New York Gov. Cuomo says social distancing efforts are working to slow coronavirus

Social distancing efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus in New York are showing signs that they are working, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Posted: Mar 25, 2020 7:30 PM
Updated: Mar 25, 2020 7:30 PM

Social distancing efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus in New York, the epicenter of the American outbreak, are showing signs of working, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday.

Estimates from Sunday showed coronavirus hospitalizations were doubling every 2 days, he said. But Monday's estimates showed hospitalizations were doubling every 3.4 days, and Tuesday's estimates showed hospitalizations were doubling every 4.7 days.

"That is almost too good to be true. But the theory is given the density that we're dealing with, it spreads very quickly, but if you reduce the density you can reduce the spread very quickly," he said.

In addition, New York had 4,790 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Tuesday, a decrease from the 5,707 positive tests on Monday. Though just one data point, it was the first time in over a week that new cases were lower than the day before, according to the state's count. Cuomo cautioned the outbreak is expected to peak in about two to three weeks.

Overall, more than 30,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus in New York, including 17,856 cases in New York City, the country's largest and most densely populated city. The state tally is more than half of the US total, Cuomo said.

Of the over 30,000 positive cases in New York, 12% of people are in the hospital, 3% are in the intensive care unit and 285 people have died so far, Cuomo said.

"We have 10 times the problem that the next state has," he said.

Health officials have emphasized that slowing the spread of the contagion over time -- known as flattening the curve -- is the key to limiting deaths. Without slowing the spread, huge numbers of infected patients in a very short amount of time can overwhelm the ability of the medical system to provide needed care.

As such, New York is one of a number of states under stay-at-home orders, meaning that everyone must remain home except for essential activities. Schools are closed, non-essential businesses are shuttered and all social gatherings are banned.

Cuomo specifically pointed to the effectiveness of social distancing efforts in Westchester County, home to New Rochelle, the NYC suburb that was the first city to experience an outbreak.

"Can you slow the rate of infection? Yes. How do you know? Look at what we did in Westchester," he said.

Cuomo pitches 'rolling deployment' to address needs

Still, needed supplies, ventilators, hospital beds and personnel remain in short supply, Cuomo said. New York has enough personal protective equipment for all statewide hospitals for about the next two weeks, but the state has not yet secured supply for three weeks from now and beyond.

New York needs 30,000 ventilators, he said. The state has 4,000 ventilators in the existing hospital system, the federal government has sent 4,000, and the state has purchased 7,000 others and is "still shopping," he said.

"Our single greatest challenge are the ventilators."

The state's latest estimates predict they will have 140,000 cases needing hospital beds and 40,000 cases needing intensive care unit beds. He said the state currently has 53,000 hospital beds and just 3,000 ICU beds.

Cuomo said he and federal officials discussed the idea of a "rolling deployment" in which resources move to other states with the most pressing need at any time.

"Send us the equipment that we need. Send us the personnel. As soon as we get past our critical moment, we will redeploy that equipment and personnel to the next hot spot," he said.

World Health Organization spokeswoman Margaret Harris warned that the US could become the next worldwide epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

"The potential is there, but you've still got time to turn it around," she said.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said that anyone who has recently left New York should self-quarantine for 14 days in an effort to slow the spread of the virus in the US.

Cuomo has warned that New York hospitals are running low on ventilators, medical supplies, space and staff and has called for the federal government to take a more active role in filling those needs.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 595436

Reported Deaths: 9466
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion822851311
Lake44626670
Allen32165543
Hamilton28684308
St. Joseph26917378
Elkhart24173343
Vanderburgh18856236
Tippecanoe17638125
Johnson14687289
Porter14513163
Hendricks14010242
Madison10715216
Vigo10540177
Clark10349135
Monroe9189108
Delaware8956134
LaPorte8867158
Howard7982140
Kosciusko791380
Warrick652994
Hancock646999
Bartholomew631096
Floyd6205107
Wayne5984159
Grant5874110
Dubois547175
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Morgan524192
Henry497764
Marshall495384
Cass475362
Dearborn464545
Noble463157
Jackson417846
Shelby405680
Lawrence383876
Clinton367840
Gibson360058
DeKalb339163
Montgomery338152
Harrison333643
Knox329839
Miami312743
Steuben309343
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Ripley294345
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Cases: 836049

Reported Deaths: 10323
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Cuyahoga831801065
Hamilton61931441
Montgomery42028399
Summit33849736
Lucas30524605
Butler30003228
Stark25093419
Warren19083140
Lorain18418212
Mahoning16931337
Lake15592136
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Delaware1403077
Licking12819132
Trumbull12515307
Fairfield1232480
Greene11729135
Medina11286165
Clark10672264
Wood10081156
Allen9639126
Portage9006107
Miami895273
Richland8910116
Marion7377113
Tuscarawas7177174
Columbiana7164124
Pickaway710350
Wayne6855165
Muskingum678241
Erie5976118
Hancock542990
Ross535287
Scioto527063
Geauga491755
Darke459489
Ashtabula443172
Lawrence439353
Union437028
Sandusky427462
Mercer427387
Seneca417357
Auglaize416259
Huron416138
Shelby413521
Jefferson409066
Belmont403740
Washington375940
Putnam367872
Athens36759
Madison343429
Knox340122
Ashland336838
Fulton328543
Defiance322578
Crawford316371
Preble313836
Brown298819
Logan296529
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Clinton281243
Williams272866
Highland266018
Jackson259043
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Morrow22574
Perry223318
Holmes220362
Henry213547
Hardin206433
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Gallia192126
Adams167415
Pike167417
Hocking165523
Carroll151316
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Noble118740
Meigs105021
Monroe97229
Harrison8598
Morgan79728
Vinton67613
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