"People aren't paying the same amount of attention to new cases & deaths as a month ago, but they aren't actually that much better than last month."
Despite increased testing, cases in NY state have been going down, so we should be able to tell in a few weeks if the protests and/or reopenings across the state have had a negative impact or not:
A total of 42 people in New York died on Thursday due to the coronavirus, a new low for the state since new deaths hit a peak of 800 in mid-April.
Single-day deaths fell below 500 on April 22, below 400 on April 29, below 300 on May 3 and below 200 on May 10 for the first time in weeks. The last time there were more than 100 deaths in one day was May 23.
Total hospitalizations due to the virus have been falling for weeks and did again Thursday to 2,728. At their highest, hospitalizations totaled more than 18,000 over multiple days in April.
New York now has 376,208 confirmed cases of the virus, including 1,075 new cases.
The number of new positive tests has declined dramatically in recent weeks. Earlier in the pandemic, the state was regularly finding 7,000 to 8,000 new cases a day.
The drop in new cases comes even as testing has increased sharply.
The state tested over 66,000 people yesterday and is now averaging about 50,000 tests each day, Cuomo has said. That's up from 20,000 a day earlier in the crisis.