Gov. Cuomo: New York on the Other Side of Plateau, But Still ‘A Long Way to Go’

By Kurt Stolz on 19 April 2020
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New York State experienced the lowest single day death toll since the start of April, with 507 fatalities, the state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced Sunday.

“We are on the other side of the plateau and the numbers are coming down,” he said in his daily briefing, adding that this is “good news only compared to the terrible news, that constant increase.”

The total number of intubations and new hospitalizations in the state was down significantly as was the total number of hospitalizations, 16,213, down from 16,967 the previous day.

Despite the good numbers, the governor asked the people of his state not to take the improved figures as a signal that it’s time to relax.

“It’s no time to get cocky and no time to get arrogant,” he said. “We still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do.”

“We exhale, we can control the beast, but the beast is still alive,” he added.

In order to reopen the state’s economy, however, a move that will be coordinated with other states in the region, he underscored the need for antibody testing.

Such tests would guide the reopening of the state’s economy because it would allow officials to understand the full extent of the virus’ spread.

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