New York documented 758 coronavirus deaths Saturday, Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoWill media portrayals of Rittenhouse lead to another day in court? NY Assembly report corroborates Cuomo harassment claims The real 'threat to democracy'? Pols who polarize us with their opinions MORE (D) announced Sunday.
The state most affected by the virus so far experienced its sixth straight day of more than 700 deaths from COVID-19, the governor reported during his daily press conference.
“You see also a flattening in the number of lives lost at a terribly high rate, but if you look back over the past several days, you see there’s a certain continuity to that number,” he said during his press conference.
“That’s the one number I look forward to seeing drop as soon as I open my eyes in the morning,” he added.
The state reached its highest one-day death toll of 799 on Wednesday but has remained above 750.
“Somebody asked the question once, can you ever get numb to seeing these numbers? Unfortunately, no, 758 people lost their lives in a 24-hour period,” Cuomo said.
“Everyone is a face and a name and a family that is suffering on this weekend,” he added.
We deeply mourn the 758 New Yorkers we lost yesterday to COVID-19.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 12, 2020
New York is not numb.
We know this is not just a number — it is real lives lost forever.
The Empire State counted 18,707 new hospitalizations, 189 new intensive care unit admissions and 1,862 discharges in 24 hours.
The governor also signed two executive orders Sunday, including one instructing employers to provide face masks to essential workers who interact with the public. The other order extended the state approval for who can conduct an antibody test.
In total, New York has counted 9,385 fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 188,964 cases have been positive, of which 8,236 were diagnosed Saturday, according to the state health department.
The state contains about 35 percent of all the positive cases in the country and about 44 percent of the deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.