New York now has 25,655 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 125 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, by far more than any other state in the U.S. The largest concentration of cases are in New York City with 14,904 confirmed cases thus far.
On the most recent episode of "The Daily Social Distancing Show", host Trevor Noah used a contemporary Daily Beast tale as a jumping-off level to assault President Trump for refusing to assist suffering states like NY throughout the coronavirus disaster.
With its warmer climate, Florida is a favourite retirement spot for people from the colder northern states and 20 per cent of its population is over 65 - the age group most susceptible to COVID-19 - compared to 16 per cent nationally. "The new projection suggests that the number of hospital beds needed could be as high as 140,000", Cuomo said during a briefing at the Javits Convention Center on Tuesday, where the Army Corps of Engineers has commenced the building of a field hospital.
One cause for hope: The fog also obscures help that's on the way. Governor Ron DeSantis said that anyone flying in from the city and surrounding areas will face criminal penalties if they do not self-quarantine.
That fog is nowhere more apparent than in the uncertainty around whether hospitals and medical professionals will get the life-saving supplies they need before they're overwhelmed. Thousands of New Yorkers have selflessly volunteered to be part of our surge healthcare force and support the hospital surge capacity, but we need more ventilators and more hospital beds now, and we need the help of the federal government to get them.
"It's hard to perform, it's experimental", Cuomo said.
Cuomo, tweeted earlier today that the federal government needs to provide 40,000 ventilators to NY immediately.
"People will say that some of (the restrictions) in place are a burden, and ye, they are burdensome", Cuomo said.
Cuomo said he has asked Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to let NY use the ventilators - and he said he also reminded Azar that his agency's first priority is the health of Americans. As the apex is expected in around two weeks, NY is taking aggressive and urgent precautions.
Here in NY, though, the latest stats show confirmed cases still soaring, especially in the city. Then we will deploy it to the states that come after us.
"With warmer days coming, we need people to understand: if they don't follow the rules, we'll have little choice but to shut down spaces like playgrounds". The governor also referred to his state as a test case for the rest of the country, warning that other communities will soon find themselves in similar predicaments. "New York is going first".
The governor said his state will not be the only one with a dire need for ventilators and other key resources. "We're just getting there first". Even by doing that, the total number of beds available would be at 106,000, well short of the amount NY is projected to need.