About half of new corona virus cases in the United States have been identified in the state of New York and at the epicenter of the outbreak, New York City, at least 13 patients died within 24 hours in one hospital.
New cases of the corona virus that caused COVID-19 in the US surpassed 69,000 on Thursday morning, according to a tracker managed by Johns Hopkins University. More than 33,000 of these cases were in the Empire and at least 363 people had died, the most deaths in one country in the country.
On Thursday, NYC Health + Hospitals spokeswoman Christopher Miller told WNBC Elmhurst Hospital in Queens that 13 people died in a 24-hour period. He said the number was consistent with the number of patients in the intensive care unit and added that Elmhurst was the “center” of the health crisis.
“Front-line staff moves above and beyond in this crisis, and we continue to surge supplies and personnel to this important facility to offset the crisis,” Miller said.
Newsweek reached Elmhurst Hospital but did not receive a response in time for publication.
About 15 percent of cases in the state require hospitalization, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. To ensure New York could respond to this outbreak, he appealed to the federal government, private businesses and members of the general public to offer whatever assistance might be possible.
A man arrived for tests at Elmhurst Hospital because of a coronavirus outbreak on Monday in New York. New York has nearly half of the total number of corona virus cases in the US and Elmhurst has 13 patients dead within 24 hours.
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Instead of deploying resources throughout the country, Cuomo advocated “rolling out” to help countries most in need of equipment. He called on President Donald Trump and his administration to send large quantities of equipment to New York, including ventilators and hospital beds. Then, when New York successfully passes the “mountain,” as it is called Cuomo, resources will be sent to the next state affected by the new corona virus.
“I personally will guarantee and guarantee,” Cuomo said. “We ask the country to help us, we will return the favor.”
On Tuesday, Mount Sinai West’s nurse manager Kious Jordan Kelly died. He was hospitalized on March 17 after treating a coronavirus patient.
“We are very saddened by the death of our beloved nurse staff member,” the hospital said in a statement. “Today, we lost another hero – loving colleagues, friends and caregivers.
Health care professionals are among those who have the greatest risk of contracting the virus, considering that their exposure levels can be much higher and the shortage of personnel has been a concern from the start. To mobilize health care workers, Cuomo asked former nurses and doctors to contact their previous employers and be called as backup workers.
On Wednesday, 40,000 people registered for the surge health care force. Among those were more than 20,000 nurses, 2,200 doctors and 2,409 nurse practitioners.
“God bless them,” Cuomo said. “That’s a big problem, big because you can make beds, you can find equipment, but you have to have staff for that extra bed … and you have to have staff when staff are sick or just can’t work the hours that we will need people to work. “
At the governor’s request, six thousand mental health professionals volunteered to provide free online mental health services to people who might struggle during the outbreak. Along with the hope of having adequate staff, New York now has sufficient personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves, for healthcare workers, according to Cuomo.
New York has an extraordinary number of cases and the governor is warning people that they must stay at home and practice social distance because the worst is yet to come.
“It will go up, it will reach a high point, it will tip, it will go back down,” Cuomo said. “We’re still on our way up the mountain.”