NEW YORK >> New York once again saw a spike in the number of deaths and hospitalizations related to the Kavavavirus, a weak trend for the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak of the virus spread quickly.
Increases in cases, deaths and hospitalizations come as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo detailed how the epidemic will have dramatic economic effects on the state.
Here’s a look at the development of coronavirus outbreaks today.
>> SEA AND CLAN HOSPITALIZATION
Coronavirus deaths and hospitalizations in New York have both risen dramatically, a stark sign of the rapidly increasing epidemic.
The death toll from New York state in the coronavirus jumped to 100 in one day, pushing the number to 385, Cuomo said today. He added that experts expect the increasing number of seriously ill patients who have been on ventilator for several days to succumb to the virus.
“It’s a situation where people just deteriorate over time,” Cuomo said. “And that’s what we see.”
There are now more than 37,000 confirmed cases in the state. The figure does not represent all cases of COVID-19, since an unknown number of infected individuals have not been tested.
More than 5,300 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized statewide as of today, a 40% increase from the day before. Nearly 1,300 patients were in intensive care, a 45% increase.
Hospitals in New York City that have been hit hard are trying to cope with the growing growth of patients and the need for medical equipment such as face masks and blowers.
The recent death census includes a healthcare worker at one of the New York City hospitals under siege because the coronavirus has died, according to coworkers and his sister. Kious Kelly, an assistant nurse manager at Mount Sinai West Hospital in Manhattan, died of the virus after being sick two weeks ago, several friends said in social media posts.
Kelly’s sister, Marya Sherron, told the New York Post that her brother had informed her of his illness about 10 days earlier.
“He told me it was the coronavirus,” he said. “He was in ICU but he thought he was OK. He didn’t think he was as serious as he was.”
Sherron said Kelly had severe asthma but was otherwise healthy.
>> PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
The head of a New York nurse’s union said that all hospital workers do not have the necessary protective equipment, despite the assurance the governor has received.
“In fact, personal protective equipment – from the hazmat suits seen in photos from around the world, to the waterproof disposable gowns, face shields and N95 respirators – the super-bare minimum needed to protect nurses and patients from infections and / or exposure to COVID-19 – they clearly were not available in any meaningful way for front-line caregivers, “New York State Nursing Assistant Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez said in a prepared statement .
She said nurses were being asked to reuse that same disposable N95 mask for up to a week.
Cuomo said today when asked about it, “any hospital anywhere, whatever we have, we will distribute, and we will distribute it on an as-needed basis.”
>> HOSPITAL HEALTH
The state is expanding its search for temporary hospital beds in the New York City region amid fears that area hospitals will be overwhelmed.
Cuomo said the state wants a patient throughput facility of more than 1,000 in every five boroughs along with Westchester and Rockland counties north of the city and Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island.
State and city officials are stepping up to increase the hospital’s capacity from approximately 53,000 beds to over 140,000 beds and peak at the expected outbreak in weeks.
At least 1,000 temporary hospital beds at a Manhattan convention center for non-COVID-19 patients are already in the works, along with thousands of beds elsewhere in the region.
Cuomo also said the state is researching dormitories and hotels for emergency beds.
>> PRESENT FOR FAMILIES
Community leaders from the Connecticut shore of the Adirondack Mountains are urging summer homeowners or vacation rentals to leave quarantine for 14 days when they arrive to avoid spreading the coronavirus.
“You and your family have an important role to play in stopping the spread of this virus,” the Essex Board of Supervisors in the Adirondacks said in a statement this week.
Leaders of Connecticut’s beach towns are also asking residents in the self-contained quarantine seasons for 14 days when they arrive. East Lyme Premier Mark Nickerson said many people from New York and elsewhere returned earlier than normal to the city’s summer home.
In the Adirondacks, officials said the rural area has an elderly population and some hospitals.
“It doesn’t have to be offensive, by any means. It’s just modern common,” Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
>> BUDGET BUSED
Cuomo warned the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak will be dramatic in New York and federal officials for what he called a failure to address lost revenue from the $ 2.2 billion relief package.
“Congressional action, in my opinion, simply failed to address the needs of the government,” he said at a state Capitol news conference today. “I find it irresponsible. I find it reckless.”
Cuomo said the outbreak created a “double whammy” of increased state spending and lost revenue of up to $ 15 billion as businesses shut down and workers set off. The governor said the state will have to adjust its budget plan for the fiscal year beginning April 1 because revenue figures are so uncertain.
While the rescue plan before Congress funded COVID-19-related expenses, Cuomo said the biggest problem is losing revenue. Senator Chuck Schumer and others estimate that New York will receive at least $ 7.5 billion in Coronavirus relief funds.
>> MILITARY HELP
Two field hospitals are on their way to New York City and will be able to begin treating patients at the Javits Center on Monday, United States Army leaders said today.
Army combat units from Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will include as many as 700 personnel and nearly 300 beds. Those medical personnel will also be able to help staff additional beds being brought in by the state and local authorities.
General James McConville, who heads the Army team, said they will begin setting up these units at the center this weekend.
New York officials plan to add at least 1,000 temporary hospital beds to the Javits Center for patients without COVID-19, and thousands of beds elsewhere.