Virus deaths in N.Y. reached a new peak one day, but hospitalization slowed.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said on Tuesday that 731 more people had died in New York State, the biggest increase in one-day deaths since the crisis began. Gloomy calculations followed two days when new deaths fell below 600.
The governor stressed that death is an indicator left in the war against the virus, pointing to a declining hospital rate and saying that the country is still projecting that the spread of the virus is uncertain.
The number of virus patients in intensive care units has increased in the last 24 hours to less than 100, the smallest increase since March 21, the governor said.
Here are statistics from the morning briefing:
Death in New York State: 5,489, up 731 from Monday morning.
Case confirmed: 138,836 in the entire state, up from 130,689 on Monday.
Currently hospitalized: 17,493 people across the state, up from 16,837.
In intensive care: 4,593, up 89 from 4,504 on Monday.
Mr Cuomo said that the increase in hospital beds and the number of working health care providers had helped New York to balance the burden on patients and help ensure that no facilities were overburdened.
The governor said that plans were underway to restart the regional economy and that he had spoken with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut about coordinating these efforts.
After two days with fewer deaths, the region hopes for a third.
One day do not make a trend. Also not two.
But officials in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut saw figures on the coronavirus outbreak and vision signs that the number of terrible viruses might start to decrease.
However, the authorities have asked residents to remain vigilant. Thousands more will die before the outbreak ends and the spread can begin again if social distance restrictions are not observed.
The three states reported a lower number of deaths on Sunday and Monday than they reported on Saturday, the first time since the outbreak began.
In New Jersey, the decline was quite large – after three consecutive days with three-digit fatalities as high as 200, the state reported that 71 people had died of the virus on Sunday and 86 on Monday.
In New York, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday that data showed that the virus in New York was nearing its peak, but the state remained in a dire and unsustainable state of emergency.
“If we are plateau, we are plateau at a very high level,” he said. “And there is tremendous pressure on the health care system.”
Across the country, experts and officials say that the deaths are due to viruses being counted down due to inconsistent protocols and limited resources.
In New York City, the head of the City Council’s health committee, Mark Levine, write on Twitter that people die at home about 10 times the normal rate, maybe because of a virus, but not all deaths are counted as viral deaths.
But there are other indications that this outbreak is slowing. In New York, the number of virus patients being hospitalized has grown at a slower and slower rate: It has increased from 20 or 30 percent per day to an increase of less than 10 percent per day lately.
The number of patients using ventilators is still increasing, but much slower.
Governor Cuomo stressed that the country’s progress could continue only if New Yorkers continued to follow the rules of social distance that were credited with helping stem the plague.
“We became rash,” said Mr. Cuomo, “You will see these numbers rise again.”
A crew member on board a Navy hospital in New York has tested positive for the virus.
A crew member aboard a Navy hospital comfort ship tested positive for coronavirus, and several others have gone to remote areas, the Navy said on Tuesday, the latest setback in troubled ship missions to New York to help in a pandemic response.
News of the infection came after President Trump approved requests from officials in New York and New Jersey to let Comfort accept virus patients.
The 1,000-bed ship arrived lively last week and it should ease the pressure on New York-burdened hospitals bring patients suffering from other diseases. But bureaucratic hurdles, as well as a sharp reduction in hospitalization unrelated to the virus, resulting in several patients being transferred to the ship.
A Navy spokesman said the discovery of infected crew members would not affect Comfort’s mission in New York. “That does not affect Comfort’s ability to receive patients at all,” said Elizabeth Baker, the spokesman.
On Tuesday, there were more than 50 patients in it, he said, which meant most of the Comfort beds still remained unused.
De Blasio urges focus on feeding New Yorkers in need.
Mayor de Blasio said on Tuesday that, along with the struggle to stop the spread of the corona virus, New York City is increasingly focused on helping more and more people who are unemployed and are not sure where their next meal will come from.
“There is a new front that is open and we have to be there for people who need food,” the mayor said.
According to a poll from the Siena College Research Research Institute published on Monday, 49 percent of city residents are worried about putting food on the table.
