Queens, N.Y. - During his Saturday morning press briefing on COVID-19, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 299 more people died in New York State due to coronavirus on Friday.
The total number of deaths in the state now stands at 18,909.
Cuomo says the 299 deaths is up from 289 on Thursday. There were 306 on Wednesday, 330 on Tuesday and 335 on Monday.
The Governor says even though the number of deaths are consistently coming down, the number each day is still a large number, which is very concerning. He also said the number of new people with COVID-19 entering hospitals each day continues to come down, but he says that number continues to be high, with 831 on Friday.
Cuomo says we need to continue to get more data to determine actions, "Use the data to determine actions, not emotions, not politics, not what people think or feel."
That's why he says the number of tests being done across the state continues to go up.
New numbers show 15,000 New Yorkers have been sampled for the antibody test since April 22nd. He says numbers come in on a 4-to-5 day time period which shows the percent of people sampled who have been infected with COVID-19.
The three reporting dates thus far and the corresponding percent of positives :
April 22nd - 13.9%
April 27th - 14.9%
May 1st - 12.3%
Cuomo says to lower the overall infection rate, we must target where the new infections are coming from.
That is why he has now ordered hospitals across the state to start reporting data on each person hospitalized with COVID-19, "Starting today, we are asking hospitals to collect specific demographic information : residence, age, gender, race, ethnicity, where admitted from (e.g. nursing homes), occupation."
Cuomo also was questioned about the protests to reopen that are popping up. He says he is not going to be pressured to reopen, he is going to wait until it is safe to do so and base it on the numbers, "I'm not going to put dollar signs over human life. I'm not going to do that. I'm not going to do that for my family, I'm not going to do that for yours."
Cuomo also is urging local law enforcement agencies to crack down on people not wearing masks when they are in a position where they cannot stay six feet apart from others, "You don't have a right to jeopardize my health. Do what you want to jeopardize your health, God bless you. The mask is not about your health, the mask is about my health and my children's health and your children's health and that's why you have to wear a mask if you are in a situation where you can't stay 6 feet apart. It's reckless, it's irresponsible, and it's not about your life, it's about other peoples lives and you don't have a right to do that."