Coronavirus-related deaths have spiked in New York, with 100 reported in the last 24 hours, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday.
The governor told reporters in Albany that the death toll in the state has now hit 385, up from 285 as of Wednesday morning.
With 82,426 cases confirmed in New York, Cuomo said the number of deaths will likely increase given the patients requiring long-term care.
“Since we still have a large number of people on ventilators for a long period of time, the experts expect that number to continue to increase,” he said at a morning news conference.
More than 5,300 people are hospitalized, 1,300 of whom are in intensive care beds, the governor noted.
The increase in Covid-19-related deaths comes a day after Cuomo said initial data showed hospitalization rates may be slowing in the state due to new density control measures.