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De Blasio: NYC making ‘progress’ as coronavirus hospitalizations fall

The Large Apple is making “progress” in its conflict towards the coronavirus, as each hospitalizations and the variety of individuals in intensive care items have dropped, Mayor Invoice de Blasio stated Thursday.

“At the moment we’ve progress. It’s not excellent progress, but it surely’s rattling shut,” de Blasio stated throughout his every day press briefing concerning the metropolis stats, which have a two-day lag. “This can be a good day.”

Virus-infected sufferers in ICUs fell from 599 on Monday to 567 on Tuesday, whereas the variety of individuals admitted to hospitals citywide plunged from 109 on Monday to 79 on Tuesday, the stats present.

These figures each dropped after ticking up a day earlier.

“Isn’t that good to listen to solely 79 individuals now,” de Blasio stated, including, “For these 79 individuals they’re coping with actual challenges.”

Relating to ICU statistics, the mayor stated: “Nonetheless 567. That’s lots of people, but it surely has gone down noticeably and that’s nice.”

The proportion of individuals examined citywide who’re optimistic for COVID-19 went up only one p.c from 15 p.c on Monday to 16 p.c on Tuesday.

“Nonetheless an excellent day,” Hizzoner stated. “General proper route. Let’s dig in and for additional.”

In the meantime, de Blasio introduced that the town is ramping up its coronavirus antibody testing initiative by making the take a look at obtainable for 140,000 on a regular basis New Yorkers on account of a partnership with the BioReference Laboratories.

“The extra individuals we take a look at the extra our medical doctors and scientists have a physique of data to know the illness higher and beat it again,” stated de Blasio.

The doorway to Maimonides Medical Middle in Brooklyn Thursday morning.Paul Martinka

Earlier this week, de Blasio stated that the town will supply coronavirus antibody assessments for 140,000 frontline healthcare employees and first responders.

“Past the testing that we’ll do for our heroes we’re going to open up antibody testing for a a lot larger group of New Yorkers,” stated de Blasio Thursday, explaining {that a} mixed 280,000 individuals shall be examined throughout the town within the subsequent few weeks.

“These are numbers that actually begin to add up,” he stated.

The free antibody assessments are by appointment-only, and can launch subsequent week at 5 websites in Morrisania within the Bronx, Brooklyn’s East New York, higher Manhattan, Staten Island’s Harmony neighborhood and Lengthy Island Metropolis in Queens. Outcomes are inside 48 hours.

“The aim is to concentrate on individuals within the common space of those take a look at websites,” stated de Blasio.