NY COVID-19 infections rise with peak weeks away

Laverne Higgins
March 27, 2020

Cuomo said he had hoped the federal bailout package approved by Congress this week would give NY more money to close the deficit.

"What we're thinking about is quarterly - or something like that - adjustments that are nearly mathematical reflections of what the revenues are", he said.

During a press conference, Gov. Cuomo said, "What we did was we closed everything down". Under normal circumstances the state only supports 53,000 hospital beds and 3,000 intensive care unit beds, and hospitals are scrambling to supply the 140,000 beds and 40,000 ICU beds that they are projected to need once the outbreak reaches its apex.

At Elmhurst Hospital in New York's borough of Queens, about a hundred people, many wearing masks with their hoods pulled up, stood in line behind barriers outside the emergency room entrance, waiting to enter a tent to be screened for the coronavirus.

"We are also scouting new sites all across primarily the downstate area of this state". He pointed out a key reason for the rising death toll is that older and weaker patients are staying on ventilators 20 days or longer before succumbing to respiratory failure, reports New York Times. The contest over funding comes as NY sees an increase in confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths, and as the state stares down a devastating lack of medical resources that could put lives at risk. New York, the state with by far the most infections and deaths, was given such status last weekend as well as California and Washington state.

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The death rate from the virus in NY state is increasing, Cuomo said at the briefing.

A spokesman for Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Michael Whyland, said in a statement that, "The state is faced with an unprecedented public health and economic crisis that will require leadership and tough decision making".

In an attempt to flatten the curve or reduce a rapid spike in cases, Cuomo implemented measures to limit human interactions.

"But you can not get the curve down low enough that you don't overwhelm hospital capacity".

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Aside from converting structures into medical facilities, which could include dorms and hotels, hospitals are required to increase their capacity by 50 percent but should try to increase it by 100 percent.

NY officials plan to add at least 1,000 temporary hospital beds at the Javits Center for non-COVID-19 patients, and thousands of beds elsewhere.

That suggests that anesthesiologists may now be among the health care workers essential to fighting for the survival of New York's coronavirus patients.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said warmer weather may help tamp down the U.S. outbreak as summer approaches, though the virus could re-emerge in the winter. Ventilators, though, are in short supply.

Globally, more than 122,000 people have recovered from the virus, according to a running count kept by Johns Hopkins University. "Tragically, we expect the number to rise as many patients have been on ventilators for weeks".

"The longer you are on a ventilator, the more likely you're not going to come off the ventilator", Cuomo said. "And have more of a rolling deployment across the country than a static deployment".

"We have to hope for the best, but plan for the worst", Murphy told a news conference.

New York State accounts for 45% of all COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

"It gives me such strength and such inspiration but I don't want to sugarcoat the situation".

'Anesthesia professionals will be needed to put these machines into service and to manage them while in use, ' the APSF said in its guidance.

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