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Governor Cuomo COVID-19 April 19th update - Death tolls rises by 507 to 15,683

Governor Cuomo updated the media Sunday afternoon on COVID-19, including the latest number of deaths in the state.

Posted: Apr 19, 2020 1:08 PM

Albany, N.Y. - During his Sunday press briefing on COVID-19, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 507 more people died in New York State due to coronavirus on Saturday.

The total number of deaths in the state now stands at 15,683.

Cuomo says the 507 deaths number is down from the past week, which saw 540 on Friday, 630 on Thursday, 606 on Wednesday, 752 on Tuesday and 778 on Monday.

The Governor says the number of new hospitalizations for cases of coronavirus continues to be a very high number as well, going up 1,384 on Saturday, but that number is significantly down from more than 1,900 the three prior days.

The total hospitalizations is down again. Down to 16,213. The peak about a week ago was consistently over 18,000.

Cuomo also broke down the percentages of positive cases which continue to be highly dominant in the New York City area.

New York City : 63%
Long Island : 21%
Westchester and Rockland Counties : 8%
The rest of state : 7%

Cuomo says the recent news is good, but says it's no time to get cocky or arrogant, "We are on the other side of the plateau and the numbers are coming down but that's good news only compared to the terrible news that we were living with. This is no time to get cocky and no time to get arrogant. We still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do. This is only halftime in this entire situation. We showed that we can control the beast and when you close down, you can actually slow that infection rate, but it's only halftime. We still have to make sure that we keep that beast under control, we keep that infection rate down, we keep that hospitalization rate down as we now get all very eager to get on with life and move on. So it's not over."

Cuomo also thanked all health care workers once again, including the 95,000 medical professionals from throughout the state and outside of the state who have come to the metro New York City area to help.

Cuomo says Massachusetts is seeing an increase in cases and they may need 400 ventilators. Cuomo says he has identified 400 ventilators in the state that can be sent to Massachusetts on a 24 hour notice if they are needed.

The Governor once again also reiterated the need to get more testing. He says antibody testing will help determine who has had the coronavirus, "We don't know how many people were affected, we don't know how many had coronavirus who have self-resolved. We are going to start with antibody testing in New York State to determine how many people have been infected. We're going to do that with the most aggressive way in the nation. We're going to sample people in the state, thousands of people in the state, across the state, to find out if they had the virus. That will tell us for the first time what percent of the population actually has had the coronavirus and are now at least short term, immune to the virus. This will be the true first snapshot of what we're really dealing with and we're going to be doing that over the next week and the New York State Department of Health will be running that."

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1650303

Reported Deaths: 47719
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens2118128784
Kings2109509118
Suffolk1628183086
Nassau1486692918
Bronx1445195881
Westchester1078572101
New York1039223906
Erie654191603
Richmond572011579
Monroe52679991
Rockland38628889
Orange37059720
Onondaga32452630
Dutchess22387408
Albany20890332
Oneida19735478
Niagara15324312
Broome14870336
Saratoga11970145
Schenectady10842178
Ulster10069228
Rensselaer9039132
Putnam836986
Chautauqua7336123
Chemung6440130
Oswego600289
Ontario580188
St. Lawrence553285
Steuben5509137
Cayuga537988
Jefferson480663
Sullivan475559
Herkimer4561107
Wayne447364
Cattaraugus442076
Genesee4411118
Madison384885
Clinton361026
Livingston355056
Tompkins345742
Columbia340096
Fulton333784
Montgomery3190107
Cortland316760
Allegany290481
Warren284155
Wyoming282049
Tioga280656
Greene264871
Orleans245181
Chenango243969
Otsego235543
Washington234352
Franklin208712
Lewis206730
Seneca162053
Delaware151933
Essex134226
Schoharie121012
Yates101426
Schuyler86812
Hamilton2842
Unassigned221140
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