New York experienced its largest single day death toll from the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Wednesday, hitting a new record of 779.
Cuomo said the number of deaths will continue to increase, even as hospitalizations fall because fatalities are a “lagging indicator” of the outbreak. That means people who have been hospitalized for a long time are starting to die, while fewer new people are being admitted.
“Every number is a face. Every number is a family,” Cuomo said during his daily media briefing.
Still, he said social distancing measures are working, and the infection curve is flattening.
Cuomo credited an increase in hospital capacity, as well as the sharing of equipment among “different partners in the health system.
“There is no doubt that we are now bending the curve, and there is no doubt that we can’t stop doing what we are doing” Cuomo said, adding if the hospitalization rate continues to decrease, the state’s hospital system “should stabilize over these next couple weeks.”