Nearly 800 new cases of COVID-19 were discovered Thursday during a test in New York State – but the epidemic remains stable, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.
About 786 of 73,558 people tested for COVID-19 across the state on July 9 were found to be infected with the virus, Cuomo said on Friday. This was equivalent to a positive infection rate of just over 1%. Of the 786 new positive cases, approximately 44.5% of them were from New York (351 in all).
The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 across the state is 826, 25 less than the total recorded on July 8. However, 87 patients were admitted on Thursday, an increase of eight from the previous day. On July 9, 92 people were released from public hospitals.
Intubations also declined by six people on Thursday, bringing the total to 92. There were also eight deaths from COVID-19 on July 9.
However, Cuomo warned New Yorkers to stay the course, given the worrying increase in COVID-19 infections across the country.
“COVID-19 numbers in New York are stable and continue to move in the right direction, but in the midst of an alarming spike in cases across the country and reports of non-compliance here at home, it is one vitally important that residents continue to practice successful behaviors curve curve, “said Cuomo. “We know that wearing a mask, washing your hands and social distancing are effective tools in the fight against this virus – and now is the time to step up our efforts. Continue to be New York Tough this weekend and show this nation the way to go while protecting your loved ones. “