Coronavirus-related deaths have spiked in New York, with 100 reported in the last 24 hours, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday.
The governor told reporters in Albany that the death toll in the state has now hit 385, up from 285 as of Wednesday morning.
With 37,258 cases confirmed in New York, Cuomo said the number of deaths will likely increase given the patients requiring long-term care.
“Since we still have a large number of people on ventilators for a long period of time, the experts expect that number to continue to increase,” he said at a morning news conference.
More than 5,300 people are hospitalized, 1,300 of whom are in intensive care beds, the governor noted.
The increase in Covid-19-related deaths comes a day after Cuomo said initial data showed hospitalization rates may be slowing in the state due to new density control measures.
With new projections suggesting the opposite, he cautioned against reading too much into the state’s Covid-19 data.
“When you talk to the projection models, what they’ll say is you get a fluctuation — they don’t know if it’s a deviation in what the hospitals happen to report that day because, remember, this is self-reported data from the hospitals,” Cuomo said. “So they say, you get a fluctuation from time-to-time, don’t look at any one day, don’t look at any period less than three or four days in sequence. We’ll just continue to watch it.”
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