New York State announced on Friday that the number of people hospitalized statewide for coronavirus has fallen to its lowest number since March 18.
There are now 765 people hospitalized statewide for COVID-19. This is a decrease of 48 people from Thursday's data, when there was 813 people hospitalized.
Additionally, 71 people were newly admitted to the hospital.
The number of people in the ICU has increased by 14, with 179 people in intensive care units. Of those people, the number of them requiring intubation also increased by 10, to 98 people.
The total number of COVID-19 patients discharged from the hospital during the pandemic has increased by 103 people, to 71,970.
Another 10 people statewide died on Thursday from the virus, including one death in Erie County.
Overall, 25,024 people have died statewide from COVID-19 as of Thursday.
78,239 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Thursday, with 776, or .99 percent, coming back positive. According to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, 3,393 COVID-19 tests had been reported on Thursday for Erie County, with the county positive test rate being 1.7 percent for the day, as 57 tests came back positive.
So far, 405,551 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York State have been identified during the pandemic. 7,889 of those confirmed cases have been in Erie County.
Western New York's daily percentage of positive tests declined from Monday until Wednesday, and then rose again on Thursday.
Daily percentage of positive tests for Western New York, day-by-day this week:
- Monday: two percent of tests came back positive.
- Tuesday: 1.6 percent of tests came back positive.
- Wednesday: one percent of tests came back positive.
- Thursday: 1.2 percent of tests came back positive.
As for Erie County specifically, Poloncarz gave an update on Twitter Friday afternoon, stating that three more people have died Friday from the virus in Erie County. The total number of deaths in Erie County alone now stands at 657.