New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there are likely “tens of thousands” of COVID-19 cases in the state by occupants who never realized they had the illness.”
An expansion in testing is “revealing more cases,” Cuomo said Wednesday on CNN’s “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer. “I think it is much more widespread than any of these numbers suggest.”
New York state is presently the hardest-hit region in the nation, with about 3,000 coronavirus cases. Cuomo and other tri-state region authorities on Monday prohibited all gatherings of at least 50 individuals and placed limitations on restaurants, bars and different places of recreation trying to slow the outbreak.
Cuomo said he stresses the flare-up will extend U.S. hospitals to their most extreme limit, saying the country needs more emergency clinic beds to deal with a pandemic.
“We don’t have the capacity in the hospitals, we don’t the ventilators, you can’t find enough ventilators,” Cuomo said in the CNN interview Wednesday. “I have people in China right now trying to buy ventilators.”
Prior in the day, Cuomo reported that President Donald Trump consented to send a drifting medical clinic to enable the state to deal with a surge of expected coronavirus cases. Cuomo multiplied the quantity of anticipated emergency clinic beds and reconsidered the hospitalization rate from his appraisals on Tuesday when he said the state-required 55,000 medical clinic beds for COVID-19 patients and said the hospitalization rate was 19%.
“Right now, in New York specifically, the rate of the curve suggests that in 45 days we could have up to an input of people who need 110,000 beds that compares to our current capacity of 53,000 beds, 37,000 ICU units, ventilators, which compares to a capacity currently of 3,000 ventilators. That’s our main issue,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s pushing Cuomo to favor a “shelter-in-place” order for the city, like the one implemented in Northern California not long ago.
In the CNN interview, Cuomo talked about the discussion he had with de Blasio, saying he’s not for “quarantining the city or imprisoning people.”
Shelter in place “is a little deceptive,” he said. “It sounds like you are imprisoned in your home but that’s not actually what it is.”
Individuals can go to the specialist and exercise outside, he said.
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