Cuomo projects apex of coronavirus hospitalizations will be in 21 days

Brenda Watkins
March 26, 2020

Cuomo announced new "density-control" steps aimed at containing the virus, with New York City, home to more than eight million people, closing some public streets to vehicles and opening them instead to pedestrians to allow more space for foot traffic and greater "social distancing" to avoid infections.

"You heard yesterday about drugs being out there", Fauci said, but later added that the drug "hasn't been definitively proven to work". "I would follow the CDC guidelines".

The percentage of patients requiring hospital care decreased down to 12 percent of the overall cases, with 3 percent of those in intensive care units.

All those actions still leave NY short of the maximum of 140,000 beds it'll need when the virus peaks.

Hospitalisations were doubling every two days as of Sunday, but by Monday the trend showed hospitalisations were doubling every 3.4 days, and by Tuesday the rate was 4.7 days, Governor Cuomo said.

"We haven't flattened the curve", Cuomo said, "and the curve is actually increasing". That is a bad combination of facts. "It will probably cost us several billion dollars when we are done", he added, noting that the House's coronavirus relief bill had offered a higher figure of $17 billion.

The governor reiterated his call for the federal government to help ease the critical shortage, saying the Trump administration could use the Defense Production Act to compel companies to produce equipment. But large corporations reportedly successfully lobbied Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, against doing soon.

Cuomo warned that the coming months would be hard, but that New Yorkers would, of course, endure. The state was able to find just 7,000 ventilators after "scouring the globe".

"The only way we can obtain these ventilators is from the federal government", Cuomo said. "Not to exercise that power is inexplicable to me". "What am I going to do with 400 ventilators, when I need 30,000?" "And I told the House members that we really need their help". "You're missing the magnitude of the problem".

Spain buys €432 mil in medical equipment from China
Meanwhile, Spain is not the only European country to top China in the sad statistics of fatalities. Spain now has more coronavirus deaths than China , according to the Ministry of Health.

"There's not going to be chaos - there's not going to be anarchy", Cuomo promised.

As of this afternoon, according to the New York Times case tracker, the United States reported at least 52,215 cases, including 675 deaths.

President Trump just read a Gateway Pundit headline during a live Fox News town hall on coronavirus as a way of sticking it to Gov. Cuomo. Trump claimed without evidence that Cuomo could have purchased 16,000 ventilators in 2015 but declined to do so at the time. "After New York gets past the apex of this pandemic, I will transport the ventilators myself wherever they are next needed". Nearly 18,000 of those are in New York City, which reported nearly 3,000 new cases, he added.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "If we do not get this right, we risk small businesses across the country shutting down and big businesses experiencing a total pay day with lack of accountability, further consolidating our economy".

Coronavirus patients are not the only ones who would be impacted by a breakdown in the hospital system.

"If we don't knock this thing down, our health care system can not handle this strain if it comes on too fast", he said. All the folks with cancer, heart disease. "We're not slowing it, and it is accelerating on its own".

Democrats, including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, earlier criticized the Republican president for suggesting he would reopen the nation's economy by Easter in order to spare businesses as much pain as possible.

After days of speculation, Automotive News today reported that Ford will partner with General Electric (GE) Healthcare and 3M to make ventilators, respirators, and face shields. Even if the companies are willing to help with production, it would take weeks, if not months, to set up the necessary equipment. We have not yet secured supply for three weeks from now, four weeks from, now five weeks from now. "We're not looking at a freight train, we're looking at a bullet train".

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