New York State suffers a brutal week from Covid-19 with more than 5,000 deaths

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 April 2020 at 2:30 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: The flag is lowered on Main Street near Christ Church in Albion. Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered flags to be lowered while the state is on pause with schools and nonessential businesses closed until at least April 29. The state is nearing 10,000 deaths from Covid-19.

More than 5,000 people died in New York State this past week from Covid-19.

“This is truly tragic news,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference today. “I want every family to know they are in our thoughts and prayers. We’re sorry they had to go through this. I want them to know New Yorkers did everything humanly possible to be there for their loved ones and try to save those lives.”

Saturday there were 758 deaths from Covid-19. This past week there were 5,226 people who died in the state from Covid-19. There was a high of 799 on April 8. The week started with 599 deaths on April 5.

Cuomo said the curve is flattening, and he is hopeful the state won’t see a higher number of deaths than this past week.

“It has been flattening but flattening at a terribly high level,” Cuomo said.

The state has now suffered 9,385 total deaths from Covid-19, with most of those in the past month.

“Every one is a face, and a name and a family that is suffering on this weekend.”

The governor today also confirmed 8,236 additional cases of coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 188,694 confirmed cases.

Governor returns 35 donated ventilators to nursing home near Albany

Photo by Mike Groll/Office of the Governor: Andrew Cuomo speaks at the Pathways Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Niskayuna this morning. He thanked the facility for loaning 35 ventilators, which were returned today.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo returned 35 donated ventilators to the Pathways Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Niskayuna near Albany. He also delivered cookies to the nursing home that were prepared by his daughters.

This ventilators were unsolicited by the state and came as a surprise to Cuomo. He said the donation lifted his spirit and gave him added resolve when facing the Covid-19 pandemic.

“That a nursing home would come forward, unsolicited, gratuitously, and say we want to lend 35 ventilators in case our neighbors downstate need them. What an incredibly beautiful, generous gesture. I want to say thank you on behalf of all of the people of the state. The family of New York we talk about. We talk about that we’re a family – upstate, downstate – we’re all one family. That family is there to support one another and I want to say thank you on their behalf.”

Cuomo said the nursing home’s spirit of sharing and thinking of others struggling sets a powerful example.

“I also want to say thank you, personally,” the governor said at the nursing home. “I also want to say thank you on a personal level because this hasn’t been easy for anyone, but I want the team here and the people at Pathways to know that they gave me an inspiration and they gave me energy and they gave me resolve. Their gesture was so beautiful and so kind and so symbolic of everything we want to be at our best. Everything we aspire to be. Everything we’re all trying to be. Listen to our better angels. Be better, be more generous, more gracious, more loving. Get to that level. That’s what Pathways did and they did it for me and I wanted to say thank you very much. Thank you and God bless you.

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