NEW YORK (77 WABC) — Mayor de Blasio began the new month by showing data from the past 30 days. He said April started out “extremely troubling,” but “largely due to your good efforts,” facts indicates a different story as May unfolds.
de Blasio said the number of patients with suspected COVID-19 has dropped from 850 to 136. Less promising is the number of ICU patients only dropped from 887 on April 14 to 704 on April 30.
“We can not let up now. The indicators are telling us a really important story. A good story, but a cautionary tale too,” de Blasio said.
The mayor said 202 people died in the previous 24 hours.
He pointed out the coronavirus is not at low-level tranmission in five boroughs, meaning staying at home and social distancing remains.
But the mayor recognized with the new month another challenge is ahead— warmer weather.
He is opening 40 miles of streets in and around parks. The first seven miles will open to pedestrians and bike riders Monday. A combined 4.5 mile stretch in Fort Tryon Park, Flushing Meadows, Forest Hill Park, Callahan-Kelly Park, Grant Park and Silver Lake Park will be accessible.
Plus, streets adjacent to Williamsburg Oval, Court Square, Carl Schurz Park, Highbridge Park, Prospect Park, Stapleton Waterfront Park and Lt. William Tighe Triangle.
But the mayor said social distancing will be enforced and face coverings will be handed for those in need.
de Blasio closed his daily briefing Friday by honoring Aurora, Colorado paramedic Paul Cary, 66, who died of COVID-19 after coming to New York to help patients with the same disease.
“What Paul did clearly save lives while he was here,” de Blasio said. “We’re going to find a way to create a special memorial for Paul here in New York City.”
.@nycmayor reminding New Yorkers it’s now May. We’ve been at this since mid-March. “May is going to be a decisive month,” he says.
— Courtney Gross (@courtneycgross) May 1, 2020
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) May 1, 2020