The United States today surpassed Italy in the total number of confirmed deaths from the coronavirus, reaching its deadliest day on Friday with 2,057 deaths. As of Saturday afternoon, the total dead in the United States stood at 20,110.
But there seems to be a bit of good news out of New York.
CBS News reports:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that 783 people died in New York on Friday due to COVID-19. On Thursday, 777 people lost their lives to the virus. The day before that, the state reported 799 deaths.
The number of deaths is somewhat stabilizing, he said, but stabilizing at a “horrific rate.” Friday’s fatalities raise the total death toll in New York from the coronavirus to 8,627. The state remains the U.S. epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak.
Cuomo said, however, that the numbers of people being hospitalized and admitted to ICUs are on a downward slope. Intubations are also down.
Just because New York numbers may be stabilizing we are not out of the woods while the virus begins to rear its ugly head in other parts of the country. In Kentucky COVID-19 cases are up by 242 to a total of 1,693 with 90 deaths. The state plans to quarantine churchgoers that gather this Easter weekend in violation of Governor Andy Beshear’s executive orders to self-quarantine for two weeks.
Also in COVID-19 news today a new study examining air samples from hospital wards with COVID-19 patients has found the virus can travel up to 13 feet (four meters) — twice the distance current guidelines say people should leave between themselves in public.