Coronavirus: New York cases skyrocket, Cuomo says

  • New York Gov. Cuomo said he expects the peak of coronavirus cases in the state in the “seven-day” range, though he said the state isn’t yet prepared for the pressure on the healthcare system.
  • New confirmed cases jumped 11,000 in the past 24 hours — the biggest single-day increase since the outbreak began in March.
  • A day after Cuomo said he was deploying the National Guard to gather up unused ventilators, he announced China is donating 1,000 ventilators to New York and they are set to arrive sometime Saturday.
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Cases of coronavirus skyrocket in New York

New York had its deadliest day yet — again — since the outbreak began on March 1, as the number of cases jumped with over 11,000 confirmed since yesterday. The death toll rose to 3,565, Governor Andrew Cuomo said from Albany Saturday, as 630 more people succumbed to the virus over the past 24 hours. Many of those fatalities are concentrated in New York City, which has 2,642 of those fatalities alone. 

There are 15,905  hospitalized — a net gain of over 1,00o patients since Friday — of which 4,126 in intensive care, Cuomo said. A bit of good news: 10,478 patients with COVID-19 have recovered and been discharged from New York hospitals since March 1. 

Cuomo said he estimates the peak of the outbreak to occur in New York in a “seven-day” range, though he said the state isn’t yet prepared.

“Nobody can tell you the number at the top of the mountain,” Cuomo said.

“It feels like an entire lifetime,” he continued. “I think we all feel the same, these stresses, this country, this state — like nothing I’ve experienced in my lifetime.”

He added some reassuring sentiments, which his daily press conferences have become known for. 

“This is a painful, disorienting experience,” Cuomo said. “But we find our best self, our strongest self — this day will end. We will get through it, we will get to the other side of the mountain. But we have to do what we have to do between now and then.”

Here are the other biggest takeaways from Cuomo’s daily update:

  • China is donating 1,000 much-needed ventilators to New York, which will arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport today, Cuomo said.
  • The state of Oregon is also donating 140 ventilators. On Friday, Cuomo signed an executive order directing the state to appropriate ventilators and protective equipment from private hospitals and companies to redistribute to hospitals in need. 
  • Cuomo said he spoke with President Trump on Saturday morning. The federal government will focus its resources on building out the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s west side as a dedicated COVID-19 facility.
  • Long Island and New Jersey are emerging as hot zones in the fight against the coronavirus. The number of cases is growing on Long Island — which Cuomo likened to a “fire spreading” — and he said New Jersey, with 29,000 cases and over 600 deaths, has a “serious problem.”
  • The state has 85,000 volunteer healthcare workers, with 22,000 coming from out-of-state, to help assist with the crush on the state’s healthcare system, Cuomo said. He added that he will sign an executive order to allow medical students who haven’t yet graduated to help patients. “We need doctors, we need nurses, so we are going to expedite that,” Cuomo said. 
  • Cuomo said this year’s legislative session is “effectively over” as the state passed its 2020 budget yesterday.
  • Marijuana and the gig economy were two of the more complicated initiatives that we wanted to work through that we didn’t get a chance to do,” Cuomo said, in response to a question from a reporter. “Is the session effectively over? It’s up to the legislature, but I think it’s fair to say it’s effectively over.”
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