NEW YORK (AP) - Winter has brought New York’s worst stretch of the coronavirus crisis since May, with at least 4,800 dead from COVID-19 in the past 30 days.
But in recent days, there have been signs of a possible turnaround. Statewide, hospitalizations are flattening. The number of new infections has dropped steadily over the past two weeks.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday lifted a ban on elective surgeries at some hospitals in western New York.
He said he plans to announce other changes soon to the state’s COVID-19 restrictions in several parts of the state, but didn’t offer specifics.
The Mohawk Valley has seen a decline after having the highest positivity rate in the state for a period of time. The region's rate was 6.61% on Sunday. Long Island had the highest rate in the state that day at 6.92%.
Watch Cuomo's full Monday press conference below: