Coronavirus cases in New York down, but rising nationwide

Published: May. 6, 2020 at 10:34 AM EDT
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Some new data out of New York on Wednesday raises at least some questions about the effectiveness of stay-at-home orders.

All of the COVID-19 stats in New York continue to trend downward, from new cases to hospitalizations to deaths. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo notes that his state is now looking better than many other states.

"You take New York out of the national numbers, the numbers for the rest of the nation are going up. To me that vindicates what we are doing here in New York," said Cuomo, D-New York.

But a new survey shows 66% of new hospital admissions are people who have been largely obeying the state's stay-at-home order. The governor called that figure shocking.

Health officials had expected essential workers-- people who are regularly interacting with others-- to be most likely to get sick.

The governor says most COVID-19 patients coming into New York hospitals are not working, not traveling and tend to be older than 50.

The governor released a survey that found retirees accounted for 37% of hospitalizations during the survey period and another 46% were unemployed. Almost three-quarters were 51 or older.

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