US NY Coronavirus: Live Updates

23:46  24 march  2020
23:46  24 march  2020 Source:   nytimes.com

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Coronavirus is accelerating its spread in New York, with potentially disastrous consequences, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a briefing on Tuesday in which he criticized the federal government’s response as woefully insufficient.

The case count is doubling every three days, and the peak of infection in New York could come as soon as two to three weeks, Mr. Cuomo said, outrunning earlier projections and threatening to put even greater strain on the health care system than officials had feared.

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“We haven’t flattened the curve. And the curve is actually increasing,” Mr. Cuomo said. “The apex is higher than we thought and the apex is sooner than we thought. That is a bad combination of facts.”

Mr. Cuomo, who last week adopted a friendlier tone toward President Trump, chastised the federal government, which has so far sent 400 ventilators to New York City.

“You want a pat on the back for sending 400 ventilators,” Mr. Cuomo said. “What are we going to do with 400 ventilators when we need 30,000 ventilators? You’re missing the magnitude of the problem, and the problem is defined by the magnitude.”

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Shortly after Mr. Cuomo’s comments, Vice President Mike Pence said on Fox News that the federal government had shipped 2,000 ventilators to New York on Tuesday and would send 2,000 more on Wednesday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said later that half those ventilators would be sent to New York City.

Mr. Cuomo, speaking at the Javits Center in Manhattan, a convention complex that the Army Corps of Engineers is turning into a 1,000-bed emergency hospital, said that the state now projects a need of up to 140,000 hospital beds to house virus patients, up from the 110,000 projected a few days ago. As of now, only 53,000 are available.

Up to 40,000 intensive-care beds could be needed.

“Those are troubling and astronomical numbers,” Mr. Cuomo said.

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Mr. Cuomo said that New York was a harbinger for the rest of the United States.

“Look at us today,” he warned. “Where we are today, you will be in four weeks or five weeks or six weeks. We are your future.”

The governor also floated the idea of gradually letting young people and those who had recovered from the coronavirus return to the work force.

But when he was asked at the briefing about conservative commentators who have suggested that some human lives could be sacrificed in the service of restarting the economy, Mr. Cuomo bristled. “We’re not going to accept a premise that human life is disposable,” he said.

Other highlights from the governor’s briefing:

■ As of Tuesday morning, New York State had 25,665 cases, with 210 deaths. The state now accounts for nearly 7 percent of global cases tallied by The New York Times.

■ The state has so far procured 7,000 of the 30,000 ventilators it needs, which are in shortage as states compete with one another to buy them.

■ New York has tested more than 91,000 people — by far the most of any state, Mr. Cuomo said.

■ New York City has had 14,904 confirmed cases.

■ More than 3,200 people were hospitalized and 750 of those patients, or 23 percent, were in intensive care.

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Death count in New Jersey jumps sharply.

The number of people in New Jersey who have died in connection with the coronavirus jumped sharply on Tuesday, with 17 new deaths reported by Gov. Philip D. Murphy.

So far, 44 people have died in the state; nine of the deaths were associated with long-term care facilities.

“This is by far our largest single-day report of new deaths,” Mr. Murphy said.

So far, 3,675 people in New Jersey have tested positive for the virus, with 846 new cases reported on Tuesday afternoon. The state has the second-highest number of cases in the nation.

Mr. Murphy noted that officials had expected the numbers to rise as the state’s testing capacity increased.

“We have been aggressive, particularly of late, in our testing regime,” he said.

To combat the outbreak, four federal field hospitals are being set up at the Meadowlands complex in East Rutherford, the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, the Atlantic City Convention Center, and an urban search-and-rescue facility at a site that has yet to be determined.

Mr. Murphy also said the federal government was sending New Jersey 200,000 N95 masks and 84,000 respirators from the federal stockpile.

A group of New Jersey celebrities in Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Whoopi Goldberg posted a video online meant to promote the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, which will direct money to existing organizations helping to fight the coronavirus’s spread in the state.

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In the video, Mr. Springsteen discusses the needs of health care workers and of those in New Jersey who have been infected. Ms. Goldberg urges viewers to recognize that anyone can get sick. Danny DeVito gives a shout-out to Asbury Park, where he grew up, and lists famous New Jersey musicians who can help entertain those sheltering indoors. And Jon Stewart emphasizes the importance of social distancing.

“I hope everyone is staying safe, staying inside, washing your hands a lot, self-distancing,” Mr. Stewart says. “It’s very similar to how my life normally is, actually is.”

De Blasio mourns the playwright Terrence McNally.

At a news briefing on Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City took a few moments to note the death of a friend, the Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, who died on Tuesday at 81 of coronavirus complications.

