New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, May 6, that most new CCP Virus (coronavirus) hospitalizations in the state are from people who were sheltering at home, calling it a “shocking” finding. 

The preliminary data collected from 113 New York hospitals involving about 1,200 patients, indicated that 66% of new admissions were from people who had been staying at home, according to Cuomo.

“If you notice, 18% of the people came from nursing homes, less than 1% came from jail or prison, 2% came from the homeless population, 2% from other congregate facilities, but 66% of the people were at home, which is shocking to us,” Cuomo said during his daily briefing.

“This is a surprise: Overwhelmingly, the people were at home,” he added. “We thought maybe they were taking public transportation, and we’ve taken special precautions on public transportation, but actually no, because these people were literally at home.”

Cuomo said only 17 percent of the patients were employed and a majority of patients were not considered to be essential workers. Overall, about 73% of the patients were people over age 51.

“Much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself,” he said. “Government has done everything it could. Society has done everything it could. Now it’s up to you. Are you wearing the mask? Are you doing the hand sanitizer? … Are you staying away from older people?”

As of Wednesday, New York, the U.S. epicenter of the outbreak, had more than 321,000 confirmed cases and over 25,000 deaths. Cuomo said the state’s hospitalization rate has continued to decline, although at a slow rate. 

While presenting a plan to reopen New York state’s economy on Monday, Cuomo reiterated that the entire state would remain locked down until May 15—when his stay-at-home order is scheduled to expire. 

Several lockdown-protests occurred in New York in April and have continued in May. Most recently, roughly 100 demonstrators gathered at the governor’s mansion to protest the stay-in-place orders.

“To take away our rights and now they know it’s so easy, look at how easy it was, they just used fear and propaganda, and I’m not saying there’s not a virus, but that doesn’t ever justify taking away civil liberties, it’s our First Amendment rights,” a protester told the New York Post. 

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