2020-03-19 22:47:091 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
2,200 Amount of new coronavirus cases in New York state
5,200 Total number of cases statewide
3,615 Amount of cases on Wednesday
750 Number of people hospitalized statewide
22 Number of people who have died statewide
As if New York wasn't already dealing with many different pieces of the coronavirus puzzle, it got much worse overnight, as 8,000 people were tested for COVID-19 in what may be the largest testing batch so far in the United States. Gov. Andrew Cuomo knew it was likely to lead to a spike in positive cases as the results were delivered, and he was right.
The United States has been slow to test everyone who should be for the virus, and some health officials have been fearing that because of that, the actual number of those infected was much higher. The numbers in New York today speak to that.
So far it hasn't reached the numbers Cuomo has been fearing, as he said on Thursday morning. He had concerns there were ten times the amount of cases than what has been identified. However, the number of deaths doubled from 11 to 22 overnight.
Assemblymember Kimberly Jean-Pierre of Suffolk County is the third state lawmaker to test positive for COVID-19.
Helping the testing capacity in the state are two new drive-through testing facilities in New Rochelle and at Jones Beach State Park on Long Island.
1,030 of New York City's cases are in Brooklyn, 980 in Queens, 976 in Manhattan, 436 in the Bronx, and 165 on Staten Island. Just two days ago there were only 157 cases in Brooklyn.
The office of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said another 318 tested positive on Thursday to raise the total in the state to 742. Nine have died so far, which is also nearly doubled, as that total was at five the day before.
New Jersey adopted tighter restrictions on businesses, including nail salons, tattoo parlors, barbershops, and hair salons. They are still open but must close by 8 pm.
As of Wednesday evening, 169 of New York City's coronavirus patients were hospitalized in intensive care units.
"If we're going to curb this epidemic, we need fast and expansive testing for those most at risk for serious illness," announced Mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement.
While it's been said this disease is mostly affecting older people and those with a compromised immune system, the city's health department said on Wednesday that about half the people who tested positive were between the ages of 18 and 49.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have placed the nationwide total at 40 percent of hospitalized patients being between the ages of 20 and 54. 58 percent of those who tested positive in the city have been men.
NYC's Department of Correction confirmed that two correction officers and a captain tested positive. A day earlier, a Rikers Island inmate tested positive, joining a corrections officer.
"In total, four members of service have tested positive," explained department spokesman Peter Thorne in a Thursday statement. "They have been advised to self-quarantine." The mayor's office is trying to determine which inmates could be released early to stem the spread of the disease.
23 Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees have also tested positive. Nineteen of them are with the NYC Transit Authority. The other four work for the Long Island Rail Road.
Cuomo ordered businesses to keep at least 75 percent of their workforce at home on Thursday. the day before he put the number at 50 percent.
"It's a very negative circumstance, but you're going to have time on your hands," the governor said at a morning briefing. "You're going to have time with your family. You're going to have time at home in this busy hurry-up world."
He brought his 22-year-old daughter, Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo, with him to the briefing to help convince young people to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.
"These pictures of people on beaches, these videos of young people saying, 'This is my spring break; I'm out to party,' " said Cuomo. "This is so unintelligent and reckless. I can't even begin to express it."
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