Deaths in New York amount to 1,218 and infections exceed 66,000

A group of people are waiting to get tested for coronavirus. Photo: REUTERS / Jeenah Moon

The state of New York registered a total of 353 deaths as a result of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 1,218. In addition, it announced more than 7,000 new positive cases, which implies that the total number exceeds 66,000.

The state is the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States, with more than 40% of the cases registered in the country. The figures were announced by the Governor, Andrew Cuomo, who in turn indicated that 9,517 people were hospitalized, an increase of 12 percent compared to the previous day. 2,352, meanwhile, are connected to artificial respirators, key tools to keep alive those with more serious cases. More than 4,200 people have been registered.

Despite the high numbers, Cuomo highlighted as encouraging data that the curve of positive cases has decelerated in recent days: “We doubled the cases every two days, then every three and four, then every five. Now we are doubling the number of cases every six days, so even though the total number is growing, the rate is decreasing ”.

However, state authorities face the challenge of expanding their hospital capacity to cope with the unusually high number of patients requiring care. To contribute to the objective, a Navy hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, arrived in New York City on Monday..

The ship has 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms and will be used to treat patients who do not have the coronavirus, in order to alleviate the burden on the hospitals that are taking care of those who suffer from this disease.

New York City reported Monday that the death toll there is 790. In addition, it has 36,221 of the total confirmed cases in the state, according to statistics provided in real time by Johns Hopkins University.

The USNS Comfort enters the Manhattan Pier.  Photo: REUTERS / Mike Segar

The USNS Comfort enters the Manhattan Pier. Photo: REUTERS / Mike Segar

The mayor of the city, Bill de Blasio, celebrated the arrival of the boat and assured that it is “like having another hospital here in the city.” “It is a great impulse to see how the army arrives to help us”, He added.

However, he acknowledged that authorities must continue to look for ways to strengthen the health infrastructure: “We started with a capacity of around 20,000 beds in New York City. We need to get it over 60,000 by early May, based on what we know. It’s like adding 40 Comfort ships. That is the magnitude of what we speak ”, expressed.

Another initiative of the same nature takes place in the city’s Central Park, where Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical humanitarian organization based in North Carolina, began building a field hospital on Sunday. Specifically, the structure will be erected in East Meadow, a playground in the famous New York park.

Monday photo of a field hospital set up by the humanitarian aid organization Samaritan's Purse in New York's Central Park.  Mar 30, 2020. REUTERS / David 'Dee' Delgado

Monday photo of a field hospital set up by the humanitarian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse in New York’s Central Park. Mar 30, 2020. REUTERS / David ‘Dee’ Delgado

The site was chosen because it is located across from one of the Mount Sinai group hospitals in the East Harlem district. The intervention was coordinated with the governor of the state of New York, Andrew Cuomo, the Federal Agency for Emergency Management of the United States (FEMA) and the Mount Sinai group.

“We expect to be operational within 48 hours and ready to receive patients,” said team coordinator Dr. Elliott Tenpenny, who specified that the field hospital will have the capacity to treat 68 people.

Unlike many temporary structures that are being erected in the New York area, the site will have the necessary equipment and personnel to receive patients infected with the new coronavirus.

In addition to the logistics team dedicated to lifting the site, Samaritan’s Purse will send doctors and nurses to treat patients. The organization has already established one of these temporary structures in northern Italy, in Cremona, also intended for COVID-19 patients.

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The hospital ship USNS Comfort arrived in New York to expand the city’s response capacity to the coronavirus

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