NYC’s coronavirus death toll rises by 222 days, and the number of cases in the Big Apple rises above 30,000
The New York City coronavirus pandemic is getting worse as a 24-hour period caused another 222 deaths and 834 deaths across the state.
Empire State has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, accounting for nearly half of the total number of cases across the country.
New York City alone reported more than 30,000 cases – a third of them in the hard-hit neighborhood of Queens, according to health officials.
As of Saturday night, the death toll in New York City reached 672 people.
Since the coronavirus outbreak, 834 people in New York State have died after being infected, health officials in Albany say
New York City reported 222 deaths within a 24-hour period on Saturday. The city also reported on Saturday that the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus exceeded 30,000
City health officials said a third of confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the Queens district
A U.S. National Guard soldier informs patients on Saturday at a coronavirus testing center at Lehman College in the Bronx
In total, the state of New York reports 53,510 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Nationally, there are 124,388 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Saturday evening.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that he would issue an enforcement order requiring all hospitals to have healthy, uninfected people in delivery rooms at their delivery during their delivery.
Cuomo’s office made the announcement in response to an announcement earlier this week by two New York City hospital systems that forbade supportive people, including husbands, partners, or doulas, from leaving rooms because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The ban imposed by NewYork-Presbyterian and Mount Sinai medical centers caused a sharp setback, prompting the governor to intervene. An online petition demanding that the ban be overturned generated more than 600,000 signatures.
“Women will not be forced to be alone when they give birth,” tweeted Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s secretary, on Saturday.
As the toll of the coronavirus rises, the state is struggling to rework its healthcare system to address the crippling number of critically ill and dying patients.
Earlier on Saturday, Cuomo threw up the idea that the state would be quarantined after President Trump proposed that he put New York, New Jersey and Connecticut under mandatory closure.
The governor said Trump had not told him the plan when they spoke on the phone a few minutes earlier.
Trump relinquished calling for quarantine for the three-state area, instead of issuing “ strong travel advice ” to stem the spread of the outbreak.
President Donald Trump, who returned to the White House on Saturday, has said he will not attempt to quarantine New York
“If you walled areas across the country, it would just be totally bizarre, counterproductive, anti-American, anti-social,” Cuomo said in an interview with CNN on Saturday.
Vice President Mike Pence tweeted that the CDC urged residents of the three states to “refrain from nonessential travel for the next 14 days.”
Governors, including Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who advocated for travelers from the hard-hit areas to their states, argued for quarantine.
But it quickly received criticism from the leaders of the states involved, who warned that it would cause panic among a population already suffering from the virus.
Trump announced that he had made the decision after consulting with the White House Task Force leading the federal response and the governors of the three states.
He said he had instructed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to “issue strong travel advice to be administered by governors in consultation with the federal government.”
He added, “No quarantine is necessary.”
Cuomo, who has criticized the federal government’s response when his state became the country’s virus epicenter, said deposing states amounts to “a federal declaration of war.”
Cuomo added that he believed it would be illegal, economically catastrophic, “ridiculous” and shortsighted if other parts of the US also see cases emerge.
At a news conference on Saturday, Cuomo revealed that there are now three hospitals in the state that deal only with coronavirus patients in an effort to keep other patients who are not yet infected safe.
Trump also approved four new emergency medical locations in New York on Saturday morning, one for each of the suburbs, with the opening of the Javitts Center as a field hospital with 1,000 extra beds on Monday.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced on Saturday that he would ban hospitals in the state from banning people from delivery rooms
A medical tent set up outside Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, where a nurse died on Tuesday
General view of the Elmhurst Hospital in Queens during the Coronavirus pandemic
The photo taken Saturday night shows an improvised morgue outside the St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx
Another makeshift morgue can be seen Saturday outside Lenox Health Medical Pavilion in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan
Hospitals in the city and state are struggling to keep up with healthcare demand as the coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of diminishing
Trump did not speak of his plans to quarantine the state just before the governor held his press conference.
Cuomo was blinded by a reporter’s question after Trump made the comments while the governor was already speaking.
