The Hudson Valley continues to see a decline in residents testing positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as New York recovers from the pandemic after entering Phase 3 of the reopening process this week.
Health officials in New York have been monitoring the number of patients testing positive for COVID-19 statewide, with the numbers in the Hudson Valley continuing to trend positively.
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In the Hudson Valley:
- Friday, June 19: 1.1 percent;
- Saturday, June 20: 1.0 percent;
- Sunday, June 21: 1.0 percent;
- Monday, June 22: 1.0 percent;
- Tuesday, June 23: 0.9 percent.
Statewide, there are currently 1,071 COVID-19 patients still hospitalized, the lowest since March 19, days after the pandemic first made its way to New York.
In the past 24 hours, there were 51,144 COVID-19 tests administered in the state, with 581 (1.1 percent) coming back positive. An average of 18 New Yorkers have died in the past three days.
The mid-Hudson Valley entered Phase 3 of reopening on Tuesday, June 23.
"You see the testing by region, and all the regions have been constant since the reopening began, including New York City," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday in Manhattan. "We're watching it on a daily basis, and right now all the numbers look good."
During his briefing, Cuomo said that it is on local governments to be diligent in enforcing compliance as the state reopens, saying they "have to do their job and be competent in doing that job, which is ensuring compliance."
Cuomo reiterated that while New York continues to see the COVID-19 drop, other states that reopened their economies too soon or too expansively are seeing spikes in the number of cases being reported.
“We now have the virus under control, but Florida, Texas, other states don’t,” he said. “This country has to wake up and realize the facts that are going on, because you have a tale of two countries going on.
“There are two very different situations,” he continued. “You’ve seen states dealing with the virus politically versus the states that dealt with it on a science-fact basis and you see the virus spreading in states that have an unmanaged reopening.”
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