CORONAVIRUS IN NY STATE: Cases top 1,000 in state

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York state's death toll from the coronavirus outbreak climbed Sunday above 1,000, less than a month after the first known infection in the state.

Most of those deaths have come in just the past few days.

New York City reported Sunday that its toll had risen to 776.

The total number of statewide deaths isn't expected to be released until Monday, but with at least 250 additional deaths recorded outside the city as of Sunday morning, the state's total fatalities was at least 1,026.

Earlier Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo had said there were nearly 59,5130 cases -- including 7,195 new cases -- and 965 deaths. On Saturday the death toll was 728.\

“The virus continues its march across New York. Only two counties now don’t have cases,” Cuomo said.

He said he was extending the “PAUSE” directive ordering all non-essential workers to work from home by two weeks until April 15.

The governor said projections show New York City will hit the "apex" of cases first.

Cuomo also shared some positive news that hospitalizations from coronavirus are now only doubling every six days instead of every four days, as they had previously. He also said 35,000 people have been discharged from hospitals and 76,000 health care workers have volunteered in the state to help.

However, the state’s health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, said current models still project thousands of deaths in New York state from the outbreak.

Cuomo echoed that estimate, adding "I hope I'm wrong."

“I don't see how you look at those numbers and conclude anything less than thousands of people will pass away,” Cuomo said.

Coronavirus cases on March 29
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Office

The Associated Press contributed to this story.