New York Governor Cuomo Gives “Personal Advice” on How to Cope in Covid-19 Outbreak

Date: 2020-03-22 18:42:31

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urged state residents to plan ahead for negative and positive outcomes, avoid being reactive, and remember that the coronavirus could be a long term situation during a press conference Sunday.

New York state will begin using trial drugs Tuesday to combat the rise in coronavirus cases, Governor Cuomo announced. The state has secured 70,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine, 10,000 of Zithromax, and 750,000 of chloroquine, he said during a news conference.

As of Sunday, New York’s statewide total of virus cases reached 15,168, with 9,045 in New York City. There have been 114 deaths from the virus in New York state, with all but 16 of those people age 60 and older, according to Cuomo’s office.

The state’s hospitalization rate has decreased to 13%, with 1,974 people hospitalized. Still, the state is struggling to increase hospital beds and secure ventilators to meet the expected peak in positive cases, Cuomo said.

To help meet that demand, all elective, non-essential surgeries will stop as of Wednesday, which should increase bed capacity by between 25% and 35%, the governor said. The state currently has 53,000 hospital beds available, and at the outbreak’s peak in coming weeks will need an estimated 110,000, Cuomo said.

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