He replied that he had spoken to Trump just before the briefing and that this had not been mentioned, but he did not like the sound.
“I don’t know what it means … I don’t know how it will be enforceable. I don’t like the sound of it, ”Cuomo said.
The president made the comments when he landed at Andrews Joint Base Andrews at noon on Saturday afternoon and spoke to reporters.
The move will limit travel to and from the three states most affected by the outbreak.
New York business is now more than five times the size of New Jersey, which has the second highest number of cases in the United States at 8,825.
“We would like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hot spot – New York, New Jersey, maybe one or two other places, quarantined certain parts of Connecticut. I’m thinking about that now, ”he said Saturday.
“We may not need to do it, but there is a possibility that we will be quarantined somewhere today – short term two weeks for New York, probably New Jersey and parts of Connecticut.”
Trump said he would speak to Cuomo again later on Saturday.
In their previous phone call, Trump informed Cuomo that he would send US Navy Comfort Saturday, which was due to arrive in New York on Monday, with extra beds and more medical personnel.
“I will greet it with open arms,” said Cuomo.
He added that the medical staff on board the ship is vital in the city where doctors, nurses and ambulance personnel are overdrive to treat patients the best they can. Another nurse died in the state on Friday, as concerns are growing because of the risks to their own health and safety, which expose themselves to positive patients as the supplies of protective equipment decrease.
President Donald Trump salutes as the US Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort pulls away from the pier at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia as it begins its journey to New York to help with the city’s growing corona virus crisis
US President Donald Trump, with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, speaks at the hospital ship’s departure ceremony USNS Comfort before it began its journey to New York City. Governor Cuomo said he will welcome the ship with “open arms.”
Trump reinforced the quarantine claims upon leaving the airbase and traveled to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, where he sent the USNS Comfort to New York, where it will be transformed into an improvised hospital.
“We will make a decision very soon, very soon” about quarantining the “hot areas” of those states, “he said.
“We’ll announce that somehow pretty soon.”
The president said that if maintained, the move would not restrict trade in and out of the states.
“This doesn’t apply to people, such as truck drivers, from outside the New York area,” he said.
“It does not affect trade in any way.”
His comments about a possible quarantine seemed to be in line with his previous claims that he wants to get the economy and normal life back on track as soon as possible.
On Saturday, Trump also approved Cuomo for four other emergency medical locations, one in each of New York City’s suburbs, which will provide the city with much-needed beds as it treats more than a quarter of the country’s cases.
The sites are located in the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, on the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, on CUNY Staten Island and in the New York Expo Center in the Bronx.
The new sites must provide 4,000 extra beds.
The governor also warned that the escalating crisis in New York City, where temporary mortuaries are being set up outside hospitals, could lead some patients to be sent further to hospitals for treatment.
As shown on the map released by Cuomo below, Westchester Square, SUNY Downstate and South Beach Psychiatric Center will treat patients who have only the coronavirus.
The decision comes on the advice of the New York Department of Health, which believes that coronavirus patients should be kept away from other patients who may be at risk if they are infected.
The hospitals shown in blue above are now only used for the treatment of coronavirus patients
SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn now only treats coronavirus patients
As New York State continues to attempt to collect 30,000 fans in anticipation of an expected peak in mid to late April in coronavirus cases, Cuomo bluntly illustrated the conference’s alternative: masks with manually operated airbags.
He said the state has bought 3,000 of them, ordered 4,000 more, and plans to train National Guard personnel to operate them. It means that you pump the spherical bag by hand: 24 hours a day for every patient in need.
“If we have to turn to this device on a large scale, that’s not an acceptable situation,” Cuomo said, “so we’ll go back and find the fans.”
Cuomo demonstrated the operation with a hand-held mask to show how much work it would take if hospitals in New York were forced to rely on it instead of fans
Cuomo said the state has bought 3,000 of them, ordered 4,000 more, and plans to train National Guard personnel to operate them, but would rather have fans
The federal government sent more than 4,000 fans to the state and New York City this week.
