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New York Sees High In Coronavirus Deaths, But Virus Spread Slows

John Minchillo
A patient is brought into Wyckoff Heights Medical Center by staff wearing personal protective gear due to COVID-19 concerns, Tuesday in Brooklyn, N.Y.

New York has reached a new daily high in deaths from the coronavirus. Seven hundred thirty-one people died on Monday in New York. This follows two days of what appeared to be a plateau. But state health officials still say they are flattening the curve.

Citing fewer intubations and ICU admissions, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said deaths were a “lagging indicator” in the virus’s progression. Even though the number of people admitted to the hospital nearly doubled Monday, Cuomo maintains that the three-day average of hospitalizations still shows a flattening.

"We are changing the curve in that virus growth. You see that plateau because of what we are doing.”

Cuomo says hospitals are successfully stretching available ventilators and that so far no one has died from a lack of care or supplies. Cuomo acknowledges the hardship of social distancing and says the economy can restart when rapid testing is brought to scale. He also wants Congress to pass another stimulus bill to bail out lost tax revenue for local governments.

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Charles is senior reporter focusing on special projects. He has won numerous awards including an IRE award, three SPJ Public Service Awards, and a National Murrow. He was also a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and Third Coast Director’s Choice Award.
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