April 19, 2020 | 1:07pm
The worst of the coronavirus’ tear through the Empire State appears to have passed, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday — but there’s one big ‘if,’ he stressed, as another 507 New Yorkers have died.
The total number of hospitalizations continued its steady decline in the 24-hour period ending at midnight Sunday, sitting at 16,213, as opposed to 16,967 the day before.
“If the data holds, and if this trend holds, we are past the high point,” said Cuomo during a press briefing at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, LI.
“The recent news is good, that we are on the other side of the plateau and the numbers are coming down,” he said. “But that’s good news only compared to the terrible news that we were living with, which is that constant increase.”
Even as the total number of hospitalizations continued to dip downward, another 1,384 patients were admitted to hospitals on Saturday, and another 507 New Yorkers died, bringing the statewide toll to 13,869.
“Don’t get cocky,” he said. “Don’t get arrogant. This virus has been ahead of us every step of the way. This is only halftime in this entire situation.”
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