Posted on August 21, 2020
New Yorkers- both in the City and beyond- have confronted the current pandemic in typical fashion: head-on, pragmatically and with determination. Never ones to be phased by a knock-down, New Yorkers are tough and resilient, and our willingness to follow public health guidelines and take the recommended precautions has paid off. We are now one of the few states in the country that is still seeing the number of cases drop on a regular basis. While we are clearly still in the midst of this health crisis, our actions are keeping it at bay as we protect ourselves and each other by wearing masks, keeping a safe distance from others, and interacting primarily outdoors where transmission is far less likely.
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced that New York States COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped to 518- the lowest number since March 18. Yesterday's infection rate of .74 percent marked the 13th straight day with an infection rate below 1 percent. The number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs dropped to 120, matching the state's previous low since March 16.
Our state's continuing fight against COVID-19 has taken tremendous hard work and discipline from all New Yorkers, and we're seeing results- a new low for hospitalizations, 13 straight days of an infection rate below 1 percent and a match of a previous low for patients in ICUs, Governor Cuomo said. I want to commend New Yorkers for practicing the basic daily behaviors- social distancing, washing hands and wearing masks- that make an enormous difference in our capacity to slow the spread, save lives and bring the states infection rate from one of the nations highest to one of its lowest. But now isn't the time to get complacent, and local governments must continue to enforce state guidance and New Yorkers must stay vigilant in the face of a continuing crisis throughout this country and around the world.
In New York City, there were only 130 new cases reported on August 20th, down from a high of over 5300 per day in early April. Keep apprised of the latest news from NYC at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page and from NYS, including travel advisories, at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
And in the meantime, enjoy New York, but do it safely!
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