Coronavirus Update: Gov. Cuomo Expends School, Business Closures To April 29
Now. From CBS 2news, this is a special, report. To. Her left, Robert, mihika budget director extraordinaire. The. On. The numbers, the number continues to increase. We're. Up to eight. Thousand, six hundred fifty eight new. Cases. Overall. We have 130,000. People tested, positive. Sixteen. Thousand, people in our hospital, system, thirteen. Thousand people have been discharged, number. Of deaths are. Up once. Again number, of people we. Lost number of New Yorkers, four. Thousand seven hundred and fifty-eight which. Is up from 159. But, which is effectively. Flat, for, two days. While. None, of this is good, news the. Flattening. Possible. Flattening, of the curve is. Better. Than, the increases. That we have seen. New. York is still far and away the, most impacted. State, New. Jersey, is, having. Real difficulty. And. I've. Been speaking with governor Murphy from New Jersey and, anything, we can do together we will Michigan, also, California. Has. Leveled. Off, and. Louisiana. Is having. A difficult time so. There there, are now thoughts and prayers. Total. Number of hospitalizations. Are. Down. The. ICU. Admissions, are down and the, daily intubations, are down those, are all good, signs and. Again. Would suggest a, possible, flattening. Of the curve the, number of discharged, is down but that reflects, the overall, reduction. In the numbers, big. Question, that we're looking at now. Is. What. What. Is the curve and we've. Been talking about cases increase, increase increase until, they don't. When. They stop increasing. Then. What happens and the, projection. Models have a number of alternatives. Some. Suggest, basically. The curve. Goes up and then drops precipitously. Some. Suggest, is a slight, pause. At, the top some, suggest, there's a longer. Pause at the top which, is effectively, a plateau. Effect. Or. Again, the straight up and, straight down precipitous. Drop which is the peak effect, no, one can tell you which. Will, occur. They, say any one of the three options you study, other countries, you've. Had a combination of the, above, we, are studying, it as we, have, used, the projection, models from day one to determine, actually. What we do how do we set policy, and, program. By following, the data. Dr.. Milano's, has been, working. On the numbers working with the statisticians. And the projection, models, and, helping, us incorporate. That into an operational. Model and Jim. If you want to just take. A moment and speak about the projection, models here please great Thank You governor as the governor said we have, been looking at projection, models from the beginning to. Determine, the size and scope and severity and the governor's mentioned this over his briefings, we've, been working with many, organizations, and. Using the data like Imperial College the. Institute for Health metrics and evaluation. Cornell. McKinsey, and others and some. Of the initial projections. That. We first, saw at the beginning of this was, at. Least a hundred up, to 110 thousand. Beds. For kovat patients, alone and. The, peak would come at the end of April those, were some of the earliest modeling, from. Many organizations that it would be at the end of April. Around a hundred ten thousand, bids. Just for kovat patients there. Are other models too that we were tracking. One, being lower, at about fifty five thousand, kovat, beds but. Again peaking. At the end of april. We. Follow now that we have a pretty, robust. Data set to go by for, the last several weeks. The. Bottom, line there the purple line is sort of where we are tracking today. Which. Suggests. It's. A little lower and the question was what could you do to, lower those initial, projections, from 110,000. And from, 55,000. So a lot of the activity, was we, saw where. Two statisticians, and the, folks. Looking at these types of models said it was going so, what activities, and actions could you take to.
