Another 518 coronavirus patients died in New York City over the course of 24 hours.
The city’s death toll rose to 4,778 Thursday evening, up from 4,260 the day before, according to city data — though new deaths and hospitalizations are trending down in the city from the record 806 people who died over the course of Tuesday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the overall number of newly hospitalized coronavirus patients in the state on Thursday dipped to its lowest level since New York state was all but shut down last month.
Cuomo said New Yorkers shouldn’t “relax” as he expressed hope that the state’s lockdown and residents’ commitment to social distancing has had a positive impact in slowing the virus.
“This is all a direct consequence to our actions,” he said. “If we stop acting the way we’re acting, you will see those numbers go up.”
Queens continues to report the most documented COVID-19 cases, with 27,759 confirmed Thursday evening, followed by Brooklyn with 23,408, the Bronx with 18, 486, Manhattan at 11,486 and Staten Island with 6,298.
As the country expects to approach peak infection, unemployment has soared. Cuomo said the state would be revamping and rebooting its website for unemployment-insurance applications Thursday evening after droves of newly out-of-work residents overwhelmed the system.
To handle mounting deaths, the de Blasio administration confirmed Thursday that it would begin burying coronavirus victims on Hart Island potter’s field.
The mayor, meanwhile, is debating the fate of the city’s school year and whether the city would be able to reopen classrooms before the summer break. De Blasio’s decision is expected within days.