“We’ve lost a great New Yorker, one of the really most renowned members of our cultural community,” Mr. de Blasio said of Mr. McNally, who was known for dramatizing gay life for mainstream audiences. “epitomizes so much about the city.”

Mr. de Blasio said he gotten to know Mr. McNally well because one of his college roommates, Tom Kirdahy, was the playwright’s husband.

The remembrance of Mr. McNally came as Mr. de Blasio echoed Mr. Cuomo’s call for the federal government to provide more equipment, including ventilators, to the virus-ravaged state and city.

So far, 131 people in the city have died of the virus, Mr. de Blasio said.

Mayor may close parks as of Saturday night.

With the governor concerned about the number of New Yorkers gathering at city parks and playgrounds, Mr. de Blasio said officials would give residents until Saturday night to show they could practice social distancing appropriately.

If the city was not satisfied, he was prepared to shut down parks and playgrounds “for the foreseeable future,” Mr. de Blasio said on Tuesday.

To reduce gatherings, the mayor said, the city was considering closing “up to two” streets in each borough to vehicles as a way of providing more public space and reduce crowding.

The mayor also said that alternate-side parking rules would be suspended for another week, through Tuesday, May 31.

Still, the mayor dismissed concerns that city residents were ignoring social-distancing rules. He said that the New York Police Department had begun patrolling and had found “broad adherence” to state guidelines banning gatherings and meant to keep people at home.

The city is also moving to immediately release approximately 300 inmates being held at the Rikers Island jail complex who have been convicted of misdemeanors and some nonviolent crimes, Mr. de Blasio said.

The de Blasio administration is also working with state officials and the city’s district attorneys on the potential release of about 100 people who are in city jails awaiting trial, and around 700 people who were in jail on parole violations, the mayor said.

Offering to assist quarantined neighbors may not be helpful.

In a city famous for neighbors who mind their own business, people are increasingly knocking on doors and offering to help those who are quarantined, either because they are ill or because they might be more vulnerable to the coronavirus.

But as New York becomes the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, the danger of spreading infection has added a note of tension to what might otherwise be simple acts of generosity.

As offers of help proliferate, elected officials and others are warning that such selflessness could put vulnerable people at greater risk.

“There’s no doubt that New Yorkers want to help their neighbors,” said Carlos Menchaca, a Democratic councilman from Brooklyn, who is asking volunteers to wait for guidance from medical experts. “But before we self-activate, we need to pause and put together guidelines that allow us to do it in a safe way.”

Some hospitals are making women give birth without their partners or doulas.

Women giving birth at two top New York City hospital networks are being told they must labor without partners or others by their side, leaving expectant mothers anxious about their coming deliveries.

Both NewYork-Presbyterian and Mt. Sinai Health System instituted restrictive visitor policies that bar spouses, partners or other outside support people, such as doulas, from the delivery room.

The rules are intended to help protect mothers and children during the coronavirus outbreak.

Pregnant women in the region say they are increasingly on edge as they prepare to deliver baby in New York, which has become the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States.

“I have so much anxiety now and literally have not stopped crying after hearing that my husband can’t be with me,” said Samantha Moshen, 37, who is due in early June and plans to deliver at the Weill Cornell Medical Center, part of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital system.

Three in ten N.Y.C. households have lost work because of the virus, survey finds.

A new survey of city residents conducted by the City University of New York shows that nearly three in 10 have lost a job as a result of the coronavirus or live with someone who has.

The results, part of an continuing survey tracking the effect of the virus on the city and state, also showed that Hispanic residents have been hit particularly hard. Two in five Hispanic respondents said that they or someone they lived with had lost a job, compared with about one in four Caucasian and Asian respondents and 15 percent of African-American respondents.

The survey was conducted from March 20 to March 22 and included a sampling of 1,000 New York City residents with another 700 statewide.

Poorer New Yorkers, the survey found, had been particularly affected by the restrictions enacted to combat the virus’s spread. Thirty-four percent of New York City households with annual earnings under $50,000 reported a job loss, compared with 28 percent of households earning from $50,000 to $100,000 and just 16 percent of households earning over $100,000.

The survey also found that two-thirds of city residents over 60 said they stayed home from work and 82 percent said they had avoided interacting with people outside their households. Young respondents were even more likely to follow stringent preventive measures, leading the survey’s authors to conclude that more communication with older New Yorkers about the risks of the virus could be beneficial.

Reporting was contributed by Jonah Engel Bromwich, Christina Caron, Michael Crowley, Luis Ferré-Sadurní, Michael Gold, Nicole Hong, Jesse McKinley, Andy Newman, Azi Paybarah, Brian M. Rosenthal, Nikita Stewart, Tracey Tully and Katie Van Syckle.

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