The majority of coronavirus hospitalizations in New York have come from people who are living at home, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday during his daily briefing.
The results of a canvassing of COVID-19 hospitalizations found 66 percent were from people who are not working and staying home.
Eighteen percent of hospitalization cases were people who live or work in nursing homes.
Only a small percentage of cases stemmed from prisons, Cuomo said. And only 4 percent of the COVID-19 hospitalizations were of people who have used mass transit.
"It reinforces what we've been doing: Much of it comes down to how you're protecting yourself,” Cuomo said. "It comes down to personal behavior. This is not a group we can target."
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The results are seen as key to understanding where the coronavirus cases are coming from, as the virus is largely in decline in the state.
Overall, hospitalizations have continued a weeks-long decline as have new COVID-19 hospitalizations. But hotspots remain in parts of the state, including outbreaks at vegetable-growing facilities in upstate New York.
Cuomo also wants to begin institutionalizing “lessons learned” from the pandemic. He announced former Google CEO Eric Schmidt will be leading an effort to “reimagine” how remote learning and telehealth services will work post-pandemic.
He previously announced this week the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will focus on education.
But for now, present-day pandemic concerns remain.
A federal judge ruled on Tuesday the state’s Democratic presidential primary must go forward as planned on June 23 after the state Board of Elections voted to cancel it.
Cuomo urged voters to apply for absentee ballots and avoid going to the polls in person.
Given the amount of absentee ballots expected for the primary, results may be slower to tabulate and not known on the day of the vote.