Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on Tuesday, in an effort to bring testing to scale across NY.
At the same time, politicians and health officials emphatically warn that while deaths, hospitalizations and new infections may be leveling off in places like Italy and Spain, and even NY has seen encouraging signs amid the gloom, the crisis is far from over, and a catastrophic second wave could hit if countries let their guard down too soon.
However, Governor Cuomo said on Tuesday: "We don't really have non-Covid patients".
"The three-day average is down", said Cuomo.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported the largest number of single-day deaths in the state on Wednesday.
Bad news and good news: Although the idea that potentially thousands more people have died of the coronavirus that reported is concerning, the issue of a lack of testing also means that the number of cases is probably much higher than reported, meaning the overall mortality rate would be lower.
But in an encouraging sign, the governor said hospital admissions and the number of those receiving breathing tubes are dropping, indicating that social distancing measures are succeeding.
In Michigan, which has seen Detroit turn into a hot spot, state officials recorded 118 deaths and 1,749 cases in the past 24 hours, raising state totals to 18,970 cases and 845 deaths. There's a big caution sign that if we continue doing what we do, we are flattening the curve because we are rigorous about social distancing. "But it's not a time to get complacent. That's why you see those numbers coming down".
New York is the epicenter of the USA outbreak, with densely-populated New York City being particularly hard-hit. Stay tuned here at BroadwayWorld as we continue to bring you the latest news on the shutdown.
Adams on Tuesday said he concurred with the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that some research models have projected death totals that may prove too high, though neither would offer an alternate estimate.
The University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation model lowered its projected U.S. death toll by 26%, to 60,000 from 80,000 by 4 August.
New York's mayor acknowledged Wednesday that the true death toll is even higher because the city's count does not include people who died at home without ever being tested for the virus. "This is not a light switch we can just flip one day and everything goes back to normal", Cuomo noted.
Trump reiterated at a White House briefing he wanted to reopen the U.S. economy soon. "It is flattening the curve and we see that again today so far. It looks like we're at toward the earlier side of that time frame based on the current projections and modelling that we've been looking at", he said.
"It's not just about Broadway theaters", Cuomo said., "Before you go to Broadway theaters people will say 'When can I go back to work?" Photos taken in Brooklyn showed riders sitting or standing within inches of each other, some not wearing face masks.
That will come as some relief to Tomas Flores, a grocery worker at Northgate Market in Los Angeles, who like many delivery workers, grocery staff and cleaners, doesn't have a stay-at-home option.
"I haven't been outside for more than 70 days", said an emotional Tong Zhengkun.
"We took dramatic actions in this state".
The shocking hospitalisation of a major world leader underscored the global reach of Covid-19, which has put more than four billion people - over half of the planet - on some form of lockdown, upended societies and battered economies worldwide.