More than 15,000 cases of COVID-19 in NY, up nearly 5K from Saturday

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) — There are 4,812 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York, bringing the state total to 15,168, as of Sunday morning.

Of the 15,168 confirmed cases, 1,974 of the those affected have required hospitalization — about 13%, according to the governor’s office.

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New York remains No. 1 in the nation in confirmed cases with 15,168, which is far ahead of No. 2 Washington state’s 1,647 and No. 3 California’s 1,518.

The number of people being tested in the state is also going up. On Saturday, 15,915 people were tested, bringing the total number of people tested in New York state to 61,401.

Cuomo also commented on the number of hospitalizations in New York State, which is 1,974 out of 15,168 people who have tested positive. This is a hospitalization rate of only 13%, which has gone down. Cuomo also commented on the number of deaths due to coronavius in New York state, which is now up to 114 people.

The governor was big on offering two truths of coronavirus:

  • Young people can get and transfer coronavirus. 18-49-year-olds represent 53% of cases
  • Older people and those with underlying illnesses can die from coronavirus

FEMA is set to erect four hospitals at the Javits Center in Manhattan. The FEMA organized hospitals will come fully staffed and equipped. Each hospital can handle 250 patients, so the Javits Center could be home to 1,000 patients.

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Cuomo is encouraging President Trump to cut the “red tape” and get FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers mobilized. 

“Time matters, minutes count,” Cuomo said. “If we get supplies, we can save lives.”

Speaking of hospitals, Cuomo says the existing hospital capcity needs to increase by 100%. He understands not all hospitals can do this, but the Department of Health is issuing an emergency order saying hospitals need to have a plan to increase capacity by at least 50%.

Towards the end of his press conference, Cuomo said there are 700 people working to process unemployment claims. Cuomo said no agency has “seen a volume like this in any state agency ever.”

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