Aggressively. Lower. That overall number and the, answer really was and what the governor's been doing was aggressively. Enforced. And enact social distancing, to lower the overall number and this, number and the. Current data suggest that that is exactly what's happening and, it's. Not settled. Yet because we are going day by day and the numbers as the governor says has changed, a. Lot, over time. Based on what numbers come in but. This could suggest, that. We, are indeed. Potentially. At the, apex. Or beginning, to be at the apex, at this moment like. The governor has said there's been a range of models seven days 14, days 21, days 30, days it looks like we're at towards the earlier, side of that. Time, frame based, on the current projections, and modeling that we've been looking at. Thank. You too but you also see on these. You. See on this slide where. We are now right. And. It can still go anyway. We. Could still see an increase. So. It. Is hopeful. But, it's also. Inconclusive. And it. Still depends, on what we do right. These. Models, all have, a coefficient of, what. We do and how, successful we, are social, distancing, etc, and from. Our decision-making, point, of view it doesn't really matter if, we've hit the plateau, or not because you have to do the same thing if, we are plateauing. We, are plateauing, at a very high level and is, tremendous, stress on the healthcare system and, to. Say to this health care system, which is at maximum, capacity today. Right this. Is, a. Hospital, system where we have our foot to the floor and. The. Engine, is at redline, and, you. Can't go any faster and by the way you can't stay, at redline, for, any period, of time. Because. The. System will blow and that's, where we are we are at redline, people can't work any harder the. Staff. Can't, work. Any harder and staying. At this level is. Problematic. And, if, we are plateauing, it's because, social distancing, is working, so. We have to make sure the social distancing, actually. Continues, on the. Relieving, the pressure. On, the hospital, system which, is unsustainable at, this rate we're. Continuing, what we call our surgeon, flex program, where we get all the hospitals, on the line on a daily, basis, they're all doing inventories. They're all doing data sheets, that. Are all on the telephone. And we're shifting, among the. Hospitals. Ventilators. PPE, equipment. Whois gowns Whois masks, and that happens on a daily basis, that adjustment. Also. To relieve, pressure, on the hospital, system the. Job is coming online is, a very big deal that is the relief valve for. The entire downstate. System. The, 1100. Military personnel. Started. To come in, 300. Were sent to New York City public hospitals, to help the New York City public. Hospital, system the HNH system, which. Has been under stress the, rest will be going to Javits to bring that up and run into full capacity, that transition, is happening now.
That. B is a covert. Center, now, started. As non covert, it's now a covert, Center the. Majority. Of the military personnel, will be coming in tomorrow and, the next day, but. That Javits, Center is going to be a major relief, valve second. The. United. States Navy ship comfort the, original, plan was that that that, would come in for non covert. People, the original plan was it. Would also be a relief valve on the hospitals, but, not, for covert people, that it would take all the non-covered, patients. If you will from the hospital, system that. Was the plan as it, turned out there's. Not a lot of non kovat, people, in the hospital, system which. Is a separate. Story, happens. To be a good news story a, byproduct. Of shutting everything down is, you. Have fewer car accidents. Crime. Rate is way down. Fewer, trauma, cases so, there's not there. Is not a large. Non-covered. Population. In the hospitals, I'm, gonna call the president this afternoon and ask him, to. Shift, the, comfort, from non-covered. To, Kovac, then. We would have. Jabots. And, the. Ship. Comfort. As a relief. Out that's 2,500, beds and a thousand, beds as, 3,500. Beds. Which. Could serve as a relief valve for, the whole downstate. Hospital. System. That. Is the. Only way we sustain, this, level, of, intensity. In the, hospital, system and, I. Understand. What the original plan was with the comfort. But. I understand. That there. Is no preordained. Strategy. Here, you have to feel it out day to day and you have to adjust with the facts, and. We. Don't need the comfort for non kovat. Cases, we, need it for, colvett. If we had those two facilities as. A, relief, valve. That would make a significant. Difference now, bringing. Online 3500. Beds is no small task. Northwell. Health is. Going, to help us manage those, but. They're going to be staffed. By military, personnel. Only. The, military, could, bring. In that many people that. Quickly, with. That logistical. Operation, and I. Want to thank DoD, very much for, their cooperation. Because. God. Bless the US military. We. Were fully aware of what they do to defend this nation but, this is a different, application that, we don't see every day and they're doing an extraordinary job, so. I'll call the president, he has been helpful. To New York in the past, and. He's moved very quickly in, the past I'm gonna ask him if he can make this adjustment for. Us because. It would be. Truly. Beneficial, we. Would feel much better, knowing. That we can sustain this pay pace, if we. Could start to offload, patients, to these two facilities. In. Any event, Plateau. Not Plateau we. Still have to extend, New, York pause, because. If that curve, is turning, it's turning, because the, rate of infection is going down one, of the reasons the rate of infection is going down is because social distancing, is working we have to continue, the social distancing. Schools. And non-essential businesses. Will stay closed until. April. 29th, I know. That's, a. Negative. For, many. Many reasons I know what it does to the economy, but. As I said from day one I'm not going to choose between public, health and. Economic. Activity. Because. In either event, public. Health still. Demands, that. We. Stay on pause, with. Businesses, closed and, schools. Closed, whether. We've hit the apex or whether we haven't hit the apex you'd, have to do the same thing there's, also a real danger, in getting. Overconfident. Too, quickly. This. Is an enemy that we have underestimated, from day one and we, have paid the price, dearly. Well, the numbers would look like they may be turning. Yeah. It's over no. It's, not and other. Places have made that mistake, Hong. Kong has made that mistake South, Korea has made that mistake and. We're. Not going to make that mistake, the. Weather is turning people. Have been locked up we've been talking about cabin, fever. Now, it's a nice day I'm gonna get out I'm gonna go take a walk, now. Is not the time to do that and. Frankly. There has been a last miss. On. Social. Distancing, especially. Over this past weekend. That, is just wholly, unacceptable. Look. People. Are. Dying. People. In the health care system are. Exposing. Themselves every. Day to. Tremendous. Risk. Walking. Into those emergency, rooms and then they have to go home to their family, and wonder if they caught, the virus and they're bringing it onto their family if, you.
