“This person was infected and went to the hospital or this person got infected and went home and infected other people at home,” Cuomo said during his daily press conference on the epidemic of coronavirus.
State data has shown that the number of new cases across the state has fluctuated between 2,100 and 2,500 per day. The number of new cases fell to 2,419 on Saturday, from 2,762 on Friday.
Cuomo said last week he hypothesized that new cases came from essential workers, “that was exactly not true.
“The infection rate among essential workers is lower than that of the general population and these new cases come mainly from people who are not working and who are at home,” he said.
State budget director Robert Mujica said officials expected to “know much more” about the genesis of new cases through contact tracing over the next week.
Cuomo said New York is recruiting thousands of workers to find the contacts of people who test positive for the coronavirus. Health experts say contact tracing is essential to isolate potentially contagious people in order to limit further epidemics.
Cuomo said the five regions of the state authorized to reopen on Friday – out of 10 regions in total – must have a number of plotters commensurate with their population.
“The tracing operation is extremely large and difficult,” he said.
New York State, home to both Manhattan and rolling woods and rolling farmland that extend hundreds of miles north of the Canadian border, was the global epicenter of the pandemic, but areas rural areas were not as badly affected as New York City, the country’s largest city with approximately 8.4 million residents.
Driven by the impact in New York, the state accounted for more than a third of the nearly 80,000 Americans who died from COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, according to a Reuters report.
Statewide, the epidemic is declining, with hospitalizations for coronavirus falling to 6,220, more than a third of the level reached a month ago, according to state data.
In the five regions where restrictions were relaxed on Friday in central and northern New York, construction and manufacturing work was allowed to resume, and retail businesses offering pickup near the Street or store pickup for orders placed has been allowed to reopen. A wider break from activity in New York and elsewhere has been extended until at least May 28.
New York, as well as the neighboring states of New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware, will partially reopen the beaches for the Memorial Day holiday weekend from May 23 to 25, Cuomo said.
He warned on Saturday that with increased economic activity, New Yorkers should expect an increase in cases of coronavirus.
“We don’t want to see a spike,” he said. “It depends on how people react and it depends on their personal behavior. “
Brendan O’Brien’s report in Chicago; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Leslie Adler
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