ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) — There are now 83,712 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York state, which includes 7,917 new cases since last official count Tuesday, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
At this time, there are now 1,941 COVID-19 deaths statewide, up from 1,550 reported Tuesday.
Of the 83,712 confirmed cases, 12,226 people have required hospital treatment, and 3,022 of those patients have required treatment in an Intensive Care Unit.
To date, New York has received 220,880 tests for the virus, including 15,694 new tests since Tuesday’s update.
New York remains the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in the United States. Our state currently has 65,016 more confirmed COVID-19 cases than the No. 2 state, New Jersey.
“For me, facts are facts, and the facts that we offer the people of this state, and this country, they’re not pessimistic facts or optimistic facts — they are just the best information we have, as of this time, and I think that is empowering, and in some ways relaxing,” Gov. Cuomo said.
The governor says current models project that this crisis will last for the foreseeable future.
“They refine the model over time and the model changes and the numbers change, but what we’re looking at now is the apex, roughly at the end of April, which means another month of this,” Cuomo said.
Although the current numbers in New York are staggering compared to other states, the governor’s focus is on the looming apex.
“The next battle is the apex,” Gov. Cuomo said. “The next battle is on the top of the mountain, the next battle will happen at the top of that mountain that’s where it will be. That’s where the enemy either overwhelms our health care system or we will be able to handle the onslaught of our enemy on the top of that mountain.”
The governor also said current models project a high virus-related death rate through July. In regards to trying to open the state back up for business, Cuomo said, “No one is going to pick a dollar bill over a human life.”
Gov. Cuomo did say there is a way to bring back some routines of normalcy in New York, but it all comes down to testing capacity.
“The best way to do that is to come up with rapid testing procedure where people can get tested, they know who’s positive, they know who’s negative — and they know who can go back to work,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Come up with a test that is more quickly and readily available that people can do at home, you can take the test, know where you are and we can start ending this terrible situation that we are in.”
Cuomo said eventually, staff from upstate New York hospitals will be going to downstage hospitals to help with the shortage of staff as the hospitals meet capacity.
“Staff from upstate hospitals will be going to downstate hospitals because one of the real critical situations is staff shortage. And downstate hospitals who are at overcapacity can transfer patients to upstate.”
He announced the closure of playgrounds in New York City and urged people to continue to practice social distancing.
“Who else has to die for you to understand that you have a responsibility in this?”
The governor mentioned how society at large will try and recover from this crisis.
“As a society, beyond just this immediate situation, we should start looking forward to understand how this experience is going to change us,” Gov. Cuomo said. “So how it should change us, because this is going to be a transformation on a personal basis, on a social basis, on a systems basis. We’re never going to be the same again, we’re not going to forget what happened here. The fear we have the anxiety we have, that’s not just going to go away.
“When are we getting back to normal? I don’t think we get back to normal. I think we get to a new normal,” Gov. Cuomo said.
The governor’s brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, announced Tuesday that he was diagnosed with coronavirus.
“When he told me he had the coronavirus it scared me,” Gov. Cuomo said Wednesday. “It frightened me. Why? Because we still don’t know and even if there’s just a 1% or 2% chance, it’s frightening. “
“This is my best friend, I talk to him several times a day, basically spent my whole life with him and it is frightening on a fundamental level,” Gov. Cuomo said. “And it’s frightening because there’s nothing I can do, and I’m out of control and Dr. Zucker can’t tell me anything and Tony Fauci can’t tell me anything because nobody knows and this situation is the same situation for everyone.”
Also on Tuesday, New York City reported the first COVID-19 related death of a person under 18. Specific details about the person’s age exact age were not disclosed.
A Johns Hopkins University professor and her graduate student have created an interactive map to capture all confirmed COVID-19 cases, fatalities and recoveries.