Don't If. I can't convince you, to. Show. Discipline. For yourself. Then. Show discipline, for other people, if you get infected, you. Infect someone else you, go to an emergency room you. Put a burden, on all sorts. Of other people who you don't know and who frankly, you don't have the right to. Burden, with your irresponsibility. And. People. Especially, in New York City the. Level, of activity, is, up. Partially. The weather made, it a nice day, I understand, people have been locked up for a long time but. Now is not the time. To. Be. Laughs and it. Is a mistake. We. All have a responsibility we. All have a, in this we said that from day one and. We. Have to respect, the. Role that, we play. Because. The role that we play is a societal. Obligation. That's. How I see it, I. Want, local governments, to enforce, the, social, distancing. Rules. The. Local. Governments. Are charged, with enforcement, I want them to enforce, them and I, want to be frankly, more aggressive, on the enforcement, because. All the anecdotal, evidence is, people. Are violating. It at a, higher rate, than before. So. We're gonna increase, the potential maximum fine, from. 500. To 1000, dollars but. It's not really about the fine nobody, wants the money we. Want the compliance. We. Are serious, and. Again. If it's not about your life. You. Don't have the right to risk someone, else's life and, you, don't have the right frankly. To. Take a health care staff and. People. Who are literally putting their lives on the line and, be. Cavalier or reckless with them you, just don't have the right and. We. Want to thank all of the, people who are getting us through this every, day on the very tough circumstances and. We. See the illness, rate among, these essential. Workers, and we know the sacrifice, they're making and we should respect it it's that simple, you. Have the first responders, who are out there your police officers who are out there the transit workers who have to drive. A bus and the Train everyday the, health care workers, who are just doing extraordinary work. So, let's respect, them and let's help them we're, also going to set up a, fund. Run by the Department of Health to assist. The, health care workers, with. Expenses. Costs. Childcare etc. I want, to thank blank Blackstone, for making, the, first contribution to, that fund of ten, million dollars, to. Assist the first responders, I hope. Individuals. And corporations, follow their lead we're. Also very aware of the mental. Health aspect, of this situation and the, stress, and the, isolation, that, this. Has caused and, people. Are trying. In their own way to grapple. With what this means and, what is, the impact. How. Do you rationalize. This. Situation. And. The mental health aspect of it is very real headspace. Is going, to, partner. With New, York they're, an app they're going to have content, for New York and free membership, for New York so we thank them but. We also have an emotional, support hotline, we. Have thousands. Of mental health professionals, who have signed up to volunteer to, provide mental health services, so we want people to make sure, they. Know about that and it's available I talk, about perspective a lot. Maybe. Frankly, because. Partially. I'm speaking to myself and. I. Had good conversation. With my. Daughter's last night Kara Michaela who three or. Often wiser than. I am and wiser than their years. It's. Very hard, to. See the. Number of deaths we're having. It's. Frightening it's disturbing. That amount, of loss. I'm. The governor of New York I, see, my job as. Preventing. That kind of. Disturbance. And negativity and loss for the people of the state. Perspective. You, know we like to think that we can, control, everything. We. Can't. We. Like to think that we can fix everything. And, fix all the problems for, people we can't. The. Undeniable. Truth here. Is that, this virus, is a. Deadly. Enemy and. We. Will. Lose, and, we are losing, people who are vulnerable, the virus. That, can't be controlled that, can't be fixed. Why. That's. Mother nature that's. A question. That God can only answer, but. Control. What you can do. What you can, the, challenge, is to make sure that we don't lose anyone. Who, could have been saved if our health care system, was, operating. Fully. Don't. Lose, anyone. Who you, could. Save. That. Is. A. Legitimate. Ambitious. Goal of government, and that, we have done so far, that. We have done so far have we saved everyone, No but. Have we lost anyone. Because. We didn't have a bed or we, didn't have a ventilator, or we didn't have health. Care staff no.
