Governor Cuomo Looks Forward in Albany COVID-19 Address on April 7 Governor Cuomo Hints at Flattening Curve as COVID-19 Death Toll Rises

Governor Cuomo spreads a message of hope amidst a rising death toll.

REPORTER: Governor Cuomo delivered a mixed bag of COVID-19 news in Albany this morning. Do you want to hear the good news or the bad news? Well let’s get the bad news out of the way first. New York has seen the most COVID-19 deaths in the country and the toll is still rising. Governor Cuomo says 731 people died from the virus just yesterday.

CUOMO: That is the largest single-day increase.

REPORTER: The good news is that less and less new cases are popping up, and the curve could be flattening.

CUOMO: Right now we’re projecting that we are reaching a plateau in the number of hospitalizations.

REPORTER: Governor Cuomo says the State Department of Health has started working on testing measures that may help people back to work.

CUOMO: That has to be brought to scale, and the Department of Health is going to be working with the FDA to do just that.

REPORTER: While a return to normalcy may be within reach, Governor Cuomo says it is just as important as ever to stay inside, stay safe and stay healthy. Owen Sienko, NCC News.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Albany Tuesday morning to give an update on the state’s COVID-19 situation.  He delivered a mixed bag of news, painting a grim picture of the current situation and sending a message of hope for the future.

According to Governor Cuomo, New York is still the hardest-hit state by the COVID-19 pandemic with 5,489 deaths as of this morning.

“That is up from 4,758.  That is the largest single-day increase.  And we talk about numbers, but that’s 731 people who we lost,” he said.

But while the death toll is still climbing at a greater and greater rate, the amount of new cases over the last three days has gone down.  Governor Cuomo said this could be a sign of a flattening curve.

“Right now we’re projecting that we are reaching a plateau in the number of hospitalizations,” he said.

While New York may be close to seeing that light at the end of the tunnel, Governor Cuomo warned that the return to normal life is not going to be a swift and easy transition.

“This is not a light switch that we can just flick one day and everything goes back to normal,” the governor said.  “We’re going to have to restart that economy.  We’re going to have to restart a lot of systems that were shut down abruptly.”

Governor Cuomo said the New York State Department of Health is working with the FDA on more large-scale tests to help people safely get back to work.  Until then, every New Yorker needs to do their part to flatten the curve and get closer to the end of the tunnel.


WATCH: Governor Cuomo’s full press conference from Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

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