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Social Distancing In New York Working Better Than Expected

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People practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, Saturday in Queens, N.Y.

New hospitalizations and ICU admissions have dropped to their lowest levels yet in New York. Deaths reached yet another new high: 799.

State officials say social distancing measures are working. Not just working, but working better than expected. New York projected needing between 55,000 and 136,000 beds. Right now, only 18,000 people are currently hospitalized, a third of the lowest prediction. But, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo fears second and third waves of infection if social distancing becomes lax.

“It is good news. Well now I can relax. No, you can’t relax. The flattening of the curve last night happened because of what we did yesterday and the day before and the day before that.”

Cuomo says the antibody tests and rapid virus testing have been approved. The state is working with private companies in order to produce the millions and millions of tests needed in order to restart the economy.

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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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