The. People, we lost are the people we couldn't save. Not. For lack of trying and not for lack of, doing. Everything that we could do as a, society. Not. Only as a government, and as a healthcare system, so. To, the extent we can find peace in that it helps me and. We. Are still New, York tough and, New. York tough means tough, but. Tough in, a New York sense also means compassionate. It means that we are unified, it. Means that we are loving, because. If you're really tough. The. Really tough guys they're. Tough enough to show love, and. Because. We're smart and that's, how we're going to get through this. Questions. Hydroxy. Chlorine and chlorine going. We. Have. We're. Using we've. Allowed usage, of. The. Hydroxychloroquine. With, the zithromax, packs, pack. In. Hospitals, at their. Discretion. The. Federal. Government is going to increase, the, supply to, New York pharmacies. We. Had a 14-day. Limit. On how much you could buy because, so many people were trying to buy it if. The, federal. Government, increases. The supply to New York which they say they're going to do then we could lift, the 14-day. Limit. There. Are a lot of people who rely on this who were relying on it people, with lupus etc. The. Tests, in the hospital, they won't say that they are they're. Too short a period of time to. Get a scientific. Report. You. Know hospital administrators, doctors. Want. To give, have. A, significant. Data set, before, they give a, formal. Opinion. Anecdotally. You'll get suggestions, that, it has been effective. But. We. Don't have any official, data, yet from a hospital. Or. A. Quote-unquote, study, which, will take weeks if not months, before. You get an official study is, that a fair statement. On. Which on that, that, type of treatment in hospitals, yeah, there has been an, atonal evidence that it is promising. That's why we're. Going ahead. Doctors. Have to prescribe but there are some people who have pre-existing. Conditions, where. It doesn't work or they're taking medication, that's, not consistent, with this treatment.
But. Anecdotally, it's been, positive. We'll. Have a full, test. Once. They have a large, enough sample and data set Jesse but. Anecdotally. It's been positive and if we get an additional supply we, can which, the federal government says they're going, send, when. Mentioned to the president, actually gonna call him this afternoon with. The comfort. Know, right now if, they increase the supply we can lift the 14-day. About. I've heard a lot of wild. Rumors. But. I have not heard anything, about the city burying, people. In parks. No. I. Haven't heard that there was an issue has, anybody heard that this an issue this. City where is any issue. They. Talked in New York City I, talked, to me yesterday yesterday, I've not not heard that this is an issue. To. Date how many ventilators, have come from the states across the city and. They. Asked for anymore, they. Have not asked, for any that they have not gotten we're releasing 802. The. City is basically, responsible, for the 11h health, and hospital, Corporation, hospitals. Public hospitals, there are 11 health and Hospital corporations. 11. Health and Hospitals. Hospitals. In. That, system and. I. Spoke. To the, head of the system last night I'm, going to speak to who he's going to be on a phone call at 1 o'clock. Dr.. Mitch Katz. He. Had. All the equipment he needed and. I'm. Gonna speak to him again at 1 o'clock so if they need anything we'll get it to them. For. The downstate, area now, every. Hospital, will say to you I am. Running. Low, on everything, because. They are low on everything right. When we do these, daily. Surgeon. Flex discussions. Nobody. There's no margin for error because, we don't have any margin forever error we. Just don't have the supplies the whole system is over capacity, so. Everybody. Is low on everything and. If. They had a wish list everybody. Would want you, know stockpile and, a reserve in their own Hospital, I get, that we. Don't have that luxury I'm you. Know. Taking. Ventilators. From one Hospital on a daily basis bringing them to another and then shifting them back and forth so every hospital can get through, this. Period that's why I say it's unsustainable, for. Us so. We're doing that with PPE equipment. We're doing that with ventilators, we're doing that with patients, if we. Can systematically. Get. Patients, out of the hospital system. Into jabots, and the, comfort then. You can relieve pressure on the whole system but. The system is running. At redline. Has been, for days, this. Is the most. Intense. Management. Function, that we have ever undertaken. So. It's, not here, in, this situation it's not what. They want it's what they need that's, what I said yeah everybody would want I want, to have 100, ventilators, on reserve I know. It's. What you need and that we're doing on a day-to-day basis, but everyone, has what, they need. There. Is no one who said I'm out, of, ventilators. And I. Have, a. Critical. Need who, hasn't, gotten. The. Call for increases, in cracks crackdowns, on social distancing, but, we're getting, reports of funerals, and weddings in Orthodox Jewish communities, in Rockland County and, in, Brooklyn still being attended by hundreds, of men they should enforce, them.
