Cuomo Says NY Hospitals Close to Being Overwhelmed as Coronavirus Cases Spike

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a daily briefing in New York City, July 13, 2020. (Mike Segar / Reuters)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that hospitals in New York are struggling to avoid being overwhelmed as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the state continue to rise.

“We are now worried about overwhelming the hospital system, and if these numbers continue to rise, which we predict they will do, you will see serious stress on the hospital system,” Cuomo said at a press briefing. Monday in Manhattan.

“The capacity of hospitals is the main concern, period”, the governor said. “It’s about hospital beds, intensive care, and enough staff and equipment.”

Cuomo said the state will try to prevent hospitals from running out of resources by requiring hospitals to transfer patients within their system to prevent a particular location from being overwhelmed. Hospitals may also need to transfer patients between different systems such as Northwell and NYU Langone as needed.

The governor also said every hospital in the state was required to start preparing a roster of retired doctors and nurses who could be recruited to help frontline healthcare workers if they needed staff. additional. Many of the roughly 30,000 healthcare workers who came to New York City earlier this year to help when New York City was the country’s coronavirus epicenter are unlikely to be available now as other parts of the country grapple with their own increase in cases.

Some areas are already facing staff shortages, an issue Cuomo said was more concerned than running out of hospital beds.

“We can build beds. We cannot create more staff. And the staff are starting to get tired, ”Cuomo said.

“We are no longer going to live the nightmare of overwhelmed hospitals”, declared the governor said. “It was a serious problem the last time.”

The state’s positive test rate for the virus hit a record 4.57% on Sunday, the highest level since May at the height of the initial outbreak. This month, New York City implemented new restrictions on social gatherings as vacation travel is expected to exacerbate the current spike in cases.