ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) — There are 6,448 new COVID-19 cases in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 37,258.
Of the 37,258 cases, 5,327 have required hospital treatment. Of those patients, 1,290 have required treatment in an Intensive Care Unit. To date, 1,517 patients have been discharged from the hospital.
Gov. Cuomo reported a rise in COVID-19 deaths in New York, with 385 statewide as of Thursday afternoon. To date, 122,104 people have been tested in New York.
New York remains No. 1 in the nation by a wide margin in confirmed cases with 37,258, and No. 1 in deaths.
Gov. Cuomo discussed the economic impact of the outbreak, saying that the state stands to lose $10-$15 billion in revenue. The governor says that the Congressional stimulus bill only gives New York $5 billion.
“This is the time for government leaders to stop making excuses and just do your job,” Cuomo said. “We’re one nation, now is the time to step up do the right thing, and do your job and they haven’t as far as I’m concerned, when it comes to governmental needs.
“I was shocked that they were so irresponsible in addressing the state and the city need,” Gov. Cuomo said “I never believed that they would just pass a piece of legislation that didn’t address it. They just did not address the revenue shortfall. They provided money for COVID, the amount of money we spent on the virus, but they did nothing on the revenue loss.”
On increasing medical staff across the state, Gov. Cuomo said there’s been a massive surge in volunteers to help combat the crisis.
“We now have 12,000 more people in one day volunteering to help on the medical staff,” Gov. Cuomo said. “The outpouring of support for the people of New York has been so inspiring.”
Gov. Cuomo continued his ventilators-as-a- priority push Thursday, as most coronavirus patients who are in the ICU are on a ventilator for 11 to 20 days on average. He said the state government is looking into ways to possibly split the ventilator to allow two people to use it, among other solutions. The governor also said they are working to move some patients who are in downstate hospitals to hospitals in Upstate New York to help shift the load.
Acknowledging the mental trauma that isolation can cause, Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday the launching of a state mental health hotline, of which more than 6,000 mental health professionals have volunteered to help. The number for the that hotline is 1-844-863-9314.
“Don’t underestimate the emotional trauma that people are feeling and the emotional health issues,” Cuomo said Wednesday. ‘We asked for mental health professionals to voluntarily sign up to provide online mental health services — 6,000 mental health professionals agreed to provide mental health support for people who need it.”
In Monroe County, there are now 142 cases of COVID, officials announced Wednesday morning.
At this time, there have been three COVID-19-related deaths in Monroe County. Of the 142 cases, 32 have required hospital treatment, and 18 of those patients are receiving treatment in an Intensive Care Unit.
Officials say there are 545 Monroe County residents under mandatory quarantine.
Of the 142 cases, 10 people have resolved and been released from isolation. Department of health officials say deaths, and those who have resolved, will still be counted in the total case count.
A Johns Hopkins University professor and her graduate student have created an interactive map to capture all confirmed COVID-19 cases, fatalities and recoveries.
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