NYS reports new lows in hospitalizations, ventilator use

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York state continues to report new lows in the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 or on ventilators, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. 

A total of 576 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Thursday, the lowest number since March 17, Cuomo said in a release Friday morning. One hundred and forty of those patients were in intensive care units — the lowest number since March 16 — and 70 were on ventilators, a new low since March 15, he said. 

Of the 68,869 test results that came back on Thursday, 644, or 0.93 percent, were positive. 

New York reported five new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, Cuomo said. Eighty-nine patients were admitted to hospitals, and 82 were discharged. The state has now reported a total of 415,014 positive tests. Its COVID-19 death toll stands at 25,150. 

“New York state continues to closely monitor alarming COVID-19 numbers throughout the nation as we flatten the curve, slow the spread and proceed with a data-driven, phased opening,” Cuomo said in a statement. 

“So much of our ability to fight this destructive virus is dependent on what each of us does in day-to-day life, and social distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands makes a huge difference as we stay New York Smart,” he added. 

The breakdown of COVID-19 positivity rates by region is as follows: