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New York Death Toll at 1,000 as CDC Advises Against Domestic Travel

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New York Death Toll at 1,000 as CDC Advises Against Domestic Travel

2020-03-30 11:31:51

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Andrew Cuomo (Image source: Screenshot)

New York has hit a point that just a few months ago was unimaginable. On Sunday it was announced that the total of people who have died in the state from coronavirus COVID-19 had exceeded 1,000. Prior to this news, the CDC announced it was placing a domestic travel advisory on New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

"Thousands of people will pass away," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city had just a week's worth of medical supplies. 

Cuomo announced that 237 people had died since Saturday, the largest one-day increase since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. He added that projections show it could get worse still.

"I don't think there's any way to look at those numbers without seeing thousands of people pass away," the governor continued. 

There were 7,200 more cases that were confirmed by Sunday, as the total in the state reached 59,513. More than half of those are in the city. About 8,500 people are currently hospitalized, up 16 percent over 24 hours. 2.037 of them are in intensive care units. The first death of a patient under 18 was recorded in that time as well.

New York City sent 169 additional health-care workers to Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, which has become the hub of the virus. "This is going to be an extraordinarily tough next few weeks, but we will keep sending more and more reinforcements," said de Blasio. 

"People asked 'when is this over?' " recalled Cuomo. "When they come up with an inexpensive home test or point-of-care test that can be brought to volume."

Early Saturday morning Trump announced he was considering imposing an "enforceable quarantine" on New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut because the area was a "hot spot" for the coronavirus. 

"I don't even know what that means," Cuomo said on Saturday. "I don't know how that could be legally enforceable. From a medical point of view, I don't know what you would be accomplishing. I don't even like the sound of it."

Before the end of the day, Trump had flipped and pulled back that plan, tweeting, "On the recommendation of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and upon consultation with the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, I have asked the CDC to issue a strong travel advisory, to be administered by the governors." 

The website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted a statement recommending residents of the three states to "refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately" due to the virus. It does not apply to those who work in "critical infrastructure industries."

Residents in those states and others across the country are already on "stay-at-home" orders from their governors, with only essential workers being allowed out.

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