-risk” businesses starting as soon as mid-May, but has not predicted a date for restrictions to end.