NY state coronavirus cases jump to 1,374; hospitalization required for 19%; virus peak likely still 45 days out; hospital bed shortage feared

by Adam Ford · Mar 17th, 2020 10:37 am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that confirmed coronavirus cases in New York state have soared to at least 1,374, with 19% of infected people requiring hospitalization. At least 12 have now died in the state.

The governor further warned that the spread of the infection will likely not peak for another 45 days.

New York currently has 53,000 hospital beds and 3,000 ICU beds, Cuomo said, far short of what state health officials are predicting will be needed. They estimate the state will need between 18,600 to 37,200 ICU beds and at least 55,000 hospital beds at the peak of the outbreak across the state.

"That, my friends, is the problem that we've been talking about since the beginning of this exercise," Cuomo said. "Our primary goal right now is to slow the spread of this virus so that the wave of new infections doesn't crash our health-care system, and everyone agrees social distancing is the best way to do that ... When we're going to have a real problem is when cases hit their apex and descend on the health-care system and we will not have enough hospital beds."


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