New York City reached an important milestone in its battle against COVID-19 Thursday, reporting no deaths from the virus for the first time since March 12.
The city's health department, which reports its data with a 24-hour lag, said that number could be revised as officials wait to determine the cause of three "probable deaths" of people who never tested positive for coronavirus but died showing the common symptoms.
Still, the development marks an incredible improvement for a city that saw nearly 500 new deaths a day during early April.
Avery Cohen, spokeswoman for New York City Hall, expressed confidence in the city's ability to maintain the trend even as it reopens its economy.
"With hope on the horizon, we will continue to do everything we can to reopen safely without losing sight of the progress we've made," Cohen said.
The city's official death toll from coronavirus currently stands at 21,752.