On Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that he would ask the president to permit the construction of four more hospitals as the state battles a rising number of coronavirus cases.
“We’re going to seek to construct four more temporary hospitals, which would provide us extra 4,000 beds,” he explained.
The call from New York’s governor came as the city has reported around 44,635 affirmed cases and 519 deaths from covid-19, according to reports. He said that right now, the state has 53,000 hospital beds and 3,000 ICU beds. At this testing time, New York would require an estimated 140,000 beds and 40,000 ICU beds.
Cuomo stated in a public interview from the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan that one of four temporary hospitals that he has already ordered and the others will be built in Westchester, Stony Brook, and Old Westbury on Long Island. We are still short of beds, so we are moving on plan B.
Plan B means having a temporary hospital in each borough of New York City, Nassau County, and Suffolk County. According to Cuomo, the sites have been selected, Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the New York Expo Center in the Bronx, and the City University of New York-College of Staten Island.
Cuomo rehashed earlier projections that virus spread in the NY could reach its peak in around 21 days.
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