New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the number of Individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 from the state has Increased to 3,800, with near 900 in intensive care
ALBANY, N.Y. —
Hospitalizations from COVID-19 were rising faster than anticipated in New York as leaders and citizens ready for a summit in cases which will still be weeks away. Temporary hospitals, and even a morgue in Manhattan, are being setup.
Here is a look at improvements from the coronavirus outbreak in New York on Wednesday.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 at New York climbed to 3,800, including near 900 in intensive care, with the peak of the outbreak months off, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.
The hospitalizations came as the country tallied more than 30,000 confirmed cases and 285 deaths, most connected to New York City.
The important question remains whether the acute “social distancing” constraints recently enacted by New York will help the state avoid a worst-case situation of overwhelmed hospitals. Cuomo in a state Capitol news briefing pointed to a possible early sign the restrictions may be working.
While the hospitalization figures are alarming, the ferocious growth has slowed during the past several days. As an example, on Sunday, hospitalizations were doubling every 2 days; by Tuesday they had been doubling every 4.7 days, ” he said.
“This is an excellent sign, and a positive signal,” he said. “Again, I’m not 100% sure it holds or it is accurate. But the arrows are headed in the right direction.”
New York officials are keeping a close watch on already-stressed hospitals since the amount of cases is projected to grow for maybe three more weeks. Cuomo said as many as 140,000 hospital beds could be required in a state with 53,000. Having sufficient ICU beds with ventilators is a specific concern.
“The actual hospitalizations have moved at a higher rate than the projected models,” Cuomo said. “Because that higher infection rate means faster, higher capacity on the hospitals.”
Several temporary hospitals are proposed at the nyc region, a Navy hospital ship has been deployed and present hospitals are increasing capacity by 50%.
New York City is now such a hotspot in the pandemic that White House officials urged those who’ve abandoned town amid the outbreak to self-quarantine for 14 days following their departure.
Cuomo believes the large number of cases in town is partially because it’s a global travel destination, and partially because of its density.
“That spatial closeness makes us vulnerable,” he explained. “But it’s true that your greatest weakness is also your greatest strength. Our closeness is what makes us who we are.”
New York City is constructing a temporary morgue to take care of an expected influx of deaths in the coronavirus outbreak.
The Office of Chief Medical Examiner said Tuesday that the refrigerated structures and mobile command center going up in Manhattan were supposed to offer emergency capacity in the event the city’s permanent morgues fill up.
A spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said within the city’s state of emergency, the medical examiner’s office was enacting “emergency contingency plans to help prepare for every possible outcome” of the public health crisis.
The medical examiner’s office has used temporary morgues before, including in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
For many people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as cough and fever which clear up in two to three weeks. For many, particularly older adults and individuals with existing health issues, it may cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
RETIREMENT COMMUNITY DEATHS
A Long Island retirement community said Wednesday that a sixth resident has died of the new coronavirus.
Peconic Landing in Greenport explained the 89-year old guy died Tuesday night at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, where he had been shot after testing positive Sunday.
The facility said then man lived in an independent living area and had no known pre-existing problems.
Peconic Landing announced the deaths of four residents a week, followed by a fifth on Monday.
Michael R. Sisak contributed from New York .