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Cuomo: More than 30,000 Covid-19 cases in N.Y.; rate of hospitalizations slows

The rate of people needing to be hospitalized appears to be slowing, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday at his daily news briefing.

This past Sunday, he said, projection rates for hospitalizations was doubling every two days.

On Monday, they were doubling 3.4 days. On Tuesday, they were doubling every 4.7 days.

"This is a very good sign, a very positive sign," Cuomo said.

However, the number of people being hospitalized, which currently stands at 3,805 in the state, is higher than earlier projections, Cuomo said.

The state has now more than 30,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 122 in Erie County.

Three percent of all positive cases – 888 people – are in intensive care units.

285 people in New York State have died from Covid-19.

Also Wednesday, the state has set up a free mental health services hotline: 844-863 -9314.

"We've talked about the emotional stress that this brings on people. And the mental health stress, and mental health challenges," Cuomo said.

"We asked for mental health professionals to voluntarily sign up to provide online mental health services. Six thousand mental health professionals agreed to volunteer to provide mental health services for people who need it," he said. "How beautiful is that?"

Also, more than 40,000 health care workers, some from out of state, have said they would help out as part of a reserve force, Cuomo said.

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