Enforce. The rule Jesse, I don't care if you're authorized Jewish Catholic Christian, Muslim on care what it's not about religious, observation. The. Resources, to try to break these things these will enforce it also but, a, local government, it's. A job of local government, to enforce, I'm. Doubling. The fine it's my way of saying. This. Is serious, this is. Serious what right do you have to. Act irresponsibly. In. A, way that could get you sick or someone else sick and then I have to send an ambulance to pick you up and, bring you to an emergency, room that's already overburdened that. Doesn't have staff doesn't have supplies doesn't, have ventilators. Because. You were reckless and irresponsible you. Don't have that right and. I. Have. To talk to these health. Care workers all day long I talked to transit, workers I talked to first responders, who. Truthfully. Nobody, wants to put themselves in these situations. And I don't blame them and then doing it out of passion. Men in public service. None. Of us has the right to, be reckless in our own behavior. Which. Compounds. The problem with dealing with now. Is not the time to, be playing frisbee. With your friends, in the park it's. Just not now. Is not the time to go to a funeral with, 200. People look I'm. Loving this with. My own family. Yes. I understand. Grieving. And I understand, how the, religious, services, can help with the grieving process, and. I. Understand how it's hard not. To do that. But. As a society. The. The. Risk, is too great, enforce. The, law the localities. Have the. Legal right. And responsibility. To enforce, the, law my. Doing. The penalty, raising, the penalty is my way of saying do, it just, do your job. Ventilators. In New York are being used today. Beyond. Capacity. Stop. I like how much remains in the state's stock we're beyond capacity, we. Are into. The. Plan. BCD. That. We outlined right, we. Are into. Using. BiPAP machines, instead. Of ventilators. We're into splitting, ventilators. Turning, two into one with, two sets of tubes we. Are into old. Backup, plans. That. We had. The. Stock pile I don't know I can get you the number but we, are over. Capacity. For. The number of ventilators, in the whole system we're using BiPAP. Machines, we're using splitting. Etc. The. Question though why not if there are still ventilators, in the state stockpile why, don't you send them to New York to, the city no. We don't have anyone who says they need them now, who doesn't have them but you just said they're over capacity, well. They're using the, play of BCD. We can't give everybody, a ventilator, for every situation, we have 9,000, BiPAP machines, for example we're. Using the, BiPAP, machines, we're using the other machines but we don't have anyone who says. The. 802. That, we're sending today, represents. The number that people say they need now. We. Extended. The deadline. The, voting. And filing. Deadline. So. I don't know what else legally, that we could do and, extend, the deadline you'd have to cancel elections. Period. For the year and I don't think we're in that position. We've. Explained extended, the use of absentee, ballots. Nursing. Homes being set aside to treat Kovac patients our. Portions. Of nursing homes being set aside to treat Kovac patients, we're, working, with the nursing homes and trying, to cohort, patients, within, the nursing homes remember this is something which we've identified multiple, nursing, homes across the state. Otherwise. Within. Those nursing homes were working to make sure that we minimize the spread of the Cova disease within that place that facility. Doctors. Are saying is when. You have a colvett. Patient. Who, has been in that facility, they're. Trying to isolate, the kovat patients, on one side of the facilities, we're. Not using a nursing home. In. The. Labor. Department website the unemployment, website, does yeah. So we've now partnered with Google we're gonna be releasing. A new interface by the middle of this week they've moved from five-day, week hotline to six-day week headline they're now seven day week headline they've expanded the hours we've gone from four servers to 50 servers they're, in there trying to do the Q by last name so that if you're between a and D you call on Monday and separating, them out to try to manage.
