Created: March 25, 2020 12:25 PM
Governor Cuomo announced that there are now more than 30,000 cases of coronavirus in New York State.
The governor says the state is getting closer to coming up with a plan to provide enough hospital beds and staff to treat the expected amount of coronavirus cases at the height of the outbreak in New York State.
On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo provided the state's new projection. He says the state will need 140,000 beds.
New York currently has 53,000 beds. Between his call for hospitals to increase capacity, four makeshift hospitals in buildings like Manhattan's Javits Center, and a plan to turn downstate dorms into hospitals, he says that could be approximately 120,000 hospital beds.
On Tuesday, the governor said New York has not yet been able to flatten the curve. In fact, the rate of increase of new cases in this state had gone up.
Now, he is seeing some projections that suggest the rate of hospitalizations will decrease.
“This past Sunday, the projection was that hospitalizations were doubling every two days. On Monday, the numbers suggested that the hospitalizations were doubling every 3.4 days. On Tuesday, the projections suggested that the hospitalizations were doubling every 4.7 days,” said Governor Cuomo.
“Now that is almost too good to be true, but the theory is given the density that we're dealing with, it spreads very quickly, but if you reduce the density you can reduce the spread very quickly,” he added.
The governor cautioned that those are just projections, and he's seen them fluctuate. He expects the apex of the curve in New York, the greatest load on hospitals, will come in 21 days.
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