Three indicators I said we would roll out today, you can see them right now at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-goals.page. This'll be information that's always available to you, updated daily, and we'll all watch the progress together. Sometimes the numbers may go up, sometimes down. We want it to be down, though, a lot, but we can't guarantee every day is going to be perfect. Sometimes one will go up, another one will go down. We’ve got to see them all move down in unison over a prolonged period of time to be able to get to that next phase where we have low level transmission and then we can start on the path to a more normal life. So, let's go over these indicators.
Number one is the daily number of people admitted to hospitals in New York City for suspected COVID-19 conditions. The data, I should tell you upfront, is typically about 48 hours lag between when the information that we're talking about – when the actual admissions to the hospital or the ICU happens and when it's reported. That is because different hospitals report at different times in different ways and our Health Department has to get all the data collected and consistent before it's published. So, there will be a lag. We’re always going to see if we can reduce it, but, for now, assume about a 48-hour difference. For April 11th, that is Saturday, you had 383 people admitted. The day before that was 463 people, so that's a really meaningful improvement. That's a step in the right direction.
The second is number of daily number of people in the ICU for suspected COVID-19 across our Health + Hospitals hospitals. That's 11 public hospitals. Going back to April 10th, 857; by April 11th, Saturday, 835 – also moving in the right direction.
The third indicator is the percentage of people who tested positive for COVID-19. That number going back to April 10th, 59.3 percent citywide; by April 11th, 58.1 percent, moving in the right direction. And then a very specific subset of that, the tests done by our public health lab and they focus those tests specifically on a certain type of case. There we see the public health lab testing again the same good pattern, April 10th 80.5 percent of those tests were coming back positive; by April, 11, 78.4 percent.
So, day-one of this new effort, I'm pleased to report, we do see all the indicators moving in the right direction, moving downward together. This is a very good day. This is day one.
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