New single-day record for NY virus deaths but hospitalizations fall

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One of New York's neighboring states, New Jersey, is also seeing staggering numbers as Murphy announced 3,627 new confirmed cases.

The governor noted that hospitalizations remain down statewide and that for the first time since the virus outbreak that the number of patients in intensive care units across the state continues to drop.

Hospitals are not completely comfortable - most facilities are accustomed to working with a stockpile of supplies that would last several months instead of just days, Cuomo said.

Esther Greenberg loves watching her children and grandchildren gather around the Passover seder table and slurp her matzoh ball soup."Seeing". But he said there's "no doubt that we are now bending the curve and there's no doubt that we can't stop doing what we're doing". It happens to the young and healthy too.

An emergency room nurse dons her face protectors after taking a break in a driveway for ambulances and emergency medical services vehicles outside Brooklyn Hospital Center's emergency room, Sunday, April 5, 2020, in NY, during the coronavirus crisis. "I'm paranoid, scared to walk out of their room".

He also said that more testing should be done in minority communities, claiming that there are higher rates of infection in minority communities. For the second straight day the virus killed at least 1,900 in a 24-hour period.

He said he's working with the state's congressional delegation to create a COVID-19 Heroes Compensation Fund, similar to that which was created after 9/11, to support frontline workers and their families.

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Fox News correspondent Bryan Llenas reports. "You have millions out of work", Cuomo said Thursday.

He said total hospitalizations were trending at about 18,000, well under the state's current hospital bed capacity of 90,000, but stressed that more dire models had predicted that NY could see hospitalizations of 110,000 or more.

Bodies are buried in a trench on Hart Island, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in the Bronx borough of NY. He said the number of ventilators and beds needed as well as the projected number of ventilators and beds needed continues to go down because of social distancing.

The U.S.is the country with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections with a tally from Johns Hopkins University indicating 467,184 have tested positive and 16,736 have died.

"We are in the midst of a week of heartache", Vice President Mike Pence said during a White House briefing on Wednesday, but added, "we are beginning to see glimmers of hope". "That's what the numbers say, that's what the data suggest".

He added that city's deaths are "more than just a statistic".

In Michigan, one of the few hospital systems conducting widespread diagnostic screenings of staff, found more than 700 workers were infected - over a quarter of those tested. California hospitals have more than 11,000 ventilators, and two-thirds aren't being used, he said.

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