Lowest single-day NY death toll since March 15

Joseph Spector

New York went from having as many as 800 coronavirus deaths a day to a new low on Saturday: just five fatalities.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the five deaths marked the fewest daily deaths from COVID-19 since March 15, a roughly three-month turnaround for a state that had been the epicenter of the nation’s death toll from coronavirus.

New York still leads in the nation with 24,835 deaths from the virus, and nearly 392,000 people in the state have tested positive. The majority of deaths and cases were in New York and its suburbs.

But the daily deaths and infection rates have fallen to a trickle as more than two dozen states are in the midst of hitting record highs.

The state’s five deaths were coupled with 869 hospitalizations on Saturday, and of the 61,906 tests conducted in New York State on Saturday, 616, or 0.99%, were positive.

“We offer thoughts and prayers to every death in our state, but five deaths is the lowest number we have had since this started,” Cuomo said Sunday on NBC’s Meet The Press.

Cuomo said while New York once had the highest coronavirus cases, “We are on the exact opposite end.”

Cuomo warned that the numbers could go up if people aren’t diligent, as has been seen in other states, particularly in the South and West. 

New York on Wednesday, along with New Jersey and Connecticut, ordered a 14-day quarantine on anyone who visits from states with high infection rates.

“How does that number go up? Two ways: lack of compliance, and I’m diligent about staying after New Yorkers and local governments that have to police it,” Cuomo said Sunday.

“And second, I’m now afraid of the spread coming from other states because we are one country, and people travel and I’m afraid the infection rate in the other states, will come back to New York and raise that rate again.”