New York State – An insider from a New York City hospital says that they’re expecting more than 350,000 people to be infected by next week in New York City along. Everyday, thousands of new Coronavirus COVID-19 cases are now being reported in New York State. As of Wednesday morning, there have been at least 33,066 confirmed cases of the coronavirus discovered in the state, including more than 20,000 in New York City. At least 310 people with COVID-19 have died in the state, which has the largest number — a little less than half — of confirmed cases in the U.S.
Nationwide, more than 60,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and three U.S. territories. At least 1,000 people have died from the virus in the country. COVID-19 has killed more than 21,000 worldwide.
Until more widespread testing is done, the full scope and scale of the New York (and national) outbreak will not be clear, and in the meantime, spikes in the number of confirmed cases will likely reflect an increase in testing, though it is also clear that the virus continues to spread. Below is what we know about the reported cases and consequences in New York thus far.
As of Wednesday night, health officials have confirmed at least:
- 33,066 total cases in New York State
- 310 deaths from the coronavirus in the state
- 20,011 cases in New York City
- 3,675 cases in New Jersey, with 44 deaths
- 618 cases in Connecticut, with 12 deaths
The above counts are of laboratory-tested and confirmed cases of COVID-19 and should not be mistaken for the actual number of people who have or have had the coronavirus in the region. Similarly, updates to the totals are not necessarily new infections — they are newly discovered infections.
Wednesday, March 25
An ‘apocalyptic’ report from Elmhurst Hospital Center
At the 545-bed public hospital in central Queens, 13 people at Elmhurst had died in 24 hours from the coronavirus. “It’s apocalyptic,” Dr. Ashley Bray, a general medicine resident, told the New York Times. As the paper reported, in a period of a few hours on Tuesday, “Bray performed chest compressions at Elmhurst Hospital Center on a woman in her 80s, a man in his 60s and a 38-year-old who reminded the doctor of her fiancé. All had tested positive for the coronavirus and had gone into cardiac arrest.
The Worst is Yet to Come
Cuomo: Peak of the outbreak will be higher and sooner than previously thought
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday revised the most dire projections for the peak of the coronavirus outbreak in New York. Rather than the 110,000 beds previously thought to be needed when the outbreak peaks, he said the state will require 140,000. “The apex is higher than we thought, and the apex is sooner than we thought,” he said in a press conference at the Javits Center.
Cuomo also addressed the federal government’s response, criticizing the White House for not using the Defense Production Act to produce more ventilators. The state needs 30,000 ventilators, he said, and FEMA is sending 400. “What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000? You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die because you only sent 400 ventilators.”
A super powerful moment from Cuomo’s press conference today on the Fed’s response to COVID-19 in NY. “You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die because you only sent 400 ventilators.” pic.twitter.com/oRJYqAZEa2
— Brian Koerber (@bkurbs) March 24, 2020
From Inside The New York City’s Hospitals
“Pray for everyone… The peak is in two weeks. Make sure you are fully stocked. Make sure Mom is ok y have fe en Papa Dios..”, this is message from an unnamed source inside one of NYC’s hospital. The source added, “This is the survival of the fittest”. The inside source also indicated that New York City’s Coronavirus COVID-19 cases will most likely surpass 350,000 by next week.