Now, New York and cities across the country have to deal with a combination of corona, huge unemployment and systematic racism – a toxic trinity that hurts black communities more deeply.
“This is a triumphant moment for New Yorkers who have counterattacked against the disease,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “My message is to stick to it.”
However, hairdressers, offices and interiors in bars and restaurants remain out of bounds until the next opening phase. And Broadway shows, museums and big cultural gatherings are a long way off.
New York has come a long way since March.
The 78-day lock represents the largest in the country and comes weeks after other parts of the state meet the necessary criteria to reopen.
Cranial public health crises and racism
“Look what we did. Straighten the curve? Forget to straighten the curve … I bent the curve,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday. “We are curves, if there is such a thing.”
David Williams, a professor of public health and African-American studies at Harvard University, said Covid-19 was the latest disease to disproportionately affect minority communities.
“It’s not a new pattern,” he said. “It’s just that the Covid-19 shed a lot of light on a pattern that has been around for a long time, and we haven’t done as much as we could to make a difference.”
“While everyone is worried about the risk of Covid, there is a risk of being black in this country that is almost sometimes overcrowded,” said Dr. Abby Hussein, an infectious disease at the University of Washington. “And the sad part is that the group that is protesting for their rights is the same people who have already been disproportionately affected by the disease.”
More than 500 deaths a day at their peak
The wave meant that patients were being treated in the corridors, nurses and doctors were missing from personal protective equipment, funerals were left out of space and hospitals were being set up at Central Park, the Javits Conference Center and the USS Comfort Hospital ship.
Since then, the death toll and hospitalization rates have shrunk and the space in the hospital bed and the ability to detect contacts and contacts is high enough for New York to be able to reopen Phase 1.
As of Sunday, New York’s hospitals have received 72 people due to Covid-19, 324 people remain in the ICU and 4% of the city is currently positive for Covid-19, de Blasio said.
Across the state, 35 people died from Covid-19 on Saturday and 45 died on Sunday, Cuomo said.
“Compared to where we were, that’s a big relief,” he said.
To celebrate these declining trends, landmarks across the state of New York had to light blue and gold on Sunday night, Cuomo said.
Views of the words “New York Tough” will also appear across the state, Cuomo said.
As office workers across the state begin to return to work, Cuomo said he would also sign an executive order allowing commercial buildings to take the temperature of incoming people.
“We give commercial buildings the right to take the temperature of everyone who enters a building. It’s not just your health, it’s the people you could infect,” Cuomo said.
CNN’s Laura Ly, Mallory Simon and Elizabeth Joseph’s report contributed to this report.