A separate survey by the CUNY Graduate School on Public Health and Health Policy, published today, found that more than half of New York’s population, the virus and its responses have damaged the ability of their households to get the food they need. Eighteen percent said their ability to buy food decreased “a lot.”
De Blasio said that in the past three weeks, the city program has provided 2.6 million meals for New Yorkers who need food – “and that’s just the beginning.”
He cited a projection which showed that at least 500,000 New Yorkers had lost their jobs or would soon do so.
New York said that for now, it has enough ventilators.
It has been holding back for weeks of the plague.
Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio both repeated daily that the city and state desperately needed a ventilator to help virus patients in intensive care stay breathing.
But on Monday, the two said that, for now, those needs had been met.
De Blasio said late Monday in NY1 that after receiving 500 other ventilators from the state, “The situation is related to the number of I.C.U. beds and ventilators seem to change significantly. “
He said the city now has enough ventilators to last until the end of the week.
Cuomo said earlier on Monday that the state had received ventilators from California, Oregon and elsewhere, adding, “We don’t need additional ventilators at this time.”
The pressure subsided partly because the number of virus patients on the ventilator in New York, while still rising, did not increase as fast as last week.
How show workers survive the closing.
In New York, the center of the nation’s corona virus spread, which is fortunate to work at home.
But that is often not an option for 1.4 million New Yorkers who work freelance, work on projects to project or find performances through applications such as Lyft and Wag. Many of their jobs have evaporated, and they may not be entitled to unemployment benefits or covered by health insurance.
From catering whose event-based business loses two months of ordering, to production assistants hoping that his food delivery shows allow him to continue to pay bills, workers must adjust their routines – sometimes drastically – because they overcome economic uncertainty.
“This is complicated because there is no predictable income,” said Yulan Grant, 26, who has worked as an art handler and DJ. “Nobody knows when the museum and gallery will open again. We just don’t know when the club will open or especially in New York, whether they will be able to survive after being closed for more than a month. “
“You can feel the waves happening,” said a Long Island official.
While early signs suggest that a coronavirus outbreak might be slowing in New York City, the nearest suburbs face a surge.
Steve Bellone, county executive in Suffolk on Long Island, said this morning that “the battle has really shifted to Long Island.”
“We see it in numbers and you can feel the waves happening,” said Mr. Bellone on CNN.
Three weeks ago, Suffolk District, which has more than one million residents, has not reported one virus-related death, Bellone said. “Yesterday the number jumped past 200,” he said.
Suffolk County now has a higher infection rate than New York City, with almost 1,000 confirmed cases per 100,000 population. The city has 815 confirmed cases per 100,000 population.
“I have a conversation that I never imagined in this position,” he said, including with the governor about his morgue capacity and the number of body bags needed by the district.
Donate to E.M.T.s and other ways to help
The anxiety and isolation caused by a virus outbreak sometimes feels paralyzing. But for New Yorkers who want to do something constructive, there are ways to help.
The non-profit EMS FDNY Relief Fund provides financial support to city emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Like doctors and nurses, emergency services workers are at the forefront of the crisis, and they have been responding to constant calls for the past few weeks.
Placing several long shifts for wages hovering just above the city minimum wage, these workers can use the elevator, union leaders said.
“Our members work 16 hours a day, 17 hours a day, and many of them sleep in their cars afterwards because they are afraid of bringing the virus home to their families,” Vinny Variale, president of the EMS Uniformed Union Officers and an FDNY lieutenant said on Thursday . “Anyone who can help, we really need it.”
Donations to the FDNY EMS Aid Fund, which was fired by officials and many unions, can be made here. then
In addition, firefighters have requested donations from the FDNY Foundation – a non-profit organization affiliated with the department that opened Covid-19 funds earlier this week. A department spokesman said the donations would be used “to help FDNY families who have Covid-19 disease, death, or affected in any way.” Donations can be made here.
And on Monday, Mr. Cuomo also announced the creation of what he called the “First Responders Fund,” which received donations here.
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