De Blasio praises New Yorkers as coronavirus hospitalizations decline

Mayor Bill de Blasio hailed New Yorkers Friday for practicing social distancing as he announced that the number of patients in intensive care units and hospitalizations for suspected coronavirus are trending downward.

Patients in ICUs across the city’s 11 public hospitals dropped from 796 on Tuesday to 786 on Wednesday, while the number of people admitted to Big Apple hospitals for suspected COVID-19 declined from 227 on Tuesday to 176 on Wednesday, de Blasio said.

“That’s great. That’s a serious decline,” the mayor said during his daily City Hall press briefing of the plunge in the hospitalization statistics.

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

Meanwhile, the percentage of people tested who are positive for the virus also dipped from 32 percent on Tuesday to 30 percent on Wednesday.

“Just plain good day,” de Blasio said as he touted New Yorkers for the progress. “Congratulations because you did this. Everyone out there — you did this [with] social distancing, shelter-in-place.”

De Blasio added that the three indicators must continue to remain down for the next 10 days to two weeks so that “we can actually start to talk about how we can begin loosening some of these restrictions.”

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