New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference Sunday that data suggests the state is on "the other side" of its plateau in coronavirus cases.

Why it matters: New York's daily deaths from the coronavirus dropped to 507 on Sunday — its lowest count since April 6 — while new hospitalizations dropped from 1,915 on Saturday to 1,384 on Sunday. However, Cuomo cautioned that "it's no time to get cocky" and that the "war is not won."

What he's saying: “We still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do," Cuomo said. "And this virus has been ahead of us every step of the way. We have been playing catch-up from day one ... so it is no time to relax. This is only halftime in this entire situation."

  • "We've showed that we can control the beast," he said. "We still have to make sure that we keep that beast under control ... we keep that hospitalization rate down, as we all get very eager to get on with life and move on."
  • "When we talk about rebuilding, we have to talk about not just rebuilding, but let's learn from this horrific experience."

The big picture: As of Sunday afternoon, the state had reported 242,570 cases and 18,921 deaths from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Go deeper: Cuomo says New York will begin "aggressive" antibody testing this week

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Updated Oct 7, 2020 - Health

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

New Zealand now has active no coronavirus cases in the community after the final six people linked to the Auckland cluster recovered, the country's Health Ministry confirmed in an email Wednesday.

The big picture: The country's second outbreak won't officially be declared closed until there have been "no new cases for two incubation periods," the ministry said. Auckland will join the rest of NZ in enjoying no domestic restrictions from late Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, declaring that NZ had "beat the virus again."

Texas governor extends deadlines for early voting and mail-in ballots

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (Center R) attends a public viewing for George Floyd on June 8 in Houston, Texas. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued a proclamation on Monday extending the early voting period for Texans casting ballots in the 2020 election and allowing more time for mail-in ballots to be delivered prior to Election Day.

Why it matters: President Trump has railed against the reliability of mail-in voting and claimed, without evidence, that the election will be rigged if widespread mail-in ballots are allowed. Early voting in Texas is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Oct. 13 through Friday, Oct. 30.

Jul 27, 2020 - Health

Youth COVID-19 hospitalizations in Florida surge 23%

A health care worker directs a person to use a nasal swab for a self administered test, Miami, Florida, July 23. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Coronavirus cases in youths have greatly increased in Florida, with total infections up 34% and hospitalizations up 23% between July 16 and 24, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The big picture: The increase from 23,170 confirmed COVID-19 cases in youths to 31,150 in just eight days comes as Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and the Trump administration continue to aggressively push for schools to resume in-person classes in August.