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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.

Confirmed Cases: 46387

Reported Deaths: 2662
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11434680
Lake4985241
Elkhart313343
Allen2695117
St. Joseph185766
Cass16369
Hamilton1502100
Hendricks1371100
Johnson1244118
Porter69037
Tippecanoe6598
Madison64363
Clark62744
Bartholomew58044
Howard55057
LaPorte54125
Kosciusko5003
LaGrange4646
Jackson4583
Vanderburgh4576
Noble45128
Delaware42949
Boone42743
Hancock42535
Marshall4183
Shelby41825
Floyd37044
Morgan32331
Montgomery29020
Grant28726
Clinton2812
Monroe26328
Dubois2616
White25910
Decatur24732
Henry23615
Lawrence23624
Vigo2278
Harrison20822
Warrick20729
Dearborn20622
Greene18432
Miami1802
Jennings16911
Putnam1658
DeKalb1594
Scott1557
Daviess13916
Orange13323
Wayne1296
Franklin1248
Steuben1242
Perry1239
Ripley1148
Jasper1132
Carroll1092
Wabash1092
Fayette967
Newton9610
Whitley814
Randolph774
Starke773
Huntington702
Wells681
Jay670
Fulton661
Jefferson661
Washington651
Knox630
Pulaski621
Clay594
Rush563
Benton480
Adams471
Gibson462
Owen451
Sullivan441
Brown381
Blackford372
Posey360
Spencer331
Tipton301
Crawford290
Fountain292
Switzerland260
Martin220
Parke220
Ohio140
Warren141
Union130
Vermillion130
Pike80
Unassigned0193

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 52865

Reported Deaths: 2876
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin9338407
Cuyahoga7013366
Hamilton5224198
Marion273138
Lucas2628302
Pickaway217641
Summit1969206
Montgomery178426
Mahoning1752228
Butler144844
Columbiana120960
Stark1052112
Lorain96267
Trumbull86362
Warren75721
Clark7399
Belmont53421
Delaware51815
Tuscarawas51510
Fairfield50316
Medina49132
Lake44316
Miami44231
Ashtabula42144
Portage41858
Licking41611
Geauga39042
Wood38451
Clermont3566
Wayne35452
Richland3185
Allen29740
Mercer2728
Darke23625
Erie22922
Greene2229
Holmes2043
Madison1888
Huron1772
Crawford1357
Ottawa13023
Washington12720
Sandusky12213
Morrow1151
Putnam11516
Hardin11312
Ross1092
Auglaize993
Monroe8617
Coshocton811
Jefferson802
Union801
Hancock761
Hocking767
Muskingum731
Preble661
Lawrence650
Williams652
Clinton620
Guernsey603
Shelby594
Logan581
Wyandot584
Fulton570
Ashland551
Brown531
Carroll513
Defiance483
Fayette460
Highland431
Knox391
Champaign381
Athens371
Scioto360
Seneca332
Perry301
Henry290
Van Wert270
Paulding230
Vinton222
Adams211
Pike200
Jackson170
Gallia141
Harrison121
Meigs110
Noble110
Morgan90
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