Bronx, N.Y. - During his Saturday morning press briefing on COVID-19, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 67 more people died in New York State due to coronavirus on Friday.
That number is the same for the second day in a row.
The total number of deaths in the state now stands at 23,847.
For the week, the death total of 67 on Friday. There were 67 on Thursday. There were 74 on Wednesday, 74 on Tuesday, and 73 on Monday as the curve continues to fall.
Cuomo held his Saturday press briefing at the New Settlement Community Center in the Bronx because the Bronx has 6 of the top 10 current hotspots in the state. The other four are also in New York City, three in Brooklyn and one in Queens.
Cuomo says during this next week the high priority will be to address these hotspots by getting those areas more PPE and get more people tested, "We are adding more testing sites in these areas, we need people come out get tested see who is positive, who has the antibodies, who is contagious, and even if you’re a young superhero and you think you’re immune to the virus, you can give it to someone else."
Cuomo also, for the second straight day briefly touched on his Thursday night decision to put a hold on Phase 2, and then turn around and ok Phase 2 for five upstate regions during his Friday afternoon COVID-19 press briefing, "I understand that you have local politicians that have opinions. I have opinions, but I'm not acting on my opinion. I'm not a public health official, I'm not a doctor, know what you don't know. I go to global experts and this is a matter of life and death and I want to make sure that I get the best advice for the people of the state, I'm not going to put anybody's life at risk."
The Governor announced the plan is to begin reopening New York City on June 8th.
Cuomo also signed a bill during his press briefing on Saturday that will help the families of those frontline workers who died while helping others during this coronavirus pandemic.