De Blasio Touts COVID-19 Progress, Though ICU Count Decline Modest

Mayor Bill de Blasio, flanked by Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the city health commissioner, said the coronavirus crisis is an “evolving situation” his administration is monitoring “hour by hour.”
Todd Maisel

Mayor Bill de Blasio called Friday “a good day” in terms of the city’s coronavirus crisis, touting decreases in the number of cases and hospital admissions during his daily novel coronavirus press conference.

According to the mayor’s office, the daily number of people admitted to hospitals for suspected COVID-19 slid from 227 on April 21 to 176 on April 22.

The number of people in intensive care units in public hospitals for COVID-19 is also down, though less dramatically, from 796 on April 21 to 786 on April 22.

“This is an area where we need to see much more progress but I still like seeing a step in the right direction,” de Blasio said.

The percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 citywide was 32 percent on April 21, and 30 percent the following day.

De Blasio began giving daily updates on these three categories on April 11, explaining that his administration would begin thinking about loosening up restrictions on public activity in the city once numbers in all three categories went down continuously for 10 to 14 days.

“Good day, keep working hard, let’s get some more just like this day,” said the mayor, attributing the progress to New Yorkers’ efforts to abide by social distancing regulations as well as to increased access to testing at the new pop-up testing sites.

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