NEW YORK (77 WABC) — New York is slowly making its way down the coronavirus curve. Governor Cuomo said the rate of hospitalizations and intubations are decreasing.
However, the number of deaths rose slightly to 232.
The governor said he fears the death toll will actually be “worse when final numbers are tallied.”
He said there are still 600 COVID-19 patients each day coming into hospitals.
Cuomo got data on the newest patients and, to his surprise, 66% were at home with 96% of them having comorbidities. The governor thought the majority of patients would be essential workers.
“Much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself,” Cuomo said.
Additionally, 59% are at least 60 years of age. Those hospitalized are primarily in the five boroughs and Long Island with 45% of the patients African American or Hispanic in the city.
As part of the state’s plan to reimagine education and telehealth in a post-coronavirus world, Cuomo announced Eric Schmidt, former CEO and Chairman of Google and founder of Schmidt Futures, will serve as chairman of a 15-member commission.
Cuomo asked hospitals over the course of 3 days to report where new coronavirus cases were coming from. He called it "shocking" that an overwhelming number–66%–were at home, and most not working at all. "Much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself."
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) May 6, 2020
Cuomo points to upstate hotspots at greenhouse facilities. He says they are created by large numbers of people working in dense environments.
— Nick Reisman (@NickReisman) May 6, 2020
.@JetBlue is donating a pair of round-trip flights to 100,000 medical personnel and nurses to honor their efforts, beginning with 10,000 NY medical professionals.
What a great way to thank so many of our frontline heroes. #NationalNursesDay
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 6, 2020