He also appeared to soften his previous comments calling for the USA economy to be reopened by mid-April.
Patients streamed nonstop, she said, coughing and sweating, with fever and "fear in their eyes".
"There is no geographic part of the United States that is spared from this", he said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for 4,000 more temporary beds across New York City, where the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center has already been converted into a hospital. "I don't know how that would be legally enforceable, and from a medical point of view I don't know what you would be accomplishing".
Some ICU rooms had paper bags by the door that staff members used to store their N95 masks as they went in and out, one hospital employee told CNN. He said he would continue to work from self-quarantine. Although originating in Wuhan, Hubei province, China has managed to halt the spread of the disease, with no new locally transmitted infections recorded on Friday.
A little less than half of the country's cases are still in NY, where 385 people have died and hospitals are overwhelmed, with many already low on staff and running out of equipment.
The US has the highest number of confirmed infections with 104,837, followed by Italy with 86,498 and China with 81,948.
But Cuomo said he knew nothing of President Donald Trump's suggestion of some kind of quarantine for NY and parts of New Jersey and CT, all hit hard by the coronavirus. It would not cover truckers making deliveries or driving through the area, he said. The chancellor and the USA president consented to stay in close contact and to abuse conceivable collaboration roads, the representative said in an announcement, giving no further subtleties.
"The logistics of deciding who is an essential person or essential cargo could shut down the ability to transport essential personnel and supplies", he said.
New York-area doctors say they have had to recycle some protective gear, or even resort to bootleg suppliers.
The rate of new cases may be slowing in NY, but the governor says it may take 21 days for the state to hit its peak and begins going down. So the 2.3 percent in the latest poll would translate to more than 7.65 million people.
The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party's coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.
Nurses at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY said they were locking away or hiding N-95 respirator masks, surgical masks and other supplies that are prone to pilfering if left unattended.
Several medical schools in MA and NY said this week that they meant to offer early graduation to their fourth-year students, making them available to care for patients eight weeks earlier than expected.
In Chicago, hospitals and health officials have begun preparing for a surge in patients after Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city could see more than 40,000 hospitalizations in the next week, CNN affiliate WLS reported.