NY reports 5 coronavirus deaths, lowest since epidemic began


NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that New York State had reported its lowest number of deaths since the start of the pandemic.The death toll on Sunday was five, said Cuomo, the lowest daily death toll since March 15. The state’s death toll is 24,835.

At the height of the epidemic in April, more than 700 people died of the virus within a few days.

The state saw 616 additional coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 392,539 across the state.

A total of 869 people were hospitalized across the state, 39 fewer than on Saturday. The number of people in intensive care was 229.

“As states across the country experience new outbreaks related to the reopening, the number of people in New York continues to decline,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Our progress is the direct result of the discipline and hard work of New Yorkers and a progressive, data-driven reopening.”

Cuomo announced on Saturday that the state health department was investigating the case of a student who visited Florida and returned for a high school graduation ceremony in Westchester, but to come with COVID-19 after potentially exposing others to the ceremony.

The event was a car graduation ceremony for Horace Greeley High School held at Chappaqua station on June 20, officials said.

The student returned from Florida, where COVID-19 cases have increased in recent days, and began showing symptoms after attending the ceremony last weekend. He or she then tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said.

Four other people there have since tested positive, officials said. All of them are self-isolated.


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