United States coronavirus death toll surpasses 10,000 as NY shutdown extended

Clay Curtis
April 7, 2020

Most of the statistics now appear to be leveling off, although the daily number of confirmed cases is still rising. The federal government has rushed personnel, equipment, and supplies to the state, which reported an alarming rise in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths throughout most of the month of March.

The number of deaths related to COVID-19 NY has appeared to plateau in recent days, Cuomo said, which could mean the state's efforts to curb the disease have been effective. At least 4,159 people have died in the state due to the disease, which is roughly 40 percent of the total death toll in the entire country.

"It's not settled yet because as we are going day by day", Empire State College President Jim Malatras, one of Cuomo's pandemic advisers, said at the briefing.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government has donated 1,000 ventilators to NY state.

Cuomo presented several scenarios on how the number of infections could grow in the state.

Based on the data, Cuomo said the state is either near the apex of its curve "or the apex could be a plateau and we could be on that plateau right now". At that point, New York's health care system will face its "ultimate challenge", Cuomo said.

On Monday, he announced he was increasing fines for individuals caught breaking the rules from $500 to $1,000 and said it was "everyone's responsibility" not to be reckless. While the numbers look like they may be turning and it's "yay it's over".

"It's going to be very tight going into next week", the mayor said, adding the city still needs more ventilators.

Workers direct people queueing up in theirs cars waiting to be tested for coronavirus COVID-19 at the drive-in test site in NY.

The state has been averaging just under 600 deaths per day for the past four days.

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Models have previously predicted NY would need 110,000 hospital beds at the apex, but SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras, a top Cuomo aide, said Monday that the number may be lower.

This could be especially true because the reporting data can lag by an average of one to two weeks, according to the latest guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's.

And other states - and even another nation - have rallied to remedy dwindling supplies in NY.

China is donating another 1,000 ventilators, Cuomo said. The major indexes closed up more than 7 percent.

On Saturday, state data shows that NY hospitals admitted 574 COVID-19 patients while discharging 1,704.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Sunday his state could run out of ventilators by the end of the week if cases continue to surge.

Authorities have warned that between 100,000 and 240,000 people could die from COVID-19 in the U.S., even in a best-case scenario with social distancing guidelines being observed.

A report from a federal watchdog agency found that three out of four USA hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. And some places, such as Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, are predicting that cases won't peak until May or well into the summer.

The CCP virus is spread by droplets from coughs or sneezes.

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