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Coronavirus Daily Death Toll In NY Increases

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 14, 2020.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 14, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York may be at the apex of coronavirus infections, with hospitalization rates remaining stable at over 18,000 people a day for the past week.

Since April 7, the number of New Yorkers in the hospital with the disease has held steady, and as of Monday, 18,697 people were in the hospital being treated for the virus. 

The daily death toll, however, is up from Sunday, 778 people died, says Cuomo. The numbers in the past weeks have ranged from a low of 671 on Easter to 799 deaths on April 8.  

“It’s basically flat at a devastating level of pain and grief,” Cuomo said.  

133 of the deaths on Monday came from nursing homes. Cuomo says that’s despite a no visitors rule since mid-March, and a policy of taking staff temperatures daily. 

The governor renewed his plea for the federal government to help provide more tests, saying New York can’t come up with enough tests alone, and they are needed in order for society to re-open. 

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of public radio stations in New York state. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.
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