Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that the city needs to continue to keep battling the coronavirus as the Big Apple’s latest COVID-19 indicators showed that hospitalizations and those in intensive care units are down, but the number of people testing positive is up.
De Blasio noted that all the city statistics — which have a two-day lag — trended downward trends for the day before, but that was not the case with the latest figures.
“Yesterday, great day — today, a little less great,” de Blasio said during his daily press briefing. “Still some good news, but we need it to get better to fully take the next steps.”
Patients in ICUs throughout the city’s 11 public hospitals dropped from 88 on Saturday to 75 on Sunday, while the number of people admitted to Big Apple hospitals ticked down from 632 Saturday to 596 on Sunday, according to the data.
“Think about that for a moment, 75 people admitted to hospitals for suspected COVID-19,” de Blasio said, adding, “That is a sea change from where we were a few weeks ago. That’s fantastic.”
However, the percentage of people tested citywide who are positive for COVID-19 increased from 17 percent on Saturday to 22 percent on Sunday.
“We know each day can vary for a variety of reasons, but the reason we want all three [indicators] to go down at once is that it tells us we’re on a solid, consistent path and that’s what leads us to be able to start loosening up,” the mayor said.
Hizzoner explained that the city “didn’t have the day that we needed today, but overall, we’re making progress.”
“Let’s keep fighting to bring these numbers down consistently and take that big next step forward,” de Blasio said.
Meanwhile, de Blasio announced the city will soon offer coronavirus antibody tests for 140,000 frontline healthcare workers and first responders.
The antibody testing, the mayor said, will be offered at hospitals, firehouses, police stations and corrections facilities citywide as soon as next week.
“This initiative will be up and running by next week, maybe sooner, but definitely by next week,” de Blasio said, as he credited the federal government for providing additional antibody testing resources for first responders in New York City.
Still, the mayor said the federal government is “still missing in action” when it comes to overall testing for the coronavirus.
“There’s still not enough testing available,” de Blasio said.
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