The death toll of the coronavirus in New York continues to climb.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that New York recorded 731 deaths related to coronavirus since Monday, the biggest single-day toll since the virus first entered the state on March 1.
“Behind every one of those numbers is an individual, is a family, is a mother, is a father, is a brother, is a sister,” Cuomo said, in his daily updates from Albany. “So, a lot of pain again today.”
The number of deaths is a lagging indicator of the number of hospitalizations, Cuomo said.
Those people were admitted to hospitals at the peak and weren’t successfully treated, Cuomo said, adding that they were placed on breathing machines, and “the longer you are on a ventilator the less likely” you will survive.
New York is the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States, with more than half the cases in the state in New York City, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
New York City deaths climb over 3,500, more than 800 dead in 24 hours
The number of coronavirus-related deaths in New York City is rising every day as the pandemic continues.
According to the city’s Department of Health, as of 5 p.m. on April 7, New York City has 74,601 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 3,544 of which were fatal. Of the total cases, an estimated 19,177 of those are hospitalized.
The death toll took a horrific spike in 24 hours; as of 5 p.m. on April 6, there were 2,738 deaths.
In just a day’s time, the number had risen by approximately 806 souls.
The majority of people in the US are “doing the right thing” by staying home and following other mitigation measures to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
The way the city reports its deaths soon will include possible coronavirus deaths at homes.
Health officials count people who test positive for the coronavirus whether they die in a facility or at home, according to Stephanie Buhle, a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said.