Cuomo: Hospitalizations at lowest level since charting them publicly

Registered nurse Dexter Tatum explains the procedure to a patient before conducting a COVID-19 test. Registered nurse Dexter Tatum explains the procedure to a patient before conducting a COVID-19 test. | Photo: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer.

WNYT Staff
Updated: May 22, 2020 07:13 PM
Created: May 22, 2020 12:54 PM

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says new hospitalizations continue to decline in New York state – noting that they're now at the lowest level they've been since he began displaying them on a chart each day.

There have been 109 more deaths in the state.


The governor, during his Friday news briefing, announced an initiative to help small businesses.

"New York state is starting its own small business relief program. Working with private banks, we have over $100 million available to make loans to small businesses. We're going to focus on MWBEs that did not receive federal assistance and focus on really small business," said the governor.

Cuomo says small businesses make up 90 percent of the businesses in New York state.

As for areas of the state that still need to reopen, only three regions have yet to meet all seven benchmarks to begin. However, Governor Cuomo announced Friday that two of those regions could reopen as soon as next week.

He says Long Island and the Mid-Hudson region need to continue recording a decrease in deaths from coronavirus and hire more contact tracers.

New York City won't reopen until next month and Mayor Bill DeBlasio urged residents to stay local this weekend.

You can watch the governor's full coronavirus update here.

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