New York on Sunday recorded its lowest levels of coronavirus-related hospitalizations, ICU patients and intubations since mid-March when the state quickly became the epicenter of the pandemic, with New York City additionally reporting no Covid-19 deaths on Saturday, Forbes reports.
Hospitalizations dropped to 472, patients in ICUs fell to 110 and intubations were down to 50, all record lows since mid-March.
Additionally, the rate of positive coronavirus tests remained below 1% for the 16th day straight, with 572 cases reported over Saturday.
"New Yorkers should be proud that their hard work and discipline led to another day of record low numbers," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
The state also reported five deaths, though, they were all outside of New York City.
New York has managed to keep up mitigation of the coronavirus as cases began surging in other parts of the country throughout the summer, with Cuomo implementing a mandatory quarantine for travelers arriving from 35 states and territories.
In total, New York has confirmed 429,737 cases of the coronavirus, surpassed by Texas, Florida and California, according to Johns Hopkins University.
"New Yorkers should be proud that their hard work and discipline led to another day of record low numbers," Cuomo said. "But make no mistake: this virus is still surging in parts of the country and until there is a vaccine we cannot become numb or complacent about the risks we face."
Cuomo gave the go-ahead for school districts to reopen for in-person instruction, so long as their plans are approved by the state's education and health departments and are in a region that's had two weeks of positive tests below 5%, as suggested by the World Health Organization. Asked if he would send his own children to school during an interview on Friday, Cuomo said, "I would have a lot of questions, parents do have a lot of questions. This is a risky proposition no matter how you do it...If it's not a smart plan, then it shouldn't happen."
The U.S. leads all countries in confirmed cases of the coronavirus with 5,678,249, as well as reported deaths with 176,489. Experts have warned that fall months would likely see a surge in cases due to complications with the flu season. Cuomo warned restaurants and bars in the city that they may need to close down in the fall as establishments continue to wrack up coronavirus violations.