New York’s coronavirus death toll jumps 100 in a single day to 385 as Gov. Cuomo says he can see fear in daughter’s eyes – The Sun
THE number of coronavirus cases continues to grow in New York State, where officials say the death toll has jumped over 100 in just a day to 385.
Almost 40,000 people were infected — 21,000 cases in New York City alone — as of Thursday morning.
The Big Apple is the center of the United States’ coronavirus outbreak, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes what’s happening “is going to change us.”
“This is going to form a new generation, and it will transform who we are and how we think,” he told reporters during a press conference in Albany. “But no one is alone.”
Hospitals in the state are overwhelmed and medical professionals are lacking personal protective equipment as they treat coronavirus patients.
The governor described the situation as one “where people just deteriorate over time. … And that is what we’re seeing.”
At least 122,000 people across New York have been tested for the coronavirus and there have been more than 37,200 confirmed cases.
Cuomo said 5,327 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized statewide as of Thursday, with 1,290 of them in intensive care. He said 1,517 people have been discharged.
He noted that saving lives is the priority — and ventilators are the key to that.
The governor said New York State needs an “astronomical” number of the life-saving breathing machines — described as “our single biggest challenge.”
As of Thursday, New York has around 12,000 ventilators, thousands of which were sent by the federal government in recent days, but the governor said the state needs around 18,000 more.
Cuomo said officials are working on converting anestesia machines into ventilators — and said they’re working on creating “split” ventilators that allow two patients to use one piece of equipment.
The governor described it as “not ideal,” but “workable.”
On Tuesday, a health care worker at the Mount Sinai West hospital in Manhattan died from the coronavirus after getting sick two weeks ago, his family and friends said.
Kious Kelly, an assistant nurse manager at the under-siege hospital, told his sister: “He was in ICU but he thought he was OK.”
“He didn’t think it was serious as it was,” the sister, Marya Sherron, told the New York Post.
Cuomo said of the coronavirus: "No one has been here before and this is going to change us. It is going to help form a new generation and I can see it in my daughters' eyes.”
He said many people who never experienced a “national crisis” like the way the coronavirus is affecting the country will be “formative” for society.
“A new generation” who has never “lived though any thing like this, never went to war” will be shaped by what’s happening, Cuomo said.
The governor said people are “hurt” and “scared,” but most people are learning a lesson from the outbreak pandemic.
Shortly after Cuomo’s press conference on Thursday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani tweeted, citing a television commentator, "perspective" on the virus.
“Approximately 7500 people die every day in the United States. That’s approximately 645,000 people so far this year."
He continued: "Coronavirus has killed about 1,000 Americans this year."
On Wednesday, Giuliani said on Fox Business that he's "really impressed with the way [Cuomo has] handled this."
Giuliani, who was mayor during the 9/11 terror attacks, added of Cuomo and President Donald Trump: “I think their leadership has been superb and bipartisan."
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