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Cuomo: COVID-19 hospitalizations reach another record low in NY

Cuomo, pictured in May, said Saturday that hospitalizations

Cuomo, pictured in May, said Saturday that hospitalizations dropped to 483, a new low since March 16. Credit: AP / Jacquelyn Martin

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Saturday that New York has set another record low for COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU patients since the pandemic began.

Hospitalizations dropped to 483, a new low since March 16, and the number of patients in ICUs dropped to 116, a new low since March 15, according to state figures.

"In New York we didn't just flatten the curve, we bent it — and the numbers continue to stay low, demonstrating our data-driven phased reopening continues to work," Cuomo said. "This shows that protecting public health and reopening our economy aren't mutually exclusive if done the right way, and record-high testing doesn't equal more positive tests."

The state recorded four COVID-19-related deaths Friday. One of those deaths was in Nassau and another in Suffolk. The number of new cases in the state stood at 653, bringing the statewide total to 429,165.

New York also recorded the 15th straight day in which the rate of positive tests remained below 1%. A total of 0.69% of tests were positive, the state said.

"New Yorkers have driven this recovery and I urge everyone to stay New York Tough — wear masks, socially distance and stay disciplined," Cuomo said. "This thing isn't over yet."

Nassau County had 43 new cases, bringing its total to 44,205, and Suffolk had 56 cases for a total of 44,456.

Nassau’s hospitals reported only 25 COVID-19-related patients, with six reported in ICUs and one on a ventilator, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said.

For two weeks, Nassau has seen positive cases at 1% or less, and the trend continues —the 43 new COVID-19 cases were of 6,974 people tested, putting the percentage of residents testing positive at 0.6%. 

For the first time in two weeks, a Nassau resident lost their life to COVID-19, Curran said.

"August has been a milestone month in the fight against COVID-19 and we continue to see record-low hospitalizations and positive cases," she said. "Nassau may have crushed the curve but this virus still remains a serious threat. We’ve made so much progress by following the common sense public health protocols, let’s continue putting safety first.”

In Suffolk, 0.8% of those tested in the last reported 24-hour period were positive for COVID-19, according to county figures. The county's one fatality put its total at 2,001.

A total of 45 people were hospitalized, a decrease of two. Ten patients were in the ICU, a decrease of five, according to county figures.

New York City had 267 additional cases for a total of 228,144. The city has had a total of 56,882 hospitalizations, 19,014 deaths with a confirmed cause of coronavirus, and an additional 4,632 deaths probably caused by the virus, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. 

The State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,553 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed eight that were not in compliance with state requirements. One of those violations was in Suffolk, according to state figures.

With Matthew Chayes

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