NYC (Chanenl TT): New York City saw its first day without any confirmed deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday, according to new data from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. NYC reports no new coronavirus deaths for first time since mid-March
The city reported its first confirmed Covid-19 death on March 11, and the number peaked on April 7 when 590 coronavirus patients died in New York City, according to the city’s data. Confirmed deaths have been steadily declining since then, falling below 100 on May 9 for the first time since March 24.
Confirmed Covid-19 deaths account for people who tested positive for the virus. The city noted that there were three “probable” coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, meaning that they exhibited the symptoms of Covid-19 but haven’t been tested yet. Probable deaths could be reclassified as confirmed deaths later as tests are processed.
The coronavirus has infected more than 202,319 people in New York City and the city has reported 16,992 confirmed deaths as well as 4,760 probable deaths, according to the city’s health department.
New York City is scheduled to shift into phase one of the state’s reopening plan on Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has previously said. Phase one allows for more businesses to resume operations, including construction, manufacturing and retail, but only for curbside pick-up.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that the city could move into phase two of reopening as soon as early July if it meets the state’s health requirements. Phase two would allow for outdoor dining to reopen, de Blasio said, as well as in-person retail, barbershops and more.
By Friday, city health officials had revised the overnight death count from zero to seven as additional information became available. There were zero additional deaths between Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the city’s Health Department data, which is reported with a 24-hour lag.
During that same period earlier this week, the city saw just three probable deaths of people who never tested positive for the virus but showed telltale symptoms. Those probable deaths could be reclassified as confirmed deaths in the coming days, Cohen said. There were 500 new fatalities each day during the pandemic’s peak in early April.
The state is monitoring seven key indicators to guide decisions on when regions such as New York City can safely reopen while continuing to monitor for any resurgence.