Some Of the volume but just so everyone understands, at the peak of the 2008. Crisis, in this, the single largest day of claims was thirteen, thousand and one day we had six times that two days ago so. This, volume is something that we've never experienced, before and it's, frustrating and it's horrible and it's unacceptable but we just ask that people Romy and patient and we are working at it we just put 300 more people in addition to the 700, people that were manning the call system so, we are trying to do everything we can to attack this issue and. Most importantly, you, will get your benefits going back to the date of your actual unemployment even, if there's a lag and being able to get signed up for the benefits. I. Haven't. Even looked at the decision on the regions that sounds. Right but I haven't even looked at. I. Don't. Know you know New York, City localities. Make decisions. On. Their own on local issues. So. I have no reason I don't. Have any opinion on what the mayor did I just don't know the facts well enough on. That program, the. Social, distancing. We. Have, again. Hopeful. News in, the, in, the data. That. Could be, slowing. Plateauing. Turning. But. It's. Also dependent. Upon what we do and how we handle ourselves and. We. Know that social distancing, is important, that's. Why I'm extending the ban on keeping. Businesses, closed extending. The ban on, schools. But. People. It's, individual. Behavior. That, is been, problematic, over, the weekend I get. That it was a nice day and the weather was good and people have been cooped up I get it I get it all I'm, living it just like everybody, is living it. But. We. Get reckless. We. Change we're, not complying on social distancing, you will see those numbers go up again, that's, why I showed you the Hong Kong the China experienced. They. Let their foot off the gas too, quickly and. We. Have been behind on this virus from day, one, and, this. Virus has kicked our rear end and. We. Underestimate. This virus, at our own peril we learned that lesson now. Is not the time to, slack off on, what, we're doing. We. Are, moving, ventilators. Now among. The. System. When, someone, has a, change. In patient, load and they have additional, ventilators, we move anta laters. But, we have moved. Thousands. And thousands. Of ventilators. Throughout. The system we've. Acquired, thousands. And thousands, of ventilators, I also. Want to thank, Oregon. For. Sending ventilators, I want to thank the, state of Washington. For. Releasing ventilators. And suggest, that they be sent here, I'm. Gonna thank California. That also this. Morning, released. Ventilators. Because, they thought that they. Could be helpful to new york that, is the. Right attitude that's, the only way we do this as a nation, we're, gonna have to be. Flexible. And. Handle. The surge as, it moves across the country, that's just what we're doing here in this state surges. In Nassau, of one night we, move assets. To, Nassau. It surges. In Rockland, we move assets to Rockland. So. That's the only way we're going to do it because the. Federal well, the federal stockpile federal stockpile if the federal stockpile, has. 9,000. Ventilators, and 10,000, ventilators, that's not going, to do. It's. Not gonna be enough for a nation, right, so. You're gonna have to get States. Cooperating. And shifting. And moving. Within. The country, New York will be first, on that list as soon. As we get through this and we have any, flexibility. In our system, we. Will be there for every other state like, they have been there for us and we will. Lead the charge the way we always have, Hurricane. Katrina we were the first ones down there right so. When anyone needs anything we're there. And. Right. Now. Health. Care wide I'm, going to get on the phone. With the hospitals. There. Is no hospital, that. Needs. Ventilators. That doesn't have ventilators. There's no hospital that, needs PPE. That, doesn't, have it within, the state system, again. They're, all gonna stay that running low because they are but nobody, has. Nobody. Doesn't, have what they need to do their job and that's. My. Point on perspective. Are. We are. We, managing this, situation. The best that can be managed yes, have. We lost, anyone. Who. We could have saved I, don't, believe so and. With. That we can sleep at night to, go to work. We, don't need any additional ventilators. Right now, and. We have. California. Has released ventilator, state of Washington, is released, ventilators. We, got 1,000 ventilators, from China, so right now. This. Has been a special report from CBS, 2 News.