New York is passing the peak of the coronavirus, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Sunday.
The Democratic governor touted continued signs that the pandemic is getting under control in his state, The Hill reported, as rates of hospitalizations and infections from COVID-19 there keep declining. However, he has said that New York is not yet ready to move beyond draconian “stay-at-home” orders just yet.
Past the peak
In recent days, Cuomo’s messaging on the coronavirus has been consistent, if not entirely logical: while the “beast” is getting under control, it isn’t yet time to end the lockdowns that have caused significant economic disruption. At his Sunday press briefing, Cuomo had more good news, noting a continued drop in hospitalizations that indicate the peak is passing.
“We’ve been watching this 24 hours a day… The total hospitalization rate is down again in the state of New York, we’re down to 16,000,” Cuomo said during his daily presser, according to The Hill. “It turned out the high point wasn’t a point, but the high point was a plateau, and we got up to the high point and then we just stayed at that level for a while.”
Containing that decline will require New Yorkers to be patient and continue adhering to social distancing guidelines, he said. Cuomo also noted that the rate of infection was on the decline; the state recorded roughly 4,700 new cases Sunday, according to government data.
“If the data hold and if this trend holds, we are past the high point and all indications at this point are that we are on the descent,” the governor said, according to The Hill. “Whether or not the descent continues depends on what we do, but right now are on the descent.”
Cuomo’s assessment is especially encouraging as New York is by far the hardest-hit state in the nation. The governor had extended his state’s “stay-at-home” order until May 15 last week, urging the necessity of continuing stringent social distancing to overcome the pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported.
But not over yet
This all comes as various governors have expressed concern about a “second wave” of infections breaking out if preparations are not taken to track and test the virus. President Trump and his coronavirus task force have said that the United States has adequate testing capability already — at a press briefing Monday, Trump even said that complaints about testing are “partisan,” the New York Post reported — and Trump has made no secret of his desire to open the economy again.
But at his Friday press briefing, Cuomo went on an extended rant about Trump for trying to “pass the buck without passing the bucks,” a reference to Trump leaving states in charge of the pandemic response without providing adequate funding, AM New York reported.
Over the weekend, Cuomo said that his state will begin antibody testing to track who has acquired an immunity to the virus, CNBC reported. He also reminded New Yorkers on Monday that the deaths remain “horrifically high” and that pandemic has not passed while urging Trump to provide more assistance with testing.
“Testing is going to require everyone to work together,” Cuomo said, according to CNBC.
Cuomo will reportedly meet with Trump in Washington on Tuesday.