NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that the state's death toll was nearing 19,000 but key indicators like total hospitalizations were still heading in the right direction.
Speaking from an NYC Transit maintenance facility in Corona, Queens, the governor said 299 people died from the coronavirus since Friday. That brings the state's death toll to 18,909.
“That number has remained obnoxiously and terrifyingly high,” Cuomo said of the daily deaths.
The state had 308,314 coronavirus cases Saturday, up from 304,372 cases on Friday and 299,691 cases on Thursday.
Cuomo said total hospitalizations, intubations and ICU admissions were all down Saturday. He said new hospitalizations were also down—831 since Friday. They have been hovering around 900 to 1,000 for days.
When it comes to ongoing antibody testing mapping the reach of the virus across the state, Cuomo said 15,103 people have been surveyed.
He said 12.3 percent of those tested across the state had antibodies for the virus, while 19.9 percent of those tested in New York City did.
The Bronx had the highest percentage testing positive for antibodies at 27.6 percent. In Brooklyn, it was 19.2 percent; in Manhattan, it was 17.3 percent; in Queens it was 18.4 percent; and on Staten Island it was 19.2 percent.
The governor said officials are looking into why the rate is so high in the Bronx.
He also said 7 million masks are being given out in hard-hit communities of New York City, including nursing homes, public housing and low-income neighborhoods.
The governor also suggested an executive order banning evictions through June 20 could be extended.
"Come June, we’ll see where we are and we’ll figure it out," Cuomo said.
Cuomo said Friday that schools and colleges in the state would be closed for the rest of the academic year. He said a decision about summer schools would be announced in the coming weeks and that it was too early to make a decision about the fall. He said he'd announce a decision about extending the New York Pause order closing non-essential businesses before May 15, when the order is currently in effect until.