COVID-19 death toll in New York soars as “likely” deaths are counted – National

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The official death toll from the coronavirus exploded in New York on Tuesday after health officials began to include people who likely had COVID-19 but who died without being tested.

Authorities reported 3,778 “probable” deaths, where doctors were confident enough of the cause of death to include it on the death certificate, and 6,589 confirmed with a laboratory test. Together, this would kill more than 10,000 people in the city.

The change in the accounting for deaths in the city came after officials recognized that statistics based only on laboratory-confirmed tests did not take into account the number of people who died at home before arriving at the hospital or even to get treatment.

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“Behind each death hides a friend, a family member, a loved one. We strive to ensure that every New Yorker who died from COVID-19 is counted, “said Health Commissioner Dr Oxiris Barbot. “While this data reflects the tragic impact the virus has had on our city, it will also help us determine the scale and scope of the epidemic and guide us in our decisions.”

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New Yorkers continue to die at an alarming rate as the number of patients in hospitals has stabilized.










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Earlier Tuesday, officials announced that 778 deaths had been recorded statewide on Monday, bringing New York’s total to more than 10,800. This figure, however, does not take into account the probable deaths currently counted in New York .

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TRUMP, CUOMO CLASH

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo criticized US President Donald Trump’s claim to “full” authority to reopen the country’s economy, blocked by viruses, said Tuesday that he spoke more like a king than like a president.










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The Democratic governor criticized Trump’s statement on Monday that “when someone is president of the United States, authority is complete.”

“His proclamation is that he would be king, that is what a king is,” Cuomo said in his daily briefing. “A king has total authority. This statement cannot stand. “

The Republican president made his comments after Cuomo and the governors of both coasts announced multi-state pacts to coordinate the reopening of society amid the global pandemic.

Cuomo said the economic recovery must be done with caution, otherwise last month’s hard-won gains could be quickly lost.

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In a tweet on Tuesday, Trump appeared to compare the governors to rogue crew members in the film “Mutiny on the Bounty”.

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Cuomo said the president was “clearly unhappy.” But after targeting the president’s comments on Tuesday on several television appearances and during his talk at the Capitol, Cuomo said he would not engage in a fight with him.

“The president is clearly spoiling himself for a fight on this issue,” said Cuomo. “It is too important for anyone to play politics.”

EASE OF MEDICAL CRUSHING

The total number of people hospitalized on Monday fell slightly to 18,697, the first decline since mid-March. The total number of hospitalizations has remained stable recently, and Cuomo believes the state may be past the peak of the crisis.










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A large healthcare system, Northwell Health, said it had released more than 3,330 coronavirus patients in the past eight days and that the number of patients with illnesses in its hospitals was the lowest since April 3.

However, more than 1,600 new COVID-19 patients were hospitalized on Monday.

Meanwhile, the 911 system, once overwhelmed by New York City, is now experiencing more normal medical call volumes, another sign that the crisis may be waning.

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The fire department, which operates the city’s EMS system, said it received 3,932 calls for ambulances on Sunday, up from a record 6,527 on March 30. The average volume last March and April was slightly over 4,000 calls.

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Sunday was the sixth consecutive day that the city’s volume of medical calls was lower than the previous day.

The fire department said it was too early to know exactly why the volume went down.

MADE IN NEW YORK

New York City will move toward self-sufficiency in coronavirus by boosting local production of anti-virus test kits, face masks and surgical gowns, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday.










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“Starting in a few weeks, here in New York we will be producing 50,000 test kits per week with components assembled here, with companies, universities, New York workers here building a whole new supply chain to nurture this industry which is now developing in New York, “said de Blasio.

State and city officials have stressed the need to significantly expand coronavirus testing before considering loosening the guidelines on social separation. Health workers have complained throughout the pandemic of the shortage of personal protective equipment such as gowns and face shields.

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De Blasio said eight companies in the city are currently manufacturing 240,000 face shields a week and will increase to 465,000 on April 24 and 620,000 soon after.

He said five companies make 30,000 surgical gowns a week and the target is more than 250,000 a week.

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De Blasio said the city would purchase 50,000 test kits per week from Indiana-based Aria-Diagnostics.

FUNERAL COSTS

Senator Charles Schumer and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have asked the federal government to help pay for the funeral for the thousands of state deaths.

The two Democrats appeared together in the hard-hit neighborhood of Corona, Queens, part of the Ocasio-Cortez district, to ask the Federal Emergency Management Administration to approve disaster funeral aid in New York.










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“It is bad enough that people lose their jobs and have no food to eat, are separated from their families and loved ones,” said Schumer. “But not being able to give a funeral and a decent funeral to someone who is close and dear to you is scandalous. “

Ocasio-Cortez said that the coronavirus “is wiping out an already vulnerable community” and that burial costs are another burden.

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TRIBUTE TO TRANSIT WORKERS

More than 4,000 trains, buses and ferries across New York City plan to blow their horns in unison on Thursday to honor transportation workers who keep the system running during the coronavirus crisis.

Each vehicle will emit two one-second horns at 3 p.m., the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said. The Port Authority, New Jersey Transit, Amtrak and the Staten Island Ferry are also participating.

The city’s suburban infrastructure operates at a reduced rate and is used primarily for health care workers and other essential employees.










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The MTA, which operates the city’s metros and buses, said 59 workers died from the coronavirus and more than 2,200 workers tested positive for the disease.

DEATH OF DEAD LAWYER

Former state Democrat Richard Brodsky died last week of a heart attack, not of coronavirus complications, as originally suspected. Her daughter told the New York Times that the 73-year-old had symptoms consistent with COVID-19, but also had heart disease. Test results returned after his death showed that he did not have the disease. The Democrat represented parts of Westchester County from 1983 to 2010.

Villeneuve reported from Albany, N.Y. Michael Hill contributed from Albany.

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