New York has “the beast on the run” when it comes to the deadly coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday as the state continues to record downward trends for COVID-19-related hospitalizations.

“The good news, on the overall, [is] we’re finally ahead of this virus,” Cuomo said during a press briefing at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. “Now I feel for the first time, we’re actually ahead of it.”

The governor added, “We have showed we can control the beast…We have the beast on the run. We haven’t killed the beast, but we’re ahead of it.”

Still, Cuomo indicated that hard-hit downstate, which includes New York City, won’t reopen for some time.

“Upstate New York, the numbers are dramatically different” than the coronavirus statistics of downstate, Cuomo said.

“Everybody’s yelling at me ‘we have to get reopened.’ I read the posters. They yell it at me – but I know, I know because we’ve seen it around the globe,” Cuomo said. “I don’t wanna’ do a whoops we made a mistake and I don’t wanna’ have hundreds of more people go to the hospital.”

The latest state data shows that overall coronavirus-related hospitalizations, patients in ICUs, and the number of those in ICUs who are intubated continue to trend down.

“Really good news,” Cuomo said of the statistics.

However, said Cuomo, the number of new COVID-19 patients at statewide hospitals per day “is just about flat” and “has been flat for a few days.”

The Empire State recorded a total of 604 new hospitalizations for Thursday and 607 a day earlier.

“We would have hoped to see a steady sharp decline in those numbers. We went up very quickly,” Cuomo said.

Meanwhile, another 216 New Yorkers succumbed to the virus in a 24-hour period, bringing the total coronavirus death toll in the state to 21,044.

“This is probably the most important statistic and most painful,” the governor said.

Of that total, 171 people died in hospitals, while 45 died in nursing homes.

The daily death toll, Cuomo noted, has “been persistently, consistently in the 200-range for the past few days.”

“We would have liked to see again up and then a fast decline,” said Cuomo, explaining that there’s a “possibility that it flattens out at one point.”

“But we don’t know,” he said. “We go day to day.”