“Now is not the time to slack off on what we’re doing,” he said.
Here were the latest numbers from the day:
Deaths in New York State: 4,758, up 599 from 4,159 on Sunday morning.
Confirmed cases: 130,689, up from 122,031 in New York. In New York City, 72,181, up from 67,551.
Hospitalized in New York State: 16,837, up 2 percent from 16,479 on Sunday. It was the third straight day of single-digit percentage growth, after a long period when hospitalizations were growing 20 to 30 percent a day.
In intensive care: 4,504, up 2 percent from 4,376 on Sunday. The day-over-day increase, 128, was the smallest in at least two weeks. Last week, the number of people in intensive care beds, which have ventilators, was growing by more than 300 people a day.
Even if the infection curve is flattening, the virus’s daily toll remains horrific.
New York City reported a one-day total of 219 deaths on Monday morning, bringing the city’s death toll to 2,475. Before the virus outbreak, the average death rate in New York City was 158 people a day, meaning the virus is now killing considerably more people in the city than all other causes combined.
Mr. Cuomo asserted that New York had done all it could to prevent the loss of lives that could have been saved.
“Have we saved everyone?” he said. “No. But have we lost anyone because we didn’t have a bed or we didn’t have a ventilator, or we didn’t have health care staff? No.”
In a notable shift from previous weeks, when he pleaded for more ventilators from the federal government and other states, he said New York was now adequately stocked.
“We don’t need any additional ventilators right now,” he said.
No Regents tests, or spring break, for N.Y.C. public school students.
State officials said on Monday that its June Regents examinations for high school students would be canceled. Many high school students in New York State take the exams, which help determine graduation eligibility, in June.
It was not clear whether the August Regents, which give students a second chance to qualify for a state diploma, would also be canceled. The Board of Regents, led by chancellor Betty Rosa, is expected to announce more details about the August exams and how the changes will affect graduation requirements on Tuesday.