New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he sees a “positive sign” that social distancing measures are working in New York City to slow the spread of coronavirus.
“The evidence suggests that the density control measures may be working,” Cuomo said at a press briefing about the pandemic in New York.
Cuomo said that on Sunday, health officials projected that hospitalizations in New York City were doubling every two days. On Monday, the projections estimated that hospitalizations were doubling every three to four days. By Tuesday, the doubling rate was projected to be four to seven days.
“This is a very good sign, and a positive sign. Again, I’m not 100% sure it holds or it’s accurate, but the arrows are headed in the right direction,” the Democrat said.
Cuomo, like other governors across the United States, has ordered restaurants, bars and other businesses deemed non-essential to close down as part of a strategy to slow the spread of coronavirus. The Trump administration issued guidelines on March 16 suggesting that individuals avoid discretionary travel and limit gatherings to 10 people or fewer. (RELATED: Could Andrew Cuomo Walk Away From A Brokered Convention With The Democratic Nomination?)