New York hospitalizations fall below 1,000 for the first time since March 18

New York hospitalizations fall below 1,000 for the first time since March 18
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Hospitalizations for the coronavirus in New York fell below 1,000 for the first time since March 18 as the state continues to blunt the spread of the virus. 

Melissa DeRosa, the secretary to New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoFlorida health officials agreed to receive remdesivir from New York before DeSantis dismissed offer Cuomo says Northeast will likely see rise in COVID-19 cases due to surge in other parts of country Overnight Health Care: Coronavirus deaths rise again amid mounting outbreaks | The Trump-Fauci divide is getting more apparent | New York to deliver remdesivir to Florida after DeSantis dismisses offer for help MORE (D), tweeted that 996 people remain hospitalized for COVID-19, crediting residents’ strict adherence to social distancing and other health measures with helping to flatten the curve.

“New Yorkers did this by being smart, disciplined, untied and loving Stay #NewYorkTough,” she tweeted.

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New York, which had the most serious outbreak in the country at the outset of the pandemic, has seen a consistent drop in new cases in recent weeks as other states see spikes.

Nearly 390,000 people in total have been infected with the virus in the Empire State, and more than 31,200 people have died. 

Several parts of the state have commenced various stages in their reopening process after cases have dropped.

"Our approach has been vindicated and the phased reopening based on facts is working," Cuomo said Wednesday. "The numbers continue trending in the right direction as we went from one of the highest infections rates to one of the lowest in the country, so we will also allow slightly larger social and religious gatherings, but people need to continue wearing masks, socially distancing and washing their hands frequently to stay safe."

The news comes as the U.S. on Wednesday reported a record 36,880 new coronavirus cases more than two months after its previous record for daily infections, with spikes focused in states across the South and West.