ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) — There are now 66,497 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during his daily briefing Monday.
Of the 66,497 cases, 9,517 people have required hospitalization with 2,352 patients are in the ICU. To date, 4,204 patients with COVID-19 have been discharged from New York state hospitals.
To date, there has been 1,218 COVID-19 deaths in New York state, up from 965 reported Sunday.
“There is no American who is immune to this virus,” Gov. Cuomo said. “There is no American that is immune. What is happening in New York is not an anomaly.”
New York remains the epicenter when it comes to the pandemic on a national scale.
“What you see us going through here you will see happening throughout the country,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Hopefully we’ll learn lessons here that we can then share with people cross this nation.”
Monday is National Doctor’s Day, and Gov. Cuomo asked for the public to support healthcare workers. Earlier on Monday, the USNS Comfort hospital ship docked in New York City adding an additional 1,000 hospital beds. The ship will not be used for coronavirus patients, but as the overflow for other hospital patients. The ship is capable of housing 1,000 patients, and has a full staff, including operating rooms, pharmacists, and all necessary medical equipment and supplies.
The governor delivered his daily briefing from the Javits Center in New York City, where FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers has a 2,500-patient overflow hospital up and ready to go.
Gov. Cuomo talked about how the state is working to stockpile supplies for hospitals. He had just come from a meeting with hospital officials across the state where they were working on an all-encompassing plan for how the state is going to handle this healthcare crisis. He did not release any more details about that plan on Monday.
In regards to the spread, Gov. Cuomo said he had some good news.
“We now have a doubling of cases every six days so while the overall number is going up the rate of doubling is going down,” Gov. Cuomo said.
On Saturday, President Donald Trump directed a “strong Travel Advisory” be issued to stem the spread of the outbreak in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
A Johns Hopkins University professor and her graduate student have created an interactive map to capture all confirmed COVID-19 cases, fatalities and recoveries.