By Staff The Associated Press
Posted April 7, 2020 3:20 pm
2:54Coronavirus outbreak: U.S. allocating 600,000 N95 masks, deploying 3,000 military personnel to New York
WATCH: U.S. allocating 600,000 N95 masks, deploying 3,000 military personnel to New York
The state’s death toll since the beginning of the outbreak last month grew to 5,489.
The alarming surge in deaths comes even as new hospital admissions have dropped on average over several days, a possible harbinger of the outbreak finally leveling off. Cuomo said the death tally is a “lagging indicator” that reflects the loss of critically ill people hospitalized earlier.
“That’s 731 people who we lost. Behind every one of those numbers is an individual. There’s a family, there’s a mother, there’s a father, there’s a sister, there’s a brother. So a lot of pain again today for many New Yorkers,” Cuomo said at a briefing at the state Capitol.