Governor Andrew Cuomo will deliver his daily press briefing at 11 a.m. EST Tuesday to address the most recent COVID-19 developments across New York state. CBS News is due to live stream the upcoming conference, which viewers can watch using the player below.
Like the governor's previous news conferencesheld once per day since New York became the epicenter of the United States' coronavirus outbreakTuesday's is expected to offer the latest statistics regarding case counts, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths as a result of COVID-19. New York has confirmed 131,830 cases as of Tuesday morning, more than half of which were diagnosed in one of New York City's five boroughs. At least 4,758 people who tested positive for the disease have died, according to Cuomo's Monday briefing. The Johns Hopkins University's coronavirus tracker showed that roughly 3,485 of them have died in New York City.
New York has reported new COVID-19 cases and fatalities every day since late March. On Monday, the governor confirmed 599 new deaths since the previous day, as well as 8,658 new cases.
While he acknowledged a continued increase in New York's overall numbers, Cuomo noted that the state's outbreak trajectory, represented as a bell-shaped curve, could be leveling given that it reported a similar number of deaths between Saturday and Sunday. New York's 24-hour fatality counts were considerably higher over the weekend.
"While none of this is good news, the possible flattening of the curve is better than the increases that we have seen," the governor said Monday, noting that New York reported fewer hospital admissions for COVID-19 patients on April 5 than it had in more than two weeks. Still, 358 people were hospitalized for the infection between Sunday and Monday, amounting to 16,837 hospitalizations across almost 50 counties.
The Rockefeller Institute of Government's president, Dr. Jim Malatras, agreed that recent data indicates the outbreak could be reaching its peak. "This could suggest that we are indeed potentially at the apex or beginning to be at the apex at this moment," he said during Monday's press briefing, explaining that a range of projection models have placed the apex between seven and 30 days from now. "It looks like we're at toward the earlier side of that time frame based on the current projections and modeling that we've been looking at," Malatras said.
Cuomo implemented additional measures to slow the new coronavirus' spread during Monday's conference, including another two-week extension of New York's "PAUSE" policy managing nonessential business and school closures.