New York Hospitals Admit 2,000 COVID-19 per day, the Highest Rate Since May

New York Hospitals Admit 2,000 COVID-19 per day, the Highest Rate Since May

By Yehudit Garmaise 

   “COVID-19 is spreading in New York, and the increased number of cases is taking place throughout the state,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement today.

  “This is not an upstate or downstate issue: all New Yorkers, regardless of where they live, have cause for concern.”

   In fact, just in the past 24 hours, more than 2,000 New Yorkers have been hospitalized for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, which is double the daily rate of just last month.

    Although 2,000 people hospitalized a day is far from the state’s record of 18,825 patients who were hospitalized on April 12, the hospitals have not admitted this many COVID patients since May.

   Today’s daily statewide positivity rate was 2.8%, which shows a slight increase from 2.74% yesterday.

   Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeated said that he will close the city’s 1,700 public schools, which educate more than one million children, if the COVID rate goes above 3%, which the rates upward trajectory may predict.

   To try to fight back a second wave of COVID, Gov. Cuomo has increased staffing and student testing in schools, temporarily closed schools, nonessential businesses, and limited gatherings in houses of worship in areas with higher rates of COVID positivity. Last week, Gov. Cuomo also set 10pm curfews on bars, restaurants, and gyms throughout the state.

   The Department of Health has said that a total of 26,159 New Yorkers have died from the virus.

 (Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

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