New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo painted a dire picture Sunday of the state’s fight against coronavirus, saying he expects a “wave” of patients to overwhelm hospitals there.
“Assume the wave breaks at a higher level than the hospital system can accommodate,” Cuomo said at a press conference.
“I believe that’s what’s going to happen.”
Cuomo, a Democrat, called for increased testing for coronavirus, more social distancing, and authorization from President Donald Trump to activate the Army Corps of Engineers to help build medical facilities.
“We are looking at a new war that nobody has seen before,” said Cuomo.
“We have never fought a virus before like this with this potential consequence.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that 729 people have tested positive in New York as of Sunday for coronavirus, the most of any state. Of those, 19 percent, or 137, are in the hospital. Sixty-five are in intensive care units, and 47 require intubation.
Cuomo said that the biggest concern is the lack of ICU hospital beds in the state. He said that ICU beds are equipped with ventilators, which are needed to deal with viruses that hit the respiratory system, as coronavirus does.
Only around 600 of the state’s 3,000 ICU beds are currently available for use, Cuomo said.
“The overwhelming crush is going to be on the ICU beds.”
At least 59 people have died across the U.S. from the virus, including three so far in New York. Health experts have said that the number of coronavirus cases will rise dramatically over the next few weeks, as testing improves, and as more people become infected with the virus.
“It’s going to get worse,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, an expert on infectious disease who is on the White House coronavirus task force, told Congress on Wednesday.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Thanks President Trump For Coronavirus Leadership
last week we reported that Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo thanked President Trump for “moving quickly” to combat the coronavirus outbreak spreading in the United States.
“I want to thank the vice president — and especially the president — who facilitated this and moved quickly,” Cuomo said during a Friday press conference.
The Trump administration is working hard with state and local partners, including @NYGovCuomo, to combat the coronavirus and rapidly expand testing:
Gov. Cuomo: “I want to thank the vice president, and especially the president, who facilitated this and moved quickly.” pic.twitter.com/KFjunGVUnb
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) March 13, 2020
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