NYS hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 continues to decline, State to begin antibody testing


MANHASSET, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo reported on Sunday that the state’s COVID-19 curve continues to trend in the right direction.

According to Governor Cuomo, for the sixth consecutive day, the number of people hospitalized because of COVID-19 declined. Currently there are just over 16,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York State.

Cuomo also reported on Sunday that the number of deaths in a single day continued to decline on Saturday.

Despite the numbers trending in the right direction, Cuomo wanted to stress the virus is still a real problem in New York. More than 500 people continue to die every day and over 1,300 people were hospitalized just on Saturday.

The governor was happy to report the data shows New York is past the high point, and the state is beginning a descent on the COVID-19 curve.

However Governor Cuomo said, this is not the time to get comfortable, and this news is only good news when you compare it to the news New York had been living with.

It’s no time to get cocky and it’s no time to get arrogant. We still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do. This virus has been ahead of us every step of the way, we have been playing catch-up since day one in this situation. So, this is no time to relax. This is only halftime in this entire situation.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

At his press conference Sunday, Governor Cuomo said New York is ready to enter its second phase in fighting COVID-19.

The second part of Cuomo’s phase two is to develop new testing. The governor announced on Sunday that New York State has an FDA approved antibody test, and the state will roll it out this week to begin testing across the state.

The antibody test is used to determine if a person was ever infected with COVID-19. This will help the state determine how many people were actually infected with coronavirus in New York State even if they never showed signs of the virus. Cuomo says this data is important in planning for a reopen and it will help determine the percentage of the population that is now immune to the virus, allowing more individuals to safely return to work.

According to Cuomo, the testing survey will sample 3,000 people for a population of 19.5 million people. For context, Germany performed a 3,000-person sample with a population of 83 million.

On top of antibody testing, the governor said he is still trying to work with the federal government in bringing the regular COVID-19 testing up to scale.

Once again during his press conference, Governor Cuomo said state and local governments need funding from the federal government to have a proper reopening. On Sunday, Cuomo said the National Governors Association renewed their request for $500 billion in funding from the federal government.

According to the data, New York State has been hit the hardest by COVID-19, and Cuomo said the state is in about $15 billion worth of debt. If the state does not receive funding from the federal government, Cuomo warned he may have to make funding cuts of up to 50% to the education system in the state. He also warned funding to hospitals could also decline if the federal government does not provide funding.

According to the New York Governor, the state received immense support from all across the country in their fight against COVID-19. Cuomo said the state will now begin to help other states in need. At his press conference, Cuomo announced the state has identified 400 ventilators that are ready to be shipped to Massachusetts within 24 hours if they need them.

According to Johns Hopkins University, over 240,000 people have been infected with COVID-19 in New York State alone.

Click on the player below to watch the full press conference from Sunday.

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