New York City has reported zero deaths due to coronavirus for the first day since the first New Yorker succumbed to COVID-19 on March 11.
Although records from the city indicate that three deaths occurring between June 3 and 4th show “probable” connection to COVID-19 and could later be reclassified, the latest numbers inspire hope in comparison to reports from early April when the city’s death toll reached a peak of 590 lives lost.
After over three months in the shadow of the pandemic, things seem to be moving in the right direction for New York with regard to the virus.
“In the face of extraordinary challenges, New Yorkers have gone above and beyond to keep each other safe throughout the crisis,” said City Hall spokeswoman Avery Cohen.
The news comes as New York finds itself host to numerous civil rights demonstrations in reaction to outrage caused by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police on May 25.
A percentage of peaceful protests have escalated to chaos causing confrontation with police and destruction from looting and vandalism. People worry that current events will delay the city’s plans to reopen on Monday, but according to Mayor de Blasio, plans have not changed.
At his daily press briefing on Thursday, the mayor said that city has met its key metrics for reopening.
Records from Wednesday show the daily number of suspected COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals at 48, beneath the threshold of 200. 354 people were admitted to public hospital ICUs, beneath the 375 patient allotment. Finally, only 3% of people tested for the virus were found to be positive.
“That is very good news,” he said. “Whatever else we’re fighting, whatever else we have to overcome, this is what is going to allow us to move forward.”