New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Holds Coronavirus Press Conference

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Cuomo: Senate Bill Is 'Drop In Bucket'

Andrew Cuomo (D) said during a press conference Wednesday that the bipartisan deal on the Senate's $2 trillion response bill for the COVID-19 outbreak is not enough for his state, which has been experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths.

NY stands to be hit on two fronts, Cuomo said - the state expects to see increased expenses due to its fight against the virus and decreased tax revenue due to shuttered businesses and unemployment. "And that is what we're seeing". The state confirmed 30,811 cases and 285 deaths as of Wednesday morning; 12% of cases have required hospitalization.

Andrew Cuomo said the state, which has reported half the total number of cases for the U.S., is struggling to cope with the number of admissions. "'We're looking for a reduction in the rate of increase as opposed to the number of absolute cases, that's what we're looking for".

The recent death toll includes a health care worker at one of the New York City hospitals under siege by the coronavirus has died, according to coworkers and his sister.

Rubinson said it's unlikely the US would need that many ventilators at the same time, estimating it will need more like 300,000 fairly quickly.

"I would not follow that", Zucker said. "He was in ICU but he thought he was OK".

In the most severe cases, the coronavirus damages healthy tissue in the lungs, making it hard for them to deliver oxygen to the blood.

She said nurses are being asked to reuse that same disposable N95 mask for up to a week.

The governor said it is an extraordinary time for the nation and the government, urging US leadership to put politics aside and partisanship aside.

The state is expanding its search for temporary hospital beds in the New York City region amid sharpening fears that area hospitals will be overwhelmed.

"Our closeness makes us vulnerable", said Governor Cuomo, who has emerged as a leading national voice on the coronavirus. The hospital system has been given a mandate to increase capacity by at least 50%, but even if all hospitals doubled their capacity, the state would still be 34,000 beds short to accommodate projected numbers once the outbreak reaches its peak in the coming weeks.

Already, the state has begun to "split" ventilators, meaning health care workers are hooking two coronavirus patients up to one machine between their adjacent beds.

"The longer you are on a ventilator, the more likely you're not going to come off the ventilator", Cuomo said.

"You and your families have a critical role to fulfill in halting the rapid spread of this virus", the Essex County Board of Supervisors in the Adirondacks said in a statement this week.

The US now has more coronavirus cases than any other country.

"It's not to be offensive, not to be mean".

Cuomo said the state has purchased 7,000, and the federal government has now provided 4,000 as high-tier officials start to recognize New York's crisis.

"The congressional action in my opinion simply failed to address the governmental need". "I am disappointed, I find it irresponsible, I find it reckless". The governor said the state will have to adjust its budget plan for the fiscal year beginning April 1 because revenue figures are so uncertain. Cuomo said he has no current plans to implement any sort of travel ban on the city.

The impact was increasingly being felt beyond the hot spots of New York, California and Washington state as Louisiana and others faced a severe crush on their healthcare systems.

Outside New York and New Orleans, other hot spots appeared to be emerging around the country, including Houston and Detroit.

The Army combat units from Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will include as many as 700 personnel and nearly 300 beds.

The bill includes $500 billion for large corporations as the USA grapples with a major economic freefall putting it on the verge of a full-blown recession as well as a $367 billion loan program for small businesses and $150 billion for assistance to state and local governments.

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