New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the state foreclosure period to April 29 and increases social distancing fines to $ 1,000 to keep people inside as the coronavirus growth chart continues flattens.
Cuomo announced on Monday that the death rate had stabilized for the second day in a row and that the number of new cases is also slowing, both of which are “good signs” suggesting that New York may have peaked.
He shared data that showed hospitalizations were thousands less than the 50,000 or 110,000 expected by the models, but warned New Yorkers that they were not free and free from the virus, saying: “Now is not the time to take your foot off the gas. “
There are now 130,689 cases of coronavirus in New York – an increase of 8,568 in one day. The death toll rose from 4,159 to 4,758, 599 fewer than the previous days this week.
“None of this is good news. The possible flattening of the curve is better than the increases we have seen, “said Governor Cuomo.
He said that no matter what the evidence showed, he had no choice but to extend the social distance, saying, “If this curve turns, it turns and it goes down because the social distance works.
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Governor Cuomo urged New Yorkers not to become complacent or overly confident and said the data could change at any time
New York’s real-time projection models, shown in purple, are far from what was expected, but Governor Cuomo urges people not to take it as a sign that they can relax, but rather than distancing social works and must continue. The numbers indicate the number of hospitalizations. There are currently
The rate of new hospitalizations seems to slow considerably with the rate of intubations and deaths
The number of intubations also decreases compared to the April 3 peak when there were almost three times more than yesterday
The number of people discharged from the hospital increased on April 4 to reach its highest level and is decreasing as, said Cuomo, fewer people are admitted in the first place
“Non-essential schools and businesses will remain closed until April 29. I know what it does to the economy, but I’m not going to choose between public health and economic activity.
“Whether we have reached the top or not, we must do the same. From day one, we have underestimated this enemy.
“There is a real danger of becoming too confident too quickly. While the numbers seem to be spinning and it’s “yay it’s over”. No it is not.
“Other places have made this mistake. Hong Kong and South Korea … we are not going to make this mistake, “he said, adding that they” were leaving their gas too fast. “
“We have optimistic data, but it depends on what we do. That’s why I’m extending the ban. But it was individual behavior that was problematic this weekend.
“I understand, it was a beautiful day and people were locked up. But we are becoming reckless. [If we change] or do not comply, you will see these numbers increase again, “he said.
Soldiers assigned to Javits New York Medical Station (JNYMS) monitor COVID-19 patients in the facility’s intensive care unit. There are 2,500 beds in the facility, which was built by the military in just five days
CALIFORNIA GIVES FANS NY 500
The Governor of California announced Monday that the state will loan 500 fans to the national stock for use by New York and other states facing a coronavirus hospital crash.
California has chosen to lend some of its equipment because it is not yet in as dire a situation as New York, now the country’s epicenter for the crisis, said Jesse Melgar, spokesperson for the governor. Governor Gavin Newsom said state modeling shows California will hit its case peak in May.
“I know that if the tables are turned upside down and we experience a wave of hospitals, other states would come to our aid and provide ventilators like we are today,” Newsom said in a statement.
Newsom’s decision follows Oregon and Washington’s commitment to transfer fans to New York.
California has been looking for fans to increase its own supply for weeks. Officials requested 10,000 fans from the national stock, but received none. Los Angeles, the state’s most populous city, got 170 fans from the stock, although many were broken.
California had access to 4,252 fans on Friday, Newsom said. Melgar said on Monday that the state was increasing that number by rehabilitating thousands of broken fans and buying thousands more elsewhere. But he declined to provide a rough estimate of the number of fans the state currently has.
Hydrogen fuel cell manufacturer Bloom Energy has dedicated part of its production plants in California and Delaware to repairing old fans. Last week, the San Jose-based company repaired 515 fans, and more were underway. The company claims to have the capacity to repair up to 1,000 per week.
Virgin Orbit, the company of billionaire Richard Branson who makes rockets, has developed a prototype “bridge ventilator” designed to help patients breathe until they can be placed on a traditional ventilator. The company is awaiting federal approval before it can start mass production of the model, which was developed in partnership with researchers at the University of California, Irvine.
Newsom introduced the two as part of California’s efforts to procure fans. Asked on Saturday whether California would share medical supplies with other states, Newsom told reporters that the state “was working day and night to find new ventilators.” But, he said, if the state was able to share medical supplies or team up with other states to buy these supplies in bulk “absolutely, unequivocally, we will.”
Newsom was scheduled to hold a daily media availability on Monday afternoon.
Although the federal government has not supplied California with a fan of the national stock, it has sent other supplies to the most populous state in the country. Last week, California received approximately 837,000 N-95 masks, 1.31 million gloves, nearly 2 million surgical masks, as well as face shields, surgical gowns, coveralls and 2,000 medical beds, according to a White House press release.
California has recorded more than 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection and at least 320 deaths, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. New York, meanwhile, has more than 123,000 confirmed cases and more than 4,000 deaths.
“This virus has hit our hindquarters. We underestimate it at our own risk.
“Now is not the time to slow down what we are doing,” he said.
It is furious that people flouted the rules of social distancing over the weekend to socialize, especially in New York, and increased the fine for anyone who is caught from $ 500 to $ 1,000.
“Time is ticking. People have been locked up.
“Now it’s” it’s a beautiful day. I’m going to go out and take a walk ”.
“Now is not the time to do it.
“There has been a laxity on social distance, especially over the past weekend, which is completely unacceptable.
“People are dying. Members of the healthcare system put themselves at huge risk every day.
“If you are infected, you infect someone else and he goes to the emergency room and puts a burden on all kinds of people who, frankly, you have no right to face your lack of responsibility.
“The level of activity is increasing. Now is not the time to be released. It is a mistake.
“We all have a responsibility. We all have a role to play in this area, ”he said.
Despite a severe shortage of supplies and equipment, Cuomo said no hospital has reported that they don’t have what they need to care for people.
The state has now started using “plan B, C and D” fans; these are converted BiPap machines, converted anesthesia machines, and in some cases two patients share a ventilator.
Cuomo said that even if it was not an “ideal” situation, no one was dead who could have been saved.
“The challenge is to make sure that we don’t lose anyone who could have been saved if the health system worked perfectly. It is a legitimate ambitious goal of the government and that is what we have done.
“Did we save everyone? No.
“But did we lose someone because we had no bed, no fan, and no caregivers? No, he says.
He said he plans to call President Trump to ask him to transform USNS Cokmfort, a 1,000-bed facility that has refused to accept COVID-19 patients, into one that will accept them.
“The original plan was that it would come for non-COVID people … to be a relief valve but for non-COVID patients.
“It turned out that there weren’t many non-COVID people in the hospital system.
“I’m going to call the president this afternoon and ask him to switch the Comfort from non-COVID to COVID.
“Then we would have Javits and the Comfort ship as a relief valve. This represents 3,500 beds that could serve as a relief valve for the entire hospital system in the south of the state.
“This is the only way to maintain this level of intensity in the hospital system,” he said.
Javits began accepting patients over the weekend. He also did not originally plan to accept COVID-19 patients, but Cuomo asked Trump to cancel FEMA – which he did.
Cuomo also said on Monday that New York was ready to help other states if and when their cities needed it.
He thanked California Governor Gavin Newsom for donating 500 fans.
“As soon as we get through this, we will be there for all the other states. We will lead the charge as we have always done, “he said.