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Cuomo: Covid numbers in New York remain low

Cuomo: Covid numbers in New York remain low

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

The number of hospitalizations due to Covid-19 in New York State has dropped to its lowest number since March 18, according to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

There were 646 people in hospitals Friday due to the coronavirus, a decrease of four from the previous day, Cuomo said in his daily update Saturday. And the number of patients in intensive care units was 149, the lowest number since March 16.

"New York State's numbers continue to show progress in the midst of alarming increases in Covid-19 cases throughout the country and a renewed need to ensure compliance with state guidance here at home," Cuomo said.

There were 10 deaths in the state from Covid-19 Friday, including one person in Erie County. The total number of deaths in New York is 25,103. 

Of the 71,466 test results reported Friday, 1.05% were positive.

In the Western New York region, 1% of tests were positive Friday, compared to 1.5% Wednesday. There were 48 new cases reported in Erie County and 12 in Niagara County.

Cuomo said that while the hospitalizations continue to decrease and the infection rate remains low, "it's essential that we stay vigilant by social distancing, wearing masks and washing our hands as this pandemic is far from over."

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