CORONAVIRUS IN NY STATE: Daily deaths drop to 56

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that the number of daily deaths from coronavirus in New York state had dropped to its lowest level since the outbreak began.

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Cuomo said there were 56 new deaths since Saturday, when 67 deaths were reported.

It’s the lowest number since the beginning of the 92-day pandemic.

“We've gone through hell and back, but we are on the other side, and it's a lesson for all of us,” Cuomo said.

The governor said 49 of the deaths were in hospitals and seven were in nursing homes.

The total number of deaths in the state is now at least 23,905.

There have been 370,770 cases statewide since the pandemic began.

Cuomo said the numbers for hospitalizations, intubations and the net change in hospitalizations were all down.

There were 191 new patients hospitalized with COVID-19 since Saturday, he said.

Cuomo also announced that dentists in New York state can reopen Monday. He said dental offices will be subject to state guidance on best practices for safety and social distancing.

Much of the governor's briefing Sunday focused on the George Floyd protests that have rocked New York state and the nation in recent days, with hundreds arrested in New York City alone. Cuomo said he thinks the disorder seen in the streets is linked with the coronavirus outbreak.

"It’s not a coincidence that the unrest happens in the middle of the pandemic, those are not separate situations," Cuomo said. "There’s tremendous stress on everyone. This isolation of people, the lack of social interaction has created a lot of mental health stress."

"And the explosion we saw last night and will probably see again tonight, I think there are many sources of energy coming into that," the governor said. "And what is the direct relationship between 90 days of closed-down and coronavirus and unemployment and fear and isolation. And then the George Floyd killing as an accelerant to an already highly stressful situation."

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