Cuomo also said that he postponed the state’s presidential elections from April 28 to June 23, when the state plans to hold legislative congressional and local party elections.
“I don’t think it’s wise to take people to one location to vote,” said the Democrat.
New York joins more than a dozen states that have postponed some elections. A smaller group, including Ohio, Georgia, Louisiana, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, Indiana, and Kentucky, have also postponed their presidential primaries.
The state has also shifted the tax return deadline to July 15, leaving the state, which was already struggling financially, out of income until the summer.
Rhode Island ferociously on the run from New Yorkers: National Guard soldiers go door to door forcing visitors from the coronavirus epicenter to 14-day quarantine, prompting Cuomo to prosecute the state
The Rhode Island National Guard goes door-to-door in coastal communities on Saturday to tell New Yorkers about a mandatory 14-day quarantine as an enraged governor threatens to prosecute Andrew Cuomo over what he calls a “reactionary” policy.
The measure, while extreme, is necessary because the New York City area is the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and is needed to control its spread, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo said on Saturday .
The order came on the same day that the state police began persuading vehicles with New York license plates to obtain contact information for drivers and passengers and to inform them of the quarantine order.
People who break the order will be fined and even arrested for subsequent violations, the Democratic governor said.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island questioned the constitutionality of overtaking vehicles on Thursday for no reason other than having a New York record.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo (left) threatened to sue Rhode Island after governor Gina Raimondo (right) announced a new policy that forced New York visitors to a mandatory 14-day quarantine
Sgt William Randall, Rhode Island Air National Guard, walks through the Watch Hill neighborhood looking for New York residents to inform them of Saturday’s self-quarantine orders
Guards are approaching premises to check for New Yorkers. Rhode Island sends the National Guard to track down New Yorkers who have fled to the state
The National Guard has been deployed door-to-door in search of anyone who has evacuated the coronavirus-stricken state and arrived in Rhode Island
Police have also started driving cars with New York state boards looking for escaped prisoners
But Raimondo said on Friday that she consulted lawyers and is in line with White House guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cuomo said that if Raimondo does not reverse the policy, he will take her to court.
“We are now talking to Rhode Island,” the Governor of New York told CNN on Saturday night.
“If they don’t reverse that policy, I’m going to sue Rhode Island.
“No State Should Use The Police To Restrict Travel Between States”
While Rhode Island’s response to the outbreak was solid, the state is not prepared for a huge wave of things experienced in New York and New Orleans, Raimondo said.
Therefore, she extended the state’s social distance guidelines, which do not include public gatherings of more than ten people and limit restaurants to takeaway and delivery services until April 13.
The state’s two casinos remain closed indefinitely, while visitors are not allowed in state nursing homes and hospitals until further notice.
A member of the Rhode Island National Guard Military Police leads motorists with New York license plates at a checkpoint on I-95 over the Connecticut border, where New Yorkers must stop and provide contact information and are told they have two quarantined for weeks
A Rhode Island National Guard military policeman leads New York license plate drivers on Saturday at a checkpoint in Hope Valley, Rhode Island
Raimondo has ordered everyone visiting the state on Saturday to quarantine for 14 days and limit residents to stay at home and close nonessential retail outlets from Monday to April 13 to stop the spread of the corona virus
Members of the Rhode Island National Guard Military Police wait for motorists with New York license plates on Saturday at a checkpoint on I-95 near the Connecticut border
A member of the Rhode Island National Guard military police leads a motorist with license plates in New York on Saturday at a checkpoint in Hope Valley, Rhode Island
A sign on Interstate 95 instructs motorists with license plates in New York to stop Saturday in Hope Valley, Rhode Island
There were 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Rhode Island on Friday, bringing the state’s total to more than 200, Raimondo said. Twenty-eight people are hospitalized.
For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that disappear within two to three weeks.
For some, especially the elderly and those with pre-existing health problems, it can cause a more serious illness, including pneumonia or death.
Other states mimic Rhode Island.
Florida, Texas, South Carolina, and Maryland also require a mandatory 14-day quarantine for newcomers from the three-state New York-New Jersey-Connecticut area.