July 14, 2020 -- New York City health officials recorded no new coronavirus deaths during a 24-hour period on Saturday, which marks the first time the city hasn’t reported a COVID-19 death since March 13.
In addition, there were no confirmed deaths the day before that, though two deaths were “probable” cases, according to data from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
New York reported five deaths statewide on Sunday but not in the city. The department noted that the data is “preliminary” and could be adjusted later.
Even still, local officials were excited to see the milestone.
“NYC has lost 23,383 souls to this pandemic. But for the first time since March, we lost none today,” Mark Levine, a city council member, wrote in a Twitter post on Sunday evening. “There will be more pain and hard work ahead. But we’ve done something extraordinary.”
The city’s highest daily death count was reported on April 7, with 597 confirmed deaths and 216 probable deaths, according to Bloomberg News. Daily COVID-19 deaths have continued but declined to the single digits in the past few days.
“With cases surging around the country, we know we can’t let our guard down just yet and will continue to do everything we can to fight the virus together,” Avery Cohen, a spokeswoman for the city, told the news outlet on Sunday.
The increase in other states could also come back to New York, so people should continue to take precautions such as wearing face masks, following social distancing guidelines and washing their hands often, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.
“Today’s numbers remain low and stable, but it is up to us to keep it that way,” he said in a statement.
Hospitals expanded their ICU bed capacity for the height of the pandemic in New York and plan to keep them in case a surge comes back, according to NBC New York. Nursing homes have also set up wings for infected residents and are required to test staffers weekly.
“It is going to come back here. It’s like being on a merry-go-round,” Cuomo told WAMC Northeast Public Radio on Friday. “It’s totally predictable. And we’re going to go through an increase. I can feel it coming.”