Most new hospitalizations for coronavirus in New York come from people who stayed at home

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) speaking at a press conference on the corona virus at the State Capitol.

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Most of Covid-19’s new hospitalizations in New York State come from people who stayed at home and did not venture out much, a “shocking discovery”, said Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday.

Preliminary data came from 100 New York hospitals involving about 1,000 patients, Cuomo said in his daily briefing.

It shows that 66% of new admissions came from people who had largely found shelter at home. The second highest source of admissions came from nursing homes, 18%.

Who is hospitalized?

Source: New York State

“If you notice, 18% of people came from nursing homes, less than 1% came from prison or jail, 2% came from the homeless, 2% from other assembly facilities, but 66% of people were at home, which shocks us, “said Cuomo.

“It is a surprise: the vast majority of people were at home,” he added. “We thought they might be taking public transportation, and we took special precautions when it came to public transportation, but actually not, because these people were literally at home. “

Cuomo said that almost 84% of hospital cases were people who did not get to work by car, personal car, public transit or walking. He said that a majority of these people were retired or unemployed. Overall, 73% of admissions were from people over the age of 51.

He said the information shows that those hospitalized are mainly from downtown New York or surrounding areas, do not work or travel, and are not essential employees. He also said that the majority of the cases in New York were minorities, almost half being African-American or Hispanic.

Cuomo said state health officials thought a high percentage of those hospitalized would be essential workers, like health workers or city staff, who still go to work.

“It largely depends on what you do to protect yourself. Everything is closed, the government has done everything it can, society has done everything it can. Now it’s up to you, “said Cuomo.

Governor Cuomo details the first conclusions of the coronavirus pandemic during a press briefing on May 6, 2020.

Source: New York State

A spokeswoman for Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for further comment on the governor’s remarks.

Cuomo said the state’s hospitalization rate has continued to drop, albeit at a “painfully slow” rate. He said about 600 infected people still pass through the doors of the hospital every day, although that number has also declined.

While data shows that the coronavirus is in decline in New York, the new survey results seem to contradict Cuomo’s earlier assurances that isolation can reliably prevent transmission.

“I was afraid it would infect my family no matter what I did. We are past that deadline, “Cuomo said at a press conference on April 13. “If you isolate yourself, if you take precautions, your family won’t get infected.” “

The daily numbers, including the number of people who died from the coronavirus, will likely be much higher than what has been reported, Cuomo said. He said the state has not fully documented deaths at home that may have been caused by Covid-19. On Tuesday, an additional 232 people died from the coronavirus.

“I think the reality is going to be worse,” said Cuomo.

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