‘Troubling and astronomical’ coronavirus cases increase urgency for hospital beds, New York Gov. Cuomo says
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a “troubling and astronomical” number of coronavirus cases have increased the urgency across the state for more hospital beds as the pace of new infections rises at a rapid clip.
“We’re not slowing it and it is accelerating on its own,” Cuomo said at a press conference Tuesday. He said the state is now projecting it will need more hospital beds a lot sooner than previously thought. The state now estimates it will need 140,000 hospital beds, up from previous projections of 110,000. “That apex could be, they project, 14 to 21 days away.” The state previously said it would need 110,000 beds for COVID-19 patients by early to mid-May.
Cases across the state are doubling every three days, standing at 25,665 as of Tuesday — ten times the number of cases as California — Cuomo said.